Fight to Save the Postal Service

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service, created in 1792, is a constitutionally mandated service and remains a national treasure belonging to the people of this country; and 

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service is a self-sustaining, independent establishment that does not receive taxpayer funding and relies solely on revenue derived from the sale of postal services and products; and

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service and its more than 500,000 employees are at the center of the $1.4 trillion mailing industry, employing a total of 7.5 million Americans; and 

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service serves the needs of 157 million business and residential customers at least six days a week, maintains an affordable and universal network, and connects the country's rural, suburban, and urban communities; and

WHEREAS, the United States Postal Service is consistently the highest rated agency of the Federal Government in nonpartisan opinion polls as well as the Nation's second largest employer of military veterans; and

WHEREAS, privatization of the United States Postal Service would result in higher prices and reduced services for its customers, especially in rural communities; and 

WHEREAS, privatization of the United States Postal Service would jeopardize the booming e-commerce sector and cripple a major part of the Nation's critical infrastructure; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Texas AFL-CIO will actively engage in the fight to save the Postal Service by mounting a serious defense to this threat and encouraging our affiliates and community allies in concrete actions against privatization; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, the Texas AFL-CIO will go on record unequivocally opposing the privatization of the Postal Service so it remains an independent establishment of the federal government.

Submitted by Carlton Williams (Texas Postal Workers Union, APWU); Robert Hinson (NALC #132 and Homer Hernandez (NALC 4321).