Postal Service’s Miller gets blue-collar name tag
By Bill McAllister Washington Correspondent
At the Aug. 8 meeting of the United States Postal Service board of governors, chairman James C. Miller III was back at the podium wearing a blue uniform shirt similar to those worn by Postal Service workers.
But something was different this time. He was sporting an employee name tag, which he had not been able to get from Postmaster General John E. “Jack” Potter previously.
“A New York team came through,” Miller explained, as he showed off his name tag inscribed “Jim.”
The first time Miller, a Washington-based economist, showed up at a Postal Service board meeting with the blue work shirt, Potter joked that Miller would need to join a postal union before he could get a name tag to go with it.
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Because of his repeated calls for privatizing the U.S. Postal Service, James Miller III, the chairman of the Postal Service board of governors, has not been regarded as a friend of the nation’s large postal unions.
Perhaps in an attempt to show his appreciation for postal workers, Miller showed up at the board’s May 2 meeting sporting a light blue Postal Service postal worker shirt.
He said it was a great shirt, and he was honored to be working for the same organization, but he needed a name tag.
He asked Postmaster General John E. “Jack” Potter if he could use his influence to get him a name tag.
Without pausing, Potter shot back, “When you join the union, we’ll give you a badge.” With that Miller announced that he would be known as “Clerk Miller.”