Communities and Postal Workers United Fall 2022 newsletter

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The Fall 2022 newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United has information about an upcoming town meeting about the Postal Service’s plan to centralize delivery operations and a letter from watchdog groups about his new appointments to the Board of Governors. Read the newsletter here.

Lost in Limbo: Post Offices Under Suspension

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When the Postal Service considers closing a post office, it must go through a lengthy discontinuance process, with 30 steps of administrative review and opportunities for public input. But when there’s an emergency, like unsafe building conditions after a weather event, the Postal Service can close a post office on a moment’s notice.

How slower mail has become a fact of life: USPS Service Performance and Postal Reform

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Last week the Postal Service published its service performance reports for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 (Oct-Dec 2021). This is our first opportunity to see any details about how on-time delivery has been going since Oct. 1, 2021, when the USPS introduced lower service standards for First Class mail and began a historic shift from using planes to trucks for transporting mail long distances.

Service Performance Dashboard

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On October 1, 2021, the Postal Service lowered service standards for First Class mail, saying that this would allow it to deliver 95 percent of the mail on time. Since October, scores have averaged about 89 percent, and the Postal Service now says it will not reach 95 percent for two or three years. The new target for FY 2022 … Read More