Postal workers are on the frontlines providing an essential service helping the public navigate the COVID-19 crisis;
Postal workers welcome the opportunity to help Canadians navigate the COVID-19 crisis as long as they are empowered to do it as safely as possible without jeopardizing public safety;
Canada Post has obstructed implementation of basic safety protocol as requested by postal workers;
The virus can live on cardboard parcels up to 24 hours, and those infected can go unawares for up to 14 days;
Two Canada Post facilities have already suspended processing and delivery due to COVID-19 contamination (St John's, NL & North Bay, ON); and
The highest possible safety standards are necessary for all levels of Canada Post operations to reduce the potential for our postal service to become a network spreading COVID-19.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to support the efforts and demands of frontline postal workers and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) for the following:
1) To implement, in a timely manner, the best work practices and facility standards for postal workers to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among other postal workers, their families, and the public;
2) To task third-party health experts, as agreed upon by CUPW and the Prime Minister's office, to audit Canada Post operations and implement timely changes that will allow postal processing and delivery to maintain safety standards minimizing, as much as possible, the spread of COVID-19; and
3) To refuse unsafe working conditions should Canada Post remain unresponsive to the safety concerns of postal workers.
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