Postal Workers Caravan Delivers 2 Million ‘Save The USPS’ Petitions To Federal Lawmakers
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Snaking its way from the Washington Navy Yard to the U.S. Senate, a caravan of cars driven by Unionized Postal Workers delivered petitions with two million names, demanding Federal Lawmakers enact the HEROES (Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions) Act - including its $25 billion to save the U.S. Postal Service from financial devastation the Coronavirus has caused to its revenues and potential subsequent collapse.
Led by American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein, Actor John “Bowser” Bauman, and Rahna Epting, the Executive Director of MoveOn, the caravan and its allies delivered the petitions in huge white Express Mail cartons to the foot of Capitol Hill.
Their objective during the Save The Post Office Day Of Action - to pressure U.S. Senators, especially the chamber’s ruling Republicans, to override their kingpin, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican-Kentucky) and approve the $3 trillion economic aid measure.
Caravanners appealed for continuing support from listeners and viewers - on social media using the hashtag #SaveThePostOffice, by sending messages on the APWU’s website or by calling Senators toll free at 844-402-1001.
“The Post Office ‘is literally under threat of running out of money,’” Dimondstein said.
Repeating an argument he used before, Dimondstein added: “The CARES Act (the prior $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Aid Bill that Congress passed in March) generated over ($500 billion) for private corporations, but nothing for the Post Office.”
“And ‘if’ the Post Office ‘runs out of money, everything else goes up for grabs in terms of service’” to the entire Nation, since it’s the only delivery service that reaches everyone in the U.S., and cheaply - 55 cents for a first-class letter—he added.
That includes food, medicines and absentee ballots, he noted.
That latter item – ballots - highlights the particularly crucial role of the Post Office in ensuring a fair and accessible election this November.
With COVID-19 still expected to be ravaging the country by the Fall, the importance of vote-by-mail will only increase.
The GOP under Republican President Donald Trump have targeted vote-by-mail as a threat to their re-election chances and are doing everything possible to stop its expansion.
That’s another important part of the explanation for why the Republicans are determined to cripple the Postal Service.
The $25 billion for the USPS in the HEROES Act would go only to offset the crash in postal revenues the Coronavirus caused, Dimondstein said.
It’s also a very small part of the Bill.
Among other economic aid, the measure extends Federal Unemployment Benefits for millions of jobless Workers through January 31st and provides $915 billion to keep state and local governments- including schools- going while the Nation combats the depression caused by Coronavirus shutdowns, social distancing and other measures.
But McConnell is sitting on the Bill, which the Democratic-run House approved earlier this year.
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