Postal Service Shake-Up Creating Delays

Ballot-by-mail controversy increases.

A reorganization program at the United States Postal Service (USPS) is leading to mail delays, according to postal union officials. Their report strengthens President Trump’s concerns that the service could destabilize the present American desire to cast ballots by mail for the November 3 presidential election.

The new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, has ordered operational changes and a clampdown on overtime as part of a plan to overhaul the USPS which reported a loss of $2.2 billion in the last quarter.

As a result, thousands of letters have been delayed in South Western New York, Maine, and elsewhere, delivery drivers follow a new directive to leave on time even if the mail is not fully loaded, and, with the coronavirus, manpower is also at a premium in many locations.

The USPS released a statement on operational changes:  “The United States Postal Service is developing a business plan to ensure that we will be financially stable and able to continue to provide dependable, affordable, safe and secure delivery of mail and packages to all Americans as a vital part of the nation’s critical infrastructure. The plan, which will be presented to the Board of Governors when it is finalized, will include new and creative ways to help us fulfill our mission, and will focus on the Postal Service’s strengths to maximize our prospects for long-term success.

“In addition to developing a broader business plan, the Postal Service is taking immediate steps to increase operational efficiency by re-emphasizing existing plans that have been designed to provide prompt and reliable service within current service standards. By running operations on time and on schedule, we will enhance our ability to be sustainable so that we can continue to provide high-quality, reasonably-priced service to all people and businesses in the country.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the new postmaster general and the reorganizations that are needing to take place at the Postal Service.
  • For elections officials to be wise and thorough in their considerations of an all-mail-in ballot election, or some variation of it.
  • That Americans can have confidence in the integrity of the coming presidential election.

Sources: Reuters, ABC News


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