“We will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards,” DeJoy said, vowing at least a temporary halt to what he called “operational initiatives” that triggered the most alarm.
“It’s good he’s tapping the brakes,” said David Grosskopf, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Western New York branch three, representing about 1,400 members.
Still, Grosskopf said the Postal Service in the past few months disconnected five letter barcoding machines from its distribution center on William Street, machines that sort letters sent on to individual stations.
Those decisions, he said, only elevate the pressure on clerks and carriers to keep up – sometimes unsuccessfully – with pandemic deliveries that include such household necessities as checks and prescriptions.
Grosskopf said his focus is the longterm well-being of carriers and other employees, part of what he describes as an increasingly besieged operating chain that brings letters and packages to your front porch. The biggest question about DeJoy’s statement, to Grosskopf, is whether it simply involves a halt on any cutbacks, or if DeJoy will mandate steps to relieve the backlog caused by earlier decisions.
He said hundreds of USPS supporters are expected to gather at 2 p.m. Friday, outside the William Street post office, to call on the Postal Service to rebuild the delivery network, as it was – certainly in time for the election.