The strike also addresses issues like slower mail, reducing window hours at 13,000 rural offices, closing processing plants, and reducing the number of jobs due to buyouts and attrition.
“You reduce service, and people give up on the service,” said Jamie Partridge, a retired letter carrier from Portland. “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Activists say that Congress is to blame for their financial woes. They believe that they should be given access to health benefits and penchant funds.
“We respect the right of our employees and retirees to engage in lawful public dialogue regarding postal issues. We have worked hard over this past year to bring to the attention of Congress, the [Obama] administration, the news media and the American public the urgent need for postal reform legislation.”
The strike has received support from the Occupy movement and several chapters of postal unions.