Corner Brook and area postal carriers taking protest public

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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.

See related stories http://www.thewesternstar.com/News/Local/2013-12-12/article-3539945/Harsh-criticism-out-of-western-Newfoundland-on-Canada-Post-plans/1

and http://www.thewesternstar.com/section/2013-12-11/article-3539342/Canada-Post-cutting-home-delivery-as-part-of-five-point-action-plan/1

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

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Canada

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  • Stu Webster
    February 06, 2014 - 15:15

    Maybe the municipalities not in favor of community mail boxes scattered throughout their urban areas are considering a property rental fee or an individual business license fee for each CMB “Community Mail Box” that ends up on municipal land. These fees could cover the costs associated with extra policing (when the CMB end up getting broken into), weekly garbage pickup (from customers tossing flyers), snow removal or gardening and designated parking/stoping areas on the streets, so folks can pick up their mail. From the 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. Maybe every 1 or 30 homes will have a CMB on it… that’s much better chances than that old 6/49 ticket! No doubt, we do have local residence in favor of CMB vs door to door delivery. So it should be noted that these individuals are in a sense volunteering to host a CMB on their property, if this all gets passed by council. If the Federal Conservatives ever decide to privatize Canada Post, would the municipality 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 the municipality would be at a business disadvantage. CMB’s are built to last 30 years, so the question I ask you is: Will Canada Post be around 30 years from now? Council members should be careful what gets grandfathered into your agreements. I say a vote by the people for the people is in order, prior to stamping down any decisions.