Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
June 22, 2011

CEIU supports locked out CUPW workers

CEIU members have been showing their support for postal workers in locations across the country. CUPW workers are fighting off concession demands from Canada Post, including attacks on their pension plan. Public service staff are bracing for cuts from the Harper government but like CUPW workers, we are planning to push back hard.

In Vernon, British Columbia, members of CEIU local 20915 joined CUPW workers on their picket line. According to Local President Kelly Megyesi, members of the Okanagan Students Union and the Canadian Federation of Students also joined the support picket.

In Winnipeg CEIU members marched with other Alliance members in support of the CUPW strikers. Among the marchers was National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay who praised the strong turnout saying, “It was great to see such a strong display of support for CUPW from our Prairie members. We know we will face similar challenges in the future, so solidarity with other unions has never been more important.”

Members attending the National Capital Region PSAC convention joined CUPW lines in Ottawa in a large show of support. Smaller groups of headquarters members were also quick to march with CUPW picketers. National Executive Vice-President Steve McCuaig and group attending a recent Stewards meeting brought enthusiasm and support to CUPW lines near Place du Portage.

In the face of threatened legislation, CUPW needs our continuing support. CEIU members are urged to walk with CUPW before work, at noon hour or whenever members can best be brought together.



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