In an impassioned speech before more than 1,000 union members, the newly-elected national president of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, issued a call for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service and to protect postal jobs. To succeed, postal workers must build a movement, he said. “When the Flint sit-down strikers occupied a General Motors plant in the 1930s, labor law reform was won. When women took to the streets to demand the right to vote, they won. When courageous civil rights workers fought segregation with sit-ins and boycotts, the 1964 Civil Rights Act followed,” Dimondstein said. “History shows that movements move Congress. Movements create legislative victories, not the other way around,” he said. “We must build a grand alliance between the people of this country and postal workers,” he proclaimed.
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