Workers demonstrate against privatizing Postal Service


Postal workers in Newark and other cities demonstrated on Monday against an effort to privatize the United States Postal Service.

More than a dozen postal workers held signs protesting the plan from the Trump Administration at the Ogletown postal facility on a busy corner of the college town.

The Trump administration has formed a task forceto look at the issue of taking the federal service private.

Workers say the proposal would endanger mail service for rural areas.

The Postal Service has seen a decline in first-class mail as more people use social media and Email for communications and bills are increasingly sent electronically.

The Post Office has turned to delivery services for revenue and now has online giant Amazon as a major customer.

The Postal Service operates independently. However, Congress, unions and local interests have long lobbied against efficiency measures.

Several years ago, the Postal Service sought to close a mail processing center in Easton MDand move those functions to the Hares Corner center in the New Castle area.

Maryland’s Congressional delegation rose up and helped to stop the closing.

Efforts to cut mail delivery to five days a week met a similar fate.

The office of U.S. Sen. Tom Carper did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Carper has led efforts to shore up the finances for the Postal Service.

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