From The Labor Wire
Nov. 26, 2018
When a political extremist mailed 16 pipe bombs to elected officials, activists and journalists last month, tens of thousands of postal workers were placed in harm’s way. Facing the threat of injury and death, these dedicated public service workers didn’t shy away from carrying out their collective mission. Alert as ever, they dutifully identified and isolated suspicious packages while continuing to serve 157 million addresses across the country. These workers didn’t hesitate to stand up for their communities; and now, in the face of right-wing efforts to shutter the post office, it’s time for us to stand up for them.
Message of the Day—Standing Up for Postal Workers
Whether diligently protecting our safety or tirelessly working to deliver a surge of holiday packages, the working people of the U.S. Postal Service have more than earned our respect.
Yet, the Trump administration is waging a twisted effort to eliminate their livelihoods entirely. By selling off the Postal Service to the highest corporate bidder, the administration would dismantle the country’s most trusted federal agency while leaving diminished service and higher costs for hundreds of millions of Americans.
“These privatizers want to drown out the quiet, unsung postal workers’ heroism in the recent moment of crisis,” American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein recently wrote in the Miami Herald. “Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor House Resolution 993 and Senate Resolution 633, opposing privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. Let’s ensure that the postal eagle, symbolizing its public ownership, is never sacrificed on the altar of private profit, replaced by the vulture of corporate greed.”
Kitchen Table Economics
88%: Percentage of Americans with a favorable view of the Postal Service.