By Kate Irby – May 14, 2015
BRADENTON — Postal workers warned Thursday that if people don’t start paying attention to what they described as the degradation of the postal service, in five or 10 years the industry will look completely different, and not in a good way.
“By outsourcing a little bit here, a little bit there, downgrading over time — I mean, you used to be able to get a letter in Bradenton, you could mail it today and get it tomorrow,” said Deborah Smith, president of the Manatee-area local of the American Postal Workers Union. “Now that’s taking two or three days, because that mail is having to travel, because of this downsizing and the services being cut.”
Protests were organized across the country Thursday in efforts to preserve postal services. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, announced in the past couple of weeks that the Manasota Postal Distribution Center and the Holmes Beach post office boxes would remain functional, but they and the rest of the post service are still under the chopping block.