USPS temporarily suspends retail operations at 2 Houston locations with ‘safety’ in mind

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

KTRK: Heads up if you planned to stop at the post office — the United States Postal Service says it has temporarily suspended retail operations at two different locations in Houston. The Medical Center Post Office and the Greens North Post Office have been closed. Their addresses are: 7205 Almeda Road, Houston, Texas 77054 1530 Greensmark Drive, Houston, Texas 77067 … Read More

Officials, Public Demands USPS Re-Open Shuttered Sound Beach Post Office or Find a New Location

Steve HutkinsBlog, News Recently, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Deputy Supervisor Dan Panico and Councilwoman Jane Bonner held a press conference in Sound Beach, New York, calling for the United States Postal Service (USPS) to reopen the shuttered Sound Beach Post Office or find a new location within the zip code for a new facility. The post office was closed by USPS earlier … Read More

Kennedy Space Center post office closing after 58 years of postmarks

Steve HutkinsBlog, News The Kennedy Space Center post office has been, well, cancelled. The contract facility, which was established at NASA’s Florida spaceport on July 1, 1965, will close permanently “near the end of the fiscal year,” or sometime before Sept. 30. Since 2013, the post office has been operated for NASA by Post Masters Mail and Print Services, a division of the nonprofit … Read More

OIG reports on Sorting & Delivery Centers

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured, News

The OIG’s long-awaited report on Sorting & Delivery Centers was published earlier this week. Unfortunately, it was hardly worth the wait. The report limits itself to comments about how good — or bad — a job the Postal Service has done communicating elements of the plan to stakeholders, how S&DC facilities have often been under construction when they opened (leading … Read More

Town of Medway, MA, reels over abrupt closure of Main Street post office

Steve HutkinsNews The Medway Post Office at 115 Main Street closed on Aug. 31 without any official notice to regular mail customers. “I got a call from a resident who said the post office is closing at the end of the month,” said Medway Town Manager Michael Boynton in mid-August. “The situation is frustrating, and some of it doesn’t even make … Read More

What’s going to happen to the US Post Office in Imperial Beach?

Steve HutkinsBlog, News The Imperial Beach City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night opposing any changes — especially any closures — to the city’s only United States Post Office. Imperial Beach Mayor Paloma Aguirre said the USPS has transferred a number of employees to a postal location in Chula Vista’s Eastlake community. She’s also worried the IB Post Office’s lease has not been … Read More

Postal workers have the blues: Ulster locations targeted in cost-cutting consolidation

Steve HutkinsBlog, News As the month of September draws near, Ulster County postal workers in the 125 postal area are expressing fear and trepidation in the face of organizational changes slated to affect the operation of county post offices, part of a bold USPS nationwide reorganization and consolidation plan to cut costs. The 125 refers to all the post offices in southeast … Read More

Louis DeJoy Is Not A Climate Ally

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

therevolvingdoorproject: A Politico article published this week features an eye-catching headline: “Louis DeJoy: From Trump villain to Biden’s clean energy buddy.” Quoting “sources close to DeJoy,” the piece argues that the scandal-plagued Postmaster General has turned over a new leaf, and is working with Biden climate advisor John Podesta to secure an “environmental renaissance” of the Postal Service delivery fleet. If … Read More

DeJoy’s steps for more postal cuts draw flak

Steve HutkinsBlog, News The latest steps by Trump-named Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to cut Postal Service costs by cutting service have drawn bipartisan flak from Capitol Hill and prior protests from USPS workers from Medford, Ore., to Newburgh, N.Y. And from the Postal Rate Commission, too. DeJoy told the regulators last month his cuts are—in so many words—none of their business and … Read More

DeJoy’s 10-Year Plan Could Gut USPS. He Doesn’t Want You to Know the Details.

SteveBlog, News

The Trump-appointed postmaster general behaves as if the public isn’t entitled to transparency at a public institution. The public learned last fall of one particularly controversial element of United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan for the U.S. Postal Service that would be rolling out soon. Essentially, the function of sorting and delivering mail would be consolidated into regional centers, … Read More

Chula Vista eyed as location for new USPS sorting and delivery center

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

San Diego Union Tribune: The United States Postal Service is in the midst of a massive, 10-year effort to modernize its delivery network nationwide. Changes under the plan will affect two facilities in South County. Chula Vista’s main post office has been selected as a location for a new sorting and delivery center, and Imperial Beach will have to relocate … Read More

USPS Network Plan Includes Insourcing of Linehaul Work

Steve HutkinsBlog, News A U.S. Postal Service plan to insource all line hauling of mail and parcels between hubs and local delivery units, which had been handled by contractors, will be completely phased in by 2025, according to a source with knowledge of meetings with USPS officials. As part of the 10-year Delivering for America network overhaul plan, begun in 2021, contractors … Read More

USPS faces bipartisan pushback as it ramps up consolidation efforts

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service is facing intensifying pressure as it prepares to significantly scale up its efforts to consolidate mail sorting into fewer facilities, with lawmakers in both parties and employees warning of the unintended consequences of the plan. A Republican lawmaker, Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., recently questioned the consolidation plan’s impact on his district, saying it lacked … Read More

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