Restore USPS to financial health | READER COMMENTARY
For The Baltimore Sun|
Feb 24, 2021 at 12:03 PM
In August 2020, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy ordered the removal of high-speed sorting machines from some post office facilities and required the reduction or elimination of overtime pay for employees. Those changes, combined with an increase in the volume of mail processed for the election and during the holiday season, exacerbated an already untenable situation for the United States Postal Service.
In February 2020, with bipartisan support, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the USPS Fairness Act, whose principal aim was to repeal the retiree pre-funding health care mandate. However, the bill languished in the U.S. Senate. Recently, the measure was re-introduced in the House (H.R. 695) and in the Senate (S. 145).
The necessity to pass the USPS Fairness Act must not be underestimated. Abolishing the crippling pre-funding mandate will finally allow the Postal Service to reestablish a firm financial foundation. It will also pave the way for investments in infrastructure and the introduction of innovative services that have long been overdue.