Rep. Maloney Joins Postal Unions in Union Square for National ‘Day of Action’

Aug 18, 2020
Press Release

 

NEW YORK, NY – TodayCongresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, joined Postal Union leaders in Union Square as part of a national ‘Day of Action’ in support of the United States Postal Service (USPS), its mission, and postal carriers throughout the country. 

 

The House of Representatives will vote on Rep. Maloney’s Delivering for America Act this Saturday, August 22. The legislation prevents any further changes to USPS operating procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, through at least January 31, 2021 and reverses any changes made to January 1, 2020 standards.

 

The USPS provides essential services for the American people, but it is under attack. There have been widespread reports of delayed mail, removal of mailboxes from streets, and removal of equipment from processing facilities. Every single day the U.S. Postal Service delivers vital medicine, supplies, and paychecks. President Trump, Senate Republicans, and Postmaster General DeJoy are sabotaging the Postal Service with these operational changes. Now more than ever, it is crucial that the U.S. Postal Service receives the support and  funding it desperately needs in order to continue serving the American people and uphold our democracy.

 

Joined by Yvette Johnson, Vice President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, Congresswoman Maloney made the following statement:

 

"On this national Day of Action in support of the Postal Service, its mission, and postal carriers throughout the country, we stand committed to ensuring this vital service for New Yorkers and the American people. Thank you to Jonathan Smith, President of the New York Metro Area Postal Union APWU, Yvette Johnson, Vice President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, and the National Association of Letter Carriers for their ongoing support. This coming Saturday, the House will vote on my bill, the Delivering for America Act and on Monday August 24, Postmaster General DeJoy will testify before the Committee on Oversight and Reform. We will get answers for the American people.” 

 

Referring to the “operational changes” Postmaster DeJoy has implemented, the Congresswoman added, "I can think of no worse time than in the middle of a national health emergency and less than 90 days before an election to implement these changes. We’re seeing these delays all across the country, including here in New York. In addition, there have been disturbing reports of mailbox removal – with photos of boxes stacked high on the back of trailers. With experts predicting more mail in voting than ever before, this is voter disenfranchisement, plain and simple. We will, we must stop it." 

 

 "The National Postal Mail Handlers Union proudly represents nearly 50,000 mail handlers working in all of the nation’s large postal plants, throughout the 50 States and Puerto Rico. Our people are responsible for loading and unloading trucks, transporting mail within the facility (both manually and using powered industrial equipment such as fork-lifts), preparing, sorting, and containerizing the mail for distribution and delivery, and operating a host of machinery and automated equipment. The NPMHU has deep concerns about the actions of newly appointed Postmaster Louis DeJoy. Mail handlers and all postal employees take the mission of universal service and the timely processing of mail seriously. During the coronavirus pandemic, citizens rely on the USPS more than ever. Whether we are processing critical prescriptions or checks, birthday cards or ballots there is no justification for unnecessary delay. There is no justification for blanket reductions in overtime. There is no justification for removing machinery that is being used for the processing and delivery of the nation’s mail. The USPS has the infrastructure, the transportation network, and the dedicated personnel to handle any volume spikes as long as our hands are not tied behind our backs,” said National Postal Mail Handlers Union.

 

Background


On July 20, 2020, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Maloney, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, and Committee Member Brenda Lawrence, sent a letter to the Postmaster General regarding documents that appeared to outline operational changes to the Postal Service.

 

On July 22, 2020, the Postal Service responded to the Committee by stating that these changes had not, “originated from Postal Service Headquarters” and “should not be treated as official statements on Postal Service policy.”

 

On July 31, 2020, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7617, which included an amendment offered by Chairwoman Maloney, to stop the new Postmaster General’s drastic changes to the Postal Service from being implemented and maintain the mail service Americans deserve.

 

On Aug. 6, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney and Representative Peter King led 84 of their colleagues on a bipartisan letter to the Postmaster General expressing deep concerns about operational changes at the Postal Service that could have negative impacts on service standards and cause significant delays in mail delivery.

 

On August 7, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Homeland Security and Government Affairs Ranking Member Gary C. Peters, Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman  Gerald E. Connolly, National Security Subcommittee Chairman Stephen F. Lynch, Senator Thomas R. Carper, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Tina Smith, and Oversight Committee Member Brenda Lawrence sent a letter to the Postal Service Inspector General asking for an audit into the operational changes taking place at the Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

 

On August 11, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney introduced the Delivering for America Act, which would protect our nation's elections by prohibiting the Postal Service from implementing changes to operations or the level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at least until January 31, 2021.  These safeguards are essential in the face of attacks by the Trump Administration and this once-in-a-century pandemic. 

 

On August 22, 2020, the House of Representatives will vote on Chairwoman Maloney’s Delivering for America Act.

 

On August 24, 2020, Chairwoman Maloney will hold a hearing with the Postmaster General. A livestream will be available on the Committee website.

 

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