Machinists Union members joined other unions and the AFL-CIO in San Antonio, TX in supporting the embattled National Association of Letter Carriers to protest the planned switch to five-day delivery service for first class mail in August. The unions are concerned about the effect of lack of delivery for seniors.
“The mailbox is a lifeline to the outside world for many seniors,” said TCU/IAM retiree and Texas Alliance for Retired Americans Vice President Tony Padilla. “The Saturday delivery is very important to them. Two days without mail will be very hard upon them.”
Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller and retired AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson were on hand and spoke. The Letter Carriers are siding with the Government Accountability Office (GOA), which gave a legal opinion that the Postal Service switch would be illegal.
“Receiving mail in a timely fashion is important to our seniors,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez, Jr. “Congress can fix the financial problems of the Postal Service, and they need to stop shoving these problems onto the backs of the Letter Carriers and the general public.”