CUPW-STTP Continue Their Court Challenge to Federal Court in Toronto

Update: see previous post – October 29, 2015 Canada Post’s CEO Deepak Chopra, Has Over Half a Million Reasons To Restore Door-to-Door Delivery

The CUPW-STTP was successful in their campaign to stop Canada Post's plans to eliminate door-to-door delivery and replace it with Community Mail Boxes and stopping Stephen Harper from emerging from the most recent Federal election as Canada's PM.
The CUPW-STTP was successful in their campaign to stop Canada Post’s plans to eliminate door-to-door delivery and replace it with Community Mail Boxes and stopping Stephen Harper from emerging from the most recent Federal election as Canada’s PM. In 2013, Harper commissioned a secret study into the privatization of Canada Post. What will this Union do to lobby against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on SOEs?  The TPPA states that SOEs and monopolies have to act on the basis of commerical considerations. This will have a dreadful effect upon all Federal Crown Corporations, including Canada Post, CBC and Via Rail.

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The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says it will continue with its Federal Court challenge of Canada Post’s decision to end home mail delivery, even with a new federal government in power.

CUPW-STTP National Headquarters at 377 Bank Street in Ottawa, Ontario.

A union spokesman in Quebec said Thursday that while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to maintain home delivery across the country, it was said as a campaign promise.

Sylvain Lapointe, a national director of the union for the Montreal area, said the Liberals have never discussed what would happen to sites where community mailboxes have been recently erected to replace home mail delivery.

Lapointe said that given the uncertainty, the union will maintain the legal challenge, which includes several groups including the disabled and retirees who want home delivery maintained. The mayors of several municipalities have also tried to join in as interveners in the case.

Canada Post wanted every Canadian to retrieve their mail from one of these community mail boxes, as opposed to having it delivered, door-to-door to their homes.
Canada Post wanted every Canadian to retrieve their mail from one of these community mail boxes, as opposed to having it delivered, door-to-door to their homes.

Late last month, Canada Post announced a temporary suspension of its plan to end home mail delivery — but only for the rest of this year.

The country’s national mail carrier stopped installing the new community boxes a week after the Liberals came to power, meaning about half a million households slated to be converted before the end of 2015 maintained their home delivery service.

As Justin Trudeau and the Federal Liberal Party bask in their recent victory and the public's favour, Deepak Chopra (above) is nervous about his future at Canada Post, after having his contract extended by 5 years in July, 2015 by his buddy, Stephen Harper to 2021.
As Justin Trudeau and the Federal Liberal Party bask in their recent victory and the public’s favour, Deepak Chopra (above) is nervous about his future at Canada Post, after having his contract extended by 5 years in July, 2015 (to Jan. 31/21) by his buddy, Stephen Harper

During 2014, Canada Post converted 100,000 addresses that had door-to-door delivery to community mailboxes. In 2015, it planned to convert about 900,000 addresses.

The Parliment Building's Centre Block. Canadians were hoping that a change to the government would reverse some of Harper's destructive plans, including the elimination of door-to-door delivery to 1.17 million Canadian households.
The Parliment Building’s Centre Block. Canadians were hoping that a change to the government would reverse some of Harper’s destructive plans, including the elimination of door-to-door delivery to 1.17 million Canadian households.

“Our motion also covers areas that have lost home delivery,” Lapointe said. “Now there is a moratorium that is in place, but what we don’t know is if there will be restoration of home delivery in areas that lost it following the announcement in December 2013.”

Canada Post had announced a plan to move to community mailboxes nearly two years ago, citing a decline in home mail delivery revenues.

A Canada Post letter carrier at a relay box. Canada Post put the brakes on their "full steam ahead" plan to further eliminate door-to-door delivery replaced by community mail boxes (CMB's) a week after Harper was trounced by the Canadian public and Trudeau and the Federal Liberals were elected by a landslide.
A Canada Post letter carrier at a relay box. Canada Post put the brakes on their “full steam ahead” plan to further eliminate door-to-door delivery replaced by community mail boxes (CMB’s) a week after Harper was trounced by the Canadian public and Trudeau and the Federal Liberals were elected by a landslide.

Lapointe says he looks forward to a first meeting with Public Services Minister Judy Foote, who is in charge of the issue. They’d like her to consider expanding Canada Post’s mandate to include banking services, which other postal services have done as a way of increasing revenues.

“We’ll have to look at what the Trudeau government will do in the weeks and months to come,” Lapointe said.

The case is before the Federal Court in Toronto, but isn’t expected to be argued on its merits until sometime next year.

The Federal Court in Toronto at 330 University Avenue.

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