AFGE activists braved the cold Friday morning to stand in solidarity with postal workers in their attempt to roll back a plan to dismantle the U.S. Postal Service. The rally took place in Washington, D.C. in front of the USPS Headquarters where the USPS Board of Governors was having a meeting. It was just one of the many rallies across the country where workers and activists came together for a National Day of Action to fight against devastating cuts in service to the American people. AFGE is proud to stand with our union family at the National Association of Letter Carriers, American Postal Workers Union, National Postal Mail Handlers, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association.
“AFGE will be with you, postal workers!” AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. told the cheering crowd. “A fight for postal workers is a fight for all union members!”
As workers gathered in front of the building, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe announced his resignation at the board meeting. Postal Service veteran Megan Brennan was named the new postmaster general. APWU President Mark Dimondstein said workers have to make sure Donahoe doesn’t do any more damage to the Postal Service before he steps down in February.
The dismantling of the Postal Service and a shift to privatization are a threat to communities and the American way of life as corporations are after profits, not the public good. So far, retail postal work has been sent to more than 1,500 Staples stores throughout the country. On January 5, they will close 82 mail processing and distribution centers, eliminate door delivery in most new housing developments, and eliminate overnight delivery, including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town. They also want to end Saturday delivery.
Also speaking at the rally were Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, and presidents of other unions including LIUNA General President Terry O'Sullivan.