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tarjet wrote:
Mar 18th, 2017 6:58 pm


You know people kept telling me it gets better, and I guess in some ways it does, but it's still a crap job. When you get enough term seniority right before you're hired, you can get some really good assignments. But that all goes away when you're hired. Then you're back at the bottom again. And seniority takes much longer to get as a permenant employee. The only things I can say that are really an improvement for me now as a permanent employee are the benefits, pension, and full coverage from the collective agreement. My paycheck is smaller, my walk is much worse, it's harder to plan absenses and take time off, and it's far more difficult to win bids.
I had a great time as a term once I got through the first month or so. When I got in the top 20 in GTA west, I could pretty much pick where I wanted to go and the majority of my time was pre-PT, so even bad walks were done by lunchtime.

Then, like you said, I got part time and was stuck doing afternoon bs. Then full time I bid on everything and only got relief at a crappy station, took a few months to get out of there. The paycheque reduction was worse than I thought, over $220 less every two weeks, but it's for the best.

I couldn't do this job for $19.xx an hour. No way.
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tarjet wrote:
Mar 18th, 2017 6:58 pm
I found as a term, I was more motivated to work faster. I guess because I was relief most of the time, and you just don't know how long that route should take, or how much mail you have most of the time compared to the average, and it just overwhelmed me most of the time and made me work faster.

Now with my own route, I know how much is average, how much more is going to put me into overtime, how much is going to let me finish early, and I pace myself accordingly. It's way less stressful.

You know people kept telling me it gets better, and I guess in some ways it does, but it's still a crap job. When you get enough term seniority right before you're hired, you can get some really good assignments. But that all goes away when you're hired. Then you're back at the bottom again. And seniority takes much longer to get as a permenant employee. The only things I can say that are really an improvement for me now as a permanent employee are the benefits, pension, and full coverage from the collective agreement. My paycheck is smaller, my walk is much worse, it's harder to plan absenses and take time off, and it's far more difficult to win bids.
why does it go away ? because you're competing with people with a lot more seniority ? when you say 'hired,' do you mean after 480h or when you get your own route ?
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Jan 16, 2017
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Toronto
vegemite wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 8:28 am
why does it go away ? because you're competing with people with a lot more seniority ? when you say 'hired,' do you mean after 480h or when you get your own route ?
He meant hired as permanent, like you're no longer a term, either hired part time or full time with pension and benefits.

You're pretty much going back to a different pool to start all over once you bacome a permanent.

And same as being a term, senority is everything so now you're the bottom of all the permanent workers.
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May 21, 2013
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Just got a letter in the mail to go harass my local MP about Canada Post.

STFU Mike
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scarborough
ksimms3 wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 10:17 am
Just got a letter in the mail to go harass my local MP about Canada Post.

STFU Mike
what are we going to bug him/her for. I did not receive the letter
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explorer11 wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 10:27 am
what are we going to bug him/her for. I did not receive the letter
it's just a random letter saying contact your local MP about the future of Canada Post.
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Jun 26, 2008
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Come on brothers and sisters. In solidarity!
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ksimms3 wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 7:43 am
There's various reasons why this could happen. You don't want to know how many times I knock on the door, see someone inside and they refuse to answer the door.
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Hugh Jass wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 8:23 am
I had a great time as a term once I got through the first month or so. When I got in the top 20 in GTA west, I could pretty much pick where I wanted to go and the majority of my time was pre-PT, so even bad walks were done by lunchtime.

Then, like you said, I got part time and was stuck doing afternoon bs. Then full time I bid on everything and only got relief at a crappy station, took a few months to get out of there. The paycheque reduction was worse than I thought, over $220 less every two weeks, but it's for the best.

I couldn't do this job for $19.xx an hour. No way.
The great shame is that there are jobs that pay a lot less, with treatment that is just as bad. The reason a lot of people stay is that there is almost nothing else, and the good jobs are out of reach. Pathetic.
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May 2, 2012
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STONEY CREEK
ksimms3 wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 10:17 am
Just got a letter in the mail to go harass my local MP about Canada Post.

STFU Mike
Why, you don't think engaging your MP in discussion over their views of your employer would be helpful?
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Oct 25, 2016
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montréal
Hugh Jass wrote:
Mar 19th, 2017 8:23 am
I couldn't do this job for $19.xx an hour. No way.
i think we get a pay increase after the 480h but i would be lying to say i don't want to quit several times a day. i'm vaguely anxious to go back to work tomorrow but you gotta do what you gotta do what you gotta do.
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Jun 26, 2008
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Toronto
There's no pay increase after probation. You get nothing in addition until you get hired to a permanent position.
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Addresses are hard..…
Then you get a pay decrease upon permenent placement! Good times...
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Sep 27, 2009
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I started in October and got my part time in February. Then surprisingly got my full time in March. Good and bad days but the customers keeps me going. :)
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Sep 2, 2011
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Toronto
4 people got full time a couple of weeks ago at my station. Mind you, my station is probably one of the smallest in GTA... A lot of hiring is happening right now
ichi wrote:
Mar 20th, 2017 12:27 am
I started in October and got my part time in February. Then surprisingly got my full time in March. Good and bad days but the customers keeps me going. :)

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