APWU Web News Article #031-14, Feb. 19, 2014
More than 150 union members braved sub-zero degree winds on Feb. 17 to deliver an icy greeting to U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, the author of legislation (H.R. 2748) that would lead to the demise of the Postal Service.
Issa (R-CA) was in New Hampshire to deliver the keynote speech to Republican donors at the New Hampshire GOP’s President’s Day fundraiser.
Chanting “the U.S. Postal Service is not for sale,” more than 150 members of the APWU and other postal unions picketed Issa’s appearance at Grappone Convention Center in Concord. They were joined by union teachers, carpenters, members of the Alliance for Retired Americans, and other labor and civic activists.
APWU members traveled from all across New England to participate, and the big turnout made the rally “a huge success,”said Manchester Area Local President Dana Coletti.
“It was great to see so many APWU people turn out despite the weather,” he said “and to see so many others join us in solidarity.
“We had enough participation,” he added “that were able to create a second picket line to cover another entrance to the facility.”