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Deadline Extended through Monday, Aug. 11, 2014

The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts and Plant Closures

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08/07/2014 - A move by the USPS that will slow America’s mail service and that threatens tens of thousands of jobs requires an urgent response, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

On June 30, the USPS announced its intention to close and consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015. 

On Aug. 1, the USPS posted a notice in Federal Register announcing that the consolidations will eliminate overnight mail delivery, even within the same town. 

Such reckless and counterproductive cuts by USPS have caught the attention of Congress, which has the authority and ability to set USPS on the right path.  So far, 44 senators have signed on to a letter by Senators Tester (D-MT), Sanders (I-VT), and Baldwin (D-WI) to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to stop these devastating cuts to America’s postal network.  The senators wisely requested that the Committee include language in its appropriations bill to maintain service standards at current levels and prevent any closures or consolidations in 2015. 

While these 44 senators got the ball rolling, they need our help!  To ensure the Senate Appropriations Committee does the right thing and votes to protect speedy mail delivery, our jobs, and our facilities, we are asking all APWU members to reach out to their senators in support of this effort.

To send a message right now, please click here.

To find your senators' phone numbers and call them, please click here.

The senators who have signed on so far include:

Tester (D-MT), Sanders (I-VT), Baldwin (D-WI), Bennet (D-CO), Udall (D-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Murphy (D-CT), Hirono (D-HI), Schatz (D-HI), Harkin (D-IA), Donnelly (D-IN), Landrieu (D-LA), Markey (D-MA), Warren (D-MA), Cardin (D-MD), Collins (R-ME), King (I-ME), Levin (D-MI), Stabenow (D-MI), Blunt (R-MO), McCaskill (D-MO), Franken (D-MN), Klobuchar (D-MN), Walsh (D-MT), Hagan (D-NC), Heitkamp (D-ND), Hoeven (R-ND), Shaheen (D-NH), Booker (D-NJ), Heinrich (D-NM), Gillibrand (D-NY), Schumer (D-NY), Brown (D-OH), Inhofe (R-OK), Merkley (D-OR), Wyden (D-OR), Casey (D-PA), Reed (D-RI), Whitehouse (D-RI), Johnson (D-SD), Thune (R-SD), Leahy (D-VT), Cantwell (D-WA), and Manchin (D-WV).