Local postal workers are reeling from the news that door-to-door delivery is being phased out.
“It’s huge,” said Craig Dyer, who was out delivering mail as he spoke to The Telegram. Dyer is the chief shop steward with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) Local 126 in St. John's.
A letter carrier for Canada Post, braves the snow on his route in this file photo. — Telegram file photo
The morning has been frantic, said Dyer, as customers react to the news.
According to a Canadian Press report, Canada Post says it plans to eliminate 6,000 to 8,000 positions during the next five years, mainly through attrition. The postal service says it expects nearly 15,000 employees to retire or leave the company in that time frame, which it says more than covers its cost-reduction targets.
Canada Post is phasing out urban home delivery and raising rates to cope with dwindling volume and mounting losses, the Globe and Mail is reporting.
Besides job cuts, the federal Crown corporation announced five initiatives today to overhaul the postal system, including a move to so-called community mailboxes, higher postal rates effective March 31, 2014, expanding network of franchised post offices.