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More Than 60 Labor Leaders Urge Congressional Leaders To #SaveThePostOffice

Published Friday, May 29, 2020
by APWU News
More Than 60 Labor Leaders Urge Congressional Leaders To #SaveThePostOffice

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – More than 60 Labor leaders have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, copying both the Postal Board of Governors and the Postmaster General, urging them support the United States Postal Service.

The letter states: As representatives of our 17 million Members and all American Workers, we write to thank you for your national leadership during this ongoing crisis to protect the wages, salaries and benefits of Working People and to help families make it through these deeply challenging times.  We write to ask you to extend that protection and help to the 640,000 steadfast Employees of the United States Postal Service (USPS) who every day carry out their essential services on behalf of the people of this country.

It concludes: At a moment when the Federal Government has stepped up to support struggling businesses of all shapes and sizes, and invested in critical industries, from aviation to agriculture, it is both fitting and urgently necessary to address the needs of the USPS and its Workers now.  The mission of the Postal Service, written in Federal Law, is “to bind the Nation together” through “the correspondence of the people.”  It is our collective responsibility to preserve that bond.  The Postal Service is older than our Nation itself and is the only Federal Agency enshrined in the United States Constitution.  We ask for your commitment to support the Board’s request to stand by this unique and irreplaceable national service and the dedicated Americans who work every day to fulfill its mission.

The letter is signed by: National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka; and the President of each Postal Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) President Fred Rolando; American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein; National Postal Mail Handers Union (NPMHU) President Paul Hogrogian; and National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA) President Ronnie Stutts.

Co-signers also include: American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten; International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) President Robert Martinez, Jr.; Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Sara Nelson; Utility Workers Union of America President James Slevin; United Steelworkers (USW) President Tom Conway; International Federation of Professional & Technical Employees President Paul Shearon; CWA President Christopher Shelton; Teamsters President James Hoffa; Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President Mary Kay Henry; American Train Dispatchers Association President F. Leo McCann; American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders; National Nurses United (NNU) President Bonnie Castillo; and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) President Lonnie Stephenson, to name but a few.

To Read The Full List Of Labor Leaders Who Signed The Letter, Go To:  https://apwu.org/news/over-60-labor-leaders-urge-congressional-leaders-savethepostoffice

 

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