Today across the country, 140 cities rallied against President Trumps plan to privatize the United States Postal Service. In April 2017, Trump issued an executive order to examine the current business model the post office has in place. This executive order comes after reports were made that the post office once again lost billions of dollars in their recent fiscal year. The White House claims the USPS hasn’t generated revenue since the recession.
On Monday afternoon, USPS employees all over the country raised awareness about the harm privatizing the post office could pose. In Idaho, dozens of people gathered in front of the Capital building in downtown to spread awareness, “our congressmen need to know that Idaho doesn’t support privatization of postal service” said James Mullins, the Vice President of Idaho State’s Association of Letter Carriers.
Mullins mentioned, “we wanna raise awareness that privatization is the wrong move that it will harm rural people here in Idaho”. If the post office were to go private, Idahoans that live in rural areas would lose the ability to have packages and mail sent to their homes. Instead, they’d have to travel to a nearby city or area with a large population to collect their mail.
At this point, the government has not shared any specific plans to further pursue privatization.