An alliance of consumer advocates, postal workers and community groups is pushing back against efforts by the Trump administration to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) by eliminating the agency’s service requirements or by privatizing it.
Calling itself the “Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service,” the coalition on Jan. 6 plans to demand the USPS Board of Governors appoint a postmaster general who will “maintain a public postal service.” At a demonstration in Washington, D.C., the group will present the board with a petition with 350,000 signatures.
USPS announced in October that current Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan will retire Jan. 31.
“The postmaster general has wide powers to shape the mission of USPS and there is a real risk that Brennan’s successor could hand over parts of the service to private, profit-making corporations and prepare it for a wholesale sell-off,” the coalition’s petition states. “The people will rightly expect a new postmaster general who will uphold the Postal Service’s public mission and will work to preserve and enhance our national treasure.”