'Save the Post Office' demonstration held in Westmoreland
Sellwood resident Marianne Nelson organized a one-hour "Save the Post Office" public demonstration on Saturday, August 22, at the Sellwood-Moreland Post Office, on S.E. Bybee Boulevard at 15th Avenue. It was timed to coincide with similar demonstrations that day across the country, in protest of announced reductions in sorting equipment and public mailboxes.
The peaceful demonstration at the Post Office branch in Westmoreland drew some seventy participants, all wearing their masks to ensure "social distancing" during the COVID-19 pandemic. No speeches were made, although many attendees carried signs, participated in chants, and waved to passing traffic.
In response to the national outpouring of protest, new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced that he would temporary suspend making more reductions that could affect service.
However, there have been chronic shortfalls in the budget of this quasi-governmental agency, the U.S. Post Office, which in recent years have led to repeated sharp rises in the cost of postage. Postal unions have long attributed these deficits to an act of Congress which requires the USPS to pre-fund in entirety its pension obligations, contrary to what's required of most businesses and even governmental entities, but so far Congress has not eased the restriction.
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