Like many WW2 veterans, my father obtained employment with the federal public service. The federal government had learned important lessons of discontented veterans from WW1. The Winnipeg General Strike, which included many war veterans, had reflected this discontent.
Where you got placed in the postal service depended on your rank in the service. The post office ended up being military-like hierarchical organization. Being a letter carrier was better than being inside where management was over your shoulder all the time. But even letter carriers became subjected to time-studied Taylorist human resources. Their limited autonomy was increasingly pressed upon.
In the 1960s, my father delivered mail 6 days a week, including Saturday. Only by going on strike with other postal workers did he obtain a 5 day week and decent pay and benefits that provided for our family.
Let`s support our postal workers. This means supporting working class families and our future.
From Larry Hubich, SFL President:
I have been advised that the members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) will be on rotating strike in Regina commencing tonight at 8:00 pm. (Sunday, June 12, 2011) for 24 hours
Please come out and support our sisters and brothers on the line at Canada Post.
Memory and Muscle - CUPW History