Imagine if you will – it’s your granddaughter’s birthday tomorrow. Every year you send her a card even though she is just 20 miles away. Every year for the past 10, you have sent her a card the day before her birthday, and she has always received it on her birthday (unless it was a Sunday).
That is about to change!
The United States Postal Service is proposing to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first class mail from one address to another in the same city or town.
Not only will this change in delivery standards impact a birthday card, it has the potential to delay medicine, packages, newspapers, church bulletins, bill payments and invitations.
To make matters worse, beginning January 5th, 2015, the USPS is planning to close and consolidate a third of the remaining processing mail facilities that will impact the timely delivery.
The USPS is also trying to go to 5 day delivery, instead of 6 and stop door delivery to many customers.
All of these proposals will hurt everyone that uses the U.S. mail system. It will bring undue hardship to millions of Americans, harm communities and drive the USPS closed to privatization or going out of business. Many involved politicians and postal managers obviously assume the U.S. mail no longer matters but this is simply not true.
We believe that all this is not necessary. They are not necessary because postal operations are profitable. The reason the USPS is operating in a deficit is because of a Congressional mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years in advance even though the Postal Service takes no taxpayer dollars.
The employees of the USPS, concerned members of the community and others joined together on Friday November 14, all around the country, to draw attention to these proposals to delay America’s mail.
We are asking all concerned Americans to contact the Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors and ask them to stop using bogus financial “losses” as a pretext for delaying America’s mail.
You can help save your Postal Service, by visiting www.StopMailDelays.org, or text NoMailDelays to 91990 or send an email to StopMailDelays@gmail.com. But what we would really like you to do is to send a real, hand written letter to the Postmaster General at Postmaster General, Patrick Donahoe, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C. 20260-0010.
Mike Bates, President Des Moines Iowa Area Local – 44 American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
Stephanie Stewart, President National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 352, Central Iowa
Randy Kruger, President, Iowa National Postal Mail Handlers Union
Bruce Clark, President Iowa Postal Workers Union APWU
Jim Beach, State President, Iowa State Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)