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Trump Wants to Privatize the Post Office

Unions oppose a Postmaster General who wants to take the Service private

Kris LaGrange's picture
Jan 27, 2020

The US Postal Service seems to be under constant attack from politicians in Washington. That process may be sped up with the retirement current Postmaster General Megan Brennan on January 31st.

Last year, a task force that was led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proposed several “reforms” to the postal service that included a proposal to privatize the system. With a new Postmaster General being selected by Trump it is assumed that he will be looking for someone who supports a privatization plan. The new Postmaster General will also need to be approved by the Postal Service’s Board of Governors which includes 3 Trump appointees.

The American Postal Workers Union is fighting this by demanding that the Board of Governors and Trump select a Postmaster General who supports the current service. On January 6th the union delivered over 400,000 petition signatures opposing privatization and demanding a Postmaster General who will stand up for quality universal service and public ownership of the USPS.

“We’re going in with a simple demand,” President Mark Dimondstein said at the rally. “We need a leader of this organization – a new Postmaster General – who believes [in], who will uphold, and who will fight for the public mission of the United States Postal Service…We demand a vibrant, public Postal Service for generations to come!”

APWU has joined a coalition of activists, unions, and other organizations called A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service (Grand Alliance).

“We all know what privatization means. It means they want to cut your wages; they want to take away your benefits; they want to destroy the great reliability of this agency. They want people to make a profit off of us. We’re not going to let that happen,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.

It would appear that the message was received by the USPS. The day after the rally, Brennan announced that she would push back her retirement date, allowing the search for a new Postmaster General to continue.  Let’s see if Trump and the Board of Governors listen and protect a public Postal Service.

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