Postal unions rally to protest privatizing the public postal service

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Postal unions across the nation rallied Monday as part of “National Day of Action” to protest the idea of privatizing the public postal service to private corporations. 

The unions are referring to the White House proposal on restructuring the federal government that was released in late June that calls for eventually turning the postal service into a private corporation.

A crowd of around a dozen people gathered outside the American Postal Workers Union Building on Williamson Road in Roanoke around 1 p.m. to oppose the idea of privatization of the U.S. Post Office. 

 The rallies held across the country were also supported by three other postal unions NALC, NRLCA, and NPMHU.

According to a flier circulated for the day of action, they are encouraging people to urge their members of Congress to oppose the sale of your public post office. The following is listed as bullet points on the flier against privatization:

  •  Postal privatization would lead to higher prices and less service for hundreds of millions of people in the country.
  • The Post Office is established in the U.S.Constitution. The Public Postal Service is part of
    the fundamental infrastructure of this country — binding it together.
  • The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage products and services to fund its operations.

  • The USPS delivers universal service to everywhere in the country — 157 million addresses — no matter who we are or where we live. In contrast, private delivery companies go where they can make a profit.

  • The public Postal Service is the most popular and trusted government agency, with 88% of the public ranking it favorably.

  • The public Postal Service is the heart of a $1.4 trillion mailing industry that provides 7.5 million jobs across the country.

According to the White House proposal, their plan would restructure the USPS “to return it to a sustainable business model or prepare it for future conversion from a Government agency into a privately-held corporation.”

The White House proposal states the opportunity for a privatized postal service would have a substantially lower cost structure, be able to adapt to changing customer needs and make business decisions free from political interference and have access to private capital markets to fund operational improvements without burdening taxpayers. Read more here.

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