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CUPW Needs Community Support

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CUPW Needs Community Support

I am writing this because the biggest Canadian labour dispute of this young century looms on the horizon.

I am talking about the postal workers, who are currently working without a collective agreement. They are trying to negotiate with the Canada Post Corporation to attain a collective agreement which doesn't result in job losses, degraded working conditions and the weakening of their union.

The Canada Post Corporation is unwilling to back down from its implementation of the modern post. The modern post is an attack on the union, an attack on worker's safety and it cannot stand.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) is working hard to resist the changes Canada Post wants to see implemented. CUPW is working hard to organize itself to fightback. But, it needs help. It needs help from community members. This struggle could result in a strike or lockout.

I think it is important that we, non-CUPW members, begin to organize in defence of CUPW. We need to be ready to provide material support, and to raise consciousness about this struggle, with our friends, co-workers and neighbours. We need to petition, walk picket lines, cook food, engage in direct action and generally help win the struggle on the ground and build broad public and community support for the postal workers.

In the spirit of true solidarity, I am not interested in intervening in other people's struggles. This organizing should be done with an understanding of what CUPW members on the ground want and need.

If you are in the Halifax area and are interested in helping to organize a community support network please contact me and we can begin to arrange meeting times.

If you are reading this and live outside Halifax please consider organizing within your own community to help support our postal workers.

Their struggle is our struggle!

In Solidarity,

David Bush

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