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Canada Post says it plans to phase out door-to-door delivery to approximately five million homes over the next five years.
A Canada Post union spokesman says he’s planning petition blitzes, town hall meetings and a rally in May to save door-to-door home delivery.
Chris Clay, president of the Charlottetown local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), said he’s also working on getting as much political clout behind him as he can.
Clay got a bit of a boost last week when Charlottetown city council threw unanimous support behind a resolution opposing the move by Canada Post.
“The help from the city is a huge step. It was easily one of the big challenges,’’ Clay said, noting that he’s going to be asking for support from Stratford council, plans to talk to MLAs and has already met with Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay.
“We’re planning petition blitzes and working up towards another rally in May. I’m also hoping to have two town hall meetings between now and then.’’
Canada Post says it plans to phase out door-to-door delivery to approximately five million homes over the next five years. The corporation has also said delivery to people in apartment buildings, seniors’ residences and condominiums who have mail delivered in their building lobby, will not be affected by the changes.
The postal service announced in December that it would cut 8,000 jobs and make changes to its operations to deal with a projected annual loss of $1 billion a year by 2020 if it were to continue with door-to-door delivery.
Clay speculates that instead of starting in big Canadian cities they’ll start with smaller communities.
The union spokesman says there are 15,000 homes in Charlottetown and Stratford that currently have door-to-door delivery, not including apartment buildings.
In terms of job impact, Clay says with a new route schedule, they’ll go from 31 active letter carrier routes to 10 yet only four employees in his union are near retirement age out of 150 workers.
Coun. Mitchell Tweel, who moved the resolution to support the union, said for whatever reason there has been an erosion of federal government service in Charlottetown.
“I’ve never seen such an assault on our services here federally. I don’t know what the rationale is,’’ Tweel said. “Here we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the confederacy, where it first began, and what are we experiencing? The loss of services that unites and brings this country together.’’
Tweel is also inviting Deepak Chopra, president and CEO of Canada Post, to come to Charlottetown and hold a public meeting to discuss the moves.