Corner Brook and area postal carriers taking protest public

Cory Hurley
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George MacDonald, a Canada Post mail carrier in Stephenville, was bundled up warm against the frigid temperatures Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

Postal carriers are taking their campaign to save their jobs public in Corner Brook.

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.

They will be there collecting signatures for their petition against the proposed changes to the national postal service, including eliminating door-to-door delivery. As well as  rallying public support, Caravan said it is an important information session for people.

He said there is a lot of misinformation and public perception pertaining to the system. 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 people against the elimination of the door-to-door delivery.

Caravan said members of Local 39 will also be conducting a door-to-door canvassing with the petition in the near future. He said the logistics have to be worked out, which he said 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. That service will be converted to community mailbox delivery — as is the case now for two thirds of Canadian households, according to Canada Post numbers.

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

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Canada

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