By cutting the hours of postal employees, Elijah argues minorities and women will be negatively impacted.
He explained on MSNBC:
“You’re talking about just this reduction … from six days to five days, will cut anywhere from 25,000 to 30,000 employees. And with regard to Asian, African-Americans, and Hispanics, they comprise about 40 percent of the Postal Service employees. So it’s logical to believe if they were to lose that 30,000 jobs, easily 40 percent of them would be African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans.”
According to The Hill, Cummings proceeded to point out that over 40 percent of the post office’s employees are also women:
“So you have a lot of women, many of whom are single women — head of household, and they depend upon that decent wage, decent working conditions and benefits to take care of their families.”