Winnipeg postal workers fight 'dismantling' of mail service

Postal workers in Winnipeg are fighting back against the Crown corporation's plan to cut door-to-door delivery service.
Canada Post is phasing out door-to-door delivery of regular mail to urban residents and increasing the cost of postage in a major move to try to reduce losses.

Postal workers in Winnipeg are fighting back against the Crown corporation's plan to cut door-to-door delivery service.

Workers and their supporters will be delivering pamphlets and window signs to homes and businesses Saturday afternoon in the city's Old St. Vital neighbourhood — an area represented by Conservative MP Shelly Glover.

"We want to make sure that Ms. Glover's constituents are aware of these changes, and they have the power to tell her to say 'no' to Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra," said Arlyn Doran, one of the coordinators of the event.

"This is part of efforts to ensure all citizens can have the opportunity to have their voices heard."

Posties will also be out at the Forks Saturday afternoon, gathering signatures to petition the cuts.

"The Forks is a natural gathering point, part of the community, just as Canada Post connects all of Canada," said Doran.

Ben Zorn, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Winnipeg local, said the five-point plan announced in December by Canada Post, which will see drastic cuts to service and a jump in the price of postage, has motivated people to take action.

"Concerned citizens and organizations are calling to ask what they can do to stop these cuts," Zorn said in a press release announcing Saturday's day of action.

"Our members want to ensure Winnipeggers know that there are measures they can take to stop the dismantling of Canada Post."


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