Vermonters Fight for the Postal Service
January 5, 2012
Sens. Bernie Sanders, Patrick Leahy, Rep. Peter Welch, Gov. Peter Shumlin and nearly 500 Vermonters packed the American Legion hall in White River Junction, Vt., on Wednesday evening to voice strong opposition to the potential closing of one of Vermont's major postal processing plants. "It makes zero sense at all to be shutting down this processing plant, cutting jobs and slowing down mail service throughout our region," Sanders said. "Clearly, we need changes in the post office so that it becomes a robust institution in the digital world, but I believe we can make those changes without slashing jobs." Sanders has introduced the Postal Service Protection Act to maintain mail service to rural communities, avert cuts that could cost thousands of workers their jobs, and help the Postal Service adapt to the digital age.