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.