From PostalReporter.com reader:
Sisters and Brothers,
A national network of postal workers from the NALC, APWU, and Mail Handlers unions, assisted by Labor Notes, is putting out the call to all postal workers and our allies to
Occupy the Post Office!
April 17th (TAX DAY)
May 15th approaches, the deadline for Congress to act before the Postmaster General begins a massive wave of mail sorting plant and post office closures. These closures will cause huge disruptions to mail service – hurting our most vulnerable, the poor and the elderly — as well as destroying tens of thousands of living wage, union jobs and sabotaging businesses that rely on timely mail delivery. The damage to communities, whether rural or urban, in the disruption of family life and consumer spending, will be substantial.
Congress appears stuck. We have a majority in the House signed onto HR 1351 but it languishes in committee. We have turned in a million petition signatures to no avail.
The Postmaster General has already bowed to pressure twice — postponing the closure deadline to May 15th and now pledging no closures between August 15th & January 1.
Many of us have organized local rallies, marches, hearings and townhalls to Save America’s Postal Service. We have found many allies, including the energetic, bold youth of Occupy Wall Street. We plan to engage the Occupy movement in whatever audacious activity makes sense in each local struggle. We call on the labor movement, community allies, the Jobs with Justice coalitions and our national union leaders to join us in this day of action.
We need to turn up the heat and raise the level of fightback or the postal service will be plunged into a death spiral.
A national flyer for local use should be ready within a week. Stay tuned and begin local plans.