APWU Vows to Fight to Keep Post Offices, Stations, and Branches Open

“The American Postal Workers Union will stand with our neighbors in demanding that post offices, stations, and branches remain open – and expand the services they offer – wherever they are needed,” APWU President Cliff Guffey said. The USPS announced July 26 that it plans to study 3,700 post offices, stations and branches for possible closure.

“Closing post offices and slashing service to the American people is not the answer to the Postal Service’s financial crisis,” Guffey said. “The USPS is well aware of the cause of its financial difficulties,” he added. “They cannot cut their way to fiscal health.”

“Congress created the crisis when it slapped the USPS with a $5.5 billion obligation that no other government agency or private company is forced to bear,” he said, referring to the requirement that the USPS pre-fund a 75-year retiree healthcare liability over a 10-year period.

“And Congress has refused – so far – to allow the USPS to apply billions of dollars in overpayments to its pension funds to the pre-funding requirement.”

“The federal government is forcing the Postal Service into bankruptcy by holding billions of dollars of USPS money,” Guffey added.

“Unfortunately, the USPS response is misguided. Closing post offices, stations, and branches will not save the Postal Service.”

The USPS plans to replace some of the offices with “Village Post Offices” – convenience stores that will sell stamps and flat-rate packaging – misses the mark, he said.

“In most cases, Village Post Offices will not be able to provide the American people with the service they expect and deserve,” Guffey said. “The so-called ‘Village Post Offices’ are just a warm and fuzzy name for privatizing the USPS.

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10 thoughts on “APWU Vows to Fight to Keep Post Offices, Stations, and Branches Open

  1. Who is Cliffy kidding? APWU stewards will fight to stay off the workroom floor and in the union office while the rest of you work and are excessed to Timbuctu. Everyone on the floor knows it!

  2. i work hard and my work carries you slackers… I will make more on piece work, you slackers wont even make minimum wage

  3. The days of the “unions” as we know it are slowly working their way down. The workers want fair pay and benefits, yes, but where’s the outcry about the unions misusing our dues to “conference” in Las Vega, Atlantic City, etc…where’s the unions outcry when the USPS mismanages costs, like why does it shell out over $10,000.00 for higher ups moving expenses, or they purchase the homes of those who can’t sell right away due to re-location assignments. There are so many other issues and where’s the LOUD RINGING HEARD cross the country to get these things taken care of so we can still have a viable job and money to continue forward!!! I just don’t see it, I don’t hear it, everyone’s just sitting back content with what is now, until of course the pink slip comes a’knocking on their front door!


  5. once again APWU cries foul but does not have the balls to petition congress to let it take over the operation of the US Postal service… Guess they realize the union employees wont make good owners and workers. kick the Unions out, let workers work and get paid piece work for what they do.

  6. This is truly just another ploy to privitize the Postal Service. In other words, there will not be a Postal Service as Americans have known it for over 300 years. No company can provide universal service as the Postal Service have to every household in the United States and the surrounding countries on a daily basis. Definitely not for the low price that we pay for even a 44 cent letter to be delivered. This is just another attempt and means for wealthy americans to capitalize their income. There definitely will be higher mailing and delivery prices and cheap labor for the citizens of this country again. This is why ISSA and his other rich cronies want the Postal Service to fail, by putting the yearly retiree pre-fund burden only on the Postal Service only and not any other federal agencies. This is also why ISSA is against paying the overpayment retiree pre-fund mioney back to the Postal Service. If this $50 to $70 billion was paid back to the Postal Service, there would not be threat to close the Postal Service and business woulod go on as usual. Citizens of this great country should speak up in their communities to their city councilmen, State Representatives, and Congressmen, if they want their mail to still be received on a daily basis, and be able to go in a Postal facility to do business as usual.

  7. notice how cliff goofy never mentions the bloated 110,000 PO mismanagers and their criminal PFP bounus scam?

    this clown has to be a front man for a company controlled union…..there is no other explanation! unless he is a retard!

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