Nova Scotia

Cape Bretoners should expect mail delays

Residents in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality should expect mail delays during the next two weeks as Canada Post counts every piece of mail letter carriers deliver in Sydney.

Canada Post, union disagree on purpose of mail review

Residents in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality should expect mail delays during the next two weeks as Canada Post counts every piece of mail letter carriers deliver in the area.

The review started Monday, but exactly how long the delays will last may vary from route to route, says the Crown corporation’s communications manager, Denise Corra.

"It really is going to depend on how much mail there is but I would say it could be anywhere from a few minutes to a little bit more than that," she told CBC News.

Gordie MacDonald, president of Local 117 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, suspects the delays will be longer, perhaps even an hour or two, since the process involves the mail being counted multiple times. 

"That causes somewhat of a delay getting the letter carrier out on the street," MacDonald said.

Corra and MacDonald disagree on the purpose and potential result of the review.

Corra calls it a routine review and says it’s too early to speculate on what the impact might be.

MacDonald says the review is part of Canada Post’s restructuring program and could lead to as many as eight job cuts.

The corporation launched a $2-billion modernization plan, which resulted in rotating postal strikes across the country last spring, leading to a lockout, which crippled the Canadian postal system for nearly a month.

Restructuring in Saint John, N.B. resulted in 14 fewer routes. There were warnings about delays in that city last month. 

The review in the CBRM continues until April 27, throughout Sydney, the Northside, Glace Bay and New Waterford.

Corra says if there are any changes to the delivery routes, they would take effect sometime in October.

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