(WYTV) – As decisions from the nation’s capital are still being discussed, two local communities came together to support the postal service.
Saturday morning, local supporters gathered in front of two post offices, one in Girard and another in Youngstown.
“We want to be here to support our post office. We understand from people inside, from all the news, that they’re dismantling the sorting machines in the post office,” said an organizer in Girard, Wendy Shone.
In Youngstown, a larger crowd of about 30 people also echoed this same argument.
“This is hitting across the board, and this is wrong. This is our United States Postal Service,” said Democratic Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan of Ohio’s 58th District.
Joining the crowd in Youngstown was the President of the Local Union 443, Dominic Corso. He explained to the crowd and local media what’s happened inside.
“We used to have seven machines working the mail. Now, we only have four machines working the mail. So there’s a backlog everyday of mail,” Corso said.
He says mail trucks are sometimes sent out without mail.
With the pandemic, Corso also says there has been a shortage of workers nationwide, and the post office is cutting overtime.
“People are willing to pitch in, but the post office will not allow them. They will not allow them to come in on their days off,” Corso said.
“It hits for my 89-year-old father who is waiting for his Master Card bill to come in the mail to my friends who are not getting their prescriptions in the mail,” Lepore-Hagan said.
Congressman Bill Johnson released the following statement on this issue:
“I’m just about to leave Washington D.C. after returning early this morning to vote. Not on anything coronavirus or stimulus related, but instead on the latest controversy drummed up by Speaker Pelosi and her liberal left allies surrounding the United States Post Office (USPS).
“There is no doubt the USPS plays a critically important role in connecting much of rural America with the rest of the world. But, the USPS’s financial difficulties are well known – it has lost more than $78 billion since 2007, and the General Accounting Office (GAO) describes the USPS’s business model as ‘not financially sustainable.’ This issue didn’t just appear overnight as many on the left would have you believe. The removal of mail boxes is also not new: 14,000 of them were removed during the Obama administration.
“What did happen, however, over the last couple of weeks, is that Democrats conjured up yet another fake scandal in an attempt to hurt President Trump. Speaker Pelosi recently claimed that seniors’ Social Security checks are in jeopardy because of the USPS’s lack of funding. This is false, and she knows it. Most seniors have had their checks electronically deposited since 2013.
“Speaker Pelosi just had us vote to give the USPS $25 billion more. However, the USPS was recently given the authority to borrow $10 billion in a recent coronavirus relief bill that President Trump signed into law. USPS and the US Department of the Treasury agreed to loan terms and conditions on July 29. In the USPS’s own report issued on June 30, the agency stated it has enough money to make it through at least August 2021. Needless to say, I VOTED NO on this legislation.
“I’m not concerned about Ohio’s election process. In our state we have a solid system in place where citizens can request an absentee ballot. And, of course, people can always vote in-person early or on Election Day. It is also clear that even a massive surge in absentee voting would pale in comparison to peak mail volume around the holiday season. That said, I have encouraged Postmaster General DeJoy to work with Secretary of State LaRose to ensure absentee ballots and other election materials are moved through the system timely.”
Congressman Tim Ryan also made the following statement in support of the Delivering for America Act, which passed the House of Representatives Saturday:
“As our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service has been a lifeline for so many. The Trump Administration’s attacks on the Postal Service over the last few weeks have resulted in mail delays across the country. This is impacting Americans across the board, whether you are in a red state or blue state, whether you live in a city, suburb, or rural America – postal service delays impact your life. I am proud to have helped pass this critical legislation to protect the postal service and the 600,000 Americans it employs.”