News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
Posted June 24th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
Niagara Falls, Ontario – NDP MPP Wayne Gates is calling on Canada Post to settle with its workers on the eve of a potential work stoppage that he fears will impact the residents of his riding.
“When I’m not in the House I’m in my constituency office almost every day and I see how much people in Niagara rely on being able to receive and send their mail,” said Gates. “Things like sending health card applications to the Ministry of Health or applications to the Ministry of Transportation will become far more difficult and potentially costly. Also imagine all of the residents who receive their cheques by mail who do not have access to transportation to pick them up – think of those who have disabilities or seniors”
If a settlement is not reached by July 2nd between the Crown Corporation and the union representing the workers home mail delivery will be seriously impacted. Though the two parties have been meeting regularly, there still remain many issues that stand in the way of settlement, particularly around pensions and overtime pay.
“I sincerely hope Canada Post can come to an agreement that works—it will cause people an awful lot of stress, stated Gates. “Whether it’s small businesses paying for a courier service or a senior who has no ride to pick up their CPP cheque, this is going to impact a lot of people. I worry Government offices may not have time to properly prepare for the need that will exist.”
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