Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Postal Workers Sport New Fashion

This may not be technology news but it sure as hell amuses a technology lover like me. The new trend for postal workers! The picture above shows off the new model prototype kilt uniforms for postal workers at the National Association of Letter Carriers' convention in July, 2008, in Boston, where Dean Peterson introduced a resolution to add kilts to the U.S. Postal Service uniform choices. (Looks like the postal workers are going Scottish! Maybe they need a new style or trend) The resolution to allow mailmen to wear kilts, is being called a Male Unbifurcated Garment, or MUG

When I think about kilts, I think about big hairy Scottish or Irish men playing a bagpipe. They are still worn by some in Scotland and Ireland due to their extreme comfort and practicality. This is the reason why postal workers are looking into expanding the "acceptable dress" opportunities for men. As women we have tons of clothing and style options. Men do not. Matt from Mensactivism says,
"If postal workers here in the US get the uniform code changed to allow them to wear kilts, it would be a huge breakthrough. So please, contact the American Postal Workers Union and voice your support (note that based on this document (.pdf file), it seems these four members of the union management: Rob Strunk, Idowu Balogun, Mike Foster, and Bill Manley are the people to contact regarding Art. 26, 'Uniforms and Work Clothes'. Their phone and fax numbers can be found here). You may also want the USPS to hear from you. Their email form is here and other ways to contact them are listed here."
Basically, let the mailmen have more options in what they wear and bring back the kilt! This just proves that our society wants to focus on comfort in the home and at work. Our society is becoming increasingly open to providing choices and options to their workers and customers. It's about time that postal workers have a choice.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With day-to-day obstacles such as; thron bushes standing between them and the mailbox, biting dogs waiting around every corner, not to mention the general ridicule they receive just for being a mailman(thanks largely to Cliff Claven), a uniform change like this seems to be a bad one. However, I will tell you this, I can clearly see these guys have balls.