Monday, September 27, 2004 How can you miss 5,000 strikers! We’d like to acknowledge the over 5,000 CRA workers who were out on the line on Thursday in the National Capital Region. Strong lines were up at almost 20 locations across the region and the Taxation Centre was closed to the public. A good 400 CRA members were a spirited part of the morning rally at Treasury Board headquarters. With all the reports coming in on Thursday, we inadvertently missed including mention in the daily bulletin of their great show of strength on the line. Atlantic Strategic action by CRA members in Moncton left the office in total chaos. The Assistant Director ended up handling the cash while a PM-06 acted as the office greeter, telling clients there were no services. The Brinks truck left without the deposits for the day because management couldn’t find the key to the safe! Parks picket lines were up at Signal Hill and Cape Spear. The Ships’ Crews from the Hudson are still on strike. Parks members were out at the regional office in Halifax and at the Ingonish golf course. Several Table 1 members were able to negotiate a meeting with Veterans’ Affairs Minister Albina Guarnieri. She claims Alcock is “working around the clock” and knows for a fact we have his attention. The question is – working on what? Québec Participants at the Quebec Regional Women’s Conference joined the picket line in Trois- Rivières yesterday in a true show of solidarity with our Parks strikers. In front of the “Bourg du Fleuve” federal building, they sang and shouted: We’ve already paid for the deficit; we won’t pay for the sponsorship scandal! National President Nycole Turmel and Quebec REVP Jérôme Turcq were on the line. After the morning picket, the women joined a Steelworkers line in nearby Bécancour. CRA members paid a visit to the Immigration Call Centre on Chauveau Street in Montreal where they were greeted by Immigration staff. Meanwhile, strategic action was going on in Rouyn Noranda. CRA strikers in the Montérégie region were active on the line. In Sherbrooke, spirits were good on the line. The Local president was invited to speak at a Quebec Federation of Labour meeting where his speech was warmly received. In Laval, CRA members visited the local Employment Insurance office where they held an information picket for the morning. Workers at the office were pleased by the visit and wanted to know when they will be back. Ontario In London, CRA had planned a meeting with MPs, even though our members involved in the planning suggested to the Director that he should cancel it. He persisted and was rewarded with a solid wall of picketers at both the front and back entrances to Frederick street office. Members came in from appointments and from home to join the line. The public was very supportive, honking horns and waving. Monday, September 27, 2004 Parks members were on a strategic “butterfly” strike as hundreds of watchers flocked to Point Pelee for the annual butterfly migration south. Tours were either cancelled or provided by management. The strategic walkout by the members of the Weigh staff at the Grain Commission in Thunder Bay is having a significant impact. Their work is not being done correctly or at all and our Table 3 members are refusing to handle the work done by managers for that reason. The media are getting our message that quality is being compromised in spite of management’s protests to the contrary. Prairies All Manitoba CRA members were out on the line bright and early. Busloads of members from the Winnipeg Tax Centre joined the Table 2 picket at the Virology Lab where the Prime Minister was scheduled to visit. CRA members from various locations around the city met at the Fort Garry Hotel to give the PM a special welcome. He was in town to announce the new Public Health Agency. How about a healthy collective agreement? Lines were up and strong in Brandon. CRA members were out in Saskatchewan, participating in the rotating action. Parks members from Waterton Lake National Park joined their CRA colleagues in Lethbridge yesterday. Another good picket line was up at the Harry Hays building in Calgary during the day. Canada Place in Edmonton was surrounded by CRA members. The line ran like a well oiled machine with good public and union support. British Columbia Our picket lines were up at most of the grain terminals at the Port of Vancouver. The grain workers’ union Local 333 honoured the lines and have now been called before the Canada Industrial Relations Board by the B.C. Terminal Operators’ Association. Throughout B.C., Table 2 members were conducting study sessions on Friday. The W.E. Ricker returned to Port Hardy and the Vector returned to home port because the crews are on strike. A patrol boat is also tied up in Port Hardy. Our thank you file: • The PIPSC member in Edmonton who bought 50 coffees, as well as a platter of food for the picketers, out of his own pocket. • Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union members for joining the line at Canada Place in Edmonton.
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