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

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

Snailworks.com: 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.  ... Read More
US Senate to hold hearing over USPS delays at metro Atlanta distribution center

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

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

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

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 ... Read More
Atlanta RPDC crashes on launch

Atlanta RPDC crashes on launch

In July 2023 the first Regional Processing & Distribution Center opened in Richmond, Virginia. The launch ran into problems, and mail delays have plagued the region for months. The Postal Service said it would learn from its mistakes and the next RPDC rollouts would go more smoothly. Another RPDC opened ... Read More
'Dumpster fire': Experts predict swing state ballot chaos due to DeJoy’s USPS overhaul

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

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

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

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

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

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 ... Read More
Massive USPS mail disruptions descend on Atlanta

Massive USPS mail disruptions descend on Atlanta

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

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

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 ... Read More
What happened in Richmond won't stay in Richmond: OIG audits the first RPDC

What happened in Richmond won’t stay in Richmond: OIG audits the first RPDC

Last week the USPS OIG issued its report on the launch of the Regional Processing & Distribution Center in Richmond, Virginia. Eventually there will be sixty of these mega-facilities — the Postal Service calls them the “backbone” of the new network — and implementation is proceeding at a rapid pace ... Read More
Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas

Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas

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

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

morristowngreen.com: 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 ... Read More
D. C. Circuit rejects UPS case against PRC on USPS cost allocation

D. C. Circuit rejects UPS case against PRC on USPS cost allocation

Justia: The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit was tasked with evaluating a previous decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding cost allocation between the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) market-dominant and competitive products. United Parcel Service (UPS), a competitor of the USPS, challenged ... Read More
Virginia has the worst mail service in the country, by far. We figured out why.

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

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

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

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 ... Read More
CPWU Spring Newsletter

CPWU Spring Newsletter

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 ... Read More
Evening collections end in Oregon and Washington: The threat to election mail and other risks

Evening collections end in Oregon and Washington: The threat to election mail and other risks

Last week the Postal Service stopped collecting mail and packages at the end of the day at 170 post offices in Oregon and 30 in southern Washington. The initiative is called Local Transportation Optimization (LTO), aka Optimized Collections. Without the traditional end-of-day collection and transport to the processing center, the ... Read More
As USPS institutes network reforms, mail delivery hits a three-year low

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

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

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

inequality.org, 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 ... Read More
Chaos plagues USPS operations in Houston area

Chaos plagues USPS operations in Houston area

Allen Abel, Linn’s Stamp News: In a rare display of bipartisan comity, Republican and Democratic politicians in the Houston area have joined forces against the United States Postal Service, which they hold responsible for more than two months of lost packages, delayed deliveries, helpless customers and an infuriating disinclination to ... Read More