TTENTION postal customers and postal workers:
VIGIL in front of the Ben Franklin Post Office
SAVE OUR POSTAL SERVICE! FULL FUNDING NOW!
On Tuesday, June 23
– Make a call to your Senators to vote yes on the next stimulus bill, (View suggested script at: shorturl.at/gjyD7 )
– Come to the first post office in the US, where Ben Franklin worked in 1775, at 316 Market Street at 11am. We invite you to come hold up signs and banners, everyone spaced 6 feet apart, for the benefit of the press and passersby to SAVE OUR POSTAL SERVICE.
– A caravan for those who want to stay in the safety of their vehicle can circle between the B. Franklin post office and Senator Toomey’s office at 2nd and Chestnut.
The USPS is threatened with job loss, cuts, closures, outsourcing and union-busting as the postal service is experiencing precipitous revenue loss, running out of money as early as this fall. The Trump administration, the Republican-dominated Postal Board of Governors and the president’s crony, the newly appointed Postmaster General, are seizing the economic crisis as an opportunity to open the road to privatization
June 23 is the day of an American Postal Workers Union-sponsored action in DC, APWU Local 89 in Philadelphia and other cities.
June 23 is a week after the new Postmaster General takes office.
June 23 is two weeks before the Senate takes up the next stimulus package (with $25 Billion for the postal service in the proposal from the House)
Your voice is needed to help SAVE OUR POSTAL SERVICE!
What’s at stake? Thirty percent of over 600,000 postal jobs are held by people of color. Veterans hold over 20 percent and women over 40 percent of postal positions.
The U.S. Postal Service provides universal mail delivery of medications (nearly 4 million daily), stimulus checks, census forms, ballots, medical supplies (including test kits and the coming vaccine) at the lowest standardized prices in the world. Only the USPS makes regular postal deliveries to remote islands and secluded areas that would not be profitable for a private business. In rural and low-income regions where broadband isn’t commonly available, it provides a much-needed lifeline of communication.
Mindy Isser (Domestic Workers Alliance)
Ted Kelly (Philadelphia Joint Board Workers United SEIU)
1. Nick Casselli, President American Postal Workers Union, Local 89
2. Joe Rodgers, President, NALC Br 157
3. Cynthia Nesmith, President, Retirees Chapter, Phila APWU local 89
4. Perry Genovesi – AFSCME DC 47, Coalition for a Just Philly Budget
5. Omar Salaam- Business agent for AFSCME Local 427 (DC 33, sanitation workers)
6. Paul Prescod – Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
7. Dr Robin Cooper, Commonwealth Association of School Administrators (CASA), Teamsters Local 502
8. Max Avener – Temple Association of University Professionals
9. Keon Liberato- Teamsters Brotherhood of Maintenance Way Employees
10. Jeeva Muhil – UNITE HERE
11. Joe Piette – retired letter carrier, member of Communities and Postal Workers United
12. Megan Murrey – Whole Foods worker fired last week for trying to organize a union
13. Monica Robinson – , Vice President of Communications for Philly Coalition of Labor Union Women
14 City Council member Helen Gym
15 City Council member Kendra Brooks
16. Kempis Songster, former prisoner; Amistad Law Project, speaking on importance of mail for prisoners
17 Mike Wilson – REAL Justice on BLM
APWU Local 89
Workers Solidarity Network
Philly Coalition of Labor Union Women
Campaign for a Just Philly budget
(Ad paid for by Communities and Postal Workers United).