The initial organizational base of this coalition is strong. The Ottawa and District Labour Council is the largest movement organization that has joined, but other affiliates include the Congress of Union Retirees (CURC), the Ottawa chapter of ACORN, the Ottawa-Carleton section of ETFO (Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario), child care workers (CUPE 2204), Graduate Students Association at Carleton, CUPE 4600 (TAs and Sessional Lecturers at Carleton), Solidarity Against Austerity, and several others.
The first coalition meeting was a success -- plans are under way to continue and expand organizing efforts at a neighbourhood and Ward level, following on successful Town Hall meetings already convened in Kitchissippi and Kanata. Strategic focus on winning the new City Council to passage of a strong resolution opposing the elimination of home delivery will continue and expand. The coalition also plans to deepen internal awareness of the campaign and postal services within their own respective membership groups.
Another stated priority for the coalition is continued growth. Other movement and popular organizations will be contacted and invited to join, and to provide support to this campaign in various ways. Doubling the number of affiliated organizations is considered a realistic goal within the coming six months. Coalition organizers believe that seniors and retiree organizations, groups advocating around disability issues, and locally grounded community associations will be interested in a mandate of campaigning in defence of home mail delivery.
One coalition representative suggested the possibility of work to build public awareness of a positive, expansive agenda for postal services that could include not only extending home delivery to neighbourhoods that have never had it, and adding postal banking to the range of services that Canada Post offers. Further discussion of these options will be pursued at future meetings.
Individuals and representatives of local community organizations are urged to get in touch with coalition organizers, attend its next meeting, and get actively involved. See the Contact button on this page for email contact details.