>> Tuesday, May 31, 2011
i'd be lying if i didn't admit that i'm a little worried about the possibility of a postal strike by canada post. my little jewelry business depends on the mail systems as much as it does the copper and silver industries. a not-so-wise boss once gave me this sage piece of advice - "you don't mess with people's livelihoods because they come out swinging" - and on both sides of this coin, it's the truth. the postal workers are in a legal strike action position, so that they can fight for what they want/need, but yet there are millions of canadians who depend on the system in order to live. even at social services, they did not mail people's cheques this month, and instead informed clients that they had to come and pick them up at the local offices.
i agree that unions have created a more fair system within which businesses and corporations work. however, it's hard when the little guy on the totem pole seems to lose out everytime. i am reluctant to list anything new in my shop just in case i won't be able to ship it. and seriously, no one wants to pay UPS or Purolator costs just for a pair of earrings.
(i do admit though - today we got home and there was a box of silver waiting for me. no customs charge, or duty owing... hmmmm. i wonder if this is also part of the strike action? sweet - for ME!)