AFL calls on Prime Minister to fire Canada Post CEO over manufactured crisis

Completely unnecessary lockout and service interruption the result of ‘toxic combination of ideology and ego’

Edmonton – Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra should be removed from his post for deliberately engineering a lockout and service disruption says the leader of Alberta’s largest labour organization.                                                                                                      

In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Federation of Labour president Gil McGowan laid out the case for turfing the Harper-appointed head of Canada’s mail service. Canada Post is set to lock out 54,000 workers on Sunday after failing to negotiate a new contract with their union. McGowan will comment on the situation and the letter at a Postal Workers’ information picket on Thursday, June 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Edmonton Mail Processing Plant.

“Why is Mr. Chopra still in charge of these negotiations when the Prime Minister has already asked him to resign?” McGowan said in comments to the media. “His contract was renewed by Stephen Harper right after the Conservatives had lost the election – Deepak Chopra does not have a legitimate mandate to carry out his ideologically driven assault on workers.”

In the letter, McGowan highlighted how Mr. Chopra’s actions have been at odds with the Liberal Party’s public commitments to protect Canadian postal services, to champion pay equity for women, and to provide increased economic opportunities for minorities.

“Chopra’s actions over the past few months demonstrate that he has learned nothing from the recent election – an election in which Canadians voted overwhelming for parties that promised to preserve, protect and even expand Canada’s postal services,” McGowan wrote in the letter. “Unfortunately, Chopra is still running Canada Post as if the Conservatives who appointed him are still in power. As long as Chopra remains in charge, conflict will trump consensus and conservative ideology will take priority over what’s best for Canada Post and the millions of Canadians who rely upon it.”

McGowan took aim at Chopra’s toxic approach to labour relations, his rejection of union offers to continue negotiations, and unwillingness to look at solutions that would increase the long-term profitability and viability of Canada Post.

“The Liberal government is in the process of conducting a major public review on Canada Post, and Mr. Chopra won’t accept the union’s offer of a few extra weeks to see what direction the government might take,” McGowan said. “This work stoppage does not need to happen. This is a crisis created by one man, his ideology and his ego.”

McGowan’s letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can be read here.

Who:    Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan
            Edmonton Postal Workers and allies

Where: Edmonton Mail Processing Plant (12135-149 St. Edmonton)
When:  2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30

 MEDIA CONTACT:

 

Olav Rokne, Communications Director, Alberta Federation of Labour at 780.218.4351 (cell) or via e-mail orokne@afl.org.


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  • commented 2016-07-03 08:21:04 -0600
    Veeman Zee – you imply that an RSMC is not a “Regular” employee, as if they are “less than” a letter carrier. RSMC’s are NOT independents any longer and haven’t been for YEARS. If you want to talk about who gets the shaft, you need look no further than any RSMC EMPLOYEE (not independent). And NO, I am Not an RSMC. I am most definitely not ignorant though.
  • commented 2016-07-02 20:56:30 -0600
    Dear Mr. McGowan, currently several postal workers are being cornered and are the innocent by-standers of this debacle. We are living with uncertainty not to mention stress as we will be deprived of our livelihood if a lockout and /or strike occurs. There has been several posts and articles online, emails have been sent to the minister of labour as well as the minister of canada post. There has been no reaction from their part. Sadly your letter will have a similar faith. Our union has expressed on many occasions concerns the mismanagement of the corporation from the CEO along with his VPs. We are hoping that the government would have intervened by now and removed these “clowns” from their functions. Sadly that hasn’t been the case and we are finding ourselves today facing the inevitable. I’m hoping that your letter will have an impact and will get things rolling but i’m not very hopeful.
  • commented 2016-07-02 09:31:25 -0600
    Besides Mr Chopra who else is responsible for this gravy train in upper management? Any names?
  • commented 2016-07-02 08:53:50 -0600
    Rsmcs and Regular Employees Should be negotiated in seperate contracts. Rsmcs are indipendents. We got shafted on our severance and made other concessions because of this.
  • commented 2016-07-01 17:05:49 -0600
    Time for Canada Post to get Rid of some of the 22 President &Vice Presidents if they really want to save money.
  • commented 2016-07-01 10:15:03 -0600
    I just do not get it as the top brass think they are god.. They take away from the workers and promote bonus to staffers like they did good.. when really they make a system lazy and inoperative as there is no workers to actually do the work.. Creating higher risk and using WCB denial system to beat workers into cripples and persons of disability and in the end unworkable without constant pain.. Leaving workers to basically quit and leave as the only option where they are replaced by TFW before locals. That is more like mismanagement than it is about proper management in how to use the eCommerce to be more competitive in the future on deliveries BUSINESS to HOME.. not mail box Yes NOT THE STUPID community MAIL BOX BUT HOME TO HOME eCommerce delivery.
  • commented 2016-06-30 22:39:30 -0600
    Steal from the blue colars and give to the rich just like Robin Hood? In the conservatives eye Mr. D stated time and again CP is unsustainable yet profitable in 20 out of the last 22 years. All we hear abour is declining lettermail volumes yet the report on buisness mailout raves about record parcel and e commerce buisness. And the new postal code mail is just a to scam us out of our adamil bonus because its fired through the sequencer with an address sprayed on it. This is a crown corporation not a capitalist regime. Time for change. Let’s stay diligent and dedicated on our side and let our colors shine and not degrade ourselves to D’s level.
  • commented 2016-06-30 18:02:46 -0600
    HE WILL BE FIRED BUT NOT FIRED . HE WELL LETS JUST SAY STEP DOWN WINK WINK . HAMILTON THE MOUTH PIECE SHOULD GO AS WELL
  • commented 2016-06-30 17:04:28 -0600
    Not only Deepak Chopra the incompetent CEO but the whole top management needs to dragged and kicked out of Crown Corporation. They are a burden on Canada Post and tax payers. This Harper appointee pocketed 33% bonus and is pushing to cut wages of hard working employees at the lower rung. Workers from all industries need to unite and get rid of such parasites.
  • commented 2016-06-30 14:36:30 -0600
    Another Harper screwed up appointment, with the First Nations victory over his pipeline and Justin firing Chopra Harper`s `legassy`is slowly getting whittled down
  • commented 2016-06-30 14:18:52 -0600
    Fire him immediately. He shows only disregard for our governmentand, the public and the Canada post workers who pay his salary.
  • commented 2016-06-30 14:18:32 -0600
    About time prime minister Trudeau finds out what this guy is all about.well said we don’t want to be locked out we want to work….
  • commented 2016-06-30 13:46:30 -0600
    Way to go and well said AFL!!!