Thursday, 30 June 2011

Canada Post Mail Strike is Over!! Brampton Mail Resumes

"Canada Post to restart operations from today Monday, June 27th, 2011 Canada Post has begun preparations to
resume its operations today, with expectations that mail deliveries will begin to resume from tomorrow (June28).
The Corporation said yesterday that the lock-out imposed since June 15 could now end with the passage of the
government’s back-to-work legislation through Parliament over the weekend. The legislation – the Restoring
Mail Delivery for Canadians Bill – makes it illegal for postal workers to strike, and sets out a new four-year wage
deal with the 48,000 urban-based members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. It was passed after a
58-hour debate in Canada’s House of Commons that ended on Saturday, with the Senate passing the bill
yesterday without the presence of the filibustering New Democratic Party. Officially, the legislation comes into
effect at 8.30pm today (June 27). In a statement, Canada Post said yesterday that post offices that were closed
during the lock-out will reopen Tuesday, while all mailboxes will be unsealed as soon as possible. Canada Post
staff will return to work within the next day or so, although it should take some time to process the backlog of
mail in the system. The Corporation said: “With unprocessed mail in the system and accumulated mail received
from other countries that has not yet entered our system, it will take some time to stabilize our operations and
to return to our normal delivery standards. Any mail in the system at the time of the work disruption has been
secured for processing and delivery.” Union advises members The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has
already advised its members to report back for their next shift as normal. It said defying the back-to-work
legislation would mean “enormous financial penalties”. Denis Lemelin, the CUPW national president, said: “The
government has attacked our right to freely negotiate the conditions we work under. It appears that only
markets and employers will have freedoms in this country. “The union’s struggle for safe work, decent jobs and
pensions will continue in spite of this unjust and punitive bill. Fortunately, the government can’t legislate away
our determination to fight for our rights,” added the union boss. Prior to the weekend’s legislative action,
Canada Post had been negotiating with the union since October for a new collective bargaining agreement
effective from February 2011. Conflict came from the Corporation’s efforts to bring in changes to cut operating
costs, since mail volumes are declining, with the CUPW objecting on the grounds that despite declining mail
volumes Canada Post has been continuing to make a profit for the last 16 years running. With the resumption
of activities at Canada Post, the US Postal Service has advised its customers that it will begin accepting mail for
Canada from tomorrow (June 28). Mail held in the USPS network since the work stoppage began is now being
released and transported into Canada. “Due to the large volumes of mail held by countries, customers may
experience slightly longer transit times. USPS is working closely with the Canadian Postal Service to hold delays to a minimum,” USPS advised."

presented by Sharon Bailey sales representative for century 21 legacy serving the Brampton area and reprinted with permission from James Cartledge author and member of post and parcel


CANADA DAY CELEBRATION AT THE POWERADE CENTER FREE entrance to the Powerade Center to celebrate Canada Day in Style for an all day event. 10:00 am - 11:00pm. Featured music artist will be Keshia Chanté and Neverest at 7:00 pm as they open for Music Legend Jann Arden who takes over the stage at 8:30pm. Jann Arden is an 8 time Juno Award winner and songwriter of one of my favourites "Insensitive" A spectacular display of fireworks at 10:pm will end the celebration. There will be activities for all ages so be sure to bring the kids. Some activities will have a nominal fee for example the monster truck rides, Unless you have previously purchased a parking permit there is not parking at this event. Brampton transit will be offering a Free Shuttle ever 15-25 minutes directly to the event from 4 locations. Bramalea Terminal • Orion Gate (NE corner of SteelesAvenue and Resolution Road) • Sheridan College • Bramalea GO Station. You can also walk or ride your bike if you are close by. Keep in mind this is an all day event and the following roads in the vicinity will be closed from 10:00 am to midnight to accommodate the pedestrians. Kennedy Road from First Gulf Boulevard/Hartford Trail to Derry Road • Kennedy Road from Steeles Avenue to First Gulf Boulevard/Hartford Trail (southbound lanes only) Hartford Trail from Steeles Avenue to Kennedy Road for more details call 311 on your telephone or click on Brampton Events, enter powerade center in the search below then click on canada day. Be safe and have fun! Hope to see you there. Sharon Bailey Sales Representative Century 21 legacy ... ...