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05/31/2020

Richard Koritz: Trump is no fan of the U.S. Postal Service, but the American people are

News & Record

On Jan. 6, a coalition of 90 organizations, A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service (AGA), presented to Brennan more than 400,000 signatures on a petition demanding that the Postal Board of Governors appoint a postmaster general “who is fully committed to universal service and the public ownership of the Postal Service.” And, in 2016, the AGA held a public hearing in Greensboro, where a panel of community leaders took community testimony following comments from area economists, historians and others. They were virtually unanimous in appreciation of the cherished role of this venerable institution. Our keynote speaker on that occasion, U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams, put it well: “The People’s Post Office belongs to all of us. Whenever someone tries to steal what is yours, you have to fight to keep it.”

WBUR: Radio Diary: Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Pandemic

Blog Post

On Point from Boston’s WBUR spoke with Lynn Norton, a substitute rural letter carrier in Platsburg, Nebraska.

“The Postal Service, for many people, is a trusted constant that they can rely on. This pandemic has pushed the Post Office into even more of a crisis than it was before. People are going to get worried. There’s going to be stress. How will I get my medications? What’s the cost?”

05/16/2020

If Mitch McConnell doesn’t support relief for the Postal Service, Kentuckians will suffer

Louisville Courier Journal

Randy Bradley, Opinion contributor
I’m a postal employee and union leader who has worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 21 years. Today, I take pride in serving on the front lines of this unprecedented national crisis. Despite risks to our own health, more than 500,000 dedicated postal employees like me are continuing to show up to work to process and deliver the increasing demand for mailed goods.

04/15/2020

Why The Post Office Is Even More Awesome Than You Think It Is.

By Risa Mickenberg
The Postal Service is the largest employer in some states. It delivers 48% of the world’s mail, including social security checks, stimulus checks, voting ballots, medication, and hospital supplies.

04/24/2020

Trump: Postal service is a ‘joke’ that must raise prices to get bailout money

Politico

President Donald Trump said Friday that he would not approve any bailout for the U.S. Postal Service unless it dramatically increases its prices.

The Postal Service, which Trump called “a joke,” has warned of its serious financial distress for years. But with the U.S. economy staggered by the coronavirus, USPS reported a 30 percent decrease in volume. The service has requested as much as $75 billion in cash, loans and grants to stay afloat.

04/24/2020

Trump says he will block coronavirus aid for U.S. Postal Service if it doesn’t hike prices immediately

Washington Post

The president said the postal agency should quadruple its package delivery prices, otherwise he would block congressionally approved funding

04/23/2020

Trump administration considers leveraging emergency coronavirus loan to force Postal Service changes

Washington Post

President Trump has railed for years against what he sees as mismanagement of the agency, which he argues has been exploited by sites such as Amazon

04/20/2020

Postal Service collapse could devastate seniors, small businesses and rural areas

The Kansas City Star

If Jack Bainbridge couldn’t get his prescriptions through the mail, the 70-year-old Army veteran would have to make a 90-mile round trip to the VA Medical Center in Kansas City.

04/17/2020

Why We Should Love The Post Office

The American Conservative

Equal parts Rooseveltian and Rockwellian, the USPS and its universal mandate are pieces of our national inheritance.

04/13/2020

Unions back U.S. Postal Service’s $75B pandemic appeal, oppose right-wing privatization plans

People's World

Faced with a crash in mail volume and revenue due to closures to battle the coronavirus pandemic—right when the country needs the Postal Service the most to help get vital food, medicine, and other life-saving goods to everyone—Postmaster General Megan Brennan asked Congress for a combination of $75 billion in cash and credit to keep going through the financial disaster.

Her April 9 video briefing request, to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which handles postal legislation, drew immediate support from the nation’s two big postal unions, the Letter Carriers (NALC) and the Postal Workers (APWU).