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On Nov. 14, nation will tell USPS to stop delaying America’s mail

SEATTLE (Nov. 4, 2014) –America’s four postal unions are calling for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, when members of those unions and their community supporters will send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

TAKE A STAND!  In Seattle, all are invited to Shine a Light on the Plan to Delay the Mail! Join USPS employees and their allies on Friday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. in front of Term Station and the Seattle Carrier Annex at 4th Avenue and Lander St.  Sunset is at 4:30 p.m., so bring flashlights, bike lights and other blinking lights to light up the signs and the rally. For more info, call the Greater Seattle Area APWU at 206-241-6038 or email

stop-delaying-americas-mailOn Jan. 5, 2015, the Postmaster General and the Board of Governors are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people — cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service. In an Oct. 16 letter calling for the National Day of Action to stop the cuts, the presidents of the four postal unions — the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA) — said:

► The USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery — including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town.

► All mail, including medicine, online purchases, local newspapers, church bulletins, bill payments, sale notices, throughout the country will be delayed.

► Beginning Jan. 5, 2015, 82 Mail Processing and Distribution Centers are scheduled to close or “consolidate operations.”

These cuts will cause hardships for customers, drive away business, cause irreparable harm to the U.S. Postal Service, and lead to massive schedule changes and reassignments for employees. They are part of a flawed management strategy that has unnecessarily sacrificed service and failed to address the cause of the Postal Service’s manufactured financial crisis.

The unions have set up a website — www.StopMailDelays.orgto share information and resources.

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