FROM NALC, PORTLAND, OREGON BRANCH 82:
Portland, OR – Over eight hundred Portland-area letter carriers, other postal workers, family members and allies held a demonstration Sunday, calling attention to tax-free solutions to save America’s postal service. From a rally at downtown Pioneer Courthouse Square, the boisterous marchers chanted and sang down Fourth Avenue, ending with a rally at the Main Post Office on Northwest Hoyt. Signs calling for saving 6-day delivery, door-to-door and curbside delivery, community post offices and family wage jobs dotted the blocks long procession.
“We called for this rally to build public understanding of the current postal crisis and support for the very viable solutions available. The entire Oregon Congressional delegation, except Congressman Walden, support rational legislative solutions to save the U.S. Postal Service, such as HR 1351 and S. 1853,” said Jim Cook, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 82, representing about 1,200 USPS city letter carriers in the greater Portland area.
“Oregonians know about the USPS’s financial crisis, but few know what caused the crisis or that there are solutions before Congress that won’t cost the taxpayer a dime. In fact, by subjecting the USPS – unlike any other agency or company in the country – to a pre-funding obligation starting in 2007, Congress itself has caused the bulk of the red ink. There also has not been enough information about what’s at stake if the proposed detrimental legislation (HR 2309 / S.1789) is passed.” said Cook.
Representatives from Working America, the Rural Organizing Project, the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Portland Workers Rights Board, and the Oregon AFL-CIO encouraged the crowd to fight proposed service and job cuts. Postal union leaders saluted supportive contingents from the JOBS with JUSTICE coalition and OCCUPY Portland.