Late Friday afternoon I received a letter that supposedly went out from the American Postal Workers Union. This letter was on American Postal Workers Union letterhead, and signed by President Larry Crawford and Secretary/Treasurer Jennifer D. Fulbright. I was not able to call and very this information at (214)631-3162. But here is the first 2/3 of the letter.
On Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Mountain View College, the U S Postal Service held a Public Forum regarding the closing of the Main Post Office. There was only one problem, the public wasn’t there. They (the USPS) said they notified you. They said they sent out notices and posted the meeting time and place, but you chose not to come, because you just don’t care. Funny, the Mayor and the City Council didn’t know, until we notified them. The media didn’t know until we told them, so we can only deduce from all that you now know because we are telling you. We need you to SAVE OUR LOCAL POSTAL SERVICE.
The Postal Service’s plan to shift mail processing operations from the Dallas Main Post Office at 401 D/FW Turnpike to 951 Bethel RD in Coppell, TX possess a serious threat to prompt and reliable mail service for the Dallas area.
What does this mean for the citizens of Dallas? Despite USPS assurance to the contrary, mail service will suffer. Mail will be collected earlier in the day and will arrive later, maybe even after dark. And we could experience delays of several days in the time it takes to send and receive our mail Checks and medications may not reach their destination when they are needed: credit ratings could suffer because of late bill payments, and birthday cards and gifts could arrive late. Everyone doesn’t use email or the internet. Once again the southern sector of our city will suffer if the citizens are not heard from. What a shame for the 5th. largest city in the United States to lose it’s identity by losing it’s postmark.
The letter goes on to ask citizens to “ring the phones of your Mayor, your Representatives and your Postmaster.” They list several politicians and for people to call and say that the Postal Service is accepting public correspondence if postmarked by July 16th. Because of the names in the email string I’m pretty sure this is real. It may be out there somewhere else but I haven’t seen it yet. I’ll try to verify this on Monday.