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Statement of NALC President Fredric Rolando on the Appointment of Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General

On behalf of 210,000 active city letter carriers who serve in every city and town across the United States, I congratulate Louis DeJoy on his appointment as the 75th postmaster general. The National Association of Letter Carriers is committed to working in good faith with him to build a relationship based on mutual trust and a shared vision for the future of the Postal Service, a beloved and essential national institution based in the Constitution.

NALC believes that this shared vision should embrace a strategy to grow as a public institution that values its employees and that works with its unions to promote high-quality service, safety, efficiency and a workplace culture of mutual respect.

At a time when hundreds of thousands of letter carriers and other postal employees are bravely demonstrating once again why the Postal Service is the country’s most popular federal agency by serving heroically during this pandemic—delivering public health alerts, medical supplies, tests, prescriptions, relief checks and online purchases to households sheltering in place—the Postal Service needs sound and innovative leadership. Indeed, earlier this week, the NALC and the other postal unions sent a letter to the USPS Board of Governors lauding its leadership in urging Congress to provide direct assistance to the Postal Service during this unprecedented crisis. The letter also urged the Board to continue to resist inappropriate meddling by the Treasury Department in postal operations. Today, we ask the same of the new postmaster general.

Keeping politics out of the Postal Service and maintaining its independence is central to its success—this is one of the reasons that 90 percent of all Americans, from both parties and from rural and urban areas alike, support the USPS.

We applaud Mr. DeJoy’s willingness to take on this public service challenge at this most difficult time in the near-250-year history of the Postal Service. Perhaps only Benjamin Franklin, the first PMG, has taken this job at a more challenging time.

Finally, we thank Postmaster General Megan Brennan for her service and offer congratulations on her retirement.