Hot off the presses

First Class: The U.S. Postal Service, Democracy, and the Corporate Threat, the new book by historian Christopher Shaw, is hot off the presses. The book should have a profound impact on shaping the postal narrative.

Listen to interviews with Christopher Shaw on Wisconsin NPR here and WBAI's Leonard Lopate show here.

From the Foreword by Ralph Nader

“The preventable plight of our U.S. Postal Service is an important issue for all Americans. When President Donald J. Trump’s donor and henchman Louis DeJoy became postmaster general in 2020 and proceeded to dismantle the agency, millions of citizens participated in demonstrations that revealed a deep civic commitment to preserving the people’s post office. While DeJoy triggered a crisis that immediately threatened the presidential election process, attacks on the Postal Service have been an ongoing problem for decades. The anti-postal campaigns of corporate interests have remained a continuing source of frustration to those of us who have observed the Postal Service’s decline due to unimaginative management, a deck stacked to favor profit-driven entities such as FedEx and UPS, and unfair financial obligations imposed by Congress.” Read more.

Register for a free on-line event. Ralph Nader in convo with the author of a new book on the corporate threat to the USPS. @chris_w_shaw @CityLightsBooks @RalphNader

Read more about First Class.

Enjoyed discussing the Post Office with @SamSeder last week on @majorityfm, from its beginnings in the 18th century to the corporate threats that USPS faces today.

https://majorityreportradio.com/2021/11/24/11-24-the-various-campaigns-against-the-post-office-and-how-they-could-affect-american-democracy-w-christopher-w-shaw

USPS is moving ahead with its plan to relocate the Mandan ND post office from a downtown building it owns to a strip on the outskirts, where it would build a larger facility. Due to the pandemic, no public meeting was held to discuss the plan. https://bismarcktribune.com/news/local/mandan/postal-service-moving-ahead-with-mandan-post-office-relocation-plans/article_b4eb076c-a58c-50ad-bbf0-b72fb94d6c50.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share

#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 3, 1904: American artist N.C. Wyeth writes in his diary: “My last trip! Thank God.” Wyeth had carried mail out west on horseback for a couple of weeks because he’d been robbed while touring and needed the job. He painted postmen too.

#OTD #OTDPostal Dec. 2, 1914, Harry Truman is appointed Postmaster of Grandview, MO, but in name only since he delegated the job and its pay ($50/mo.) to a widow who needed the money to raise her younger brothers and sisters.
https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-history/abraham-lincoln-harry-truman-postmasters.pdf

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Service Performance Update

Nov. 19, 2021: Service Performance for First Class Mail has shown some improvement since October 1, 2021, when the new, slower service standards went into effect. But scores of about 91 or 92 percent are well below the 95 percent target that the Postal Service told the PRC it would achieve "upon implementation" of the new standards. (The weekly performance scores are being submitted as evidence in Pennsylvania v. DeJoy. For more performance data, check out our dashboard.)

Service Performance Update

Nov. 19, 2021: Service Performance for First Class Mail has shown some improvement since October 1, 2021, when the new, slower service standards went into effect. But scores of about 91 or 92 percent are well below the 95 percent target that the Postal Service told the PRC it would achieve "upon implementation" of the new standards. (The weekly performance scores are being submitted as evidence in Pennsylvania v. DeJoy. For more performance data, check out our dashboard.)