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Local NALC to rally against USPS privatization proposal

EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) - One of the oldest methods of communication could soon become a *luxury instead of a common everyday service.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is under the Trump Administration's microscope to possibly become privatized however, those who work for the self-funded government agency argue its not for sale. 

USPS was established under Article I, Section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution and does not use tax-payer money, rather makes a profit on the sale of postage products and services. 

The proposal goes back to early summer when the Trump Administration created a task-force to evaluate USPS' finances. Trump tweeted in March involving concerns with Amazon and USPS, "I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!" 

Trump's proposal to restructure USPS is to help cut costs by reducing the number of days mail is delivered and help make the agency more profitable by allowing prices to be increased for mail delivery. 

The president of the local National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC Branch 505) Alberto Anchondo, said selling USPS to the highest bidder would affect more than just price and delivery of mail.

"The postal service is the largest civilian employer of U.S.. veterans and also, senior citizens really count on the postal service to provide daily service of their medicines, magazines, and all the mail that they get,"said Anchondo. "We want them to understand we support that sector of the community." 

Anchondo said rallies against the proposed plan have been happening across the nation, with one planned in El Paso.  

"I've been a letter carrier for almost 40-years and we've been under attack before, so we know that we have to unite," said Anchondo. 

According to Anchondo there are about 440 active letter carriers in El Paso, not including those who deliver to nearby rural areas. He said they deliver to about 230,000 households up to seven days a week. 

"We're proud of our jobs and we want to do everything we can to continue delivering the mail and improve service," said Anchondo. 

In order for the plan to take effect, it would have to be approved by Congress. 

The rally planned for El Paso will take place Monday, October 8th at Cleveland Square in downtown from 2 to 4 p.m. 

 


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