North Bay postal workers 'angry' - union official

Alicia Cross
November 26, 2018

The union representing Canada Post carriers is accusing the federal government of violating its members' constitutional rights by pushing emergency legislation to force them back to work.

"It could be the long-haul", said another across DC at the Canada Post depot location.

In an email, FedEx said it hopes negotiations between Canada Post and its employee union, CUPW, are "resolved amicably", but that it "has put in place a comprehensive contingency plan to manage unexpected volume".

Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas wouldn't come without a back-to-work bill, added CUPW president Mike Palecek.

While Canada Post says there are hundreds of trailers filled with mail sitting idle because of the strike, the union says there are only upwards of 80 trailers worth of backlog, which could be dealt with in a couple days.

Even before MPs had begun debating the bill on Friday, they butted heads over a motion to fast-track C-89. He said the union's legal team will review the legislation.

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Workers are legislated back to work in 1987, 1991, and again in 1997. It was challenged in court and found five years later to be unconstitutional, though Hajdu defends this new bill as taking a different, more "fair and balanced" approach.

The Liberals show that "the government is prepared to do anything to please web giants such as Amazon and eBay", NDP parliamentary leader Guy Caron said in the House of Commons Wednesday.

The move came after the NDP pledged their solidarity with the striking postal workers, some of whom had spent the day occupying ministers' offices.

"We have provided conciliation officers, appointed mediators and offered voluntary arbitration", Trudeau said.

The fast-track motion passed 173-13, allowing the House to move through multiple legislative steps in rapid succession by limiting the length of debate and letting Labour Minister Patty Hadju determine when debate would end. "We wouldn't come down this road, however, we have exhausted every option".

"Negotiated agreements are always the best solution", Hajdu told parliament as she unveiled the bill.

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