SAVE THE POST
By Jerry Stidman
Our group is
brand new. It was founded August 1st of this year. The motivation to
start this up came out of an AMP study that caused us to be one of
the 48 plants downsized this year. We lost our tour 3 outbound
function in July and knew the time for action was now or it was game
over. It still maybe game over but we are not going down without a
serious fight. We are now up to 675 “likes” on face book.
Save The Post Office also has 4,114 people talking about it. It’s
friends of fans are well over 200,000 and we have a weekly outreach
of about 100,000 people.
Right now our movement is much more
diverse than simply this one page on face book. We also have two
internet domain names and web sites. The first is LW Media. . If the
good people of the Detroit Local APWU would visit lwmedia.net and the
social causes on the page I would appreciate it. Make sure you hit
every “like” button possible. They are highly important
to adding structure and alignment to saving the post office. We have
to align ourselves with other who have similar causes as
The second domain name is www.saveourpostoffice.us.
Now this is the start of the direction. There is also a
face book page. This domain name gives the organization a unique
identity. It can used on all types of advertising to grow support for
our cause. We also have 10 other face book community pages.
write another word. The APWU COPA fund is highly important and it is
important that everyone finds a way to be involved in it. This is
belief I haven’t always had. In fact until meeting a man
running for Congress in Indiana last month I thought it was a waste
of money. He helped me to understand what it is the union does for a
candidate and how it works. Now to explain why I felt the way I did
and why I have changed my mind. For years and years our local has
worked very hard to do their part in raising funds for COPA and they
were very successful. Many times our local has displayed plaques and
letters thanking them for their contributions to COPA. It was my long
held belief with all that money we never really bought the first
Congressman. I WAS TOTALLY WRONG. The Federal Election Commission has
laws in place where a local union can’t make direct donations
to any candidate. They did this because the lawmakers believed a
union with a large membership base could fix any local election.
THIS IS PROFILING AND PROFILING IS WRONG! At least that’s
what Ron White said. However the Supreme Court of the United States
does not believe that. They ruled that corporations are people also.
Given that a multinational corporation may give as much as they can
afford and fix an election in a heart beat. Current laws also allow
for extremely wealthy people to pool their resources and form a Super
PAC which can spend any amount of money they can raise. However a
large branch of AFL-CIO unions in a major city like Detroit can’t?
Isn’t your local composed of people? Not according to the laws
of this land! Support COPA it’s worthy!
For me this is a
passion and I am self motivated to lead, guide and direct. First and
foremost with over 30 years (4 military) of total government service.
I refuse to simply roll over and let the post office take away what I
have worked for my entire adult life for. And I don’t want you
to either. If the post office implodes first we loose our jobs. Then
we loose our pensions and benefits. PEOPLE DON’T LET THEM STEAL
THAT FROM YOU! And that is what it truly is! Don’t let the
thieves get your money.
This is our
plan. And I hope we can execute it before it’s to late. If we
don’t act immediately it’s all over! First the media
campaign of the post office unions is excellent however it is not
enough. The commercials on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News just aren’t
enough. We need a following of a lot of people and we need it
quickly. We need something desperately that the post office unions
have struggled to get volunteers! That’s what I am. Someone who
recognizes what his skills are and what they are not and allowing
them to be used for the common good.
The first thing we need to do
is get as much advertising at the local level we possibly can. This
is going to take work. It is going to take sacrifice and money.
However I believe the cause is big enough that we can get major
outside support if we just put out the effort to find the right
people. Our message has to be diverse and well developed. We can’t
just put out a message of we are loosing our jobs and being harassed.
That just won’t do. In a city like Detroit you know this. I am
not telling you anything you haven’t seen for yourselves your
entire life. The message isn’t what’s in it for you! The
message is what ARE THEY LOSING!
By now everyone already
knows the post office is mentioned in the Constitution of The United
States Article 1, Section 8, Clause 7 “to establish post
offices and post roads”. The constitution was ratified
September 13th, 1788. So if my math is correct that makes us a 224
year old organization. At that point in time the post office was
listed before the roads, the army and the navy. People need to know
who we are from a historical perspective. The American people
wouldn’t allow the roads, the army and the navy to shut down.
But they will let us be shut down if we don’t tell them who we
are and where we came from.
The post office financial crisis
is self manufactured for the sake of privatization and dismantling.
First they will take your job. Then they will take your retirement
and benefits. It does not need to happen. The CSRS retirement system
is over funded by tens of billions of dollars. The FERS retirement
system is over funded by tens of billions of dollars. The employee
retiree healthcare system is over funded by tens of billions of
dollars. If the number of plants and small town post office close
that the post office wants to close there will be in excess of 100
billion dollars of real estate vacant. And you can bet there is not
one single penny of a mortgage on single post office in America. This
is all about GREED and what the GREEDY people want is what you have
worked for your entire adult life! So do you roll over and play dead
or do you step up to the plate and knock it out of the park. Remember
“it’s your money and THEY want it now!” Don’t
let them take it!
90 percent of the mail is hauled by Fedex
the other 10% is hauled by UPS. Why does this not make sense? What a
conflict of interest. McDonalds doesn’t purchase hamburger from
Wendy’s and buns from Burger King. Do they? What’s wrong
with that picture? Then add the addition of last mile deliveries by
our letter carriers for both Fedex and UPS that the post office
collects pennies on the dollar for. There are thousands of Fedex
boxes sitting right in front of post offices all over America. This
is wrong! The public needs to know. Members of the one trillion
dollar mailing industry have influence with Congress, the PRC and the
Postal Board of Governors. This has got to change. The very banks and
other financial institutions that belly up and the government had to
bail out used us as a major to tool to steal from the American
public! They get a bailout and we get the shaft. Oh and they have
influence on Congress, the PRC and the Postal Board of Governors.. We
have to tell the public.
So what are the common sense answers
to some of the tough questions? It takes 9 pounds of standard bulk
rate mail to equal the revenue from one pound of first class mail.
Raise the price of standard bulk rate mail. Congress already gave the
largest of those companies bailouts the American people don’t
need to subsidize the banking industry. At one point in time the APWU
offered the post office to do work for the price they gave drop
shippers. Of course the post office balked at that!
people who have time to write letters to congress as well as the
media. We need local unions and it’s members to donate funds.
We need volunteers.
I could go on for hours and days about the
things my eyes have seen and the wisdom I have gained working in the
post office. However I am not a know it all. Not even close. I am
positive many of you know much, much more than I do and you are more
than welcome to share that information on our face book pages. I am
very open to read and respond to all emails. I appreciate the honor
of writing for your newspaper and anyone who wants to befriend me on
face book feel free to. Below is a list of what we want to
accomplish. And there is a plan in place to get the job done.
WE WANT TO DO
Our mission is to help preserve the post office
in it's current form with the least amount of change possible.
will seek out volunteers to assist in this goal. People of like mind
who appreciate the services the post office currently perform.
will lobby in defense of any rural post office facing closure.
will lobby in defense of any mail processing center facing
We will lobby in defense of 6 day delivery week to
We will organize peaceful rallies any place where people
We will find creative ways to promote our
Our goal is to seek positive media coverage for our
We will raise funds to pay for television, radio, newspaper
and internet advertising for our cause.
We will organize email
and letter writing campaigns to members of government at all levels.
We will seek funds to print promotional material for our cause.
These items will include but not limited to the following. (t-shirts,
hats, pamphlets‘, brochures and associated items)
seek the assistance of lawyers and legal professionals.
lobby for assistance from any and all labor organizations.
lobby for assistance from all concerned citizens groups.
stand firm and fast that it is our constitutional right to have the
healthiest, most transparent post office in all the world.
work to unite the major labor unions of the post offices. As well as
the professional associations representing the management of the post
office and postmasters.
SUMMARY OF THE
HATCH ACT BASICALLY WHAT WE CAN DO AS INDIVIDUALS
Federal and D.C.
Be candidates for public office in nonpartisan
Register and vote as they choose
Assist in voter
Express opinions about candidates and issues
Contribute money to political organizations
Attend and be active at political rallies
Join and be an active member of a political party or
Sign nominating petitions
Campaign for or against
referendum questions, constitutional amendments, municipal ordinances
Campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections
campaign speeches for candidates in partisan elections
campaign literature in partisan elections
Hold office in
political clubs or parties
Federal and D.C. employees MAY
use official authority or influence to interfere with an
solicit or discourage political activity of anyone with
business before their agency
solicit or receive political
contributions (may be done in certain limited situations by federal
labor or other employee organizations)
be candidates for public
office in partisan elections
engage in political activity while:
in a government office
wearing an official
using a government vehicle
I would like to
thank President Ulmer, the members of the Detroit District Area Local
and "The Detroit Postal Worker" for allowing me to voice my
concerns. We must band and stand together to save the Post Office,
which ultimately will save our jobs, our futures, our children's future. Thank you again.