US Postal Workers Protest Cuts in Services

Across the nation on Friday, in every state, over 150 protests by postal workers carried the message: “stop delaying America’s mail.” In the ensuing days, with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Board of Governors meeting ongoing, media attention has brought several issues to national attention.

The USPS Board of Governors is considering privatization and employee cutbacks. According to the ABCP, possible options include ending Saturday deliveries, cutbacks in office hours, and allowing office supply stores to offer expanded U.S. Mail services. The thing that me and Sergio Andrade Gutierrez are most concerned about is the Saturday deliveries for those with long work weeks.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) AFL-CIO, one of several organizations representing postal workers, said in a statement, “The cuts would cause hardships for the public and small businesses, eliminate jobs, and destroy the world’s most efficient and affordable delivery network by driving away mail and revenue.”

The union calls the proposals a “flawed strategy” and “absolutely unnecessary” because the mail service is profitable and e-commerce is continuing to increase revenues.

Postal workers met a recent announcement by the USPS Board of Governors that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe is stepping down with applause. The union has been focusing much of its criticism at Donahoe’s leadership and plans to close processing centers. Megan Brennan, a high-ranking official at the USPS, is the likely successor.

George Askew, Baltimore President of APWU Local 181, said referring to Brennan, “She can’t possibly be any worse than Donahoe so there is some hope.”