Resolution in Support of APWU: “US Mail, Not For Sale” Campaign

Resolution in Support of APWU: “US Mail, Not For Sale” Campaign

Whereas, the public Postal Service has its founding principles in the U.S. Constitution, is a national treasure and consistently rates as the most trusted government agency and

Whereas, universal service and fair and reasonable postal rates provide all the people with equal access and equal service no matter who we are or where we live, and

Whereas, the operations of the Postal Service are funded by the users, not taxpayer dollars, and

Whereas, postal jobs have been a source of decent and dignified union jobs for workers of all nationalities including military veterans and others of diverse backgrounds, with equal pay for equal work, and

Whereas, while methods of communication are constantly changing, mail continues to be invaluable to individuals and businesses including letters, cards, periodicals, medicines, catalogs, packages and is vital to the success of ecommerce, and

Whereas, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on June 21st, 2018 unveiled a plan for privatization of the United States Postal Service, that is selling it to private, for profit companies, and

Whereas, in December 2018 the President’s Task Force released their plan to cut costs, including ending collective bargaining rights as a means to make the USPS more attractive for sale to potential private investors, and

Whereas, billionaire and corporate-funded “think tanks” from the Heritage Foundation to the Brookings Institution have promoted either full or partial postal privatization, and

Whereas, postal privatization would enrich a few private companies at the expense of the people of the United States and the public servants that make the Postal Service such a success, and

Whereas, privatized postal services will be based on whether a company can make a profit and would lead to increased rates, loss of universal service to 157 million addresses every day, and would hurt rural residents and urban center residents, and

Whereas, this Resolution is based on and consistent with the active decisions by the APWU National Convention, the highest authority of the union, as well as the mandate of the National Executive Board, therefore be it

Resolved that AFSCME DC 47 goes on record opposing the full or partial privatization of the Postal Service, and be it further

Resolved that AFSCME DC 47 engages the “U.S. Mail, Not For Sale” campaign to share information, promote the website, collect pledge cards, educate members, the public and elected officials, and finally be it

Resolved that AFSCME DC 47 engages in the fight, joining with labor, community allies, elected officials and the public, in concrete actions to defend the public United States Postal Service.

DC 47 Members Testified About Libraries at Budget Hearing

DC 47 Members Testified About Libraries at Budget Hearing

Tim Horras is a member of Local 2187. He testified that his library branch in Kensington was closed for a few weeks due to a mosquito infestation. Tim said they also lack the proper amount of materials needed at his library and others, and that materials in the libraries are below the state mandated levels. He said  an appropriation of $7.1 million is needed to just meet the mandated materials needed in Philly libraries. Tim and other members of the union are calling on City Council members to provide more funding for the public libraries.

Local 2187 members Alexis Ahiagabe and Mary Marques joined Tim at the table, also testifying in City Council.