APWU TV Ad: USPS Provides Critical Services to All Americans

This ad, “Walt Gale, ” features a 22-year veteran of the Colorado Springs mail processing plant who speaks about the critical services the Postal Service provides to all Americans.

The spot 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.

This ad, “Voices,” features a wide array of Americans who rely on the Postal Service, whether for their small business or for delivery of their cancer medications. It shows the how the proposed cuts will damage the US economy while reducing the quality of service on which Americans rely on.

15 thoughts on “APWU TV Ad: USPS Provides Critical Services to All Americans

  1. All of the executive salary in the USPS is less than 200 million, the company is not in the red because of executive salaries

  2. USPS cannot provide services that exist at present as revenue cannot cover he cost. Top heavy management is paid as if they were executives of a fortune 500 company that make a profit such as Fed X, UPS, Boeing, Apple, Cisco and other profitable companies. Crat employees are expected to go the extra mile to cover the wasted cost of these so called executives whose return is zero based on investment. Services must be reduced to maintain a restructed USPS. VERA a must; no penalty for under age 55. NALC and RLCA should be offered early out with no penalty under age 55 with 20 yrs. service. Street delivery should be reduced to 5 days aweek with Wed. as a non delivery day. Reducing delivery from 302 days to 250 would be cost effective and not hinder service.

  3. Keep on delivering junk mail as I use it to provide recyling process that something useful results from costly process in paying for gas and labor to deliver to a mailbox. Delivering junk mail 6 days aweek cost tons of money. Why cant this waste be stopped. Politicans want to play post office a real joke this day and time.

  4. A federal grand jury indicted a Huntsville man for embezzling from the America Postal Workers Union while he was president of a union local in Madison.The one-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges Albert L. Gardner, 48, with embezzling about $12,346 from APWU Local 359 between June 2006 and June 2007.

  5. I agree with “Occupy the Postal Service”! This would definotely in line to get every american that want the daily mail service to continue! If you want your overnight, two day, and three day mail service to remain as it presently is! Let your voice be heard!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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”.

  9. You can reach your senators by calling their Capitol Hill offices using the numbers below:
    Image Blocked“APWU members have done a great job of getting the word out to legislators about our concerns: Keep up the good work ,support S-1789”
    — Cliff Guffey,     President

    Call Your Senators:    
    (Capitol Switchboard)    
    [Click here for direct #s]    
    Tell them you Support    
    S. 1789 as it is currently written
    This Bill contains the early Retirement Incentives and Buyouts.
    The APWU will be working to negotiate a retirement program that will provide an incentive to APWU members who choose to retire or resign during the coming months, thereby providing additional landing spots for any members who may face excessing from their current installations.

  10. Schedule with an small immediate payment
    25% paid July, 2012
    25% paid October, 2012
    50% paid October, 2013
    Schedule with a large imediate payment
    50% paid July, 2012
    25% paid October, 2012
    25% paid October, 2013
    Schedule with delayed initial payment
    50% paid October, 2012
    50% paid October, 2013
    The Postal Service has cash to pay incentives,  Clearly the USPS is willing to pay incentives immediately that equaled the savings in salaries for the remainder of the fiscal year,   payment would be this summer, incentives in June to convince employees to retire
    Click here to take action and send a quick message to your representative. Tell them to vote Yes on S-1789
    After you send a message to your representative, make sure you also take a minute to call their office and tell them to vote Yes on H.R. 7!

    You can reach your member of congress by calling the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

    To find your representative, please click here.
    APWU tells all the doom and gloom, all the other Associations and Unions are in on the early out incentives, so all of the accurate info from APWU has no reference of what they will do for the members, remember the New Contract and take it from there, the APWU will try to exclude it’s members from the Early Retirement Incentives, The National APWU thinks of the National APWU.
    In Reference to the affect of closures on Craft,

  11. Congress should focus on giving USPS craft workers the early out incentives, and other monies to upright the USPS, and not with taking away pensions and the supplement or bridge to Social Security,
    because this USPS is intertwined with over a trillion dollars of commerce, when the USPS comes down, so does this American economy, arrogance or ignorance?, how can Congress okay Trillions to bailout banks and for worthless wars, that cost the taxpayers and take the lives of our Soldiers, yet want to cut those who teeter on the verge of bankruptcy and live pay check to pay check ?
    There is a very simple answer, Congress as well as many State and local Governments are disconnected and/or trying to keep their padded pay checks at the cost of depriving the working class of a decent existence, the so called American Dream, has turned into a nightmare for most.
    The reason the Post Office is mentioned is because it is a disaster happening now, from overpaid Management who have squandered billions on failed Postal experiments to Unions that have gone from
    “do what is good for the members unions”, to advancing their own political agendas.
    Also include an inept Congress who waste more time with Partisan bickering, who are more inclined to limit and abridge your individual freedoms, than fix a broken burdensome tax system or “Bailout the Working Class”.
    The majority of Federal/ Postal workers , excluding the Fat Cats in Congress and Federal/ Postal management, may average $40- $55,000 dollars, after reaching the top rate, and that depends upon the Agency and/or the pay Grades.
    When Greedy Corporations on Wall Street, Including JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, AGI, GM etc. , were bailed out, what happened to you the working class, when you were going broke, lost your job, your home your car etc. ?, you went broke or bankrupt, there was no bailout, no stimulus, only lies from the Federal , State and local Governments, who only know how to raise your taxes, increases ordinances, rules and regulations, and make you the taxpayer pay for them to be implemented.
    Neither Congress nor the rest of the Federal Government nor the State and Local Governments, truly represent those who they serve, they are self serving, and the Unions and Management in the Postal/ Federal Government agencies are no better, and are also self serving, the Military serves at the whim of the Military Industrial Complex, strange it is, when the Economy tanks, War is the answer to salvage the Economy, which country now Iran?, Syria ?, be sure that our leaders will “As Rome Burns” find a solution.
    When the above mentioned wake up and see the disasters looming will they change their ways ?, or are they so blind and/ or arrogant ,that we should prepare for the worst ?, time will tell very soon.

  12. Well, you know wha they say…”You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone!” This would be a perfect example, and by the time people start realizing what they don’t have anymore, it will be far too late. All I can say is: Whoa to the American people for losing what they have taken for granted for hundreds of years. And Whoa to the U.S. Postal service for the dismantling that Patrick Donahoe and John Potter have done to it in just the last 5 years! They really should be ashamed, and the lawmakers in Washington should be ashamed for their lack of action or desicion-making. Now, it’s all about their political agendas and trying to get re-elected. All they care about is their own states and what they are now losing. Hmmmm.

  13. gee whiz ho more, you covered all the liberal talking points. I guess when the dems were obstructing bush that was ok. what about the dems who sponsored and voted for the PAEA…thats ok too right? and what about the first two years of this administration when the dems had both houses and the presidency and did nothing while the union sat in silence on the sidelines…i suppose thats ok too, right? that same stupid public that you lament about are the same ignorant people that voted this do nothing president in…but that is ok to…right?

  14. obstructionist republicans will do nothing but pontificate about birth control, while jobs, USPS, and the country goes to hell. Then they can blame Obama and hope the stupid public that doesnt read, watches family guy, votes for them.Issa is too busy setting up his run for president in 2016 to care about anything but granstanding.

  15. only thing missing is the Captain of the HMS Titanic putting in a plug for the Post Office.

    You need new management-period! get rid of current po mismanagers and you will get rid of the corruption, nepotism, & cronyism that has destroyed the US Postal Service.

    insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result…..thinking the po mismanagers who ran the ship into the iceberg are the ones to fix it is insanity.

    Congress should put it into receivership reorganization and hire a retired executive from a Fortune 500 Company to come in and do an financial impact & manpower study of the current 110,000 po mismanagers.

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