Mail Changes Affect Montana Letter Carriers | 406 Politics


The public responded by accusing Donald Trump’s fundraiser and postmaster Louis DeJoy of poking their noses into the postal service ahead of the general election. Then-Montana Gov. Steve Bullock sued DeJoy over the changes, citing mail delays and concerns about a fair election if the delivery of ballots by mail was not timely. Montana switched almost completely to postal voting during the pandemic.

These policies were eventually scrapped after sparking public outrage not only over the late letters, but also the removal of curbside mail drop boxes, as well as mail sorting equipment from the facilities. postal. The drop boxes have been returned.

Montana postal workers gathered to protest.

Julie Quilliam holds a sign as a group of postal workers and members of the Carriers Union gather at West 24th Street and Central Avenue to protest against changes to the U.S. Postal Service in 2020.

CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette

Earlier this year, DeJoy told the House Oversight Committee that the USPS struggled during the pandemic, like all organizations, often with too few people to deliver mail. The level of service provided by USPS has been deteriorating for years, DeJoy said, and has not started in 2020. USPS is supposed to be self-sustaining, which will require service changes and increased rates, he said. declared.

The proposed 10-year restructuring, intended to stem the USPS’s financial woes, comes as the state and nation’s postal service improves. The WestPac regional office has not reported any mail delays in and around Billings, for example. The government agency would not disclose delivery data for the state, calling the information a “trade secret” available only on request for public documents.

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