Mixed opin­ions from Antigo­nish busi­ness com­mu­nity on Canada Post strike

The Casket - - Wheels - SAM MAC­DON­ALD sam­mac­don­ald@the­cas­ket.ca

As of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 22, the mem­bers of the Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers (CUPW) en­gaged in a se­ries of ro­tat­ing strikes in and around Vic­to­ria, Ed­mon­ton, Wind­sor and Hal­i­fax.

When the ef­fects of the strikes in Hal­i­fax reached the lo­cal level, the Cas­ket reached out to the Antigo­nish busi­ness com­mu­nity, and was given a va­ri­ety of unique of opin­ions in re­sponse to the strikes.

An em­ployee rep­re­sent­ing a lo­cal elec­tri­cal busi­ness who wished to re­main anony­mous said al­though they re­ceived their mail to­day, ev­ery­one at the busi­ness is con­cerned about how the strike will im­pact their abil­ity to op­er­ate.

"It will def­i­nitely af­fect us. It will be a big im­ped­i­ment. The ma­jor­ity of our in­voices are go­ing out via mail. Most of our pay­ments are com­ing in via mail," the em­ployee said. "The fact that the strike is ro­ta­tional is a plus; it’s not just all-out."

The em­ployee said they hope the strike will be re­solved soon, with Canada Post and the CUPW com­ing to a fair agree­ment, "be­cause our mail­man is awe­some."

Bill Vasil, owner and man­ager of Here’s your Signs & Awards, said, "I would con­sider it an in­con­ve­nience," when think­ing about the po­ten­tial ef­fects of a strike.

"Es­sen­tially, I won’t get my mail – I guess that’s the big­gest deal," Vasil said. "In­voic­ing and re­ceiv­ing pay­ment are an is­sue."

Jim Mac­in­tosh, a bar­ris­ter with Mac­in­tosh & Macgillivray, an Antigo­nish law firm, said, "Clearly, the strike will have an ef­fect on us if it takes place," not­ing that his busi­ness re­lies on "old fash­ioned snail mail" when con­duct­ing busi­ness with the Registry of Deeds, lo­cated in Amherst.

"It will have the most di­rect ef­fect on our deal­ings with the Registry of Deeds. Ev­ery­thing there is done by mail," Mac­in­tosh said. "We regis­ter most [deeds] elec­tron­i­cally, but some we can’t, and we have to mail those to Amherst. It’s the sin­gle big­gest is­sue we’re go­ing to have."

For other lo­cal busi­nesses, such as Hol­liswealth, the strike is not a big deal. An­drew Brad­shaw, an in­vest­ment ad­vi­sor with the wealth man­age­ment com­pany, pro­vided a very straight­for­ward ini­tial re­sponse, when asked if the strike would be a prob­lem for Hol­liswealth; "No."

"We use couri­ers, so most of our in­ter­nal busi­ness com­mu­ni­ca­tions goes by courier. We don’t use Canada Post very of­ten," Brad­shaw said. "Our big­gest con­cern is that some­one may want to use a cheque rather than an elec­tric trans­fer of money."

But even in the event of some­one want­ing to do a trans­ac­tion off­line and the old-fash­ioned way, Brad­shaw said that would most likely be con­ducted through a courier as well.

"Us­ing a courier is ac­tu­ally cheaper than Canada Post, so that is why we have an ac­count with a courier set up."

John Delorey with Delorey Land Sur­veys Inc., also was not too wor­ried about the strike, say­ing, "it doesn’t af­fect us too much."

"We don’t do a lot of stuff through the mail," Delorey ex­plained. "It’s not a big deal for us."

Sam Mac­don­ald

The Cana­dian Union of Postal Work­ers an­nounced a se­ries of ro­tat­ing strikes, Oct. 22.

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