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Lessons On Fighting Privatization From The Recent Postal Service Victory

Congress recently passed the Postal Service Reform Act – the result of 15 years of organizing to end the mandate to prefund 75 years worth of retirement benefits and other changes that were hurting the people’s post office. The new act opens the door to building on the current postal infrastructure to provide more services to people, especially in poor and rural communities. Clearing the FOG speaks with Chuck Zlatkin, the legislative and political director of the largest local postal worker union, about what the new law will do and how it was won. Zlatkin also discusses the fight over making the new postal fleet electric and Biden’s new nominees to the Board of Governors. Zlatkin warns us not to underestimate the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who is playing a long game to privatize the postal service.

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Chuck Zlatkin is the Legislative and Political Director of the New York Metro Area Postal Union the largest postal union local in the United States. He served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein in the union’s Washington headquarters. Zlatkin served as the editor of “The Union Mail.” He has been a union activist and a postal worker for 35 years.

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