The Magical Postal Publicity Tour: Over 7,000 POStPlan Meetings, and Counting

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The Postal Service is plowing ahead with its community meetings on POStPlan.  As of Friday, it had held 6,741 meetings, and it has scheduled an additional 474 through March 15. That’s a total of 7,215 meetings — well more than half the list of 13,000 post offices that are seeing their hours reduced.  Before last week, implementation was complete at about … Read More

Killing the Post Office Softly: POStPlan implementation almost halfway done

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The Postal Service has already held over 5,400 community meetings for POStPlan, and it has scheduled another 860 for the rest of January and the first week of February.  Within a few weeks, some 6,340 post offices will see their hours reduced to six, four, even two hours a day.  That’s nearly half of the 13,000 post offices on the … Read More

A Complaint gives the PRC another crack at POStPlan

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The post office in Great Cacapon, West Virginia, is on the POStPlan list, and in January its hours will be reduced to six a day.  A nonprofit organization named AdvoCare has filed a formal Complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission challenging the Postal Service’s decision to cut the hours. The Complaint finds several faults with how POStPlan is being implemented, … Read More

POStPlan becomes a reality: Hours cut at hundreds of offices today, thousands more after the holidays

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After nearly two years of planning — going back to early 2011, when the Postal Service first proposed changing the rules about staffing post offices without postmasters and redefining “consolidation” — today POStPlan became a reality.  November 17 is the official implementation date for the first group of 500 post offices on the list.  Starting Monday, they’ll be open six, four, … Read More

POST Plan meetings: Over 1500 scheduled already, more coming

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In order to implement POST Plan — the plan to reduce hours at 13,000 post offices — the Postal Service will be holding a public meeting at each impacted post office. The Postal Service has already scheduled 1,518 public meetings for the two-week period October 8 through October 19.  Around 600 are scheduled for the week of October 8, and … Read More

Consternation and confusion: Putting POStPlan in place

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The Postal Service began implementing POStPlan a couple of weeks ago, and in a post last week we reported on problems that had already begun to emerge: surveys sent only to box holders, meetings scheduled during the workday, using the post office lobby as the meeting place.  A few more news reports have come out, and several people wrote in about … Read More

POStPlan implementation: The surveys go out, the trouble begins

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Last week the Postal Service began notifying citizens across the country that their post office would either have its hours reduced or be closed completely.  Reports from the field indicate that the Postal Service will not be rolling out POStPlan in a very gradual way.  It appears that any post office with a postmaster vacancy will be reviewed immediately, and … Read More

Trouble ahead: The PRC gives POStPlan a green light

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Last Thursday, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued its advisory opinion on POStPlan, the Post Office Structure Plan, and the Postal Service isn’t wasting any time implementing its plan to reduce hours at 13,000 post offices. On the same day the PRC published its findings, the USPS Postal Bulletin published changes to three operational manuals, laying out the details on POStPlan.   According … Read More

The Road to POStPlan: Breaking down the postmaster retirement numbers

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Yesterday the Postal Service provided an update on how many postmasters have chosen to retire thanks to the $20,000 incentive offer.  Nearly 3,800 retired as of July 31, and about 300 will be retiring at the end of August and September, bringing the total to 4,100.  (The numbers are here.) The Postal Service did not provide a list of the … Read More