Postal Workers Back Sanders

WASHINGTON —The Postal Workers became the second union, both in the AFL-CIO, to back Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ind.-Vt., for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

The union’s executive board vote, on Nov. 12, allies it with National Nurses United as Sanders backers within the AFL-CI0

Sanders “displayed a deep understanding of postal issues” both during his career and in a recent speech to APWU’s all-craft conference in Las Vegas, the union said.

The Vermonter is the Senate sponsor of pro-worker postal reform legislation which would open new lines of business – including postal savings banking – at the USPS, save jobs, end management cutbacks in postal facilities and slowdowns in mail times and eliminate the $5.5 billion annual pre-payment of future retirees’ health care costs.

That prepayment artificially drives the USPS into the red and leads to the cuts. A GOP-run Congress imposed it in 2006 and eliminating it the top goal of all the postal unions and their workers.

“Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” union President Mark Dimondstein said. “We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do. Applying that criterion, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country.

“He doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk. He is a leader in the fight to protect the public Postal Service.”

The union also applauded Sanders for fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 hourly, for his pro-worker rights legislation, his opposition to so-called “fast-track” presidential trade authority and his campaign for government-run single-payer Medicare for all.

And Sanders “staunchly opposes postal privatization,” Dimondstein said.  “Based on his Senate record, we are confident he will appoint good people to public office and end conflicts of interest. He has already blocked the slate of nominees to the postal Board of Governors that includes the ‘king of postal privatizers’ James Miller and payday lending industry lobbyist Mickey Barnett. No other candidate has his record of exposing the rule of the billionaire class.”

Source: PAI