The United States Postal Service, currently being undermined by the orange maniac in what is hopefully a self-defeating attempt to steal the election, is theoretically overseen by its Board of Governors. The Board only has seven members at the moment, five of whom are Republicans. One of the five is the Postmaster General, a wealthy Republican donor who had to be approved by the other members of the Board.
The Board’s current membership and the fact that the Board rarely meets suggest that putting pressure on the Board in order to protect the Postal Service won’t have much effect. But it won’t hurt to let them know how you feel about recent events, which include:
- New work rules that prohibit overtime and require mail carriers to begin their routes before their trucks are fully loaded.
- The removal of mail sorting machines and mailboxes all over the country
- The abrupt reassignment of a number of experienced managers
- Widespread delays, sometimes several days long, in mail delivery (affecting, for example, the Veterans Administration’s delivery of prescriptions to military veterans)
- The cost of mailing a ballot being increased from 22 to 55 cents.
- The president announcing that he won’t approve giving the Postal Service the funds it needs because those funds would help the Postal Service handle an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots (during a pandemic the president has made incredibly worse).
Someone on Twitter kindly supplied the contact information for six of the Board members, including their email addresses. I’ve added the Postmaster General’s:
- Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General: email@example.com
- Robert Duncan, Chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
- John Barger: email@example.com
- Ron Bloom: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ramon Martinez IV: email@example.com
- Donald L. Moak: firstname.lastname@example.org
- William Zollars: DirectorAccessMailbox@cigna.com
The information on Twitter was hard to read and you never know how reliable anything is on the internet, so my apologies if any of these addresses are incorrect.
I’m going to send these gentlemen an email requesting that they call an emergency meeting in order to undo as many of the recent changes as possible, thus making sure that the Postal Service is able to fulfill its statutory requirement to “provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services” to its customers.
If you are represented in Congress by any Republicans, you might tell them to immediately approve the $25 billion legislation to fund the Postal Service that their president, one of the worst people in the world, opposes.