At the National Rap Session in Las Vegas last October, I asked all members of the National Association of Letter Carriers to collect signatures in support of protecting the future of the United States Postal Service—and you have delivered.
From active and retired letter carriers, from big cities to small towns, more than 1 million signatures were collected, processed and sent to Congress in just 12 weeks.
Your dedication, determination and hard work made it possible to reach this goal of 1 million signatures. The voices of Americans from every corner of this country have been heard because of the efforts of the brothers and sisters of the NALC.
The message is clear: Americans support first-rate mail delivery service, six days a week, and they will do everything they can to protect it.
By reaching this goal, it is our hope that it will help prevent passage of two major bills designed to dismantle the Postal Service that are now pending before Congress—H.R. 2309 and S. 1789.
If it were to become law, H.R. 2309 would end Saturday mail delivery service, radically downsize the USPS and force the closure of thousands of post offices.
In the Senate, S. 1789 fails to repeal the pre-funding requirement, phases out door-to-door delivery and eliminates Saturday delivery by 2014.
While the importance of the USPS to America has been demonstrated to Congress and the White House, our battle is far from over and we must continue to fight for a viable, effective Postal Service. So it is up to us to ensure that Congress does not ignore the voices of these Americans. I'm asking every letter carrier to be ready at a moment's notice to take further action on breaking developments to protect the future of the United States Postal Service.
Fredric V. Rolando, President
National Association of Letter Carriers