Contact Your Senator: Eliminating Saturday Delivery is Short-Sighted

image descriptionBy Fredric Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers

As early as next week, the Senate is set to begin debate on extending the current continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through the end of the fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, 2013. As you know, the language that mandates continuation of six-day-a-week mail delivery is part of the annual appropriations process and thus is included in the CR.

Given Postmaster General Donahoe’s recent announcement that he plans on eliminating Saturday delivery beginning Aug. 5, it is more important than ever that we weigh in with our senators and insist that, as they consider the extension of the CR, they make absolutely certain that the language preserving six-day mail delivery stays intact.

Before a recent hearing of the Senate committee that oversees the Postal Service, the postmaster general urged Congress to strike the language in the CR and allow him to move to a five-day delivery schedule. “Please do not put language in that says specifically you can’t do it, because I would obey the law and wouldn’t do it,” Donahoe said.

This is why we need to ensure that our senators on Capitol Hill make it crystal clear to the PMG that they are NOT giving him the authority to circumvent the will of Congress and end Saturday mail delivery.

(In NC) Please call 888-987-3602, where you will be patched through to Sen. Kay Hagan’s office. Remind the senator that eliminating Saturday delivery is not only short-sighted as a business strategy — by giving away the Postal Service’s biggest competitive advantage and threatening the network — but doing so would eliminate 80,000 good middle-class jobs at a time when the country can not afford higher rates of unemployment.

We need Congress to discuss comprehensive postal reform, not the hasty elimination of delivery frequency language that has been included in every congressional spending measure for more than 30 years.

Please ask your senator to ensure that continuation of six-day-a-week mail delivery gets included in the CR extension when it comes up for a vote on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your continued efforts. I will be calling on you again soon as we continue the fight to save Saturday mail delivery and get Congress to pass responsible postal reform legislation.

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