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Canada Post workers seek citizens’ support
Vernon postal workers hope residents will join their fight to save door-to-door service.
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers will hold a town hall meeting Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Schubert Centre to discuss Canada Post’s new service model.
“We want to get people on board,” said Colt Wilson, local CUPW president, adding that the goal is to try and force Canada Post to reverse its decision to eliminate door-to-door delivery across the country.
The union says the loss of between 6,000 and 8,000 jobs comes at the same time that Canada Post is increasing stamp prices by 37 per cent March 31.
“Meetings are being done right across the country,” said Wilson, who believes it’s essential for the union to create awareness among postal service customers.
“We are also trying to get municipalities to pass resolutions supporting local mail delivery.”
Wilson says there could be a negative impact to the City of Vernon and the public if door-to-door delivery is replaced by neighbourhood mail boxes.
“There is a potential cost associated with paving around the boxes and a cost of policing due to vandalism and graffiti in high crime areas of the community,” he said.
“There would be increased traffic and parking issues in neighborhoods causing potential hazards for pedestrians.”