Workers in Chicago, Washington rally amid White House push for postal changes

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American Postal Workers Union president Mark Dimondstein pumps his fist while speaking at a rally to oppose a plan by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to sell off the U.S. Postal Service to corporate interests, at Freedom Plaza on Oct. 8, 2018 in Washington. | AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

CHICAGO — Postal workers and their supporters spent part of the Columbus Day holiday protesting what they see as a White House push to make the U.S. Postal Service private.

In Chicago, workers rallied Monday near a downtown post office, carrying signs reading “U.S. Mail, Not For Sale” and “We Belong To The People, Not Corporate America.”

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump established a task force to study why the Postal Service is losing money. His executive order said it is on “an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.” But no final decisions have been made yet.

In Washington, American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein told a crowd that privatization will mean less service and higher costs to taxpayers.

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