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Canada Post wants rollbacks

Postal workers expect tough fight to protect hard-won rights.

Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President, wants to point CPC in the right direction.Ottawa, ON (December 16, 2010): CUPW National President Denis Lemelin wants to point the Canada Post Corporation (CPC) in the right direction.

The CPC has proposed many changes to the postal workers' collective agreement. Among other things, it wants to reduce benefits for employees on sick leave and for those injured on duty. It wants retirees to pay 100 percent of pension premiums while it would eliminate a seventh week of vacation time for anyone who has not completed 28 years of service. The CPC would like to allow supervisors to do the work of the bargaining unit and eliminate the right of temporary employees to achieve regular status based on seniority. It also wants to reduce the entry level wage rate.

  "We have no intention of rolling back the gains that have been achieved thorugh thirty-five years of struggle and sacrifice."

CUPW has made it clear to the CPC that it has "no intention of rolling back the gains that have been achieved through thirty-five years of struggle and sacrifice."

Lemelin says, "If we let CPC introduce inferior rights for future regular employees, it won't be long before they attack the rights of current employees."

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Posted: January 11, 2011

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