The Trudeau government wants to give federally regulated workers more paid personal-leave days. The proposal arrives as the P-C government of Ontario moves to cut workers’ entitlements. Federal budget legislation, if passed, would let workers take up
to five days off each calendar year for reasons that include the care of relatives, children’s educations, or to attend their own
citizenship ceremonies. The bill, introduced by the federal Liberals this week, says three of the days off would be with pay for workers who have had their jobs at least three consecutive months. Ottawa’s proposed labour amendments follow new legislation from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government to eliminate an entitlement to two such days off with pay for workers under provincial jurisdiction.
Canada Post says the parcel backlog, ongoing rotating strikes, and the union’s new ban on overtime mean customers can expect delays in mail delivery lasting several days. Spokesman Jon Hamilton says the postal service is facing a massive backlog as scattered walkouts by postal workers escalate across the country — today, including workers in Hamilton, the Ottawa area, parts of Vancouver Island and Quebec. Canada Post says more than 150 trailers filled with parcels and packages are sitting in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal waiting to be unloaded and processed, with more arriving every day. CUP-W meantime called a national overtime ban that went into effect early today — meaning postal workers are to refuse to work
beyond their normal eight-hour days, and 40-hour weeks.