San­ders Tells Let­ter Car­ri­ers USPS ‘Not Go­ing Broke’

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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

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