Endangered – The Public Post Office – Save Door to Door Delivery

ENDANGERED – The Public Post Office:   In the 1980s and 1990s, Conservative federal governments closed about 1500  public post offices.  Canada Post has again signalled its intent to close an unspecified number of public post offices in its most recent corporate plan.  This year there are already 16 closures underway in urban areas  – with more to come. 

For more information  check out the postings  on the bulletin page of this website  entitled “Saving Your Pulic Post Office – What you can do!”  as well as  “Stratcom Poll Results & Banking On A Future For Posts?“.  

 Canadians Say NO To Privitization

OTTAWA -  April 30, 2014- Close to two-thirds of Canadians have no appetite for privatizing Canada Post Corporation according to a new poll. 64.4% said they oppose privatizing the Crown corporation. These findings are similar to other polls done over the last two decades.

“Canadians have consistently rejected privatization as an option for our post office,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. “This opposition has kept privatization-friendly governments at bay for many years, although it may not stop the Harper government.”

CUPW believes the government-supported decision to eliminate residential door-to-door delivery could be part of a plan to privatize Canada Post. “Cutting door-to-door delivery would make it more attractive to a private sector investor,” said Lemelin.” It could also undermine public support for our postal service.”

He said cutting is not the only option Canada Post and the Conservative government have for dealing with financial challenges. They could increase revenues through postal banking like other post offices around the world.

“It’s time to look at postal banking because there is no desire or mandate for postal privatization,” said Lemelin.

The poll results are drawn from a Stratcom national online survey which interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,512 randomly selected adult Canadians between April 9th and April 10th, 2014. 

 The Conservative government supports Canada Post’s plan to eliminate all door-to-door mail delivery and dramatically increase stamp prices. This is just the latest attack on your public postal service.

Compare this to other post offices around the world, which are facing their challenges through innovative services, such as postal banking.

Help us Save Canada Post! Visit CUPW National website at www.cupw.ca   for more information on what you can do to help

 *****updated Friday May 9, 2014

Oakville Meeting:   The Oakville City Council invited Canada Post representatives to attend a special meeting on April 7, 2014. CUPW sent a letter to members living in Oakville asking them to attend the meeting. Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President, and members of the Hamilton Local Executive and Ontario Region also attended. This meeting enabled us to learn about the concerns of Oakville residents and municipal councillors. And it may soon lead to the adoption of another resolution against the elimination of door-to-door delivery.

 London Retirees Meeting:   On April 8, 2014, the London Local retirees committee organized an information session for retirees from London and surrounding areas. Brother Donald Lafleur made a presentation on the challenges facing the Canada Post pension plan. Brother Leon Bouvier made a presentation on the Labour Notesconference held inChicago on March 29, 2014. Most of the approximately 30 brothers and sisters who attended left the meeting with Save Canada Post stickers, postcards and lawn signs. 

Canvassing in Scarborough  On April 12, 2014, the Scarborough Local, along with NDP MPs Dan Harris and Rathika Sitsabaiesan, went door?to?door and distributed over 10,000 information kits to the public. This activity enabled us to collect many signatures on our petition against the elimination of door-to-door delivery.

 Canvassing In St-Eustache:   On April 12, 2014, the Montreal Local, along with NDP MP Laurin Liu, had a brief event before going door-to-door in St-Eustache. Participants gathered at 405 Arthur-Sauvé Blvd., where the public was asked to sign petitions. Sylvain Lapointe, National Director, Metro Montreal Region, and Alain Duguay, Montreal Local President, spoke to the more than 150 people who attended the event. Afterward, the group went off to deliver information kits to the public. Over 5,000 information kits were distributed and lawn signs were handed out to people willing to install them in front of their homes.

 Scarborough Public Meeting:  On April 16, 2014, the Scarborough Local held a public meeting with NDP MPs Dan Harris and Rathika Sitsabaiesan, as well as Scarborough municipal councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker. Sister Cathy Beth, Brother Donald Lafleur and the abovementioned made presentations to the approximately 150 people in attendance.

A lot of information has been provided to the public with many signed petitions being collected  & lawn signs distributed.

updated Friday May 9, 2014

CalgaryOn Saturday May 3, 2014 the Canadian Union of Postal Workers  held a “Save Canada Post – The Real Public Forum” meeting at the Dover Community Centre  (3133 – 30 Avenue SE Calgary).  The Forum was open to all Calgary citizens, especially those residing or working within the T2B and T3J postal code areas.   The meeting was well attended and the public signed petitions, picked up “Save Door to Door Delivery” information pamplets, buttons and lawn signs for distribution.

 
On Monday May 12, 2014 the Calgary  City Council voted 14 to 1 in favour of a motion  asking Canada Post Corporation to commit to consult with the City before pushing ahead with CMB’s within Calgary. This motion will be a strong weapon in CUPW’s fight with CPC & the Federal Government on this  issue. 

updated Tuesday May 13, 2014

September 2014 – Save Canada Post Campaign

 On September 20th, members from across the province demonstrated at the office of Conservative MP Denis Lebel. A week earlier, Lebel complained to the press about the plan to march in front of his residence, claiming this would invade his privacy. Therefore, workers marched silently by his residence as a mark of respect for all postal workers who have lost their jobs under the Harper government. They carried signs with messages such as “Silently remembering the unemployed,” “Quietly waiting for this government to go in 2015,” and “Quietly protesting service cuts.”

 On September 20th, representatives of the Toronto Local, the Metro-Toronto Region and the national office, with the support of other locals and several organizations demonstrated at the office of Conservative MP and current Finance Minister Joe Oliver. Over 250 people participated in this protest against the government’s support for Canada Post’s five-point plan, and other service cuts.

On September 13 and 14, the London Local held an info table at London’s “Western Fair” to explain the devastating impact of Canada Post’s five-point plan to city residents. Signatures were collected for our petition and campaign material was distributed to the public.

 On September 20, the Vancouver, Royal City and Fraser Valley Locals demonstrated at the office of Conservative MP James Moore. More than 150 people protested the government’s support for Canada Post’s five-point plan and other service cuts. The demonstration was followed by a public picnic featuring speeches and musical performances. 

 Community Mail Boxes (CMBs)

will hurt residential property values

September 25, 2014 

Postal service cuts are coming to people’s homes, and they may be wondering what the impact will be.

Canada Post intends to install and use Community Mailboxes (CMBs) where homes currently have door-to-door delivery. The plan will affect both postal workers and users, so the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) wanted to find out how much the CMB plan could cost homeowners. Earlier this year, CUPW investigated how CMBs might affect residential property values.

 We learned there is more than one way to find whether something would influence a home’s market value. One method is called the direct comparison approach. This approach suggests that yes, a CMB installation would probably reduce a home’s value: if you had a choice between two homes, one with and one without a CMB there, other factors being equal, it’s reasonable to think you would prefer the one without. So you would likely pay more for that one.

 But this direct comparison approach doesn’t put a dollar figure on the impact.

 Another method, a “before and after” method of appraisal would help determine the amount of the devaluation, but this kind of data isn’t available yet, because there aren’t yet any residential properties in Canada that have had CMBs added to their property. In other words, Canada Post is in unknown territory, and no-one can accurately predict the cost.

 Factors:

Why would someone rather buy a house without a CMB – or one without a CMB right next door?

Because of: 

• the associated increase in traffic and noise;

• the nuisance of vehicles stopped and idling there;

• debris and litter;

• loss of privacy;

• decreased curb appeal;

• and vandalism concerns, among other possible reasons

 CUPW has questions:

Canada Post Corporation (CPC) maintains it has the right to impose its new mailboxes on people and doesn’t have to give them any choice in the matter. Representatives of CPC have met with affected residents to tell them this is how things will be.

But they’re leaving some important questions unanswered.

 Should a residential property owner seek compensation? Are they being misled to believe they have no choice? What will they do about the costs of cleaning and maintaining the property if/when Canada Post fails to adequately maintain the CMB area? What if someone should be injured or cause other liability on a homeowner’s property?

Canada Post’s plan makes homeowners and the public pay for the costs, while cutting services. Offering less for more isn’t a good plan.

If you, your friends and family, or the public have questions about this issue, please ask them to go to savecanadapost.ca or call toll free 855-878-7111 to get more information and join the campaign to Save Canada Post.

 

 

 

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