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2014-05-10 at 18:35

Saving home delivery

Canada Post workers march behind the Silver City theatres on Saturday to protest the planned cuts to door-to-door mail delivery.
Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Canada Post workers march behind the Silver City theatres on Saturday to protest the planned cuts to door-to-door mail delivery.
By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Wendy Johnston doesn’t want Canadians to lose door-to-door mail delivery.

The president of the Local 620 branch of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers says people value having items hand delivered to their doors and being able to retrieve mail from the boxes on their front steps or end of the driveway.

“People are really supportive of door-to-door delivery. People want to keep that,” Johnston said prior to a walk to protest the loss of door-to-door mail delivery.

“A lot of people are really appreciative. When you’re out on the street talking to customers they’re very friendly. You get to know people and see what’s going on in different areas. We’re the eyes on the street.”

Last fall the federal government announced a five-year plan to counter what they project to be a $1 billion loss at Canada Post by 2020. Included in that plan is the phase out of home delivery.

Johnston doesn’t believe the Crown corporation is hemorrhaging money to the tune of what the federal government is predicting.

The local walk, which was held on Saturday morning in the Intercity area, was just one part of a national initiative to raise awareness about the looming cuts to the postal service. Across the country, the union wanted to walk one million kilometres.

As more people switch to online statements and records while electronic communication has rendered personal messages largely obsolete, Johnston says there are still other important uses for door-to-door delivery.

“Mail is changing. Sure, letter mail isn’t as big as it was years ago, there is a decline,” Johnston said.

“There are other things like the packages you’re ordering online.” 

She says the proposed community boxes present a security risk, leaving private packages and valuable financial and personal information vulnerable.

The cuts, which were announced last fall, are estimated to axe more than 6,000 postal worker positions across Canada.

Johnston estimates the amount of letter carrier positions in the city could drop by 70 per cent, with the total number of positions dropping from 250 to perhaps less than 100.

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bttnk says:
If this was really about saving home delivery, Wendy Johnston would have provided more effective leadership to bring the cost of home delivery down via wage and benefit cuts. This is about continuing to pillage tax-payers for a service that a very small minority actually require. Those who still need door to door service have many options in the form of private mail carriers. This is a no brainer.
5/12/2014 12:28:12 PM
123whatnext says:
Times are changing and people need to move forward. No one cared about our rural route mail delivery when Canada Post took away our mailbox at end of driveway and put a group mailbox 1.5 mile down the road. Now have to hop in vehicle to get mail and it works out okay. For the seniors, that make it hard to get out, a neighbour gets the mail and also pays a checkup visit.
5/12/2014 11:10:07 AM
SomeGuy says:
I grew up where there was a community box, it was no big deal. We'd walk down the street and get our mail. I don't know why everyone is in an up roar over this when most of everywhere else has these boxes.
5/11/2014 3:26:12 PM
Pandora says:
I always wondered why we never had mail boxes at the end of our driveways like in the US...a carrier would be able to do their route a 100x faster...and delivery 3 days a week could be too much some weeks.

Postal worker was a nice job if you could get it!!

Government like the City needs to get straightened out at the top, upper levels where they are over staffed, over payed and protecting their buddies as to protect themselves.
5/11/2014 1:19:25 PM
spooner19 says:
Home delivery should have been done with years ago, it's about time this is just a waste of money and it's time to move on and get with the times.
5/11/2014 10:59:48 AM
Back-in-the-bay says:
Not to mention of course is the fact that home delivery, parcel delivery, package tracking and every other aspect of actually getting your mail or items to you is flawed, slow and grossly expensive. The service is simply not at par with nearly any other delivery service that costs much less also. Home delivery, and the lack thereof, will likely only adversely affect a small percentage of people in fact. There seems to be plenty of notice for families to find alternatives once home delivery is actually gone. Waiting till the last second to fix your issue should be on you!
5/11/2014 8:46:23 AM
tic says:
I don't mind having to walk a block or two to get my mail and think this should have been done a long time ago. Get with the times and quit wasting my taxes.
5/11/2014 7:29:47 AM
enos012 says:
What do you mena by get with the times? Considering this is teh technological age why is there even a need for any mail if it can all be done electronically? Why bother with the news paper as well? Heck think of all those trees. The times always change but becuase there has been too much division just to confuse and divide the LOT people don't have and real common sens eor answers anymore. Just curious are you going to help those that would lose thier job because we are getting with the time?
5/11/2014 10:28:18 AM
or$en says:
as of yesterday all the grey relay boxes are gone from the street corners.on monday postie's will all drive brand new vans to your street
5/11/2014 7:20:14 AM
ranma says:
They have already taken wage cuts, had clawbacks on their pension, etc. Would you like these people to be making a Mcwage instead? And then maybe having a second or third job to make ends meet?

It's becoming the norm in Canada where people have to work 2-3 jobs just to make ends meet, because of wage and benefit cuts. Not to mention, finding a full time job is almost impossible as most employers only hire part time, to avoid paying benefits.
5/11/2014 1:39:37 AM
Truthandjustice says:
Why is it that the justification that people should be paid what their job is worth that their answer is that they will need to get 3 jobs to make ends meet? Perhaps we as a society have to take a long look as to what truly is needed. We have moved to a "wants" versus "needs" society. There are a lot of expenses that can be avoided but we feel that they are essentials. Multiple cars, bigger homes, eating out, big toys, vacations etc. get back to basics and a more simpler life. Improve your skills and get a different higher paying job if you want more. Artificial wages are not sustainable long term. I know many people say that they have no luxuries in their lives but many of these people really don't to look in the mirror at their lives. The world is constantly changing and no government or political party can stop that no matter what they promise.
5/11/2014 10:39:20 AM
gremlin says:
Wendy, its time for a new tune. Why is it "every time there's changes proposed or made to any government entity" the very first thing the unions do is resort to "fear-mongering". Its become "laughable".
5/10/2014 11:21:44 PM
humnchuck says:
I appreciate CUPW's desire to ensure jobs for their membership, but as a community mailbox user since 1999 security isn't an issue. Each compartment is individually locked. The parcels compartment requires key access and the key is left in your locked mailbox. Works pretty well. Large parcels are left at the nearby postal outlet for pickup.
5/10/2014 10:12:06 PM
betterbob says:
It would be nice to have the option of home delivery for those who need it, or community boxes for those who don't and don't want CP workers trudging through their gardens to bring spam mail. The boxes no more of a security risk than Canada Post leaving an important package sticking out of your mailbox or on the ground in front of it.
5/10/2014 10:02:28 PM
tom0066 says:
So if they want to keep their jobs so bad...are they willing to take wage and benefit cuts?
5/10/2014 9:19:53 PM
cityisgreat says:
First let me say my i don't like Harper...next election I will be supporting Trudeau, mainly because he supports a common sense approach. I do however completely support getting rid of home delivery. It is so unnecessary in this day and age. In my former house i had home delivery, about 5 years ago i moved into a newer neighbourhood where Super mailboxes were the norm..big deal, so i have to walk..boo hoo..i don't care, if i can save my hard earned tax dollars and do ensure that they are spent the most efficiently i will walk 1 minute to get my mail....Having someone do door to door delivery is akin to having the milk man deliver milk...time to get rid it for all..makes no sense
5/10/2014 7:29:38 PM
enos012 says:
This just isn't about YOU! Think of the elderly in the winter time, those that don't drive or to ill to go get thier mail. ARe you offreing your services to get them thier mail? Two you wont be saving any TAX dollars. They will find anothwer way too spend your money. This is being done because they are LOSING money not to save you tax dollars. Did the city lower it's taxes after the hospital was built?
5/11/2014 10:22:54 AM
S Duncan says:
Then those people can hire someone to get their mail.
5/11/2014 12:28:10 PM
enos012 says:
So save the little bit of tax dollars that you pay for this service and keeps people employed but yet shell out and pay someone....
5/11/2014 1:29:32 PM
Sprague Street Superman says:
those who need it can pay for it, those who don't, will not have to.

Keeping people artificially employed in jobs for the sake of it does nobody any good.

People should be able to decide where they want to spend their money. its not up to you.

why don't you do the great Canadian dream and start a business that provides that service to those people? real people see opportunity and take it, useless people cry for other people to cater to them.

which one are you?
5/11/2014 4:40:54 PM
Seriously?? says:
I mostly agree.

I bet if a "not for profit" or private business was started to provide this service for the elderly or immobilized, the federal government would offer substantial grants or subsidies anyway.

Providing this service to those who can't get the mail themselves: I think that's a socially responsible service and good use of taxes

Providing door to door service to everyone: Not a good use of taxes and as many have already stated, getting exercise is not a bad thing!
5/12/2014 3:31:14 PM
enos012 says:
What do you expect the government to do? Companies like TBaytel want to charge the customer $2 for a paper bill or you can get if free online. So can you possibly imagine the amount of $$$ the government is losing on a yearly basis from ALL companies that do this. This is a draw back from technology.
5/10/2014 7:08:03 PM
Sunnyside says:
I really believe that the "powers that be" in the Canada Post organization are slow in realizing that there is a drop in actual letters, bills, etc. with computer use. So I have long wondered why they haven't changed the mail delivery to 2 or 3 times a week or less. Would cut alot of the expense.
5/10/2014 6:59:25 PM
S Duncan says:
Ya ever notice its always the unions crying and fear mongering whenever theres opportunity to save the taxpayers some money?

Exactly why public service should never be allowed to be unionized. You either do the job satisfactorily or quit.

These people just cannot accept there days are numbered. Sorry folks, times change.
5/10/2014 6:52:26 PM
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