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Through interviews and union surveys completed in writing by individual Dallas mail carriers and obtained by the Texas Observer, we found that in the months following Gates’ death, USPS seems to have gone back to business as usual. Mail carriers report that management is still pressuring them to speed up, work overtime hours, and forego breaks. … Read more

Rural Letter Carriers Receive New Route Changes

Some saw gains. Others saw further cuts. But the rural letter carriers are still frustrated by the lack of transparency over the data creating new routes. On September 30, rural letter carriers were notified of the latest changes to their weekly routes under the controversial new Rural Route Evaluated Compensation System (RRECS), which will go into effect … Read more

Minnesota federal lawmakers want answers over missing rural mail carrier paychecks

WASHINGTON, D.C. [09/25/23] — Today, U.S. Senators Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar, and U.S. Representative Angie Craig (all D-Minn.) sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy seeking answers about an apparent payroll system error that led to an estimated 53,000 rural letter carriers missing or receiving only a partial paycheck on September 1. After hearing from Minnesotans affected … Read more

OIG Report – Address Management System for Rural Routes

Background The U.S. Postal Service utilizes Address Management System (AMS) data to correctly deliver mail to approximately 49 million rural addresses nationwide. The nation relies on the Postal Service to maintain accurate addresses to enable effective commerce and ensure customers receive quality service. It is critical to have correct and current address information so mail … Read more

APWU Members Paint a Stark Picture of Toxic Workplaces

Ruralinfo note: I know it’s not rural but I am sure there are many rural carriers working in these same offices. An APWU workplace survey of more than ten thousand APWU members has painted a stark picture of hostile work environments, low morale, and understaffing, overseen by poorly trained, ineffective, and disrespectful managers.

Rural carrier receives 50-year pin

William Shive received a service pin Sept. 8, and letter of recognition for 50 years of service with the United States Postal Service.

Fundraising event planned for USPS rural carrier injured in carjacking

Authorities said Ramsay was carjacked and shot on Sept. 5 during her mail route in a neighborhood. Jaden Isaiah Garay, 23, was arrested in Burke County Tuesday in the stolen postal vehicle following a high-speed chase and a search. Madison County officials say Garay has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and given a $2 … Read more

How does the US Postal Service serve rural Americans?

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” — while the United States Postal Service (USPS) has no official motto, this well-known refrain reflects a key aspect of the organization’s operations: the universal service obligation (USO). The USO is not contained in any one document, but has been defined through multiple statutes over the course of … Read more

Postal workers respond to founding statement of USPS rank-and-file committee

The founding statement of the USPS Workers Rank-and-File Committee has been read by tens of thousands of postal workers. Dozens of workers have submitted comments to the World Socialist Web Site detailing their work experiences and their thoughts on the state of the USPS in general. We are reproducing a selection of these below. If you work at USPS, … Read more

$20K raised for rural carrier shot in carjacking

Ramsay’s daughter, Scarlet Ramsay, started a GoFundMe page to help with the medical costs associated with Ramsay’s injury. On the page, Scarlet Ramsay also detailed the injuries sustained by her mother. She said her mother underwent surgery Sept. 8 to remove her left eye and perform facial reconstruction, saying “her surgery went well,” and that … Read more

After Hefty Algorithmic Pay Cut, Rural Mail Carriers Are Getting ‘a Huge Slap In the Face’ From Union

Maston is adamant that the decertification effort reflects a vocal but unrepresentative minority, giving little credence to the idea that any of their grievances are legitimate. “We just came back from our national convention that was in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” Maston said, “and there were well over 1,100 delegates there, probably close to 2,000 rural … Read more

Carrier attacked in carjacking was a rural carrier associate

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed Teresa Ramsay was the mail carrier attacked on the job. “We are deeply saddened by the recent attack on our colleague in Mars Hill,” North Carolina District Manager Roselle Murrell said. “[Teresa] has been a dedicated team member since she joined the postal service. Our thoughts are with [Teresa] and … Read more

Rural carrier shot in carjacking in North Carolina

A carjacking left a person severely injured Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred on Spring Drive just off South Main Street in Mars Hill. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., Sheriff Buddy Harwood posted a photo of the vehicle, a Jeep with “U.S. Mail” and “Frequent stops” listed on the back of the vehicle. The suspect allegedly walked … Read more

“It is beyond toxic. The morale is so low”: Texas rural letter carrier speaks out on terrible working conditions, massive pay cuts

A massive assault on the United States Postal Service is currently underway. Under a new restructuring program, post office management is taking aim at tens of thousands of jobs, and slashing wages for tens of thousands of rural carriers, reducing them to poverty. With a new “evaluation period” beginning last week for tens of thousands … Read more