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Only Child on postal strike and GM closing Oshawa plant

I was 16 and became close to a pen pal (if you are over 50, remember those?) living on the Prairies. We wrote often and after mailing my letter to her I would start looking in my mailbox for her reply. Then the unthinkable to a teenager happened. Our correspondence came to a halt. We didn’t fight and neither of us had stopped writing.

But the Canadian postal service had stopped. No mail delivery because the union and its workers were on strike.

I had never heard of or experienced strikes before. But I learned fast that strikes between employees and management aren’t just between them. There is a third party, an innocent pary maybe you could call them victims – they are called “general public”.

It was my rude welcome to the club. From then on I never was in favour of strikes as a means to settle labour disputes – no matter which side was at fault (and I learned that most of the time there was fault on both sides.)

But not on the third party’s – general public – side.

Yes, I once worked for a government agency and belonged to a union. We weren’t allowed to go on strike because we were considered essential services. But we all got very good raises in pay at contract negotiation time.

Now the federal government has finally passed legislation ordering these postal  strikers back to work.  And their union leader Mike Palecek has the nerve to stick his face in front of a camera and complain that it is not right. Excuse me, but just obey the law. Your strike may have been legal up to now, but now it is time to sort and deliver the mail backlog.

And maybe Mr. Palecek should turn his attention to the real worker problem – not a strike, but a company closure. I’m referring to General Motors closing all of its Oshawa, Ontario, Canada plant by the end of 2019. It will put over 2500 out of work, just from General Motors alone. It will also affect where they took their business – shops, restaurants.

And all these are people. It breaks my heart when something like this happens. This is not disgruntled greedy workers striking for more money and perhaps what they want in working condition improvements. This situation is  no pay, no job. Some of these GM workers have moved their families several times to follow where GM put them, where the jobs were. Now they have nothing, thanks to a parent company decision.

And finding out about this in the Christmas season makes it worse. Even Scrooge will be crying into his Christmas tree.

So Mr.  Palecek – quit complaining, do your job, and let arbitration sort it out. You will have enough to do to sort out the mail – despite online shopping (or maybe because of it) there is still lots of mail waiting to be processed.

Several empty mailboxes awaiting mail delivery

And when you do this, you might also like to pay attention to the GM workers situation. And count your blessings.

Cheers.

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Only Child calls “hope’ a four-letter word

Only Child gears up to deal with 2015 stuff

Only Child gears up to deal with 2015 stuff

Looks like 2015 is turning into a repeat of 2014 (and 2013) – some just more of the same.

I’m talking about the bad and the ugly.

Yes, I did my overall overhaul of what I do, want to do and have to do and what I can kick out of my life. Trouble is the crap that comes at us “from outside” as I call it, the unexpected problems, are still charging at me (and I presume others) full force. You can’t really boot that out of your life. You have to deal with it and that wastes your time and causes a lot of stress.

Yes (again) I did pray to God for certain things not to happen and for help. Cotton or wool in the ears I suppose at his end.

Without going into a long detailed rant, the Rogers Cable TV service has started intermittent disruption – not just my TV service but at least Tanya and Alex’s next door. So far I’ve had three different technicians here. Despite my vocal (including one of those surveys) with my suggestion – fix all the damn old outside cables on the street, not piecemeal when something goes wrong, Rogers isn’t listening and the problems seem to persist. We had a big play out of this situation for over a month in late fall 2013. Rogers is to blame for this, but God is not listening to my asks for help once and for all here.

The weather – that horrible mix on Saturday (and yes, some freezing rain, although worst in Montreal – despite my prayers on not having that happen – this time it was for more than just me). And now most of Canada is in the deep freeze and getting colder into tomorrow. So, I spent Sunday (before the deep freeze began overnight Sunday) running around doing errands so I could stay put for the most part this week. I had something important to get out in the regular mail (not something that could go by email) which needed weighing for postage, for my business, but being Sunday, presumably the Lord’s Day, Canada Post substations were not open – at least the post office part and one that showed up on the Canada Post locator map wasn’t there. The one near me had no signs inside or outside the store about the Post Office part being closed Sundays. Sunday closure is their prerogative, but they need to let the customer know with signs. I had to find out from the clerk at the regular cash and I was not polite to him when I found out. I sicced Canada Post on this substation.

These and other things happening steal my time and make my health worse.

And of course diminish my hope for 2015.

But I’m not wallowing around in despair. There are thing I enjoy doing and want to do this year. So, I am facing the hard facts. When you get right down to it, you have only yourself to depend on – plus close family and friends you can trust. Or to paraphrase Ringo Starr’s song – you have to get by with some help from (family and) friends.

Not God. “Ask and you shall receive” and “God helps those who help themselves” seem to be fairy tales. So,  I need to forget about hope as such. Hope has now been added to my list of four-letter words which include pray, snow, rain, hell, crap, and damn.

I have to remember my motto – when I see it (or not, as the case may be) then I will believe it.

And not give up.

Cheers.

 

Sharon A. Crawford

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Only Child condemns Canada Post CEO decision

Only Child contemplates the end to door-to-door mail delivery in Canada

Only Child contemplates the end to door-to-door mail delivery in Canada

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

  • Translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus.

What weather can’t do, Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post is doing. Make no mistake. This Chopra is not the beloved author, public speaker and physician of the same name. The only thing those two share is their name. Chopra, Canada Post CEO, is the man who is destroying Canada’s mail service.

For those of you who haven’t heard, Chopra the CEO is closing down door-to-door delivery of mail in Canada. It is starting today in various sections of Winnipeg, Manitoba;Fort McMurray, Alberta; Calgary, Alberta , and Ottawa, Ontario, and is set to continue until 2020.

Chopra’s reasoning for cutting the service was to reduce Canada Post costs because Canada Post was running a losing game. Not right now. Canada Post is now making a profit according to an August 27, 2014 article titled Canada Post segment reports $53-million profit before tax in second quarter. The source? Canada Post’s website http://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/aboutus/news/pr/2014/2014_Q2_report.jsf
Wake up Mr. Chopra and smell more than the coffee because the outcry to your ridiculous ruling is thunderous.
Many petitions have been created and signed (yes, I signed one). One lady, Susan Dixon, whose son has cerebral palsy and is in a wheelchair started one. Last count it had well over 150,000 signatures and growing. Today, Ms Dixon is taking her petition to the Canadian seat of government in Ottawa. I wish her well. Her original question to Canada Post and the Canadian feds was “Have you ever tried to push a wheelchair through the mud or snow?”
She’s got it right.
CARP, the Canadian seniors advocacy organization (Disclaimer: I am a member) is also working to get this stupid decision stopped (or in some cases where it is already happening – reversed). For example, Mike Lansdown their senior’s advocate and a board member of CARP’s Halton Chapter, is very actively advocating keeping home mail delivery. Today, Mike takes part in a discussion on this situation on Goldhawke Fights Back (Radio 740 a.m. in the Toronto, Canada area. http://www.zoomerradio.ca/category/shows/goldhawk-fights-back.) More info on other CARP actions re Canada Post, see http://www.carp.ca/2014/02/22/canada-post-update-members-join-public-general-outcry-carp-steps/
I have never been an advocate of unions, mainly because they are too aggressive and they go on strike and that affects a third party – we the general public.
But I’ve changed my mind here. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is taking Canada Post to Federal Court on charges Canada Post is going against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms because removing door-to-door postal delivery discriminates against seniors and people with mobility challenges. I’m 100 per cent behind this union here. True, many of them will lost their jobs and because of why they will, I support them. See and hear the Toronto Star October 21, 2014 story at http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/10/16/postal_workers_go_to_court_to_save_home_delivery.html

I know that for many years Canada Post has not set up door-to-door mail delivery for any new homes built so some people have no door-to-door delivery. But these people who moved into the new homes knew this before purchasing their homes, so they could decide whether they wanted to live with it.
Not the rest of us. I’m a senior but to date can still get around and walk even though some days my foot conditions cause problems. But I don’t want to “skate” out on ice in winter or get blown to a community mail box to pick up my mail. Why should I – especially as Canada Post also keeps raising the cost of postage. Is this extra cost supposed to pay for all the extra community mail boxes?
Canada has a federal election next year. From what I hear and read, this cutting home delivery of mail is going to be a big issue. I will be watching closely to see which parties, party leaders, and my area candidates decide on this issue. I won’t vote for anyone wanting to cut the service.
As for Mr. Deepak Chopra, Canada Post President and CEO. I wish him a happy retirement – very soon. May he retire to a place called Nowhere, location the middle of nowhere, with no car. I would add mobility issues but that would be an insult to those who have mobility issues.
Cheers.
Sharon A. Crawford
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