City doesn’t support hosting postal forum

Cranbrook city staff advised against the city holding a public meeting as requested by the Canada Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

Cranbrook city staff advised against the city holding a public meeting as requested by the Canada Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). On June 9, local representatives from the union asked council if it would hold a community meeting and invite Canada Post, as well as CUPW, to speak on the coming elimination of door-to-door delivery and answer questions.

On Monday, June 23, city staff advised that it does not support the city holding the meeting.

“While the issue of discontinuing door-to-door postal service will affect residents within the City of Cranbrook and will most definitely impact postal workers, the use of city staff and resources for a matter that is not city business is not advisable,” staff wrote in the administration updates. They also wrote that it could set a precedent for that type of request in the future if it were granted.

The other request by CUPW from June 9 was to place a number of four by eight foot signs on Cranbrook Street and Van Horne Street.

For similar reasons city staff also did not support that request, again worrying about the precedent that could be set.

Staff advised that the CUPW could check with private property owners to host the signs on their lawn.