Joe Biden Scores Postal Workers Union Endorsement
The National Association of Letter Carriers has endorsed presumtive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris, his running mate, “on behalf of nearly 300,000 active and retired letter carriers.”
Biden is “a fierce ally and defender of the United States Postal Service (USPS), letter carriers, and our fellow postal brothers and sisters,” NACL President Fredric Rolando said in a statement on Thursday, noting Biden’s “steadfast support of us and his unwavering dedication to improving the lives of all working people throughout this great nation.”
Harris “has put letter carriers and working families first,” Rolando wrote. “In her role on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, she has stanchly defended maintaining a healthy, financially stable Postal Service and has consistently acted to ensure that those who are nominated to run the Postal Service are held to the highest standard.”
A Biden-Harris ticket has the “experience, dedication, thoughtfulness and steady hands that will work to ensure that letter carriers and working families are put first,” Rolando said.
The endorsement serves as a stinging rebuke of President Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to sabotage the United States Postal Service‘s ability to process the millions of mail-in votes expected in November’s presidential election.
“The decision is also partly informed by what we have seen from the current administration with regards to the Postal Service,” wrote Rolando. “In 2018, legislative recommendations from the White House Postal Task Force report called for the revocation of collective bargaining rights by America’s postal unions, massive cuts to services, and the potential privatization of the agency. Since that time, we have continued to see the administration take steps outside of the public eye to undermine the Postal Service and letter carriers.”
Ensuring voter safety remains one of the biggest political challenges due to the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which “threatens the very survival of USPS,” Rolando warned.
“While postal employees are on the front lines providing essential services to the public every day,” he said, “the current administration refuses to provide the necessary financial relief that would strengthen the agency during this pandemic.”
The USPS “must not be allowed to fail,” Rolando pleaded, not just for the “men and women of the Postal Service but for the communities and businesses that we serve during this critical time.”
Meanwhile, Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill are putting increasing pressure on Trump to agree to approve emergency funding to give the cash-strapped USPS a boost.
“The President, his cronies and Republicans in Congress continue to wage their all-out assault on the Postal Service and its role in ensuring the integrity of the 2020 election,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement Friday. “Yesterday, the President threatened to further starve the Postal Service of the funds that it needs to deliver the absentee ballots necessary to ensure that people do not have to choose between their health and their vote this fall — threats that he doubled down on last night.”
Trump, who votes by mail, must “immediately cease his assault on the Postal Service” and “make clear that he will allow the 2020 election to proceed without his sabotage tactics,” Pelosi and Schumer demanded, adding that voters deserve “the same opportunity he and the First Lady requested this week to vote by absentee ballot.”
The president and First Lady Melania Trump requested their mail-in ballots in Florida this past Tuesday.