As Battle Lines Are Drawn for Successor, USPS Chief Delays Retirement Indefinitely

The head of the U.S. Postal Service indefinitely delayed her retirement on Monday, pushing the deadline to find the next postmaster general past the end of the month.

The decision by Megan Brennan comes as stakeholders across the postal universe have issued a variety of demands for the USPS board of governors as it engages in its candidate search. The American Postal Workers Union, which represents more than 200,000 USPS employees, held a rally at the mailing agency’s Washington headquarters on Monday to encourage the board to choose a new postmaster general who will refuse to issue any sweeping cuts to service. APWU, partnering with 83 organizations that make up the Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, delivered a petition with 350,000 signatures calling on the board to name a new postmaster general committed to maintaining universal service and blocking any effort to privatize the agency.

The rally came as Brennan was set to step down by Jan. 31, after a 33-year career and five-year tenure as postmaster general. The board of governors announced later Monday, however, that Brennan would remain in the job as it continued its search for replacement. The board is in the midst of a “thorough, nationwide search for a successor” to replace Brennan, who agreed to delay her retirement to “facilitate the search and transition process,” the board said in a statement.

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