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

Topeka will be a leader on a new US Postal Service model. Not everyone is happy about it

Steve HutkinsNews

Topeka and northeast Kansas are at the forefront of a national change to how mail is delivered — and not everyone is thrilled by the development. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s attempt to modernize the postal service amid a rise of private sector competition has led to the creation of a new model for mail delivery, one that is designed to court large-scale … Read More

Community and Postal Workers United Summer 2023 newsletter

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

The summer 2023 newsletter from Community and Postal Workers United Summer has articles about efforts to provide public feedback on the Delivering for America plan, urging President Biden to fill two seats on the USPS Board of Governors, the rally in Seattle amid contract negotiations, and solidarity with UPS Teamsters. Read the newsletter here.

Mid Hudson Letter carriers upset over shifts in post office delivery

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

  Mid Hudson News: ROCK TAVERN – Postal workers gathered Friday at the Teamster’s Local 445 hall to discuss the future transfer of clerks and letter carriers to the Mid-Hudson Sorting and Delivery Center at the Stewart Airport Industrial Park in the Town of Newburgh. Clerks and letter carriers from 17 towns are slated for transfer, but critics of the … Read More

USPS mum on plan to merge rural mail delivery hubs in Snohomish County

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Heraldnet: EVERETT, WA — Postal workers in Snohomish, Granite Falls and Marysville say they’ve been told their post offices will soon no longer serve as delivery hubs and will only offer retail services. Mail distribution would be run out of Everett, according to a source within the U.S. Postal Service’s Seattle District Regional Post Office. The postal worker, who wished … Read More

The Post Office Can Bring People-Centered Public Banking to Every ZIP Code

Steve HutkinsBlog, News The need for a public banking option is urgent. Nearly 10 million households, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color, are unbanked or underbanked in the United States. Unbanked or underbanked households must pay expensive fees for non-bank financial services to access their own money for paying bills, cashing checks, remittances, rent, and ATM withdrawals — costing upwards of … Read More

Top Postal Regulator Calls for Expanded Reach Amid Feud With DeJoy

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Government Executive: The U.S. Postal Service’s regulator requires more staff and resources to keep pace with the changes underway at the agency, the head of the oversight agency said on Monday, sharply contrasting his vision with that of the postmaster general. Louis DeJoy, the USPS CEO, has derided the Postal Regulatory Commission as standing in his way as he looks … Read More

The Postal Service launches new service performance dashboard

SteveFeatured, News

The Postal Service just launched its new service performance dashboard, a requirement of the Postal Reform Act. You can find it here. As specified by the Act, the dashboard contains weekly, monthly, and quarterly data, which can be disaggregated by type (First Class, Marketing, Single-piece, Pre-sort, etc.). One can search for incoming and outgoing mail from any ZIP code, or … Read More