As Minister for Labour, Minister Raitt has systematically ignored workers rights and has introduced back-to-work legislation on two seperate occasions over the last 12 months. Last June, Raitt sent workers represented by CUPW back to work without proper mediation. This winter, Raitt sent CAW workers from Air Canada back to work without proper negotiation. All this under the guise of "essential services". Despite postal services and flights being important services, the postal workers and the Air Canada workers have every right to make their work be missed by going on strike and affecting the economy by doing so. That is what striking is about.
In every case, these union-busting methods have encouraged the employer to negotiate in bad faith. The newest example, following the strike of 4000 CP workers, represented by the Teamsters union, demonstrates this clearly. Having tabled back-to-work legislation as soon as the Teamster strike commenced, Minister Raitt put an end to any possibility to bargaining in good faith on the part of the employer.
I, the undersigned, therefore ask for Minister Raitt to RESIGN IMMEDIATELY due to her utter lack of understanding of the labour system and her utter lack of respect for Canadian workers and their families.