Web News Article #: 169-14
09/15/2014 – The hard work of the APWU membership is paying off. One hundred sixty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee on Sept. 11 urging them to stop devastating cuts to the Postal Service.
The group appealed to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY) and others to include a one-year moratorium on the closure and consolidation of mail processing plants in must-pass legislation to keep the government running in the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
The letter was written by Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and was modeled on an Aug. 14 letter to leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“As the postal network has been weakened, service has suffered,” the letter said. “Slowing down mail delivery even further will especially hurt senior citizens on fixed incomes, small businesses, rural areas, and the economy.”
Over the past several weeks, APWU members and allies sent thousands of messages and made phone calls to members of Congress asking them to oppose Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe’s proposal to close as many as 82 mail processing plants; slow mail service, and eliminate thousands of jobs.
To ensure the House Appropriations Committee acts to protect speedy mail delivery, our jobs and our facilities, the APWU is asking all union members and supporters to urge their representatives to sign on if they haven’t already done so.
Call your representative today and ask him or her to sign on to this important letter!