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The NALC responds to recent media attacks

In September, the nation’s postal workers were subjected to some misleading attacks in the news media.

For example, a panel of conservative guests on the Fox Business Network's "Money Rocks" program recently trotted out the notion that the United States Postal Service is no longer relevant and should be privatized. But in an odd twist, that contention quickly fell by the wayside when one guest said postal workers were "thoroughly unskilled labor who should be bumped down" to drive cabs -- but couldn't be because African immigrants were taking the taxi-driving jobs. That led the other guests to call him "a nasty racist" and more, and a shouting match ensued.

Since then, National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando has appeared on the program twice to present the facts as well as the letter carriers' side of the story. (Video clips of those appearances should be available soon.)

Also, California Rep. Darrell Issa penned an op-ed piece for The Washington Times that blithely ignores many of the financial realities the Postal Service faces. For example, much of his column dealt with a supposed taxpayer bail-out of the Service—when in fact no one is requesting a bail-out or help from taxpayers. Rolando's reply appeared in the paper a few days later.

Click here to read the e-Activist Message regarding the NALC's endorsement of Rep. Issa.

National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando said that such developments make clear once again just how much letter carriers have at stake in November’s congressional elections, in making sure that anti-labor forces do not gain control of Congress.