More than 100,000 postal workers and their supporters called on their lawmakers to “Save America’s Postal Service” in demonstrations Thursday in more than 200 cities organized by the Letter Carriers (NALC).
Many actions took place outside the home offices of U.S. senators who are expected to vote next week on a bill (S. 1789) that could push tens of thousands of workers out of their jobs and cripple the mail service America relies on.
Cynically called the 21st Century Postal Service Act, the bill would end six-day mail delivery, phase out door-to-door delivery and close hundreds of local post offices, taking away thousands of jobs and crippling one of America's vital institutions.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) announced it would shut more than half its mail processing plants and some 3,600 post offices, costing as many as 100,000 jobs.
The Save America’s Postal Service campaign is a joint effort of the NALC, Postal Workers (APWU), National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), an affiliate of the Laborers (LIUNA), and the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association (NRLCA).
Meanwhile, the APWU is airing an ad that points out that APWU members handle more than 165 billion letters and packages a year that do not cost taxpayers a single penny. Click here.
In addition, the union is continuing its series of ads featuring postal workers and customers talking about the importance of the Postal Service to our nation—and the devastating effect closing post offices and consolidating mail processing plants would have on our communities and our economy.