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

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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 to rent a dress for her wedding after hers spent … Read More

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

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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 Processing and Distribution Center to facilities in Pennsylvania. The decision … Read More

Postal Service explores reduced mail pickups in rural areas

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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 shift of area mail processing from Grand Junction to Denver. … Read More

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

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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 Amazon. DeJoy said his plan — Delivering for America — … Read More

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

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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 mail, including packages as well as first class letters, being … Read More

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

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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 performance, though the trend has now persisted for nearly six … Read More

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

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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 into the 10-year plan, USPS reported that the agency had … Read More

Chaos plagues USPS operations in Houston area

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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 speak the truth about what actually was going on. According … Read More

East Tennessee’s congressional delegation isn’t pleased with answers to post office questions

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Knox News: The U.S. Postal Service intends to move some of its Knoxville operations northwest to Louisville, Kentucky. And East Tennessee’s congressional delegation is not happy about it. The proposed change is part of the post office’s Delivering for America plan, which aims to slash delivery costs and make the postal system more efficient. Operations from local processing centers – like the … Read More

USPS to Open New Sorting and Delivery Centers as That Approach Comes Under Fire

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ecommercebytes: The USPS is opening new sorting and delivery centers (S&DC) in January and February 2024, calling them an integral part of its Delivering for America plan “to create a best-in-class processing and delivery network.” In its announcement, the USPS wrote the following: “The S&DCs will revitalize our network of nearly 19,000 delivery units — the last stop for mail … Read More

It’s going to delay the mail’: the fight over Louis DeJoy’s USPS plan

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The Guardian: More than 500,000 workers at the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be handling billions of deliveries through the holidays. For hundreds of them, this may be their last Christmas at their current mail sorting facility and workers are warning the impact on consumers will be severe. The appointee as postmaster general under Donald Trump, Louis DeJoy, is currently implementing a … Read More

Postal Service Likely To Move Cheyenne’s Mail Processing To Denver, Casper’s To Billings

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Cowboy State Daily: At a public forum in Cheyenne on Tuesday, the postal service said it is likely to move mail processing from Cheyenne to Denver and is considering moving some mail processing in Casper to Billings. Changes to the Casper service were among new pieces of information that came to light during a public forum Tuesday afternoon at Laramie … Read More

Changes could be coming to USPS processing center in in Fort Wayne, workers upset

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WPTA. 21alivenews: FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Some workers with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in Fort Wayne, like Bradley Burridge, are frustrated. Officials with the postal service are considering making some changes to the city’s Processing and Distribution Center, including turning the facility into just a Processing Center and moving some operations from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis. “There’s a … Read More

Plan to improve Lehigh Valley mail delivery by sending it to Harrisburg derided by locals, workers

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Lehigh Valley News: ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A public input session addressing potential changes to the Lehigh Valley’s mail delivery drew dozens of postal workers – and a few civilians – to Allentown’s Movie Tavern Thursday evening, along with more than enough ire for the proposal. During the presentation, officials offered a few details on the United States Postal Service’s Mail … Read More

‘I don’t believe there’s honesty’ | USPS employees share concerns after meeting about Knoxville consolidation

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WBIR: KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — USPS leaders met Thursday with postal service employees to discuss the future of Knoxville’s USPS Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC). This, as the Postal Service conducts a Mail Processing Facility Review (MPFR) to modernize their services nationwide. According to USPS, the review aims to evaluate the conditions and operation of various facilities. The Knoxville P&DC is one … Read More