Reno workers protest proposed privatization of US Mail

October 8, 2018

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Dozens of U.S. postal workers and union members in Reno joined demonstrators nationally in a Columbus Day protest of proposals to privatize U.S. mail delivery.

Leslie Maxwell-Burton was among the Reno protesters who waved signs Monday at the federal building just south of the downtown casino district. She told KOLO-TV she fears privatization would cost her her job.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump established a task force to study why the Postal Service is losing money. His executive order said the service “must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.”

Rallies also were held Monday in Washington D.C. and Chicago.

Mickey Grizzle, president of the Nevada Association of Letter Carriers, says rural areas would be hit hardest. He says affordable, universal service is more important than ever in this age of e-commerce, mail-order prescriptions and voting by mail.


Information from: KOLO-TV, http://www.kolotv.com