Federal judge rules against USPS in Pennsylvania lawsuit over operation changes

Written by on September 29, 2020

Federal judge rules against USPS in Pennsylvania lawsuit over operation changes

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

September 29, 2020

Letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va., Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A federal judge in Philadelphia has handed down a ruling against the United State Postal Service over its operational changes that took place over the summer.

For WLVR News, Sam Dunklau reports on the Pennsylvania-led lawsuit against the Postal Service.

Judge Gerald McHugh says changes to worker overtime and mail delivery broke the law and is causing “irreparable harm” nationwide.

In an 87-page ruling, he says the postal service should have gotten regulatory approval first, writing “its ability to fulfill its mission during a presidential election taking place in the midst of a public health crisis is vital.”

The USPS is now banned from putting any new changes in place, and enforcing any existing ones.

Its lawyers argued unsuccessfully the changes were interpreted incorrectly at the local level.

State Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who led the suit against Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, says the ruling will help ensure “full faith in the Postal Service.”

Three other federal courts across the country have struck down the changes.

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