NALC believes that this shared vision should embrace a strategy to grow as a public institution that values its employees and that works with its unions to promote high-quality service, safety, efficiency and a workplace culture of mutual respect.
At a time when hundreds of thousands of letter carriers and other postal employees are bravely demonstrating once again why the Postal Service is the country’s most popular federal agency by serving heroically during this pandemic—delivering public health alerts, medical supplies, tests, prescriptions, relief checks and online purchases to households sheltering in place—the Postal Service needs sound and innovative leadership. Indeed, earlier this week, the NALC and the other postal unions sent a letter to the USPS Board of Governors lauding its leadership in urging Congress to provide direct assistance to the Postal Service during this unprecedented crisis. The letter also urged the Board to continue to resist inappropriate meddling by the Treasury Department in postal operations. Today, we ask the same of the new postmaster general.
Keeping politics out of the Postal Service and maintaining its independence is central to its success—this is one of the reasons that 90 percent of all Americans, from both parties and ranging from rural areas to big cities, support the USPS.
We applaud Mr. DeJoy’s willingness to take on this public service challenge at this most difficult time in the near-250-year history of the Postal Service. Perhaps only Benjamin Franklin, the first PMG, has taken this job at a more challenging time.
Finally, we thank Postmaster General Megan Brennan for her service and offer congratulations on her retirement.