Sabotage: Postal Workers Report Removal Of Sorting Machines
According to Common Dreams, the head of the Iowa Postal Workers Union “alleged Tuesday that mail sorting machines are ‘being removed’ from Post Offices in her state due to new policies imposed by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump whose operational changes have resulted in dramatic mail slowdowns across the nation.”
- NPR’s Noel King asked whether Iowa Postal Workers Union President Kimberly Karol, a 30-year Postal Service veteran, has felt the impact of DeJoy’s changes.
“Mail is beginning to pile up in our offices, and we’re seeing equipment being removed,” Karol explained. “I don’t see this as cost-saving measures. I see this as a way to undermine the public confidence in the mail service. It’s not saving costs. We’re spending more time trying to implement these policy changes. And it’s, in our offices, costing more over time.”
- According to critics, DeJoy’s policies “are sabotaging the Postal Service’s day-to-day operations less than 90 days before an election that could hinge on mail-in ballots,” RawStory wrote.
“In Iowa, we are losing machines. And they already in Waterloo were losing one of those machines. So that also hinders our ability to process mail in the way that we had in the past,” Karol continued, saying she is “not a fan” of the postmaster general.
- Observers reacted by viewing Karol’s comments “as further confirmation that DeJoy is deliberately attempting to damage the Postal Service with the goal of helping Trump win reelection in November,” the report continued.
- The Week’s political columnist Ryan Cooper tweeted that this is “a conspiracy to steal the election,” and freelance journalist Erin Biba said this is “sabotage.”