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Postal Workers to deliver only three days a week

Mail volume dropped by half since strike began last Thursday


Beginning on June 13, Canada Post will deliver mail in urban areas only 3 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) as negotiations between the Crown corporation and union members remain deadlocked. Only urban dwellers, whose letters are delivered by carriers on foot, will be affected by the cutback, as rural Canadians usually drive their own cars to collect mail. According to Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton, mail volumes have decreased by half since the rotating strikes began last week, and customer confidence is dwindling as well. The corporation has made further concessions, offering the union a $7 maximum wage increase, more vacation time, and a defined benefit pension by age 60. The union—still displeased with the company’s allegedly dangerous modernization project—will continue its strike until further notice. 13 small communities in nine provinces were the latest to be affected by walkouts since the strike began last Thursday.

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Postal Workers to deliver only three days a week

  1. This is not really new. Canada Post has wanted to reduce or eliminate the door-to-door delivery of mail for many years (witness the rise of the Superbox). I strongly expect that mail delivery will remain at 3 days/week after the labour dispute is resolved, and as canadians get accustomed to it, they will be easier to transition into picking up their mail from the corner store or Superbox newly placed in their community.

    Does anyone else remember the days of Monday-to-Saturday mail delivery, Christmas Card discounts and nickel postage for First Class Mail? Long gone now, and my children laugh when I mention these. To them, Canada Post is about as relevant as an Albertosaurus.

  2. A Union wishing to prove the worth of their employees might wish to reconsider having the populace get used to them cutting their hours by a third. It might become an effective cost cutting measure at their expense.

  3. This will end up killing the union. Every bill I get for the last month has come with a ‘warning’ that I subscribe to email billing to avoid missing my deadline. I am sure other companies have adapted as well. The mail will be much slower once this is all over, and people get used to ’email billing’. Magazines can now come to an i-pad, etc. The union was stupid to slow service, as people will realize that they need them less and less. Less mail will mean less hours, and that equals less pawer to the union.

    On a side note, don’t these people start with 7 weeks holidays. They just got more? I truly hope that was for part timers, because no one I know has 7 weeks holidays.

    • Nobody at CPC starts with 7 weeks holidays . New employees get no vacation time until they reach permanent status and it usually takes years before becoming permanent . They then get 3 weeks per year and gain one week for every seven years of continuous service .

      • Sorry, I misread it:

        “Then there is the matter of paid vacation. Current full-time Canada Post
        employees are eligible for up to seven weeks of holiday, a prospect far
        beyond imagination for most in the workaday world. And the pension plan
        has an unfunded liability of $3.2 billion.”

        Even with what you said, though, that is better than the private sector. . .

        • Yes sir , I agree .

        • It takes 28 years of service to get 7 weeks of vacation. 

      • I highly doubt CPC is breaking employment laws, and I believe even the Federal jurisdiction requires two weeks of vacation time after one year’s service.  But thanks for the update on the vacation.  Except you didn’t add in the ‘sick-days’ they can bank.

  4. They have gone postal.

  5. posties need more costs a lot to sit in a bar all afternoon and drink