Opposing a right-wing, big business privatization drive, 100 union and community activists took part in a field hearing to save the publicly-run United States Postal Service.
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.
"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.
Why is the Postal Service pretending it is losing money when, in fact, it is making a profit?
With sixty carriers attending from eighteen states, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) was founded in a meeting hall above Schaefer's saloon in Milwaukee, on August 29, 1889.
The United States Postal Service said Wednesday that it would delay its plan to cease delivery of first-class mail on Saturdays.
Under this plan, financed by Pitney Bowes, the entire Postal Service would become a series of private companies.
A new federal report on the financial ills of the U.S. Postal Service is a reiteration of previous justifications for huge agency prepayments of future retirees' health care costs.
The hunger strikers called on postal management to suspend cuts and closures and allow Congress to fix the finances by repealing the prefunding mandate and refunding the pension surplus.