Washington Post | 04/23/2020
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
The cheeky note on the roll of toilet paper says, ‘we hope your day isn’t too crappy! We know being out is a risk and we appreciate you!’
Mail carriers are also still reporting to duty, even with personal risk. “Each individual feels their personal safety could be jeopardized and that of their family,” Mack Julion, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 11. Their concerns, the same as others on the battleground of this pandemic: access to personal protective equipment and safety.
The unions representing these essential workers now want to make it official, to be recognized as true first responders to give them access to what they need.
The bipartisan bill would ease the financial challenges that critics have used to justify calls for postal worker wage cuts and selling lucrative parts of the service to for-profit corporations.
WATCH: 400,000 signatures Supporting a Public Postal Service to the USPS Board of Governors
KFOR Oklahoma News 4
The hunt is on for a new postmaster general, and some say whoever gets that job could have a big impact on how you get your mail. That’s because the Trump administration wants to sell off and privatize parts of the postal service. But some who are against that idea said it will make getting your mail tougher and cost some mail workers their jobs. The White House said the US Postal Service should be a private business, not part of the government. But Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, said mail service is too important to privatize.
“Everybody has the same right tho have mail service, no matter who we are and where we live, and that would all be threatened, undermined, and done away with postal privatization,” said Dimondstein.
In 2018, Trump called for a task force to restructure, or even sell off, the post office.
Now, Diamondstein’s fears are growing as the search is on for a new postmaster general.
“We’re very concerned that they may bring in a postmaster general to carry out the plans of the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is to sell it,” he said.
The American Prospect
The United States Postal Service (USPS) finds itself at a crossroads between the Trump administration’s prescription for privatization and the potential to implement more innovative services. The current postmaster general, Megan J. Brennan, announced her retirement in October 2019, and whoever the Board of Governors appoints to fill the vacancy at the head of America’s oldest and most popular public service will decide which path USPS takes.
It’s time once again to stand up for the most popular government agency of all, the one that curiously has come under the most consistent attack by the Trump administration and its congressional henchpersons.
The right to an inexpensive, public postal system in the United States has roots that go back further than most amendments recorded in the Bill of Rights.
In 1775, Benjamin Franklin ran the post office and used it to sustain communications between a small group of revolutionaries who would soon wage a winning war against the largest empire in the world. In 1792, George Washington and James Madison created legislation to allow newspaper companies to send their products through the mail at very low rates and to protect correspondence from any prying eyes. That act is credited with cementing Americans’ rights to free information and privacy.