By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Related Press
Postmaster Normal Louis DeJoy on Tuesday introduced plans to sluggish mail supply requirements and reduce hours at some put up places of work as a part of a 10-year technique to stabilize the struggling company.
Particulars of the long-awaited plan come at a time of intense scrutiny on the U.S. Postal Service over persistent supply delays beneath DeJoy, a significant GOP donor who took over the company final summer time. The plan additionally features a proposal to consolidate underused put up places of work, hinted at a possible postage price enhance and detailed investments in new supply automobiles, amongst different issues.
Going through an anticipated $160 billion in losses over the subsequent decade, DeJoy and postal executives confused the necessity to reduce prices and modernize the company’s operations as its workload more and more shifts from dealing with letters to hauling increasingly more packages.
“That is in regards to the long-term viability of the group beneath the 2 missions that we’ve got which might be legislated, that’s ship to each home six days per week and be self-sustaining,” DeJoy stated. He introduced the plans at a webinar with different postal service officers.
DeJoy stated the most important change could be a calming of the present first-class letter supply commonplace of one-to-three-days to a one-to-five-day benchmark. Postal management stated the longer timeframe would apply solely to mail going to the farthest reaches of its community and that 70% of first-class mail will nonetheless be delivered inside a three-day commonplace.
The company stated it should request advisory opinions from the unbiased Postal Regulatory Fee on potential modifications to supply requirements in addition to different initiatives that “change the character of postal providers on a nationwide or considerably nationwide foundation” in line with federal legislation.
Democrats instantly criticized the plan. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated it might undermine the mission of the company. Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee, warned it may hurt service for individuals who get pharmaceuticals and monetary paperwork by way of the mail. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly stated the technique “ensures the dying spiral of america Postal Service.”
Many Democrats have referred to as for DeJoy to be faraway from his put up as supply occasions have lagged throughout the nation. Late final month, President Joe Biden named three nominees to the company’s governing board, which if accepted, would give Democrats and Democratic appointees a majority on the panel and the power to oust DeJoy by way of a vote. At present, all six of the board’s members have been appointed by former President Donald Trump.
White Home press secretary Jen Psaki advised reporters Tuesday that Biden “has expressed issues in regards to the determination making prior to now and the efficiency, at occasions, of the Postal Service — to not converse to the women and men who’re serving, however the management on the high. And people issues stay.”
DeJoy, a former supply-chain CEO who took over the Postal Service final June, has been mired in controversy since taking on the company.
Shortly after taking the place, DeJoy carried out a sequence of controversial coverage modifications that delayed mail earlier than the 2020 election, fueling fear that he was sabotaging the company on behalf of Trump, a vocal critic of mail-in voting. DeJoy has strongly disputed that declare and ultimately suspended a few of his modifications following intense public pushback and a crush of authorized challenges.
Regardless of the issues, the company stated it processed and delivered at the very least 135 million ballots throughout the common election and that 99.7% of ballots have been delivered to election officers inside 5 days.
Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Staff Union, stated the plan included some constructive parts however urged the company to prioritize on-time deliveries and different service requirements.
“Any proposals that may both sluggish the mail, scale back entry to put up places of work, or additional pursue the failed technique of plant consolidation will have to be addressed,” he stated in an announcement. “The APWU will proactively interact with USPS’s managers, the Postal Regulatory Fee, leaders in Congress and the general public to handle these points.”
Izaguirre reported from Lindenhurst, New York.
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