Postal dis­rup­tions at Christ­mas time... what a sur­prise

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion - BY RYAN DAHLMAN

In a so­ci­ety of greed, the strike by Canada Post work­ers, all 42,000 ur­ban and 8,000 ru­ral ones, is not that sur­pris­ing.

Blame no one. Blame ev­ery­one.

Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers (CUPW) have thrown a mon­key wrench into the lives of ev­ery­one: ev­ery­one from gi­gan­tic cor­po­ra­tions like EBAY and Ama­zon — to cannabis users (es­pe­cially in On­tario where it is the only way to get their favourite green prod­uct) — to four year olds send­ing Christ­mas let­ters to Santa. It could be all over by the time you read this, it may be just start­ing to get nasty.

It has been sug­gested the Canada Post work­ers are hurt­ing them­selves by hav­ing a strike like this with Christ­mas sea­son in rel­a­tively full swing.

Crit­ics say the pub­lic may try to other av­enues in or­der to get pack­ages and cor­re­spon­dence...af­ter all, we are in the dig­i­tal age. who uses mail? Bills are paid us­ing your phone, ev­ery­one sends dig­i­tal Christ­mas cards and no one re­ally has to buy sta­tion­ary any more.

By a stroke of luck, one of the var­i­ous meal tick­ets the post work­ers are an­ger­ing through all of this — the on-line stores and e-com­merce en­ti­ties — have been a jack­pot for busi­ness with many peo­ple choos­ing to shop on line as op­posed to ac­tu­ally see some­thing tan­gi­ble in their hands and live with their own eyes.

It wasn't that long ago that these work­ers' jobs were in du­bi­ous peril.

In 2013, the Con­fer­ence Board of Canada said with the trend of less pub­lic us­age by 2020, Canada Post would be face $1B loss.

That didn't hap­pen. In fact, Canada Post ac­tu­ally made money for a while.

In a Aug. 28 re­lease, For the first two quar­ters of 2018, Canada Post is re­port­ing a loss be­fore taxes of $172 mil­lion, com­pared to a profit be­fore tax of $77 mil­lion for the same pe­riod in 2017. Low and be­hold nearly 13 months away from that $1B loss pre­dic­tion they are no where near that although you won­der what the fu­ture holds. Cut­backs in ru­ral areas – where the ser­vice is re­ally needed – as well the ris­ing costs of trans­porta­tion and ever in­creas­ing salaries, leave cus­tomers con­cerned. And raises con­cerns for many of those wait­ing for Christ­mas presents if they have to wait un­til 2019.

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