New Postage Hikes Benefit Big Business, Hurt Charities And Smaller Businesses, Says Union

 New Postage Hikes Benefit Big Business, Hurt Charities And Smaller Businesses,  Says Union  OTTAWA, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is  pointing out that Canada Post's new higher postage rates, which come into  effect today, are structured to give big businesses a break while individuals  and smaller organizations will pay more.  Stamp booklets, usually purchased by individuals and smaller companies, are  shooting up from 63 cents per stamp to 85 cents while single stamps will cost  a dollar.  Large-volume mailers, however, will pay only 69 or 70 cents per  stamp.  Postage metre users will get a discount of 10 cents per stamp. The metres are  manufactured and sold by the multinational corporation Pitney Bowes, where  Deepak Chopra was President and CEO of the company's Canadian division before  taking the reins at Canada Post.  "That's the Conservative way: one standard for their corporate friends and  another for the rest of us," said CUPW National President Denis Lemelin,  speaking at a press conference today with NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice.  In the wake of widespread popular opposition to its government-backed "5-Point  Action Plan," Canada Post has gone into damage control mode, offering some  temporary "relief" discounts on postage to smaller businesses and charities.  However, the union says this is not good enough.  "Canada Post is supposed to provide public postal service for all and that  includes fair prices for all," said Lemelin.  Rallies, door-to-door canvassing, town halls, petitions and other activities  continue to take place across the country while the number of municipalities  opposing Canada Post's plan is growing.  To see CUPW's plan for a better public postal service for all, visit  www.savecanadapost.ca.    SOURCE  Canadian Union of Postal Workers  Kevin Matthews, CUPW Communications, kmatthews@cupw-sttp.org, 613-293-0547.  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2014/31/c2509.html  CO: Canadian Union of Postal Workers ST: Ontario NI: LABOR  
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