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(45,895 posts)
Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:12 PM Jan 2021

How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service


In November, on the day that networks called the election for Joe Biden, cheering crowds stopped mail trucks in the streets of New York City to thank postal workers for delivering more than 135 million mail-in ballots on time during a pandemic. Now, in Washington, DC, a coalition of lawmakers and advocates are trying to pull off a different sort of feat: saving the United States Postal Service.

Without help from the federal government, the Postal Service could run out of cash later this year. Such a financial crisis would mean laying off workers, limiting service, and worsening delays — and delays are already so bad that holiday cards mailed in early December are still being delivered in late January. In the long term, Congress could decide to privatize the Postal Service, fulfilling one of the Trump administration’s ambitions but likely denying service to millions of Americans.

While it sounds a bit odd at first, an increasingly popular idea to fix the agency’s financial woes is to give it more jobs to do. In other words, to grapple with its ongoing existential crisis, the Postal Service needs to rethink its very existence.

“There needs to be creativity and other things the post office can do, when it’s done its mission of binding the country together,” Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), told Recode. “So we’re very keen on all sorts of expanded services.”

Put differently, even if Congress pulls through with a bailout and ends the prefunding mandate mess, the Postal Service still needs to evolve to survive. The Save the Postal Office Coalition, which includes 300 groups, including the APWU, MoveOn, and Color for Change, came together not long after DeJoy joined the agency and is calling for $89 billion in emergency relief for the agency in President Biden’s first 100 days. It’s also pushing for Biden to appoint a “postal czar” who favors postal banking and reform-minded leaders to fill the four open seats on the USPS Board of Governors, which Trump had left empty in the final months of his presidency. If Biden fills all the seats, Democrat-appointed governors would make up a majority of the board, giving them the power to remove DeJoy from office and reshape the Postal Service’s role in American life.

The article is mostly about postal banking. There are ways to remove DeJoy and put in someone who will do the job correctly through appointing governors to the board.
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How the Biden administration can save the Postal Service (Original Post) IronLionZion Jan 2021 OP
Could just stop sabotaging it for one. Get dejoy the hell out soothsayer Jan 2021 #1
Republican business efficiency has worked out super well this past year IronLionZion Jan 2021 #2
My brother ellie Jan 2021 #7
They ran it like a business because they're such job creators IronLionZion Jan 2021 #9
I Love, Love, Love DAMANgoldberg Jan 2021 #3
Yes to Postal Banking! c-rational Jan 2021 #4
Agreed! scarletwoman Jan 2021 #5
Love your avatar image and signature line. c-rational Jan 2021 #6
The USPS has been wearing a target for years now. BobTheSubgenius Jan 2021 #8
What a coincidence Larissa Jan 2021 #10


(38,601 posts)
1. Could just stop sabotaging it for one. Get dejoy the hell out
Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:24 PM
Jan 2021

Treat is as a utility and stop pretending it’s a business.


(45,895 posts)
2. Republican business efficiency has worked out super well this past year
Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:26 PM
Jan 2021

People are still getting Christmas cards a month later


(6,930 posts)
7. My brother
Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:25 AM
Jan 2021

received his Christmas card from me last week. I mailed it before Christmas and it traveled from Denver to Detroit. What the hell?


(45,895 posts)
9. They ran it like a business because they're such job creators
Mon Jan 25, 2021, 01:09 AM
Jan 2021

They put in draconian cost cutting measures which caused severe delays. There were firings, reassignments, cutting overtime pay, etc. There are probably some lawsuits around delaying the mail deliberately to impact the election or something like that. DeJoy also owns major investments in postal contracting firms so there's some conflict of interest.


(1,278 posts)
3. I Love, Love, Love
Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:29 PM
Jan 2021

the idea of Postal Banking. I'm happy with my financial institution, PayPal, and whatnot, but would love to have an option to use the Post Office (~1mi from my house) to help my linear financial life. Also, this can be the vehicle to provide direct financial assistance to individuals (UBI, Stimulus/Survival, Pandemic Support, etc.) and to do it in a seamless, near automated way.


(2,625 posts)
6. Love your avatar image and signature line.
Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:49 PM
Jan 2021

Also appreciate your family history. My grandmother was born in 1887 and lived with us until she passed inn 1985.


(11,614 posts)
8. The USPS has been wearing a target for years now.
Mon Jan 25, 2021, 01:07 AM
Jan 2021

Being mandated to fund pensions for people that have yet to even be born is beyond outrageous.


(792 posts)
10. What a coincidence
Mon Jan 25, 2021, 02:19 AM
Jan 2021

I just happened to be propped up at my desktop right now paying bills on line. It's a big difference from my previous routine of just mailing them. No more. The Post Office is just unable to get mail delivered on time. Here, in New Jersey, it's been a serious problem. One example I can use is myself. Last month I paid a visit to my doctor. She typically renews prescriptions I might need. This time, however, a substitute doc inadvertently forwarded one of the prescriptions to be mailed! I didn't realize the error until I got home. If you can believe it, the order for mail delivery of my prescription was sent out on December 30th, 2020. The company shipped the meds on December 31, 2020. I received the meds on January 19, 2021 -- almost three weeks later!

I can never remember having such a problem with the post office. The bad thing -- at least for the post office -- is that other folks I know have started to avoid sending or receiving time sensitive materials, via the post office. This was never a problem before Trump inserted DeJoy -- all part of a effort to rig the election on his behalf. It's a shame. The postal workers are truly amazing folks; I have often marveled at their diligence over the years.

Perhaps it would have been better to let the public know, officially, that there was/is a slow down problem. (It wouldn't have been a surprise to know that Covid-19 has had an impact. To say nothing of DeJoy's deliberate monkey-wrenching the works -- such as destroying sorting machines.) Lots of folks receive critical material such as medication, checks, farmer's chicks, etc. Late billing statements can create additional fees and ding credit.

Here's a recent NYT's related article:

nytimes.com: Postal Service Survived Election, Then Was Buried by Holiday Packages

Everything Trump touches dies.

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