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Sunday, 19 March 2006
The Elf Stat Report
Mood:  happy
Canada Post is one of the main terminals for "Letters to Santa Claus".

As a member of the Toronto Exchange Office, we send many of the letters from foreign countries to Santa. Here's our statistics from last year.

1. 1,045,739 letters to Santa were received by Canada Post during 2005.
2. 34,039 e-mails were received and answered last year.
3. 28 languages, including Braille from letters were sent through Canada Post.
4. 11,000 or more elves helped Santa respond to the letters.
5. 30 or more years that Canada Post employees have been assisting Santa with answering his special letters.

I'm a full-time elf postie, but I want to be a part-time one soon.
Questions About Elves

Posted by qualteam at 10:04 PM EST
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Saturday, 18 March 2006
Back To Square One For Irene
Mood:  sad
What was suppose to be a full-time job ended up as a temporary job.

The job search has started again.

Irene and I have been very depressed over the last couple of days, but life goes on.

Please give a prayer for Irene that a real full-time job comes her way.

Dave and Irene During Happier Times

Posted by qualteam at 9:51 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 18 March 2006 9:53 PM EST
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Wednesday, 15 March 2006
Retirement Postie Style
It's either a golden handshake or a golden boot.

Here's is a bit of my vision of life after the Post Office.

• Cancellation of penalties for retiring earlier than age 55 providing the person has over 30 year’s service.
• Income splitting with the spouse on the Canada Post Pension
• Buying out unused sick time at fair value or applying sick leave credits to strike time
• Rehiring a retired person and letting him/her work at his former job on a part-time or casual basis (Could also work anywhere as needed.)
• Providing improved/cheaper benefits from pension surpluses
• Providing buyouts based on seniority in any area where CUPW members are declared surplus

Posted by qualteam at 10:45 PM EST
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Monday, 13 March 2006
A Day Without A Song Is A Day Without Sunshine
What do you believe in?

Posted by qualteam at 11:08 PM EST
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Sunday, 12 March 2006
My Postal Demands For 2007
In order to be a good union member, you have to be very demanding. I've tried my best with these demands. My hand is stretched out as far as it can go.

While our postal contract won't get renegotiated until next year, the individual demands have to be in by April of this year.

CUPW is short for Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

* A special casual designation for retirees who continue their employment on a temporary basis (Canada Customs does it why not Canada Post?)
* Material Handling Equipment operators designated as "Term Despatchers" with six -month contracts
* An easy way to rehire retired CUPW members quickly without causing undue hardship to his/her family
* Reasonable reimbursement for unused sick leave credits if management wants a "sick insurance scheme" or certified-only sick leave
* Buyouts for senior CUPW members if management wants rollbacks on pre-retirement leave or annual leave
* Buyouts according to seniority for employees declared surplus in the section where they are working
* Getting the biggest raise in 2007 with good raises in the following years
* Requiring some overtime for all shifts in a section if casuals are in that section
* Raising the requirement for an unofficial interview for using sick leave from three occasions to eight
* Tripling the shift premium for weekend work (Many CUPW members value their weekends for quality time with their families. If there has to be weekend work, then workers should be compensated accordingly.)
CUPW "Goes Postal"

Posted by qualteam at 10:11 PM EST
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Thursday, 9 March 2006
Top Ten Newfy Sayings
Mood:  cheeky
1. In cod we trust, all others pay cash. 2. Oh me aching nerves(Something aches inside of me.). 3. Lard dancin' Jesus(Similar to Lord thunderin' Jesus)4. Me eyes were like two piss holes in da snow.5. Ya gat da face only a mutter could luv(So ugly, only a mother would love you.). 5. He's the "Gut Almighty"(Eats more than his share.). 6. I'll give you some Newfy/tube steak(I'll give you some bologna.). 7. Arse foremost(going backward) 8. Ya nat gonna git into me drawers?(You're not going to have sex with me?). 9. Giv me a bitta dat dare(Give me a bit of that there.). 10. Any mummers loud in bye?(Mummers are people dressed up ridiculously who visit around Christmas...this is the question they usually ask after someone answers the door.)
More Newfy Sayings

Posted by qualteam at 9:56 PM EST
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Wednesday, 8 March 2006
Irene's Struggle To Get Another Job
A Human Resources rep commented that she has never seen anyone work as hard to get a job as my wife, Irene.

For those born with well-off parents or incredible intelligence and abilities, obtaining a good job is easy. For those not so "highly blessed", a longer, rougher road is travelled to a decent job.

Persistence and faith in God are one's biggest weapons against the apathy of personnel people that don't care if you get a position.

Trying to escape the burdens of the "working poor" has been the major endeavour of my wife and I over the last 10 months. You can read about this journey from May/06/05 to March/06/06 in this blog.
Overcoming Barriers

Posted by qualteam at 9:36 PM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 8 March 2006 9:40 PM EST
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Monday, 6 March 2006
Irene Has A New Job
Mood:  celebratory
This is definitely a small miracle. The new job is only 20 minutes away and they have an old payroll software program that Irene has used before.

There are also productivity bonuses that appear to be quite good.

The light is at the end of the tunnel. The marathon job search of 10 months is almost over.

Posted by qualteam at 5:25 PM EST
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Saturday, 4 March 2006
What Time Are You In?
Reality seems to have three time zones connected to it.
1. Old Universe Time(The time from the beginning of the universe to now.)
2. New Universe Time(The time from the birth of Christ to now.)
3. Eternal Time(An area of "time" which exists outside of normal or abnormal time.)

There is much that could be written about each time zone. If you have any personal insights into this subject, I would appreciate your feedback.
Please send me a communication.

Posted by qualteam at 11:50 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 4 March 2006 11:55 PM EST
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Thursday, 2 March 2006
Top Song Of The Week
Mood:  special
This is Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel." Wow, what a video! By the time, the song was over tears were streaming down my eyes. I can understand why it was #1 for six weeks on the Country Hit Parade. Four stars

Check out Carrie's Music here.

Posted by qualteam at 9:36 PM EST
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