National Postal Mail Handlers Union Endorses Biden

The National Postal Mail Handlers Union issued a statement on Wednesday endorsing Democratic challenger Joe Biden to win the presidency.

Biden “has a history of supporting the United States Postal Service and postal workers,” NPMHU President Paul Hogrogian said in a statement.

Axios reports Hogrogian, who also voiced his support for vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, said postal workers are facing “direct threats on their livelihood” serving in the Trump administration.

The statement described Biden as “a leader who will support and protect the men and women of labor,” as the Trump administration continues to make changes to the Postal Service.

“We saw a White House Postal Task Force that attacked postal labor, recommended taking away our collective bargaining rights and increasing the cost of our retirement benefits,” Hogrogian said.

He added: “Joe Biden is a proven advocate for members of the labor movement, understanding its value to the growth of the middle class with the development of paid-leave, health and retirement benefit provisions, and the 40-hour workweek.”

Hogrogian has been routinely critical of the coronavirus-related stimulus efforts as he claims the Postal Service continues to be neglected. He released a statement shortly after Congress approved of the $2 trillion spending bill:

Congress has passed a historic bi-partisan $2 Trillion stimulus bill. While the NPMHU applauds many of the provisions contained in the bill such as direct payments to the American public and much needed expanded emergency unemployment benefits for those out of work because of the pandemic, it falls short in providing any significant financial relief for the United States Postal Service. The Senate only allotted for $10 Billion in borrowing power. That’s $10 Billion for the backbone of the $1.4 Trillion mailing industry, an industry that’s the same size and scope of the hotel and airline industries. But only the mailing industry touches every single American household and has seen demand increase exponentially as a result of COVID-19. Ten Billion dollars is a slap in the face to all postal workers who have been declared to be performing essential federal services during the pandemic while putting their health and safety at risk. It is extremely ironic that we will be the one’s processing and delivering the stimulus checks once they are issued. We are deeply disappointed and outraged at the total lack of respect and consideration that we received from our elected officials.

The Postal Service has been having financial difficulties before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, mainly because of steep declines in first-class letter mail and the ridiculous requirement placed upon it by Congress to pre-fund health benefits for its retirees 75 years in advance. The economic downturn caused by the coronavirus and the accompanying further collapse of mail volumes greatly exacerbates the Postal Service’s dire financial situation. If the precipitous drop in mail volume continues and Congress fails to provide significant financial relief, the Postal Service will be out of money by this summer.

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