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On Veterans Day 2011, The American Postal Workers Union Says Honor Vets With Jobs

Published Friday, November 11, 2011 11:00 am
by National AFL-CIO News Now Blog Reporter Mike Hall

Today (Friday, November 11th) is Veterans Day and lawmakers are making a lot of speeches across the United States that honor the service of our Nation’s military veterans.

But many of these same lawmakers are backing legislation that could cost the jobs of 26,000 Veterans who work for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Bill/H.R. 2309, which was sponsored by U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa (Republican-California) and Dennis Ross (Republican-Florida), was approved by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on October 13th.  It would force the Postal Service to lay off as many as 120,000 Workers, including Veterans who have so proudly served our Nation.

The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, an affiliate of the Laborers (LIUNA) Union, have launched a new TV ad that salutes the Nation’s “real life heroes” and urges viewers to tell their representatives in Congress to vote ”No” on H.R. 2309 when it comes to the House floor for a vote.

APWU President Cliff Guffey said: “Our Nation’s Veterans are real-life heroes. But when they come home, they don’t want a parade, they want a job.  H.R. 2309 would destroy the Postal Service as we know it.  In the process, it would devastate many dedicated Workers, including thousands of Military Veterans.”

To view the TV ad, visit http://www.apwu.org/index2.htm.

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