I’m aware that the Save the Post Office Coalition, a network of over 300 public interest groups, just called on you to nominate Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Sarah Anderson to the USPS Board of Governors. I am writing in strong support of this idea.
Congresswoman Lawrence and Ms. Anderson are public servants who would bring needed perspectives and expertise to the USPS Board of Governors, at a time when the nation is looking to the board to start asking the tough questions of Louis DeJoy.
The Board as presently constituted has failed to hold Louis DeJoy accountable as he has implemented chaotic delivery directives and advanced his 10-year plan. Adding two new public interest-minded postal board members who are more representative of the postal workforce and the nation at this crucial juncture is an essential step to removing DeJoy and defending what has long been our most respected public institution.
You have the power to name two progressives to the postal board. Given the current party affiliations of the Postal Board, you are not statutorily prevented from selecting two Democratic nominees to replace Donald Moak and William Zollars. In light of mounting obstructionism from the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee’s Republican membership in refusing to confirm even moderate Democratic nominees to federal posts, and the urgency of saving the Post Office, these nominees are a compelling case for a potential tie-breaking vote from the Vice President in the evenly divided Senate. The rare freedom the bylaws of the board grant President Biden to choose nominees without partisan constraints should not be taken for granted.
USPS and the nation need governors who understand that the USPS has always been and should remain a cherished public service. The postal board urgently needs a majority of governors who will push the USPS to look at its long-term financial health, invest in its workforce, and build a union-built electric postal fleet that will be better for the planet, for mail carriers, and for frontline communities. Thanks.
▶ First sent on November 1, 2022 by Jess Craven