By Tim Devaney – May 12, 2015
Postal workers are rallying for expanded service hours that they say would lead to more stable jobs.
The American Postal Workers Union, which represents many of the behind-the-scenes postal workers like counter clerks and those who sort mail, is organizing a nationwide protest Thursday. The union does not represent letter carriers.
Hundreds of postal workers in more than 85 cities will protest in front of local post office buildings. They’ll urge customers to sign postcards declaring “I stand with postal workers” that they’ll later deliver to the postmaster general.
The workers will be protesting the cutback in hours at many local post offices, which they say has resulted in mail delays.
Longer post office hours, they say, would be more convenient for customers and give postal employees more opportunity to work.
“U.S. Postal Service executives and the agency’s board of governors are using a manufactured financial crisis to justify their strategy of reducing service, delaying mail delivery, and dismantling a great national treasure,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union.
Actor Danny Glover, who used to work for the post office, will join the protests Thursday in Washington, D.C. to call for longer hours.