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PMG Blames Union, Mailers in Farewell Address

In a “farewell address” at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe blamed postal unions and mailers for Congress’ refusal to enact his legislative proposals. But union leaders accused Donahoe of launching an all-out assault on the Postal Service and hiding the truth about widespread mail delays caused by his policies. “He’s not telling the truth on delivery standards,” American Postal Workers Union President Mark Dimondstein said in an interview with the Washington Post. “Instead of cutting back hours of service, they should expand hours of service,” he said. APWU President Mark Dimondstein told USA Today Donahoe was "the worst Postmaster General the Postal Service has ever seen.” NALC President Fredric Rolando told the Washington Post that "the postmaster general’s tone in his remarks with regard to the employees — and to other stakeholders, including businesses and lawmakers — is insulting." Donahoe “is mired in blaming everyone but himself,” he said.

The Hill: Outgoing Postal Chief Sounds Off on Washington’s ‘Myopia’
http://thehill.com/policy/finance/228598-postmaster-general-calls-out-congress-outside-forces

New York Times: Postal Chief Says Congress and Unions Block Progress
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/us/politics/postal-chief-says-congress-and-unions-block-efforts-to-restore-financial-health.html?_r=1

Washington Post: Postmaster General Takes Parting Shot at Unions, Mailers
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/01/06/postmaster-general-takes-parting-shot-at-unions-mailers/?tid=hpModule_14fd66a0-9199-11e2-bdea-e32ad90da239&hpid=z13

Washington Post: Postmaster General Hits Unions on His Way Out
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/postmaster-general-hits-unions-on-his-way-out/2015/01/06/238991aa-95cd-11e4-8005-1924ede3e54a_story.html

USPS: Postmaster General Addresses National Press Club – Farewell Address Offers Perspective and Advice for Postal Stakeholders/Congress
http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2015/pr15_001.htm

USA Today: Holidays Deliver for Postal Service, But Losses Mount
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/06/usps-postal-service-donahoe/21329089/

UT San Diego: Departing Postmaster General Slams Banking Duties
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jan/06/departing-postmaster-general-slams-banking-duties/

Federal News Radio: Postmaster General: 'Myopia' from Congress, Unions Stifling USPS
http://www.federalnewsradio.com/537/3774540/Postmaster-General-Myopia-from-Congress-unions-stifling-USPS

Federal Times: Outgoing Postal Service Chief Renews Reform Fight
http://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/management/agency/2015/01/06/postmaster-general-postal-service-call-reform/21334641/