Manufacturing Emergencies: An open letter to the PRC on post office suspensions

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BY MARK JAMISON [The following letter was recently sent to the Postal Regulatory Commission and Chairman Goldway in response to issues arising from the implementation of POStPlan.] Dear Chairman Goldway, I am writing to you directly but I hope you will share these comments with the other commissioners. As you are aware, I was very critical of the decision in … Read More

Nothing stays these couriers: Postal workers deliver during Sandy

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While nearly everything was shut down by Superstorm Sandy — airports, trains, subways, schools, businesses, and most of the federal government — the Postal Service was still up and running.  Postal workers were still out there delivering the mail, even on Monday, the day the storm hit.  The Postal Service’s unofficial creed — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom … Read More

Network Rationalization Update, with detailed schedule of changes

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The Postal Service has published an updated list of the processing facilities that will be impacted by Phase 1-B of the Network Rationalization plan, which begins after the New Year. Phase 1-A was implemented this past summer.  Though it was originally planned to include 48 plants, about 40 ended up being consolidated. The Postal Service took a break from the … 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

Holler for help: There’s no stopping emergency suspensions

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According to a USPS service disruption report issued on November 10, over 330 post offices were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  About 120 were completely shut down, and another 30 had the retail operations suspended.  Many of these offices remain closed, but it’s likely they will all eventually reopen once power is restored. The same cannot be said for several other post offices … Read More