West coast postal workers plan to rally public support

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Chris Caravan expects Corner Brook and area postal carriers will soon be making some noise.

Union Local 039 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers met recently to discuss the impending changes to Canada Post, including the ending of mail delivery. Although union members are dealing with internal union issues, they agreed to begin distributing flyers and petitions, making public appearances and contacting local politicians to rally support.

Caravan, acting president of Local 039, expects to have more direction following upcoming Atlantic region meetings and a Canadian Labour Congress meeting this week.

He said there has not been other information received, but he expects the local centre won’t affected in the next couple of years. He said he expects the changes to be rolled out in the larger areas first.

However, he hopes Canada Post’s current plans can be overturned.

“The sooner we can get rid of the Harper government, hopefully, it won’t take effect here at all,” Caravan said.

The primary focus of the union is to get Canada Post to realize it is not a private corporation, according to the acting president.

“This is a public service, a Crown corporation,” he said. “It belongs to you. It belongs to me. How come I don’t have a say in it?”

Caravan said the corporation is being mismanaged. He said cutting at all costs is not the answer to changes in the postal service.

“We realize times have changed and innovation just totally transformed this world,” he said. “However, when it comes to innovation, that is something Canada Post is avoiding. They just want to put your head on a guillotine and cut if off instantly.”

Caravan said the support to continue mail delivery has been tremendous throughout the city.

“Who in their right mind thinks they are going to cut services to hell, raise the prices of our product, and we are going to succeed in business?” he said.

“(Canada Post CEO)‚ Deepak Chopra, that’s who.”

He said Canada Post’s plans were sprung with no warning and they are a slap in the face to Canadians.

Organizations: Canada Post, Canadian Union, Postal Workers Canadian Labour Congress

Geographic location: Atlantic

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  • Grand Banker
    January 20, 2014 - 07:49

    Mr Caravan - you can make all the noise that you want but it will not - nor should it - address Canada Post's current financial situation and its plans going forward. Mail letter volumes are decreasing at a rapid pace due to alternative electronic communications and this can not be reversed or resolved any pricing strategy. In addition, to continue to a door to door mail delivery service to a very limited number of Canadians and employ thousands of individuals - at great expense to the Canadian taxpayer would be irresponsible on the part of Canada Post and/or the Federal Government..

  • Grand Banker
    January 20, 2014 - 07:46

    Mr Caravan - you can make all the noise that you want but it will not - nor should it - address Canada Post's current financial situation and its plans going forward. Mail letter volumes are decreasing at a rapid pace due to alternative electronic communications and this can not be reversed or resolved any pricing strategy. In addition, to continue to a door to door mail delivery service to a very limited number of Canadians and employ thousands of individuals - at great expense to the Canadian taxpayer would be irresponsible on the part of Canada Post and/or the Federal Government..

    • John Lawrence
      January 20, 2014 - 20:15

      Grand Banker, While I truly appreciate your right to comment and to have an opinion, I also feel that it is my responsibility to correct erroneous information that does a huge disservice to tens of thousands of hard working Canadians like myself. While there is no argument that first-class letter mail volumes have decreased since the advent of email and the like, it is absolutely wrong to suggest that Canada Post is a burden on Canadian taxpayers like you or myself. For the last 17 years, save for 2011 when the government locked the workers out of the Post office, Canada Post has turned a tidy profit. In fact, it has added more than a BILLION dollars in tax payments and special dividends to the Canadian taxpayer. You are being lied to, and it is my duty to point this out. The only reason Canada Post is 'bleeding' as the media is so quick to report, is because of simple accounting strategies that reflect the appearance of loss after loss. (Please don't be that gullible.) As for 'a very limited number of Canadians' receiving door-to-door delivery, you would be surprised to find that the number is much higher than we are let on to believe if you include door-to-door business delivery and delivery to apartment lobbies and mailrooms. Your claim that this service comes "at great expense to the Canadian taxpayer" is also a falsehood. (See above.) Canada Post is a source of REVENUE for taxpayers and it is simply the will of the current regime running Ottawa into the ground to dismantle the public service as quick as possible. Please remember that the public service was built to do just that: Serve the Public. It was never meant to be a profitable corporation that could be sold to a politician's business associates, but it is nice that even so that is the case that the Post Office provides Canadians with a solid source of revenue. Do you really want that source of income sold off to the business elite? I sure don't. The last point, you mentioned that these services employ thousands of individuals. These individuals are your neighbors, and they pay taxes and support the economy in a very real way.

  • Grand Banker
    January 20, 2014 - 07:45

    Mr Caravan - you can make all the noise that you want but it will not - nor should it - address Canada Post's current financial situation and its plans going forward. Mail letter volumes are decreasing at a rapid pace due to alternative electronic communications and this can not be reversed or resolved any pricing strategy. In addition, to continue to a door to door mail delivery service to a very limited number of Canadians and employ thousands of individuals - at great expense to the Canadian taxpayer would be irresponsible on the part of Canada Post and/or the Federal Government..

    • mfh2112
      January 20, 2014 - 20:53

      Grand Banker. You have no idea what you are talking about. The internet has been around for over 20 years and mail volumes have just been "rapidly" decreasing now? What has changed is online billing and volumes have declined in that regard slowly over the last decade. Meanwhile addressed admail, magazines and parcel/packets continue to grow. That income will soon exceed the losses in first class lettermail. CPC is not in any fiscal bind. It made a profit in 2012 and the numbers for 2013 look to be the same. If it was such a money loser than why the big rush to privatize? Canada Post is a public service and its only fiscal responsibility is to pay for itself as it provides the best and most accessible service to ALL Canadians. I have heard many argue that since they personally do not use the Postal service then it should be done away with. Those people are few and far between.