CUPW’s Plan for Our Public Postal Service

July 24, 2014 – 12:00

Save Canada Post / Bulletin

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On December 11, 2013, Canada Post Corporation announced a plan to change public postal service as we know it and the federal government endorsed this plan.

CUPW recognizes that Canada Post needs to change, but does not think that offering less service for higher rates is the way forward. The union has developed a more viable plan for the corporation’s future called A Better Public Postal Service For Everyone! It’s Time:

Fair postage rates:
Recently the Conservatives authorized increases of 35% to 59% for individuals. The increases for business mailers were 15% to 19%. That’s not fair. Postage rates should be affordable and equal for everyone.

Accessible delivery:
The Conservative government is supporting Canada Post’s plan to eliminate door-to-door delivery to more than 5 million homes. This will cause serious problems for people with restricted mobility. Canada Post should maintain door-to-door delivery and convert to more door-to-door delivery as finances permit. It’s time to put people first!

Maintaining rural and urban post offices:
Canada Post management has been closing post offices. It’s time to make better use of the largest retail network in the country to provide more services to the public.

Re-introducing financial services:
It’s time for Canada Post to follow the example of postal services in countries such as Switzerland, France, the UK and Italy and use its network to provide banking and financial services.

Transparency and accountability:
Back-room meetings and secret studies have to end. We need real consultation. Canada Post’s 800-page secret study described postal banking as a “win-win” strategy. It’s time for truth instead of cover-ups and spin.

A greener post:
Canada Post is an environmentally positive option for parcels and courier items. It’s time to consolidate delivery services for consumers and reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.

Respect and decent working conditions:
Postal workers deserve safe and healthy working conditions. It’s time to make this a priority.

Join us and help make this happen! Contact your local.

You can obtain this plan in handout form by going to SaveCanadaPost.ca.

In solidarity,

Denis Lemelin
National President