Archive for Louis Lang

FIGHT TO KEEP THE PUBLIC POST OFFICE!

THE SUNDAY E-MAIL
Ottawa Postal Workers’ News Bulletin
February 23, 2014

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THE PRIVATIZATION OF ATOMIC ENERGY OF CANADA – HARPER’S GIFT TO SNC-LAVALIN!

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In 2009, the Harper government started the process of the privatization of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL).  Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources at the time, stated that it was time the government “got out of the business of subsidizing nuclear reactor sales and servicing.” Read more

CANADA POST ACCELERATING ITS ATTACKS ON THE PUBLIC POST OFFICE AND POSTAL WORKERS!

Senior executives from Canada Post have been holding closed door consultations with business groups in cities across the country.  Meetings were held in Calgary on September 11, 2013 and in Ottawa on September 12th.  According to the corporation fifty such consultations are planned and each meeting is followed by a media blitz in each city.  Instead of media relations representatives, senior vice-presidents of the corporation have been appearing on news programs and radio talk shows in one of the most aggressive campaigns undertaken by the corporation to promote the dismantling of the public post office and further attack the working conditions, wages and benefits (including pensions) of postal workers. Read more

Canada Post Must Fulfill Its Obligations to the Pension Plan

Recent public statements by Canada Post give the impression that there is a serious crisis facing the corporation’s Defined Benefit Pension Plan and that this is threatening the financial viability of the post office. Read more

2012 Annual Report Paves Way for Further Privatization

On April 17, the Canada Post Group of Companies released its 2012 Annual Report. The report covers the Canada Post segment, Purolator, SCI Group and Innovapost.

A press release summarized the report and emphasized that even though the Canada Group of Companies had a before-tax profit of $127 million and the Canada Post segment a before-tax profit of $98 million, that this was not really a profit. The Canada Post spokesperson explained that the result was created by “non-recurring and non-cash adjustments worth approximately $152 million. Furthermore, these adjustments were largely due to reductions in the future costs of sick leave and post-retirement health benefits. The savings were a result of major concessions made by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in the contract signed on December 21, 2012. Read more