How the pandemic could lead to a big USPS price hike

How the pandemic could lead to a big USPS price hike

On November 30, 2020, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued a 484-page order revising the rate system for Market Dominant products. Under the new system, the Postal Service will be able to raise rates beyond the Consumer Price Index, which it was prevented from doing (aside from the provision for an exigent increase) by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of ... Read More
City of Spanish Fort, AL, appeals closure of its post office

City of Spanish Fort, AL, appeals closure of its post office

By Steve Hutkins Fairhope Courier, November 15, 1961: “Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Visits Spanish Fort Post Office: Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill A Mocking Bird, chats with Har­mon Hanson (photo above) while admiring his newly opened post office at Span­ish Fort. Miss Lee is a frequent visitor to this area and was de­lighted with ... Read More
PRC busts the price cap, lawsuits sure to follow

PRC busts the price cap, lawsuits sure to follow

By Steve Hutkins The Postal Regulatory Commission has spent the past four years working on a revision of the rate system for Market Dominant products. Yesterday the Commission issued its final rule on the changes. The order is here. The PRC’s press release is here. The media kit contains a useful FAQ. The review of the rate system involved the ... Read More
Updates on the USPS Service Performance Reports

Updates on the USPS Service Performance Reports

We’re tracking all the reports the Postal Service has been submitting on service performance, the processing of ballots, and other data being shared in the various lawsuits. The Postal Service’s weekly on-time service performance reports submitted in Jones v USPS can be found here. The daily reports being submitted in Richardson, Vote Forward, and NAACP are here. There have also ... Read More
Lawsuits against DeJoy, USPS & Trump over mail delays and election mail

Lawsuits against DeJoy, USPS & Trump over mail delays and election mail

Twelve lawsuits have been filed against Postmaster General DeJoy, the U.S. Postal Service, and President Trump over issues connected to mail delays and threats to voting by mail in the November election. We’re “live blogging” the latest developments on a daily basis. You can find a list of all the cases at the end of this post here, with links ... Read More
Stop girdling the Post Office

Stop girdling the Post Office

By Mark Jamison In forestry the practice of tree girdling is well known. Although there are some circumstances where this can be a useful practice, in most cases the technique is used for nefarious ends. Girdling involves removing the bark and layers below the bark, usually around the trunk of the tree. The cut, when it includes the entire circumference ... Read More
DeJoy's 57 Varieties of Cost Cutting: What's in the new OIG report—and what's not?

DeJoy’s 57 Varieties of Cost Cutting: What’s in the new OIG report—and what’s not?

By Steve Hutkins In response to several inquiries from members of Congress, the Office of Inspector General has issued a report  on “Operational Changes to Mail Delivery.” The report discusses the Postal Service’s plan to eliminate 64 million work hours — the equivalent of 33,000 jobs — by implementing 57 cost-cutting initiatives. As discussed in this previous post, the plan ... Read More
Are USPS transportation policies still causing mail delays?

Are USPS transportation policies still causing mail delays?

This week there have been several significant revelations about the operational changes that took place over the summer, their impact on service performance, and the Postal Service’s plan to eliminate 64 million work hours.
  • According to an OIG report released yesterday, the Postal Service embarked on this plan — which involves 57 strategies to transform every aspect of postal ... Read More
The Post Office in a Decent Society

The Post Office in a Decent Society

By Mark Jamison In looking at the results of the recent lawsuits against the Postal Service — eight of which have led to rulings banning changes in postal operations until after the election — it is tempting to make a bad sports analogy.  After all, going 0 for 8 lends itself to comparisons with futility we often associate with the ... Read More
A New Agenda for Postal Reform

A New Agenda for Postal Reform

By Steve Hutkins In late June of this year, a few days after the new Postmaster General took office and in the middle of a pandemic, the Postal Service initiated a plan to eliminate 64 million work hours, the equivalent of 33,000 jobs. It was one of the largest cost-cutting plans (perhaps the largest) in the history of the Postal ... Read More
Documentary Film Reveals How The United Postal Service Has Been Systematically Dismantled For Decades

Documentary Film Reveals How The United Postal Service Has Been Systematically Dismantled For Decades

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds … until THE GREAT POSTAL HEIST Established by the U.S. Constitution, the once-venerated agency has been thrust into a political maelstrom that is hampering its effectiveness in the days leading up to the election. Jay Galione, the son of ... Read More
Mankato, MN post office makes long-delayed move from historic home

Mankato, MN post office makes long-delayed move from historic home

mankatofreepress.com: It was May of 2014 when the U.S. Postal Service announced it would sell its historic downtown Mankato home and move postal boxes and retail services to a smaller leased space. Nearly 6½ years later, the relocation happened. “It’s a shame they moved,” an elderly woman said Tuesday as she prepared to walk into the new “Main Post Office” ... Read More
Fall 2020 Newsletter from Community & Postal Workers United

Fall 2020 Newsletter from Community & Postal Workers United

The Fall 2020 newsletter from Community & Postal Workers United contains articles on “Outcry Halts New Postmaster General’s Attacks on Service…for Now,” “Target the Postal Board of Governors ! Dump PMG DeJoy!,” “Postal Service workers quietly resist DeJoy’s changes,” and “Postmaster General eyes aggressive changes at Postal Service after election.” Read the newsletter here ... Read More
Do It Now: A Timeline of the Postal Service’s Work Hour Reduction Plan

Do It Now: A Timeline of the Postal Service’s Work Hour Reduction Plan

By Steve Hutkins A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post exploring the possibility that Postal Headquarters has a large-scale, comprehensive plan to eliminate some 67 million work hours. (The Seven Percent Solution: The Not-So-Secret Plan to Downsize the Postal Service.) Thanks to evidence that has come out in the eleven lawsuits against the Postal Service over delivery delays ... Read More
Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

By Steve Hutkins This post was written in 2016 and slightly updated on Oct. 31, 2018, exactly two years ago today. The update started like this: According to this AP report today, alarms are already being raised about the rejection of many mail-in ballots in next week’s elections.  Several of these elections are likely to be very close, and in ... Read More