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No holiday for postal workers

Neither rain nor snow nor sleet or a 'Family Day' holiday will keep these men and women from their appointed rounds.

While many of us enjoy BC's newest holiday this coming Monday - your mail will still be delivered.

"It will be business as usual," says Canada Post spokesman John Caines.

"We follow the Canada Labour code and it does not cover any provincial holidays."

'Family Day' instituted by the provincial government a year ago is a provincial holiday and not a federal holiday.

That means many businesses who will close up shop for the day could find a stack of mail inside the door when they return Tuesday - that is if those businesses have mail slots.

"Our people will go about their business as they normally would. If they cannot deliver the mail (because the businesses is closed and there is not a mail slot) the mail will be held and delivered the next business day."

Caines says employees at host businesses such as drug stores or convenience stores where postal outlets are located will also be at work depending on the hours of those businesses.

Other national companies working on federal union agreements such as Telus will also be on the job as usual Monday.

Family Day falls Monday, Feb. 11 in BC and the following Monday in AB, SK and ON.



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