Des Moines post office workers will protest cutbacks this week

Local employees of the United States Postal Service will join a series of national protests as they picket outside the downtown post office, 1165 Second Avenue, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Union officials say management has already eliminated 36 of approximately 300 jobs at the main Des Moines post office with plans to cut another 34 jobs —a total reduction of more than 20 percent.

“When we see poor service or delayed service, that’s when our members really get upset,” Mike Bates, president of Des Moines Area APWU Local 44, said in a news release. “Nationwide, postal management is cutting jobs and realigning the workforce, which is causing disruptions to workers’ lives.”

His statement continued: “Despite these cuts, management wants to hire 250 temporary workers for the holiday season to deliver holiday mail on time, but our goal is first class service 24/7, 365 days a year. Postal workers dedicate their lives to serving the American public.”

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