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Mail carriers to go door to door with petition to save jobs

Postal carriers in Corner Brook are going public with a campaign to save their jobs.

Kris Caravan, vice-president of Local 39 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said mail carriers have reserved a table at the flea market at the Valley Mall Sunday. There, they’ll collect signatures for their petition against the proposed changes to the national postal service, including the elimination of door-to-door delivery.

In addition to rallying public support, it is an important information session for people, Caravan said.

There is a lot of misinformation and mistaken public perception pertaining to the system, he added.

One example is that mail carriers’ salaries are not paid by taxpayers, he says.

“People pay taxes to get their garbage collected, people pay taxes to get the snow removed form the streets,” he said. “People do not pay taxes to pay my salary.”

The postal carriers are also expected to be joined Sunday by members of the area’s Senior Wellness Committee. Seniors have been one of the more vocal groups to speak out against the elimination of door-to-door delivery.

Caravan said members of Local 39 will also conduct door-to-door canvassing with the petition in the near future.

He said the logistics have to be worked out, which is cumbersome since the carriers must do this when they are not working their routes.

He also expects the petition will be passed along to the different union locals and distributed to their members.

There will not be an online petition, because Canada Post will not accept those signatures, according to Caravan.

As part of the changes to Canada Post over the next five years, the remaining households throughout Canada that have their mail delivered to the door will no longer receive that service. Instead, they will obtain their mail via community mailbox delivery — as is the case now for two-thirds of Canadian households, according to Canada Post numbers.

The Western Star

Organizations: Local 39, Canadian Union, Postal Workers Canada Post Senior Wellness Committee

Geographic location: Canada, Western Star

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  • david
    February 07, 2014 - 08:58

    “People do not pay taxes to pay my salary.” Technicaly, that is actually true. But taxpayers subsidize Canada Post to the tune of $1 billon every year --- that's $1,000 million ---- because the cost of running CP is that much higher than its revenues (this is AFTER the insanely high user fees it extorts). I'll give you one guess as to what the single largest, by far, cost that Canada Post has. Wages and pensions. But it does speak to the "lottery winner" mentality of everyone at CP has that they would try so desperately hard to even TRY to deny this little gem of reality.