Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My heart goes out to the Canadians

Canada Post is on strike. I don't know the details of how the rotating strike is working day-by-day, but my impression is that the entire country is pretty much without mail service right now: no pick-up, no delivery. I've heard that postal workers in the USA aren't even accepting packages for mail to Canada right now. (My thanks to 100 days of snail mail for the most recent update.)

I gather there is legislation brewing to address the striking postal workers - I don't know the politics of the situation, but given my sympathy with postal workers, I really don't want to be quick to place blame on anyone - and I sincerely hope our Canadian friends will get their full mail service restored soon!

16 comments:

  1. I agree, Missive Maven. I would be going crazy if I lived in Canada. I hope they resolve it soon.

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  2. Aha, finally I can rant about this strike and be on-subject!

    Initially it was a rolling strike (one city down for 24 hours, then back up, then another city down, etc), then the company decided to penalize the staff by limiting delivery to 3 days per week. Then last week the company decided to just shut down completely--so now there's no collection or delivery. An especially awesome thing for them to have done just before Father's Day.

    Last I heard, legislation might be introduced this week, but the socialist party (the official opposition party) opposes it and might try to delay it.

    You might be interested in this article which notes that pricey Canada Post is operating at a profit while affordable USPS is operating at a loss. To me though a public service like that shouldn't be considered a "business" and the government should be more focused on serving the public than on making money.

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  3. Looks like Bryan Adams wont be receiving my love letters. : (

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  4. I have been thinking of my canadian friends as well, several have contacted me on facebook talking about the strike. I can not imagine not having mail service.

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  5. Technically, it's a lock-out. Workers started a rotating strike (different cities in different parts of the country would strike for 24-48 hours, then continue on as usual) then management stepped in and locked them all out.

    The post you linked to is interesting -- I haven't heard anything on the local CBC news radio broadcast (CBC is sort of like NPR) about pension cheques.... interesting in how information is spread/not spread. My ears perk up at any mention of the Canada Post situation; it's a welcome relief from the non-stop chatter about the hockey riots here in Vancouver.

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  6. Canada Post locked out their union staff last week (Tues or Wed). I'm pretty choked because I have half a dozen parcels in transit to me and who knows where they're stuck and if they'll ever arrive here. Cda Post locked them out to force the government to legislate them back to work instead of continuing with the negotiations and possible rotating strikes.

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  7. I wish we had post back too! I finally have time to do some mailing - and it would be completely pointless. :(

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  8. Last Saturday, June 18, I put about 10 pieces of mail to Canada in a mailbox. I read later that as of June 17, the USPS is no longer accepting mail to Canada. On Monday I asked the clerk at my post office what happens to all the mail I sent out on Saturday and she said it would be returned to me. I asked what happens if my return address is not on the postcards (I usually put it on postcards, but sometimes I do forget). She said it will go to "dead letter." I don't know if she has accurate information ... I hope it isn't ... but I can't find official word on what does happen to the mail.

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  9. Poor Canadians.
    When the mail was on strike December last year here we did get some mail luckily and some got delayed

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  10. This is just so awful. I have a letter waiting to be sent to Alexis and another to Dewi, and more. I hope this is resolved soon. I can't imagine not receiving or sending mail.

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  11. Well, I mailed something a few days ago to Canada and the accepted it...but now it'll never get there.

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  12. After 2 weeks without mail, I can tell you I am going through SERIOUS pen-pal and postcarding withdrawl! :-)

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  13. I can't even believe how serious this is. I have been away for a few days (and away from news!) and now I've gotta check up on the latest. EEK!

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  14. The sad thing is, they shut down service for Canadians without warning too. I put stuff in the mail not knowing that service would be completely stopped the next day. My Father's Day present, for example. If I had known, I would've held onto it til seeing him in person next week. Now he might never get it. Just ridiculous. Shows how poorly things are run in Canada.

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  15. I had finished a letter to a friend of mine in Manitoba and was working through a letter for Saschatewan as well. I have several Canadian friends, and if email weren't readily available I wouldn't have been able to at least touch base on this whole nightmare! :( Interestingsly enough, my tv died in mid-May, so I've been itching for contact in the outside world as the radio is limiting my newsbits lately! LOL Most newsites crash my computer too (too flash heavy) but when a friend in Ontario gave me this link: cbc.ca/news it opened up the floodgates on knowing exactly what is going on with Canada Post and the Empire Penquin in New Zealand!

    After everything I've read though, its about half/half at this point. Half want this to resolve by Saturday/Sunday for mail to resume on Monday (its meant to be back to normal 24hrs after the resolution in the House), and half want this to drag onward, so that the House can go on Summer break without resolving it at all.

    The whole thing saddens me... even more so when I realised you cannot use FedEx, DHL, or UPS as I previously didn't realise they cannot deliever without the main country's postal system "in tact". Sighs.

    By the numbers only, I clearly do not see the issue in the drop of renvue, as their still making a hefty gross profit, plus their adding new addresses to deliever too at the tune of 200 million a year! :O

    KEY to this: use that search box on CBC, key in "Canada Post". You'll be enlightened!

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  16. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/24/postal-strike-debate.html

    Their streaming the debate LIVE on the internet!

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