A tour of the new USPS package sorting machine

A tour of the new USPS package sorting machine

BY TIM BOND As part of its Delivering for America plan, the Postal Service has promised to “procure and deploy more than 185 new package sorters.” This statement has remained somewhat vague in the messaging materials, but the Postal Service recently invited the media to the Seattle Processing & Distribution Center for a first-hand look at one of the new ... Read More
The 2020 USPS Household Diary Study is out

The 2020 USPS Household Diary Study is out

The new Household Diary Study is out. From the Executive Summary: “The Household Diary Study survey, fielded continuously since 1987, aims to collect information on household use of the mail and how that use changes over time. The survey collects household information on demographics, lifestyle, attitudes toward mail and advertising, bill payment behavior, and use of the Internet and other ... Read More
Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) Summer Newsletter

Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) Summer Newsletter

The Summer 2021 newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) focuses on the Postal Service’s plans to close 18 mail processing plants in November and the fight to stop these consolidations. Read the newsletter ... Read More
Reply to the USPS: How the new service standards will cause geographic discrimination

Reply to the USPS: How the new service standards will cause geographic discrimination

By Steve Hutkins The Postal Service’s plan to reduce service standards is now being reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission for an Advisory Opinion. On Friday, June 25, the Postal Service and several of the intervenors in the case submitted their Reply Briefs. (You can find the briefs and replies here.) Below is my Reply Brief. (At several points it ... Read More
Why the USPS proposal to reduce service standards will cause "undue discrimination"

Why the USPS proposal to reduce service standards will cause “undue discrimination”

By Steve Hutkins The Postal Service’s plan to reduce service standards is now being reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission for an Advisory Opinion. On Monday, June 21, the Postal Service and several of the intervenors in the case submitted their briefs and statements of position. You can find the briefs here, and the statements of position here. Here’s my ... Read More
Postal advocate testifies against reducing USPS service standards

Postal advocate testifies against reducing USPS service standards

By Douglas Carlson Editor’s note: The Postal Service’s plan to reduce service standards is now being reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission for an Advisory Opinion. The Postal Service presented five witnesses to make its case. Last week, four witnesses submitted rebuttal testimony. Below is the rebuttal testimony of long-time postal advocate Douglas Carlson, the registrar and assistant vice chancellor ... Read More
Is ending air mail unfair? Testimony for the PRC's Advisory Opinion on Changing Service Standards

Is ending air mail unfair? Testimony for the PRC’s Advisory Opinion on Changing Service Standards

Steve Hutkins The Postal Service ended Airmail as a separate class of U.S. mail on May 1, 1977, almost sixty years after it had been established. By 1974 the Postal Service was using airplanes to transport nearly 30 percent of First Class mail— over 15 billion pieces — and there wasn’t much difference between the two classes except that Airmail ... Read More
How the postal reform bill may help the Postal Service slow down the mail

How the postal reform bill may help the Postal Service slow down the mail

Steve Hutkins In August 1970, Title 39, aka the Postal Reorganization Act, created the Postal Service. The first section, 39 U.S. Code § 101, is entitled “Postal Policy.” It’s just over 400 words long, but it is probably the most frequently quoted passage in the history of postal legislation. It’s often cited in litigation, academic articles, and the dockets of ... Read More
A talk with the founder of the "Save the Post Office" website

A talk with the founder of the “Save the Post Office” website

The administrator and founder of the “Save the Post Office” website, Steve Hutkins, joins Bob Levi on NAPS Chat to discuss the website’s purpose and impact. Bob and Steve also talk about the Postal Service’s on-time performance problems and the plan to downgrade service standards, now being reviewed by the PRC for an Advisory Opinion.  Listen on GooglePodcast, Spotify, and ... Read More
Mapping out the changes in USPS service standards

Mapping out the changes in USPS service standards

By Steve Hutkins The Postal Service has requested an Advisory Opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning its plan to relax service standards on First Class mail and Periodicals. Much of the mail that is now expected to be delivered in 2 days would shift to a 3-day standard, and a lot of 3-day mail would change to a 4 ... Read More
New dashboard on the PRC Advisory Opinion on the change in service standards

New dashboard on the PRC Advisory Opinion on the change in service standards

The Postal Service has requested an Advisory Opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning its plan to relax service standards on First Class mail and Periodicals. We started a new website page that provides easy access to the PRC’s docket (N2021-1), as well as some charts, tables, and blog posts about the proposal. You can find the page here; it’s ... Read More
Spring 2021 CPWU Newsletter

Spring 2021 CPWU Newsletter

The Spring 2021 Newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) has articles about Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s ten-year plan, ironically named “Delivering for America”; the “People’s Postal Agenda” discussed at the online conference put on by the Grand Alliance to Save the Public Postal Service; Charlotte postal workers protesting mistreatment and harassment; and Washington state’s postal workers pushing to ... Read More
What the USPS 10-year plan may have to say about future rate increases

What the USPS 10-year plan may have to say about future rate increases

The mailers were probably disappointed that the Postal Service’s new 10-year plan released yesterday, “Delivering for America,” did not reveal how big of a rate increase the Postal Service intends to make using the new authority it was granted by the Postal Regulatory Commission. While they wait in suspense, here’s a guess: 3.6 percent. We already know that the calculations ... Read More
This week marks the 51st anniversary of the largest wildcat strike in U.S. labor history: The Great Postal Strike of 1970

This week marks the 51st anniversary of the largest wildcat strike in U.S. labor history: The Great Postal Strike of 1970

March 18th marks the day fifty-one years ago when postal workers walked off the job in New York City in what soon became the largest wildcat strike in U.S. labor history. Last March we posted this article by postal historian Phil Rubio, author of Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service. The ... Read More