Meng and Queens Postal Workers Protest President Trump’s Proposal to Privatize the U.S. Postal Service
Oct 8, 2018
QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) and postal workers from across Queens today protested President Trump’s proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service.
Joining Meng in front of her Northeast Queens office in Flushing were local members of the nation’s postal unions which include the National Association of Letter Carriers, American Postal Workers Union and National Postal Mail Handlers union. Also attending were the presidents of these local unions and other union officials.
The gathering is part of similar events taking place today in Congressional districts throughout the country where postal employees are joining Members of Congress to stand against privatizing the U.S. mail. Events are being held in front of Congressional offices nationwide and in some cases, outside post offices.
“Selling the U.S. Postal Service to private corporations would be disastrous for our country, and today we are here tell the President loud and clear, and in the strongest possible terms, that the U.S. mail is not for sale!” said Congresswoman Meng. “The American people and small businesses rely heavily on the Postal Service and if the agency is privatized, we all stand to be socked with higher delivery costs and a reduction of service, particularity in areas where it’s not profitable for private companies to make deliveries. Privatization may also put the jobs of our hard working postal employees on the chopping block. It’s clear what we must do. We must take this privatization plan, stamp return to sender on it, and make sure it goes straight back to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!”
In April, President Trump issued an executive order that established a task force to look into the Postal Service’s operations and finances. But before this task force came to any conclusions, his administration put forward a proposal to eventually privatize the agency. The proposal was part of “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” a government reorganization plan that was released in June.
Meng is a cosponsor of a resolution in the House that calls for the Postal Service to not be privatized. Introduced in July, H. Res. 993 is a bipartisan measure calling for Congress to “take all appropriate measures to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the federal government and is not subject to privatization.” The resolution is pending before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and presently has 223 cosponsors. A similar bipartisan measure in the Senate, S. Res. 633, was introduced in September. It has 42 cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“The U.S. Postal Service is a service to the American people, contained in the Constitution of the United States,” said George Mangold, President of the New York State Association of Letter Carriers. “It was never meant to be a money making business. Privatization would destroy that service. The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale!”
“Privatizing the Postal Service, a national treasure since 1775, would be absolutely disastrous,” said Tony Paolillo, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Flushing Branch 294 which represents postal workers throughout all of Queens. “Service would be solely based on private gain, and would put millions of American jobs in jeopardy. The U.S. Mail Is Not For Sale!!!!”
Other union officials taking part in the event, in addition to Mangold and Paolillo, included Lillian Pascal, President of the American Postal Workers Union Flushing Local 2286 which also represents members throughout Queens, Trevor Stuart, President of National Postal Mail Handlers Union Local 300, and Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers.