Yesterday, NALC President Fredric Rolando formally welcomed members of both chambers of Congress back to Washington for the second session of the 112th Congress. Both the House and Senate have legislation pending before them that could shape the future of the United States Postal Service.
The American people want Congress to take action to save the service network. As President Rolando states in his letter, Congress should take action to “strengthen and build the Postal Service, not weaken and slowly destroy it.” As Congress debates the future of the Postal Service, it should pause and take into account the will of the people. More than 1 million Americans signed an open letter to their senators and representatives urging them to preserve six-day mail delivery service.Not only do Americans value affordable mail delivery six days a week, but so does a majority of representatives! In the House, there is now a bipartisan majority of co-sponsors to House Resolution 137, which expresses support for keeping six-day mail delivery.
All eyes are watching Congress: Will it take a proactive and sensible approach to return one of America’s most trusted agencies to financial solvency? Or will it instead take draconian measures to reduce service standards and phase out door-to-door mail delivery, all without addressing the root cause of the financial crisis facing the USPS?
On behalf of the nearly 300,000 men and women who comprise the National Association of Letter
Carriers (NALC), I would like to formally welcome you back, and give you a brief update on letter carriers’ actions in the field over the last six weeks. Given the gravity of pending legislation in both the House and Senate, our members are understandably engaged and are reporting overwhelming support from your constituents.
In fact, since beginning a petition drive in support of protecting 6-day mail delivery late last year, our members have gathered over 1 million signatures from Americans who oppose eliminating a day of delivery. Various bills making their way through both houses of Congress would eliminate this unique 6-day service, making it more difficult for the Postal Service to remain competitive and offer essential services to customers in every community, including hundreds of thousands in your district. I urge you to reject those proposals in lieu of legislative solutions that strive to strengthen and build the Postal Service, not weaken and slowly destroy it.
Again, I am pleased to welcome you back, and look forward to working together for the remainder of the session to ensure a competitive and financially viable Postal Service.
Fredric V. Rolando