#SaveThePostOffice Call-In Day! Wednesday, August 26

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Following the National Day of Action, Wednesday, August 26 will be a national call-in day to push the Senate to save the US Postal Service.

 Call (928) 236-2402 to reach your Senators.

Tell your Senators to fully fund the US Postal Service and restore it by reopening closed branches, returning equipment and street mailboxes, and rehiring workers who were lost due to cuts.

Here are some points you might want to make:

  • The US Postal Service is a public service that predates the Constitution and is protected in the Constitution. It is the only mail service that is required to reach every person no matter where they live.
  • The US Postal Service must be fully functioning for the November election so that people don’t have to risk their health to vote during a pandemic.
  • People rely on the US Postal Service to pay their bills, especially in rural areas without internet, and to get necessities such as medications and income support such as Social Security.
  • The US Postal Service provides high-quality jobs and is one of the largest employers of Black people in the United States.
  • Privatizing the US Postal Service will make it less dependable, more expensive and discriminatory against people who live in rural areas, where it isn’t profitable to deliver.

Call (928) 236-2402 to reach your Senators.

Background:

Since the Coronavirus crisis hit, USPS has become more essential than ever, from delivering life-saving medicine, to sustaining our democracy through mail-in voting. It has also become more endangered than ever, facing a massive budget crisis. Postal workers and the public are united in urging Congress to pass $25 billion in emergency COVID-related relief for USPS.

Through mass public outcry, we’ve begun to roll back Trump’s new appointee Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s most recent plans to reduce service. We need to keep pushing for the $25 billion dollars in funding the USPS desperately needs.

We depend on the mail more than ever – to vote, to get our medicine, to get paid and pay our bills, to run our businesses, and to keep rural America connected. It’s our Constitutional right. 

The public and the APWU members who serve us every day have three immediate demands of our elected officials and of Postmaster General DeJoy:

  • Provide at least $25 billion in immediate support for the Postal Service
  • Stop the mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General DeJoy
  • Ensure public confidence in voting-by-mail by providing the resources for the most timely delivery of election mail possible.

Read more about the long term bipartisan attack on the Post Office and what we need to strengthen it in “Protect the Vote and End Privatization of the Postal Service.”

Call (928) 236-2402 to reach your Senators.

 

  • Richard Allen

    The problem never mentioned is thar USPS DOES NOT deliver mail to new residences anymore. You must be grandfathered in to have mail delivered. I think this started over 6 years ago, so if you live in a new subdivision, you get no mail. I have argued this point with USPS to no avail. I DO NOT have any use for USPS or support it. It should get NO more public funds until it delivers mail to everyone.

  • SAWeir

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  • SAWeir

    I may have missed something, but I’m 99 and 44 one hundredths percent sure that USPS delivers to EVERY residential address in the country. What IS true is that since the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 turned the tax-supported US Post Office Department into the chimerical US Postal Service, receiving no tax subsidies (to the delight of libertarians and such economists as Milton Friedman), the enemies of the USPS (we all know who they are) have been chipping away at it. They have forced it into some compromises, one being that every new residential mail box must be placed at the curb even if it is replacing a worn-out existing box, and that every multiple family development must have banks of mailboxes placed near the entry to the property.

  • Richard Allen

    Yes, it is true that delivery can be requested in new developments, but have you ever looked at the requirements? They are next to impossible to implement without tens of thousands of dollars. First, the homes served must purchase a lot the size of which is determined by how many houses are served. Next the banks of keyed boxes are limited to a certain number per bank, and each bank must be of substantial construction. There must also be a separate bank only for packages. Every expensive detail is demanded, no exception. My four street subdivision of about 80 houses would require an expenditure of about 20K, and never would everyone agree to divide this outlandish amount equally. Result: no mail. To worsen things the PO would not give complementary poboxes, because they claim home delivery us “available”. So, unless the contractor of a housing group builds the expensive mail drop paid by owners, there is no more home delivery, no exceptions. I have another property with grandfathered mail box over an hour away. I drive here once a week to get my mail! So much for good old USA, a country good at doing nothing but bombing the world daily!

  • Richard

    What state do you live in? As far as I know they deliver everywhere in Texas, but I could be wrong. Of course i did not know that they taxed food in grocery stores up north until about 20 years ago, unheard of here.

  • Richard Allen

    I continue to be opposed toward any further aid to USPS until they are legally compelled to provide free service to everyone or provide a free pob if they will not deliver. Huge numbers of citizens have NO postal service because the post office stopped providing free service years ago unless your service is “grandfathered” in. NO MORE MONEY TO USPS

  • jho blho

    That is true some places. In Mono County CA you must provide a utility bill to prove that you live at a certain address before you gets a free PO Box. There is NO home delivery here. So, if you are a full-timer in an RV or are renting a room in a house or condo (that is common here) you are not eligible for a free P.O. Box. I have had to pay $50 a year for my box for the past two decades because of this. So, it’s another way that low-income people get screwed by the system. Hell, if you don’t have these utility bills you can’t even get a “Real ID” in CA. That means that I will have more hassles flying in the US in October, although I do have a passport. We have a two-tiered system in so many ways, I really don’t think that the 10% understand or care. The 90% really need to understand, there IS a class war and we are getting our faces pounded into the ground.

  • jho blho

    This is not true in Mammoth Lakes, CA. There is no home delivery and if you are not the owner of the home or condo, you will not get a free P.O. Box. Only one person per home/condo gets a free box. Virtually all seasonal workers in this town are renters and none get free P.O. Boxes.

  • Richard Allen

    Things like this need to be known by more people before they demand more taxpayer money for USPS. This outfit is run very poorly, and it pays very high wages for the limited service it offers. No more money for Post Office!!

  • cechas vodobenikov

    nearly free for c corporations–junk mail
    vote by mail is corruption promoted by fascist ruling class liberals…not permitted in civilized nations