Target: United States Congress
Goal: To support postal workers in their hunger strike against USPS budget cuts.
While the US government seems to have no problem bailing out billion dollar corporations, somehow the United States Postal Service finds itself with a several billion dollar loss in 2012, facing massive budget cuts over the next few years. Instead of finding minimal loss solutions, Congress has been discussing possible cutting days of delivery service down to five days a week, which would not only affect this country’s population as a whole, but the very workers who make mail delivery possible. Thousands of jobs would be cut, gutting the USPS system as we know it. Six postal workers, former and present, from an organization called Communities and Postal Workers United have commenced on a hunger strike to protest these proposed changes for the USPS budget.
The reform for USPS services faces further consideration after the holidays, yet thousands of USPS jobs have already been cut this year due to the Postmaster General’s two-year plan to reduce working hours and close mail sorting plants around the country, announced earlier this year. If USPS delivery services are stripped down to five days a week, there will be even more job loss, and we would be condemning a service that has been a reliable staple of this country. Congress should consider a more reasonable solution to help the USPS continue without massive job cuts.
By singing this petition you are supporting the postal workers in their hunger strike and requesting that Congress help find another solution for fixing USPS’s financial troubles.
I am writing to you in support of the six postal workers currently on a hunger strike to protest the impending decision regarding USPS’s budget cuts. Please reconsider the proposal to cut USPS delivery days down to five, as you would be causing thousands of people to lose their jobs. As a government that bails out large corporations, why can you not consider alternative action regarding bailing out an essential service in our country? Thousands of USPS jobs have already been cut this year due to reduced working hours and the closing of mail sorting plants around the country.
Congress should consider alternative solutions to USPS’s financial difficulties. If USPS delivery services are stripped down to five days a week, the number of jobs lost due to the reform will likely go up by more than sixty percent. Please recognize the postal worker’s urgency in their hunger strike, and consider listening to their ideas for finding the money through alternative solutions.
[Your Name Here]
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