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10 postal workers launch hunger strike
CNN Money ^ | June 25, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto

Posted on 06/25/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Ten current and former postal workers launched a more than 3-day hunger strike Monday to protest looming cuts and closures at the U.S. Postal Service.

Drastic? Yes. But organizers say desperate times call for desperate measures.

The hunger strikers want the Postal Service to shelve its July plans to start closing or consolidating 48 mail processing plants. By the end of 2014, when the plan to shrink the postal network is completed, 229 plants will be consolidated or closed and 28,000 jobs will be gone.

They also want Congress to eliminate a mandate that has been a major financial drag on the service -- annual $5.5 billion payments to prefund health care benefits for future retirees. The strikers say say eliminating the mandate would solve the Postal Service's financial problems.

(Excerpt) Read more at money.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: governmentworkers; mail; postal; postoffice; publicworkers

1 posted on 06/25/2012 10:33:40 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And I should be concerned about this why?


2 posted on 06/25/2012 10:34:34 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Based on the guts in that pic, most of them could go a couple months before running short on body mass.


3 posted on 06/25/2012 10:36:06 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

next new USPS stamp: the FOOD STAMP.


4 posted on 06/25/2012 10:36:29 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

3 days?

Pikers.

Make it 3 weeks. Yeah. Then we’ll know they’re serious.


5 posted on 06/25/2012 10:36:39 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

oh brother.


6 posted on 06/25/2012 10:37:46 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing, Freeper)
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To: Arm_Bears

And I should be concerned about this why?

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Because a starving emaciated postal worker might not get the 3rd class junk mail to you on time.

That would be a pity, right?


7 posted on 06/25/2012 10:38:40 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

At least they have not gone postal on the public...yet.


8 posted on 06/25/2012 10:39:12 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: Arm_Bears

The state won’t achieve it’s quota for Food Stamp distributions.


9 posted on 06/25/2012 10:40:15 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: nascarnation

“Based on the guts in that pic, most of them could go a couple months before running short on body mass.”

Beat me to it.


10 posted on 06/25/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

3 day hunger strike?

Probably the healthiest thing they ever did in their years at the Post Office.


11 posted on 06/25/2012 10:43:17 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Responsibility2nd

Well, my carrier could stand to miss a few meals.


12 posted on 06/25/2012 10:45:08 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Judging from the guys pictured in the article, looks like they decided to parlay their doctors’ medical advice into a piece of political theater.


13 posted on 06/25/2012 10:45:08 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Here’s all you have to do to get a postal worker to go off the hunger strike.... you offer him a Drake’s Coffee Cake.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZU05h3U2Hw


14 posted on 06/25/2012 11:01:04 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Send this guy over there on day 2 and let's see what happens ...


15 posted on 06/25/2012 11:01:29 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

16 posted on 06/25/2012 11:04:26 AM PDT by traumer
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To: No Truce With Kings

How much beer are they drinking? ;-)


17 posted on 06/25/2012 11:04:53 AM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Arm_Bears

“And I should be concerned about this why?”

I hope that they get around to our “satellite” Post Office here in Danville, CA. The people who “work” there think that they are doing you a favor to wait on you.
They are mostly minorities who can’t afford to live here, so they crap on those of us who pay them!


18 posted on 06/25/2012 11:07:58 AM PDT by vette6387
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

3 days is a “hunger strike”? At church they call that a “fast”. At the health spa it is known as a “cleanse”.

A true “hunger strike” involves starving oneself to death, if one’s demands are not met.


19 posted on 06/25/2012 11:10:41 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade (The candidate I vote for will NOT have a CARE after his name.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yep, I just don’t see the “Bobby Sands” level of commitment here.


20 posted on 06/25/2012 11:12:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Responsibility2nd

If they're anything like the SEIU members, they'll be dead in about 3 years.

21 posted on 06/25/2012 11:16:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I guess they’re just trying to put their, ummm, stamp, on a serious issue?


22 posted on 06/25/2012 11:21:29 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Interesting that this is happening under Obama.

First off, all the rural post offices, which are almost 100% staffed with white employees, are under the special protection of Congress and the President now. USPS is going to be given a subsidy to keep them open.

Urban mail processing centers, which are major employers of African-Americans, will bear the brunt of closures and shutdowns.

No special protections for those guys.

LIke I said, it's interesting that this is happening under Obama.

Republicans should play the race card on this one themselves ~ while blacks are beginning to notice he's not doing anything for them! Here's a situation where he's actually increasing black unemployment.

23 posted on 06/25/2012 11:23:25 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Responsibility2nd
3 days?

Pikers.

Make it 3 weeks. Yeah. Then we’ll know they’re serious.

"...more than 3-day hunger strike..."

So, it might be as much as...4 days. They're serious about this...no sacrifice is too much.

24 posted on 06/25/2012 11:26:49 AM PDT by moovova (Muslims will never know the pleasure of eating BBQ babyback ribs...too bad.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The best way to bring a hunger strike to an abrupt end is to park a BBQ near the strikers’ work areas and fire up some fine country ribs. Burn a little hickory as well...

Then bring a plateful inside to the office and yell, “Ribs are up! Dig in, y’all!!”


25 posted on 06/25/2012 11:27:08 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Malone LaVeigh

26 posted on 06/25/2012 11:30:21 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA
Or, in the more "urban" settings...


27 posted on 06/25/2012 11:34:40 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer; Arm_Bears

Useless eaters think not eating is a threat? Personally, I think of it more as a solution.


28 posted on 06/25/2012 11:37:11 AM PDT by philled (“If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!")
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To: Above My Pay Grade

A true “hunger strike” involves starving oneself to death, if one’s demands are not met
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If I remember correctly, a few years back some IRA prisoners, in the hands of the Brits decided to do a ‘hunger strike’

The Brits said sure, selected a ring leader and -

We will just put you in isolation with an extra guard to make sure no one encourages you to eat against your will.
After one got ‘pulled out’ because he was sick, another vol took his place.

He was succesful in his hunger srrike.

There were no more volunteers and the rest of the prisoners went back to eating.

Now that is stupid, but I do admire a person that sticks to his guns and follows the old, traditional route.

Todays hunger strikes - much like filibusters - are very wimpish when it comes to the ‘oldies but goodies’.


29 posted on 06/25/2012 11:50:07 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "Hopefully this administration is a "bad dream" - think the Newhart show.")
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To: Average Al
“How much beer are they drinking? ;-)”

Enough that they cannot figure out that no one really cares that their privileged work lives are coming back to reality — or rather than those that do care are rooting for the cuts and closures.

30 posted on 06/25/2012 11:50:33 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Drastic? No, it’s funny. What does not eating have to do with delivering mail??? That’s about as ridiculous as those loonies who think riding their bicycles nekkid is going to bring people around to their cause. Makes no sense.


31 posted on 06/25/2012 12:25:38 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Responsibility2nd
During the primary, I was throwing away 32+ campaign pamphlets a week. I'm not a tree hugger but just how many trees were chopped down for all that garbage?
32 posted on 06/25/2012 12:34:54 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is pathetic. A three day hunger strike is not a hunger strike. A hunger strike is: do what I want or I’ll kill myself slowly and painfully. That puts civilized men in a pickle. You can let them die and look cruel or force feed them and looke cruel.

Skipping food for three days puts no one in a pickle. Your options are either to not care or to actively make fun of them. The only people who take notice are the news media, which need something to talk about and unthinkingly promote any sort activism, stupid or really really stupid, in furtherance of their side.


33 posted on 06/25/2012 12:37:46 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Make it 3 weeks. Yeah. Then we’ll know they’re serious.”

No, food strikes are either to the death or of no worth. Some could die within 3 weeks, but I think the human body is equipped to go up to 40 days or so. Better yet is a thirst strike, which would kill you within a few days, and painfully at that.


34 posted on 06/25/2012 12:39:56 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: vette6387

Patronizing the post office is a soul harrowing experience. It is as they are designed to make you as sad as possible. The workers are dead-eyed and lethargic as dying slugs. It makes me understand what Kafka was writing about, except that his world is a lot more fun.


35 posted on 06/25/2012 12:43:17 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: xrmusn
It was 1981. 25 IRA criminals went on hunger strike, 10 died and 15 dropped out.

Kieran Doherty lasted the longest - 73 days.

The leader was Bobby Sands.

His sister led the campaign to make him a "martyr" and a "hero" - later she helped plan the Omagh atrocity.

36 posted on 06/25/2012 12:52:47 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: No Truce With Kings

Did buggy whip makers go on strike back in the day too?


37 posted on 06/25/2012 12:59:41 PM PDT by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

So they’re saying they want to die?


38 posted on 06/25/2012 1:01:12 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: wideawake

Thank you for the input.
I appreciate it.

It really is good to have the ‘facts’ to go along with a ‘failing memory’, though my recollection did hit on the gist of it... at the time I was over 40 and in a semi-alcohol induced state, functioning but nonetheless.. <: <:

Thanks again.


39 posted on 06/25/2012 1:17:15 PM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 "Hopefully this administration is a "bad dream" - think the Newhart show.")
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To: muawiyah
First off, all the rural post offices, which are almost 100% staffed with white employees, are under the special protection of Congress and the President now. USPS is going to be given a subsidy to keep them open.

I haven't heard about any subsidies. Though the rural post offices will remain open (despite the Postal Service's plan to close thousands of them,) most are being cut to 2 to 6 hours a day and the Postmasters at the affected stations will see their pay drop to $18.50/hour.

Anyone who thinks the Postal Service isn't making a serious effort to downsize is either uninformed or just b*tching for the fun of it.

40 posted on 06/25/2012 3:29:57 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy
Since we don't need about 95% of the rural post offices ~ and haven't since i did the definitive study on the matter way back in 1975 ~ let's just say i'm as informed as i need to be on this one.

Any action short of elimination and the replacement of local delivery with a rural route carrier stopping at an NCDBU is a subsidy!

The PMG broke and bent to the will of Senators who continue to be deluded in believing those offices are needed.

The worst state in the union for little bity useless post offices is Kentucky ~ and the Senate minority leader is from there. He's supposed to be educable.

41 posted on 06/25/2012 3:36:32 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
The PMG broke and bent to the will of Senators who continue to be deluded in believing those offices are needed.

Oh, and what choice did he have?

The Senators don't think they're needed -- they just don't want to hear complaints from constituents about the local Post Office closing down. The same goes for the processing plants.

Buffalo's processing plant was slated for closure. Do you think for a minute that Congress-critters Higgins (D) and Hochul (D), let alone Senator Schumer (D) were going to let 700 union jobs in Buffalo just go away? Your criticisms should be aimed at Congress.

42 posted on 06/25/2012 4:59:53 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: BfloGuy
PMGs should show guts ~ a resignation in the face of the igorant response of the Congress would be appropriate.

My congressman is an idiot.

43 posted on 06/25/2012 5:23:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Average Al
“Did buggy whip makers go on strike back in the day too?”

I think they held flagellant protests instead.

44 posted on 06/26/2012 5:52:32 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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