Postal Workers Union Endorses Biden, Warns ‘Survival’ Of USPS At Stake
The National Association of Letter Carriers gave its presidential endorsement to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Friday, according to NBC News, earning Biden praise from “a union that boasts nearly 300,000 active and retired postal workers.”
- NALC president Fredric Rolando said in a statement: "Vice President Biden is — was — and will continue to be — a fierce ally and defender of the United States Postal Service (USPS), letter carriers, and our fellow postal brothers and sisters.”
- Rolando also praised vice presidential pick Kamala Harris, saying, "Together, Biden and Harris fully exhibit the experience, dedication, thoughtfulness and steady hands that will work to ensure that letter carriers and working families are put first.”
"This pandemic threatens the very survival of USPS," Rolando said. "Yet, while postal employees are on the front lines providing essential services to the public every day, the current administration refuses to provide the necessary financial relief that would strengthen the agency during this pandemic."
- NBC News noted that the endorsement came “a day after President Donald Trump said he opposes Postal Service funding pushed by Democrats, noting that those resources were necessary to advance the cause of mail-in voting during the coronavirus pandemic.”
- Congressional Democrats have attempted to secure “$3.6 billion to help equip states for an expected surge of mail-in votes, as well as $25 billion to shore up the Postal Service,” but Trump is staunchly opposed.
- The president told Fox Business this week: "Now they need that money in order to have the Post Office work so it can take all of these millions and millions of ballots. Now, in the meantime, they aren’t getting there. By the way, those are just two items.”
- He added: “But if they don’t get those two items, that means you can’t have universal mail-in voting, because they’re not equipped to have it."
- Rolando said that the union’s decision to back Biden is "partly informed by what we have seen from the current administration with regards to the Postal Service."