UPDATE: Rotating walkouts strike Sarnia againNovember 15, 2018 1:56pm
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers Sarnia president says Wednesday’s contract offer from Canada Post is a step, but the union is still looking for more.
For the second time in less than two weeks, Sarnia postal workers joined the nationwide rotating walkouts Thursday.
Local 598 President Kathleen Fowler said the offer is a sign that progress is being made.
“It’s a step for sure,” said Fowler. “We’re still hoping for a fair and good collective agreement to come out of this with the two parties negotiating and working it out that way.”
Canada Post is offering a four-year deal that includes wage hikes and a health and safety fund.
“It still doesn’t meet all of the expectations that the union is looking for under CUP-W,” said Fowler.
The Crown Corporation is hoping the offer is accepted by Saturday in an effort to clear the backlog of packages in time for the busy online holiday shopping season.
Fowler said if a deal is not reached, workers are committed to delivering letters to Santa Claus on time, in fact, they’ve made it a priority.
“The CUP-W members are definitely going to be in the Santa Claus parade collecting the letters for Santa,” said Fowler. “That’s definitely a thing that we want to keep doing.”
-With files from Colin Gowdy