If you happen to notice a group of people in like-colored t-shirts who are seemingly passionate about being on Canton Street tonight, it's not a new supper club and you may want to join them once you hear their cause: trying to solve the financial situation of the U.S. Postal Service.
A group lead by Paul Barner, a local leader from the National Association of Letter Carriers, will join in solidarity with postal employees from each of the congressional districts around the country today, Tuesday, Sept. 27, during a day of action to Save America's Postal Service.
The group has two aims:
- To inform the public about the actual financial situation at the U.S. Postal Service and what's at stake for residents and businesses throughout the Roswell district.
- To explain how the problems can be resolved, including by supporting House Bill 1351, which they hope local U.S. Congressman Tom Price will sign once he sees the petition signed by local constituents asking him to do so.
"Despite what you may have heard, the Postal Service isn't broke. Nor is it losing billions of dollars a year delivering the mail. And a taxpayer bailout isn't imminent. Reduced services are being presented as a foregone conclusion, but they're not," said a written statement from rally organizers.
According to Barner and other organizers, the financial problems at the Postal Service stem from a 2006 Congressional mandate that they pre-fund future retiree health benefits for the next 75 years, which is unlike any other institution's federal requirements. The cost, which covers retirees that haven't even been born yet, accounts for 100 percent of Postal Service red ink, according to the National Association of Letter Carriers. They also have issues with the quasi-public institution's surplus funds being tied up by Congress.
House Bill 1351 would potentially take care of these and other issues the Postal Service is currently facing. And it already has the support of over 200 bipartisan co-sponsors.
"We're hoping Congressman Tom Price will approve the bill as well," said Barner.
The rally to "save America's Postal Service" will take place in the park at 925 Canton Street (where Canton Street meets Alpharetta Highway and Magnolia Street). The rally goes from 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 27.