APWU Members Rally With Community to Demand Congress Save the Post Office
On Tuesday, headlines from news outlets across the country read: “Postal Workers Day of Action.” As the country continues to rise up in defense of the public Postal Service and against the new policies that have significantly delayed mail, thousands took to the streets under the banner “Save the Post Office.”
An estimated 300 actions took place in almost every state. Postal workers; labor, civil & human rights activists; community allies; and lawmakers made clear demands for their members of Congress:
• Pass $25 billion in emergency COVID relief funding for the Postal Service.
• Permanently reverse the policies Postmaster General DeJoy put into place that caused mail delays.
“The APWU National put out the call and our local leaders, members, and community allies answered in spectacular fashion,” said APWU National President Mark Dimondstein. “This is the People’s Post Office and the people have shown they’re ready to fight for it.”
“The U.S. Postal Service is a bedrock institution for every American,” said Becky Livingston, Saint Louis Gateway Area Local President to a crowd of dozens in St. Louis. “Our elected leaders must support $25 billion in funding to make sure the post office can run effectively, and Postmaster DeJoy must reverse his harmful slowdown policies immediately.” Demonstrators held signs that read Save America’s Post Office and Stop Delaying America’s Mail. Proper Staffing. Faster Delivery.