Last Friday Canada Post announced their vaccine mandate to all our members. Canada Post echoed the Federal Governments directive of mirror image. The Toronto Local is against this mandate and strongly believes that there must be an alternative so that our members can continue to work.
The members have to understand that the Toronto Local does not have any input, nor participated in any kind of National discussions concerning this mandate. We are however prepared to file individual grievances on your behalf for those that are sent home on Administrative LWOP. The members also have to understand that it is entirely up to the National Office to refer these grievances to arbitration. If they are not referred they will not be put forward.
This Local has fought tirelessly for our members, defying the Government many times which resulted in our previous Local President, 4th Vice President and 5th Vice President going to jail in the 90’s. Since then times have changed and the government changed legislation to have a monetary penalty to rank and file members individually who defy.
Toronto Local met with the employer on November 2nd and asked many questions which the Corporation gave lip service at this point, nothing changed.
Canada Post and the Federal Government have no respect for Postal Workers we know that by being legislated back to work every strike, we know that when only during a pandemic we are called essential workers and know that because they are unwilling to budge in this mandate to protect all workers.
Toronto Local strongly stands to defend workers rights under our Collective Agreement. An injury to one is an injury to all!
Qaiser Maroof Jane Marsh
CUPW Toronto Local President 4th Vice President
November 4, 2021