Postal Police union sues USPS, DeJoy alleging he exceeded authority by halting investigation of mail theft

The Postal Police Officers Association filed a lawsuit against USPS last week, arguing that its abrupt decision last month directing postal police officers to end mail protection exceeded the authority of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and compromised the integrity of the mail and the safety of employees.

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., calls the USPS’s Aug. 25 change “unwarranted, impermissible, and contrary to the language of the statute and also to collective bargaining promises it has made to the officers union.”

The change was implemented the day after DeJoy’s testimony before Congress, following concerns that his recent policy changes risked jeopardizing the record number of mail-in ballots anticipated for the November presidential election.

“The Postal Service ordered its police officers to stop investigating and preventing mail theft and mail tampering, crimes against postal employees, and all community-policing efforts except within post office buildings,” PPOA’s lawsuit says.

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