Judicial Overreach Hobbles Postal Reform


Posted: Oct 09, 2021 12:01 AM

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is drowning in red ink, having lost $9.2 billion in 2020 alone. Things weren’t looking rosy before the pandemic, either. In fact, America’s mail carrier has shed more than $80 billion over the past 15 years. When faced with such gargantuan losses, many businesses swiftly introduce far-reaching changes to pivot back to profitability. But owing to the strange, tangled status of the USPS as a government-managed enterprise, key decisions to get the agency back into the black are undermined by the actions of other branches of government. In recent years, the judicial branch has played a particularly large role in interfering with the USPS’s operations. With some much-needed clarity from the bench, the agency can get back to delivering for the American people.

Until the past couple of years, the daily operations of the USPS largely escaped judicial attention. There were some notable employment discrimination cases, and even an interesting dispute over the Establishment Clause. Yet, key decisions over

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