Postal workers off the job in Vernon

  • Jun. 9, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Postal workers are off the job in Vernon.

Picket signs went up in front of the downtown post office early Thursday morning as part of rotating job action by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

“We need to maintain and create good jobs, not cut back on jobs in our communities,” said Denis Lemelin, CUPW national president and chief negotiator.

“Smaller communities also benefit from having access to increased services at their post offices. We are asking Canada Post to address these demands.”

Among the sticking points in negotiations are health and safety issues, as well as use of technology and service expansion.

All shifts within a 24-hour period Thursday will be struck.

Besides Vernon, the union walked off the job in 12 other Canadian cities across Canada.