We in Labor are peering over a precipice that many workers have already been pushed over. As witnessed by very unfriendly legislation in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana State workers, firemen, policemen and city workers have been deemed by the Republican Party as the problem with America. It’s living wages, benefits and making things in America that is bankrupting the country, not greedy Wall St. Investors and unchecked unregulated lending practices that has caused the financial mess we find ourselves in.
This is a pretty neat switch and bait that has been perpetrated on the American public. Now it’s time to take down the long standing venerable organization known as the Postal Service. This dismantling of the Postal Service and the unions that work for the Postal Service is being almost singlehandedly championed by one Congressman, Darryl Issa Chairman of the Government and Oversight Committee. He brought forth a very onerous Bill that had only one co-sponsor. That’s because it’s a terrible Bill. He got it passed through Committee anyway in opposition to a Bill that had 230 co- sponsors that actually addresses most of the Post Offices financial woes.
He had it all figured out except one thing. He didn’t have the votes to get it passed. This was a critical oversight on his part. The response to this Bill H.R. 2309 from community business leaders ,community organizations and Postal patrons was overwhelming and leader of the House John Boener had no choice but to delay bringing this Bill for a vote.
How did this happen? Well it happened because a grass roots organization called Delivering for America quickly sprang from communities across the nation because they thought continuation of the Postal Service as a vital service to America’s communities was essential. When what was about to happen to the Postal Service was brought to light Congressional switchboards and face book and twitter feeds inundated the Congress. This alone stopped the Bill in it’s tracks. This is proof positive that we can quickly organize around an issue and change the dynamic in a very short time.
This is proof positive that we still have a voice. Our votes may not work out the way we had hoped but the Democratic process is still alive and well if we just get off the couch and let our elected officials know we are still out there.