Corner Brook and area mail carriers to go door-to-door with petition to save their jobs

Cory Hurley
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Kris Caravan, vice-president of Local 39 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, delivers mail in Corner Brook.

CORNER BROOK  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 in 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, 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 from 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 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.

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

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Valley Mall, Canada

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  • A_Concerned_Member
    February 08, 2014 - 11:20

    Canada Post and the Harper government are only thinking about profit, they have forgot that the public put them in their positions and the public can get them out. The average working/lower class person is not their concern, they want more money and they want to give Canada away piece by piece. They are starting with the Vet offices and Canada Post but what will be next? Yes I understand people are thinking about seniors and people with disabilities but what some people don't think about is the online shoppers. Most times online shopper's items are delivered by letter carriers. Some companies that are only in major centers give there packages to Canada Post to get to their final place. So yes seniors and people with disabilities are very important but all citizens of Canada are important too.

  • Carla
    February 07, 2014 - 18:34

    Hey what people don't realize this is OUR service it's own by the public it's a crown corporation they made profit 17 out of the last 18 years so it's money gone back into the government why do they need to make money it's a service? I for one well be signing people need their mail and they need their jobs! What would happen if the government next step is to stop marine altantic to a crossing once a week, they are a crown corporation too? The government shouldn't have a say in this we should if we let this slide what's next?

  • Stu Webster
    February 07, 2014 - 13:56

    If door to door delivery is going to end in Corner Brook, Maybe Corner Brook city council not in favor of hundreds 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 Corner Brook and Vally Mall 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 once the end of door to door delivery has been implemented, 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 area would be at a business disadvantage. CMB are built to last 30 years, so the question I ask you is: Will Canada Post be around 30 years from now? Dear Corner Brook Council, please be careful what gets grandfathered into your agreements. I’d say a vote by the people for the people is in order, prior to stamping down any decisions.

  • John
    February 07, 2014 - 12:39

    @ WTCAEIT You must not have read the article. I will be happy to sign their petition. I value my mail delivery important enough that they will not have to come to me.

  • Jamie-Lee
    February 07, 2014 - 11:02

    Read the 4th last paragraph, it says they are not doing this on working hours!

  • want their cake and eat it too
    February 07, 2014 - 07:47

    Going door to door asking people to sign a petition. Are they doing this on work time or on personal time? If I were the employer I'd have a REALLY issue with this being done on work time.

    • sally
      February 07, 2014 - 10:21

      @ want there cake and eat it to.... Really are you that petty I will sign the petition !!!!! Some people