We’re about to go postal
That little postal strike that occurred here in town last Tuesday and Wednesday really threw this little newspaper for a loop. We, of course, knew that the post office had been closed on the Tuesday, and we had to pick up the papers that had been printed on Wednesday, no matter what – they can’t hang out in the printer’s warehouse. Now, normally we load all 95 bundles of papers into a vehicle and start a route that sees its first drop in Stouffville, then goes to the Uxbridge post office, the Leaskdale and Udora general stores, the Sutton post office (Zephyr mail is sent out from there), and ends in Mount Albert, at its post office. But last week we were stopped in the driveway behind the Uxbridge post office and told that, for Wednesday at least, the Cosmos was going nowhere. We were even told that, because distribution centres in Toronto were out, we would maybe not even get service until Monday of this week.
That sent us into more than a little bit of a panic. We now had over 8,800 newspapers to get out to homes, farms, apartments and businesses throughout the township. And we usually pay the post office thousands of dollars to take care of this for us. We put out all-calls on social media, and people quickly volunteered to help deliver where they could, but we soon realized that it was going to take a small army to get the Cosmos out in any sort of decent time.
Fortunately, the Uxbridge office and its workers were back on the job the next day, but we had a bit of a time breaking into the queue to get our paper on their delivery schedule. We know that the paper did get out, but if you missed the paper in your mailbox, do let us know, as we’d like to keep close track of what happens with the papers when we pay to have a delivery made and it doesn’t get delivered.
Let’s be honest, here – if we write disparaging things about the post office and the strike here, the Cosmos will not make its way into your mailbox. We know it. But we do feel we have the right to grumble – it’s very difficult to stand by and support people who want higher wages, benefits, job security, etc., when most people out there just want a decent, living wage, feel lucky when they have benefits, and know that, quite frankly, job security is a thing of the past. Health and safety issues should be addressed, and we understand that, in negotiations between the union and Canada Post, they are working on it. Pay equity between men and women, rural and urban postal carriers should be addressed as well. And we’re pretty sure that we speak for most when we say that we appreciate our postal service; that is to say, we don’t take it for granted. But we don’t appreciate our business being disrupted by strikes – these strikes are done solely to p*%#s the public off, and it works. We were p*%#d last Wednesday. We lost a day and a half of work because of it. We don’t appreciate the phone calls and emails that we get from people saying they didn’t get their newspaper. We don’t appreciate runaround we often get when we talk to Canada Post about delivery problems – somehow it’s always turned around and made to seem like it was our fault, like we did something wrong.
We’re just trying to run a business, like thousands of others. We don’t like it when our product – our livelihood – is put in jeopardy because a service that we pay a great deal of money for every week isn’t operating efficiently, or isn’t operating at all. Our local posties are likely taking a lot of flak right now, and we feel badly, because we personally know these people. Apologies for the rant, but it’s hard not to be p*%#d.