Canada Post strike to begin tonight in Winnipeg

Postal workers begin rotating strikes where modernization program began
||Last Updated: 06/02/2011

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is planning tobegin rotating strikes in Winnipeg tonight, the province they say was firstimpacted by the company’s modernization program.

The Winnipeg local will be on strike for 24 hours, afterwhich the strike will continue in other locations to be announced later,according to a notice on the union’s website.

Earlier this week, both parties met with Labour MinisterLisa Raitt and are working with a mediator. Negotiations began seven monthsago.

The union recently rejecting Canada Post’s offer of reducingthe starting wage rate for new employees by 22 per cent and putting them in atwo-tier benefit plan. CUPW is asking for a 3.3 per cent wage increase in thefirst year of the contract and a 2.75 per cent increase in each of thefollowing three years of the contract. Other key issues in the dispute arescheduling problems, forced overtime, delivery method problems and theintegration of new technology.

Canada Post management says they are focusing on labourcosts in this round of negotiations because wages and benefits make up 64 percent of costs.

CUPW represents 48,000 mail carriers and inside postalworkers across the country. They have been in a legal strike position since May1, when 95 per cent of members voted in favour of legal action.

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