Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Post office politics: say no to a bad bill, and yes to 6-day delivery

I recently blogged about the current woes of the U.S. Postal Service in my post, Is the postal service really in trouble?.

While I normally keep politics off of this blog (though on a personal level, I'm a pretty political kinda gal), this is a very important political issue for supporters of the U.S. Postal Service, postal workers, and 6-day delivery, so I'm going to stand on my soapbox for a minute.

I just read this excellent and informative post from the Letter Writers Alliance about a nasty new bill that's reared its ugly head in the senate called the Issa-Ross bill. The LWA quoted one of their members, post worker Carol C., who said it so well that I'm going to quote her again right here:

"I need to put out an all points bulletin! Perhaps you are already aware of a very mean-spirited bit of legislation which is aimed to dismantle the USPS. It passed in the House and John McCain introduced it into the Senate this past Friday. It is called the Issa-Ross bill which will eliminate Saturday delivery, cut jobs, services, close more offices than previously anticipated and ruin the unions. And it is completely unnecessary. They are using a scare tactic by saying the USPS will need a taxpayers bailout- this is completely false...However, it is gathering them support. The fact is there are sufficient funds in other postal accounts to cover the under funded one. Congress needs to authorize the transfer of money. HR1351 would do just that and keep our Saturday deliveries. But common sense is overshadowed. Time is of the essence- please spread the word to have everyone contact their Senators ASAP and vote NO to the Issa-Ross bill. Ask that they preserve Saturday delivery and support HR1351 instead! Sorry, to be so political, but it is crucial. They are trying to push this through before Friday. Yikes!!!

Thank you! Visit writealetter.org for more info."


The links above should point you in the right direction to take some action and contact your legislators. I like this one, too: Ask your representative to co-sponsor HR1351. It's pretty egregious that they're trying to push this through on such last-minute notice, but I admit that I don't entirely understand how these political games work.

I DO vote, though, and I voice my opinions to the lawmakers: I urge you to do the same! Stand up for our mail!

6 comments:

  1. We don't have 6-day delivery in Australia (being in a small town I'm lucky if I get delivery twice a week!), but our postal service has, over the past few years, gone through a number of changes: Job losses + high staff turnover (I've heard it's not the best place to work), slowed delivery, but recurrent increase in postage prices, the reasons for which have been blamed on anything and everything, from the advent of e-mail to the price of petrol. The postal service today certainly isn't what it used to be!
    Good luck with your cause!
    ~S.

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  2. Thank you for all that you are doing to shed light on what is really going on with our USPS. It inspired me to blog about it last week and I found an interview with Chuck Slatkin who is telling it like it is - an attempt to break down the union! You can watch the video by link on my post:
    http://thecreativebeast.blogspot.com/2011/09/going-postal.html

    Like you, I try not to get too political on my blog, but as a Mail Artist this can not be ignored and the long-term ramifications coming from this bill are not looking good for our country =-\

    Thank you again MM - you rock!

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  3. Creative Beast, thank YOU for your post with all your links! The "Send the Love" campaign was new to me, and I loved it so much that I just gave it its own special post. Awesome tip!!

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  4. One of my local postal workers claims that while cuts have been made to the number of rank and file postal workers, there have been no corresponding cuts to management staff. Perhaps that's the change that's needed.

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  5. Thanks for the information my senators and my old senators, still my moms have been contacted.

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  6. Thanks to this post, I have called my representative to thank him for co-sponsoring HR 1351, as well as successfully asked one of my senators to vote no on the Issa-Ross bill. (The other senator's voicemail was full!) Hopefully that gets their attention. =)

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