The prospect of Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s retirement early next year is alarming some postal union leaders, who are concerned that talk of privatizing the service comes at a time when only one of the four major postal unions has a labor contract in place.
“It kind of caught us by surprise,” said Paul Hogrogian of the announcement that Brennan will step down Jan. 31. Hogrogian is president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, which represents about 50,000 mail handlers.
“While I didn’t always agree with the postmaster general, I appreciated the fact that her door was always open. She was able to work with the unions, postal management, the board, and the major mailers” in a productive way, Hogrogian said.