Video: USPS Says It Is Addressing Delivery Delays In Nyack NY

NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Residents in a Rockland County town say they have a postal problem.

As CBS2’s Meg Baker reported, if you’re going to send a package to Nyack, send it sooner rather than later. Residents say they have been having a snail mail problem.

Imagine, it’s your birthday, you are waiting patiently for a special care package to arrive from family, but no mail delivery arrives that day, or the next, or the next.

That’s what happened to 60-year-old Joe Carlin in September.

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Senator Tester tells Megan Brennan new USPS service standards are a disaster

(U.S. SENATE)-Senator Jon Tester today met incoming Postmaster General Megan Brennan for the first time to discuss strengthening the Postal Service and the need to improve delivery standards in rural states like Montana.

Tester emphasized the Postal Service’s delivery standards have become a disaster for USPS and for the Montana families that rely on the Postal Service to deliver medication, election ballots and ultimately, to stay connected. He also voiced the need to reform funding of the Postal Service’s employees’ retiree health benefits to maximize returns and limit the waste of current funds.

“I live in the sticks and I’m telling you the Postal Service is critically important for rural America. Folks around the country rely on the mail every day for essential deliveries,” Tester said. “I was pleased to meet Ms. Brennan and I look forward to continuing our dialogue to restore mail delivery standards in rural America.”

Tester highlighted that closing processing plants and cutting service standards will greatly impact the speed of delivery around the country. Since 2011, 141 mail processing facilities have been closed, including six in Montana. Eighty-two more facilities are expected to close by September of this year – a plan that Tester calls “short-sighted.”

Tester is a member of the Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee that oversees the Postal Service. He has been critical of the previous Postmaster General for taking steps to privatize the agency and opposed the committee’s postal reform bill because it did not preserve strong enough mail delivery standards in rural America or adequately support postal workers.

This week Tester sent a letter to Brennan calling on the USPS to ensure accuracy, as well as its accountability to others, when tracking how long it takes for mail to get from place to place.

Bipartisan group in Congress calls for end to USPS service slowdown

West Virginia Congressman David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the postal slowdown and a return to prior service standards.

On July 1, 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) initiated an aggressive plan to cut costs by closing rural post offices, mail processing facilities and reducing First Class Mail delivery. This has had a disproportionate impact businesses and families in rural areas.

“We’ve heard from hundreds of West Virginians — newspapers, businesses and individual postal customers negatively impacted by these delivery changes. By restoring prompt and reliable service, we can rebuild trust in the postal service and give rural Americans peace of mind” said McKinley.

The fall 2013 closure of the USPS Mail Processing Facility in Bridgeport has required mail to be shipped to Pittsburgh or Charleston for processing, resulting in delays, increased costs, and unreliable service. Beckley mail is sent to Charleston for processing. This month, USPS announced it would end overnight delivery of First Class Mail in further efforts to cut costs.

“The recent changes implemented by the United States Postal Service are having a dramatic and negative impact on all businesses and residents living in rural parts of the United States,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “This recent USPS decision is a national issue that is impacting the entire country. The newspaper industry across America is just one segment of the national economy that will suffer as a result of these changes. We hope other members of Congress will support his resolution and join in the discussion.”

“This postal slowdown is causing real harm across West Virginia as credit card bills are delayed, consumers cancel unreliable newspapers, and timely medicine deliveries are threatened. The Post Office should reconsider these changes and work with Congress to develop an alternative model,” McKinley added.

The bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 54, was co-sponsored by Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.; Don Young, R-Alaska.; Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif; Richard Nolan, N.M.; David Joyce, R-Ohio; and Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.

APWU: New MOU to Create Hundreds of Career Jobs in Level 4 POStPlan Offices

From the American Postal Workers Union:

apwulogo01/12/2015An addendum to the Sept. 22, 2013, POStPLAN Memorandum of Understanding will place a number of career jobs into Level 4 post offices, which otherwise would have been staffed exclusively with Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The offices in question are open four hours per day.

The specific numbers and offices have not yet been identified, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in announcing the Dec. 31, 2014, agreement, but identification is expected to take place within the next 30 days.

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Video: USPS plan to cut hours at smaller Iowa post offices picks up


A plan to save money by cutting hours at some rural post offices is coming closer to completion. Beginning in July, the United States Postal Service will be conducting public meetings in some rural towns to discuss the possible cuts.

The USPS first brought up the issue of making cuts to help save money two years ago.

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In 2012, the USPS launched the cost cutting POST plan, a plan where closing small post offices was an extreme option. The plan sparked nationwide outcry which convinced postal leaders to take a second look at where money could be saved.

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