The service cutbacks come on the heels of record-breaking and successful holiday deliveries of 15.5 billion packages, letters and parcels.
The dispute over the outsourcing is part of what postal unions call the Postmaster General's creeping privatization of the Postal Service.
Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando is challenging his union to step up its crusade to save the Postal Service, saying that "if we don't, no one else will."
If all else fails, try shame.
With Congress home for a two-week Easter-Passover recess, the Letter Carriers and other postal unions have seized the opportunity to campaign.
The nation's postal unions protested cutback plans that would close hundreds of distribution centers and lengthen delivery times.
Postal workers are blasting both Postal Service "rescue" bills as deeply flawed legislation that would come close to killing the Postal Service.
The nation's postal unions and the U.S. Postal Service's management have collided over management's latest plan to close what it says is a yawning deficit: mass layoffs, violating union contracts, and cuts in health care.
CHICAGO — Who doesn’t love the smiling letter carrier who hands you the mail, pulls cats out of trees, braves fires, chases away burglars and engages in numberless additional acts of heroism?