Taken from recent files: “Speaking from many years of observation: the routes continue to get longer ( as a general rule with some exceptions hardly worth mentioning statistically ) mainly because the entity sees postal workers will eagerly “make it work” by ramping up their “time-saving” shortcuts, etc, & no one enforces the basic work rules & patterns – like start time, etc.
Whereas the union once put a stop to this , (some 13 years ago before agreeing to drop the campaign), & whereas 20 years ago workers would cut corners to save themselves time…nowadays they do it for a blizzard of reasons that boil down to personal convenience & comfort, knowing ( or not) that all these behaviours they’re doing benefit the entity big-time financially, & demonstrate to the entity they should begin planning the next restructure & the next round of cuts.
IMHO, the only way out, & now I’m talking literally about whether we will survive, is to (obviously this is but 1 item on the tick list among many items) immediately make it mandatory to follow basic work rules such as start time ( with a few exceptions in extenuating circumstances ), just like we did 13 years ago. This would be even easier today, what with technological advancements like swipe cards.
Now, we will have to start all over again… fighting to get paid to eat lunch at the station ( and have the travel time restored too )… like a dignified human being. I understand sometimes we want to “just get ‘er done” when we have urgent matters to attend to, special situations, etc,….but we have surrendered our basic dignity and the negotiated right to be paid to have a lunch break at the depot where we could warm up, get changed, make phone calls, eat real food, actually converse with each other, actually use a bathroom without being “in a hurry”, etc, just like prisoners do in Canada’s correctional system.
And the work culture has disintegrated so far that many posties actually avoid having anything at all to do with their customers….the very same people that put the food on your table & pay for the diapers you need for your kids. The same people that once needed us…but now the relationship has come full circle. It is US, who needs them. And that’s what many of us understand, the ones participating in the many efforts across Canada to engage customers on our personal time, and win over allies to fight the entity…& fight Ottawa, that’s now coming after OUR pensions, saying our pensions, and “the business” “need” to be “fixed”.
One more thing about the avoidance of customers that’s become so routine for some employees. We would have a much stronger argument against CMB’s and for keeping ( and yes, expanding ) door to door delivery service, if customers interacted with their postal worker. If we spoke to our customers more, they’d be less likely to view us as just mobile CMBs. So spend a few moments to develop a relationship with your customer; rekindle the emotional attachment with the postie, and customer service right to your door. Remember – we need their support, big-time.
So many workers have been running for so long they’ve forgotten how to walk, and trained the newbies and junior workers to do the same…..to be the obedient robotic “delivery agents” the entity covets. Part of fighting the entity & the government is fixing ourselves. The culture must be addressed. We need heightened awareness of our role in the Union, what a Union really is, and finally, just how high the stakes are.
The Union is going into Convention very soon. New leaders will be named. We’re gonna exercise our democratic processes and use our power. At least the ones who are involved. We need more drivers, and fewer passengers. We have to wake up the work floor and get more bodies doing something, anything, to get more informed, & join the many postal workers who ARE fighting back against what is happening. There is no choice. The stakes are just too high now.
We will be without a contract in less than a year. Negotiations will soon be underway. And there’s a federal election in just over 6 months. Six months, people, that’s all. We already know where we stand with the present Conservative government. The prospects of another 4 years of Harper & his gang with all the power they want to implement more of their agenda, is unthinkable. Don’t just stand there & watch it happen. Don’t be a victim. Join us – and fight back. Don’t know how, don’t know where to begin? Ask. Make a contribution, regardless of how small. The stakes are just too high not to.