The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly planning to cut even more jobs, and those job cuts will disproportionately impact African-Americans. The U.S. Postal Service has already eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts loom as it tries to keep itself from going into the red. This means many African-American workers may be facing new obstacles to remain employed.
The main issue is that many African Americans chose government work as a career path because of the security and protections against discrimination. But now that both Democrats and Republicans have agreed on austerity, that choice is being called into question.
African-Americans make up 13.1 percent of the U.S. population and 11.6 percent of the labor force, according to a 2012 U.S. Department of Labor report. However, nearly one in every five African-American workers hold government jobs such as mail clerks, firefighters and teachers, the report said.
“There’s a long tradition of the public sector being more friendly, or less hostile, to African-American workers,” said Robert Zieger, emeritus professor of history at the University of Florida in Gainesville. “The Post Office is the best example.”Of the workers at the U.S. Postal service, twenty percent are African-Americans.
But the entire government is shedding jobs, not just the the U. S. Postal Service. The public sector has cut nearly 600,000 jobs since 2009, due to shrinking government budgets and a range of other issues, according to the Bureau of Labor Relations.
There was a time when blacks who were able to get on at the USPS knew they were set for life, but those days are long gone.