These are some of my major beefs against the Canadian Union Of Postal Workers. Go unionize thyself can mean different things to different people.
* The National Executive is elected by delegates and not by universal suffrage.
* Local unions seem to be just grievance collectors with little clout on tentative agreements.
* Ratification meetings are just info/PR sessions with minimal debate on the issues.
* Professional union types propagandize the membership without inquiring to what individual opinions might be.
* Militant unionists have a tendency to demonize management or anyone else who disagrees with them.
* What happened to the 75 millions dollars for grievances from the 2000 contract?
* There were five different presidents at the Toronto Local during an eight year period. Most quit because of the backbiting and the hatred in the local.
* There should have been a multi union crusade against monopolist insurance companies like Great-West Life. There wasn't.
* Union rhetoric that crashes into the reality wall like "No Retreat No Surrender" "No Power Greater". Rhetoric is no substitute for being able to have the smarts to deal with difficult situations with CPC or CUPW. If you need superman, read a comic book.
* Not having "a strike smart plan" that is agreed upon by both the NEB and the locals.
* Lack of solidarity between the NEB and some important locals. Paid executives fighting each other and not the boss. You either "fight smart" or you "fight stupid." Our union dues is going for this?
* Union meetings that discourage dissent and participation.
* Union conventions that are held in Cuba or other vacation spots.
* Political groups like the communists who try to hijack the union to promote their own beliefs.
* Whining, lazy and irresponsible union leaders who let an arbitrator decide what kind of contract the members should have.
* Incompetent union leaders who blame their inability to get a contract on something else like government interference. Postal contracts are a terrific challenge. The bigger the adversary the bigger the victory. If the present negotiators can't do the job. Pay professionals (Like Buzz Hargrove) who can do it.
* Deluded ideas of what we can get in negotiations (e.g. In 1975, we were told we could get more than the letter carriers got which was $1.70 hr. raise. After six weeks of striking, we settled for $1.70 hr. raise.) Just yelling at someone to give you more because you deserve it doesn't work. It's a package deal that's a win-win situation for both sides that wins the day.
* WE DESERVE OUR FAIR SHARE- The union should support the senior members who have paid their dues and done their strike time (including illegal strike time) more. We fought for the fired guys in Montreal. We fought for PO1, keyers. We fought for pregnant mothers. We fought for oppressed casuals. We fought for letter carrier issues. What do you think our fair share should be?
If you want to add to this list or add your own list of kudos, feel free to do so.
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