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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.


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

  1. Angela

    January 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    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.

    • precious

      February 8, 2013 at 7:08 pm

      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!

  2. Toni

    January 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    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.