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Actor Danny Glover: 'We Must Protect the Postal Service'

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Danny Glover (Doug Wojcik/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 11 July 2019 10:03 AM

Actor Danny Glover wants to make sure cutting costs doesn’t destroy the U.S. Postal Service.

Glover, whose parents both worked for the mail service, made his comments in a column for USA Today newspaper.

“Today, the U.S. Postal Service is under pressure to slash costs in ways that would be devastating for customers and employees of all races — but especially African Americans,” he said. “For black families like mine, the Postal Service has long been one of the few reliable paths to the middle class.

“Today, the Postal Service remains a critical source of good jobs for African Americans. Black employees make up 28.6% of the postal workforce — more than double their share of the U.S. population. In 2018, average Postal Service wages were $51,540 a year, just slightly below the average for all U.S. workers.”

He noted black families “stand to be the hardest hit by the Trump administration’s proposal to sell off the Postal Service to for-profit corporations.”

“A presidential task force plan to move in that direction calls for privatizing parts of the service, reducing delivery days, closing post offices, and jacking up prices on most package and mail deliveries,” Glover said.

He maintained the postal service must be saved.

“We must protect the Postal Service — and support new innovation to meet 21st century needs,” he said. “We owe it to my parents and the millions of others who built this vital public infrastructure.

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