Background on Save The USPS Campaign
“The Post Office is yours. Help fight to keep it that way.”
For years, there has been a coordinated effort to manufacture a crisis in the USPS. Corporations don’t care that the USPS delivers to all 159 million addresses in the country–no matter who you are or where you live. But you should.
- Financial hardships were manufactured and imposed on the USPS in 2006, when the “Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act” forced the USPS to pre-fund future retiree health care benefits 75 years in advance. Private companies like FedEx have canceled their pensions to new employees entirely.
- The USPS receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services for funding.
- The Universal Service Obligation means that your mail will be delivered to you no matter where you live–from Utqiagvik, Alaska to Miami, Florida. Privatizing the Post Office means eliminating that obligation.
- The U.S. Mail is the most secure and private form of communication.
- Over the past ten years, the cost of sending a letter in the UK’s private mail system has risen 80%.
More about our campaign:
More about Senate Bill 2965, the “USPS Fairness Act”:
Information on Representatives
Find addresses for your local (town, city, or county) council representatives here:
Sample Messages for your representatives:
Dear Councilperson _____,
As your constituent, I am writing to call on _____ council to pass a “Save USPS” resolution in support of the US Postal Service, to help ensure that our post office is able to keep functioning during the pandemic. USPS is enshrined in our Constitution, and it serves rural and poor communities in ways that private companies can never replace. A strong “Save USPS” resolution should support a grant of $75 billion in pandemic relief as requested by the USPS Board of Governors, a guarantee that the entire country is able to vote by mail in the Fall elections, and the bi-partisan “USPS Fairness Act” (SB 2965). I believe that _____ council can play an important part to protect our post office and I look forward to your swift response. Thank you.
Sincerely,[Sign with your name and your full address]
Information on Senators
Addresses for Pennsylvania Senators:
Senator Pat Toomey
310 Grant Street, Suite 1440
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412) 803-3501
Fax: (412) 803-3504
Senator Bob Casey
310 Grant Street, Suite 2415
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 803-7370
Fax: (412) 803-7379
Sample message for Senators:
Dear Senator _____,
As your constituent, I am writing to call on you to support the US Postal Service and ensure that it is able to keep functioning during the pandemic. USPS is enshrined in our Constitution, and it serves rural and poor communities in ways that private companies can never replace. I urge you to co-sponsor the bi-partisan bill SB 2965, and provide $75 billion in grant funding as requested by the USPS Board of Governors. I also call on you to make sure that the entire country is able to vote by mail in the Fall elections. I hope that you will take aggressive action to protect our post office and I look forward to your swift response. Thank you.
Sincerely,[Sign with your name and your ZIP code]