With passenger counts dropping, mail and cargo have become critical to the survival of airlines. Concerns are rising, however, about the future of mail in the US.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an institution even older than our country. The USPS is an independent agency of the federal government, with roots tracing back to 1775. It employs over 600,000 essential workers, including 97,000 veterans, and delivers 48 percent of the world’s mail.
Recently, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been overseeing the removal of mail sorting machines and mailboxes around the country. He has instructed carriers to not finish their routes if overtime is needed, causing huge delays of the delivery of vital goods.
The USPS is not a for-profit business. It’s a public service mandated in the Constitution.
“The U.S. Postal Service is a lifeline for all Americans, regardless of age, gender or race,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The diversity of its workforce is a microcosm of what makes our country great. We rely on their great workers to deliver our goods, food and medicine. Now, during a pandemic when our country’s fear and anxiety levels are running high, is not the time to dismantle a national treasure. The IAM will not sit idly by and allow this to happen. We will use every resource to assist our Postal Service sisters and brothers in their fight to keep America running.”
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