In recent years, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has been under attack from Republicans in Congress and elsewhere who are trying to privatize the constitutionally required service to benefit wealthy campaign donors with the support of anti-government extremists. The men and women who work at the USPS, and their unions, however, are fighting back.
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the U.S. Postal Service began negotiations Thursday over a new contract, the first time the two have bargained in four and a half [KRC1] years. Heading into the negotiations, the USPS has a new postmaster general, Megan Brennan. Postal workers are calling not only for fair wages and benefits, but for longer and more convenient hours for customers. APWU has also endorsed a series of bold improvements, including postal banking, public notary services and the sale of licenses.
In the face of aggressive attacks on the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), a wide range of national organizations is standing up and fighting for one of the more widely used and important public goods in the United States. The Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service unites more than 60 groups in opposition to weakening the USPS for the sake of private investment and profit. Actor and activist Danny Glover supports the alliance and explains why, in a new video sponsored by the organization.
The U.S. Postal Service reduced delivery standards today and began a process that will slow first-class mail delivery. As The Nation’s John Nichols writes, the service cutbacks come on the heels of record-breaking and successful holiday deliveries of 15.5 billion packages, letters and parcels by postal workers, letter carriers, mail handlers and rural carriers in weeks of “intense demanding, long-hours, late-night and weekend work.”
The congressional Republicans and U.S. Postal Service executives who’ve been trying to gut the Postal Service and denigrating the work of the men and women who keep the mail moving ought to take a listen to the American public. A recent Gallup Poll found that Americans rate the Postal Service highest among 13 government agencies.
The U.S. Postal Service’s attempt to divert attention from its privatization scheme by changing the program’s name isn’t stopping the union movement’s mobilization against the plan or the boycott of Staples. Tomorrow, thousands of members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and allies will rally outside a Chicago Staples store.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
On Thursday afternoon, April 24, members of the Postal Workers (APWU) staged a spirited protest at a Staples store located in Baltimore. This was just one of more than 50 such rallies held by union members, taking place at 80 Staples stores in 27 states across the country. A few local social justice activists also joined in support of the union.
Postal Workers (APWU) members and community allies are rallying today at 50 Staples stores in 27 states as part of a National Day of Action to stop the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) privatization of retail operations. USPS is contracting mail services to Staples, with “postal counters” staffed with low-wage, high-turnover Staples employees rather than postal employees.