Don’t Derail Delivery of Life-Saving Medicine

Target: Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General of the United States

Goal: Speed up postal delivery to ensure Americans receive their medications for serious illnesses.

“We may see mail left behind or mail on the workroom floor or docks”: a memo from the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) newly installed leadership warns of this likely reality as citizens around the country are already complaining of significantly delayed postal deliveries. For many, including scores of veterans, this forsaken mail is not merely a letter or a junk advertisement but life-saving medication. Every day, countless prescription medicines are delivered by mail to customers who depend on these remedies to treat everything from diabetes to heart conditions.  Some recent delays have spanned weeks, especially in the wake of controversial actions taken by Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

In just his first few weeks, DeJoy has already reassigned and overhauled key positions within the beleaguered service. He has also scrapped overtime policies for overburdened workers who rely on this extra support for 20 percent of their income. As a result, mail delivery across the country has slowed exponentially. DeJoy even reportedly told delivery workers to leave mountains of mail behind. These questionable moves are expected to multiply. The next damaging step may involve removing hundreds of high-efficiency mail processing machines from circulation.

While DeJoy claims all changes were made in the interest of speed and profit, fierce critics believe politics is at the driving force behind  the postal disruptions. DeJoy’s appointment appears less a result of his credentials and more instigated by his standing as a mega-donor of a president who has already made his intentions clear to hold up funding for postal services in the run-up to the November election. Before his appointment, DeJoy reportedly invested tens of millions in companies whose sole mission is to run the USPS out of business.

These political games must end when they put countless Americans’ lives at risk. Sign the petition below to demand the new Postmaster General honor his oath to serve the people by promoting fair and fast postal delivery.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. DeJoy,

“I have a great appreciation for this institution and the dedicated workers who faithfully execute its mission.” This mission of which you spoke involves delivering prompt, equal service to all Americans “nor rain, nor sleet, nor snow.” This mission does not make an exception for the boss’s political prospects.

Since you began your tenure, you have consistently undermined and denigrated this mission. You have tossed loyal employees aside to install cronies in their place. You have instructed postal workers to go against their training by leaving countless pieces of mail behind. You have deprived this institution of the one tool, overtime, that helps it survive. Now you apparently plan to wipe out hundreds of the very machines meant to ensure postal efficiency.

In an era of unprecedented strain, you are dealing death blows to an institution of and for the people. In the process, you are abandoning millions of Americans who no longer enjoy prompt mail-order access to critical medications. This is the most unforgivable death blow of all.

In a century, do you want to be remembered as the man who willfully worsened this nation’s most profound modern public health crisis….or the man who helped shepherd America to the other side? Please honor your vows; they still mean something. Stop destroying the USPS via an inside job, stop putting American’s health and very lives in danger, and start fulfilling the mission that has sustained this service, and America itself, for centuries.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: C. Scott Lopez




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3 Comments

  1. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    This is a national DISGRACE. People need lifesaving medicine and checks to pay for groceries and rent. You are playing with peoples’ lives, and you have their blood on your hands.

  2. Gillian Miller says:

    I notice that Trump is being blamed, surprise, surprise. The USPS has been like this for years and needs streamlining. Individuals within the company do excellent work but it is those areas where they don’t which needs review.

  3. Justin Recht says:

    It does not affect them – so why would they care, they have enough money to buy what they need.
    Another big Thank You to administrators.

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