Statement by Mark Dimondstein
Postmaster General DeJoy’s mid-July implementation of a series of new policies slowed down and delayed the mail. These included the arbitrary canceling of overtime, limiting mail transportation runs, and demands that everything run on time, even if it meant leaving large quantities of mail undelivered.
APWU members are deeply committed to our mission of serving the public with “prompt, reliable and efficient” services to all communities. This has been powerfully underscored by their incredible dedication to connecting the country as frontline essential workers during these difficult and dangerous times of the pandemic.
Our members, our leaders and our union vehemently oppose policies that delay the mail, degrade service and drive business and revenue away from the Postal Service and deprive the public of the services they need
APWU members made outstanding efforts exposing the negative impact of these policies on postal customers. Workers, local, state and national union leaders forcefully took our concerns to TV, radio, print and social media. We organized rallies. We’ve been the eyes and ears documenting delayed mail. We spoke with Congressional representatives and other elected officials.
Our efforts were combined with those of postal customers, civil rights and veteran organizations, other labor unions and community groups, and many elected officials. There has been a sustained chorus throughout the land in support of the public Postal Service and postal workers.
Yesterday, PMG DeJoy was compelled to halt a number of these policies, at least temporarily through the November election. He also committed that the Postal Service will fully assist state election commissions to successfully meet the growing needs of vote-by-mail during this pandemic.
These rollbacks would not have happened without public outcry and action. The public would not have been aware of these regressive policies if APWU leaders, members and postal workers around the country had not sounded the alarm and led the charge.