North Bay postal workers 'angry' - union official

North Bay postal workers 'angry' - union official

North Bay postal workers 'angry' - union official

The US Postal Service extended contract negotiations with the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), with no disruption to delivery.

The Canadian government has introduced legislation that would end Canada Post's ongoing labour dispute and rotating strikes across the country.

The government claims it has been forced to act because, with Black Friday and the Christmas holiday season approaching, Canadians need to know they can rely on an efficient mail delivery service. "Free collective bargaining is a Charter right in this country and it's time the governments respect it", he said.

Bill C-89 passed the first two readings in the Senate on Saturday afternoon and is now being considered in detail by the committee of the whole.

New Democrat MPs had voted against a motion to speed up debate on the back-to-work legislation, with many making an elaborate show of walking out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists in salute to postal workers watching from the public gallery.

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.

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

Conservative government tables back-to-work bill on June 20th, stoppage ends on June 27th.

"We have provided conciliation officers, appointed mediators and offered voluntary arbitration", Trudeau said. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers' right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.

On Wednesday, NDP Parliamentary Leader Guy Caron accused the government of bowing to the demands of e-commerce web giants like Amazon and eBay.

The postal workers union has restated its vow to take the government to court over the bill, should it pass. "We wouldn't come down this road, (but) we have exhausted every option", she said.

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