In December of 2013, the United States Postal Service launched a new program to provide discounts on winter gear for the nation’s post office employees.
This included free winter coats, winter jackets, wool hats, and winter boots.
The program was meant to offer employees the opportunity to get away from the cold and wear cozy winter apparel, and in the past year, it has become the most popular and successful post office discount program among its mail carriers.
But as of this week, the program is set to expire at the end of this year, and a change of government is expected to take effect on March 31, 2020.
In a press release, the USPS explained that it will begin to offer an additional discount of 50 percent on winter clothing, and will also offer an alternative to the free items on offer, including overcoats, wool socks, and wool gloves.
“This is a step in the right direction, but the next step is to make sure that the Postal Service is doing everything it can to keep these discounts alive,” Carrie O’Connor, president of the International Union of Postal Workers (IUPW), said in a press statement.
“The Postal Service’s decision to close down its winter program is an unnecessary and harmful blow to our workers.”
The USPS’s decision will affect nearly 2 million employees, according to the USPS.
It has previously said that the new program will end on February 7, 2020, and that the postal service would not have to pay any additional tax on employees’ wages for the rest of the year.
It is not clear whether the USPS will still be able to offer discounts on the mail in the future, and many employees may be looking to switch jobs or take on new ones in the coming months.