Postal workers plan day of action

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Postal workers plan day of action

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — A postal reform bill making its way through Congress — which proposes changes to the U.S. Postal Service, including cuts in staff and hours of service — is meeting opposition not just from residents and businesses that will be affected by proposed changes, but from the employees whose job it is to ensure the timely delivery of the mail.

    Locally, a group of past and present postal employees are planning a community demonstration to oppose what they call the “destructive postal reform bill.” The event will take place at Sen. Olympia Snowe’s office, 169 Academy St. in Presque Isle, between 5 and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12. Postal workers, local business owners and citizens who depend on six-day mail delivery and the convenience of door-to-door delivery will join together April 12 to make their concerns known.

    “April 12 has been designated by local postal employees in the community as a day of action to stop Congress from dismantling the United States Postal Service. Demonstrations will be held outside every Senate office in the country,” said George Dionne, a retired postal worker and one of the organizers of the demonstration.

    Dionne said the U.S. Senate is considering legislation that would “do more harm than good in returning the U.S. Postal Service to fiscal solvency.”

    “While Congress debates the future of the Postal Service, employees are intervening on behalf of the American people to protect the USPS and to assure that the services provided to the public aren’t degraded,” Dionne said.

    What is needed, according to Dionne, is a business plan for the future that provides the services needed by an evolving society, as opposed to simply cutting — which would “serve only to drive people away from the Postal Service, reduce revenues and ultimately destroy one of America’s oldest and most important agencies.”

    “The U.S. Postal Service affects every resident and business, and so what happens to it is of great local — as well as national — importance. The loss of Saturday delivery, door-to-door delivery and the radical downsizing of the USPS would dismantle a beloved institution that has served the nation for more than 235 years and that remains our only universal delivery and communications network,” said Dionne. “Postal reform is needed but the solution is not S. 1789.”

    The public is encouraged to make their wishes and concerns known to their elected officials.

    “Join us in telling Congress not to dismantle the USPS,” said Dionne.