Public Outcry Needed to Stop WNC Postal Closings (11/21)

(Update 11/22/11: 250 people turned out, all disapproved plan to shutter service, reports Asheville Citizen-Times.)

Tell USPS mgmt what you think at public hearing

Western North Carolina CLC President, Mark Case, APWU, is sounding the alarm about a plan by U.S. Postal Service management to close a major facility in Asheville, move operations to another state, and eliminate as many as 200 good-paying, middle-class jobs in Western North Carolina. The plan will be subject to public input at a hearing on November 21:

“Nationwide, the facilities that have come off the closure list after these community meetings have been in areas where there has been overwhelming public input and support [for keeping them open]. If there is ever a time for Western North Carolina community and Labor to come together to stop an action that will be detrimental to all of our citizens, it is now.”

What: Public hearing to tell the USPS what you think of their job-killing closures
When: Monday, November 21, 2011 at 6:00pm
Where: AB Tech Ferguson Auditorium, 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801

The U.S. Postal Service was deemed so important to commerce and the function of a free society that the Founders specifically called for its creation when they drafted the U.S. Constitution. Since then, facilities have been built in communities large and small “in order to provide the maximum service to the citizens of this country,” says Mark.

“Cuts of any kind (big or small) are cutbacks in service! Are the citizens of Western North Carolina willing to give up service, or are they willing to stand up and fight to retain it? That is the question that will be answered within the next few weeks! “

The day before the USPS holds its public hearing, Asheville-area postal workers will give the public an opportunity to get accurate information and an understanding of the proposed changes at a public forum [location TBD as of this writing] from 7:30-9pm Sunday.

For more information about both meetings, contact Mark Case at mark277@aol.com or at (828) 257-4119.

Congress, not mail delivery costs, is the problem

Despite what you may have heard, the U.S. Postal Service isn’t broke, nor is it losing money because of costs associated with delivering the service management is threatening to take away from Western North Carolina. Rather, the billion-dollar losses reported by our corporate media were caused by Congress, and Congress can easily fix them without eliminating six day delivery or closing facilities. Learn more at http://www.saveamericaspostalservice.org/.