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Postal Worker Union Mutiny Imperils USPS Chief's Agenda

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe
Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe faces numerous obstacles as he attempts to restructure his ailing agency. His customers are upset because he wants to raise prices. Members of Congress are unhappy with his efforts to shutter unprofitable post offices and terminate letter deliver on Saturdays.

Now Donahoe has another problem: a new cadre of employee union leaders who are more stridently opposed to his efforts than their predecessors. Yesterday, the American Postal Workers Union, which represents 220,000 USPS employees, said insurgent candidate Mark Dimondstein had defeated incumbent President Cliff Guffey in a race that the union itself descrbed as “hotly contested.”