Postal Workers Go on Hunger Strike

With special guest Dennis Kucinich
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2012 1:32 PM CDT
Postal Workers Go on Hunger Strike
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and activists from the Postal Workers Union, make appeals to Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service, Monday, June 25, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Postal workers, activists, and even Dennis Kucinich took to Capitol Hill today to announce a four-day hunger strike on behalf of the beleaguered US Postal Service. Kucinich himself won't be joining the strike, which will include 10 postal workers, union activists, and supporters, but he was there for moral support, Politico reports. "Make no mistake about it, this is an effort to try to privatize even more postal services," he said. He's the only lawmaker who has voiced support for the cause.

The strikers are allied with the group Communities and Postal Workers United, the Washington Post reports. They intend to demonstrate outside congressional offices over the four days in yellow T-shirts with the phrase, "Congress is starving the postal service," and cap things off with a rally outside USPS headquarters. The strikers say the law requiring the Post Office to pre-fund retiree health benefits for the next 75 years is killing the service, and demand that Congress fix it. (Read more US Postal Service stories.)

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