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Job Cuts at U.S. Postal Service Hit Blacks Disproportionately Hard

The U.S. Postal Service is reportedly planning to cut even more  jobs, and those job cuts will disproportionately impact African-United States Postal Service fleet; U.S.A.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.

 

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22 comments

  1. They disrespectful anyway, who needs that sh#!

  2. As a postal worker of twenty years I have been affected by cuts. Let me be clear: the USPS is cutting jobs but we are not losing our jobs. What they are doing is consolidating facilities and excessing workers to other facilities. They can’t just fire us we are unionized workers with job security.

    • Angela!there is no more job security,that is an thing of the past!the only thing that last “forever” is the grace of GOD!PEACE!

  3. How can the government speak about job creation when they are the ones eliminating jobs?!!

    • Yeah I agree…but the Post Office has been having problems for years now. The internet is killing the post office. Soon they will be drastically changed, kinda like the Pony Express

    • They'd be better if they were ran like UPS and FED Ex, and the government got out of the way!

  4. It is sad and not deserving for postal workers of any race. We are all humans and it is time to stop the division of people.

    Government workers sometimes will take their jobs for granted. It is high time for anyone to realize your jobs can be taken away anyday or anytime..Cherish what you have and treat people the same way you would want to be treated.

  5. Black will still have Veterans Preference.

  6. Technology has been no friend to the postal service.This is a information economy based on productivity not on union senority and work rules.In 2013 it is about production, tech skills and knowledge.We need to make alot of changes now!

  7. so let me get this straight they cutting jobs and only letting go of black people this story is so full of shit.

    • If you read the story, it's saying that Blacks will be MOST AFFECTED, because of their numbers in the Post Service. Not that they're the only people being fired. The story also mentions that large numbers of Blacks in government positions are losing positions, due to cutbacks.

    • theres a lot more than just blacks loosing jobs

    • What are you? Jewish and concerned with the Jewish population loosing jobs?? Or Chinese and concerned with their issues? This is "Black News" concerned with Black American issues. Black Americans, especially males, have it hard enough without MORE jobs being taken away.

    • i feel bad for all people loosing jobs not just blacks loosing jobs in my world i deal with people of all colors i live in the year 2013 were issues such as job lost is something that all people can relate to there for is not only a black isue is a isue that all people can relate to

  8. What are people supposed to do now? If you don't have job skills or higher education you will have a tough time finding other employment. The post office has more physical labor jobs. God bless the people that may lose their jobs to be strong. There actually is more in life than the US Postal Service. Be blessed to find enjoyable employment elsewhere!

  9. that's really sad and unfortunate that the government jobs are cutting jobs. The real sad part is that theses federal government employees are black americans. White people protect their people from losing their jobs. It's just black people that won't help to protect their people from losing their jobs.

    • What the postal workers who have been laid-off can do is file a compliant with the http://www.eeoc.gov that stand for Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Federal employees have to file a different compliant forms because they are federal employees.

    • Katy Arnold, The EEOC ain't going to do a damm thing they only cater to the USPS.They are not worth a damm when it comes to fighting for you as a person of color if you with the USPS.

    • Patrice Abbott I am not a federal employee at all. But you are wrong to say that the EEOC won't work for black americans who are with the USPS. Black americans federal employees have to file a different compliant form. From my personal experience Patrice I filed with the EEOC from my former employer for sexual harassment and they were on top of my case. I made the choice to get a attorney for my sexual harassment case. You have to demand your civil rights to be heard. There are so many organizations on the internet that handle workplace discirmation cases. You just have to find the one who will take your case. I regret leaving the EEOC because I know I would have gotten more money with the EEOC. What I should have did Patrice was do mediation that is you settle your case out of court. I still won my sexual harassment case.

  10. That's what happens when blacks see other blacks being harrassed and they don't say anything just to keep their jobs, untill it happens to them! Ask me how I know!

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