In Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee hundreds of letter carriers, working families and community members rallied together for a strong postal service. Across the nation, concerned citizens called for Congress to take action against the plan to end Saturday delivery that would result in deep service cuts to citizens and businesses in every community across the country. It is estimated that the plan to end Saturday delivery would cost 80,000 jobs.
“Six-day delivery keeps communities strong,” explained Kathy Martinez, a mail carrier from Milwaukee who brought her children, grandchildren and cousins to Sunday’s rally. “The communities we deliver to rely on Saturday service. As a society we are better off with a healthy postal service that lets us communicate as a nation. The end goal here is privatization of the postal service, and that is a scary thought. Postal workers don't mind doing their fair share to pitch in during hard financial times. We have faced cutbacks and higher contributions for benefits, but this manufactured crisis is ridiculous and will unnecessarily cost thousands of jobs.”
The facts are clear: the Postal Service isn’t broke. Instead, it is facing a manufactured shortfall due to an unfair congressional mandate to pre-pay for costs that won’t be due for decades. No other institution or business in this country is held to such an unrealistic standard. The plan to dismantle the postal service by ending Saturday delivery will cost all of us. The steep reductions proposed would be devastating to Wisconsin, and would hit senior citizens, small businesses and rural areas the hardest.
Kevin Ronnie, an educator with the Hunger Task Force, detailed the crucial role the postal service plays in helping to feed the hungry in the community. Each year, on a Saturday, letter carriers collect non-perishable goods from front porches and door steps across the nation to “Stamp Out Hunger.”
Last year in Wisconsin alone letter carriers collected 3 million lbs. of food for the hungry. Across the nation, letter carriers collected 76 million lbs. of food.
“Letter carriers are an incredible partner to the Hunger Task Force,” said Kevin Ronnie. “The Saturday food drive is great for community involvement and helps feed millions across the country. We appreciate your work and your time. The postal service is an essential fabric of the community and we should keep Saturday delivery.”
More information about the Delivering for America rallies and the U.S. Postal Service is available here.
Pictures from Sunday's rally can be found here.
Local Press Coverage of Events
• WKOW Madison, Postal Workers Gather for Saturday Delivery
• Fox 11 Green Bay, Postal workers rally against Saturday service cuts