‘Attempted Murder Of Your Post Office’

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Above photo: From left, Garrett Schaffel and Judy Beard, American Postal Workers Union national legislative and political director, carry a Priority Mail box towards the Capitol for a demonstration on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images.

Outrage as Trump Crony Now Heading USPS Moves to Slow Mail Delivery.

“The deliberate delaying of Americans’ mail delivery would be a stunning act of sabotage against our Postal Service.”

Postal workers and their allies in Congress are vowing to fight back after the new head of the U.S. Postal Service—a major donor to President Donald Trump and the Republican Party—moved this week to impose sweeping changes to the popular government agency as it faces a financial crisis manufactured by lawmakers and exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy, who took charge last month, issued memos announcing “major operational changes” to the USPS “that could slow down mail delivery, warning employees the agency would not survive unless it made ‘difficult’ changes to cut costs.”

“Analysts say the documents present a stark reimagining of the USPS that could chase away customers—especially if the White House gets the steep package rate increases it wants—and put the already beleaguered agency in deeper financial peril as private-sector competitors embark on hiring sprees to build out their own delivery networks,” the Post noted.

According to the internal USPS memos (pdf) obtained by the Post, “DeJoy told employees to leave mail behind at distribution centers if it delayed letter carriers from their routes,” a change critics said could threaten access to absentee ballots at a time when vote-by-mail is more important than ever.

“If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day,” reads a document titled, “New PMG’s expectations and plan.”

“The deliberate delaying of Americans’ mail delivery would be a stunning act of sabotage against our Postal Service,” Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.) said in a statement. “If these reports are accurate, Trump and his cronies are openly seeking to destroy the Post Office during the worst public health crisis in a century.”

“With our states now reliant on mail voting to continue elections during the pandemic, the destabilizing of the post office is a direct attack on American democracy itself,” Pascrell added. “It has been 59 days since the House passed $25 billion to keep USPS alive. The Senate must pass it now. Democracy hangs in the balance.”

With the USPS at risk of completely running out of cash by the end of September without an infusion of emergency funding, postal workers and members of Congress have warned that the Trump administration could attempt to exploit the agency’s financial struggles to advance the longstanding right-wing goal of privatizing USPS.

In March, Congress approved a $10 billion emergency USPS loan, but the Treasury Department has yet to release the funds as the Trump administration attempts to use the money as leverage to force changes to the agency’s finances and operations.

Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union, said in response to the Post‘s reporting that his organization will vigorously oppose the new operational changes sought by DeJoy.

“I would tell our members that this is not something that as postal workers we should accept,” Dimondstein said. “It’s not something that the union you belong to is going to accept.”

U.S. Mail Not for Sale, a worker-led coalition dedicated to protecting the Postal Service from right-wing privatization efforts, is urging Americans to take part in a July 23 call-in day of action urging the Senate to approve desperately needed financial relief for USPS.

“Our movement is growing. Together we can save the Post Office and convince lawmakers to do their jobs,” the coalition said. “Multiple bills have been introduced that would provide $25 billion in Covid-19 related relief for the Postal Service. The Senate comes back from recess in less than two weeks’ time. We need to keep up the pressure to make them vote to end this crisis.”

  • Jeff

    This evil idea of starving public institutions of funds, then claiming that they’re incompetent and that the institutions need to be privatized, started with Ronald Reagan. People think that Trump is the worst, but he can’t come near the damage that Reagan caused, of which this is just one example of many.

  • tee

    raygun started the republican treason when he dismantled the air traffic controllers union and his trickle down BS…..too bad Hinckley failed…..

  • Jimbo

    Do not get me wrong. I lean so far left that I am on the ground. But, no lie, we have the worst post office route in the U S. It is called the Newalla Ok post office. 74857 My complaints fall on deaf ears. Any system put in place would be an improvement.

  • tee

    your situation is,obviously, not representative of the overall service the post office provides…..

  • Jimbo

    Agreed

  • rgaura

    Amazon alone is soaking the postal service for an estimated 18 billion per year. That’s a hell of a subsidy. When I lived in rural Arizona, our tiny post offices were community meeting spaces; public commons. They can also be sites for public banking for low income citizens. Its a wonderful infrastructure that has been privatized by a bipartisan pro real estate lobby for years.

  • Steven Berge

    My post office near Sacramento is not doing a good job either, but I chalk it up to years of policies aimed at starving the USPS. I knew someone who said it used to be a good job to work for the USPS.

  • Harbinger

    What problems have you seen?

  • Jeff

    There was a punk rock band in the 1980s called Jodie Foster’s Army. That and MDC are the two best names for bands I’ve ever seen.

  • Jimbo

    Both my neighbs and us frequently have misdelivered mail in our mailboxes’ I get my meds from the VA mailed to me. It is tracked and last week when it did not arrive my wife called our post office and was told it was delivered to a neighbors house (although it was tracked delivered to our mailbox). When it did not arrive for several days I called our post office and was told the GPS showed it was on our front porch. I replied that it was not there, To this the postmaster? said it must have been stolen. Next day my meds showed up in our mailbox. Go figure. I would officially complain, but I feel it would end up in File 13.

  • Harbinger

    We send hundreds of packages a week and have for 20 years by USPS with very, very few problems. Far fewer than Fedex or UPS. Those packages are going to hundreds and hundreds of post offices around the country.

    Perhaps you do have a bad situation as you are describing, but you are presenting it as a general condemnation of the postal service. It has long been on the agenda of the extreme right wing to destroy the postal service, and anecdotal stories such as yours are common from them. If you and many others are having problems with the local postmaster, get together and do something about it rather than maligning the entire postal service on the Internet. I don’t know the exact procedure, because as I said over 20 years with hundreds of thousands of packages going all over the country we have never had any serious issues.

  • Jimbo

    If you would read the thread, I did not malign the entire USPS, only ours. 74857 has had major problems for years. Postmasters have been changed to no avail. Perhaps you can try. BTW we also had a problem with Fed Ex and UPS last week, and we don’t order that much stuff. It seems that people are in such a hurry these days’

  • Harbinger

    You said anything would be better.

  • Jon

    Focus on the preposterous 75 years in advance funding of retirements! That is the key.

  • oneski
  • Harbinger

    Thanks.

    Excerpt:

    Trump’s nefarious plans for the public Postal Service are reflected in aJune 2018 White House Office of Management and Budget recommendation to “restructure the United States Postal System to return it to a sustainable business model or prepare it for future conversion from a Government agency into a privately held corporation.” While the proposal gives lip service to the first option, all the initiatives are concentrated on the privatization path. Indeed, the OMB never mentions anything positive about the current, public U.S. Post Office.

  • oneski

    The congresspersons, the bill, its passage and its enactment that’s jeopardizing the public ownership of the vital public service are an hideous example of public service and an abuse of the legislative process. Wealth works the system like water carves canyons.