In cost-cutting efforts, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be eliminating overtime for its more than 600,000 workers. In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, USPS leaders wrote that postal workers would no longer work late shifts, leaving any leftover mail to be delivered the next day.
The news comes a month after Louis DeJoy took over as postmaster general in the midst of financial struggles for the postal service. The USPS had requested $75 billion dollars in funding from congress, but has not received any financial support outside of the $10 billion loan written into the CARES Act in March.
The CARES Act originally included $25 billion in funding for the postal service, but it was blocked and countered with the $10 billion loan, under the condition that changes be made, as President Donald Trump later said it had been “mismanaged for years.”
Trump tweeted, “I will never let our Post Office fail. It has been mismanaged for years, especially since the advent of the internet and modern-day technology. The people that work there are great, and we’re going to keep them happy, healthy, and well!”
On July 1, the House of Representatives passed the $1.5 trillion Moving Forward Act, which would give the USPS $25 billion to use toward operations and an overhaul of its fleet vehicles, replacing them with more eco-friendly electric, or zero-emission vehicles.
“The Postal Service is doing it in 35-year old delivery vehicles. They’re decrepit and incredibly expensive to maintain. This would help them buy a new fleet and help them get through this crisis,” Rep. Peter DeFazio wrote in the bill.
The bill will move to the Senate, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is “not going anywhere” citing the bill as “political theater.”