Oppose USPS Privatization
During a tense week recently, pipe bombs mailed to former President Barack Obama, actor Robert DeNiro, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, the offices of CNN and at least a dozen other targets dominated the news. These overtly political acts of domestic terrorism originated in South Florida and were intended to maim and kill. Fortunately, none of the identified 16 package bombs detonated.
As the country held its collective breadth, there were three aspects of this story that got little coverage.
First, these criminal acts placed tens of thousands of postal workers in harm’s way.
Second, despite the threat of injury or death, 500,000 dedicated, trained and accountable postal workers continued to carry out their mission: “The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the nation together . . . It shall provide prompt, reliable and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services to all communities.”
Third, in many cases it was conscientious and alert postal workers who successfully identified suspicious packages and took action to protect not just their own safety but also that of their co-workers and the public.
Yet, in its June 21 report, “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced its intent to privatize the U.S. Postal Service and sell it to the highest corporate bidder. If allowed to move forward, this will enrich some Wall Street investors and a few powerful corporations. For the rest of us, the”99 percent,” it would result in diminished postal services and higher prices.
In addition, to this proposal, add a soon-to-be-released report from a presidential task force on the future of the post office. There is little doubt that this task force, of which OMB is an integral part, will make proposals harmful to the Postal Service and detrimental to the rights and benefits of those who move the mail.
Ask your member of Congress to co-sponsor House Resolution 993 and Senate Resolution 633, opposing privatization of the U.S. Postal Service.