Canada Post workers to keep fighting changes

Dave Stewart
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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.

 

dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca

Twitter.com/DveStewart

Organizations: Canada Post, Canadian Union, Postal Workers Charlottetown city council Stratford council

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Stratford

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  • kenmarsden
    March 05, 2014 - 17:29

    That is A GREAT IDEA.

  • Deb
    February 20, 2014 - 20:00

    @ pull the plug..you sound like you might be another troll...quite possible indeed..they need them to sell the lies to the public..you also need to "get educated". If I was a fossel from the post office I guess then I have been around quite a bit longer than you and would have a bit more knowledge .. More than a Troll anyway..:)

  • Gallimaufrist
    February 20, 2014 - 19:33

    As an ode to the postal service, we made this movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyKypmiX_pE&feature=youtu.be

  • Liam Mooney
    February 20, 2014 - 18:46

    We disliked the announcement re: end of door to door delivery service so much that we made a movie about it. Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyKypmiX_pE&feature=youtu.be and be sure to like it after!

  • Love the snow
    February 20, 2014 - 12:14

    Tweel says, "I don’t know what the rationale is,’’......uh to save money! Canada post is bleeding money, employees are paid way more than in the private sector, and the public has very little patience for CUPW. Remember the last time they went on strike? Not lots of sympathy for them.

    • coco
      February 20, 2014 - 17:36

      The banking idea sounds doable.

  • Al
    February 19, 2014 - 20:03

    In business for 30 plus years if a business loses as much money a s post office get with the the times ,all invoices etc send by email not by mail,not needed any more.

  • Al
    February 19, 2014 - 12:28

    The rational is you are losing a billion dollars a year of taxpayers money .shut it down

    • Deb
      February 19, 2014 - 18:14

      Al, it is not taxpayers' money!! Get educated!! BTW..Hundreds of millions are paid out yearly to upper management in bonuses. How's that possible for a company that's supposedly losing money?? They make profits in the hundreds of millions from sales, which is how they make their money, not with your tax dollars!!

    • pull the plug
      February 20, 2014 - 07:43

      Canada Post is expensive and slow. I had a quote shipping an item from Moncton to Charlottetown. From Canada Post it was $36 and up to 4 day delivery, Purolator wanted $24 and was next day guaranteed delivery. easy to figure out who to use... I agree with Al, get rid of them all. Canada Post is a dinosaur and should be in a museum. Deb, you sound like you might be one of the fossils from the post office.

    • Get your facts straight before you open your mouth!!!
      February 20, 2014 - 10:37

      @pull the plug.....you need to do your homework...Purolator is OWNED by Canada post...........ignorance is bliss......

  • Stu
    February 19, 2014 - 12:27

    Maybe Charlottetown is not in favor of hundreds of community mail boxes scattered throughout their urban areas might be considering a property rental fee or an individual business license fee for each CMB “Community Mail Box” that ends up on public land.  These fees could cover the costs associated with extra policing (when the CMB end up getting broken into), weekly cleanups (from customers tossing flyers), snow removal or gardening and designated parking/stoping areas on the streets, so folks can pick up their mail.  If seniors are unable to pick up their mail from a Community Mailbox, we could say that the issue is now a medical mobility issue and would now need to be paid for by the provincial healthcare.  For example: If a senior requires assistance twice a week with groceries, cleaning, laundry, the provincial government can now add on the cost of mail retrieval. So by the Federal Conservatives eliminating door to door delivery in Charlottetown,  the province will have to pick up the bill for all the extra costs associated with the CMB delivery method.  That is why we need to challenge the door to door cuts, by introducing a property rental fee or an individual business license fee for every new CMB.  Each CMB should also have a recycling bin/slot and a garbage bin/slot included in the CMB design, so that it would meet with recycling rules for businesses operating in Charlottetown.  Any older designed CMB will need to be retrofitted.  From the Charlottetown homeowner's point of view, property values will decrease if you are one of the unfortunate folks who end up with CMB on your property, resulting in more traffic noise at all times of the day and evening and a huge eyesore to look at each day. When the Federal Conservatives decide to privatize Canada Post once the end of door to door delivery has been implemented, would Charlottetown still be looking at the CMB in the same way?  Imagine if the CMB is now owned by DHL and painted a bright florescent yellow with red stripes and any profits generated from these “DHL boxes” would most likely not be returned to the municipalities that hosted them.  Companies like Fedex and UPS already paying property and business license tax to operate in Charlottetown would be at a business disadvantage.  CMB are built to last 30 years, so the question I ask you is: Will Canada Post be around 30 years from now?  So please be careful what gets grandfathered into our Charlottetown’s civic agreements. An agreement for a CMB that’s owned by Canada Post the crown corporation should be written different from a CMB that’s owned by a private company like DHL.  A Crown Corporation CMB cannot be taxed by the provinces or municipalities, but a privately owned CMB can be taxed. If we take the next 18 months to discuss a property rental fee or an individual business license fee for each CMB with Canada Post, there’s a very good chance that by the time we reach an agreement, the Liberal and NDP will be in power in Ottawa and door to door delivery will then continue on, paid for by the feds and Canada Post.

    • Hey stu
      February 19, 2014 - 18:53

      Hey stu I am sure there is no more Dhl trucks anymore. They shut down so pick on a different courier company

  • confederacy or confederation
    February 19, 2014 - 11:32

    Hey Mitch, get the terminology correct. CONFEDERATION. And the reason for the assault on federal services is because your party in power - the Conservatives - are taking their marching orders from Albertans who want less government. That pinches PEI which wants more government. You can't have both.