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APWU on Postal Service: "A manufactured crisis."

Kris LaGrange's picture
Apr 12, 2015

On April 12th postal workers took to the streets to shine a light on an issue that many people didnt know existed. The issue is that there is no issue, and the US Postal Service is outsourcing good paying union jobs to low wage, low skilled retail workers at Staples, Inc. A few bills have been drafted and are awaiting Congress to act, but we all know how that usually ends up. So on Sunday, April 19th, UCOMM Radio will have a few leaders from the American Postal Workers Union in studio to chat up what they are calling "a manufactured crisis" and they will give us the skinny on the royal scam that is taking place right under our noses. Below is a summary of the issue at hand from their website.

Many on Wall Street and in Congress are eager to dismantle the Postal Service so they can turn over the profitable pieces to their cronies in private industry. And they are willing to undermine universal service to the American people to make it happen.

Unfortunately, the top leadership of the USPS has aided and abetted the privatization efforts. Examples abound:

  • The Postal Service entered a secretive, no-bid deal to offer postal services at Staples stores, using low-wage, poorly-trained Staples employees, rather than USPS employees. Management hopes to expand this model to other retailers;
  • USPS management has proposed wholesale subcontracting of Motor Vehicle Services;
  • Postal managers continually seek to outsource Maintenance Crafts duties and Support Services functions.
  • The USPS closed 140 mail processing centers in 2012, and plans to consolidate an additional 82 in 2015;
  • Postal management lowered service standards in 2012 and 2015 – virtually eliminating overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals and slowing down mail delivery on all classes of mail throughout the country. 

Privatization of postal service doesn’t just hurt postal families; it thwarts a constitutional right that is guaranteed for all Americans: A public Postal Service.

The Postal Service justifies many of its service-cutting policies by claiming it is suffering multi-billion-dollar losses.

But the USPS, which doesn’t use a dime of taxpayer money, is profitable. In fiscal year 2014, the USPS earned $1.4 billion in operating profit, and its finances have been improving for years. The red ink stems from Congress, which requires the Postal Service to pre-fund future retiree health benefits – something no other public agency or private firm is required to do. That costs the Postal Service $5.6 billion a year – and that’s the red ink.

The American Postal Workers Union isn’t taking the assault lying down. The APWU is fighting for a vibrant, public Postal Service for generations to come.

These are the three bills that we need to get passed:

• H.Res. 12 (six-day delivery): 138 co-sponsors
• H.Res. 28 (door delivery): 43 co-sponsors
• H.Res. 54 (service standards): 63 co-sponsors

For more information check out the flyer below.

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