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Is the Postal Service Slowing Mail Delivery?

Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Senior Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia | 7/31/2020, 6 a.m.
“Congress authorized a $10 billion loan to the postal service as part of a coronavirus relief package. Still, Treasury Secretary ...
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Already frustrated with late, delayed or lost mail?

Residents who depend on the U.S. Postal Service can expect even more frustration.

As first reported by the Associated Press, mail deliveries could be delayed by a day or more under cost-cutting efforts being imposed by the new post- master general.

“The plan eliminates overtime for hun- dreds of thousands of postal workers and says employees must adopt a different mindset to ensure the Postal Service’s survival during the coronavirus pan- demic,” The Associated Press reported, citing a confidential memo circulated throughout the postal service.

Late trips will no longer be authorized. If postal distribution centers are running late, “they will keep the mail for the next day,” Postal Service leaders wrote in a document.

“One aspect of these changes that may be difficult for employees is that — tem- porarily — we may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor or docks,” another document says, the AP reported.

In a livestream interview, Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) told BlackPressUSA

Trump’s authoritarian rot is dissolving the American state— and raising the possibility of interference with the 2020 election.”

Trump has voiced strong opposition to mail-in voting.

Additionally, many said the slowdown impacts minorities more than anyone else.

“As a small business owner who shipping or decrease our already small mar-gins if possible, to offer faster shipping.”

Harris added that USPS priority mail had enabled his company to offer free shipping on all orders. He noted that UPS and FedEx are more expensive options and are much slower.

“For many minority businesses, we have to compete with much larger com- panies, and we need every advantage that we can get. If I can at least offer free shipping, then it’s one less customer objection that we have to overcome,” Harris said.

Elizabeth Weatherby, who works for the integrated marketing development company, Youtech, recanted a recent move across the country from Massa- chusetts to Arizona.

She said she sent her security deposit overnight via the post office and ex- pected it to arrive long before her week- long journey.

“By the time I had arrived in Arizona, the check was still not delivered to my housing management company. What’s even more strange is that when I called USPS, no matter what number, what of- fice, what location, I could not get through to anyone,” Weatherby stated. “I was waiting on hold forever and couldn’t even speak with a representa- tive. In-person, I had to go to every sin- gle post office in my new town to track down my check. I am lucky my housing management still let me move in. I defi- nitely think this could be due to the Trump Administration slowing down the ability to vote by mail.”

Is the Postal Service Slowing Mail Delivery?

“Congress authorized a $10 billion loan to the postal service as part of a coronavirus relief package. Still, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin steadfastly has refused to hand over the money until the USPS turns over much of its operations to him.”that Congress had approved new fund- ing for the U.S. Postal Service and hoped to do more.