Petition to ‘help Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra keep his job’

Canadians are having some cheeky Sunday fun with a petition aimed at helping Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra.

Posted here on ipetitions.com, the petition explains how Chopra was asked to “voluntarily choose not to serve” by Liberal House Leader Dominic LeBlanc in a letter sent in December. Chopra had until Dec. 18 to decide, and he decided to stay with his new five-year, $500,000 contract.

PROPOSAL

Although it’s all in good fun, the petition does shine some light on the difference between how the Crown corporation treats its mail carriers and its CEO.

“Knowing his job is important to him,” reads the petition, “we propose the following:

  • “Deepak Chopra be reassigned to an Ottawa depot as a letter carrier. With Canada Post’s new contract demands insisting that employees can be transferred pretty much anywhere, this should be easy.
  • “Deepak Chopra can continue to draw his $500,000/yr salary as a letter carrier, and his fellow posties will promise that they won’t harbour any animosity to him for this wage gap.
  • “However, Deepak Chopra will have to start unassigned until a position opens that he can successfully bid on. Based on slightly over 5 years’ seniority, it is probable that at best he will get on as sick relief.
  • “As a relief carrier, it’s unlikely he will be able to finish many routes within the designated 8 hours. Any overtime accrued will only entitle Deepak Chopra to actual letter carrier pay (at time and a half), commensurate with his seniority.
  • “If Deepak Chopra is injured on the job by, for instance, slipping on ice while trying to handle the two bundle system, he will be entitled to WCB at actual letter carrier rates. Like every other Canada Post employee, however, he will have to wait for possibly as long as two months for his claim to kick in. To tide him over he will be able to use all 7 of his annual personal days (which will be returned to him unless his claim is denied) and then his short term disability at 70% of normal letter carrier salary. He can top that up to 100% if he has leftover sick time, but considering his seniority date that is unlikely.
  • “However, if Deepak Chopra just gets too sore and tired from carrying mail, packets, and admail in an overloaded satchel for up to 200 houses at a time, up to a distance of, say, 15-20 kilometers every day, then he only has whatever is left of those 7 personal days to use, after which he moves to short term disability.
  • “If Canada Post locks out its employees, Deepak Chopra will be entitled to strike pay provided he puts in 20 hours per week on the picket line.”
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