To all Teamster members at Purolator:
Despite sincerely trying to find common ground with Purolator Courier, negotiations between the Teamsters and the company hit a standstill after 6 weeks of intense bargaining.
Today the Purolator Negotiations Committee unanimously moved to ask members to endorse strike action through a strike vote.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The company is insisting on contracting out routes to non-union carriers anywhere outside of a 50 km radius of a depot. This would lead to layoffs across the country.
- The company advised the union that they have a mandate to change your pension plan from defined benefit to defined contribution. This would lead to substantially less retirement income.
- Finally, the company wants to put an end to the retirement allowances that many of our longstanding members are entitled to.
The strike votes will be conducted at union meetings across the country. The bargaining committee decided that all meetings must be held no later than January 15th.
We ask that you support your bargaining committee by attending your union meeting and voting for strike action. As Teamsters, we must send a strong message that these changes are unacceptable.