The Atlantic Postal Worker
Periodical profile published 1981
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX2303
The Atlantic Postal Worker is the three year old news publication of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Abstract: The Atlantic Postal Worker is the three year old news publication of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Its goal is "to keep the membership informed of the tactics of the employer, the collective agreement, events affecting one's own union, and the trade union movement in general."
An article on women in the unions traces the history of this involvement from 1886 when the first woman delegate to the Trades and Labour Congress attended a Toronto convention. Major areas of struggle included equal pay, establishing a minimum wage, and equal opportunity in paces such as the garment factories of London and Winnipeg and the T. Eaton Company in Toronto.
The health and safety concern article decries the fact that the federal legislation and related health and safety programmes are diverse and fragmented. The article suggests a complete rewrite of the legislation and the presentation of a unified programme such as currently exists in many of the provinces. Citing the fact that "more than 600,000 Canadians are controlled directly by the federal government law," the author contends that the Canada Labour Code "is now one of the weakest pieces of legislation in Canada."
Other items include current CUPW negotiations with the federal government regarding the collective agreement, Ottawa's attempt to bypass the union with its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and effects of the repression of workers around the world.