We are all aware of the essential, life-sustaining work of the United States Postal Service and the union sisters and brothers who make sure, come rain wind or snow, each of us will get our mail and our packages. For decades the NALC has held the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which is repeatedly the largest single-day food drive in the United States. While COVID-19 has dramatically altered this year’s food drive, the unions press forward.
Food insecurity and child hunger are on the rise and the U.S. Senate has failed to act. The United States Postal Service is running out of funding, and the U.S. Senate has refused to act. While partisan Senators like our own Sen. Pat Toomey continue to sit on their hands, the Union Movement has stepped up in solidarity through robust community services work.
The union members of NALC Local Branch 157 of Bustleton Station in Philadelphia were featured in this month’s The Postal Record, the member newsletter of the National Association of Letter Carriers. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
At Bustleton Station in Philadel phia, PA, postal employees donated food and money to help fill the shelves of their local food pantry to offset the loss of community donations, an effort that attracted news coverage.
“Food banks were low, people were unemployed, and we wanted to help out locally,” Philadelphia Branch 157 member George Borko told Philadelphia’s Northeast Times Newsweekly. The effort yielded enough food to fill three postal vehicles, plus more than $800 in cash donations. The mini food drive benefited Caring for Friends, a pantry that delivers food and meals to homebound people.
“We were able to fill up several vehicles with food,” Branch 157 member Joe Delmont told the Northeast Times. “The employees work hard every day, and they have families of their own to support. We weren’t twisting any arms, but it was a very good show of support.”
The PA AFL-CIO thanks the union sisters and brothers who are giving their time and service to the greater good in this time of extraordinary need. And now, we need to put our words into action. The USPS is under attack and desperately needs action from Congress. We NEED the Heroes Act. Now. The USPS is filled with #HeroesDelivering, and they deserve the Heroes Act.
We encourage everyone to do what they can to serve in solidarity. Click here to find a way to help.