Local mail delivery could be delayed as postal service focuses on cutting costs

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 8:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 10:18 AM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - Sweeping changes to the United States Postal Service may affect how quickly customers in Central Texas and around the nation receive their mail.

In a internal memo, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced workers would not be allowed to work overtime.

Workers are directed to leave on time, even if mail has not been delivered.

"The emphasis is no longer on timely dispatching, getting the mail out and that's troubling to a lot of postal employees," said Charles Tillman, a representative of the Texas Postal Workers Union.

The new changes will also cut hours at various post office locations across the country.

According to a CBS report, the postal service lost a reported $4.5 billion loss in the quarter before the full effects of the Coronavirus outbreak set in.

DeJoy said the changes are to help pull the postal service out of its financial woes.

“We also need to recognize our issues and urgently embrace the changes required to unleash the full range of possibilities,” DeJoy said, “We need to start yesterday. "

DeJoy, political ally of President Trump, has faced criticism since his appointment in June. Democrats like Bernie Sanders have called for DeJoy to resign or be removed from his position.

House Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, introduced the Delivering for America Act to reverse the organizational and structural changes made by Dejoy.

Lawmakers and postal unions have said the timing of the changes is an attempt to destabilize the postal system ahead of the November election where an unprecedented number of Americans are expected to vote by mail.

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