ACTION ALERT IN SUPPORT OF NICK DREIDGER:
On February 1, Occupy Edmonton, in cooperation with U of A students, attempted to protest high fees and tuition increases on campus but were blocked by Edmonton police. At one point in the protest, a postal worker and CUPW shop steward, drove by and honked his horn in support of the students and Occupy.
The postal worker who honked his horn has been terminated from work. His termination was based on four spurious reasons: 1) “attitude” to police (even though he stopped honking his horn when asked), 2) a ticket for “stunting” in a vehicle (honking his horn), 3) being out of his delivery area, and 4) activity on a wildcat strike when he was on vacation.
In reality, Nick Dreidger is being targeted by Canada Post Corporation management for his participation in effective union activity that has forced CPC to recognize fundamental rights of workers to health and safety.
The plan for Monday night and Tuesday is to fill Canada Post Corporation’s managers’ email inboxes with letters of outrage over the conduct of firing this worker based on these flimsy charges. This kind of pressure on employers has won workers their jobs back in many cases and we can do it for Nick Dreidger.
Thank you, solidarity, and let’s fight to win. An injury to one is an injury to all.
On Monday night and Tuesday during the day, please begin sending emails and letters to the following people in response to Nick Dreidger’s termination.
- Title: SPT TRANSPORTATION
- Location: 9808 103 A AVE, T5J 2T6
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
-Title MGR SHIFT
-Location:12135 149 ST, T5L 5H2 Edmonton
- Title DIR PLANT OPERATIONS
- Location: 12135 149 ST T5L 5H2Edmonton
- Email: email@example.com
- Title: OFFICER OF LABOUR RELATIONS
- Location: 12135- 149 ST T5L 5H2 Edmonton
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing out of concern over the recent treatment of Shop Steward Nick Driedger, who has recently been dismissed. It is my understanding that Mr. Nick Driedger advances the welfare and safety of his fellow workers in this role.
It is hard to believe that someone as honest, positive, and hard working as Nick should be dismissed, especially in light of the charge discussed below.Mr Nick Driedger has been accused of “stunting,” a charge of which he has not been found guilty.
According to eyewitness testimony, he was merely honking his horn, which could only make him more visible as he drove through an area with many police and protestors.
Also, according to eyewitnesses, he ceased after hearing shouting from the officers in question. The eyewitness testimony in his favour is substantial, and it is disturbing that Canada Post Corporation would find Nick Driedger guilty in advance of the verdict of a court of law.
I, ____________________ request that Nick Driedger be reinstated as a full time mail service courier with no harm to his seniority.
I also request that any targeting of him due to his activities as a CUPW shop steward come to an immediate end.