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Postal Workers Rally, Boston Common, 10/18 (english)
by Iron Chef
17 Oct 2003
Join postal workers to protest President Bush's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service, its workers and its customer service. A Bush commission is attempting to destroy workers' rights, reduce health care and pensions for current and retired employees, and cut mail delivery from 6 days to 5!
American Postal Workers Union Rally
To save U.S. Mail & Collective Bargaining Agreements
of the 4 Unions in the U.S. Postal Service
WHEN: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2003
TIME: NOON - 3:00p.m.
WHERE: BOSTON COMMON - at the Bandstand facing Tremont St.
President Bush's Commission to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service has made the following recommendations...
Establish a 3-person Regulatory Board which wil have the authority to close plants and post offices throughout the U.S.; rural and inner city areas are vulnerable to these closings. NO CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN THIS DECISION
REUCE 6-DAY DELIVERY TO 5 DAYS. The elderly, disabled and disenfranchised will suffer greatly. What will happen to delivery of prescription medicine and annuity checks? Can we afford to add days of delay to these important necessities?
Re-define UNIVERSAL SERVICE at UNIFORM RATES, i.e. eliminate the Postal Reorganization Act and destroy service as we know it today.
Continue the existing subsidy of large mailers through exessive discounts which equates to billions of dollars every year.
ATTACK ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING!
TAKE AWAY THE "NO LAYOFF" CLAUSE!
END COLA (Cost of Living Adjestments)!
Compensation set by a board appointed by the President -- not by bargaining. Our pay will be capped and reduced.
REDUCE HEALTH & RETIREMENT BENEFITS and WORKERS' COMP. BENEFITS for current and future employees.
They want to put these issues on the bargaining table. Postal workers would be taken out of the Federal Health & Retirement Benefits Program, and benefits would be permitted to go below the floor set by COngress in 1970.
The COLLECTIVE BARGAINING process would be shortened and be required to include mediation - arbitration LAST BEST FINAL OFFER.
We are imploring all union organizations in Boston and throughout New England to attend this rally and support the American Postal Workers Union.
American Postal Workers Union - AFL-CIO
137 South Street, Boston, MA 02111