About 30 people gathered outside the downtown Asheville Post Office Sept. 27 to rally against possible cuts to the U.S. Postal Service and the local facility. Organizers touted the USPS as the successful centerpiece of a $1.3 billion mailing industry supporting 8 million American jobs.
They have an ally in Rep. Heath Shuler, who opposes Postmaster General Pat Donahoe’s proposal to terminate 120,000 postal employees and close nearly 3,700 postal facilities throughout the country.
“The plans under consideration by the U.S. Postal Service would put a devastating number of postal employees out of work, especially in rural communities like those across Western North Carolina,” said Rep. Shuler in a press release. “Now is the time to keep and create jobs, not take them away. I strongly urge the USPS to explore alternative viable options to achieve fiscal solvency before taking drastic action that will ultimately hurt both postal workers and their taxpaying customers.”
Shuler is a co-sponsor of a counter proposal, H.R. 1351, which he says would reform the USPS retirement system to make up for its current $5.5 billion pension payment shortfall while still protecting USPS retirees.
Rallies like the one today in Asheville occurred throughout the U.S.
Photos by Jonathan Welch