ST. JOHN’S – Cleaners in Canada Post facilities are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, and like too many workers in our society, they’re disrespected and underpaid while playing a vital role in keeping our economy going and our lives bearable during this unprecedented time.
CUPW is currently trying to negotiate a first collective agreement for the cleaners in the St. John’s plant, who joined CUPW in 2019, and applied to the Labour Board for conciliation last week. Canada Post contracts out the cleaning in the facilities, and Bee-Clean, a sub-contractor, is the worker’s direct employer.
“These small number of workers are crucial to keeping the postal facilities open in St. John’s – almost all of Newfoundland and Labrador’s mail, within the province and with the rest of the world, is depending on them,” says Craig Dyer, chief shop steward of the St. John’s local. “They deserve our respect and gratitude for keeping postal workers and users safe and healthy.”