November 28, 2015
By JoAnne Powers, Workers Independent News
While some claim the postal service is going broke and are pushing to privatize it, instead it is still managing to make a profit and costs nothing to taxpayers, despite a 2006 law requiring them to pre-fund retiree health care 75 years in advance and legislatively-imposed reduction to service standards.
Postal unions are pushing to revert these changes. With the annual holiday package delivery season upon us, Debby Szeredy, Executive Vice President of the American Postal Workers Union, says it's not just an American institution that's at stake, but also good, family-supporting jobs: [Debby Szeredy]: “We would love the public to support the postal service during the holiday shopping.
If you don’t support the postal service, there are attacks on us. They’re trying to privatize. They’re also trying to take away living wage jobs, rights, benefits. That’s a big issue here in the United States because the middle class has been dwindling. If we’re going to allow the postal service to privatize, what it really does is it discriminates against the workers and the communities.”