Friday, February 22, 2013

Letter Carriers To Protest Saturday Delivery Cut

The People's World website, reports, "Stepping up their grassroots lobbying of lawmakers, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will stage a nationwide protest on March 24 against the Postal Service's Saturday service shutdown scheme. In addition, they're already urging carriers and constituents to write and call their lawmakers in protest."

According to reporter Mark Gruenberg, "NALC members plan to hit the streets on what would ordinarily be their day off to tell citizens and customers about the negative impact of USPS plans to cancel Saturday pickups and delivery, starting on Aug. 5, except for parcels.The NALC's national mobilization accompanies a similar effort for several days in February by the other big USPS union, the Postal Workers. NALC and other workers also want to drum up support for legislation by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., to keep Saturday delivery while offering other solutions to the Postal Service's financial ills."

Gruenberg goes on to say, "But lawmakers are apparently splitting along partisan lines when it comes to USPS' plan to save $2 billion yearly by eliminating Saturday service - a move that unions, citing USPS studies, add would actually lose at least $5.2 billion in revenue.

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posted by Don Schilling at 6:44 PM