Statement from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO on USPS decision to cut Saturday mail delivery

Wed Feb 6, 2013 2:33pm EST

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HARRISBURG, Pa.,  Feb. 6, 2013  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States
Postal Service (USPS) latest plan to end Saturday mail delivery harms 
Pennsylvania's working families - especially older Pennsylvanians and small
business owners who rely on Saturday deliveries. It would also be a major blow
to  Pennsylvania's economic recovery at a time when job growth remains anemic.  


"Our outrage today is focused on the USPS. Postal service executives cannot save
the Postal Service by tearing it apart. The slash and burn cuts to mail delivery
and other postal services unravels the fabric of the nation's mail system and
puts it on a path to privatization. And the job losses in  Pennsylvania  and
elsewhere are wrongheaded anytime, but especially during an anemic economic
recovery," stated Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President  Rick Bloomingdale.  

"The elimination of Saturday mail delivery adds to the impact of USPS actions
leading to the closing of 13,000 post offices, or severely cutting hours of
operation, shuttering hundreds of mail processing centers and lowering standards
for mail delivery to our county's homes and business. The economic impact is
already beginning to register with cities and towns throughout the country,"
Secretary-Treasurer Snyder said.

"We understand the USPS has financial challenges. However much of it is a mess
of Congress's making stemming from an unsustainable congressional mandate
requiring the USPS to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees and to do
so within in a 10 year window. No other entity, public or private carries this
load. The mandate has created a  $5.5 billion dollar  annual expense since
2007,"  Snyder  added.  

"The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO stands with the consumers who want Saturday mail
delivery and the workers who make it happen. We are mobilizing our people and
resources to keep the mail coming. Immediately we are calling on Members of
Congress to provide relief for the USPS from the devastating mandate requiring
the pre-payment of healthcare benefits and to mandate 6 day mail delivery. We
are calling on  Pennsylvania  workers to stand with their brothers and sisters
in the postal service and contact their Member of Congress and the Whitehouse to
demand Saturday mail delivery be continued as is," Bloomingdale stated. The
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO website,  www.paaflcio.org, will serve as a conduit to
connect workers to the leaders who can make a difference in this fight.

SOURCE  Pennsylvania AFL-CIO


James Deegan, +1-717-231-2867

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