SEA leaders were among those rallying in support of US Postal Service workers late last week in Manchester. The rally, held Friday evening outside City Hall, was part of a day of action protesting the planned closure of 82 mail processing plants beginning in January.
SEA President Rich Gulla was among those who spoke. Afterwards, he said that with attacks on the middle class continuing, it’s more important than ever that we stand united with unionized workers.
“Generations of hard-working union members have fought hard for us to be able to afford a home, put our children through school, work in a safe environment and retire with some dignity with a livable pension,” Gulla said. “Greed is driving the mass extinction of the middle class.”
SEA First Vice President Ken Roos said that although the temperature was low, enthusiasm was high at the rally.
“In addition to many postal worker employees, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro and representatives of the AFL-CIO, the IBEW – themselves on strike against Fairpoint – and a number of other labor organizations fired up the crowd with rallying speeches,” Roos said. “SEA President Rich Gulla pledged our support of solidarity, as this is just one example of numerous attacks against public employees.”
Roos agreed with Gulla that workers need to stand together.
“The issue facing postal workers revolves solely around funding of retiree health care plans and pensions,” Roos said. “If they are successful in attacks against postal workers, then we are next.”
Roos said there are a few things we can do every day to support postal workers.
“First, we can continue to boycott Staples, which is attempting to take good paying jobs with benefits from postal workers,” he said. “Second, as the holidays approach, we can continue to use the postal service for mailing letters and packages.”
“Every time you use a stamp, remember, you’re telling them they can’t lick the postal service,” Roos said.