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Labor organizations believe USPS will try again to cut service


JUNE 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Labor organizations believe USPS will try again to cut service


REGION, June 1st- Despite the United States Postal Service (USPS) delaying its plan to discontinue Saturday mail delivery the labor organizations that represent the workers believe the postal service will try yet again to cut the mail delivery from six-days a week to five.

The USPS wanted to eliminate six-day mail delivery in August 2013 but because of mandates passed by the United States House of Representatives the agency announced in April they would discontinue the plan. The USPS operates as an independent agency but is subjected to Congress oversight.

After Congress passed legislation to continue six-day a week delivery the anti-union, pro-business Republican members of the House of Representatives stated the USPS agreed to keep six-day mail delivery because of the “special-interest organizations,” (labor organizations) lobbying and intense political pressure.

However, thousands of businesses that operate six or seven-days a week complained the cutting of Saturday mail delivery would harm their business.

After the USPS announce they would cut the Saturday mail delivery service the labor organizations that represent their workers began conducting rally’s and other events to get the public informed why cutting the service would be wrong.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Union which represents USPS mail delivery workers, stated the cutting of Saturday mail delivery would cost approximately 22,500 of their members jobs immediately.

However, two other unions that represent USPS workers have already lost jobs due to the agency closing or merging of mail processing centers across the nation.

Thousands of jobs represented by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) have already been elimimated over the past several years.