Today (April 17th), the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) will hold Rallies to Save America’s Postal Service and informational leafleting at post offices around the country to highlight an urgent message: Congress must act now to avert a Postal Service disaster.
The timing and impact of these events will be critical in helping us to stop S. 1789 and save America’s Postal Service.
If S. 1789 were to pass, the bill would hurt retirees and the Postal Service by:
· Putting an end to six-day mail delivery in two years.
· Phasing out door-to-door mail delivery.
Many retirees receive their needed prescriptions by mail. These proposed changes could threaten their well-being.
The Postal Service has a wide variety of supporters, many of whom may wish to participate in these Rallies to Save America’s Postal Service and informational leafleting , including small-business owners who use the mail to advertise, veterans groups, local elected officials, labor union members, faith leaders, and progressive allies who have concerns for the plight of working men and women.
“As it’s currently written, the bill will not prevent the Postal Service from closing thousands of post offices and hundreds of mail processing centers around the country or degrading service standards,” said Cliff Guffey, president of the APWU.
Join us for an all-out push to amend the Senate bill to maintain current service standards, keep post offices and mail processing centers open, and fix the Postal Service’s finances without drastic cuts in cutting service.
In honor of Tax Day, the rallies will also point out that the USPS receives no tax dollars, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Contact your senators and ask them to support changes to S. 1789.
Why is this happening?
The Postal Service is facing a financial “crisis,” but not for the reasons you might think. In December 2006, Congress passed a law that requires the USPS to pre-fund 75 years’ worth of future retiree health benefits over a 10-year period. No other government agency or private business is required to bear such a burden, which drains $5.5 billion annually from USPS revenues.
Closing mail processing centers and post offices and degrading services are unnecessary – and destructive. These changes would particularly hurt small businesses, the elderly, rural areas, and communities around the country. They would damage the U.S. economy at a time we can least afford it.
Weakening the Postal Service will jeopardize hundreds of thousands of jobs, unnecessarily. If Congress acts responsibly, the Postal Service can continue to adapt to evolving technology, as it always has.
Congress created this problem; and Congress can fix it. But they have to act NOW to implement real reform – before the Postal Service begins closing post offices and dismantling its network of mail processing centers.