Sanders Tells Letter Carriers USPS ‘Not Going Broke’
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) addressed the annual convention of the National Association of Letter Carriers and drew standing ovations for opposing cuts in services and jobs at the U.S. Postal Service at a time of rising revenue.
Sanders is the chief sponsor of legislation to modernize the U.S. Postal Service, save Saturday mail and prevent other unnecessary cuts in services provided by one of the most popular and important institutions in America.
Sanders credited the letter carriers with helping to stave off plans in recent years by postal service management to make drastic cuts like closing 15,000 post offices and half of the mail processing plants in this country, ending overnight and Saturday deliveries. But even at a time of rising revenues – the U.S. Postal Service has taken in $1.2 billion more in revenue than it spent since the fall of 2012 – Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe still wants to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow mail services and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.
“Well, I’ve got a message for Mr. Donahoe,” Sanders said. “At a time when the middle class is disappearing and the number of Americans living in poverty is at an all-time high, do not destroy middle-class jobs at the Postal Service. At a time when senior citizens and small businesses depend on the Postal Service operating six-days a