In my youth, I was a proud postal worker. Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans are postal workers – the largest unionized workforce we have left.
The U.S. Postal Service is our most trusted government agency. It provides universal service to all Americans – rich or poor, urban or rural. It receives not a penny in taxpayer subsidy.
And it faces destruction – thanks to Republicans in Congress, acting for huge corporations through a manufactured “Shock Doctrine” crisis.
This is an attack on unionized public workers like the attacks on teachers and state workers in Wisconsin and elsewhere.
Help save the post office by forcing a vote on HR 1351, a bill cosponsored by 211 Congress members -- almost half the House of Representatives.
Click to contact Congress and to find out where there's a "Save America’s Postal Service" rally near you tomorrow (Tuesday).
The postal service would be operating in surplus if not for a bill rammed through the Republican Congress in a voice vote in December 2006, and signed by President Bush. The bill required $5 billion annual PRE-payments toward retiree health benefits for 75 years into the future – “something no other government or private corporation is required to do,” asserts Ralph Nader.
HR 1351, drafted by Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, would end this sabotage and save the post office -- without a single penny of taxpayer funding.
Tell your Representative to sign a discharge petition to force HR 1351 to the floor of the full House despite the obstruction of GOP Committee Chair Darrell Issa.
And please forward this email to your friends.
A decent society requires a postal system that serves everyone, everywhere, at a low price.
If corporate forces take over, imagine no more mail delivery or pick up one day.
Imagine all hardcopy communications, including with your elected representatives, subject to the tender mercies of corporate delivery. (Emails to Congress are already handled by Lockheed Martin.)
As the great Joni Mitchell told us: “You don't know what you've got till it's gone.”
Take action now.
and the RootsAction team
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“The Great Postal Heist” video
Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers local leader
Ralph Nader letter
Column by American Postal Workers Union local leader
Congress' Lockheed Martin Internet