Mail service resumes

Mail is getting back in the mailboxes as post office employees across Canada were legislated back to work last week.

  • Jul. 3, 2011 5:00 p.m.

By CAMERON ORR

Mail is getting back in the mailboxes as post office employees across Canada were legislated back to work last week.

John Caines, spokesperson for Canada Post, said that the transition for employees to go back to work has been smooth since back-to-work legislation came into effect June 27.

“We’re trying to stabilize the operations right around the country,” he said. “We’re working as hard as we can to get the volumes out.”

He said there is still a lot of mail waiting to be sorted, especially from other countries such as the United States.

“It’ll be a few days before we get back to normal.”

As far as the impacts of people switching to digital services for things like bill payments, Caines said that will be assessed as they move forward, and pointed out that Canada Post does have an electronic service called ePost, which has been around for a decade.

But impacts on digital distributions will take a back seat to getting the physical mail back in people’s hands.

“Right now we have to work at getting the business back up and getting the volumes out,” said Caines.

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