Des Moines APWU Protests Job Cuts That Undermine US Postal Service
By Doug Cunningham
American Postal Worker members nationwide are battling to save the US Postal Service and its universal mail delivery service. Des Moines Iowa postal workers will rally and picket Wednesday to protest service cuts, long lines and job cutbacks.
It’s not just happening in Des Moines but nationwide.
Postal workers say the privatization wolf is at the door and it’s largely a self-made crisis by Congress and postal service management.
APWU Boston metro local President Scott Hoffman says a combination of billions of dollars Congress is forcing the postal service to pay to pre-fund 75 years of retiree health care along with job cuts and facility closures is setting up the U.S. Postal Service to look like it’s failing.
[Scott Hoffman]: “It’s a self-created, manufactured crisis that they’re tryin’ to advertise as if it’s a failing endeavor or something that’s past its time, when it’s not true.
The bottom line is the post office is a public service where even if you mail something to a very difficult location – non-profitable location the Postal Service has to take it there for the same price. It’s universal service.”
These job cuts and mail processing facility closures are causing delayed delivery and long lines. Postal workers want to make sure enough people are working to improve service – but he says if the Postal Service gets privatized universal service will disappear.
[Scott Hoffman]: “If we went private how much would it cost you to mail something to a remote location in Montana or Idaho? Today it costs you 48 cents Who knows what it will cost in the future? And it was private they could refuse to take things there.”
USPS management Plans to Slash More than 20 percent of Des Moines’ Postal Workers. These cuts are happening nationwide and they’re creating degraded postal service.