About 50 members of the American Postal Workers Union and National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) gathered in front of Canada’s Washington, DC, embassy to protest the Trudeau government’s decision to force the Canadian workers back to work. A dispute over wages, benefits, and job security for the Canada Post workers culminated with a series of temporary rotating walkouts that began in October and continued into the busy holiday season. Ottawa passed legislation in November that required workers to resume their duties and appointed a mediator to arbitrate an end to the dispute.
“The collective bargaining process is a foundation of every union,” says NALC Executive Vice President Brian Renfroe. “We’re fighting for our collective bargaining rights here that are under attack; they’re doing the same thing. I think all they want is a fair process, and we’re here to stick with them in solidarity.”