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From: Joe Wheeler in Victoria - Posted: 12-Jan-11 - 18:26
How can the process be called collective bargaining when CPC keeps moving the goal posts? CPC knows that by failing to negotiate in good faith CUPW members, who have an admirable record of balanced response in past negotiations, will be forced into a strike position they never wanted, but when faced with ongoing attrition beyond anything remotely reasonable, will indeed need to use the strike option. Some members of the public understand this and will lend support, but alas all too many will not see past the inconvenience and simply blame the union, forgetting that much of what remains of our postal service in sustaining basic services is the result of principled stands by postal workers.
In the broader context, what happens to postal workers has implications for all workers, the erosion of the security and viability of working people. Union workers are in it for the long haul and take pride in their work, unlike here-today-gone-tomorrow casual workers for privatized companies whose drive for opportunistic profits do so at the expense of the well being of not just postal workers but the public at large who depend on a viable postal service as part of a balanced democratic society.
We must go out of our way to support the CUPW and even to be prepared to endure sacrifices in the event of a strike to ensure that at the end of the day basic principles of fairness and provision of service are ensured.
From: Susanne Shaw - Posted: 18-Jan-11 - 00:54
This is terrible! And yet the labour leaders and the rank and file of nearly every union in this country and in the states have been undermining the labour movement and weakening their own causes and human rights by: 1. Not attending union meetings; not getting involved with their unions or politics or any human rights organizations in any meaningful way. 2. not keeping up with what's going on in the world; 3. shopping at places like WalMart which use slave labour or sweatshops abroad and put our workers of work; 4. Not checking labels for Made in Canada; 5. Voting Conservative! Or not voting because there's no one to vote for, instead of voting for the one likely to do the least damage to workers -- and that won't ever be the Conservative-Reform-Alliance Party.6. Cross border shopping or vacationing abroad 7. Allowing "guest" workers in to compete with Canadians (Contrary to brainwashed opinions, they do not take jobs Canadians won't do. There is no job Canadians won't do. We just want to be paid a liveable wage for doing them. Our heating bills are too high here.) 8. Investing in skank corporations like Barrick Gold, instead of in worker-owned enterprises, or at least investing in a company that's good to its workers and fair to the customers 9. Worst of all, denigrating the aspirations of other Canadian workers, or walking across picket lines.or ignoring their own strike! 10. not educating new union workers, their families, their neighbours and themselves about union history and what unions are about and the good they've done
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