This fall as we take part in an incredibly consequential election amidst an out-of-control pandemic, millions of people across the country will vote by mail-in ballot. This significant increase in mail-in voting will make the United States Postal Service, which has always played an important role in the democratic process, an essential component of our electoral system.
Every day the 600,000 members of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) quickly and efficiently deliver more than 470 million pieces of mail. While the increase in mail-in balloting will lead to an increase in mail volume, the US Postal Service is uniquely equipped to ensure that the millions of ballots that are cast remotely are delivered on time.
Unfortunately, the US Postal Service, which has faced decades of attacks from corporate interests seeking to privatize mail service, is facing a new onslaught of attacks from the Trump administration. In March, Trump appointed Republican fundraiser and former XPO Logistics CEO Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General. With fewer than 100 days left until Election Day and in the middle of the 2020 Census, LaJoy has hastily deployed a set of dramatic and draconian changes to the Postal Service’s operations. The changes, which DeJoy calls an “operational pivot,” include slashing overtime, forcing employees to leave behind late-arriving mail, and prioritizing cost cutting over secure delivery of mail -- and they have already slowed down mail delivery.
We need to roll back these cuts and invest in a Postal Service that can help us Deliver Democracy. Here are our demands:
The immediate resignation of Republican fundraiser Louis DeJoy from his current position as Postmaster General,
Roll back DeJoy’s hastily deployed “operational pivot” to ensure that that USPS is able to operate reliably through the election,
Provide emergency pandemic relief to the Postal Service to cover the costs of reduced revenues, PPE, hazard pay, etc. through the HEROEs Act,
Repeal the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which has placed unreasonable and unnecessary financial burdens on the Postal Service for more than a decade.