The nation's four postal employee unions are uniting for the Nov. 14 protest against planned Jan. 2015 shutdown of 82 more distribution centers.
And half the U.S. Senate now opposes U.S. Postal Service management's plan to close 82 more distribution centers.
Letter carriers are concerned about the privatization threat and the threat to eliminate Saturday delivery, and about attempts to end door to door delivery service altogether.
Chants of "U.S. mail is not for sale" echoed through the canyons of Chicago's downtown skyscrapers as thousands of union postal workers, teachers and other supporters rallied
"This is a plan to close Post Offices and outsource postal work. A sign on the door that says 'We're closed, go to Staples.' It couldn't get much more obvious.
The Postal Service has set up U.S. mail service counters in 82 Staples stores throughout the country. The workers at those counters are non-union Staples employees, not union postal workers.
Chanting "Whose post office? The people's post office!" Postal Workers and their union allies marched in Washington protesting the USPS scheme to run postal services out of Staples stores.
The target will be schemes to cut postal services, end Saturday pickup and delivery, and fire or let go by attrition hundreds of thousands of workers.
A National Weather Service meteorologist has given Metro Detroit the number # 1 ranking in its "misery index." And I deliver mail on foot, house to house, six days a week. That probably explains why I talk to my shoes. I may be delirious.
As far as Mark Dimondstein is concerned, the members of the Postal Workers are going to be out in the streets even more than they already are.