[66], Most prescribed medications from the Veterans Administration are sent by mail. [69], Maine farmers reported that thousands of baby chicks had died in the mail after delays at the processing center in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. [60] Longtime Republican elections lawyer and former Federal Election Commission chairman Trevor Potter stated that under such a scenario, Trump could build up a lead among ballots cast on Election Day, claim victory, and then say, "stop counting ballots because all those absentee ballots are illegitimate. | WATCH LIVE - YouTube", "Pelosi, Democrats Considering Bringing House Back From Recess Early To Address Mail Crisis", "Pelosi calls House lawmakers back to vote on post office legislation", "Pelosi to Recall House for Postal Service Vote as Democrats Press for DeJoy to Testify", "Montana Republican senators join call: 'Delaying mail service is unacceptable, "GOP Sen. Susan Collins urges U.S. 7 April 2020 Like workers at the retail giant Amazon and across the logistics industry, drivers and warehouse workers for United Parcel Services (UPS) report dangerous workplace … A huge backlog of almost 50 million letters was being cleared today after postal workers accepted a deal to end a dispute which sparked wildcat strikes across the country. The company received $14 million in contracts in ten weeks between June and September 2020. "[32], A number of individuals, including candidates for public office, have filed lawsuits in federal court against the Postal Service, DeJoy and Trump in response to the crisis, and many more are expected. [58][59] In addition, there is a recurring phenomenon in U.S. elections called the "blue shift", whereby in-person votes tallied on election night favor Republicans, then later-tallied ballots (including mailed ballots) shift the final result toward the Democrats. AP Photo/David Banks. [83][84], On August 17, 2020, DeJoy agreed to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on August 24, and the next day he agreed to testify before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on August 21. Tweet . Asked in August 2020 whether he believed DeJoy was attempting "to sabotage the election by making cuts that slow down the flow of mail," Dimondstein said: "I can't really judge the motivation. [89][87] He said he was unable to do so. [29][30], Several state attorneys general are also beginning investigations to determine if DeJoy violated state election laws[31] and are coordinating their efforts. The 2020 United States Postal Service crisis is a series of events that have caused backlogs and delays in the delivery of mail by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Mail is getting backed up. 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Under judges’ orders, USPS has continued to provide data to federal courts on late and extra trips, mail delays and ballot delivery (a special election for Georgia’s two Senate seats is currently underway, with final in-person voting occurring on Jan. 5). [37][38][39][40], Voting by mail has become an increasingly common practice in the United States. DeJoy failed to comply, and judge Sullivan announced that DeJoy "should" be deposed. 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While DeJoy said USPS would quickly be able to recover from the setback and resume meeting its on-time delivery goals, the Postal Service never fully recovered from its performance dip. We're hearing from customers all over the country. The crisis stems primarily from changes implemented Postmaster General Louis DeJoy shortly after taking office in June 2020. Share Tweet . The share of voters nationwide who submit their ballots by mail has grown from about 8 percent in 1996 to about 21 percent in 2016. ... Postmaster General Louis DeJoy today announced a modified organizational structure for the U.S. "[35], U.S. representative Bill Pascrell requested the New Jersey attorney general to empanel a grand jury to investigate whether any state election laws were violated; the AG declined comment. [45], Because of the operational changes causing delays in mail delivery, the Postal Service sent a letter to 46 U.S. states in July 2020, warning each state that the service might not be able to meet that state's deadlines for requesting and casting absentee ballots. The 2020 United States Postal Service crisis is a series of events that have caused backlogs and delays in the delivery of mail by the United States Postal Service (USPS). [20] After DeJoy's announcement that he would suspend his changes, the Postal Service's director of maintenance instructed employees that "they are not to reconnect/reinstall machines that have previously been disconnected without approval from HQ Maintenance, no matter what direction they are getting from their plant manager. 17 April 2020 Thousands of mail carriers, sorters, and clerks who work for the United States Postal Service (USPS) are at risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 due to the dangerous … One protest took place on August 15 outside of DeJoy's home in Washington, D.C.; a second took place on August 16 at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina. [10] The agency's struggles were compounded by the financial crisis of 2007–2008 and subsequent recession, which caused overall mail volume to fall by one-third, and again by the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects. [97] A postal worker who anonymously spoke to the Washington Post summed it up, "“As bad as you think it is, it’s worse.” [98] Late in December, USPS acknowledged the delays on its website citing COVID-19 issues and a labor shortage and encouraging early mailing of packages, but for many with packages already trapped at distribution centers across the country it was expected to be too late to make a difference. [25] However, 95 percent of the mail sorting machines that were planned for removal had already been removed,[26] and in testimony to the Senate, DeJoy expressed that he had no intention of replacing them. On January 22, 2020, the USPS settled a national grievance with the Letter Carriers union over having exceeded the contractually agreed-upon caps on the hiring of noncareer letter carrier assistants. Clark has been a mail carrier with the U.S. 2020 election: Vote by mail works, despite what Donald Trump says The postmaster general is trying to place the postal workforce hors de combat in our war against the pandemic. [58] Public polling indicates that more Democrats plan to vote by mail in the elections than Republicans, possibly due to Trump's false claims of vote by mail being riddled with fraud. [50] Despite his unverified[49] claims of fraud, Trump himself voted by mail in recent elections, as did First Lady Melania Trump and many senior administration officials. The figure for the corresponding period in 2019 was $3.4 million. [53] Former U.S. president Barack Obama accused Trump of deliberately "kneecapping" the Postal Service in order to discourage people from voting. [5][6], On August 18, 2020, under heavy political and legal pressure, DeJoy announced that he would be "suspending" the policy changes until after the November 2020 election. [93], In December 2020, a combination of the cost-cutting measures instituted by Postmaster General Louis Dejoy and increased holiday season shipping volume resulted in widespread package shipping delays and "buckling" of the Postal system. Postal services have been suspended to some international destinations due to the lack of available transportation or at the request of the receiving Postal Operator. [73] For example, in New York, some mechanics disregarded an order to dismantle and remove a mail-sorting machine; in Michigan, some letter carriers disregarded an order to leave election mail behind; and in Ohio, some postal workers took steps to ensure that delayed prescriptions and benefit payments were delivered. The postal workers see it. 13 February 2020 Less than 12 weeks after the Communication Workers Union (CWU) refused to act on a 97 percent strike vote by Royal Mail workers, the union has announced a fresh … 08/13/2020 06:34 PM EDT ... after President Nixon’s tough-love treatment of postal workers led to a wildcat strike among letter carriers, public opinion quickly swayed in against the … [63] USPS Board of Governors chairman Mike Duncan also agreed to testify at the House hearing. Is that true? All rights reserved. "[63], Some companies have complained that the delays are hurting their business, since their reputation is dependent on being able to deliver their wares reliably and promptly. [79][80] She proposed an early vote on a bill to roll back the changes introduced by DeJoy, which Democrats have described as "a grave threat to the integrity of the election. [73], Some postal workers, aiming to prevent adverse effects on the election and on customer service, resisted the changes ordered by DeJoy. Postal Service is now looking to shake the restrictions that have prevented it from moving forward with a number of controversial reforms that led to slower mail delivery. [8], Businessman and Trump campaign megadonor[11] Louis DeJoy was sworn in as postmaster general on June 15, 2020; he is the first person since 1992 to assume the position without any prior experience in the United States Postal Service. [88] Senator Jacky Rosen asked DeJoy to provide the sources of data collected, data analyses, and considerations of consequences—specifically on veterans dependent on the mail for their prescriptions—that DeJoy had undertaken before implementing the removal of mail sorting machines, "reduction, elimination of overtime and late trips". [81] Some Republican senators have also called for reversing the changes, pointing out the importance of the Postal Service to rural residents; they include both senators from Montana and Senator Susan Collins of Maine. In a more recent discussion with large-scale mailers, DeJoy more explicitly signaled a return to his initiatives from the summer while finding new ways to grow revenue. No", "The Neutral Partisan Effects of Vote-by-Mail: Evidence from County-Level Roll-Outs | SIEPR", "There Is No Evidence That Voting By Mail Gives One Party An Advantage", "Here's one way Trump could try to steal the election, voting experts say", "As COVID-19 cases increase, most Americans support 'no excuse' absentee voting", "Why Do Election Results Change After Election Day? The Postal Service also paused a pilot program designed to get letter carriers out on their routes first thing in the morning, which would effectively force them to leave some mail behind each day. Moe Biller, Manhattan and Bronx Postal Union president, who had fled through a kitchen at a meeting last Thursday, flashed the V sign to his … "[24], On August 21, 2020, DeJoy testified before the U.S. Senate that he votes by mail. "[58] DeJoy denied accusations from members of Congress and voting rights advocates that the delivery delays were designed to sabotage election mail on Trump's behalf. The cash-strapped agency may soon receive some financial relief, as a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package currently being discussed on Capitol Hill would convert a $10 billion line of credit for USPS to a cash grant. [28] The Postal Service inspector general has opened an investigation into the changes made by DeJoy, including any possible conflicts of interest stemming from his $30 million ownership stake in XPO Logistics, which processes mail for the USPS. © 2021 by Government Media Executive Group LLC. They also enjoined USPS from slashing overtime. Larry Clark delivers the mail in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Friday, April 10, 2020. Election Commission Regains Quorum and Resumes Full Duties, Facing a Massive Backlog of Work. Postal Service has temporarily suspended the guarantee on Priority Mail Express International destined to China, France, … Replay. Today we welcome a guest post from Philip F. Rubio, author of Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. In some cities people report getting no mail at all for two or three weeks, and standing in line at the post office to see if it is there. Read our, Yes, I want to receive occasional updates from partners. Yes, Government Executive can email me on behalf of carefully selected companies and organizations. USPS has so far appealed injunctions issued in Washington, D.C., Washington state and Pennsylvania. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. The dispute between workers and the firm is over job security and terms … Postal workers were tired of barely seeing a living … Various judges blocked DeJoy’s initiative to cut back on late and early mail transportation trips, which he said were costly and unnecessary, as well as efforts to decommission mail processing equipment and blue collection boxes. [33] The state lawsuits were filed in spite of DeJoy's announcement that he would be suspending the changes. 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[1][2][3] The delays have had substantial legal, political, economic, and health repercussions. US Postal Service employees weren't involved in the dumping … By Rick Moran Sep 22, 2020 9:07 AM ET . [54], Contrary to Trump's stated belief that vote by mail harms Republicans,[55] there is no evidence that it benefits one party or the other, and both parties have incorporated it into their get-out-the-vote strategies for years. [15] DeJoy also reorganized USPS leadership and staffing. Effective March 23, 2020, due to airline travel restrictions and cancellations, the U.S. [76][77][78], On August 16, 2020, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ended a recess of the House of Representatives that had been scheduled to last until the week of September 14, calling lawmakers back to Washington to address the crisis. [32] Arizona secretary of state Katie Hobbs said, "In Arizona, it's against the law to 'delay the delivery of a ballot.' 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Share . "[75], The crisis precipitated protests against the changes made by DeJoy, with protesters calling for the postmaster general's resignation. [1][2][4], There is controversy and speculation about whether the delays are unintended consequences of restructuring operations, or if they were intentionally created for political and/or financial gain. Tacoma does it anyway", Postmaster general's actions 'truly slowing down' mail delivery, says head of postal workers union, "Protesters gather at Postal Service boss' home amid concerns over mailed ballots delays", "Demonstrators plan a second protest at the postmaster general's home", "Protesters gather outside Greensboro home of USPS Postmaster General Louis Dejoy. [90][91][92], Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, was denied access to two post offices in Florida when she tried to conduct an inspection on September 3. What would become known as the Great Postal Strike—an illegal wildcat strike that threatened the jobs, pensions and even freedom of scores of America’s mail carriers—had just begun. The customers see it. [52] Trump later defended the changes being made by DeJoy, saying that DeJoy wanted to "make the Post Office great again", a reference to Trump's own political slogan, "Make America Great Again". [70][71] After overtime was cut at a South Los Angeles sorting facility, packages piled up and blocked machines, rodents were swarming around containers of rotted fruit and meat, baby chicks were found dead inside their boxes, and the building filled with gnats. “While we do not intend to comment about the appeals we are pursuing, it remains our view that none of the election mail lawsuits are justified by the facts or supported by the applicable law,” Marshall said. 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The eight-day strike of some 150,000 letter carriers in 30 cities took the nation by surprise, but for many in the U.S. [21] After photos of boxes being removed were spread on social media, a Postal Service spokesman said they were being moved to higher-traffic areas but that the removals would stop until after the election. Postal Service Reinforces Importance of Mailing Packages Early - Newsroom - About.usps.com", "Postal workers are falsifying data, records show. [19] It was later explained that such machines are taken offline every year in response to diminishing volumes of letter mail, and that 671 of the machines (about 10 percent of the total) in 49 states had been slated for removal this year, 618 of them by August 1. 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