Not when Trump has made it clear from day one that their goal is to privatize the USPS.
- Existing USPS problems (pensions)
- The revenue loss due to COVID
- What this administration has done to stop the efforts to help USPS.
Or in other words, it limits Mnunchin's hold on the USPS. Why does that matter? Well:
They need the funding urgently, and WE as voters (because hey, it's an election year!) can play a critical role in forcing this issue.
The thing with the USPS, is that everyone is so used to the USPS being an institution, it's never treated as an *urgent issue*.
And this is on both electeds and voters.
*We* have to make our electeds know we know how essential this is, and force focus.
They're the ones who are the direct channel to carriers/staff on the ground. They KNOW what USPS needs. Shouldn't we be supporting the experts right now?
- Buying their products
- Sending mail,
- Reaching out to your local branch and asking if they need anything, e.g. face masks.
I've mentioned before, but the branch I visited? They were about out of PPE. Front line workers shouldn't have -
(And yes - hence the urgent need for the $25 billion.)
5. When calling your federal electeds? Ask House Oversight to hold hearings into this.
They're struggling and need the $.
Or as the USPS union rep said when I was there that day, "Our service is going to look very different come fall", if legislation is not passed.
We need them for a wide range of needs, including vote-by-mail. Please do what works.
1. Updating their fleet,
2. Critical overtime/hazard pay
3. Trump-installed leadership
But right now, the most critical is to get them the $ they need to make it through this period.
It's about direct pressure on electeds, and a reminder we want urgent USPS support. We CAN make a difference, but we need to commit to doing it.