The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the labor unions that represent US Postal Service workers, have made substantial ad buy in an effort to resist the privatization of government mail that is being contemplated by the Trump administration. 

The video begins as a man tries to retrieve letters from a mail box on a rural road. As he pulls out the letters, they are pulled back in by an unseen hand. The narrator asks “Heard how the government wants to sell off the U.S. Postal Service?” Several other people also try to retrieve their mail, but are frustrated in their attempts. “A corporate post office could mean that you don’t get your mail every day. Maybe every third day. Even for medicine.”

The video says that prices for mailing letters and packages will increase and delivery to rural areas may be eliminated. It told viewers to contact members of Congress and tell them to oppose privatization. “The people’s post office,” the video assures, “Keep it. It’s yours.”
on Monday, joining a nationwide protest against the privatization of the postal service.  

In June, postal workers gathered at 140 sites across the country to rally against a proposal by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to privatize the U.S. Postal Service. Protesters chanted “U.S. mail, not for sale” and wore blue shirts with the slogan printed on them. The NALC claims that privatization would eliminate jobs and hurt residents and small businesses that depend on daily delivery. 

President Donald Trump ordered in April the creation of a task force to study the postal service. Saying that USPS is on an “unsustainable financial path,” he said that it “must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout." Among the factors being studied by the task force is the pricing of package delivery. The task force has yet to deliver its findings. However, the Office of Management and Budget reported separately in June that USPS “has no clear path to profitability” and called on the agency to emulate European countries, such as Germany, that have already privatized. 

“We’re not waiting to see the task force report. The administration has already indicated where they’re headed,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in the news release. “Private companies are going to raid the precious resources of the people’s Postal Service, which has only grown more valuable due to the growth of ecommerce.”

Currently, there are bills in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to keep the USPS “independent” and “not subject to privatization.”

 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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