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Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:32 AM

Quite a thread on the postal service

https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1290656746634194946.html

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Also in Philly story:

"Donald Bullock said he has gone three weeks without his mail — leaving 71 letters and three packages, including two paychecks, sitting inside the Overbrook post office, according to his USPS mail alerts"

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Mail delays are frustrating Philly residents, and a short-staffed Postal Service is struggling to keep up
“It’s just piles of our mail sitting in the post office," one Overbrook Park resident said.
https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/usps-tracking-in-transit-late-mail-delivery-philadelphia-packages-postal-service-20200802.html
Chicago Customers Warn USPS Mail Delivery Delays Could Cause Credit Issues

"Vicky Lee [...] said missing mail is jeopardizing her good credit. In a stack of mail she picked up from her post office, Lee found a late charge from a credit card company"

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Chicago customers warn USPS mail delivery delays could cause credit issues
USPS customers in Chicago have reported mail deliveries up to weeks behind schedule, and some say the delays could be causing credit issues.
https://abc7chicago.com/mail-missing-usps-chicago-in/6331782/


Mail Problems Mount For Northwest Ohio Customers

"In the last 10 days, Sally Chojnacki says she’s only found letters and first-class mail in her mailbox once."

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Mail problems mount for Northwest Ohio customers.
https://www.13abc.com/2020/07/30/mail-problems-mount-for-northwest-ohio-customers/
Also in Ohio story:

"Carriers are saying the US Postal Service is not allowing overtime.

"If they hit their 8 hours and there is still mail in the truck, it goes back to the station."

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Additional from Ohio story:

"The president of the local letter carrier union said this week some routes aren’t being filled and they’re not being told why"

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Mail problems mount for Northwest Ohio customers
Mail problems mount for Northwest Ohio customers.
https://www.13abc.com/2020/07/30/mail-problems-mount-for-northwest-ohio-customers/
You can find these stories about USPS all over the country. The Post Office story *is* getting coverage at a national level.

But everyone needs to understand what individual Americans are experiencing themselves and hearing from local media at a local level.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:41 AM

1. The USPS is under severe stress

combine the world prior to the pandemic and then add in Covid 19 which has caused workers to deal with both increased demands and a workforce that suffers the affects of the Virus along with just everyone else.

I got two deliveries yesterday. The first being my mail from last Thursday and Friday, then my regular delivery but still not everything has shown up based upon my Informed Delivery emails.

The Postal Workers are doing the best they can, but there is only so much they can do.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:23 PM

5. It was not like this until the tRump donor took over USPS to break it much more. . . . nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #5)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:28 PM

7. See post #3

It is the virus causing the problems, the little Trumper has barely started.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #7)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 04:00 PM

14. The new wrecking ball, Louis DeJoy, has put in new rules with IMMEDIATE EFFECT





Mikel Jollett
@Mikel_Jollett
Some of Louis DeJoy's changes which have crippled the US Postal Service:

- Shutting down mail-sorting machines so workers must do it by hand.

- Requiring letter carriers to LEAVE MAIL BEHIND to avoid extra trips.

- Prohibiting overtime pay.

This has created a massive backlog.


https://www.thestar.com/news/world/us/2020/08/03/house-panel-calls-new-postal-chief-to-explain-mail-delays.html

WASHINGTON - The House Oversight Committee has invited the new postmaster general to appear at a September hearing to examine operational changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country.

The plan imposed by Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser who took over the top job at the Postal Service in June, eliminates overtime for hundreds of thousands of postal workers and orders that mail be kept until the next day if postal distribution centres are running late.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:28 PM

6. My mail has come fine so far.

But I don't expect that to last.

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Response to ananda (Reply #6)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:31 PM

9. You have been lucky

I would not expect it to last .

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #9)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:32 PM

10. Agree.

nt

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Response to swag (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 11:53 AM

2. How will this not be devastating for rural America?

How will they blame Obama?

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 01:35 PM

4. Pres. Obama did not leave a plan for Trump, in case the mail backed-up. Not

Trump's fault, being that he is a dotard.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 12:24 PM

3. At out local Mail Station,

 

which has thirty plus Routes,it is the Virus that is raising hell. Several Mail Delivery Persons are out on sick call because of Positive tests.

Last Thursday,the Counter Service Persons were pulling Routes because of Call outs. And Mandatory Overtime for all Carriers at that Station.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:30 PM

8. This has potential to clog voter delivery, mail-ins, evictions, and voting credentials

in the most Democratic part of Pennsylvania. They are all tied together.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:38 PM

11. Processing the mail is not a problem.

The USPS unlike UPS and Fedex is highly automated and can easily handle the current volume. The problem is at the delivery end. They have been more and more relying on temps to do mail delivery since 2012 and still don't have enough people to deliver the mail without a lot of overtime. Letter carriers are the largest group of postal emplyees so when budget crunches happen it's the easiest thing to cut to save some dough.

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Response to Scruffy1 (Reply #11)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:44 PM

13. It might be more complex than this. Prior stories stated that under the new

rules post offices were not allowed to use their automated letter sorters at certain times, leaving the postal employees to do large amounts of sorting by hand. So that should be factored in.

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Response to swag (Original post)

Tue Aug 4, 2020, 02:42 PM

12. We should try to figure this out with our great resources here.

Pennsylvania - issues
Ohio - issues
Illinois - issues
Michigan - ?


Arizona - no apparent issues yet, or very minimal.
Texas - ?
Florida - ?

Trump just attacked Nevada's vote by mail. Is there mail slowdown in Nevada?

We should be able to figure out if there is a pattern.

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