Postal workers singing and signing people up to save urban delivery
SUMMERSIDE – There’s a great tradition in North American music of mixing protest and song, and some local Canada Post employees are looking to carry on that tradition.
Alison Daly, a clerk, and Gordon Perry, a letter carrier, will be amongst several of their fellow Canadian Union of Postal Workers members who will be caroling in Summerside this weekend. They are also hoping to raise awareness of recent cuts to Canada Post. Colin MacLean/Journal Pioneer
A group of employees of the Crown corporation are planning on going door to door in Summerside Saturday night, singing Christmas carols and asking folks to sign a petition to save urban mail delivery.
Alison Daly came up with the idea of doing a dual caroling/protest. She’s a clerk at the Canada Post office in Summerside and a member of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
“You’ve got to think outside the box to get people to remember and get people to really look at (the issue),” said Daly.
“It’s something fun but it’s going to have a meaning to it.”
The local CUPW members have never gone caroling together before, but it should be a good time, and everyone is welcome to come along, added Daly.
“I just hope we see some community support, that lots of people will join us and we’ll make some fun out of it,” she said.
Scott Gaudet, president of CUPW Local 129, said they plan on starting their caroling at about 6 p.m. Saturday, and will be meeting at 315 Myrtle Street. If the weather does not permit caroling Saturday or Sunday, they will try again on Monday.
Gaudet said he’s been hearing a lot of anger from his customers, so he suspects they’ll find a lot of support at the door.
“The majority of my customers are seniors and I’m hearing a lot of upset people, a lot of almost fear in the their faces,” he said.
Canada Post announced last week that it will be fazing out its urban home delivery over the next five years. The move is expected to eliminate between 6,000 and 8,000 jobs.
It will also be raising the cost of stamps from 63 cents to 85 cents.
Its head office has said these measures will allow the corporation to balance its books in the coming years and stop losing money.
CUPW has been calling on Canada Post to expand the service to make itself more competitive and open up new revenue sources.