Canada Post Review consultations to attract ‘lineups’

Update: see previous post – May 5, 2016 Canada Post Review Announced by Public Services Minister Judy Foote

"Try self-serve today" is where Canada Post seems to be moving, as they want to replace door-to-door delivery with community mailboxes. photo by fightyourtickets.ca
“Try self-serve today” is where Canada Post seems to be moving, as they want to replace door-to-door delivery with community mailboxes. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

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Negotiations continue at slow pace between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

MPs are expecting a high turnout when they begin consulting Canadians on the future of Canada Post, including door-to-door mail delivery, starting this fall.

The parliamentary committee tasked with hearing from Canadians on what it is they want from their national postal system issued a notice late Thursday cautioning members of the public that “lineups are to be expected.”

On community mailboxes, Canada Post stated the following: "Canada Post is pleased that the corporation's legal authority to install community mailboxes on municipally-owned property has been upheld. This is a long-standing authority, but not one we take for granted."
Canada Post Community mailboxes. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

The notice comes as Canada Post and the union representing its workers continue negotiations over proposed changes to employee pensions and pay equity between rural and urban carriers.

“Talks are moving slowly,” Mike Palecek, the national president for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), said in an email to CBC News Friday. “Still far apart, but there is progress,” he said.

A Canada Post letter carrier at a relay box. photo by fightyourtickets.ca
A Canada Post letter carrier at a relay box. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

A strike was averted earlier this month after Canada Post withdrew its 72-hour lockout notice.

“Canada Post continues its efforts at the negotiating table to reach new collective agreements for employees represented by CUPW,” Canada Post spokesman Mouktar Abdillahi said in a statement to CBC News on Friday.

CANADA POST CONSULTATION DATES

MPs studying the future of Canada Post are inviting Canadians to attend public hearings beginning this September. (CBC’s Natalie Holdway, George Mantzioris)

Canada Post President/CEO Deepak Chopra on December 11, 2013 that Canada Post would eliminate door-to-door delivery and thousands of jobs. He was supported by his buddies in the Conservative government, Stephen Harper and Lisa Raitt. Fearing he would lose the election and the ongoing opportunity to tear down the post office, Harper extended Chopra's appointment for another five years, at a maximum of salary of $518,000 a year. Fearing the his newly elected boss may deny him the opportunity to earn almost $2.6 million, Chopra has reconsidered eliminating all the door-to-door delivery in Canada. After Trudeau was elected with an strong majority on Oct.19, Chopra says Canada Post decided to stop the phase-out of door-to-door mail in order to “sit down and discuss with the incoming federal government the policies that make sense.”
Canada Post President/CEO Deepak Chopra on December 11, 2013 that Canada Post would eliminate door-to-door delivery and thousands of jobs. He was supported by his buddies in the Conservative government, Stephen Harper and Lisa Raitt. Fearing he would lose the election and the ongoing opportunity to tear down the post office, Harper extended Chopra’s appointment for another five years, at a maximum of salary of $518,000 a year (this doesn’t include his bonuses). Fearing the his newly elected boss may deny him the opportunity to earn almost $2.6 million, Chopra has reconsidered eliminating all the door-to-door delivery in Canada. After Trudeau was elected with an strong majority on Oct.19, Chopra says Canada Post decided to stop the phase-out of door-to-door mail delivery in order to “sit down and discuss with the incoming federal government the policies that make sense.” photo fightyourtickets.ca

Security checks, photo ID

Canadians interested in attending the hearings will have to bring a piece of photo ID and go through security.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have told Canada Post for years that Post Office Banks would work and make money. The Liberal government however, is too close to the banks that are currently in place, to look at the possibility of postal banks for Canadians.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers have told Canada Post for years that Post Office Banks would work and make money. The Liberal government however, is too close to the banks that are currently in place, to look at the possibility of postal banks for Canadians.

“Please note that witnesses (or observers) attending the meeting must clear security and provide photo identification before they can be granted access to the meeting room,” said the notice issued by the committee on Thursday.

The clerk of the Commons committee on government operations and estimates was not immediately available Friday to provide details about security measures being put in place.

But a spokesperson for Public Services Minister Judy Foote told CBC News the same rules apply to committee meetings held on or off Parliament Hill.

MPs on the committee will have to report their findings to Parliament by December.

At the same time, a four-member panel appointed by the government in May will be conducting a formal review of Canada Post.

The Liberals promised during the election to “undertake a new review of Canada Post to make sure that it provides high-quality service at a reasonable price to Canadians, no matter where they live.”

Canadians who want to have a say can submit a request by August 26 to appear before the parliamentary committee or fill out a survey online from Sept. 26 to Oct. 21.

We have to continue to struggle and remind the federal government that Canadians want to maintain door-to-door delivery and delivery of mail five (5) days a week. Judy Foote and others are considering reducing delivery to 2 to 3 days a week, versus the current 5.
We have to continue to struggle and remind the federal government that Canadians want to maintain door-to-door delivery and delivery of mail five (5) days a week. Minister Judy Foote and others are considering reducing delivery to 2 to 3 days a week, versus the current 5. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

 

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