Workers take to streets to protest post office privatization

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Dozens of protestors spent Monday morning holding up signs in front of the federal building on the corner of S. Virginia Street and Liberty Street with the goal of having their voices heard.

“Back in May there was a task force put together by the current administration to investigate the possibility of privatizing the mail service,” said Mickey Grizzle, President of the Nevada Association of Letter Carriers. “What we are doing is telling people how that would be a disaster.”

Grizzle argues that not only will prices go up; the right to a public post office was written in to the US Constitution.

“It’s right in the original constitution,” he said. “We want to keep it that way, and not skim profits off at the expense of others.”

Several European countries have already abandoned the public model in favor of a privatized post office, arguing that in the era of cheap, ever-present electronic communication, the post office's model is outdated, and a majority of what gets delivered is junk mail.

Leslie Maxwell-Burton was one of the many postal workers who stood out on S. Virginia St. protesting, and like many others, fears for her job.

“We want to stop them from doing away with our jobs. It’s a good job and we are grateful for it, and we are going to fight for it,” she explained.