On union’s push to save postal service, Danny Glover says, “I’m in”

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CHICAGO - At the recent national convention here of the American Postal Workers Union, actor Danny Glover delivered a speech, July 31, bringing tears to the eyes and postal workers to their feet. The son of two postal workers, Glover said his mother and father were hired by the post office in 1948, the same year as the federal workforce was desegregated. Glover, a longtime social activist, has been campaigning for the rights of Nissan autoworkers in Mississippi, making the point that "worker rights are civil rights." The actor paid tribute to his parents saying his life "became guided" by their activism and the way they "felt about the union," adding his father, a union stalwart, went to APWU conventions until he was 80 years old.

Glover had worked at the post office as a teenager and said the postal service belongs to the public - not private interests. "We own it! We the people!" He pledged his support for the union's campaign to save the U.S. Postal Service for the people and to stop privatization by Staples or any other concern. "I'm in!" he said.

Urging the delegates to not rest on the laurels of the labor movement's past, Glover said it's time to "create new stories." Quoting the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. he said, "The best anti-poverty program is a union," and said this is a "moment in time to come together, stick together and build with each other."

After the speech (beginning at 13:51 on the video), the union voted to make Glover an honorary member of the APWU.

Photo: Screenshot of APWU video.

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  • Well said

    Posted by Susanna Schene, 08/06/2014 4:50pm (2 months ago)

  • Kudos to Danny Glover for his never-say-die attitude.

    Posted by revolution123, 08/06/2014 1:31pm (2 months ago)

  • I'm die-hard Union Member. My Dad was a 42-year member of Brotherhood of Railway Employees & my Mom benefited from his death benefits for 23 years. At an early age, I worked for a federal employee Union (Kelly AFGE Union 1617) for 15 years & also belonged to OPIEU. Then in 1978, I gained employment at SWBT/A T&T & once again, I joined another union. I am now a proud retired member of RMC/CWA. And I can attest unions have the best in mind for their employee members. So for this reason, I say....DO NOT PRIVITALIZE THE POSTAL SERVICE!!!!

    Posted by Olga Estrada, 08/06/2014 12:15pm (2 months ago)

  • My son in - law has been a postal worker for over 7 years after serving in the army for over 6 years he works 7days a week with no vacation days not even days off to mourn the loss of his mother. His boss is a tyrant he is also prejudice against any worker that is not white where is the union . The apwu does not protect the workers of color

    Posted by Camille Yannantuono , 08/06/2014 10:59am (2 months ago)

  • Thank you Mr Glover

    Posted by Samantha , 08/06/2014 7:44am (3 months ago)

  • I have had some big revenue ideas for the PO. i used to work for them. EMAIL hurts them. right? well there are A LOT of things that cant be emailed. Things that the government wants from us, for example. Or Things FAXED. ok....what if you could give something to the postoffice, and he take it, scan it and email it to the person you say and because its from the PO, it have some level of authentication that it would be seen as "original". Like a notary public type thing. And there are people that have no access to internet, or are not computer people and never will be due to age. Or they live in a place where you have only ONE option for internet..Like where i live...A suburb of chicago, but at&t offers horrible 3.0 service that never gets to 3.0. and if you own? they want a huge downpayment. so does comcast. And again, many are not computer people anyhow. they would merge EMAIL and POSTAL! Or how about giving the letter to the carrier, and he bring it in, it gets scanned, (color scans, the whole bit) and then sent BACK to your house!!! Libraries? offer less. Scanning something is very fast nowadays. People dont buy them though. Its like the currency exchange without the crappy service.

    Posted by sherrod, 08/05/2014 11:40pm (3 months ago)

  • Thank you

    Posted by Tanya White-Anderson, 08/05/2014 11:36pm (3 months ago)

  • Proud of you Mr. Glover. You have a history to be very proud of. Yes I believe the United Postal Service is a NATIONAL TREASURE. Thank you for all you do in standing in the gap for our brother and sister's I the POSTAL SERVICE. YOUR PARENTS PLANTED GOOD SEED IN YUR SOUL.

    Posted by Janice Goodwin, 08/05/2014 11:24pm (3 months ago)

  • We need this public service to continue
    !

    Posted by Priscilla Chabot, 08/05/2014 11:08pm (3 months ago)

  • That's awesome of Danny Glover. The Postal Service is the foundation of America. It really is a civil rights issue. Our memories and our future depend on the success of the Postal Service. The citizens of America rely on the public trust that has been bestowed upon the citizen workers of the Postal Service and know that the dollar has influence but can not take the service away that each rely upon. My father was in the service and an army recruiter. His office was in the Post Office. It was the corner stone of the community where people met and talked and did their mail transactions. You still need a hard copy these days regardless of electronic transactions. It is so much more than just a place to mail a letter. Thank you for all you do and God Bless the United States Postal Service and the United States of America.

    Posted by Pam, 08/05/2014 10:16pm (3 months ago)

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