Media Information

“Liberals, Bring Back Our Home Delivery for the Holidays,” Union Urges

Date: 
Friday December 4 2015

For Immediate Release

Judy Foote, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, told the Journal de Montréal today that she cannot confirm that those who have lost their home delivery will have it restored.

In response, the union representing postal workers cited numerous media reports that the new U.S.-designed community mailboxes are freezing shut, even as winter is just beginning.

“It’s not too late to bring back our home delivery for the holidays,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, pointing out that the carriers who deliver those routes are still working for Canada Post.

“The longer we wait to restore door-to-door, the more difficult it will be.”

Minister Foote’s announcement that a review of Canada Post’s mandate is being prepared in a few months’ time was welcomed by the union, which is advocating for a public process that will put a postal bank back on the table.

“Canada’s big banks just reported a whopping combined profit of $35 billion,” said Palecek. “Even a tiny fraction of that money could help fund better public postal services for everyone.”

CUPW is hoping the new Liberal government will finally share a heavily censored postal banking study that the previous government refused to discuss.

“When banks are reporting $35 billion in profits, but we’re paying some of the highest bank and ATM fees in the world and nearly 2 million of us are resorting to payday lenders, it’s time to talk about a public option,” said Palecek.

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For more information, contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications, 613-327-1177 or aahmad@cupw-sttp.org

CUPW Calls On Canada Post to Stop Defeated Conservatives’ Delivery Cuts

Date: 
Wednesday October 21 2015

For Immediate Release                  

OTTAWA - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is calling for an immediate halt to the door-to-delivery cuts scheduled in the coming weeks prior to the Liberals forming the new government.

“The postal cuts were driven by the Conservatives. Now they are no longer in power, it’s time to hit the brakes,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Several neighbourhood conversions to the controversial group mailboxes were scheduled on October 19th, Election Day and still more are slated for November.

The union fears that Canada Post will forge ahead with its plan prior to the Liberal majority government taking the reins.

“We need to stop the cuts before more jobs are lost, before more damage is done to property and before more people lose this service,” said Palecek.

The Liberals campaigned on an election promise to stop the cuts to home mail delivery and hold a review of Canada Post. These commitments have been welcomed by the union, but representatives say the Liberals need to move quickly and instruct Canada Post to call a halt.

“Many seniors, people with disabilities and others voted for the Liberals because they promised to stop the cuts to door-to-door delivery," said Palecek.

"It would be wrong for Canada Post to continue down this road now that the Liberals have been elected and the people have clearly spoken on this issue.”

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For more information, please contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications, at 613-327-1177.

SAVE Canada Post Caravan in Montreal

Date: 
Friday October 16 2015

Attention Assignment Editor

For Immediate Release          

MONTREAL – The Canadian Union of Postal Workers with the Save Canada Post bus will be holding a media conference in front of Montreal City Hall today.

WHAT: Media conference 

WHO: Speakers will include:

    • Benoit Dorais, Borough Mayor
    • NDP candidate, Alexandre Boulerice
    • Bloc Québecois candidate, Simon Marchand
    • Representatives of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers


WHEN: Friday, October 16, 1 pm.

 

WHERE: Montreal City Hall, 275 Rue Notre-Dame E, Montréal, QC H2Y 1C6

 

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For media interviews or further information, please contact Magali Giroux at 514-467-1940 or Kevin Matthews at 613-293-0547 kmatthews@cupw-sttp.org.

 

Conservative Candidate Uses Union Logo for Canada Post Ad: Cheryl Gallant Accused of "A Steady Stream of Lies" by CUPW

Date: 
Thursday October 15 2015

For immediate distribution 

OTTAWA – Postal workers and Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke voters are up in arms over an ad circulated by Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant in at least one local newspaper.

Ms. Gallant, who voted down an NDP motion in support of door-to-door delivery in January 2014, placed a full-colour ad in the North Renfrew Times on October 14, 2015, declaring that she would "Save Canada Post," a reference to the popular Canadian Union of Postal Workers campaign against Conservative-backed cuts to postal service.

The ad features the CUPW's Save Canada Post artwork and logo which has appeared on lawn and window signs across the country.

It also contains a series of falsehoods about the Conservative position on the postal cuts, including the claim that there will be no job losses. Canada Post estimates 8000 jobs will be lost due to the cuts.

"I guess we're doing something right if Conservatives are stealing our logo," said Mike Palecek, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. "But it's just plain wrong for the people who are cutting the service to use our campaign logo to fuel their steady stream of lies about it."

The union learned of the ad while holding a Petawawa town hall on cuts to postal service. 

Ms. Gallant was the only federal candidate who did not bother to show up.

Since June, the CUPW has been trying to get Gallant to retract other false statements she has made about admail and the environment. Gallant has ignored the union.

The CUPW is exploring legal action to stop the deceptive use of its logo.

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The ad features the CUPW's Save Canada Post artwork and logo which has appeared on lawn and window signs across the country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUuBbditrFg

For more information, please contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications at aahmad@cupw-sttp.org or 613-327-1177

 

CUPW and allies raise awareness in Quebec City

Date: 
Tuesday October 13 2015

Media Advisory

OTTAWA – The coast-to-coast Save Canada Post caravan is in Quebec City today, as the final week of federal election campaigning begins. Allies from the labour movement join postal workers to make sure the postal cuts are top of mind for voters in Quebec City on October 19.

Daniel Caron, NDP candidate for the riding of Louis-Saint-Laurent has confirmed attendance.

 

 

What:        Media conference

 

Who:          Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Fédération des travailleurs du Quebec, Public Service Alliance of Canada, and allies.

 

Speakers:   Magali Picard, Public Service Alliance of Canada – Quebec; Magali Giroux, Save Canada Post Campaign coordinator, CUPW

 

Where:      FTQ office, 5000 boulevard des Gradins, Quebec

 

When:        4 p.m.

 

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For media interviews or further information, please contact Aalya Ahmad, CUPW Communications – aahmad@cupw-sttp.org or 613-327-1177.