Portland leaders chide U.S. Postal Service as mail delivery permanently slows by 40% – OregonLive

U.S. Postal Service | Daniel Afzal
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will keep Portland leaders from issuing swift condemnation of sluggish mail service.
A trio of Multnomah County commissioners will rally Friday to chide U.S. Postal Service officials as new cost-cutting measures go into effect that will dramatically slow the delivery of letters and parcels nationwide.
“In so many moments of uncertainty in our country’s history, the USPS has been synonymous with reliability,” Commissioner Lori Stegmann told The Oregonian/OregonLive.
“This deliberate degradation of USPS services is unacceptable and will have devastating impacts on our service delivery to vulnerable communities.”
Stegmann will join Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and an array of community leaders and activists at noon outside the East Portland Post Office on the city’s inner east side on Southeast Seventh Avenue.
The National Weather Service forecast for that hour currently calls for neither rain, snow nor heat, but rather partly sunny sky, light winds and near 60-degree temps.
Under the revised policy, set to start Friday, first-class mail could take up to five days to reach destinations around the country instead of the current three-day standard.
While two days will continue to be the standard time for mail traveling within a local area, experts estimate that 40% of all U.S. mail will see delays.
Critics like Stegmann contend that the slowdown will not only sow distrust in the 250-year postal service but harm those who rely on it disproportionately for official documents, bills and checks, including the working poor, the disabled and other marginalized groups.
Officials have said that the scaled-back delivery standard is an instrumental piece in a plan hatched by Postmaster Louis DeJoy to wipe out a projected $160 billion loss over the next decade. The plan will also seek expanded parcel delivery and postage hikes.
— Shane Dixon Kavanaugh; 503-294-7632
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