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This Election, Labor Leads The Way

The NALC has again shown why it is among the best unions in the land. Realizing our Unions very existence was at stake. The NALC sent hundreds of Carriers into the field to work full time on AFL CIO’s LABOR 2012 program. That decision paid off as unions worked hard and brought home some much-needed victories for the Labor Movement and the Postal Service. As good as this victory was we still have many obstacles to overcome.

The NALC, APWU and NPMHU had their very existence at stake on November 6th. Romney had full intention of eliminating our jobs and privatizing the USPS if given the chance.  Postal Unions worked together in New Hampshire to elect President Barrack Obama, Governor Maggie Hassan, long time friend Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, and also welcomed a union friendly Congresswoman Annie McLane-Kuster to Congress. Our three unions were an effective team working together throughout the state to ensure our survival.

Possibly now this nation can address real problems as a country not imaginary ones. The right wing media loves using phony issues to distract the public. They want voters to vote against their own economic interests; they try to accomplish this by manufacturing an alternate reality.  Rachel Madow accurately pointed this out on November 7th.

Ohio really did go to the president

And he really did win.
And he really was born in Hawaii.
And he really is -legitimately- President of the United States.
Again.

And the Bureau of Labor Statistics did not make-up a fake unemployment rate
And the Congressional Research Service really can find no evidence
That cutting taxes on rich people grows the economy.

And the polls were not skewed to over-sample Democrats.
And Nate Silver was not making up fake projections about the election to make conservatives feel bad.
He was doing math.

And climate change is real.
And rape really does cause pregnancy sometimes.
And evolution is a thing.
And Benghazi was an attack on us. It was not a scandal by us.

And no one is taking away anyone’s guns.
And taxes haven’t gone up.
And the deficit is dropping, actually.
And Saddam Hussein didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

And the moon landing was real.
And FEMA isn’t building concentration camps.
And UN election observers aren’t taking over Texas.
And moderate reforms of the regulations on the insurance industry
And the financial services industry
Are not the same thing as communism

So one of the real topics that must be dealt with is the financial situation of the Postal Service. President Rolando challenged Congress: “Addressing in a responsible manner the future of the Postal Service would, indeed, be a good place for all sides to demonstrate a commitment to effective governing,” Rolando said. “Legislation currently before Congress in both chambers fails to meet the grade, because it would dismantle the universal network that provides Americans with the world’s most efficient delivery service, while degrading those very services and hence driving mail and revenue out of the system.”

One ballot question that was of particular interest to Letter Carriers was a ballot question in Michigan that would repeal Public Act 4. That act and implementation by Governor Snyder was the model Congressman Issa used to create his Postal Bill HR 2309. The most controversial aspect of Michigan’s Public Act 4 was one that allowed emergency managers to amend or scrap collective bargaining agreements under certain circumstances. This was how Mr. Issa was going to take away our collective bargaining rights. In Michigan that Act was repealed by the Voters! Hopefully Mr. Issa takes note and he will allow reasonable postal reform proposals to be heard in his committee.

Though this election was a major win for the Labor Movement and the Middle Class we still have much work to do. We as Letter carriers have to be vigilant and make our voices heard as Congress debates our future as well as the Postal Services as they attempt to rectify this manufactured crisis. The quality of our lives for decades to follow depends on it.

 

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About Bill Brickley

Bill is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, serving on the NH Letter Carrier Executive Board as CD1 Legislative Liaison. Also serves on the NH AFL-CIO Executive Board. Former NH Area Coordinator Amnesty International and NH Labor News Blogger Follow him on twitter @BillBrickley
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