USPS Union: Mail Delays Intolerable, National Protest Tomorrow
Direct mailers and consumers aren't getting the best possible USPS service they can receive and the "outrageous" delays need to end, say members of the American Postal Workers Union. While not mentioning the word "strike," union members say tomorrow they will "rally in more than 85 cities in 36 states across the country."
The protests are happening as the union is in contract negotiations with USPS. The contract expires on May 20, according to the APWU rally announcement emailed to Target Marketing on Tuesday.
"A strike is unlikely," an APWU spokeswoman tells Target Marketing on Tuesday evening.
"In addition to proposals that would protect good, stable jobs," reads the announcement, "postal workers are demanding extended hours at post offices to shorten customers' wait time in line, an end to the closure of mail sorting centers, restoration of prompt mail delivery and the addition of postal banking."
This announcement comes just after USPS received Postal Regulatory Commission approval to raise rates on postage approximately 2 percent on most mail types.
"The postal service respects the bargaining process and we prefer to keep our contract negotiations at the bargaining table," a USPS spokeswoman tells Target Marketing, also on Tuesday evening, after TM requested a comment about the planned protests.
Union workers may send USPS mail of their own.
"Postal workers will urge customers to sign postcards to the Postmaster General declaring, 'I Stand with Postal Workers,' and in support of improved postal services," according to Tuesday's announcement about tomorrow's "National Day of Action."
The union says a list of post offices where protestors will gather is here: www.apwu.org/may-14-national-day-action. A list of APWU's talking points is here: www.apwu.org/sites/apwu/files/resource-files/In-Depth%20BrochureV2.pdf. (Opens as a PDF)
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