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In the face of massive cuts to the U.S. Postal Service, Indiana residents and postal workers alike are voicing concerns over the lack of support from their congressmen.
Because the USPS is a federal agency, it is not allowed to lobby in Washington D.C. Since it must also have Congressional approval for major changes like raising postage rates and re-negotiating worker contracts, it cannot do much to balance its budget despite dropping demand for mail services.
Speaking on WFIU’s Noon Edition today, Bloomington American Postal Workers Union President Tim Fuller says he is disappointed with the lack of action from congressional leaders, which has hurt the postal service’s fight for survival.
“The congressman in Indiana are either silent or silent and against us,” he says.
IU Professor Lisa Bingham has done extensive research on conflict resolution in the Postal Service. She says congressmen and taxpayers owe it to the postal service to help find a solution.
“The postal service is rendering a public service but its competing with the private market, and it can’t charge market rates,” she says. “It’s doing all this successfully on its own bottom and it’s not doing it at taxpayer expense and I think most people don’t understand that.”
The USPS has been putting off massive cuts and closings, including the closing of processing centers in Bloomington, Columbus, Kokomo and Terre Haute. The USPS has repeatedly warned that if Congress does not act soon, it could go bankrupt, leaving countless workers without jobs and citizens without a national mail service.
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