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 
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

SOURCE  Canadian Union of Postal Workers 
Kevin Matthews, CUPW Communications,, 613-293-0547. 
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