March 18, 2010
APWU is asking for our help
Senior management at the United States Postal Service is asking the Congress to sign off on its plans to eliminate six-day mail delivery service.
Your brothers and sisters in the American Postal Worker Union (and in the National Association of Letter Carriers) need your help:
The APWU is asking union members to contact their U.S. Representatives and encourage them to co-sponsor House Resolution 173, which urges the Postal Service to continue to provide mail delivery six days per week.
The resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO), expresses the “sense of the House of Representatives that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its six-day mail delivery service.” The Postal Service is asking Congress to reduce the number of mail delivery days required by law from six days per week to five.
In a message to legislative activists, Legislative and Political Director Myke Reid warns that, if accepted by Congress, five-day delivery would begin a “death spiral” for the USPS. “In addition to the thousands of jobs lost, there will undoubtedly be an erosion of confidence in the Postal Service’s ability to provide the services the public relies on.”
“Mail delivery is not only a vital part of the national economy, but also provides the timely delivery of needed goods and services to all segments of society,” the message notes.
“People currently depend on the Postal Service to provide those services, and if we don’t, they will find someone else who will,” Reid cautions.