I've worked a long time at Canada Post and I'm starting to get fed up with it. Perhaps, I should take a reduced pension in the next two years and do something more creative like basketweaving or screenwriting.
Below is a letter which I sent to Deborah Bourque, the president of The Canadian Union Of Postal Workers.
"RE: The Excessive Use Of Casuals At The Toronto Exchange Office(TEO)
Please note, that management is continuing to use casuals on almost a daily basis at TEO (including a temporary illegal midnight shift). The jobs that the casuals are doing on the ?P Belts? are jobs that should go to fulltime, fulltime staff. The volumes have increased at TEO, but staffing gains have been minimal? Neither is there a night staff which would create more quality junior jobs and assist the processing of sometimes huge backlogs.
Unfortunately, most postal management seems to have a hard time dealing with prosperity. Instead of a well organized highly equipped work force. We get management ?by the seat of their pants.?
As you know, we deal with Customs and improvements in the operation have to be cleared with them too.
The most common management ad hoc plan is to give overtime or throw bodies (casuals)into an area because they can do it. Nevertheless, TEO problems remain. Backlogs continue. Double handlings continue. Casuals do some of our jobs and no long term solution had been found for TEO.
An efficient operation at Drew Rd was crammed in the WLPP without sufficient space, belts and staff to expand. Now the name of the game is to blame us or Customs for delay of the mail and the backlogs.
We need help from the National Exec to get postal management to stop using casuals and stop blaming CUPW members and Customs for their own inability to come up with a long term plan for TEO."
There must be life and fun stuff to do outside of Canada Post.