USPS Employees Forced to Continue Work Despite Shortage of Cash, Protection Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Postal Service was in financial trouble even before the coronvirus pandemic, and it has only grown worse in recent days. Some employees are concerned they are not receiving the same protections others are, especially compared to the millions of Americans who can work from home. USPS workers are reporting they do not have hand sanitizer, gloves or masks to protect them and some are even looking to community donations for help.

Earlier this week, Connolly and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, called on other lawmarks to support the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act, which included $25 billion in emergency appropriation to the USPS. They said the agency might not survive the summer because of a dramatic decrease in mail volume due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a critical fall-off in mail across the country, it has become clear that the Postal Service will not survive the summer without immediate help from Congress and the White House," Connolly and Maloney wrote. "Every community in America relies on the Postal Service to deliver vital goods and services, including life-saving medications. The Postal Service needs America's help, and we must answer this call."

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