This panel discussion is a chance to learn about the many shortcomings of the existing private banking system in Canada and of the potential of a public postal bank to address them! Predatory lenders are draining money out of low-income communities; could postal banking be a public alternative? By offering banking services through its existing Continue readingWeekend Video: Postal Banking
By Erika Shaker “Sadly our loving dog of 14 years has died. We received many kind notes from friends and acquaintances. Our letter carrier just noticed the dog’s rope was gone and knocked on the door to offer his condolences. What’s that worth?” — Message from recently bereaved friend There are a host of reasons (some of Continue readingPostal workers: People in your neighbourhood
by David Bush and Doug Nesbitt Canada Post management has just suspended its program of cutting home mail delivery in favour of “community mailboxes”. This is a huge victory and it’s worth celebrating. 22 months It all started nearly two years ago when Canada Post’s management surprised everyone with a plan to eliminate all home Continue readingCollective action delivers: Canada Post cuts halted
By Mike Palecek and Aalya Ahmad with contributions from CUPW members and retirees The “Save Canada Post” campaign was launched by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers shortly after Canada Post announced drastic postal cuts and rate hikes, including ending all home delivery, in December 2013. This announcement sparked massive and ongoing public protests. A Continue readingSaving Canada Post from Coast to Coast – Mobilizing Members As We Go
By Toni MacAfee I am a postal worker and proud of it! As postal workers, the dedication and commitment it takes to get on as a full-time employee is unappreciated and misunderstood. We don’t walk in one day, they say you are hired and you start working! Many of us spend years and years as Continue readingA message from a postie: Defend our public services, Stop Harper!
By David Heap and Wendy Goldsmith, members of Londoners 4 Door 2 Door Inspired by other community activists Ottawa and Hamilton, Londoners have been taking up the spade in response to Canada Post’s hurried approach to the conversion of door to door delivery to self serve mail boxes. After working on door-to-door canvassing since January, Continue readingLondoners stir up some dirt on Canada Post
OFL to launch “Dump Harper” campaign | Stephen Harper has worst economic record of any Prime Minister | Unifor and the NDP at odds over NAFTA | Miniature gardens sprout up where community mail boxes are planned in London | Ottawa cleaners reach tentative deal | Staff cuts affecting food safety | Claims of BC Continue readingR&F Labour News Update – August 3 2015
By Angela Jones, a CUPW activist and Campaign Coordinator the Toronto Local On December 11, 2013 Canada Post, with Harper’s blessing, announced their 5 point plan which included the elimination of door to door, greater privatization of postal outlets, increase in postage, introduction of new work methods and reductions in employee compensation. The NDP and Green Continue readingSave door-to-door, Stop Harper!
Ottawa cleaners approve strike | Protests in London against Canada Post | B.C.’s Howe Sound mill to close paper operations | Report calls for disclosure of private hospital laundry contracts in Sask. | Nunavut power workers and government have war of words | Fight for $15 hits McDicks | EI system is failing Canadians | Continue readingR&F Labour News Update – July 27 2015
On June 16 and 18 the Planning and Growth Management Committee of the city of Toronto held hearings on the Canada Post’s plan to end home mail delivery and install Community Mailboxes (CMBs). Just days before the hearings Canada Post announced it would keep door-to-door delivery in the downtown core of the city. The announcement Continue readingFighting CMBs at Toronto City Hall
By Joel Harden Like many people, my day starts with a cup of coffee and the proverbial smart phone prayer. Typically, this ritual involves checking all manner of messages, most of which are assisted by generous gulps of caffeine. But yesterday, as I sorted through my various inboxes, one message stood out. The Canadian Union of Continue readingInterview with Lynda Kitchikeesic: Community Mailbox Resister
By Joel Harden Chances are, if you pay attention to union news, you’re aware of the struggle over the future of Canada Post. At issue is what we can expect from our public post office, and two competing visions for changing existing services. Last week, in my hometown of Ottawa, I got an inside look Continue readingSaving Canada Post: It’s about home delivery and a whole lot more