Since the time of this articles publishing Liberal MPs in Ottawa have passed back to work legislation. Ending several weeks of the Canada Post strike.
CUPW held a late afternoon protest at the office of federal MP Kate Young. The protesters not only formed a picket line outside of the office but around 15 protesters actually went in where they were able to speak to MP young via a phone call. From the windows they held up banners and signs of support for continued negotiations.
Dozens of other protesters were locked out of the office but chose to chant in the hallway and blare air horns through a mail slot.
Organizers held the protest in response to the federal liberals introducing legislation to force the protesters back to work. Workers in the union say they have been facing injuries caused by over working, with some saying they walk as far as 40 kilometers a day on their routes. The union was hoping to seek a contract with the Canada post that would reduce the amount of overtime hours that workers are saying they are forced to do to keep their jobs.
Staffers inside said that they felt intimidated and wanted to leave the office. Staffers negotiated for about an hour with the protesters to be allowed to leave the building. Although they offered no official comment, saying only that the union workers had the right to protest, union officials said that the staff inside were terrified and were increasingly becoming fearful of the mob of protesters outside the locked office door.
Video links of the protest.