Home mail delivery phase-out meeting poorly attended
CUPW's first public meeting on 'integral' service drew mainly politicians, postal workers
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers held a public meeting to discuss the phasing out of door-to-door mail delivery Monday night in Charlottetown, but only about 30 people attended.
CUPW is fighting the changes.
The union's Charlottetown chapter held the first of a series of meetings to hear from Ward 1 residents. But the audience was comprised mainly of politicians and postal workers.
"We expect to see 20 jobs lost in Charlottetown, if not more, because we'll lose letter carriers and then we won't need as many sortation clerks," said Chris Clay, president of the Charlottetown chapter.
It's also a loss of service that residents in Charlottetown deserve, said Clay.
"Well it takes away something that I believe is integral to Canadians. It's a service that's been provided since the beginning of the country basically."
Ward 4 Coun. Mitchell Tweel said he came to show support.
"It's a cold night, people have other commitments, but I can tell you the residents I've talked to in my ward and across this city are crystal clear, this service should remain," he said.
Organizers say they aren't discouraged by the low turnout because this is only the first of several meetings that will be held in each ward over the next six months.
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