Which about summarizes my reaction to news that Donald Trump is wrecking the U.S. Postal Service.
Without question, new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has hurt the USPS during his brief tenure, particularly by ending overtime.
It’s also true that some changes he’s being blamed for, like pulling out high-speed letter sorting machines, were already in the works.
“You cannot say horrible service in Chicago started this spring,” said Mack Julion, a Chicago postal worker for 23 years and president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11. “Bad service in Chicago began at least a year ago and got worse during the pandemic.”
An institution as enormous as the post office is like an ocean liner. It takes time to turn. DeJoy showed up in June.
“The directives we hear are coming from his office have yet to hit the workroom floor in Chicago,” Julion said. “The bad that is bad now, that’s basically Chicago management. He can make it worse. You can’t cut overtime in Chicago because we don’t have enough carriers to deliver the mail. Here’s, that’s unthinkable.”
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