At last somebody recognizes the value and tradition of the public post office and how it kept the country together—and really still does.
In a new book, author Winifred Gallagher outlines how the U.S. Post Office began by keeping the 13 colonies from falling apart. Part of this stemmed from allowing the free flow of radical-for-the-times ideas in newspapers which were delivered by mail. This often brought on the consternation of the European governments of the day. She also describes how the post office grew over the intervening years to keep all the new states and territories connected, according to savethepostoffice.com http://savethepostoffice.com/how-the-post-office-created-america-book-review/.
Unfortunately, today there are many out there who want to privatize the U.S. Postal Service and further degrade it in the process. But they are not completely getting their way. At least not without a fight.
In one egregious example over the past couple of years, Mickey Barnett, a top executive in payday lending industry, was nominated to the USPS Board of Governors.
Payday lenders are some of the sleaziest and exploitive financial outfits around. So much so that new legislation has been introduced to rein them in and already that’s generated opposition from entrenched interests, according to PBS http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/house-panel-moves-to-block-obama-regulations-on-payday-loans/.
Do we really want these people overseeing the USPS?
Since that nomination was put forth last year, the Senate has not acted and the board of governors still has only one outside member despite steady rumblings from the mailing industry.
Don’t these idiots in Congress realize how important the mailing industry still is to corporate America? Or do they mistakenly think their long-term interests might be better served by a weakened USPS?
With Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) all but having bowed out of the Presidential race, maybe he’ll go back to the Senate and resume his advocacy for postal issues. His term does not run out until 2018.
Before he jumped into the Presidential race Senator has been a staunch believer in a public postal service, reports the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/11/09/bernie-sanderss-passion-for-the-prosaic-or-why-the-post-office-is-part-of-what-makes-america-great/.
The nomination to the Postal governing panel may seem like pretty small potatoes considering Congress has not confirmed or even held hearings on U.S. Supreme Court associate justice nominee Merrick Garland.
Even if Congress doesn‘t want to fill high profile positions, it has no business leaving vacant lower posts in the federal government which often directly affect our lives and businesses more closely.
This is a huge gamble since it’s not at all certain that Republicans will win either the Presidency or keep control over both houses of Congress.
Separately, the National Labor Relations Board may hold up the integrity of USPS employees later this year.
Earlier this month, the NLRB said it had wrapped up hearings on the complaint brought by the American Postal Workers Union that charged the USPS with violating collective bargaining agreements by allowing clerks in Staples office supplies stores to sell postal products there, according to the labor group http://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/nlrb-hearing-staples-concludes.
The APWU originally brought this action, arguing that Staples personnel lacked the proper training of postal employees and are paid much less.
Staples’ postal sales efforts may be further complicated with the recent departure of its CEO Ron Sargent, following the collapse of Staples’ proposed merger with Office Depot, according to Armnet.com http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/601215/staples-global-boss-ron-sargent-departs/.
In any case, there are still many people out there who still want to preserve the Postal Service as we know it against the relentless corporate greed that apparently guides American society and wants to privatize everything in sight. Let’s hope they can prevail.