Standing together against privatization
APWU Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Powell emceed the rally, opening the event with a powerful statement of purpose: “Today, we have more than 400,000 signatures to the Board of Governors demanding that they appoint a Postmaster General that will defend universal service and the public United States Postal Service.”
Speakers at the rally condemned the White House for their explicit attacks on the public Postal Service, demanding the administration stop its push for privatization.
“We all know what privatization means. It means they want to cut your wages; they want to take away your benefits; they want to destroy the great reliability of this agency. They want people to make profit off of us. We’re not going to let that happen,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
Social Security Works President Nancy Altman compared the attacks on the USPS to the ongoing attempts to cut Social Security. “The American people are with us,” Altman said. “They know across the ideology that the Postal Service is vital to this country, that Social Security is vital to this country.”
“We recognize that it is our US Postal Service that opened up more jobs and provided more opportunities for more Americans from various backgrounds…than any other organization or any other industry in our country,” said NAACP Washington Bureau Director Hilary Shelton. He spoke about how the fight against privatization is “central to the issues of civil rights protections for all Americans and American families."
Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, emphasized the importance of the continued struggle against privatization. “We’re in for the fight of our lives…to make sure that our Postal Service remains the people’s Postal Service,” Campbell said.
Following the rally, APWU President Mark Dimondstein led a delegation inside the USPS Headquarters to deliver the petitions to Postmaster General Brennan, who accepted them on behalf of the Board of Governors.