St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe met with representatives from the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) this morning to discuss Canada Post’s proposal to eliminate home mail delivery in urban centres and raise the cost of sending mail.
(From left) St. John's Mayor Dennis O'Keefe, local Canadian Union of Postal Workers president Mike McDonald, and chief shop steward Craig Dyer. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram
The mayor told reporters after the meeting that the federal government should view mail delivery as a core service. He said eliminating home delivery will have a significant impact on many people in the city.
Local CUPW president Mike McDonald said his union has offered suggestions to management about ways to create efficiencies and save money for Canada Post, but those recommendations have generally been met with silence.
Craig Dyer, chief shop steward for the local union, said mail carriers are being forced to work overtime at a great cost to the Crown agency. He said creating new positions could handle the extra deliveries at a reduced cost to Canada Post.
CUPW will hold a public meeting on Jan. 7 at St. Theresa's parish hall in St. John’s.