CUPW fights closure of St. Boniface Post Office

July 27, 2012

In June, Canada Post announced that it intends to close the Norwood Grove Post Office ( 287 Tache) in St. Boniface.

The Norwood Grove Post Office has provided postal service to the residents of St. Boniface since 1935. As a bilingual service provider, it plays an important role supporting the continuing vibrancy of the francophone community of St. Boniface. 

Responding to concerns from both St. Boniface residents and the workers who operate the post office, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has been working with community residents to express opposition. CUPW members delivered leaflets to local residents providing information about the closure, urging them to call their MP, Shelley Glover.

To date, Canada Post has not followed the Candian Postal Services Charter on this decision. Section 14 of the Charter requires Canada Post to meet with affected customers and communities before proceeding with a closure. No such meetings have occurred. A notice that was posted on the wall of the post office clearly does not satisfy the requirement to meet with the community.

The Manitoba Federation of Labour has written letters opposing the closure to the federal Minister responsible for Canada Post, the Honourable Denis Lebel, to the Minister fo State for Canada Post, the Honourable Steven Fletcher, to the local Member of Parliament, Shelley Glover, and to the President and CEO of Canada Post, Deepak Chopra. He urged them to reconsider the decision and to conduct teh community meetings required by the Charter before implementing any final decisions.

Please express your concerns about the closure of Norwood Grove Post Office HERE. You may also express your concerns by writing to:

Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister reponsible for Canada Post

Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport – includes Canada Post)

Shelley Glover, MP (St. Boniface)