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Canada Post chooses cuts over better options

OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada Post's decision to end door-to-door mail delivery and dramatically increase stamp prices is short-sighted and foolish. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is extremely alarmed at this rash decision to gut public postal service for millions of Canadians.

"If this happens, it would be the end of an era for Canada Post," said Denis Lemelin, CUPW National President. "We recognize that Canada Post needs to change, but this is not the way!" CUPW has consistently advocated for innovation and service expansion to create a financially viable and service oriented postal service for the future.

"We are sure we are not alone in disagreeing with Canada Post's plan," said Lemelin. CUPW will stand with those people who resist the elimination of door-to-door delivery.

"We are extremely concerned that these changes will send Canada Post into a downward spiral," said Lemelin. "Furthermore, the skyrocketing stamp prices will make the postal service inaccessible to many people."

CUPW has been vigorously campaigning to bring back and expand postal banking, with growing support from municipalities and groups across the country. Postal banks have been proven to be a solid source of income for post offices and a much needed financial resource for people in other parts of the world.

"Where many postal operators are responding to a changing postal business with innovation, Canada Post is relying on cuts and rate increases," said Lemelin.

CUPW will hold a media conference at its national office, 377 Bank Street in Ottawa, at 1 p.m. today. Denis Lemelin will be available for interviews.

SOURCE Canadian Union of Postal Workers

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