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Description: Canada Post is cutting mail deliveries, saying rotating strikes are costing it millions; the Canadian Union of Postal Workers counters that the company is trying to spark a full strike.

Source: CBC

Date: 06/13/2011


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Questions for discussion:

  • Union president Denis Lemelin says Canada Post is trying to impose a “partial lockout.” What does he mean?
  • Do you think the term is accurate?
  • Lemelin says the company is trying to provoke a general strike. Do you think a general strike, as opposed to rotating strikes, would be in Canada Post’s interest?
  • Why or why not?
  • The union says Canada Post wants the federal government to impose back-to-work legislation. Why do you think the employer would want back-to-work legislation?
  • How do you think the union would feel about back-to-work legislation?
  • Why?


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