DeJoy’s devious plans for the postal service didn’t end with the election

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The plan he plans to implement would, according to Post sources, end a day and two for top-notch mail like bills, payments, and letters, and tie it up with the rest of the top-notch mail in three to five minutes. Daily delivery window. The USPS has not yet published its performance for the first part of 2021, but only 38% of this mail class – the 3- to 5-day First Class – made their destinations on time. There are plans to give up sending mail by air and instead load everything onto trucks in the name of cost savings. In 2020, the agency spent more than $ 457 million on air travel on first-class mail and $ 314 million on trucking. It is unclear how much more would have to be spent on ground transportation if the entire volume of airmail were diverted there. Many individuals and companies will decide that getting their products to customers in a day is too important and they will move their business elsewhere, to another carrier that will take over overnight.

Incidentally, this ground transport will not only take place on post trucks. These include contractors such as XPOLogistics, “one of the largest transportation and logistics companies in the world,” in which DeJoy happens to have an approximately $ 30 million financial interest. DeJoy has benefited personally for years from USPS contracts from his ownership of New Breed Logistics, which was acquired by XPO Logistics in 2015. Back in 1992, New Breed had uncompetitive contracts with the postal service that cost USPS up to $ 53 million above what they would have paid if the contracts were competitive.

Despite discovering all of this information about DeJoy and how he is still benefiting from his stake in XPOLogisitics – which still has transportation contracts with the agency – the Board of Governors has given him permission to do whatever he wants with the agency. That’s apparently supposed to destroy it – but that’s not surprising, it’s Republican. They were almost as anxious to undermine the postal service as they were social security – anything that could be privatized and monetized so that they and their friends could benefit. That and their allergy to any part of the government that works efficiently and is popular.

DeJoy and Ron Bloom, chairman of the Postal Service’s board of governors, are due to testify before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on February 24. The hearing “will examine legislative proposals to put the postal service on a stronger level
Sustainable financial base for the future while maintaining the delivery performance standards that the American people rely on, “announced Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney. This is to advance the legislation that burdens the agency financially – the burden that debt.” by DeJoy and the The Postal Service is the only agency required to prepay for 75 year old health care benefits for future retirees, a crippling 2006 congressional obligation that Congress now appears to be repealing.

But even before that, President Joe Biden can do what activists – and lawmakers like Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat – have called for the USPS to preserve the entire Board of Governors over “the recent and pathetic failure of leadership at the top.” “Only the Board of Governors has the power to oust DeJoy, and the only way that will happen is through an accountable board. And that’s the only way to restore postal service, especially to the people who depend on it.” Such bottlenecks put people at risk like veterans and older adults, not getting their life saving prescriptions on time. Families are at risk of missing their paychecks, utility bills, credit card payments and court orders, and hard-hit small businesses run the risk of not getting “critical deliveries for their customers on time,” Duckworth wrote.

“These failures are inexcusable at any moment, especially amid a pandemic and presidential year that saw Americans increasingly using postal ballot papers,” continued Duckworth. “It will take significant work to restore confidence in this important institution, and while Americans are still celebrating their local postman, they remain concerned about the people who run this agency.”

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