Texans Join Fight to Save Saturday Mail Delivery

On Sunday, March 24, Texans in major cities joined the National Association of Letter Carriers in their nationwide fight to save Satuday delivery. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has said publicly that he will end Saturday mail delivery beginning Aug. 5. Congressional action has not been clear as to whether or not they will prevent it, or if they will only insist on delivery of certain priority items.Dallas protest at post office

On March 16, a leader of the Postal Clerk's Union (APWU) announced over KNON radio that he expected 20% layoffs if Donahoe's threats materialize.

Over 200 people rallied at the Dallas main post office. Most of them were postal workers but a few members of the Central Labor Council, Jobs with Justice, and the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans joined in. The non-postal workers were warmly welcomed and appreciated.

Two hundred is a pretty big number for union actions in North Texas. The police made sure they couldn't park in convenient locations that were empty, so most of the protesters had to park a half mile or so away. Fortunately, the Letter Carriers provided shuttle service.

Cars passing by on the Highway 30 service road honked their approval. The entire event was as happy as a picnic, only more fun.

The AFL-CIO has coverage from several cities on their web site.