APWU TV Ad: Small Business Owner Speaks Out about impact of reduced postal services

This ad, “Michael Bazinet, ” tells the story of a small business owner in Bangor, Maine. Bazinet’s company — Creative Digital Imaging — relies on the critical services of the Eastern Maine processing plant. Bazinet speaks about the impact of reduced services, which would result in lost clients and potential layoffs.

This ad is one of three new television spots that highlight the critical ways America depends on the Postal Service — and the devastating effect closing post offices and mail processing plants would have on our nation. Each of the three 30-second spots illustrates the significant dangers associated with cutting both services and jobs. The three spots will begin airing March 14 on national cable networks and the NBC Nightly News. The ad will run through mid-May, when massive cuts to America’s postal infrastructure will begin to take affect — unless Congress takes action.

5 thoughts on “APWU TV Ad: Small Business Owner Speaks Out about impact of reduced postal services

  1. Get your facts straight, Obama was no where in sight in 2006 when George Bush and his cronies put this mandate in effect for the Postal Service Retiree pre-fund program! Don’t put this on the present president! This mandate was set up by Bush and other1 per centers who would like nothing better than to privitize the mail service, so it can be expensive like everything else! Americans that do not want to see the Postal Service close, should immediately call your city councilmen, congfressmen and senators! You can also call on President Obama! The telephone numbers are 202 -224 3121 ofr you congressmen and senators; 202 456 1111 or 1412 for your president! Act now! Occupy the postal service April 17, 2012!!

  2. This whole agenda is being pushed by the mother of all evils, The Big Banks. Centralize mail in the big cities. It will never be timely in the rural and suburban areas again. This will prompt the scum to announce that bills cannot be effectively delivered in a timely manner. Hence a 50 cent transaction fee added to all bills to be paid online and a processing fee of $3.00 for every mailed in payment. This will be because all the check clearing houses will be abolished and processing checks will be not cost effective. BYE_ BYE PO. This is the death knell of this institution by hook or by crook.An adjunct parcel company emerges in a few years that will even wipe out UPS and FEDEX. These banks have no shame as was the case in post war Germany, raising interest rates so high inflation destroyed any chance of a real recovery. This led to a revolution of sorts and well you know the rest of the story. Big banks must be stopped . They are not TOO BIG TO FAIL.

  3. APWU wants to save the USPS even though it does not need it, they want dues, APWU has gone so far as to tell Management and Congress not to offer Early retirement incentives to APWU members ( or represented by APWU), in exchange for more flexibility and givebacks, for dues of course.

  4. Deborah C. Essler 3/13/2012
    America needs a financially stable and Private Postal Service to best adapt to a changing marketplace and evolving mail needs.
    Toward that end, the U.S. Postal Service is taking actions to abrogate the long-term affordability of mail and send this organization to financial instability.
    The Postal Service is pursuing a significant consolidation of its national network of mail-processing facilities, reducing the total number of facilities from 461 to fewer than 200 by the end of 2013.
    Declining mail volumes and a rising percentage of our 6 figure salaries and bonuses dictate that we take this bold action to preserve and protect the Postal Service to retain our lucrative salaries.
    In the past financial quarter, the Postal Service lost $3.3 billion dollars and is projecting steep losses for the remainder of the year, most due to the high salaries paid to upper and lower management.
    It is in March ,2012 that we will announce across the board Early Retirements and possibly incentives, though the largest incentives will go to Management, and any remaining funds for craft buyouts.
    Times have just changed, and so must the Postal Service. The fact is the American public and businesses are relying more on electronic communications. Bills are paid online. Friends and family interact through email, Facebook and Twitter.
    Nevertheless, the demise of the Postal Service is something we all have to deal with, The Postal Service sustains a $900 billion industry that employs more than 8 million people. Its employees deliver mail to 151 million locations, the free ride of delivery to every residence , is an element of the past.
    Last year, more than 8,000 postal employees in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont alone processed, transported and delivered 650 million pieces of mail to more than 1.83 million homes, businesses and post office boxes, even though management in their places of work used and continue to use intimidation and threats against them daily.
    Our employees do a great job and are committed to both their co-workers and our communities, these employees though working in abusive and hostile working environments, for some reason ,continue to work.
    And yet, to preserve the affordability of mail and to return the Postal Service to long-term financial stability, the Postal Service is pursuing a dismantling of our operational networks. As we do so, we are committed to ensuring a tragic end for our employees and our customers.
    The realignment is contingent upon the Postal Service’s adoption of a final rule to change delivery service standards. In December, the Postal Service agreed to impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities until May 15, to give Congress time for Privatization to begin.
    The steps we are taking now will put the Postal Service on a strong course for Privatization footing within the next few years.
    Deborah C. Essler is district manager of the Northern New England District of the U.S. Postal Service, composed of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

  5. The Bush and Obama regimes set forth Trillions of Dollars of monetary stimulus, working class people, living check to check, are still waiting for that to reach them ,so when asking these elite elected ? Representatives where the stimulus was and/or why it did not reach the working class, the only class besides the Wealthy class, they suggested maybe we should wait for it at a certain bus stop, after checking this out , it was a Bus stop where no bus has stopped for the last 20 years, “ Surely the Stimulus Bus will stop there for the Working Class”, they said, both political parties are there to represent their own agendas and not there for the people.
    The sad part is, what happened to the Trillions of Dollars in these stimulus and bailout packages ?,
    That money never reached the working class, and now Congress is scrounging for cuts to those areas already cut, what a sad country, Congress represents the wealthy class which includes Congress.
    Congress is now beating a dead horse, the Federal employees are the Sacrificial Lambs, when you vote remember that Congress gets those big paychecks and a House member or Senator works one term, 2-6 years normally, and they get a retirement, if either has to even work the full term, forcing employees to work part time to mentor others is a joke, it is to get money from them and stop them from retiring when they are eligible, what a disaster, if Obama signs this legislation, then he too is a loss in November 2012, why would the “Change we need President” go after Federal employees along with both parties ?, yet spend Trillions on what ?, another Stimulus that will never
    reach the working class, Ron Paul the Texas Representative, said to abolish the tax system, a national Sales Tax or some other fair system, unless this is done, the gulf between the classes will grow, too bad a legitimate third party cannot be formed, seems like the USA is “Greece II”.

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