Jobs with Justice to Congress, "We Support Postal Workers"
Jobs with Justice coalitions around the country came out in full force yesterday to save our postal service at representatives’ offices nation-wide. Along with postal workers and community organizations, JwJ activists pressured representatives to support H.R. 1351, a bill which would end the manufactured crisis and help correct the accounting problem that makes the postal service appear broke. With the passage of this bill, the post office will be able to access its surplus funds rather than cut over 100,000 jobs, shutter over 3,000 post offices, and reduce services.
In Boston, roughly 500 members of 6 postal unions and supporters, including Jobs with Justice, rallied to demand that post offices remain open and that no one is laid off. Reverend Terry Burke of the First Unitarian Church in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston spoke about how this would hurt his parishioners as well as erode the standard of living in our community. He was joined by postal workers who talked about the fact that the loss of good middle class jobs would further hurt our economy. One worker said, “this isn’t about postal jobs, this about killing the middle class. We are all under attack and we need to stand together.”
Click here for photos from the Boston action!
The actions Tuesday, part of the larger fight for full and fair employment for all workers, drew activists and attention all over the county. JwJ coalitions participated in similar actions in Portland, Indianapolis, Greensboro, St Louis, Orlando, and elsewhere.
Activists can continue to support postal workers by signing the national petition!
Stay tuned to the fightback at www.saveamericaspostalservice.org!