Save the United States Post Office for All Americans
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Save the United States Post Office for All Americans

    1. Julia Hammett
    2. Petition by

      Julia Hammett

      Reno, NV

We urge you to stop the Postmaster General’s current plan to downsize the United States Post Office. His plan will deny rural Americans access to postal services and will have a profound impact on heartland communities that make up the backbone of America. This is contrary to the values our country was founded upon.

The proposed plan will close over 3,000 post offices in smaller communities and over half of the mail processing centers in the U.S.; this will reduce mail pick-up and delivery in those communities to unacceptable levels. Many of these centers also serve as communication hubs for their communities. The closing of these offices and centers will force the elimination of jobs for 220,000 Postal Service employees and thousands of contractors who serve the Postal Service. Ultimately this ill-considered action will lead to the privatization of all mail and shipping services and an end to an American institution.

The proposed closings will only save about $295 million or 4% of the United States Post Office’s annual expenses of $70 billion. According to former Postmaster General (1998-2001) William Henderson: “That’s not even a drop in the bucket. The bucket won’t ripple.” The elimination of American domestic jobs and the reduction of access to shipping and communications hubs in an already sluggish economy is not in the best interest of our country.

We urge you to consider other means to keep the United States Post Office secure for the future. For example, when the U.S.P.S. already has a solvent retirement fund of $44 billion it is unfair to compel them pay $5.5 billion annually into a retiree benefit fund.  No other branch of government, nor for that matter, any private company, is forced to pay anywhere near that amount of money into a retirement fund.

We implore you to take steps to ensure that the United States Post Office will continue to be a thriving American institution for generations to come.

fyi, link to reuters interactive map of proposed closings: http://www.reuters.com/article/interactive/idUSTRE81D0M620120214?view=large

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Postal Service Offers Buyouts to 45,000 Mail Handlers

      Julia Hammett
      Petition Organizer

      The United States Postal Service said late Friday that it was offering buyouts to about 45,000 mail handlers, part of the financially troubled agency’s efforts to cut its staff and reduce its operating costs. The mail handlers, who work in processing centers, will be offered $15,000 each. The Postal Service has said it will close 48 of the centers starting this summer, reducing the need for staff...see link for more

    2. Time to cancel this message?

      Julia Hammett
      Petition Organizer

      There have been small gains in our struggle over the last couple of months, but overall the powers intent on privatizing the post office seem to be gaining ground. I created this petition, not because there were no others online, but because most were geared toward saving one local small town post office. The goal of this petition is focused on stopping the current plan to privatize the entire organization. I thought would encompass and compliment the smaller petitions. But now Change.org has notified me that they want to close the petition due to a lack of activity. Should I approve this? Or should we keep going? Its up to you. Can you ask one person to sign the petition before its too late? Thanks for considering my request.

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Critics say Postal Service is headed towards Privatization (see link)

      Julia Hammett
      Petition Organizer

      One more American Institution that benefits average Americans is being threatened by monied interests.

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Reuters put together a special report on Valentine's Day.

      Julia Hammett
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the maps under the "interactive" tab in the link below:

    7. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 10 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

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      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

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    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • 10 months ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i support the Mary Burke Wisconsin Democrats. ))

      (( i support the Amanda Renteria California Democrats. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( illinois won on the Marriage Equal Rights Debate

      so illinois will have marriage for all adults. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.burkeforwisconsin.com/

      Wisconsin Democrats ))

      (( http://www.amandarenteria.com/

      Amanda Renteria California Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( i say Democrats Forever. ))

      (( i say Global Warming is real. ))

      (( i will stand up for Climate Change awareness. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( i say Democrats Forever. ))

      (( i say Global Warming is real. ))

      (( i will stand up for Climate Change awareness. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:
    • Adam Waxler MORTON GROVE, IL
      • about 1 year ago

      i am an illinois Democrat voter.

      ( i already voted for the Brad Schneider Democrats of illinois. )

      ( i already voted for President Barack H Obama. )

      ( i already voted for Governor Pat Quinn

      , and i already voted for Lt Governor Shelia Simon for illinois. )

      (( i stand with President Obama

      no matter what. ))

      (( P.S. you have permission

      to tell the Wendy Davis Democrats of Texas

      that i support their efforts on the Democrat side. ))

      (( i am one of the illinois Democrats

      who signed the

      i support Wendy Davis Texas Democrats petition. ))

      (( the Texas Democrats are right

      about supporting Pro-Choice in General. ))

      (( i signed the illinois petition

      to change illinois from a civil union state

      to illinois as a marriage equality state

      since i live in illinois. ))

      (( if the illinois Government

      wants the state Constitution of illinois

      to say marriage equality

      i would support that type of change

      for the state of illinois. ))

      (( the Alison Lundergan Grimes Democrats

      versus the Mitch McConnell Republican guy. ))

      (( the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republicans are wrong

      on many issues

      including pro-choice and women's reproductive rights. ))

      (( the illinois residents would like to see the Democrats

      win the Mitch McConnell Kentucky Republican seat

      since this would be a victory for all Americans. ))

      (( hint : Mitch McConnell seat needs to be replaced. ))

      (( http://alisonforkentucky.com/

      Kentucky Democrats ))

      (( http://www.heathermizeur.com/

      Maryland Democrats ))

      (( http://www.buonoforgovernor.com/

      New Jersey Democrats ))

      REPORT THIS COMMENT:

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