Communications Workers of America District 4 Administrative Director Frank Mathews discussed the issues workers should consider before voting, the United States Postal Service issues, COVID-19 relief legislation and more on the Sept. 8 episode America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Voting in November election
Mathews started out by discussing his thoughts about the upcoming general election.
He said people need to consider voting as early as possible. If people vote early, they will have enough time to ensure their vote was tallied. With such a high expectation of people using the United States Postal Service (USPS) to send their vote, Mathews encouraged people to send in their vote as soon as possible.
He also touched on a program being pushed by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) to help people create a plan for how they will vote. The program includes registration checks, poll information and how to vote by mail.
On the topic of voting, Mathews encouraged working people to support the politicians who have their best interest in mind, not that of the ultra-wealthy.
Mathews then began discussing the ongoing issues being tackled at the USPS.
He said that the USPS has experienced an undue burden. Mathews cited a 2006 law passed by Congress requiring the USPS to prefund 75 years worth of retiree health benefits within 10 years. The law has dragged the post office down and laid the groundwork for the issues appearing today.
Mathews also criticized the people who attack the USPS for not turning a large profit. He said those people should look at other services that do not operate at a great profit.
Renewed legislative rumors
Mathews then spoke about rumors floating around about COVID-19 relief legislation becoming a possibility once again.
Although he is doubtful it will be anything near the HEROES Act, Mathews said people may see some form of relief in the near future. He attributed the lack of legislation to an absent White House. Mathews said the current administration has not been present in negotiations, leading to the back and forth in the Senate and in the House of Representatives.
You can listen to Mathews’ previous appearance on AWF Union Podcast here.