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Deal Addict
Oct 16, 2014
2268 posts
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at the chiropractors
mikebc wrote: As far as I know only the price of stamps are government mandated, CP has free reign to adjust parcel prices to stay competitive. The for-profit Crown Corporation angle is always a slippery slope, yes there are only 3 profitable CCs in the books (the Mint, BDC and CP) but we as Canadians are still shareholders, why not push for more profit? We are a Capitalist country after all. Sure, excess profits get skimmed off so there is no real incentive to perform at a private level, but showing multi billion dollar revenue while reporting profits under $100 million does seem to be cutting it a little close. Perhaps if negotiations could be reached with the government that more profits are to be kept in house as bonuses then there would be incentive to push harder. Granted the CEOs already award themselves bigger bonuses than a whole depot's average wages then cry that we're broke, but I guess they're doing something to earn all that sweet taxpayer money /s
And the fact that the ceo's give themselves big payouts while crying poor for everybody else is exactly why unions need to exist. Look, I am not communist, but capitalism has gone rampant....
Sometimes the truth hurts. The other times it hurts worse....
Banned
May 30, 2019
190 posts
96 upvotes
Carriers out east are delivering yellow pages on foot walks! 3¢ a piece. We can go electric vehicles and pretend to be environmentally sensitive while at the same time filling up customer blue boxes with useless junk.
Deal Addict
May 22, 2015
1623 posts
1811 upvotes
Vancouver
It's national, we're staging them in Vancouver too. 9 day delivery, starts Monday.
Deal Addict
Dec 21, 2007
1039 posts
537 upvotes
moncton
Otrosky101 wrote: Carriers out east are delivering yellow pages on foot walks! 3¢ a piece. We can go electric vehicles and pretend to be environmentally sensitive while at the same time filling up customer blue boxes with useless junk.
You can't blame Canada Post for going after contracts and delivering a product but I bet 90% of them go straight in the trash, it is pretty ridiculous.

Almost as ridiculous as wrapping most magazines we deliver in plastic.
Newbie
Jun 26, 2019
27 posts
18 upvotes
I was shocked when I first started working here and saw the amount of crap we put out there. It still seems hard to believe.. I mean I'm sure they work since they can be sent out endlessly to every Canadian with an address. But 99% of people just throw them out and don't want them. I understand how that can be justified financially by the business that pays for the flyers. But how does CP justify inconveniencing millions of people and wasting so much materials? Also a waste of our labor since we spend so much time delivering and collating flyers that could be spent doing actual important stuff to service the country.

Personally I don't mind delivering them, just part of the job to me and if it wasn't for that, half of us would be let go and the people left would have nothing to do except deliver parcels... What I don't get is how we get away with shoving 10+ flyers in peoples mailboxes without any public backlash against CP or some huge social media blow up or something.
Newbie
Oct 23, 2019
8 posts
Hey guys, term here with about a year's seniority - lots of great info posted here, so I would like to thank and tip my hat off to all of you for the extensive details and advice.

I have a question with regards to a night/overnight part-time shift as a postal clerk/final sort at depots across the city (Montreal and surroundings) - is it worth switching out of the plant for this position?

I have a full-time job already, but would really like to start chipping away at a pension; even with all of IFs and BUTs that come with the CPC pension.

I can't do part-time at the plant, as I cannot afford to accept a day/afternoon shift, even if the chances of me getting a shift like that is slim to none and as I understand, I cannot simply apply for a part-time WEEKEND only shift; they fill whatever position they need, at any time during the day/night of the week.

Thanks for all of your help guys, much appreciated.
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Nov 19, 2005
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Thanks for the yellow pages heads up. I think my route should be ok if its anything like last year only businesses got them and I have an ok amount. Residences and yellow pages on the other hand...
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Deal Addict
May 22, 2015
1623 posts
1811 upvotes
Vancouver
I guess I'll push for a trainee next week. Give away someone from my hockey pool to move up the opportunity list.
Newbie
Aug 14, 2019
2 posts
Who here has applied as holiday season postal clerk from November 15- January 15?
What's the hiring process?
I did applied online in August and took exam in September and got an email for fingerprinting in September but till now no interview and haven't heard from them.
Newbie
Dec 7, 2014
36 posts
9 upvotes
Heya,

How are you all? I've been quiet for a while.

Anyway, I am now Full Time (Yay!) Unassigned.

No luck yet on Bidding results, I did bid on some reputable Bad Routes but still lost to colleagues a few months senior than me.

Anyway, I am currently lacking confidence in taking overtime, it's different when I was a casual cause the workload was just given to me, but now I have to sign up for overtime, and I feel like I will bite more than I can chew, It's so weird.

My issue is I want to ensure I get to deliver all that I will be taking out - so far I am assigned to wave 2 routes, see.

Any advice on how to finish multiple routes? When I was casual I only do one or two parts and the parcel overtimes, Now I have a full route to cover - see. I get to finish the route within 8 hours so I don't do OT just doing my route alone - but I aint that quick as the rest yet where they are done in 4 or 5 hours thus can do additional routes as overtime.

I'll be assigned to a CMB + Apartment route next month, I think I will be faster then (Currently on a walk route) so I may start taking OT.

But No rush since peak season is coming.... next thing I know I will be the one asking for Parcel support, ha!
Newbie
Nov 24, 2017
68 posts
84 upvotes
GTA
Bugsy350 wrote: I was shocked when I first started working here and saw the amount of crap we put out there. It still seems hard to believe.. I mean I'm sure they work since they can be sent out endlessly to every Canadian with an address. But 99% of people just throw them out and don't want them. I understand how that can be justified financially by the business that pays for the flyers. But how does CP justify inconveniencing millions of people and wasting so much materials? Also a waste of our labor since we spend so much time delivering and collating flyers that could be spent doing actual important stuff to service the country.

Personally I don't mind delivering them, just part of the job to me and if it wasn't for that, half of us would be let go and the people left would have nothing to do except deliver parcels... What I don't get is how we get away with shoving 10+ flyers in peoples mailboxes without any public backlash against CP or some huge social media blow up or something.
I have a couple of really big mailrooms on my current route, each one of them servicing 40-floor condos. 400 mailboxes in one and 350 in the other.
Building management for both keep big receptacles (ostensibly for recycling) in the area where residents collect their mail. It’s not uncommon for me to be delivering there between 5-6pm when lots of people are getting home from work and checking their boxes. I often exit the mailrooms to see at least 3/4 of the admail I’ve just finished delivering already dumped before I’ve even left. There’s no refuge to be found in ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ It’s right there staring you in the face.

It’s a bit of an obscenity in my humble opinion. Even leaving aside the labour for nothing. Inside workers spending hours unloading the crap and hauling it around the depot. LC’s spending hours collating and delivering the stuff. And it all goes in the trash within the space of a day….apart from that one old woman you meet on your walk who asks you for two of everything.

I’m happy to be employed, I understand flyers are a source of revenue for CP and the printing companies that make them, and that corporations and businesses wouldn’t keep cranking them out if they didn’t have a measurable effect on commerce. I get all that. But “neighbourhood mail” shouldn’t be the official euphemism for flyers. They should just drop the pretense and call it “landfill liner.”
Deal Addict
Oct 16, 2014
2268 posts
1684 upvotes
at the chiropractors
ashbridge12 wrote: I have a couple of really big mailrooms on my current route, each one of them servicing 40-floor condos. 400 mailboxes in one and 350 in the other.
Building management for both keep big receptacles (ostensibly for recycling) in the area where residents collect their mail. It’s not uncommon for me to be delivering there between 5-6pm when lots of people are getting home from work and checking their boxes. I often exit the mailrooms to see at least 3/4 of the admail I’ve just finished delivering already dumped before I’ve even left. There’s no refuge to be found in ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ It’s right there staring you in the face.

It’s a bit of an obscenity in my humble opinion. Even leaving aside the labour for nothing. Inside workers spending hours unloading the crap and hauling it around the depot. LC’s spending hours collating and delivering the stuff. And it all goes in the trash within the space of a day….apart from that one old woman you meet on your walk who asks you for two of everything.

I’m happy to be employed, I understand flyers are a source of revenue for CP and the printing companies that make them, and that corporations and businesses wouldn’t keep cranking them out if they didn’t have a measurable effect on commerce. I get all that. But “neighbourhood mail” shouldn’t be the official euphemism for flyers. They should just drop the pretense and call it “landfill liner.”
As much as we all hate flyers, and the environmental impact that they have, it is an important source of revenue for CP. As you mentioned, it obviously still works for the advertisers, so I think that the bigger problem is, why don't customers that immediately throw them in the trash, simply put on a no flyers sticker. I mean, CP isn't going to promote that view, but for all of the environmental groups out there, you would think that one of them would start a big campaign spreading this very message.... Imagine the impact that could have on reducing waste!!!!
Sometimes the truth hurts. The other times it hurts worse....
Jr. Member
Feb 4, 2016
121 posts
40 upvotes
Vancouver, BC
Anyone think our Union will get us a decent contract? Think there will be any fix in the pay structures for 2013+ since rsmc now got equal pay?

Thinking of jumping ship next year once i find out what kind of contract we get. Have almost 4 years seniority too and own a pretty good walk in my opinion. I love the people I work with but I can't survive on this 21 an HR bs plus all the aches and pains I am getting from this job and I'm still in my 20's god dammit. With all the ot (17.08 not 15.08Face With Tears Of Joy) and my flyer "bonus" I make what a regular carrier makes without doing any additional work.
Deal Fanatic
May 5, 2008
5310 posts
1940 upvotes
Winnipeg
Make sure everyone fills out Employee survey
Newbie
Oct 23, 2019
2 posts
Going in for a term courier interview. What should I expect? And if hired what is the typical training schedule? How many hours per week should I expect to take on once training is complete?

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