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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More
"Save the Post Office" launches new Service Performance Dashboard

“Save the Post Office” launches new Service Performance Dashboard

With all the attention to delivery delays over the past several months and the Postmaster General’s plans to relax delivery standards — as well as calls for more transparency about postal operations — this seems like a good time to launch a Service Performance Dashboard. The Postal Service itself publishes ... Read More
The Postal Service wants to slow down the mail, Congress says not so fast

The Postal Service wants to slow down the mail, Congress says not so fast

By Steve Hutkins The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has just posted a discussion draft of postal reform legislation in advance of Wednesday’s hearing with Postmaster General DeJoy and the Chairman of the Board of Governors, Ron Bloom. The draft has three main sections — one about creating a ... Read More
Back to the Future: The USPS, PRC and Mailers revisit the meaning of PAEA

Back to the Future: The USPS, PRC and Mailers revisit the meaning of PAEA

By Steve Hutkins Earlier this week a group of mailers’ associations continued their effort to convince the DC Circuit Court to stop the Postal Service from increasing rates under the new authority it was recently granted by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The Postmaster General has told the mailers that another ... Read More
Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) Winter 2021 Newsletter

Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) Winter 2021 Newsletter

The CPWU Winter 2021 Newsletter has articles about why Postmaster General DeJoy should be dumped, the possible implications of the Senate going Democrat, and the contrast between DeJoy’s vision and what a public vision of the Postal Service looks like. Read the newsletter here ... Read More
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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 — ... Read More