U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today called for an immediate investigation of turmoil at the United States Postal Service (USPS), purportedly stemming from a pattern of interference engineered by the Trump administration in its efforts to destabilize the post office. Continue reading
One of the US Postal Service’s trademark features has always been that Americans could reliably mail a letter to anyone in the country for a uniform price. In the Age of Trump that guarantee has apparently been tossed aside.
The USPS has released a new “Mission Statement” that omits any mention of uniform pricing.
Previously, the “Mission Statement” had promised that “Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services and pays the same for a First-Class postage stamp regardless of their location.”
Instead, the new statement promises to, among other things, “Deliver a world-class customer experience”.
Whatever that means. …
Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman has reportedly been forced out of his position, throwing the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service into further chaos as the agency faces a potentially catastrophic financial crisis and efforts by Trump administration officials to impose draconian changes on the nation’s most popular government institution. Continue reading
A new nationwide opinion poll shows that the public overwhelmingly supports funding for the U.S. Postal Service in the next stimulus bill to prevent USPS from running out of cash. Continue reading
Today, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan provided a video briefing to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Reform and Reform on the devastating impact the coronavirus crisis has had on the finances of the Postal Service and the steps Congress and the President must take to ensure continued delivery of essential information, packages, and services.
“The Postal Service is fighting for its survival, putting in jeopardy the careers and paychecks of its 650,000 employees—as well as the more than $1.7 trillion mailing industry that employs more than 7.5 million people,” Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly said. “We cannot allow the Postal Service to collapse. To do so would deepen our nation’s economic crisis and eliminate an important lifeline for individuals who rely on the Postal Service’s 1 billion deliveries of lifesaving prescription deliveries and eviscerate the very infrastructure we need to administer the upcoming elections.”
“I want to commend the brave men and women of the Postal Service for all they are doing in the midst of this pandemic,” Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney said. “The Postal Service is holding on for dear life, and unless Congress and the White House provide meaningful relief in the next stimulus bill, the Postal Service could cease to exist.”
“Reminiscent of their courageous service in response to 2001 anthrax attacks, the dedicated employees of the U.S. Postal Service are serving a critical role in our nationwide pandemic relief efforts—from delivering essential medical supplies and protective equipment to facilitating voting by mail in preparation for the 2020 election,” National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch said. “As we develop additional stimulus legislation, it is imperative that we include robust funding for the Postal Service, our most trusted government institution, to ensure the continuation of vital services for the American people and protect the right of every citizen to vote in 2020.”
“Every day, the dedicated employees of the Postal Service are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure all Americans receive their mail and packages, as well as critical medical supplies that are being shipped across the country,” Committee Member Brenda L. Lawrence said. “During a Census and election year, it is imperative that we have a fully functional Postal Service to ensure Americans across the country can participate in our democracy.”
Postmaster General Brennan provided the following information during the briefing:
The Postal Service will “run out of cash this fiscal year” without help from Congress and the Administration.
The Postal Service anticipates “a $13 billion revenue loss directly to COVID-19 this fiscal year and a $54.3 billion additional losses over ten years.”
The bipartisan Postal Service Board of Governors—appointed by President Trump—asked Congress to provide the Postal Service with:
The Postal Service comprises more than 31,600 retail locations and directly employs more than 650,000 people. The Postal Service undergirds a more than $1.7 trillion mailing industry that employs more than 7.5 million people.
During the meeting, Members pressed for the Board of Governors’ requests for assistance to be included in the next coronavirus legislation.
April 8, 2020 Episode 71
House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly joins NAPS Director of Legislative and Political Affairs Bob Levi on this week’s edition of NAPS Chat Continue reading
NALC and USPS have mutually agreed to postpone a national-level grievance regarding the delay in implementing Arbitrator Goldberg’s Award in Case No. Q15C-4Q-C 17697250 which was issued August 6, 2018.
From the American Postal Workers Union (APWWU):
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The APWU National Executive Board voted on Jan. 29 to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States. Continue reading