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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dear Postal Workers

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Please forgive me for my lack in support and compassion. It’s not your fault; rather it is my lack of understanding. If you could please take the time to help me understand, I would be happy to reconsider my current views.

As it stands, I am unable to understand what is so bad about your job. Canadian Postal Workers have:
- 6 weeks vacation
- A full pension
- All weekends and holidays off
- Above average wages compared to the private sector

With that in mind please consider, mail is an important service, yet you have lost significant volume to the wonders of e-mail. Yet while annual sales are dropping, your collective group sees a benefit in asking for more.

Part of my confusion comes from the fact that I have a private sector job, where we have a slightly different reality.
- We do not get automatic raises.
- We are thankful if we get to 3 weeks of vacation, yet most get only 2 (please think of us while you have your extra month of vacation).
- Pension is a combination of CPP and our RRSP’s there are very few pensions left, let alone a full pension.
- Evenings and weeks are just part of the job and if it falls on a holiday, then we miss out.

It seems like we may live in very different worlds. Should you decide to not go back to work, please let me know as there are plenty of us that would be more than happy to work in your poor conditions, with few holidays and low wages, because at the end of the day, it’s an awful lot better than what most of us have.

But like I said before, if you can let me know how a shrinking business can afford wage increases, better pensions, and more time off please let the rest of the country know, as you may have the magic solution to current struggles of the global economy.

Looking forward to hearing from you. —Average Joe Canadian

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