Clerk Craft Director
John P. Smeekens
*Director Position Vacant*
The Call For Privatization Is A Reality
Trump’s plan to privatize the United States Postal Service (USPS) is beginning to take shape. In a publication from the Executive Office of the President of the United States entitled Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century – Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations, there is a plan to restructure the Postal Service. This plan will decimate our Postal Service and our livelihoods. The premise is for the Postal Service to mirror the European nations and privatize the service. Our nation will be fed lies, through print and media, that this privatization would ensure fair competition and reasonable prices for our customers. This will be ensured because the government will be “maintaining strong regulatory oversight”. REALLY?!!! Who in the government?
This report says that the USPS can no longer support the obligation created by its enormous infrastructure and personnel requirements. That means our customer service standards, jobs and wages and protections are on the line. The lie is that this new model would finance the USPS while also meeting the needs of rural and urban communities. REALLY?!!! Brothers and Sisters, we service over 150 million addresses every week at a reasonable rate and ensure the protection of what is delivered to those addresses.
Another lie is that privatization would innovate and improve services to Americans in every community. REALLY?!!! The only innovation would be to the many companies that would be lining their pockets with profits as they would continually escalate the prices of delivering the mail, goods and services that we now provide.
This publication says that a private Postal Service with independence from congressional mandates could better manage the decline of First-Class mail while providing needed services to American communities. REALLY?!!! No interference from congress. Who among you think that’s a good idea?
This publication claims that a private operator that delivers mail fewer days per week to “central locations” (no home delivery) would substantially lower costs. REALLY?!!! Cost’s to whom? No doubt, to the many private companies that would be tasked with handling your letters and packages. The American public already enjoys our services at a cost substantially lower than what all European nations pay right now.
The claim is that privatization would give private operators access to private capital markets to raise money for needed improvements like new vehicles without burdening taxpayers with additional liabilities. REALLY?!!! As you already know, the Postal Service is funded through the services that we provide. Taxpayer dollars are never used to fund the Postal Service.
The President has issued Executive Order 13829: Task Force on the United States Postal System. [Available here as a PDF.] This task force will evaluate operations and finances of the Postal Service and make recommendations to reform and reorganize our services as we know. That Brothers and Sisters is scary. It is also reality.
You…yes you, as a member of this union, may be called upon to get out there and address the public (our customers) through the forum of protests, marches, distributing literature or just speaking to your friends, family and neighbors about the facts and the lies concerning our Postal Service. I implore you to get involved. You scabs (non-members) are not free from responsibility either. Even if you don’t join our great union through membership, you have a responsibility to speak up. Your job and way of life is in jeopardy as well.
Your Brother In The Struggle,
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The 480-481 Area Local maintains offices at 810 Livernois in Ferndale, Michigan 48220 and represents all APWU members in the following USPS installations: Almont, Allen Park, Anchorville, Belleville, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Carleton, Chelsea, Clarkston, Clawson, Davisburg, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Fair Haven, Flat Rock, Garden City, Grosse Ile, Hartland, Hazel Park, Highland, Keego Harbor, Lake Orion, Marine City, Marysville, Michigan Call Center, Michigan Metroplex, Milan, Milford, Mt. Clemens, New Baltimore, New Boston, New Haven, New Hudson, Novi, Oxford, Pinckney, Plymouth, Pontiac, Port Huron, Richmond, Rochester, Rockwood, Romeo, Romulus, Royal Oak, South Lyon, South Rockwood, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Troy, Troy Customer Care Center, Union Lake, Utica, Walled Lake, Warren, Washington, Waterford, Wayne, Westland, Willis, Wixom, Wyandotte and Yale.
The Union office is normally open from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday and the telephone numbers are (248) 543-3262/3263/3264. The 24 hour number is (248) 543-3262. FAX: (248) 543-2750.