Meng joins postal workers to protest Trump’s proposal to privatize USPS

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U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and postal workers from across Queens joined forces Tuesday to protest President Donald Trump’s proposal to privatize the United States Postal Service.

In front of her Flushing office — located at 40-13 159th St. Suite A — Meng was joined by local members of the nation’s postal unions, including the National Association of Letter Carriers, American Postal Workers Union, and National Postal Mail Handlers Union.

The presidents of the local unions and other union officials were also in attendance.

The gathering was part of similar events that took place Oct. 8 in Congressional districts throughout the country, when postal employees joined members of Congress to stand against privatizing the U.S. mail. Events were held in front of Congressional offices nationwide and in some cases, outside post offices.

“Selling the U.S. Postal Service to private corporations would be disastrous for our country, and we are here tell the president loud and clear, and in the strongest possible terms, that the U.S. mail is not for sale,” said Meng. “The American people and small businesses rely heavily on the postal service and if the agency is privatized, we all stand to be socked with higher delivery costs and a reduction of service, particularity in areas where it’s not profitable for private companies to make deliveries.”

Meng added that privatization may also put the jobs of hardworking postal employees on the chopping block.

“It’s clear what we must do. We must take this privatization plan, stamp return to sender on it, and make sure it goes straight back to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,” said Meng.

In April, President Trump issued an executive order that established a task force to look into the postal service’s operations and finances. But before the task force came to any conclusions, his administration put forward a proposal to eventually privatize the agency. The proposal was part of “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century,” a government reorganization plan that was released in June.

“The U.S. Postal Service is a service to the American people, contained in the Constitution of the United States,” said George Mangold, president of the New York State Association of Letter Carriers. “It was never meant to be a money making business. Privatization would destroy that service. The U.S. Mail is Not for Sale.”

Meng is a co-sponsor of a resolution, H. Res. 993, introduced in the House in July, calling for the Postal Service to not be privatized.

The resolution is a bipartisan measure urging Congress to “take all appropriate measures to ensure that the U.S. Postal Service remains an independent establishment of the federal government and is not subject to privatizat­ion.”

The resolution is pending before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and presently has 223 co-sponsors. A similar bipartisan measure in the Senate, S. Res. 633, was introduced in September. It has 42 co-sponsors and has been referred to the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4526.

Posted 12:00 am, October 14, 2018
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Dwayne from Queens says:
Interesting to note the Meng woman hasn't croaked about USPS's blase attitude towards postal mail being stolen by thieves from mail boxes across the city---many boxes which are situated right under the noses and in front of postal offices. Figures.
Oct. 14, 2018, 3:41 am
Paulette from Astoria says:
Dwayne what does that have-to do with privatization. of the P.O. I'm.a retired letter carrier, and proud of it, the P.O. Is not perfect but I can tell you, you don't want privatization. if you are complaining now, just wait, you know where your mail is coming from and who is going to deliver it, privatize the PO. You won't know who is delivering your mail when your going to get it, and if you live in a rural area you won't get delivery at all you would have to pick up you mail, some people do not know when they have it good, until it's taken away from them.
Oct. 14, 2018, 7:41 am
the smart one from queens says:
What Meng and those who vote for her do not realize is how much more intelligent President Trump is than Meng. Currently the Post Office is overrun with high pensions and benefits and cannot compete with UPS, Fedex, DHL etc. Mail boxes are getting robbed and they cannot afford a simple fix of removing the lid at the top and replacing it with one that just has a slot. Only one mail box in a 2 mile radius of my home has been updated. All of these could be done in less than a week if they had the money.
Oct. 14, 2018, 3:28 pm
Jr from Bayside says:
If it has to do with President Trump, she is against it. The man could cure cancer and she would protest him.
Oct. 14, 2018, 9:07 pm
lol smart one from queens says:
Trump is intelligent? Shows how smart you are.
Oct. 15, 2018, 7:59 am

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