DeJoy Is Still Dragging His Feet at Every Step on Electrifying the Postal Fleet

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

USPS leadership shifted from committing to only 5% electric vehicles at the outset of the project to 62% as of their last announcement; this is certainly movement, but it’s far from the 95% that experts recommended. For as much as we’ve heard Postmaster General Louis DeJoy talk about the need for “dramatic change” at U.S. Postal Service when it comes … Read More

Despite Potential to Electrify 90 Percent of Routes, USPS Still Plans to Deliver Pollution with the Mail

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Unlike the original EIS, the SEIS did include at least one feasible alternative, but it still did not analyze an alternative including the maximum technically feasible ZEV deployment. The Postal Service noted in the SEIS that around 90 percent of all routes could be serviced by electric vehicles but did not analyze the costs and benefits of a 90 percent ZEV fleet. … Read More

Wheeler, IN, Post Office suspended due to building issues

Steve HutkinsNews

The Wheeler Post Office in rural Porter County has closed temporarily for building repairs. The U.S. Postal Service temporarily shuttered the post office in the older, two-story brick building at 305 Railroad Ave in Wheeler, an unincorporated town in Porter County just east of the Lake County line. It currently has no information on when the post office serving the largely … Read More

Contract Post Office in Westbrookville, NY, closes with one day’s notice

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

The Westbrookville Contract Post Office issued a letter to their customers on Wednesday, June 28, announcing that the post office will be closing at the end of the business day on Thursday, June 29.  The notice has raised questions and concerns from customers and elected officials regarding the immediate closure. The residents of the hamlet of Westbrookville along Route 209 … Read More

USPS workers picket against consolidation in Medford, Oregon

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local USPS workers were rallying Saturday about a possible change that they say would have a huge impact on mail service in Southern Oregon. The USPS is reviewing its Medford and Eugene processing centers this month. The USPS said it’s conducting a feasibility study in an effort to modernize the postal processing system, which could determine whether … Read More

Post offices relocating over lease issues

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

The Postal Service has announced plans to relocate the Olpe Post Office in Olpe, Kansas, the Pineville Post Office in Pineville, North Carolina, and the Benning Station Post Office in Washington, D.C. The Olpe office was “temporarily suspended” in May 2022 over a lease issue. The mayor said the Postal Service told him that it wanted to do a “de-post-ification,” and a cluster … Read More

USPS releases Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Next-Gen Delivery Fleet

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured, News

The Postal Service has released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Next Generation Delivery Vehicles Acquisitions. The Postal Service proposes in this Draft SEIS to modify the current purchase plan in three primary ways: (1) substantially increase the minimum BEV commitment to 62 percent, (2) reduce the total number of vehicles proposed for purchase at this time to 106,480, … Read More

Union plea: ‘save our local post offices’

Steve HutkinsNews

After Postmaster General Louis DeJoy revealed his 10-year-plan, “Delivering for America” in 2021, many labor unions, locals and government officials have been fighting back. They fear for the future of the postal service. At a recent S&DC Town Hall meeting at Teamster’s Hall in Rock Tavern, many locals, government officials, American Postal Workers Union (APWU) members, National Association of Letter … Read More

Previewing the first information request in the PRC Inquiry on DFA

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

The Postal Regulatory Commission is currently conducting a Public Inquiry into the Delivering for America plan, and the Postal Service is preparing its response to the Commission’s first information request. The response was due June 28th, but the Postal Service asked for, and was granted, a three-week extension, so we’ll have to wait until July 19th to see what the … Read More