USPS closing bulk of plants starting in April 2015, postal employees retiring on VER in January

Some Postal Employees in USPS Western Area retiring January 31, 2015 As PostalReporter (correctly) reported in November, USPS sent out “Special Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) opportunity letters to eligible employees” at targeted post offices.  The VER letters were also sent to ” eligible employees within 50 miles” of the targeted locations. This VER (with no […]

USPS Phase 2 Network Rationalization FAQs includes some answers to service standards, VER, RIFs

As previously reported USPS is moving ahead with Phase 2 Network Rationalization starting in January 2015. USPS quietly made this announcement last week. USPS estimates that approximately 20% of First Class Mail volumes will be delivered overnight and  80% in 2 or 3 days. In August, Megan J. Brennan, USPS Chief  Operating Officer (COO) and […]

California Postal unions host town hall meeting over Industry postal consolidation

A coalition of postal unions will host a town hall meeting in Industry Wednesday to warn the public about changes to their mail service that could delay mail across the San Gabriel Valley. The meeting at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Palms Resort, 16200 Temple Avenue, will focus on the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to […]

USPS National Plan to Eliminate Tour 1 starting in January 2015: Oakland, CA

This is a National Plan The “Realignment” deals with three parts, changing service standards to end overnight and add a day for most first class mail, closing 82 more plants, and changing times and tours for mail processing. The elimination of overnight single-piece First Class mail service in January, means Tour 1 mail processing clerk […]

Senator Hoeven: USPS Needs to Reevaluate Closing the Minot Mail (ND) Processing Center

Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) issued the following press release: Senator Highlights IG’s Report Recommending Review of Consolidations, Change in Service Standards Impacts November 10, 2014 – WASHINGTON – In a letter to U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, Senator John Hoeven said the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) needs to reevaluate its decision to consolidate the Minot […]

USPS National Plan to change Postal Employees work schedules starting in January 2015

Several months ago Postal Reporter contributor Don Cheney reported: The Future of USPS mail delivery: “The First-Class Mail and Standard Mail streams are being combined at the remaining plants. David Williams said their goal is to Delivery Point Sequence as much letter and flat mail to the carriers as possible. Their mission is to reduce […]

USPS Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center is ‘safe for now’

(November 1, 2014) SHREWSBURY, MA — No layoffs are planned when the USPS consolidates some of the services at the Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center in January, but the more than 500 workers at the 192 Main St. facility are still concerned what will follow. “I don’t think we’re safe forever. I think we’re […]

Congresswoman asks PMG to reconsider plant consolidations of 82 facilities without public input

Norton Wants Postal Service to Reverse Changes that Lengthen First-Class Delivery and Return Night Time Delivery Risks to Letter Carriers (October 15, 2014) WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter Norton sent to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe that asks him to […]

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants, National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., said this week. Edgecombe is the publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE. NNA seconded the concern expressed by the USPS Office of the […]