Video: New APWU TV ads

This ad, “Walt Gale, ” features a 22-year veteran of the Colorado Springs mail processing plant who speaks about the critical services the Postal Service provides to all Americans.

This ad, “Voices,” features a wide array of Americans who rely on the Postal Service, whether for their small business or for delivery of their cancer medications. It shows the how the proposed cuts will damage the US economy while reducing the quality of service on which Americans rely on.

“Voices” is one of three new television spots that highlight the critical ways America depends on the Postal Service — and the devastating effect closing post offices and mail processing plants would have on our nation. Each of the three 30-second spots illustrates the significant dangers associated with cutting both services and jobs. The three spots will begin airing March 14 on national cable networks and the NBC Nightly News. The ad will run through mid-May, when massive cuts to America’s postal infrastructure will begin to take affect — unless Congress takes action.

This ad, “Michael Bazinet, ” tells the story of a small business owner in Bangor, Maine. Bazinet’s company — Creative Digital Imaging — relies on the critical services of the Eastern Maine processing plant. Bazinet speaks about the impact of reduced services, which would result in lost clients and potential layoffs.

The APWU is launching the next phase of its television ad campaign, with spots to begin airing on CNN, MSNBC, and FOX News on Wednesday March 14, President Cliff Guffey has announced. The ads also will appear in a limited run on NBC Nightly News.

In the new ads, postal workers and customers talk about the importance of the Postal Service to our nation — and the devastating effect closing post offices and consolidating mail processing plants would have on our communities and our economy. The ads are slated to run through mid May.

The latest phase of the union’s public outreach campaign takes place at a critical juncture: A moratorium on closings and consolidations is set to expire on May 15. The moratorium is intended to give Congress a chance to act on legislation to resolve the USPS financial crisis — without imposing drastic cuts in service and jobs.

The ads underscore the union’s message: “America depends on the Postal Service,” said Guffey.

“From medicines, to checks and bills, the Postal Service is the backbone of a $1 trillion mailing industry that operates without one dime of taxpayer funds. It is funded by the sale of stamps and postage.

“But in 2006, Congress imposed a burden on the Postal Service that no other company or government agency faces, and it is driving the Postal Service toward insolvency,” the union president added. “Congress talks about job growth, but unless they take action, 100,000 jobs will be lost.” The Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act drains more than $5 billion a year from the USPS by forcing the agency to fully pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees — a burden faced by no other government agency or private business.

“Congress created this problem and Congress can fix it,” Guffey said.

“The ads are intended to build public awareness and support for congressional efforts to resolve the Postal Service’s financial crisis without cutting pay, reducing benefits, eliminating collective bargaining rights, or slashing service,” he said. Union members should continue to urge their Senators to support amendments to the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789), which is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate soon.

The APWU supports amendments that would maintain current service standards, halt the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs, and stop drastic reductions in service to the American people.

Support Amendments to S. 1789

The APWU is encouraging members to continue to contact their Senators to support amendments to the 21st Century Postal Service Act (S. 1789), which could be voted upon in the Senate soon.

The APWU supports amendments that would maintain current service standards, halt the elimination of tens of thousands of jobs, and stop drastic reductions in service to the American people.

Members can call their Senators at the Capitol Hill Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell them you oppose S. 1789 as it is currently written.

  • bob komar

    I am a proud APWU member..BUT. When is our union going to get TOUGH and TELL THE PUBLIC THE TRUTH!WE PRE-FUND the RETIREMENT for EMPLOYEES that are not even BORN YET!..we would be in the BLACK just by a reduction in payments..(thank-you republicans) WE are MANAGED by THE MOST INEPT OF INDIVIDUALS ON THE PLANET! NO BUSINESS SAVVY and GROSSLY OVERPAID. To save the PO they want to sell CHRISTMAS ornaments..for starters charge a min. fee to hold mail! min fee to forward change of address mail!SOMEONE WITH A BRAIN IN CONGRESS MUST INVESTIGATE PO MGMT or THERE WILL BE NO MORE PO!