Union holds alternative public consultations on Canada Post's plan

    OTTAWA, March 27 /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.
    "Management's vision of Canada Post is of a profit-driven commercial
enterprise. CUPW's vision is of a service-oriented public post office," said
CUPW National President Deborah Bourque.
    "This vision of the Post Office is a disaster for postal workers and the
public," said Louis Lang, President of the CUPW Ottawa Local. "But what is
most disturbing is that this corporation, which they are preparing to slice up
and sell to the highest bidder, was built on the basis of the efforts and
sacrifice of both the Canadian public and postal workers. This cannot be
allowed to pass."
    We are organizing a Public Forum on the future of Canada Post to give
postal workers and all Community organizations an opportunity to speak out on
the need for a public post office which provides universal, affordable and
accessible service for all and which provides decent safe jobs for postal
    We invite everyone to join us for a discussion on this important issue.
CUPW Ottawa Local will be hosting an alternative public forum on the future of
our public postal service.
    The forum is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the ideas and
needs of the people of Ottawa who use the postal service and to share ideas on
what we think a modern post office should look like.
    The event takes place on Thursday March 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Knights of
Columbus hall, 260 McArthur Ave. in Vanier. All are welcomed to attend.

For further information:

For further information: Louis Lang, Ottawa Local President (CUPW),
(613) 739-8051; Richard McGrath, Communications Specialist (CUPW), (613)
236-7238 ext. 7914

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