Audio: You’ve Got Less Mail: The Postal Service Is Suffering Amid The Coronavirus

APWU President Dimondstein appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered to talk about the Postal Service funding crisis. The nationally syndicated public radio show is broadcast to an audience of around 15 million listeners.

If you’ve checked your mail lately, you may have noticed there’s just not much of it.

The U.S. Postal Service could be another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.

“A lot of businesses have ceased to do advertising through the mail,” says Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., “and as a result, mail volume has collapsed.”

He says the decline could be as much as 60% by the end of the year, which he says would be “catastrophic” for the agency.

The $2 trillion emergency bill approved by Congress last month included a $10 billion loan for the Postal Service, but Connolly, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, says that’s not what the agency needs.

“The Postal Service is insolvent,” he says. “It needs debt forgiveness, not debt extension. And it needs an infusion of capital right now.


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