(October 10, 2014) In an exclusive interview with POLITICO, Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000 member American Postal Workers Union, calls for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe “and the promotion of a Postmaster who is gonna do right by the people of this country.” Dimondstein says that Donahoe is on “a rampage to cut, cut, cut” and has no plan to save the Postal Service, which shed 37,400 jobs in 2013 alone and is projected to eliminate approximately 169,000 jobs by 2022.
What could the Post Office be doing? Dimondstein said that the final straw was the failure of Donahoe to embrace Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to stabilize Postal Service’s financing by introducing postal banking.
In an email to POLITICO, USPS Spokeswoman Patricia Licata replied that the Postal Service lacked legal authority to perform many of the services Dimondstein demands. For example, she said that USPS could sell gift cards only as a “market test,” but not on a permanent basis, unless it could demonstrate “that such cards are likely to be mailed once purchased.”