Canada Post's "Modernization" could be a Trojan Horse

    CALGARY, Jan. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers
(CUPW) is hosting a public forum on the future of public postal services in
light of Canada Post's recent announcement to invest 1.9 billion dollars in
capital expenditures to modernize the post office.
    "Canada Post is promoting a vision of modernization that includes much
more than some new plants and equipment," said CUPW National President Deborah
Bourque. "They've been speaking to the customers that they believe are
important - the largest businesses in the country - to link modernization and
deregulation together."
    "We want to open the debate to the larger Canadian audience," said CUPW's
Calgary Local President Robert Scobel, "they're the real shareholders of
Canada Post, who believe the public post office should continue to include a
universal, affordable and accessible service for all and provide good jobs
throughout the country."
    The forum is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the ideas and
needs of Calgarians who use the postal service and share ideas about what a
modern post office should look like.

    It takes place Tuesday night, January 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at
the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre 1320-5 Ave NW.

For further information:

For further information: Robert Scobel, Calgary Local President (CUPW),
(403) 819-2942; Richard McGrath, Communications Specialist (CUPW), (613)
236-7238 ext. 7914

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