At the center of early voting in the 2020 election has been the United States Postal Service and their ability to handle the massive influx of absentee and mail-in ballots.
National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Local 322 President Kelly Dickey shed some light on how the USPS is handling the election as well as chronicling her career, explaining the various postal unions and more on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
As a Pittsburgh native, Dickey had family who were members of the various building trades unions in the city.
She quickly became a union steward and eventually became a branch president. From this position she represented the workers at the mail plant she was working at. After holding this position she was elected to NPMHU Local 322 President.
The rank-and-file postal workers belong to one of four unions that represent those in various work environments.
The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) represents postal clerks, maintenance workers, custodial workers and truck drivers.
There are two unions for those who deliver mail to residences and businesses. The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) represents mail carriers who deliver mail in large cities and more populated areas, while the National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA) represents mail carriers in less densely populated areas.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
She said the appointment of Louis DeJoy to Postmaster General was a massive blow to the rank-and-file postal workers.
His appointment has come under scrutiny due to him being a Trump donor and having a career of working for a USPS competitor. He has also been criticized for removing sorting machines and mailboxes, cutting overtime and more.
2020 election mail
Dickey said that elections are a special time for postal workers. There are special rules they must follow to ensure that all election mail is collected and properly sorted. She added that she has full confidence that postal workers will be able to handle the influx of election mail in a timely manner.