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A Man on a Mission
By Tommy Roma
Northeast Region Vice President
As many of you know, I have been around a long time. My memory is even longer for remembering some hacks and cronies who have run the Postal Service. Since he started in June 2020, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has cleaned house at the upper levels of the Postal Service leadership team.
DeJoy selected and promoted people from within the organization to key leadership roles and developed a 10-year plan to make the Postal Service a viable operation in the long term. In my opinion, since he became PMG, Congress has done nothing to help either DeJoy or us as postal employees.
While I have different political views from those of the Postmaster General, his work ethic is unmatched as the leader of the Postal Service. When DeJoy started, he said the trucks would leave on time; if the mail wasn’t ready, the carriers would deliver it the next day. That is far different from holding an entire office full of carriers for a couple trays of mail. Congress and the media had a field day with this.
When it came to taking out excess processing equipment that we truly didn’t need, the media trumped up (pardon the pun) a whole scenario about not getting processed. But what happened? All the ballots were processed efficiently because of the efforts of all the Postal Service employees.
The Postmaster General is renowned as a knowledge-leader in transportation services. Isn’t that what we do—transport mail and parcels around the country and the world? DeJoy wants the same thing we do: Give the public the best possible service at the lowest possible cost. Since he implemented his 10-year plan, the Postal Service is looking better than ever, even with the ravages of COVID.
If we were part of the Amazon empire, what would your pay-and-benefits package look like? If the Postal Service were privatized, do you think your salary and benefits would increase? If you do, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell to you.
From my perspective, DeJoy is the right person for the time to lead the Postal Service, regardless of what the mainstream media says. Journalists sometimes are like weather forecasters—they are wrong more than they are right. Should DeJoy’s plans work, it might just mean you can continue to earn the salary and benefits you enjoy today.
I’m not betting against Louis DeJoy; neither should you.