Head Of Windsor's Postal Union Expects Strike Mandate

The head of the Windsor local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is anticipating a strike mandate.

Voting concluded Sunday for the membership across Canada and results are expected Monday.

Speaking to AM800 listeners on the Lynn Martin Show, CUP-W Local 630 President Phil Lyons says wages are a key issue.

"I think the wages are a big thing, our members have been, since the market crashed of 2008, we've fallen way behind even in the consumer price index and inflation.  So our members are really looking for a substantial wage increase."

If a deal can't be reached it would mean postal workers could go on strike September 26.

He says Canada Post needs to hire more people.

"We do an awful lot of overtime over an agreement that we made about 30 years ago," he says.  "We have a lot of people working 50-60 hours a week and that's not what they signed up for.  So we just feel it's time for Canada Post to step up to the plate and start hiring Canadians because these are great middle class jobs and you know there are 65,000 of us across Canada"

The contract for postal workers expired in December 2017.