What to do if you face a CUPW picket line at your workplace

As of May 25th, negotiations between Canada Post Corporation and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are ongoing but the threat of a strike or lockout still exists.

Canada Post is asking for major concessions from its largest union and refusing to address issues around Health and Safety to CUPW’s satisfaction. Visit the CUPW website for the latest bargaining updates.

If you face a CUPW picket line at your workplace, you should take the following steps.

  1. Ask to speak to the picket captain-identify yourself and that you work in that building, office, or worksite. Find out what the major issues are.
  2. Ask for a management representative in your office to escort you through the picket line.
  3. Volunteer your support to the CUPW. Support can take many forms: for example, you could join them on the picket line before and/or after work and during your lunch break. Your local can also make donations to their strike fund or the coffee fund. Ask what CUPW would prefer.

It is important to remember that as unionized workers we sometimes must fight to improve our working conditions. All of us working together will make the struggle easier.