Daily Archives: December 1, 2011

TONIGHT: Save Reno’s Post Office – Mic Check the USPS

Postal workers participate in a Save Amercia's Postal Service rally September 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. The workers called on Congress to pass H.R. 1351, which would allow $6.9 billion in pension overpayments by postal workers to be used to pay this year's pension obligations. (September 26, 2011 - Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)

Last night, a USPS employee joined our General Assembly to ask for the support of the 99% — and to let us know that the Postal Service’s financial crisis is about to hit Reno hard.

The USPS is considering shutting down the Reno distribution center, eliminating 177 jobs and causing mail between Reno and Sparks to be routed through Sacramento (which adds a few days to delivery times, and wastes both money and fuel).

Representatives will be at Wooster High tonight for a public meeting (which was supposed to be announced to the public, but has largely been kept quiet). Let’s go down there and tell them what we think — in unison!

Meet at 5:45pm in the Southeast corner of the Wooster parking lot to receive instructions. Wooster High is located on Plumb between Kietzke and Hwy. 395.

For those who aren’t aware, the United States Postal Service is in trouble because of a Bush-era (2006) law that requires the USPS to massively pre-fund the cost of retiree health benefits over the next 75 years in just 10 years’ time. This cost covers not only current employees, but employees who have yet to be hired – and it is on top of the cost for health benefits for current retirees. No other company or agency in America is required to pre‐fund future retiree health benefits.

Some believe that this law was intended to shut down the USPS so mail service can be privatized and unions disbanded. Whether or not that was the original intent, the result is that the Postal Service is $21 billion in debt as a direct result of the $20 billion in pre-funding it has been required to provide.

The USPS is scrambling to cut costs in this very imbalanced situation, and is considering shutting down 240 distribution centers across America.

Postal workers are currently protesting in the streets. Nationwide, people are demanding that the Obama Administration and our current Congress act to reverse the effects of this law.

If you believe in the future of the USPS, come down to Wooster tonight and let’s advance the issue.

More information:
Reno Gazette-Journal: Postal workers, patrons oppose closing Reno mail center

National Association of Letter Carriers: Talking Points for Branch Managers