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Judge rules USPS must authorize overtime

A federal judge reconfirmed that the U.S. Postal Service must authorize overtime in order to meet mail service demands for the upcoming election, Government Executive reports.

According to the report, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York Victor Marrero wrote in a Sept. 29  Jones v. USPS order that the Postal Service “shall authorize, and instruct, overtime to be used for the time period beginning Oct. 26, 2020 and continuing through Nov. 6, 2020 to ensure the timely delivery of election mail.”

This is the fifth preliminary decision that USPS has now lost in efforts to pushback on policies instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that aim to address mail delays that risked disenfranchising mail-in voters during the novel coronavirus pandemic, the article notes, adding that USPS has fought the mandate to universally approve all overtime because it contends that it would lead to “financial disaster and administrative difficulties.”

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