Postal Workers (APWU) President Cliff Guffey says the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS's) announcement that it will close nearly half of the nation’s mail processing facilities “has sent a clear message” to workers and customers:
If Congress does not take action before the moratorium expires, management intends to dismantle the mail processing network.
The closure of 223 mail processing plants threatens some 35,000 jobs, according to news reports. Guffey says if amendments to a current USPS bill (S. 1789) are adopted:
It would prevent the closures of hundreds of mail processing plants and thousands of post offices, halt the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs and stop drastic reductions in service to the American people.
APWU members can click here to send a message to their lawmakers urging them to support a series of amendments recently offered by 27 senators. Others can call 202-224-3121 and ask to speak to their senators and urge them to support the amendments.
Without those amendments, the bill would pave the way for the USPS to carry out the closures of the processing faculties and also shut thousands of post offices, causing massive delays in mail delivery.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), one of the 27 lawmakers offering the amendments, says the USPS plan to close the facilities “is deeply flawed and Congress must change it.”