Postal workers gather downtown to protest privatization of mail services

I got a chuckle out of this article, in multiple places. 

Nearly two dozen postal workers and local labor union members gathered on the steps of the downtown U.S. Post Office on Thursday to protest privatizing mail services and demand Congressional action.

Ken Cruz, a clerk at the U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center in Spokane, said the group was made up of local postal workers and teacher union members and is demanding congressional reforms instead of privatization, which the Trump administration has discussed.

What in the world do teachers and mail carriers have in common? 

The fear of privatization. Because no one can deliver packages better than the government. And no one can teach kids better than the government. 

He said one of the group’s main demands is that U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers get behind U.S. House Resolution 993, which states that the postal service should remain within the federal government.

Dena Mullenix-Gallion, who also works at the distribution center, said she’s concerned that privatization could mean substandard, or no service for small communities.

Because FedEx and UPS provide substandard service? And the USPS provides hands-down better service? 

How do they think these private companies compete so much better than the government can. 

Time how long you stand in line at the USPS vs. at FedEx/UPS. Last time I went to the Moscow USPS, their card readers were down. It made for no lines since it was a cash-only day. 

“If somebody else buys in, big towns can deliver the mail,” she said. “But rural places won’t have anyone.”

Because UPS and FedEx don’t do rural delivery? 

  1. Brian Baker, a post office clerk from Mead, said the group has sent thousands of letters to McMorris Rodgers asking she examine health benefits for retirees and postal banking and raise the standard of service now offered at most post offices.

Raise to match FedEx and UPS? 

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/sep/20/postal-workers-gather-downtown-to-protest-privatiz/