By Fredric Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers
With a little more than one week to go before members of Congress head back to Washington, I need your help to preserve the USPS delivery network.
As you know, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe has announced that he plans to close or consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs in 2015. These plans will take aim at Postal Service customers by eliminating First Class overnight delivery in areas served by these facilities while ultimately slowing down mail throughout the country.
In response to this announcement, Reps. David Joyce (R-OH), Ron Kind (D-WI), Peter King (R-NY), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Frank LoBiondo (R-NY), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) are circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter to House appropriators, urging them to preserve First Class mail delivery standards by implementing a one-year moratorium on closures while Congress considers comprehensive postal reform.
In addition, a bipartisan group of representatives recently introduced H. Res. 711, which calls on Congress to take all appropriate measures to ensure continuation of door delivery for all business and residential customers. Efforts to gain supporters for this resolution are being led by Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA), David Joyce (R-OH) and Peter King (R-NY). Congress should know that American businesses have already expressed their desire for keeping door-to-door delivery. And in fact, in 2013 USPS introduced a voluntary cluster-box conversion program for which less than 1 percent of businesses signed up.
When Congress returns from recess on Sept. 9, it will be business as usual, which means more proposals to reduce jobs and services at USPS. Letter carriers must take action against these efforts and show wide support for continued services, not arbitrary cuts. Let’s demonstrate to Congress that cutting our way to prosperity isn’t the way forward, and let’s welcome them back to Washington with a strong showing on these efforts to protect services.
So please, call your congressional representative and ask them to co-sponsor H. Res. 711 and to sign onto Rep. Joyce’s “Dear Colleague” letter. And if you learn that your representative has already signed on to the letter and the resolution, then please express your thanks for their support.
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