Civil Rights Group Slams House Republicans for Attempting to Privatize the US Postal Service

Color-of-Change_ppFrom, “the nation’s largest online civil rights organization”.

Privatization means massive loss in crucial public services and living-wage jobs for Black families: launches petition, issues statement from Executive Director Rashad Robinson:

“House Republicans are jumping at the chance to put the U.S. Postal Service on the chopping block. But the post office isn’t broke. Thanks to its exceptional operational efficiency, the USPS has managed to turn a profit on postal sales in the worst economy since the Great Depression — and It hasn’t taken a dime of taxpayer money since 1971.

“This is a crisis manufactured by Congress and the media. The post office is one of America’s most widely-used and trusted institutions. Its potential privatization poses a great threat to the hundreds of millions who rely on its services and the more than half-million largely Black and female workers whose living-wage jobs are at risk.

“Congress created the service’s financial crisis, and they could end it today. A Bush-era requirement that the Postal Service pre-fund its retiree health benefits 75 years into the future — a burden imposed on no other government agency or private employer — has been digging the otherwise profitable USPS deeper and deeper into the red.

“Instead of working to fix the problem, Republicans in the House are taking advantage of the post office’s financial vulnerability to try to shut it down. They’re cheering the recent announcement by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe threatening to end Saturday mail delivery to cut costs, because it would result in dramatic workforce reductions and mail delays that make it easier to justify dismantling the entire postal system.

“The public sector is under relentless right-wing attack — and Black working women are bearing the brunt. When the country is still experiencing nearly 8% unemployment — and Black unemployment has climbed back up to 14% — any deliberate effort to put even more of us out of work is indefensible.

“The United States Postal Service is a critical service for Black and low-income communities, and it must be protected. The end of Saturday mail delivery would create delays for Veterans’ and Social Security checks, putting people who are already struggling to make it to the end of the month at even greater risk. And a full 46% of Black Americans, who lack access to high-speed Internet in their homes, rely on the post office for basic communication with the outside world.”

  • Timothy Manning

    Hooray! It is about time some organization took on the HOUSE and their biggot leaders Boehner and ISSA! They don’t care how many people lose their jobs as long as they can make a profit from privatizing the USPS! We need more organizations and people to rise up against these two and their GOP counterparts!

    • Bob Schwartz

      If a business was losing money ..what would they do

      • amailman

        Its not a business. Its a government service. Congress started the death of the post office in 2006 with the crazy bill they passed requiring them to prefund the future retire health benefits for the next 75 years over a ten year period. As usual, its a republican created “crisis” whose real purpose is to privatize the post office for the gain of others.

  • Joe

    Yes the postal service is not broke and privatizing will have huge ramifications we dont need,but, stop saying that only Blacks work there every ethnicity works there .Indian,Asian,Spanish,White,Italian,Irish, Black,Chinese,Dominican so yeah they basically have everyone represented there but, every one always seem to say that only Blacks work there for some reason.

    • no rush

      Are you sure you actually read the article? I can’t find “only Blacks work there” anywhere. As a matter of fact, I can’t find any articles anywhere that say that, and yet you say “every one always seem to say” that.

      Looks like someone has a problem with blacks and women!

  • Painter Barry

    Unfortunately the only colors Congress see’s today are “red” and “green”. “Red” from all the debt they have racked up, and “Green” from all the money still in the pockets, bank accounts, and assets of every citizen of every color.

  • USPS Letter Carrier

    Actually…Congress didn’t applaud the PMG. They told him he can’t do it, it’s against the law.

  • Jack Frost

    Adjusting USPS employee rolls and mail processing facilities to reflect current mail volumes are NOT privatization regardless of protestations otherwise.

    • Donna Schiraldi Nappi

      @Jack, do you really think it will stop there? Get your head out of the sand!

  • Bob Schwartz

    Why doesn’t Obama just sign an executive order and fix it? I’m sure he will

  • annie

    Going to 5 day delivery means your mailbox will not be protected under federal law. USPS will hire private contractors to deliver YOUR Mail ON Saturday. and it will alow anyone to put things in your mail box

    • common sense

      And where exactly did you come up with all of that nonsense?

  • dago822

    I work for the post office and you are right, the post office is the largest employer of minorities and veterans and Congress wants to tear us apart. This will affect hundreds of thousands of workers. We have pressure Congress to fix the post office. Maybe theyll do what they got elected to do!

  • deacon blue

    The USPS needs to downsize by one. Fire the PMG!