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What Local Postal Workers Say About The Trump Administration's Postal Service Cutbacks

August 18, 2020
In The News

On Tuesday, Rep. Judy Chu (D-San Gabriel Valley) and members of the union that represents local postal workers blasted cost-saving measures they said are hamstringing the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the presidential election.

Chu called the recent cutbacks "sabotage" meant to undercut the public's faith in mail-in voting.

"This is a threat not only to our democracy, but also to our ability to stop the coronavirus pandemic," Chu said.

The press conference on the steps of the old post office near Pasadena City Hall was part of the Democratic Party's nationwide push, with events in cities across the country, to highlight the Trump Administration's changes and urge congressional Republicans to pass a House-backed $25 billion USPS funding bill.

According to Chu, the pressure campaign is working. Hours earlier, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he would suspend policy changes such as cutting overtime, reducing service hours and removing blue collection boxes and sorting machines.

"They're only doing this because the American people have been so vocal and pushing back," Chu said. "We made it too hot — literally — to handle."