USPS regulator says DeJoy should pause all network reform efforts

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator is calling on the mailing agency to pause all of the reform efforts it is currently undertaking, marking the first time it has formally issued such a recommendation and yet another escalation in the feud between the two entities. The Postal Regulatory Commission expressed concern that postal management is moving forward with its … Read More

CPWU Newsletter for Summer 2024

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

The Summer 2024 newsletter from Communities & Postal Workers United has articles about proposed legislation in Congress pushing back against DeJoy’s network transformation, the successful effort of postal unions to stop the consolidation of the Buffalo P&DC, and the continuing dangers to postal workers posed by excessive heat. Read the newsletter here, and visit CPWU at their website here.

Boothbay Harbor couple got to know Maine by visiting every post office

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Portland Press Herald: If Margit Ahlin and Al D’Andrea ask you to join them on a trip to the post office, you might want to pack a bag and get somebody to water your plants. Beginning in 2010, the Boothbay Harbor couple spent 12 years visiting all of Maine’s post offices – 444 at the time. They took overnight trips … Read More

USPS OIG finds problems in S&DC rollout

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

The Postal Service has put a hold on consolidating processing facilities, but it has not paused the creation of Sorting & Delivery Centers and the relocation of letter carriers. A few days ago, the Postal Service held open houses for nine new S&DCs that will take 600 carrier routes from 26 “spoke” post offices. In September, 15 more S&DCs are … Read More

Congressional leaders tell PRC the USPS is on a course that threatens its future

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Several members of Congress have written a letter to the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning the Commission’s review of the system for regulating rates and classes for market dominant products and in particular the rate hike proposed in April. The letter is signed by Rep. Jamie Raskin (Ranking Member of the House), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (Ranking … Read More

Missing mail, delayed packages: How USPS woes could impact Georgia election

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Savannah Now: Systemic issues at the new U.S. Postal Service center in Palmetto, Georgia have left customers frustrated, with some waiting for weeks for their mail to be processed. The USPS center, which opened Feb. 24, has experienced problems from the start, from lost mail to packages that get rerouted right before arriving to their destination. Only 36% of its inbound mail … Read More

Take on Wall Street leader takes on Louis DeJoy and the Crisis at USPS

Steve HutkinsNews

Corporate Crime Reporter: Postmaster Louis DeJoy’s ten year plan for United States Postal Service (USPS) has resulted in slower mail, higher prices, and fewer hours at rural post offices. To help us understand what’s happening at the post office, we dialed up Porter McConnell of the Save the Post Office Coalition, which is hosted by Take on Wall Street. The … Read More

PRC chairman Kubayanda says USPS is in a ‘nosedive’

Steve HutkinsNews

Linn’s Stamp News: The productivity of the United States Postal Service is in a “nosedive … that’s stunning … and that cannot continue forever,” Michael Kubayanda, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), told Linn’s Stamp News May 2 in a wide-ranging interview at the PRC headquarters in Washington, D.C. A significant deterioration in service performance, even more than the twice-a-year … Read More

Trump-Appointed USPS Postmaster General Draws Republican Rebuke

Steve HutkinsNews

Newsweek: Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump during his last year in office, is receiving rare backlash from Republican lawmakers for his handling of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). A group of 26 U.S. senators, including 13 Republicans representing states with large rural areas, sent DeJoy a letter this week demanding that he works to “improve service immediately” and … Read More

The landmark Bronx General Post Office is for sale again

Steve HutkinsNews

Welcome2TheBronx: The Bronx General Post Office is back on the market with hopes to sell the property for well over $70 million. Back in 2013, Welcome2TheBronx broke the story that the landmark Bronx General Post Office on the Grand Concourse at 149th Street was being sold off by the United States Postal Service. By the following year, developer Young Woo & Associates purchased … Read More

Rural Americans Are Losing Their Mail. You Could Be Next.

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

By Brooke Darrah Shuman, More Perfect Union Four years in, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has had one of the most controversial and high-profile tenures in the office’s history. DeJoy was put in place by a Trump appointee-led Board of Governors in 2020 while under scrutiny for securing lucrative contracts for his former transportation company XPO Logistics, as well as for his investments … Read More