The postal letter carriers needs your help. In a message to supporters last week the postal workers union, the National Association of Letter Carrriers, called for fighting the US Postal Service Board of Governor’s reckless attempt to privatize the Postal Service though an unprecedented expansion of Contract Delivery Service (CDS).
Pressure on Congress has caused a bi-partisan group of 188 members to formally co-sponsor H.R. 282, a measure that calls on the Postal Service to stop contracting out delivery. While H.R. 282 is a non-binding "Sense of the House" resolution, it is considered a first step toward a permanent legislative solution.
One solution was introduced in May by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) as the Mail Delivery Protection Act of 2007. The bill, S. 1457, forbids the Postal Service from entering into any contract "with any motor carrier or other person for the delivery of mail on any route with 1 or more families per mile."Twenty other Senators have joined Senator Harkin as co-sponsors.
Unionized letter carriers could lose jobs, benefits, customers to this privatization drive. Postal customers will lose quality, on-time service afforded by well-trained union letter carriers. Want that package to get their on time and intact? It better be delivered by a union letter carrier.
Write to your Senators today to urge their support for S. 1457, the Mail Delivery Protect Act of 2007.