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Postal Workers Protest Privatization of USPS, and Other Wishful Reforms

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On August 23, 2016, postal workers held a rally on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the American Postal Workers Union’s convention in Orlando, Florida.  The union has come out against the TPP because they believe the agreement would ban postal banking and other non-postal activities while leading to the privatization of the postal service and other public services.

Regardless of one’s opinion on the TPP, the union is pushing false information.  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has pointed out, “No provision in TPP prevents postal entities from selling insurance or offering banking services.”  If only postal workers would focus on delivering mail, instead of fighting international trade deals outside of their industry, under the guise of expanding the services of the failing business model. 

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