October 07, 2018

Canadians greet looming CUPW postal strike threat with a yawn

David MenziesMission Specialist

The lefty loons running the Canadian Union of Postal Workers are rattling their sabres again saying if they don’t get their way, the rank-and-file will go on strike.

While the threat of a strike might have worked in the 1970’s when everybody relied on the mail service, now just about everyone uses the internet.

Apparently, the union didn’t get that memo though. Maybe it got lost in the mail?

The irony is that every time CUPW stages a strike, it drives more people to e-mail and e-commerce, further making this union and the entire post office increasingly irrelevant.

Add to this that the comrades running CUPW seem to care less about what’s good for their membership, and more about pursuing social justice causes, and I’d wager many Canadians would say, good riddance.

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commented 2018-10-10 09:09:56 -0400

I am not talking about bills. I get packages almost everyday delivered by Canada Post as do millions of other Canadians in varying frequency. Progress hasn’t yet made it, so those packages can be delivered electronically.
commented 2018-10-10 02:36:17 -0400
Nicholas i do not get junk mail, my mailbox requests it not be put in there, occasionally i get some as people make mistakes but for the most part the contractors leave it out. The union had a cow over people not wanting the junk , who the hell are they to tell me what i should receive?
commented 2018-10-10 02:33:16 -0400
Amanda and Nicholas sorry you are the clueless ones and the mail can be done better by a private company, never said it was not useful. And i get all my bills electronically and pay them on my bank site. Funny how lefties hate actual progress.
commented 2018-10-09 11:26:35 -0400
Amanda Fleming,

Alberta only gets junk mail, so he thinks the rest of Canada isn’t receiving actual mail, important documents, packages, etc. He thinks his life represents millions of Canadians that use Canada Post one way or another every day.
commented 2018-10-09 11:07:45 -0400
It’s a shame we don’t have a government that values the free market. If we did, they’d let the market find efficient solutions to the problems of letter and package delivery rather than maintaining monopolies that only ensure inefficiency.
commented 2018-10-09 10:19:16 -0400
Alberta u are so misinformed is hilarious .. and sad all at the same time.. I’m cracking up on ur comments thanks for the laugh.
commented 2018-10-09 10:19:15 -0400
Alberta u are so misinformed is hilarious .. and sad all at the same time.. I’m cracking up on ur comments thanks for the laugh.
commented 2018-10-09 08:41:46 -0400
Alberta Maga,

You are completely clueless about how essential actual mail still is. Online blogs are not an essential part of society.
commented 2018-10-09 07:17:28 -0400
Thanks to the inept, useless and lying Canada Post I’m 100% paperless. And I urge everyone else in Canada to do the same.

These useless clowns who don’t deliver the mail , lose it, take it home with them, etc., deserve to be fired. Their managers who lie through their teeth deserve worse.
commented 2018-10-09 02:38:27 -0400
To anyone defending the union, i ask why should Canadapost not be sized down or up if the situation changes to meet demand? The union should not decide how many people should have jobs.
commented 2018-10-09 02:24:17 -0400
How about the damn public sector unions and the government quit whining and practice efficiency? Show some damn respect for the taxpayers. Many government workers are lazy and departments are run poorly and they waste money like it grows on trees. So spare me the WE WORK HARD garbage. Some of course do, but many do not and cannot be fired because of unions.
commented 2018-10-09 02:20:00 -0400
Nicholas Conklin why do we not pay for everything for everyone then?? I want tax payer funded groceries and delivery of those groceries as well.
commented 2018-10-09 02:17:41 -0400
Nicholas Conklin we do not need them , what part of that don’t you get. No one NEEDS them. Only a monopoly makes them viable. Why other with that???
commented 2018-10-09 02:16:02 -0400
Allan Jang the government gets tax revenue from private companies as well.
commented 2018-10-09 02:14:31 -0400
Catharine Spiak there are private companies that ship those things. Try learning a few things.
commented 2018-10-09 02:13:25 -0400
Nicholas Conklin then you should be forced to pay for the Rebel. And i am fine paying for things that people need, Candapost can be replaced by a private company.
commented 2018-10-08 22:52:46 -0400
Now retired from my Private Sector Building Trade Union & Receiving under $1K/mo. in Pensions after 37 continuous years in good standing; I think back on the History of my Union & the Bloodshed & Lives lost in its Formation. Miners, Garment Workers & Building Trades among other Unions paved the way & now the Public Sector gets the Gravy. If one lives off the tax dollars of his/her neighbors, they should be Ashamed. Privatization under Contracts may be the answer.
commented 2018-10-08 22:09:51 -0400
Corporate greed will be be there.
Give them 1.5% raise while inflation pushes prices up 3%. What did the last CEO get from Harper, $500,000? What the about the 21 Vice Presidents?
Canada Post said they lost money due to the Rural Routers getting paid fairly? Boo hoo. How much did they save from under paying them? Why do corporations need tax breaks when they probably have unlimited tax write offs?
Privatize it? Why? The government gets dividends from Canada Post? No one else has the infrastructure that Canada Post has established for decades. Privatize? Prepare to pay more for less service. Just ask the people in Britain. Privatize? Probably a sure thing that the company(s) will demand bailouts courtesy of taxpayers.
commented 2018-10-08 22:03:32 -0400
I’ve reconsidered my position on this subject. Though I still believe CUPW is using seniors and vulnerable people to get their own way, they are actually fighting to preserve some of the few stable jobs left.
Technology has obliterated most of the jobs that carried families from youth to retirement. It has eliminated entry jobs and re-entering the workforce jobs; most of which are jobs historically held by women.
People, including myself, are still very dependent on Canada Post. It is a necessity to keep a portion of our society functioning and it should not be dismissed. Despite some conveniences of computer technology, it’s still important to support services that keep employees employed.
Maybe some here are right; keep Can Post, dump the union.
commented 2018-10-08 21:13:14 -0400
Weird to think the post office is not necessary because people are going to ecommerce and the internet…how do you think people get their packages and goods? What person wrote this, should learn something before jotting a thought down
commented 2018-10-08 20:02:22 -0400
Alberta Maga,

We all pay for things that we may not personally use. It’s called living in a society.
commented 2018-10-08 18:58:43 -0400
I would like to know his stance on Quebec employment legislation and if the French language requirement could ever be relaxed for those of us seeking industry-specific employment (and willing to relocate/live with Quebecers!)
commented 2018-10-08 18:56:02 -0400
I would like someone to ask mad max a question for me.
commented 2018-10-08 18:27:53 -0400
Nicholas Conklin I do not need Canada Post , why should i pay for it?
commented 2018-10-08 18:26:07 -0400
Amanda Fleming a private company doing letters would probably be unionized as well, all you are doing is protecting a monopoly.
commented 2018-10-08 18:25:06 -0400
Nicholas Conklin sorry but Canada Post does not enable having a life. They are irrelevant and a private company would be better at what they do.
commented 2018-10-08 18:22:53 -0400
Amanda Fleming Canada Post has a monopoly on letters and can charge what they want, hardly makes being profitable an amazing thing when you can do that. And Unions , especially public sector are corrupted beyond repair and do not care about workers. Give your head a shake. Tell me what PSAC has done about the Phoenix problems? And we have laws for workers, unions going away will not change that. Spare us your propaganda.
There are good unions out there, but public sector ones are merely Marxist institutions.
commented 2018-10-08 16:32:59 -0400
It is worth noting that at one time, Letter Carriers were a separate entity (LCUC) from the Marxist Loons that run CUPW and would continue their duties despite the machinations. It was a Liberal Gov’t that forced the merger into one: CUPW. Amanda is right. Canada Post was made into a Crown Corporation in 1989 depriving it of taxpayer assistance. When Liberal Jean Chretien was in power, he forced the Corporation to fund the Pension Plan, after stealing the surplus that existed in the plan while under the Superannuation Program! Canada Post was also used as a slush fund for vacationing Liberal Ministers! Flying Phil Gagliardi et al. Look it up! Liberals created much of this mess including in the early 1960’s when attempting to address unemployment simply drafted the unemployed into the Post Office creating the radical Union that emerged. Fact is, Canada Post is still the most economic way to send anything, domestically, or internationally. Courier companies frequently charge a handling fee for imports often exceeding the actual value of the item, whereas Canada Post will only collect any CBSA duties owing with perhaps a small 5 dollar fee. These have been my experiences after restoring a car by importing parts from the U.S. and such. Further, in this electronic age when anything or anyone can be “hacked”, sending a physical letter or parcel is the only guarantee of privacy! IMHO opinion, there is a place for Canada Post, just deal with the lunatics than run the Union!
commented 2018-10-08 13:42:38 -0400
David Menzies…. you are so grossly uninformed. Time to move on. Journalism is not your thing.
commented 2018-10-08 13:42:37 -0400
David Menzies…. you are so grossly uninformed. Time to move on. Journalism is not your thing.