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Local postal workers surprised, disappointed over home delivery cutbacks

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On one of the coldest days of the year, two weeks before Christmas, Canada Post delivered a lump of coal to its postal carriers: its plan to eliminate home delivery service.

"There’s quite a bit of disappointment," said Ben Zorn, local president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers that has 650 members providing urban delivery service in Winnipeg and Southern Manitoba.

The union found out about Canada Post’s plan to eliminate home delivery like everyone else – through a news release, said Zorn.

"We’ve received the information through Canada Post press releases," he said. "We’re nowhere near having an understanding of what that might mean in terms of reduction in the number of positions," Zorn said.

"I’ve yet to hear anything officially from the employer."

Canada Post has not responded to requests for comment.

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