Post Office, 715 NW Hoyt (at Broadway)
“Postal truckers are losing their jobs to a profiteering,
private corporation,” declared Jamie Partridge, a retired postal worker with
Portland Communities and Postal Workers United.
“We protest the privatization of the public postal service. We oppose the destruction of family wage,
union jobs and the delay of the people’s mail.”
Portland postal truckers are being put on standby while the
private, non-postal, non-union Dill's Star/ LAPO trucking company takes their
work. Dill's is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington.
“This privatization and union-busting is being carried out in the
name of a phony financial emergency,” said Rev. John Schwiebert, one of
the protesters planning the action. “The
security, safety, and timely delivery of the mail are all at risk. Rural communities, seniors and the disabled,
small businesses and low-income communities are hit the hardest. Postal management needs to stop and reverse
these closures, cuts, and subcontracts which are sending our beloved postal
service into a death spiral.”
PCPWU is demanding that postal management reveal why a
padded, no-bid contract was signed with a bankrupt company, which did not have
the proper equipment, which had been rejected in the past for “poor performance
and equipment deficiencies”, which was recently convicted of major labor law
violations, and which is costing the USPS more to move the mail than if the
postal service were to use postal employees.