This community of postal workers, neighbors, and lawmakers are demanding that the Postal Service be saved.
DETROIT, MI — National outcry over mismanagement within the U.S. Postal Service hit home when customers of the Old Redford neighborhood post office in Detroit was slated for an unexpected closure at the end of the month.
“It’s confusing to us,” president of the Detroit district of the American Postal Workers Union Keith Combs told The ‘Gander. “They [USPS] have certain mandates and standards to apply to correctly close a building, and management hasn’t come to us to fulfill any of those mandates.”
The union and the community quickly acted, hosting a rally in front of the small building on Grand River Ave. on Thursday. Demonstrations are springing up across the country as more administrative issues are discovered within the Postal Service.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testified before a Senate Committee on Friday to answer for his actions.
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“We’re the only organization in the United States that touches every single home in America six days a week,” Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence said to the mostly-masked and socially distanced crowd. “This is bigger than just this president. This is about the integrity and the protection of our Constitution which gives us the right to be a Postal Service.”
“We would have never known what was going on in the Postal Service, [if not] for your courage to come forward and tell us the truth about what Postmaster General and the Trump Administration was doing,” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said to the crowd, many of whom were postal workers.
“This has been decades in the works that they’ve been trying to privatize our U.S. Postal Service,” she continued. “Like they did our schools, our prisons…you see it everywhere. This is corporate greed at its best.”
“When the mail is slowed down we could all lose our most fundamental right,” Sen. Gary Peters said. “And that is our right to vote.”