Return to sender
By Sandra Dimitrakopoulos
Students may want to hold off mailing Christmas cards in light of recent negotiations between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.
The first deadline to strike at 12:01 a.m. Thursday was averted due to a proposal by Canada Post which occurred out of panic, said union leader Darrell Tingley.
A counterproposal was then offered by the union in the hope of bringing talks back to the table yet again. The decision by Canada Post to cease negotiations in light of the counterproposal came early yesterday evening.
"We found nothing in the unions' counterproposal to discuss," said Canada Post spokesperson Ida Irwin. "It was a shopping list which would have cost us $400 million a year." Canada Post interpreted this cost into an over 20 cent increase per stamp to customers.
The union met last night to decide whether they would strike and whether it would be a rotating strike where service is only reduced and not completely shut down.
Yet the impending strike could spell big problems not only for businesses and those wanting to send Christmas packages, but also for students applying to graduate and professional schools, many of which have a Dec. 1 deadline.
At McMaster University, deadlines will be extremely flexible for applicants, said graduate admissions officer Diane Kerss. If a strike does occur, the university intends to add additional services, including courier and drop-boxes.
Carolyn Rowland, registration coordinator for graduate studies at Western, said the university may have to issue a contingency for part-time students but many have already submitted their applications and will not be affected by the possible strike.
Fax services such as those offered by InPrint, in the University Community Centre, are also commonly used for sending applications, yet InPrint worker Jason Naipaul said he does not think there will be an increase in services because these documents are generally time sensitive.
Students looking for other ways to send a message may want to think about email. Betty Mathurs, operation supervisor for Information Technology Services at Western, said all students have automatically been given an account and if they have not yet activated it they can do so by coming to their offices on the second floor of the Natural Sciences Centre.
Those looking to send parcels can visit nearby United Parcel Service drop-off spots including 673 Richmond St., 357 1/2 Wharncliffe Rd., 1326 Huron St. and 981 Wellington Rd.. Greyhound Courier Service drop-off is located at 101 York St..