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I love marathon bargaining.

A year after I was hired (1973) as a mail handler, I was subjected to my first strike in the Post Office. All the locals in the country walked off the job without a strike vote when the Montreal Local went postal. The campaign was load and clear "Boycott The Postal Code". I still have my button.

Lets Start Off With The Best First 

  1. The Union goes on an illegal strike to get the right to strike in 1965 and wins its fight.
  2. Another illegal strike in 1974 succeeds in getting Montreal members rehired who were fired for wearing "Boycott The Postal Code" sweatshirts at work.
  3. The "Postal Coder" position moves from PO1 to PO4 in 1977.
  4. After a six week strike, CUPW wins maternity leave for its female members. CUPW is the first to achieve this in Canada.
  5. In the 1980s, the union succeeded in its demand for a paid half-hour lunch. 
  6. In 1985, full job security was achieved within a 40K radius.
  7. From 1987 to 1994 seniority rights were achieved for casuals. Canada Post was also required to create full-time positions if casual hours exceeded a certain amount.
  8. In 1994, pre-retirement leave dropped from 55 to 50 years of age. In 2000, members achieved 7 weeks vacation after 28 years. There are few unions and workers in Canada that have this kind of leave.

Now Lets Look At The Worse Of CUPW Strikes And Negotiations 

1. In 1975, the union goes on strike in attempt to better the wage offer accepted by the letter carriers of $1.70 an hour. This doesn't succeed and the strike ends as many locals across the country threaten to send their members back to work.
2. Jean Claude Parrot puts his members on strike despite a prohibition from the Government to do so. The strike ends when Canada Post threatens the workers with termination because they "abandoned their positions". The workers scurry back to punch in before the 4.00 P.M of the deadline day.
3. In 1987, the union goes strike and ends up fighting the replacement workers more than the employer. Canada Post hands over negotiations to the Government and CUPW gets an arbitrated settlement.
4. In 1989, CUPW, LCUC and UPCE merged to form one union. Unfortunately, it's hard to judge the issues of one bargaining group when you're not aware or interested in the issues of another group.
5. In December 1992, after three and half of years of negotiations, conciliation, strike and arbitration, we finally get our BACK PAY which was about half of what it should have been.
6. In 1997, after a three week strike, we ended up in arbitration where we received a rollback on the wages.
7. In 2003, the National Executive and the rank and file accepted an inferior deal on Article 28: The Severance Package. With the original grandfather clause at the beginning of negotiations in 2002, everyone hired to 2003 would have qualified for a severance payout.

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