|Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)|
|Key people||Denis Lemelin, president|
|Office location||Ottawa, Canada|
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers or CUPW is a public sector trade union representing postal workers employed at Canada Post as well as private sector workers outside Canada Post. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page The Canadian Labour Congress, or CLC (in French "le Congrès du travail du Canada Ottawa (ˈɒtəwə or sometimes /ˈɒtəwɑː/ is the Capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest municipality. The public sector is the part of economic and administrative life that deals with the delivery of goods and services by and for the Government, whether national Regional A trade union or labour union is an organization of workers who have banded together to achieve common goals in key areas such as wages hours and working conditions forming A postal worker is one who works for a Post office, such as a Mail carrier Canada Post Corporation ( Société canadienne des postes) is the Canadian postal operator operated as a crown corporation.
The union has approximately 54,000 members and has a long history of militancy originating in 1965 when the union was formed out of the old Canadian Postal Employees Association. Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. It is best known to Canadians for having conducted a series of high profile strikes which had an especially strong impact in the days before email, fax machines and courier companies. Country to "Dominion of Canada" or "Canadian Federation" or anything else please read the Talk Page Strike action, often simply called a strike, is a work stoppage caused by the mass refusal by Employees to perform work. Electronic mail, often abbreviated to e-mail, email, or originally eMail, is a Store-and-forward method of writing sending receiving Fax (short for facsimile, from Latin fac simile, "make similar" i A courier is a Person or company employed to deliver Messages packages and Mail. Even more recent strikes, however, have a serious impact on the Canadian economy. An economic system is a System that involves the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services between
CUPW's first major strike was an illegal wildcat strike in 1965 (before public sector workers had the right to strike or even form unions) and is the largest illegal strike involving government employees. A wildcat strike action, often referred to as wildcat strike, is an illegal Strike action taken by labor not authorized by their union officials Year 1965 ( MCMLXV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. The action succeeded in winning the right to collective bargaining for all public sector employees. Collective bargaining is the process whereby workers organize together to meet converse and compromise upon the work environment with their employers Other major industrial actions included a strike in 1968 and a campaign of walkouts in 1970 that resulted in above average wage increases. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Further strikes in 1974 and 1975 succeeded in gaining job security in the face of new technology at the post office. Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. A 1978 strike resulted in CUPW president Jean-Claude Parrot being jailed when the union defied back-to-work legislation passed by the Canadian parliament. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Jean-Claude Parrot was National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers for fifteen years and its chief Negotiator for eighteen The Parliament of Canada (Parlement du Canada is Canada 's legislative branch, seated at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario. CUPW's defiance of the law caused a temporary rift between it and the more conservative Canadian Labour Congress. The Canadian Labour Congress, or CLC (in French "le Congrès du travail du Canada In 1981, after another strike, CUPW became the first federal civil service union in Canada to win the right to maternity leave for its members. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981
In 1981, Canada Post was transformed from a government department to a crown corporation, fulfilling a long-standing demand by the union. Year 1981 ( MCMLXXXI) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 In the Commonwealth realms a Crown corporation is a State-controlled company or enterprise It was hoped that by becoming a crown corporation governed by the Canada Labour Code, relations between Canada Post and its union would improve. The Canada Labour Code is an Act of Parliament of the Canadian government to consolidate certain statutes respecting labour. While strike action has been less frequent, there were rotating strikes in 1987 and 1991 against plans to privatize postal outlets, both of which were ended by back-to-work legislation and also saw attempts by Canada Post to break the strike using "replacement workers" as they were called by Canada Post or "scabs" as the union called them. Year 1987 ( MCMLXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar) Year 1991 ( MCMXCI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar.
In 1989, the Canadian Labour Relations Board forced all Canada Post employees under one union. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) Until that time CUPW, had represented only "inside employees" with the Letter Carriers Union of Canada representing "outdoor employees" and various other unions such as the technical workers of the Union of Postal Communications Workers (Public Service Alliance of Canada) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers representing smaller units of specialized workers within the post office. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC is one of Canada ’s largest national labour unions with members in every province and territory Template talkInfobox Union for usage -->The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW is a labor union After a vote, CUPW was chosen over LCUC to be the sole union representing all postal employees.
In 2003, CUPW successfully completed the organizing of approximately 6,000 Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) into the Union and won a first collective agreement for these workers. Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. This collective agreement is separate from the CUPW collective bargaining agreement. The two collective agreements have major differences. These differences stem from the RSMCs formerly being contractors as opposed to employees of Canada Post. For instance, RSMCs are paid in a contract style system as opposed to hourly, RSMCs are typically expected to find their own replacements during absences, and RSMCs may hire assistants who are not employed by Canada Post. Also in 2003 saw the first of many rollbacks for the Urban Postal Unit when the contract that was reached included the elimination of severance pay. Members ratified the Urban Mail Operations agreement by a vote of 65. 4%. 
CUPW's latest collective agreement was signed in 2007 and expires in 2011. The RSMC collective bargaining agreement expires in 2009.
The union represents different types of workers within Canada Post divided into four groups:
The Canadian Union Of Postal Workers represents workers outside Canada Post such as cleaners, couriers, drivers, warehouse workers, paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, printers and other workers and total 536 members in separate bargaining units. Template talkInfobox Union for usage -->The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW is a labor union A paramedic is a medical professional usually a member of the emergency medical service, who primarily provides Pre-hospital advanced medical and 
The union is also noted for supporting causes outside labor. It helps on issues such as child care, Cuba, Abortion, Colombia, anti-Racism, anti-NAFTA, anti Global Capitalism, marijuana Decriminalization, campaigns for Women's Equality and Human Rights. The Republic of Cuba (ˈkjuːbə or) consists of the island of Cuba (the largest and second-most populous island of the Greater Antilles) Isla de la An Colombia (kəˈlʌmbɪə officially the Republic of Colombia () is a country in northwestern South America. List of racism-related topics|Racism by country Racism, by its simplest definition is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that Cannabis, also known as marijuana or marihuana, or ganja (from Hindi / Sanskrit: गांजा gānjā hemp) is a Human rights refers to the "basic Rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled  CUPW has also protested the Vietnam War, supported the disarmament movement, opposed South Africa’s apartheid regime and opposed the bombing of Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, or the Vietnam Conflict, occurred in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Iraq topics. See also Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia ( Serbo-Croatian Afghanistan /æfˈgænɪstæn/ officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan ( Pashto: د افغانستان اسلامي جمهوریت,
In April of 2008, the CUPW became the first national union in North America to pass a resolution supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. The resolution commits CUPW "to work with Palestinian solidarity and human rights organizations in developing an education campaign about the apartheid nature of the state of Israel and Canada’s political and economic support for these practices" and to "call on other Canadian unions to lobby against the apartheid like practices of the Israeli state. "  
CUPW has stated that, following the passing of the resolution, it will look at all its investments to ensure none are in Israeli companies, Implement a policy to ensure no products purchased by CUPW are made by Israeli companies, and Provide information to CUPW regions, locals and members on boycott, divestment and sanctions in order to encourage all levels of the union to engage in this campaign. However, CUPW currently has no plans to block the processing of mail destined for Israel, although it is acknowledged that this may be adopted in the future. 
The Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) criticized CUPW for its decision to boycott and disinvest from Israel. The Canadian Jewish Congress is an umbrella group of Jewish organizations in Canada and constitutes one of the main lobby groups for the Jewish community in the country The CEO of the CJC, Bernie Farber, argued that “CUPW has a very well-established, almost an iconic, reputation as a radical organization on the far extremes of the Canadian labour movement” and that “The vast majority of men and women working for the postal service have no clue about such resolutions. Very few pay any attention to it. ”
Lawrence Cannon, Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities wrote that "The views of CUPW do not reflect the views of the government or Canada Post. Lawrence Cannon, PC, MP (born December 6, 1947 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a Canadian politician from Canada Post Corporation ( Société canadienne des postes) is the Canadian postal operator operated as a crown corporation. It is unfortunate that CUPW has threatened to disrupt the mail. "