First-Class Service Turns In Its Worst Performance In The Past 12 Months

Steve HutkinsNews Poor service performance showed across the spectrum last week.  It was a worrisome week. Only 63.5% of First-Class letters were delivered on time last week, with more than 8% more than five days late.  First-Class flats performed comparably to letters but with only 3.8% more than five days late.   An average First-Class letter took nearly five days to deliver. … Read More

US Senate to hold hearing over USPS delays at metro Atlanta distribution center

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WSBTV: The United States Senate will hold a hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday regarding oversight of the U.S. Postal Service. Channel 2 Action News has been reporting for months about customers’ frustrations in metro Atlanta, particularly with a distribution center in Palmetto. There have been repeated calls for oversight of USPS from members of the U.S. House and Senate to … Read More

The Trump donor whom Biden can’t fire is running the USPS directly into the ground

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Fortune: Technology has afforded us the ability to connect with nearly anyone, anytime—and free of charge. But there’s just something nostalgic and tactile about receiving a letter or postcard via snail mail, whether it be a wedding invitation or postcard from a loved one far away. But many also have a love-hate relationship with the United States Postal Service. Mail … Read More

‘Dumpster fire’: Experts predict swing state ballot chaos due to DeJoy’s USPS overhaul

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Raw Story: A noticeable slowdown in mail delivery by the US Postal Service (USPS) is becoming a significant concern for democracy advocates, as millions of Americans will be voting by mail this year. There’s growing worry about whether mail ballots will be counted in time — particularly in swing states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. NBC News … Read More

Editorial: Too many mail-in N.C. ballots unfairly rejected, fix it now

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WRAL News: Once someone has proven, through the registration process, they are qualified to vote in the United States and North Carolina casting a ballot should simple and efficient. Ballots voters ballots cast before the polls close should be counted. This is simple, fair and common sense. But simple, fair and common sense don’t seem to apply for people who … Read More

Major mail delivery delays raise concerns about voting in the 2024 elections

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NBC News: In Virginia, hundreds of veterans had their colon cancer screening tests invalidated after the results took months to arrive by mail. An Atlanta college student missed an academic trip to Ghana when their passport with two-day shipping took a month to show up. A bride in Texas had to rent a dress for her wedding after hers spent … Read More

Massive USPS mail disruptions descend on Atlanta

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The Atlanta metropolitan area replaced beleaguered Houston as an epicenter of infuriating and unexplained mail disruptions in mid-March, when a breakdown in mail processing at one of the United States Postal Service’s huge sorting and delivery centers left consumers bewildered, politicians fulminating and tractor-trailer drivers waiting as long as eight and a half hours to drop off their time-sensitive cargoes. … Read More

More Postal Workers Affected By Downgrade of Charleston WV P&DC Than Union Anticipated

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As many as 90 postal workers could have their jobs affected by the downgrading of a West Virginia mail facility — a figure notably higher than union representatives previously anticipated. The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced Tuesday that it would carry out plans to transfer outgoing mail processing from the Charleston Processing and Distribution Center to facilities in Pennsylvania. The decision … Read More

Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas

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Daily Sentinel: The U.S. Postal Service is exploring a cost-saving measure that would involve picking up outgoing mail from some rural post offices once rather than twice a day, which a local postal workers union representative says would mean further delivery delays beyond those that could result from the proposed shift of area mail processing from Grand Junction to Denver. … Read More

Morristown backs out of Post Office purchase; mayor cites renovation costs

Steve HutkinsNews Municipal plans to buy the Morristown Post Office got stamped “return to sender” on Tuesday. After a closed-session briefing by the administration, the town council quietly agreed to withdraw from a $3 million contract to buy the historic 108-year-old structure across from the Morristown Green. Council members were told renovations would have cost around $24 million — about 12 times more than … Read More

Virginia has the worst mail service in the country, by far. We figured out why.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch: Last summer, United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy laid out what he called a “splendid vision” for the future of the Postal Service. In his vision, one of America’s oldest agencies would shed the shackles of inefficiency and become greener, leaner, and finally competitive with logistics titans like Amazon. DeJoy said his plan — Delivering for America — … Read More

Delivery delays: Critics of new Postal Service policy say it could slow mail delivery, especially in rural Oregon

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Baker City Herald: A U.S. Postal Service policy that took effect in late February in Oregon means outgoing mail at more than two dozen mostly rural post offices in Northeast Oregon will be picked up later than it has been. Critics say the change could result in some pieces of mail, including packages as well as first class letters, being … Read More

CPWU Spring Newsletter

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The Spring 2024 newsletter from Community and Postal Workers United has articles about DeJoy’s austerity plan to slash jobs and shrink processing centers and post offices; the surge of protests against the cuts; and the collections optimization initiative that ends evening collections at post offices. Read the newsletter here.

As USPS institutes network reforms, mail delivery hits a three-year low

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Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service has continued to see slower mail delivery across the country, with delays picking up as the agency is in the throes of transforming its entire network. Postal management has repeatedly pointed to isolated incidents causing temporary disruptions—rather than any systemic issues—to explain the declining performance, though the trend has now persisted for nearly six … Read More

The USPS Network Consolidation Plan: What’s at Stake for Southern Oregon

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured, News, by Sarah Anderson and Scott Klinger (Institute for Policy Studies): A core feature of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan, “Delivering for America,” is an initiative to restructure the nation’s postal network by consolidating processing and distribution operations in regional centers, mostly in urban areas. In 2023, two years into the 10-year plan, USPS reported that the agency had … Read More