JwJ Joins Postal Workers in Rallying to Save our Postal Service
On September 27th postal workers, supervisors, and community allies will come together for the Save America’s Postal Service Day of Action. Faced with a manufactured crisis that could result in massive layoffs, the National Association of Letter Carriers, American Postal Workers Union, National Postal Mailhandlers Union, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association have organized rallies across the country at every congressional representative’s office.
Jobs with Justice local coalitions are supporting the postal unions by rallying with the workers at congressional offices across the country. On September 27, the Central Florida, North Carolina Triad, South Bend, Northern Illinois, Portland, Colorado, and Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice coalitions will all join postal workers in taking action to save our postal service.
The postal “crisis” is the result of an accounting problem caused by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. If not for this bill, the American Postal Workers Union president says, the Postal Service would be operating in the black. The law requires the USPS to overpay into employees’ retirement funds, pre-funding their pensions for the next 75 years, a mandate which both postal workers' unions and management find unreasonable. Recently, the USPS announced that it won’t be able to pay the $5.5 billion it is due to contribute to the federal retiree health fund at the end of this month. Because of this shortfall, Republicans are demanding cuts to the Postal Service. These cuts could result in 100,000 workers losing their jobs at a time of already high unemployment, widespread post office closures which would particularly impact rural communities, and the elimination of Saturday mail delivery.
Instead of hurting workers and their communities through layoffs and reduced services, postal workers advocate fixing the accounting problem so that the USPS can use its own excess pension funds to meet the pre-funding obligation. On the 27th they will urge representatives in every district to support H.R. 1351, a bill introduced by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) that will put an end to the crisis.
Community allies are critical in ensuring that our post office survives. Join the nation wide rally September 27th!
Go to http://www.saveamericaspostalservice.org/map-list.html to find or organize a rally near you.
If you can’t make it to a rally, you can also call or email your representative to ask them to support H.R. 1351, or gather signatures and mail in a petition to your representative. Visit http://www.saveamericaspostalservice.org/petition.html to print out a petition.