15,000 Ask Congress to Save Their Small Town Post Offices
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 06:14 PM EST
The petition comes on the heals of Postmaster General Patrick Donahue's announcement that the Post Office will be suspending Saturday delivery of mail at the end of August to save an estimated $2 billion dollars a year. The Post Office office previously sought budget savings by closing more than half of the mail processing centers and cutting the Post Offices’ workforce by some 200,000 people since 2008. However, none of these cuts has made the United States Postal Service (USPS) fiscally solvent.
INDIANA - In a new petition started by Jerry Stidman on MoveOn.org's online petition platform, SignOn.org, nearly 15,000 people are demanding that Congress take action to halt the closing of small town post offices throughout the country.
SIGN ON HERE: http://www.signon.org/sign/save-our-small-town-post
Jerry Stidman, 51-year old grandfather from Indiana started his petition on SignOn.org in response to the proposals to close small town post offices throughout the country. Mr. Stidman, a member of the American Post Workers’ Union, has worked in postal service since 1983 and has over 31 years of government service. “We want the President, Congress, and the Postmaster General to put a halt to closing small town post offices,” said Stidman. “These are gathering places for many rural Americans and hold an important place in the history of our nation.”
While the USPS is entirely self-funded, receiving no tax dollars, its current crisis was manufactured by conservatives in Congress in 2006 when they mandated that the Post Office pre-fund 75 years of future health-care benefits for retirees over the course of 10 years.
The damage of shutting down Saturday delivery hours and closing post offices, specifically in inner cities and rural areas, where businesses and working families rely on local post offices, will be extensive. In many states people vote by mail and the USPS is the nation’s second largest civilian employer.