Saving Our Postal Service

Patty Dewey, President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 520 in White River Junction and John Dirzius, APWU Northeast Region Coordinator and National Executive Board member talk about Saving Our Postal Service. The APWU is calling for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service. "History shows that movements move Congress ... Movements create legislative victories. Writing to Congress is important, but it is not enough. Lobbying for legislation is important, but it is not enough.” To succeed, postal workers must build a movement in defense of America’s right to vibrant public postal services. APWU President Dimondstein warns, “Anything that stands for the public good ­ public libraries, public education, public utilities, public transportation and public postal services ­ is under severe attack, as are public workers and our unions.” But postal workers are not alone, he said. Public workers in Wisconsin stood up and fought back. “Wal-Mart workers are stirring. Fast food workers are demanding a living wage.” “A revitalized labor movement is indeed possible,” he declared, as he urged union members to join together to defend a public Postal Service and good union jobs.