March 24 Rallies: Save Our Postal Service!

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the American Postal Workers Union will be having a national day of action to save 6 day service March 24. Join in!

Milwaukee, WI:
West Milwaukee Post Office, 4300 W. Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53219; 1 – 3pm

Find a rally nearest you: http://tinyurl.com/baqmupb

http://clupjs.com/

Community Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services Statement

Combined with the planned closures of hundreds of post offices, the reduction of hours, the sub-contracting of postal trucking, and the closing of half the processing plants, the elimination of Saturday delivery is a frontal attack on the largest unionized workforce in the United States.

Thirty percent of postal jobs are held by people of color. Veterans hold over 20%, and women over 40%, of postal positions.

Continued closings of processing plants and post offices economically undermine our communities and small businesses.  Not only are these living wage jobs threatened by privatization, but the world’s lowest postage rates and most efficient mail service would be at the mercy of for-profit corporations.

The sale of valuable and historic post office buildings being pushed by the Postal Service is yet another unnecessary scheme that will enrich the 1% and harm our communities.

Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services

c/o Solidarity Center

147 W. 24th St., FL 2

New York, NY 10011
1-212-633-6646

http://clupjs.com/

Postal workers, Detroit August 2010

Postal workers, Detroit August 2010

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March 20: Call-in day for release of Issawi & all Palestinian political prisoners

http://www.stopfbi.net/

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST

“My name is _____ from __________ and I demand that the U.S. administration demand that the Israelis release hunger striker Samer Issawi and all the Palestinian administrative detainees and political prisoners held by Israel.”

  • Call President Obama at 1-202-456-1111
  • Call US Secretary of State John Kerry at 1-202-647-4000 (pick option 4 for the operator and ask to leave a message for Kerry)
  • Call the Office of Near East Affairs at 1-202-647-7209 (you will get transferred to Marguerite Pickett to leave a message)

During President Obama’s two-day trip to Palestine, it will be even more important to continue the worldwide campaign on Twitter at 1 p.m. CDT on Weds. and Thurs. to demand the release of Samer Issawi.
Check @samerissawi1 for the hashtag to use.

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March 20: Federal Employees Plan Nationwide Rallies to Protest Sequestration

Contact:Tim Kauffman
202-639-6405/202-374-6491
kaufft@afge.org

For a list of cities holding rallies, visit http://local.americawantstowork.org/all

WASHINGTON – Federal employees are planning to hold about 100 rallies across the country on March 20 protesting sequestration, as part of a mass demonstration organized by the American Federation of Government Employees.

The events will take place outside federal agencies and lawmakers’ offices to highlight the valuable work performed by federal employees at military bases, Social Security offices, federal prisons and thousands of other locations.

“Our message is very clear: sequestration has got to go,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. “If federal employees are furloughed without pay, if offices and plants are shut down, if vacancies aren’t filled because of these across-the-board budget cuts, then federal employees won’t be able to do the work that the American public expects them to do.”

AFGE is organizing the National Day of Protest with help from the AFL-CIO, including state federations and central labor councils; Americans for Tax Fairness; and the Alliance for Retired Americans. The goal is to demonstrate to lawmakers and citizens that there are real consequences to the massive budget cuts called for under sequestration. In addition to the direct cuts in service delivery, furloughing more than a million workers across the country will have a trickle-down effect on local businesses.

“In many towns and cities, the federal government is one of the largest employers – if not the largest employer – and is a major economic driver,” Cox said. “Sequestration will force more than a million federal workers to take pay cuts of between 20 and 40 percent between now and the end of September. Less money in their pockets means less money to spend locally on food, clothing and other goods and services.”

Sequestration also is just bad economic policy, since it saves little money and actually will cost the government money in lost revenue. Under sequestration, the government will collect less in user fees for things like airplane tickets and visits to national parks, and it won’t be collecting revenue from delinquent taxpayers or healthcare providers cheating Medicare out of billions of dollars.

Instead of slashing spending on federal services and programs that benefit America, AFGE members will highlight the importance of creating jobs and improving the economy by investing in infrastructure and education, raising wages, reducing inequality and increasing economic security for working people. To generate additional tax revenue, Congress should close tax loopholes that benefit Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans, Cox said.

For a list of cities holding rallies, visit http://local.americawantstowork.org/all

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