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Postal Workers Run Ad against Privatizing the US Postal Service

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USPS United States Postal ServiceThe American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers are running an ad in opposition to the White House’s proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service.

The ad says, “Heard how the government wants to sell off the U.S. Postal Service? A corporate post office could mean you don’t get your mail every day – maybe every third day, even for medicine and packages. You could pay more too. In rural areas – a lot more. The end of delivering everywhere to 157 million addresses at the same price. Tell your member of Congress, “no way.” The people’s Postal Service. Keep it. It’s yours.”

The ad ends with a graphic that reads, “For more information on how to save the U.S. Postal Service, go to www.usmailnotforsale.org.”

Here’s who the site says is behind the campaign:

“The US Mail Not for Sale is a worker-led campaign sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers. The campaign brings together labor unions, elected officials, member organizations of A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, community supporters and the public to fight plans to sell the public Postal Service to the highest bidder.”

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It goes on to explain, “The White House, for the first time in history, proposed to sell the Postal Service in Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century by the Office of Management and Budget.”

And it says that could negatively impact ecommerce:

“If implemented, the White House plan would end regular mail and package services at one affordable price for everyone regardless of where they live. Eliminating the universal service obligation – requiring the Postal Service to deliver daily to all 157 million addresses – would be a dagger aimed at the heart America, especially rural communities and the elderly who depend on the mail for prescriptions. It also would disrupt e-commerce.”

The postal worker organizations are promoting the campaign on social networks using the hashtag #USMailNotForSale.

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6 thoughts on “Postal Workers Run Ad against Privatizing the US Postal Service”

  1. Its CALLED JOB SECURITY. Privatizing the post office is going to result in the lost of jobs and delivery will be down to a few days a week. Problem with the way things are now is the board has no gonads to make those decisions as long as the union is in control.

  2. Not everyone cares about mail 6 days/week.. and this is a prime example of how Socialism sucks.. If I live in a city and it’s super easy to deliver my mail on the city route, why am I paying the same rates as someone who chooses to live out in the middle of Nowhere? It costs a lot more to provide that extra delivery service to them. And there is the Universal Truth that the government cannot do Anything efficiently. Competition is a good thing. The people who choose to work for the USPS are no more sacred than other hard working Americans. A large Priority box is almost $19! And I am fed up with their No Accountability – they have lost 3 items I have mailed out to my shoppers but the only service they Guarantee is Express.. when the items go missing after their third or 4th scan, it SHOULD be their fault at that point, but they tell you to fill out an online tracing form just to slow walk things and make you think they are looking for what you sent.
    I am 100% Fed Up and I think competition, or at least a viable Choice is a good thing.

  3. Service where I live is terrible so I wrote to the postal commissioner with complaints and suggestions on how to improve service and cut costs. One area I focused on was to stop biting the hand that feeds them meaning online sellers. The USPS continually raises Priority rates while shrinking box sizes. Two months later I received an EMAIL reply indicating a response was on its way which never happened. Then I got a request, again, via email, for a survey on they did!
    My feedback to them indicated my dissatisfaction & surprise at their use of email after I took the time to type and mail a letter…

  4. Look how great it works for the Royal Mail in the UK, this week they are being kicked out of the stock market because their stock is not even worth a penny. They Triple the cost, added banking services, insurance services and still, these greedy Rats claim they make no money. It cost 7 dollars to ship a 2 oz package across the street. Yea, the USPS workers are very right and they should avoid privatization at all costs.

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