(Local 73 President Bey Ray) "...also challenges the corporation's claim that it struggles with competing with the private sector due to labour costs.
The last round of collective bargaining the starting wage for a letter carrier was reduced to $19 an hour and "if you look at the private sector such as Purolator...they're starting at that or higher," Ray said.
Ray also points out that the move towards community mail boxes across Canada is ironic since in national consultations in September Canada Post was concerned about mail theft from the boxes.
The head of Canada Post says Canadians were widely consulted about changes and if they read newspapers and follow the media they shouldn't have been taken by surprise when the corporation announced it was raising stamp prices and cancelling door-to-door delivery.
Asked how the post office would accommodate people with disabilities, Chopra said extra mailbox keys would be given to people so others could pick up their mail, or the height of community mailboxes could be adjusted.
He also said seniors have said they want to be more active, leading McGuinty to quip that there could be a program called "mail participaction," presumably when seniors walk to community mailboxes.
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