“That was good,” said Chris Vindiola, president of the Postal Carriers Union Tracy Branch 2854, which represents more than 50 mail carriers at Tracy’s two post office locations. “We’re happy. Everything would have been crazy.”
The proposal for a five-day mail delivery was presented by USPS officials on Feb. 6, and on April 9, the plan was nixed due to a lack of Congressional support.
The USPS board of governors posted on its website a statement that it had met on April 9 to discuss Congress prohibiting the implementation of the new national delivery schedule for mail and packages.
“Although disappointed with the Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule,” according to the website.
News of the postponement was announced to postal workers at the Tracy office during a staff meeting on April 11 in the Tracy Post Office at 125 W. Ninth St., Vindiola said.
The change in delivery, in conjunction with employee reassignment and attrition of staff, was supposed to create an annual savings of $2 billion for the postal service. New changes were slated to take effect the week of Aug. 5
Vindiola credited the policy reversal to numerous protests around the country by postal workers who denounced the proposed changes — including a rally that he attended on March 24 in San Francisco.
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