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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... Read More
USPS service performance data for 2020 shows improvement but not back to baseline

USPS service performance data for 2020 shows improvement but not back to baseline

The Postal Service has shared some weekly on-time service performance data with the plaintiffs in the Jones v. USPS case. The data set provided by the Postal Service provides the most complete picture of on-time performance that we’ve seen since the mail delays became an issue earlier this summer.  The ... Read More
The Seven-Percent Solution: The Not-So-Secret Plan to Downsize the Postal Service

The Seven-Percent Solution: The Not-So-Secret Plan to Downsize the Postal Service

By Steve Hutkins First, a disclaimer. The following analysis is largely speculative. It’s not based on insider information. The evidence comes from news articles, government reports, legal filings, and a few leaked internal USPS documents that were published on postal news sites. The analysis could be totally wrong. The hypothesis ... Read More
Testimony of Mark Jamison in Jones v. United States Postal Service

Testimony of Mark Jamison in Jones v. United States Postal Service

By Mark Jamison “Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, ... Read More
USPS OIG: Processing Readiness of Election and Political Mail During the 2020 General Elections

USPS OIG: Processing Readiness of Election and Political Mail During the 2020 General Elections

USPS OIG: Our objective was to evaluate the Postal Service’s readiness for timely processing of Election and Political Mail for the 2020 general elections. Election Mail is any mailpiece that an authorized election official creates for voters participating in the election process and includes ballots and voter registration materials. Political Mail ... Read More
DeJoy's Fix for the Post Office: The Wrong Time, the Wrong Plan, the Wrong Man

DeJoy’s Fix for the Post Office: The Wrong Time, the Wrong Plan, the Wrong Man

By Mark Jamison After years of being a journalistic backwater the Postal Service is all over the news. From the usual contextually vacant reports about financial losses, we shifted to meaty and sometimes sensational coverage about the removal of Blue collections boxes and mail processing equipment at plants. There’s also ... Read More
Trump, beware: Americans have a deep, enduring love for the Postal Service

Trump, beware: Americans have a deep, enduring love for the Postal Service

By Karen Heller Washington Post: President Trump has branded the Postal Service “a loser,” “joke” and “scam.” It’s a first-class source of his mail-content. He routinely disparages the Postal Service because it loses money and, by his own admission, he doesn’t want people in much of the country to vote ... Read More
Preserve the People's Post Office: Let Us Do Meaningful Postal Reform

Preserve the People’s Post Office: Let Us Do Meaningful Postal Reform

Mark Jamison It is said the Postal Service is mired in debt, that it is unsustainable, a burden to the American people. This is the position of the current postmaster general, supported by the board of governors who hired him and by a treasury secretary who seems to be the ... Read More
Save the Post Office Rallies on August 22 & 25, 2020

Save the Post Office Rallies on August 22 & 25, 2020

SAVE THE POST OFFICE RALLIES, AUGUST 22 and 25, 2020 ... Read More
When a post office is not a post office: USPS celebrates 130th anniversary of the Bellville GA post office by closing it

When a post office is not a post office: USPS celebrates 130th anniversary of the Bellville GA post office by closing it

Steve Hutkins I’ll tell you all a story that I think you’ll understand
Traveling through Georgia, rambling across the land
I passed the Bellville Depot and something said to me
Stop here son, there’s something you should see.
— Tom T. Hall, “God Came Through Bellville Georgia” On Thursday of ... Read More
Must watch: Former Deputy PMG Ron Stroman discusses mail delays and threats to the election

Must watch: Former Deputy PMG Ron Stroman discusses mail delays and threats to the election

Former Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman was on MSNBC with Nicolle Wallace. His take on the Senate hearing yesterday, the delays going on at the Postal Service, and the risks for voting by mail is fantastic. Stroman believes that there is a ‘significant question’ whether delays in mail are intentional, ... Read More
Watchdog asks postal regulator to seek USPS data on mail delays

Watchdog asks postal regulator to seek USPS data on mail delays

Today I filed a motion with the Postal Regulatory Commission asking it to ask the Postal Service to provide on-time delivery reports for the past several weeks. These reports would offer more transparency into postal operations and show just how much the mail has been slowing down since the Postmaster ... Read More
Need proof changes at the USPS are slowing down the mail? Here you go

Need proof changes at the USPS are slowing down the mail? Here you go

Everyone knows the mailing has been slowing down. News reports are filled with stories from postal workers and customers about delays. E-bay sellers are complaining about shipping problems with the USPS, and many say they have been switching over to private carriers. Talking Points Memo has an ongoing column based ... Read More