November 30, 2018 1:00 pm
Updated: November 30, 2018 10:55 pm

Bob Layton: How the Canada Post strike may date back to me

WATCH ABOVE: In his latest editorial, Bob Layton talks about the recent Canada Post strike.

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So, with the postal strikes over, do you feel more confident now about your parcel getting delivered in time for Christmas?

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Postal workers involved in labour relations should also consider public relations. Whenever there is a strike of any kind, it’s not usually the employer the workers are hurting, it’s the people who depend on the particular service — especially at Christmas.

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Other work stoppages can affect you year round, like the rail strike a few years ago that threatened everything from car parts in the city to food in remote areas.

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When WestJet workers were talking strike, at least they promised not to mess up the May long weekend.

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But I have it in writing that some viewers considered postal workers the Grinch who could steal Christmas.

The irony in all of this is that, in a way, I helped postal workers get the right to strike. Back in 1965, as a postal wicket clerk, I was on the picket line in front of the Calgary main post office on that wildcat strike for collective bargaining rights.

So, don’t get me wrong, I support your right to strike — just not at Christmas.

Let me know what you think.

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