United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
Provide air conditioning for your mail carriers
Mail carriers are battling the sweltering heat in the summers and are constantly being pushed and demands are high. Parcel volume is at a high level because of the convenience of online shopping, which of course is good for business. However, the Arizona summers get to be 120 degrees and the LLV's get about 20 degrees hotter than that. It is illegal to leave a child or an animal in a vehicle in these conditions, shouldn't the same be applied to us? I know I don't even have a place to cool down on my lunch break. The new fleet replacement is supposed to occur at the end of the year so it would be great if the hottest climate areas be replaced first since this may take a few years to be completed.
Replace over 700 U.S. Postal Service mail sorting machines removed/destroyed nationwide!
President Trump’s Postmaster General removed/destroyed 711 mail sorting machines throughout the United States in 2020.This has caused a strain on the postal service to deliver mail in a timely manner. It is causing small businesses and small entrepreneurs issues with their sales as it is taking weeks for customers to receive their merchandise. One example is a package mailed at the end of August 2020 did not arrive until January 2021. In many cases a package that should take one week to be delivered is taking three weeks or longer to be delivered. Now that President Biden is the president we need the White House, the United States Postal Service and Congress to have the missing/destroyed mail sorting machines replaced as soon as possible.
Hazardous Pay For All United States Postal Workers.
I am here to start a petition to push United States Postal Service, APWU, NALC, NPMHU, NRLC, NAPFE and AFGE to push for hazardous pay at this time during this covid-19 outbreak as all Postal Employees are risking the chances of catching and spreading the covid-19 virus. The Postal Service has not been supplying enough protection to their employees and have not taken further safety procedures to make sure their employees cut down the risk of catching or spreading covid-19.
Stop the Post Office from Discriminating against the Underbanked
For years now, thousands of Americans have relied on the Post Office to accept Pre-paid debit cards to purchase USPS Money Orders. They do this to avoid check cashing places/online transfer sites which charge exorbitant fees to transfer money from prepaid debit cards to Money Orders. Most of the time the Money Orders are then used to pay bills. However, recently the Post Office has changed their POS system to prohibit the purchase of Money Orders with pin based pre-paid debit cards. Not only does this action go against the Post Offices' written policy of allowing Pin-based debit cards to be used for the purchase of money orders, but this policy change is not compliant with federal regulation. 1. The Post Office specifically states that Money Orders can be purchased with pre-paid debit cards. Pre-paid debit cards are pin based debit cards. They are not "giftcards" as some misinformed Postal Employees might argue. Giftcards are classified as "closed loop" cards, which can only be used at specific store(s). 2. The Durbin Amendment to the Dodd Frank Act specifically prohibit the Post Offices' actions. The Post Office restricts the ability to use the Pre-paid debit cards over the debit card network. The Post Office only allows Pre-paid debit card transactions to be run over credit networks, which would be a violation of the Durbin Amendment. Furthermore, the Post Office has implemented this action to target only a select few banks, not all banks that issue debit cards, again another violation of the Durbin Amendment. We hope the Post Office not only follows its own policy, but also Federal Law. We know that it is the holiday season, so it might take some time for the Post Office to change the POS system to once again help thousands of Americans who rely on the Post Office to accept Pre-paid debit cards to purchase USPS Money Orders. However, we are looking for a swift resolution.
Sanitation, PPEs, and Hazard Pay for United States Postal Service Workers during COVID-19
The goal of this petition is to raise awareness and protect the USPS employees during COVID-19. It is not my intent to take resources away from the medical workers on the front lines, but require the USPS to provide adequate sanitization at their facilities. The USPS is hiring additional workers to support the workforce that has seen a significant increase in mail and package volume due to COVID-19. I challenge them to protect their current employees who are working overtime and on their days off due to this increased demand in volume and shortage of workers due to illness. I challenge the federal government to provide financial support to USPS management to ensure the employees are protected and provided hazard pay. It is my understanding that the protective equipment (gloves/masks) and sanitation is on "back-order" due to a "supply chain issue" forcing some stations to have to go out and purchase their own supplies, and leaving some without any. The USPS maintains that they are taking adequate safety measures, however there are various stories from employees across the country that say they feel unprotected. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/24/820330579/postal-workers-say-they-lack-supplies-training-to-protect-themselves-from-virus
United States Postal Carriers should not be working during the CoVID-19 virus. We Matter!
United States Postal Service carriers are in great danger with the current Pandemic COVID-19. Letter carriers are out in the open, when delivering mail directly to homes and businesses. Letter carriers have to come into direct contact with many possibilities of contracting the highly contagious COVID-19. Many mail pieces are touched and even licked, containing saliva from customers all over the world. Packages are shipped from all over the world, and travel through many hands until the mail reaches the carrier for the last part of the delivery, this is extremely unsafe! Letter carriers are often face to face with customers. Letters carriers also come into contact with mailboxes that have been touched directly by many people daily. Letter carriers also share keys and vehicles with their co-workers. If we are being advised to stay in our homes for safety; letter carriers should be able to stay home for their safety, instead of being forced to work in a global pandemic. We have families and our lives should matter. Please sign in hopes to be noticed and understood of all the dangers we face in an 8 hour shift.
Create forever stamp honoring Tom Petty
Tom Petty was a extremely talented musician. Who had won many awards. Grammy Award for best male rock vocal-1996. Billboard Music Century Award-2005, MusiCares Person of the year-2017, Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-1984. He accomplished many great things. His fan adored him. And admired him. He was one of the many great musicians. And his fan will never forget him.
Honor Vivien Thomas, a Black Medical Pioneer, with a Commemorative USPS Stamp
“I think he is the most untalked about, unappreciated, unknown giant in the African American community. What he helped facilitate impacted people all over the world.” - Dr. Levi Watkins, Johns Hopkins University Please join me in this petition to the United States Postal Service to create a stamp honoring Vivien T. Thomas, a medical pioneer who overcame huge obstacles and institutionalized racism to help revolutionize cardiac surgery. Through his hard work and determination, Thomas paved the way for generations of black doctors across the country. The Black Heritage Commemorative Stamp Series has honored some of the black figures who have made their mark on history. Thomas is undoubtedly worthy of such an honor. Against the backdrop of Jim Crow segregation, Thomas, a black carpenter's apprentice with an innate genius for surgery and Dr. Alfred Blalock, a renowned white surgeon, dared to defy medical gospel by forging a partnership that changed the course of medical history. Working alongside their colleague, Dr. Helen Taussig, the duo put Johns Hopkins on the map by developing a revolutionary surgical procedure to treat a congenital heart defect called “blue baby syndrome”. Their technique, now called the Blalock-Thomas-Taussig shunt, saved over 200 infants and children within one year of its first trial procedure in 1943. In brazen defiance of deep seeded segregation at John Hopkins and with only a high school degree, Thomas found himself at the center of groundbreaking medical research and a teacher to two generations of America’s premier heart surgeons. Ultimately, his professional acknowledgment provided for many an opportunity to revise their perspective on what modern medicine should look like: a collaborative endeavor devoid of political and racial conflict and driven by a mission of service to all in need of care. Today, his portrait hangs next to that of his colleague Dr. Blalock in halls of Johns Hopkins Medical School and his remarkable story continues to reach new audiences through the award-winning documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman, Partners of the Heart (2004), and the Primetime Emmy winning HBO film Something the Lord Made. Despite Vivien T. Thomas' impact on the medical field, his story is all too often lost in the annals of history. Including Thomas in the USPS Commemorative Stamp Series will truly extend his legacy of determination and excellence against all odds, inspiring the next generations of youth to pursue their dreams in science and medicine.
Treat Peace Corps Like Military for Mail Purposes
We have young men and women in the Peace Corps (and similar agencies) around the world, representing the United States, doing great, peaceful, work in our country's name. Yet mailing supplies to them costs hundreds of dollars because, unlike mail to our military men and women, it is deemed overseas mail. This should change. For example: we collect and ship used paperbacks (through a great organization Operation Paperback) to our brave service men and women across the globe. The books are shipped media mail and, since our soldiers and sailors are deemed to be on American soil wherever they are, the cost for a box of books runs about $4.00. Recently a young woman from our town was with the Peace Corps, teaching English in Morocco. She mentioned that she only had 3 tattered children's books to use, so we collected hundreds of children's books and prepared to ship them to her. The cost of the same size box of books we sent for $4.00: $180! Let's make it easier for Americans to support and supply our Peace Corps volunteers. Let's amend the USPS regulations to allow shipments to go on the same basis as we do to our military volunteers. Think of the benefits to the US if, in addition to the expertise our volunteers bring, they could also distribute books and sports equipment and treats and other supplies. In addition, let's let Peace Corps volunteers pick up packages at our local military bases or embassies. Too many packages that are shipped to certain countries disappear before they get to our people; let's give them a safer means of distribution. The additional cost would be small; the potential benefits could be great!
Stop allowing live animals to be shipped in boxes via US mail
It is inhumane that live animals are allowed to be shipped in boxes through the US Postal Service. These animals are unable to see or hear what is going on outside of the box they are forced to be inside for unknown amounts of time, and these boxes are often barely big enough for the animal to stand up inside. The animals are forced to live in their own filth until delivery is complete. Just this morning, I witnessed several boxes at my post office that contained live roosters. From one of the boxes, the rooster was crowing every 20 seconds and he sounded distressed. I waited in line and listened to this for over 30 minutes. This is an unacceptable abuse of power of humans over animals.