Cocktails in the mail? Advocates call for alcohol deliveries, banking services to help save U.S. Postal Service
A new plan is being developed to save the U.S. Postal Service, but it would demand higher prices and slower deliveries. Defenders have other ideas in mind.
The US Postal Service estimates that its losses last year alone were $ 9.2 billion, with $ 87 billion in losses over the past 14 years.
Some ideas put forward by consumer advocates and some U.S. senators include the service being able to deliver alcohol and meet banking needs.
The ideas receive mixed reviews, but at a time with such huge losses, supporters of the Save the Post Office Coalition say it is necessary.
Specifically, they are looking for the post office to do things like check cashing and wire transfer, and join with private carriers so they can ship beer, wine and liquor.
Porter McConnell of the Save the Post Office Coalition says the services could raise $ 50 million a year.
“The Postal Service is the largest money order provider in the country, so it’s a natural extension for the post office to start competing with these payday lenders and check-cashing institutions,” says Rakim Brooks, of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Postal Service’s 10-year plan called for slowing delivery from a minimum of three days to a maximum of five days on non-local first-class mail.
Local US Postal Workers’ Union president Peter Furgiuele says she is not very happy with the 10-year plan, which also calls for some facilities to be closed and hours reduced.
“The US Postal Union is not very happy with the plan because the plan is too indecisive,” he said. “No. 1, they want to cut retail hours. The retail part of the postal service consists of people coming in through the lobby and buying the stamps. They want to close for lunch, what other businesses are open from 8 am to 5 pm during the day closed for lunch? It’s silly. “
Instead, the union says lawmakers should repeal a 2006 law that made the postal service pay in retirement benefits 75 years later.
When asked if the Postal Service would support the delivery of alcohol, he said in a statement: “Federal law prohibits the sending of alcohol by mail, so this is something that Congress is expected to change through legislation. This has been an aspect of postal reform legislation in the past, as well as stand-alone bills, but has not been addressed in current Congress. “
Statement by US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:
“Postmaster General DeJoy’s cynical plan to gut the postal service is false, both for the post office, including its frontline workers who have shown up every day during this pandemic, and for the millions of communities. that it serves. Congress should act to correct the misguided benefits policy and actually expand the postal service. We can expand postal services by passing my legislation, the Postal Banking Act, which will provide tens of millions of American households with access to basic financial services. Postal banking is an elegant solution that would provide USPS with over $ 9 billion in revenue per year and help alleviate America’s high cost of poverty by eliminating payday loans, check cashing and more. predatory financial products. The post office can help our underserved communities in multiple ways, acting as an anchor for rural main streets and urban centers, both of which have seen decreased access to banks and increased costs of financial services. Instead of trying to gut the USPS, an institution older than the constitution itself, DeJoy should recognize the unique opportunity he has to reach millions of American workers.