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POST OFFICE EXECUTIVES UNLEASH MEDIA SPIN TO JUSTIFY PLANS TO DESTROY THEPOSTAL SERVICE
COMMUNITY, POSTAL WORKERS, UNIONS, OCCUPY MOVEMENT, TO RALLY MARCH 17 ANNIVERSARY OF 1970 NATIONAL POSTAL STRIKE IN NYC
COALITION CHARGES CONGRESS, IN COLLUSION WITH PRIVATE COMPANIES, IS DELIBERATELY LYING ABOUT USPS BEING BROKE TO JUSTIFY PRIVATIZATION.
“The spin is in full swing” said Johnnie Stevens, coordinator, CLUPSJS, “to spread lies about the USPS being broke to justify their layoffs, post office closings and union busting when the current moratorium expires May 15.”
“Any reporter spending 2 minutes to research the claim that USPS is broke should honestly report this is a lie, ‘ said Ann Pruden, retired 1199 member and coalition organizer, “instead of parroting deliberate lies.
In a 2/6/12 letter from USPS Postal Inspector David C. Williams to Congressman Sanders wrote the USPS “has built a war chest of over $326 billion to address future liabilities.” He states further that no private or public entitity has been required or has prefunded their retiree and health funds as Congress demanded of USPS. Williams says there are billions in overfunding that could be returned to the USPS now, without requiring future payments for 21 years.
“This is really about taking the peoples postal service and turning over its technology and business to private communications companies who wine and dine Congress.,” explained Charlie Twist, a letter carrier whos union is backing the 3/17 protest. “We have already lost over 100,000 jobs. We are going to fight laying off 200,000 more. We know that their real intention to to destroy the entire postal service, bust our unions and deprive communities of critical service.”
President Obama’s “compromise” to end Saturday delivery is unnecessary and aids the process of destroying the postal service. Along with all the other proposals it is calculated to make the postal service inoperable then claim we need private companies. Raising stamps to fifty cents for individuals while retaining low rates for corporations shows who USPS executives, who make huge salaries are working for.
“Privatization of the postal service will increases customer costs, lower wages, deprive seniors, communities of color and rural communities of services and jobs.” Says Rosa Maria del Torres “ . “ In NYC and around the country we will fight this all the way” she said.