Gandhi, Mandela, and…Mailmen? Postal Workers Wage Hunger Strike "for Justice"


Almost a dozen current and retired Postal Service workers (out of a current workforce of more than 550,000) are staging a four-day hunger strike—just one day longer than the average First Class letter takes to be delivered across the country—to call attention to what they say is a plot to destroy the United States Postal Service.

From June 25 through June 28, the strikers were in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress to change a 2006 law that forces the Post Office to "pre-fund" health-care and retirement by billions of dollars a year. Despite a 21-percent decline in mail volume over the past four years and labor costs that are far higher than competitors such as UPS and FEDEX, the strikers say it's the mandate, not a hidebound way of doing business, that's stamping out the Postal Service's future.

ReasonTV caught up with the hunger strikers on the steps of the Cannon Building in Washington.

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  1. I guess the postal workers just don’t want healthcare or retirement benefits.

  2. My question is: how can we convince their brethren to join them?

    1. It’s probably one of those pussy hunger strikes where they take turns not eating.

      1. Nonfat yogurt counts as a hunger strike.

      2. (Dennis passes out)

        Frank: That’s what you get for not eating.

        Mac: Hey, Cricket! You know what would make you feel better?

        Cricket: What could possibly make me feel better?

        Mac: You wanna teabag Dennis? (he thinks about it and agrees) I’ll get the camera!

  3. Where’s the dummy with the bucket on its head?

    1. WOMAN: Why does this dummy have a bucket on its head?

      KRAMER: Because we’re blind to their tyranny.

      WOMAN: Then shouldn’t you be wearing the bucket?

      KRAMER: Yeah. Move along, Betty.

      1. Kucinich reminds me of his caddy.

        1. That was Armin Shimerman, who played Quark on DS9.

          1. And the second principal on Buffy.

  4. I have never seen a letter carrier that couldn’t stand to go four days without eating.

    Also, isn’t the point of a hunger strike to go on indefinitely until your demands are met?

    1. The four days is a stab at Obama. You see, White presidents up for reelection get four day conventions. Obama only gets three.

  5. Why on earth would a retiree be protesting the full funding of their retirement?

    1. I don’t think these guys are the sharpest knives in the drawer.

      1. Or the most devastating AK-47s in the arsenal.

        Too soon?

    2. Because they want all the money now, then they can just ask for a bailout later for their broke retirement fund?

  6. Is that Kucinich at the podium?

  7. Fuck the post office! I’m ready for the privatized alternative right now. My delivery is fucked up one way or another on a regular basis.

    1. And now most of my mail is junk mail that goes straight into the trash (or recycle bin, depending on my mood). The few pieces of mail that I care about get fucked up, but the junk is delivered just fine. And I saw a late-nite USPS ad for INCREASING junk mail! Dammit I’m pissed.

      1. That fuckin’ ad:…..ed/231015/

    2. Back when I was in college, a girl I was friends with complained how she never got any letters. As a joke (she lived in the same apartment complex as me, one door down), I wrote her a letter.

      It took 10 days for it to be delivered.

      1. Go on….

        1. brown CHICKEN, Brown Cow

  8. Starve please.

  9. “Don’t make us angry…you won’t like us when we’re angry.”

  10. “for Justice”

    Politicians seem to have a special fondness for words that have two very different meanings, so we are likely to hear a lot of these kinds of words this election year.

    “Access” is one of those words. Politicians seem to be forever coming to the rescue of people who have been denied “access” to credit, college, or whatever.

    But what does that mean, concretely?

    It could mean that some external force is blocking you from whatever your goal might be. Or it could mean that you just don’t have whatever it takes to reach that goal.

    To take a personal example, Michael Jordan became a basketball star ? and a very rich man. I did neither. Was that because I was denied “access” to professional basketball?

    Anyone who saw me as a teenager trying to play basketball could tell you that I was lucky to hit the backboard, much less the basket.

    By the first definition, I had as much “access” to the NBA as Michael Jordan had. Nobody was blocking me. They didn’t have to block, because I was not going to make the basket ? or the NBA ? anyway.

    Making a distinction between external and internal reasons for failing to reach one’s goal would clarify the meaning of the word “access.” But clarification would destroy the political usefulness of the word, along with the government programs that this word is used to justify.…..mas-sowell

  11. The civilian labor force is 155 million. That means 0.35 percent of the labor force is employed by the government to carry pieces of paper from one location to the next. This is after shedding 200,000 workers over the last ten years.

  12. Funny. They don’t LOOK hungry.

  13. A four day hunger strike? Long enough for hunger pains to pass and for the person to lose a little weight. If they are serious, go 4 days without water too. That will show some commitment.

    1. Air. THAT would show commitment.

  14. I understand who libertarians hate (just about everyone, it seems). Just for a change of pace, could somebody make a list of who libertarians like a little, if not love? This could be fun. Thx.

    1. People who contribute meaningfully to a discussion.

    2. People who don’t use force against others.

    3. Hot bisexual chicks.

    4. Milton Friendman: not hot, not bisexual, not a chick but super anyway.

    5. could somebody make a list of who libertarians like a little, if not love?

      All self reliant individuals and

      Corporate drones
      Dogs and dog lovers
      Fat Fucks
      Gracious people
      Hot Chicks
      Instant gratification
      Kool Kids
      Me, myself and I
      Opiate users and sellers
      Pleasure seekers
      Street sweepers
      Taco truck operators
      UPS drivers
      Vendors of all sorts
      White chicks
      Yogurt mongers
      Zebra fuckers

  15. You can have my roofing and siding direct mail flyers when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers!!

    Actually, that one guy did have a good comment when he said Congress should get its boot off the USPS’s neck and let it innovate to find new revenue streams.

    1. Goddamn joke names…

  16. Heck yeah dude lets hit it man WQow.

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