House Democrats Call Postmaster to Reverse Changes Before Election

Several House Democrats signed a letter in which they called Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to reverse his overhaul to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), citing the coronavirus pandemic and the presidential election in November.

According to The Hill, the letter signed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and 174 other members of Congress, raised concerns about the significant operational restructuring, done without any apparent analysis and consultation and what effect it could have on the agency during a year when the presidential election will rely heavily on mail-in voting.

“It is always essential that the Postal Service be able to deliver mail in a timely and effective manner. During the once-in-a-century health and economic crisis of COVID-19, the Postal Service’s smooth functioning in a matter of life-or-death, and is critical for protecting lives, livelihoods and the life of our American Democracy,’’ the letter states.

Earlier this month, the former contributor to Trump’s presidential campaign, Louis DeJoy, said that he will implement changes to the USPS that include removing the top two officials of day to day operations.

23 postal executives were reassigned or displaced and five staffers joined the agency’s leadership from other positions, according to a new organizational chard released by USPS.

“This organizational change will capture operating efficiencies by providing clarity and economies of scale that will allow us to reduce our cost base and capture new revenue. It is crucial that we do what is within our control to help us successfully complete our mission to serve the American people, and through the universal service obligation, bind out nation together by maintaining and operating our unique, vital and resilient infrastructure,’’ said DeJoy.

He also stated that there will be a hiring freeze and a request for voluntary early retirements and that the USPS will also configure itself into three operating units of retail and delivery, logistics and processing, and commerce and business solutions and will cut back from seven regions to four.

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