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Wisconsin high court won't let Trump campaign bypass lower court
"Will not hear the Trump campaign's lawsuit. Trying to overturn his election laws in the state. The court says it was for first work its way through the lower courts, the president's team, arguing there's not enough time before electors cast their ballots. December 14th this morning the president tweeting that the United States Postal Service is responsible for tampering with thousands of ballots and swing states. Despite Ng Despite citing no evidence, attorney General Josh
Tlingit art on postal stamp, and COVID surge in US
"This is national native news antonio gonzales the art work of a clinker artists from juno alaska will be featured on a new post stamp set for distribution next year henry show with cage. Ns reports rico. Lana world is the founder of trickster company a design shop based in juneau that incorporates traditional northwest coast art into everything from t-shirts and stickers to skateboard decks and basketball's he says that an art director for the us postal service called him up one day he had apparently discovered some of Tricks are companies are work at the national museum of american indians. Gift shop in dc and That's sort of where our discussion began about. Making this design happen world decided to go with the scene from the traditional story of raven setting free the sun moon and stars for his design and he says he kept a national audience in mind in other so many depictions of of raven. The box of daylight story It almost a little bit like silly to do it again. But i felt like it was an important kind of desire kind of story that that gets a gateway for people to to learn about cricket culture. His design depicts raven escaping through the chimney as he is transforming back into human form. It's an exciting and chaotic scene. There are stars stuck in his feathers and the sun is in his mouth. Orel says he believes the decision to include. His art work on a stamp is part of a wider movement for better representation of native stories. I think the usps is sort of in line with everyone else trying to figure out how to enable indigenous people to tell their own stories. And so it's it's just an honor to be able to be a part of that and to represent. According to sealaska heritage institute the postal service had planned to unveil the stamp at celebration twenty twenty but the event was cancelled because of the pandemic. shi is working with the agency to hold a release ceremony next year. In hanes. i'm henry leash across the country covid. Nineteen rates are hitting all time highs. No one knows that better than the healthcare workers fighting the pandemic on the front lines. Kale c. c.'s. Brian bull talk to his sister. Traveling nurse who's just recovered from covid. Nineteen my sister. Tracy and i are both proud members of the nez perce tribe or as we call ourselves than ame- pu we're also both essential workers during this pandemic though to be fair tracy's put herself in harm's way almost daily since nineteen came to the us still. She was surprised when she tested positive herself. I did a lot of sleeping but looking back the whole first week and a half was a blur it was an early november and thankfully tracy's case came at a later time in the pandemic one knowledge treatments. A covid nineteen or much better than on its earlier stages my sister got the same regiment as president trump. Actually but she says things got tense when the texas hospital. She does stain him. Tried to discharge her after only four doses of remdesivir contrary to cdc guidelines. I feel that they were trying to discharge me because they needed the hospital bed. And i told her no that i would not leave until i receive my sister. I insisted on it. Tracy's now out of the hospital ready to see her grandkids in montana. She says everyone needs to wear masks and appreciate healthcare workers. I'm very relieved. And of course proud of my sister be well. Keep doing great work and i love you. Happy thanksgiving thank you. I love you too. Brian and happy thanksgiving for national native news. I'm brian bowl. And tony gonzalez
Retailers get creative to reinvent holiday shopping amid COVID-19 pandemic
"Since before Halloween to prod consumers to get an early start on their holiday. Buying physical stores can't have mobs of people this year and the shift to online shopping could potentially overwhelm e commerce companies, the postal Service and delivery firms. Even Amazon is concerned about the expected surgeon ordering Chief Financial officer Ryan Alive SKI. There's going to be tight for everyone will all be stretched, and it's advantageous for people to order early this year. Amazon encouraged last minute shopping in past years, promising quick delivery in time for Christmas this year. The Internet superstores been pushing black Friday worthy deals for weeks to encourage customers to buy early. Lasky told reporters and analysts the company started staffing up over the summer. We welcome 250,000 permanent full time and part time employees. Another 100,000 employees were hired since the beginning of last month. Bloomberg
300,000 People Fled New York City Due To Coronavirus
"That 300,000 people have left the city and that's just based on forwarding addresses from the Postal Service. So that's not like a study of you know who's left when it was just based on forwarding addresses. So it's you know, it's a lot of cities there, seeing this like mass exodus, Los Angeles there
Postal worker withdraws claim that ballots were backdated in Pennsylvania, officials say.
"Pennsylvania postal worker who guarded Republican attention over allegations that officials tampered with mail in ballots in the swing state has recanted his client. The House Oversight Committee announced Tuesday that Richard Hopkins went back on his assertion that a postmaster and airy Pennsylvania told workers to backdate ballots mailed after election day after he was questioned by U. S. Postal Service inspector General Those claims have been widely touted by Republicans and we're at the heart of a letter from South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to the Justice Department, urging it to open a federal probe.
U.S. postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering, officials say
"Postal worker who claim voter fraud in a battleground state is now disavowing those claims. Pennsylvania postal worker who claim the eerie postmaster instructed employees to backdate ballots mailed after Election Day has recanted his story, according to the Democratic led House Oversight Committee. Republican lawmakers passed along an affidavit signed by postal workers Richard Hopkins to the Justice Department. But the oversight committee now says when the Postal Service inspector general interviewed Hopkins, he recanted his allegations without an explanation. President Trump's campaign has filed election related lawsuits in several battleground states.
Pennsylvania postal worker recants ballot tampering allegations: officials
"Committee says a postal service worker in Pennsylvania has recanted his allegations that a supervisor altered mail in ballots committee, says Richard Hopkins, a postal Service worker, and eerie find an affidavit alleging ballot tampering and fraud. He went public through the conservative group Project Veritas, but Postal Service inspector general has informed the Congressional committee that Hopkins recanted his allegations yesterday after being interviewed last Friday.
USPS finds 815 Texas mail ballots in Houston, Fort-Worth and Dallas facilities
"Found some mail in ballots in the Lone Star State, The ANA Kodiak reports A federal judge had ordered the Postal Service to search its facilities for mail in ballots that hadn't yet been delivered to county election officials. Another judge had issued a similar order on Tuesday concerning 12 districts nationwide, but the Postal Service miss the three PM deadline. Of the 815 UN delivered ballots found in Texas 232 were found in Houston, 322 and Fort Worth and 35 in Dallas, and the rest were in cities around the state. More
How Self-Driving Trucks Will Change the World with Robert Brown and Jon Panzer
"Robert say what's up to fire nation and let's explain the logistics industry to an outsider. Awesome well thanks for having me Logistics industry is incredible It's a trillion dollar industry in the us You know especially the trucking industry is saying if you bought it. A truck broaden Seventy percent of all freight is moved on trucks And then also trains and all sorts of the planes trains and automobiles in this immense amount and as everyone during covid with the increase of ecommerce and everyone expecting their stuff out hours if you order it. Rather than days An amazon really driving that through competitors senior huge announcements from walmart target an incredible amount of pressure on a already stress system You know and and getting stuff around this country is an important part of food security and you know on of course just convenience now we demand that you know our shipping rather than day shipping and Just an incredibly vital part of our economy and workforce You know just a millions and millions. America's are are employed by our transportation industry as well. It is incredible. I've actually lived down here in puerto rico for four years now so i was here during hurricane maria and it just blew me away that after hurricane maria like we still had the logistical capability to get food across this island with just like this unbelievably rural roads and mountains and all these different things but they were still able to make things happen to me. I was actually an armor officer in the army for two years and then my last two years in the army. I was a logistics officer. So i went to four uses to logistics schools. Well so i definitely have a little background in that. It's been it's been a while. Now thank you for your service though. that's cool. I appreciate that in the introduction. I shared with fire nation. Everything that you're responsible for which is a lot. Can you break down for fire. Nation your current business model so right now. We are the largest autonomous truck. Company in the entire united states with wapping forty trucks so kind of tongue-in-cheek because if anyone that knows the tracking industry that is You know it's not very much. But you know i it. Still a new industry and right now. We retrofit internationals and peterbilt trucks with our technologies with cameras and light ours and all sorts of great sensors and test the software that we're developing along with all the all the hardware as well every day Between kind of book any between phoenix arizona and dallas texas We haul cargo for folks like ups did a pile with the united states. Postal service Clean foods Arizona food bank and so we get real world testing and also what's nice about too is out there driving around trucks. you know. we're actually a purpose building. The technology with the design of what they call. Sad levels for basically for folks. that aren't familiar with this levels. Which is probably ninety. Nine point nine percent of the population that is kind of the levels think level five jetsons car can go anywhere with the robot level. Four is is really cool. It can go without a driver but it's defined route so between that. Ups facility in phoenix to the ups facility paso texas. We have the map that you can kind of think of it putting down a digital railroad and then the truck can run a thomas lee on that digital railroad where we map so it can't just on a split decision. Just take off to another location in in that kind of thing but The the technology and the business use case think repeatable routes high volume which is great for the long haul trucking industry. And that's the problem. We're trying to solve this great technology. So i'm actually one of those people who walks around saying very loudly. I cannot wait for the day. That every single moving vehicle is driverless. And whenever i come across somebody. That's like i will never get into a driver's car. I go. you are a crazy person because if you honestly believe the headlight you'll realize how horrible human beings are driving. It is so so bad. it's so so bad. I mean and smartphones with texting social media. It's only getting worse. I can't drive a car with a looking at who in passing and nine times out of ten their faces in a phone. I'm like you're literally driving a car right now. What is happening. You know we were chatting before you know the community. I live in a beach community. And you're taking your life in your own hands on the street. You your head on a swivel dodging. 'cause you have no idea someone's going to see that. Stop sign or see you. Also the as. I'm speaking to on ice bar smartphone. And do everything on my smartphone. They've created distracted driving this caused headaches and a half you know for safety for pedestrians and also you know cars and trucks on the road
U.S. Postal Service finds 1700 ballots in Pennsylvania
"The deadline for that information. The U. S. Postal Service says it's inspectors found about 700 ballots during sweeps of processing facilities in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh yesterday as NPR's Brian Naylor reports a federal judge has ordered sweeps of postal facilities in several key states. In testimony before U. S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, it was revealed that as many as 68 mail in ballots were not delivered in Atlanta in time to be counted. And some 1400 ballots mailed over the weekend didn't arrive by Election Day in Pennsylvania, but officials there have until Friday to count them and the Postal Service has been told to keep sweeping his facilities for ballots. Until then. The Postal Service has been under extreme scrutiny during this election season because of concerns over the Corona virus pandemic. Some 65 million Americans voted by mail nationwide. But despite some glitches, experts say there have been no widespread problems with the Postal Service is handling of election male
Scrutiny Of The U.S. Postal Service Continues As States Report Missing Ballots
"Based on a court filing earlier this week, it appeared that the Postal Service had lost track. Of some 300,000 mail in ballots. The ballots had been scanned into the system, but there was no record that they had been scanned out. But the Postal Service said in a statement that there was a simple explanation that under the extraordinary measures it was taking Teo get Election mail delivered on time, postal workers removed the ballots from the system before they received a final scan and delivered them directly to election boards. Mark demonstration, president of the American Postal Workers Union says that's exactly what happened. They're not missing. They're not disappeared. We have every reason to believe they made it to their final destination. And were counted there not accounted for in the same way that regular mail would have been. The Postal Service has been under extreme scrutiny during this election season because of concerns over the Corona virus pandemic. Some 65 million Americans voted by mail nationwide, but there were deep suspicions after Lewis to joy, a big dollar donor to Republicans, including President Trump was named Postmaster general. Choi, who ran a logistics company immediately introduced cost cutting measures that critics said slowed the mail. The Postal Service suspended those changes, spurred by a series of lawsuits from state officials and advocacy groups. Demonstration says Despite the controversies, he believes the Postal Service did a good job under a lot of pressure, very proud of it. Obviously all the vote should be counted, but this was a really success. For the American people. Still, there were some glitches in testimony today before U. S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. It was revealed that as many as 68 ballots were not delivered in Atlanta in time to be counted, and some 1400 ballots mailed over the weekend didn't arrive by Election Day in Pennsylvania. But officials there have until tomorrow to count them, and postal officials have been told to keep sweeping their facilities for ballots until then. Brian Naylor NPR news
Judge orders USPS to sweep facilities for mail-in ballots
"And a federal judge says the Postal Service needs to sweep its facilities for mail in ballots, and it may prove worthwhile after hundreds of ballots were found. In Texas A federal judge says the U. S Postal Service needs to sweep its facilities twice a day in states where they're accepting and counting ballots received past election Day. One of those states is Nevada aqui. A battleground in which we're still waiting for results. Attorneys in this particular lawsuit said 150,000 ballots were delivered Wednesday, the day after the election, and in Texas, where the judge had first ordered such postal service sweeps more than 800 ballots were found in 14 different facilities. This federal judge Emmet Sullivan had ordered the Postal Service ahead of Election Day to take extraordinary measures to get ballots to elections officials. Fox's Jessica Rosenthal,
Judge "not pleased" after Postal Service failed to meet deadline on order
"Judge's postmaster general Lewis Joy, must answer questions about why the agency did not complete a court ordered sweep for undelivered ballots before Election Day deadline. Voting rights advocates, including the CP suit over some 300,000 ballots in 12 states that postal service data showed had not been scanned, confirming their delivery to election authorities. The agency said. It finished. The court ordered sweeps late Election day and they had found just 13 ballots in battleground Pennsylvania. But an attorney told the judge about a tip that four days worth of mail in ballots were still sitting at a processing center in North Carolina. Many states will not count ballots received after Election Day.
Judge orders sweep of postal facilities for mail-in ballots
"Ordering the postmaster general to sweep all mail sorting facilities and swing states today. For any uncounted ballots. U. S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, ruling this morning after the Postal Service said roughly 300,000 mail in ballots had gone out but had not been returned The all clear sweep effects about 12 postal districts across 15 states. And must be completed before the polls close today. The
Judge orders sweep of postal facilities for mail-in ballots
"Judge is ordering the postmaster general to sweep all mail sorting facilities and swing states today for uncounted ballots. U. S District Judge energy. Sullivan ruled this morning after the Postal Service said roughly 300,000 mail in ballots had gone out but had not been returned. The all clear sweep effects 12 postal districts across 15 states and must be completed before the polls closed today.
Judge orders sweep of postal facilities for leftover ballots
"D C has ordered US Postal Service inspectors to sweep more than two dozen mail processing facilities for lingering mail in ballots and for those ballots ballots to to be be sent sent out out immediately. immediately. The The order, order, which which includes includes centers centers in in central central Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Detroit, Detroit, Atlanta, Atlanta, South South Florida Florida in in parts parts of of Wisconsin. Wisconsin. Comes after national delivery delays leading up to the election and concerns Thie agency wouldn't be able to deliver ballots on time. Delivery times have since rebounded but have consistently remained below the agency's internal goals of having more than 95% of first class mail delivered within five days. WG in in
Obama, Actress America Ferrera hold election eve rally in Miami as Democrats rally for Latino votes
"24 hours to go until voters can head to the polls to pick their next president. People on both sides of the fence are rallying to get people to turn out tomorrow. We'll need you to actress America, Ferrera says. There's no time to waste. She's urging voters to come up with a plan if they're voting in person tomorrow, and those who opted for mail in ballots to make sure they're dropped off at a polling precinct, since it's too late for the U. S Postal Service Now we need you. Drop off those mail in ballots in person. Do it now. Do it today. Barack Obama will be in Miami tonight. President Trump Build a late night rally's Sunday in Opa locka. Nine million people have already early voted in Florida, so lines may be manageable tomorrow. Wendi
Dozens of undelivered ballots found at Miami-Dade post office with mail backlog
"The big battle. U. S Postal Service is investigating stacks of mail, including ballots stuck in a post office south of Miami. Hundreds of election related lawsuits have been filed this year, including the Trump campaign, pushing back on extended deadlines. President Tweeting the election should end on November 3rd not weeks later. But with so much absentee and mail in voting this year, every ballot and voter must be validated a process that takes time that his correspondent live Lilia Luciano, some 92 million Americans have voted so far. That is more than two thirds of the ballots that were cast in the entire 2016 election.
"us postal service" Discussed on 1A
"It is a voice vote historians haven't. Gone into the archives. So far I'm guessing here I am speculating. There are. Lawmakers especially, Republicans who believe that the post office could be run better as a corporation as a non government entity. My suspicion is that the obligation was put on the post office to make it more attractive for outsiders to take it over because it wouldn't have that huge liability because that liability pension would already be funded. Now, I should underscored this is speculation we haven't done. The research yet, but it was unfortunate. They may not have been as much thought given to it by lawmakers as a whole, but it has saddled the post office with an obligation that makes it appear that it is in a much worse financial position than in fact, it is and that is unfortunate. The whole debate is unfortunate about profit and loss about online. It's a service, the water company we don't expect to make money national parks. We don't expect to make money. You don't expect the military to make money and so on. Jessica President Trump is a big fan of saying you know with no evidence that Malin voting will lead to widespread election fraud is this true. No. It's not true I think that it is sort of bipartisan accepted that vote by mail has a slightly higher rate of fraud but. That assumes that fraud is happening at all of voter fraud is exceedingly rare and the instances in which you hear about fraud perpetrated through the mail or by ballots that footers received in the mail is generally orchestrated by a campaign or some other organized group making it more about election fraud than voter fraud, but voters are certainly not doing this themselves. And even those those examples of election fraud like North Carolina nine last year are exceedingly rare. Elections. Are Almost never overturned and the folks who attempt to do this broader almost always caught. So I, think that those concerns are are a bit overwrought. So what do you think that we should be concerned with? What's the real thing to be concerned about when it comes to mail voting? You know I think the real thing to be concerned about is just that u-turn your valid around as soon as you can I think that there are a lot of states that have really deeply unrealistic deadlines for requests for absentee ballots for example in Ohio, you can in theory request an absentee ballot up to the Saturday before the election, which is obviously unrealistic. You cannot process about application, send you a ballot and get your ballot back in a couple of days but this is not how the USPS. Works and so you should ignore close deadlines and as soon as you're comfortable sending your ballot back in, you should send it back in or you should take upon yourselves to drive it to dropbox. It's going to be directly accessed by the elections office and as long as people are voting as early as they can. They should be just fine. Well, we have to take another quick break, but we'll talk more about the post office with our guests and with you right after this stay close this is one. We're only months away from election day and every week or even every few hours. There's a new twist that could affect who will win the White House to keep up with the latest to into the NPR politics podcast every day to find out what happened and what it means for the election. This is one a week talking about the post office and just how politicize the service has gotten rather quickly. Professor John Would you say that it's common for presidents to politicize the post office? No. I've been racking my brain to try to find previous examples and it's extremely difficult I've gone all the way back to Andrew Jackson. Eighteen twenty eight election and then the abolitionist males controversy eighteen thirty five the president after President Talks about the post office laudatory terms I was going to Richard Nixon his response to the wildcat strike in one thousand, nine, seventy in the midst of a Wa, the biggest wildcat strike in American. History President WHO's not obviously sympathetic to Unions is lauding the post office. That's the way presidents typically talk about this venerable essential American institution. So it's very, very strange that our current president called the Post. Office joke what an insult to the half million people who work for the post office extensively under the direction of you know at some level of the president of the United States it's insulting. It's un-american to make a very bold claim about it historically and did it is threatening to the legitimacy of our self experiment in self government. Sam tweeted US and he says folks have been arguing that the government should not save the postal service because the free market will be able to fix it on its own. Jessica. Can you talk about how that thinking may be flawed? Right so I think that. Folks like the think. That's true. If they've never lived in or visited a rural area of this country I, think you know the founders envisioned the US ps two sort of bind. America together to make possible for us to exchange ideas and and items across the country and. While suburban and urban communities would probably be fine relying on the free market to do the job the US. Rural. Communities. Would absolutely not and you know there is a lot of power in free market to decide where they will and will not deliver to and and you know if you live in an area where a taxicab won't pick you up, it stands to reason that maybe private shipping companies don't WanNa go there either, and so if you give a private company the Authority to dictate its own terms instead of providing service to all Americans, you will quickly find that service being taken away from the areas that are not profitable or not. Are Not time worthy to go to Professor Ben, emailed US and says my letter carrier and I were talking about the US is current situation. Just yesterday he believes that this is yet another face of racism in our country. He claims that there are disproportionate numbers of people of Color working for the postal service, and therefore he concludes that the powers that be viewed as a workplace that is dispensable. Any change that there's some truth to this viewpoint. Well. Certainly. Right. Certainly correct that African Americans are disproportionately represented the postal workforce for many decades. One of the only middle-class jobs an African American could get was in the post office in that. Lure well known in the African American community. So that's absolutely true veterans also by the way are over represented. So it's possible. I think the larger issue is really the backup moment. Why so much fewer about the post office in a way? It's a good thing because it shows how connected the institution is to our elected officials congress there used to taking the heat and how essential it is viewed by ordinary Americans, how they're willing to step up..
"us postal service" Discussed on The Diane Rehm Show
"Voters should assume that regardless of who their county clerk is, they will follow the rules that have been outlined for them in the State Constitution at the state legislature, the state election code are than I wanted to take you back to the postal service. The kinds of changes that the joy has into place. Seem to be making it more difficult for people to get their balance in even if they have them right. They've collected more a the mail boxes they removed more of Os Mailboxes. NEIGHB- apparently slowed down delivery in some areas. Until me, how bad has happened? Is it because a layoffs is because cutting back on oath for time what has he managed to do that will slow down the male deliberate right I think that his his contributions here are very much policy related. So I think people are very very focused right now on the removal of certain postboxes, those big blue boxes that you see on the street. Also the removal of certain. Swing devices that that large coastal. For the most part, those changes were scheduled to take place. Well, before Mr Detroit became the head of the Postal Service 'cause have because the USPS has been in recent years going a lot of changes because this won't surprise any of your listeners. The Mail has changed quite a lot in the last decade USPS. Now handles far fewer letters than they used to and it's Much more about package delivery. So a lot of the sorting machines that you see being removed or the mailboxes on the street just really aren't being used to the extent that would justify their presence and so the removal of those items doesn't necessarily trouble me at all it's it's simply part of the way that the USPS is adjusting to serve its customer race to a certain extent. One of the things that's frustrated me about this moment is that the public's focus on those things because they're visible and you can have pictures and you can have a film footage of them in the background of a new shot carrying away something because of the focus on that, allow the trump administration essentially a PR move to pretend like they're not going to influence the postal. Service anymore. So Mark Meadows would unseat Jake Tapper show a couple of days ago and said, okay well, we're going to stop all of this removal and tell the election is over but those things were never fx the election..
"us postal service" Discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind
"He's taken on additional shares of stock that that I think in my mind representing clear conflict of interest it'll be interesting to me to see how the Democrats in the House approach that topic. So we're all concerned now at `Bout mail-in ballots and the post office operations in states that had not had the experience mail and voting what do you see happening there? So I think that states in the current environment can still pull off a successful mail and voting experience for voters. A think what is important to note is the numbers are so big that I think they're hard for a lot of people to conceptualize in their head. So the most number of ballots that will be mailed back in to the USPS will be mailed out to voters and Mel, back in is about one hundred million. In just for comparison, the USPS handles about eight billion parcels during Christmas alone. So this is a very doable thing for the USPS, even under current conditions, even under the restrictions that Mr. Joy has placed on the agency, what the states need to do in order to accommodate these changes is to make sure that they're actually giving boaters enough time to apply for a ballot, get it and return it by election day, and so there's a number of states that have problematic messing this. So for example, in Ohio you can. I believe Minnesota as well. The State allows you to request maps into ballot up to the day before the election, which is obviously not realistic at all. So you know you can't get a ballot mailed to you and mail it back and have that be postmarked arrived in time to be counted if you're allowing people to request ballads day before the election so You. Having a deadline that suggests that you can request an absentee ballot that late will tell voters that they have enough time and give them the impression that will leave enough time for their vote counted will not. In that's a little bit more difficult than it sounds changing the language on the website to accommodate. Absentee ballots, these are written into law so the legislature would actually need to change that, and so if that is a problem in your state than the legislature should reconvene. And I say that, no, understanding the implications of it, but it does have the potential to disenfranchise a lot of people and even if you're at legislature can't reconvene what needs to happen is that the secretary of state or whoever the chief elections official is in each state needs to start messaging. Now that the best way to do the election will be to request the absentee ballot as soon as requests are open and to return returning as soon as you're comfortable with your votes, even if that's two or three weeks before the election. So here's the thing I live in DC short in the district of Columbia and months ago we got notice saying if you intend to vote by mail..
"us postal service" Discussed on Pro Rata
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"us postal service" Discussed on Radio Boston
"Over recent changes in service equipment and policy at the US Postal Service is heating up a states including Massachusetts look to prevent the trump administration from hampering the post office operations. This is millions of voters prepare to rely heavily on melon ballots. Here's president trump earlier today about to board Marine One addressing pushback about his recent comments and actions on the US Postal Service I have incurred everybody speed up the male not slow the. I also want to have a of. Run without losing billions and billions of dollars a year as it has been doing for fifty years. Now, in a few minutes, we'll hear from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey who was reportedly weighing legal action against the trump administration alongside other state attorneys general. But first, let's hear from someone charged with delivering the mail under these new changes. John Flattery is the president of central. Massachusetts American Postal Workers Union local four five, five, three Wadham to Radio Boston. TC Ana. Thank you very much. Hey. John Hi feeling about everything that's going on right now. Anxious. What makes you anxious? I'm just. Kind of feel like where upon. You know we just waiting to find out what's going to happen to us. Postal. Workers had kind of a trying. Yeah. I mean everybody has I mean come on a virus. But we worked food corona and while we were working through the corona crisis. Aaron. Constantly that we were GONNA ride the money to pay employees in the fall. And then we're dealing with a new postmaster general who just telling us not to do what we've been trained to do for hundreds of years so. Anxious is the best. Adjective I can come up with. John How long have you worked for the US Postal Service. I started in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty, seven. And have you ever felt this kind of anxiety before No Oh, God no no. So when we were in March, you've talked about the beginning of this virus and everyone's anxiety about what was going to happen to their families the communities, the places they worked would it have been with the USPS have been ready for mail in voting at that time and is it more or less ready than than now? We could handle Mellon voting with no problem at all if people would just let us do what we've been doing. The. Last two hundred and fifty years I mean. I mean, Christmas happens every year we handle that mother's Day father's Day I mean we we can handle the volume, the people that work for the Post. Office. Of incredibly incredibly dedicated to making sure that every piece gets to every every day. and. With the mailing elections..
"us postal service" Discussed on Pro Rata
"Hi I'm Dan Primack, and welcome to axios recap presented by facebook. Today's Monday August Seventeenth Robin Hoods Valuation is. New Cova cases in the US are down and we're focused on the future of the US Postal Service. As you've no doubt heard by now the US. Postal Service is at the center of a battle in Washington DC. Yeah that US Postal Service, the same one that delivers US bills and birthday cards and bed bath and beyond coupons. Oh an election ballots, which is why what began as a fairly mundane funding crisis has become a political crisis. To catch you up the Postal Services Board of governors appointed by President Trump said earlier this year that it needs twenty five billion dollars supplemental funding or else it will be insolvent by October. Shortly, afterwards, trump appointed someone named Luis joy to be the new postmaster general. Some critics say to joy got the job primarily because he was a big money trump donor not because he had run a large private delivery company trump of course claims he's qualified. Either way to joy has made some major changes to USPS which appears to have the result of slowing down mail delivery in many places. Not only does that currently impact delivery of such things as prescription drugs and social security checks, but raises huge questions about the speed and security of male invalid this fall. Democrats alleged joy is intentionally kneecapping USPS to help the reelection of president trump who is opposed to certain forms of mail in voting. So, Democrats have scheduled to vote on that twenty five billion dollars in new funding for this Saturday and also asked joy and USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert, Duncan to testify in front of the House. Committee on Monday. The chair of that committee representative Carolyn Maloney recently one primary in which the decision wasn't finalized for six weeks due to problems related to mail in voting she joins us in fifteen seconds. At facebook, we've taken critical steps to prepare for the US.
"us postal service" Discussed on THE NEWS with Anthony Davis
"The success of the twenty two, thousand presidential election could hinge on a most unlikely government agency, the US Postal Service. USPS was already facing questions over how it would handle the expected spike of mail in ballots, but several operational changes imposed by its inexperienced new leader of leads to mail backlogs across the United States. As rumors of additional cutbacks, swell fueling worries about undermining the general election. The pandemic has forced states to expand voting by mail as a safe alternative to in-person polling places. Some states are opting to send ballot applications to voters or lowering people to use corona virus as a reason to cast an absentee ballots. Trailing in the polls, donald trump has been sewing public distrust in the postal services ability to adequately deliver ballots and has without evidence said repeatedly that allowing more people to vote by mail will result in rampant corruption. A false statement that deserves more scrutiny. The agency's new leader Postmaster General Louis, the joy, a former supply chain C and major donor to trump and other republicans was tapped to head the service spy trump appointed board of governors and started in June is the first postmaster general in nearly two decades who is not a career postal employee. Memos from post office, leadership detail, and elimination of overtime and halting of lates delivery trips. The does sometimes needed to make sure deliveries arrive on time additional records, outline upcoming reductions of hours at post offices, including closures during lunch on Saturdays Remiss of also circulated about the potential for entire offices to shutter. Postal employees have been recently instructed not to talk to news media while on duty echoing a level of authoritarianism never before seen in the United States. Donald Trump circumnavigation of Congress on corona virus relief is raising questions about whether it would give Americans the economic lifeline. He claims and appears certain to face legal challenges. Democrats called it a pre-election ploy that would burden cash strapped states. Often negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance. Hit a wall. Trump used what he said where the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution. Trump asserted that he had the authority to defer payroll taxes and extend an expired unemployment benefit although at a lower amount than what the jobless had been getting during the crisis with his reelection chances imperilled by the pandemic, the president contended his orders will take care of pretty much this entire situation as we know it, but the orders carry far less waits than trump promoted and cut federal relief spending by shifting more onto the shoulders of struggling states. Critic said, the actions crossed legal line and fell well short of what is needed to help writes the franchise economy. Economy with an eye on reversing his slide in the polls, trump trying to take full credit for the measures which he signed his New Jersey Golf Club on Saturday after congressional talks broke down last week Democrats initially sought to three point four, trillion dollar package, but said they lowered the demand to two trillion Republicans had proposed a one trillion dollar plan. Trump's order on housing is not a guarantee against eviction as he claimed, but instead directs the Department of the Treasury in Housing and Urban, development, to identify money that could help those struggling to pay them monthly rent. The president was silent on how he would fund Medicare Social Security benefits that the seven percent tax on employees income covers Democrats seized on the possible threat to social security as a signal trump wanted to cut the social safety net Joe. Biden said this is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They adjust another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility. Off to the explosion, in Beirut, the rebuilding needs of the Lebanon are immense. But so is the question of how to ensure that millions of dollars promised in international aid is not diverted in a country notorious for missing money invisible infrastructure projects and its refusal to open the books. Sunday's international donor teleconference raised a total of two hundred, Ninety, eight, million dollars in emergency aid. The conference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron who was mobbed last week by tearful victims of the Beirut ammonium nitrate explosion, begging him to ensure the corruption they blame for the blast that devastated the. Does not profit from its destruction. The French presidency said France contributed thirty, five million dollars the head of the International Monetary Fund, which wants an audit of the national bank before handing over any money was clear. No money without changes to ensure ordinary. Lebanese, on crushed by debt, whose benefits they never see. But macron's response to the crowd in Beirut, and in a latest speech, there will unusually blunt. The AIDS will not fall into corrupt hands and Lebanon's discredited government must change. You can subscribe to five minute news on Youtube with preferred PODCAST APP ask your smart speaker or enable five minute news as your Amazon Alexa Flash briefing skill. Visit US online at five minute, dot knees five minute. US is an independent production covering politics, inequality health and climate delivering, unbiased, verified, and truthful World News daily..
"us postal service" Discussed on 1A
"Beleaguered us. Postal Service is more Americans than ever are expected to vote by mail this November we have Washington's secretary of State Kim. Wyman Nicole good kind politics reporter with Fortune magazine and also with US mark. Diamonstein. President of the American postal workers. Union. Secretary Wyman. It took Washington state years to get where you are now with Mellon. Voting. Do other states have a chance of getting this right in a matter of months. You know we don't have another option they have to, and we know that at least what fifteen percent of our population is over sixty five across the country. These are people that are at risk not not even including people that have health issues that will keep them from going to a polling place or or voting center. So we have to have an option where voters can voted home and that's what states really focusing on and I. Think you're GonNa see a hybrid of vote by mail and vote at home voting in every state including mine probably one to two percent of our. Voters will go into a vote center to cast a ballot or do curbside service because they don't put themselves at risk but need to vote on a on a device or maybe need to get a replacement ballot. So every state has wrestling with corona virus and how we're going to respond and I know that my colleagues are working very hard to make sure that's safe experience regardless of where you vote talk about the importance of voter education around mail in voting and how you communicate with people and help them understand the specific deadlines and timelines that are attached to mail and voting. One of the advantages that we have being completely vote by mail state is we have universal messaging that we can do statewide, and one of the things we found before we moved to vote by mail universally is that you had some pockets where you had one set of messages go to the polling place, go to a vote center and everybody else you know make sure your ballots postmark election day or get it in a dropbox. So I think from messaging sandpoint our state is is much more able to be very consistent messaging across the state and we have a big state geographically. So it's important. And I think that's going to be another challenge that states have of how do you get that messaging out in this changed Environment Merck what do you think voters need to know about mail and voting in order to make sure their vote is counted this election While I. I think that we should look at the facts and we should look at history number one. The Postal Service has been doing vote by mail for generations, our military personnel overseas in their families. Five states including the state of Washington Secretary wineman heads up now on on the voting side Oregon is headed for nineteen years a state like California, which by itself if it was a country would be the eighth largest economy of the world. Half the people voluntarily vote by mail or voted home you you. You get it in the mail, you fill out your ballot and you may bring it somewhere, but it's either vote by mail or or voted home. So we're very proud as postal workers and the post office has the supported needs if it gets the covert relief that's before Congress Congress. Now, as I said in a cares stimulus package in March, the corporations got five. Hundred, billion dollars of that huge stimulus package. The Post Office needs the relief, and if the post office gets the support, the beat a post office, there's no problems from the postal worker point of view were dedicated with proud of what we do sanctity of the male. We have an oath of office, it's private and it's fully fully trust it and I. Think it's important with this conversation to to look at the difference between what the states need to do, and those new challenges that the Potomac has has put forward that the tour guests spoke to so well and what the post office. will if it's not that opponent, there were problems in. Wisconsin. It came to light and they found and the post office got a lot of criticism in the press and then they found out that it was the state that actually didn't get the ballots male line time and they never got to the post office to be able to be delivered to post visit been delivering for the people of this country. For Generations and generations and we can continue to deliver well, as long as we have the support, I always look at Oregon. Nine thousand nine years. At every level of government. All vote by mail. Over one hundred, million ballots cast fifteen. Cases of. Voter fraud that's less than one per year. So let's look at the fact rather rather than the rhetoric and the civic role of what the post office plays a civic, a key civic role in our society and what better way for that civic role be expressed. Then making sure that people have access to the ballot box, our cherished hard-fought, right the vote not who were voting for when we vote not what issue were voting on but that access to the ballot box and we're here. To serve and postal workers. Proud to move people's ballots, and if we have to support mobile near on time, we got this email from Jaffa who says I've lived at my house in the country in Northern Indiana for just over ten years I'm now going on day three with no mail delivery or pick up the delays you're talking about are happening. Now we must protect the USPS Nicole when you look at some of the most recent changes by the postmaster general what seems be working most. Towards this delay that we're seeing in mail delivery is at the overtime or are there other things at work? Yeah absolutely. And I heard I wrote a story on this recently, and actually the comments were full of people saying the exact same thing which was really interesting to me that these delays have been felt recently and strongly. So there is the overtime aspect where now twenty percent of. The time spent delivering melodies gone, but there are also other problems there. There's. Post. Delivery, people used to do two trips a day if they couldn't deliver boat trips and now they're being told in memo to just. Leave things for the next day or let them pile up. One memo actually said listen to see my left on the floor it's going to disturb you but hopefully it look at better. There's this other idea of not doing two trips with trucks. So each meal truck can only carry so many packages. If the packages don't fit on it, the postal service workers will go back and do another trip there are being told not to do that this mail and packages now, and so things just get left behind. You know you can imagine what gets left behind for a day then snowballs into another day, and then maybe a week and and things just really get backed up there and I think this is really important to know when people are voting by mail. Third, their ballots and I think the is in thirty five states. Ballots must be received by election day, which is November third. So people might assume that they can mail in their ballots two or three days ahead of time because that's what they're used to and that their votes will be counted but that's not quite the case. The USPS is now saying that they should absolutely send their belts and at least one week before Election Day and I think that needs to be you know. A message that's widely. Shouted to people so that their votes are counted, we got MacAulay. We've questions specifically for US Secretary Women Hi this is Wendy Fields Democracies woman's. Yeah. It's great to hear Kim Wyman a Republican Secretary of state from Washington to talk about how we can expand participation voting by mail. Other states looked to Washington as a model and access to the ballot should not be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, it has become partisan in Congress. So my question is, are you reaching out to senator McConnell or other Republican senators to advocate for funding for the post office and for State and local elections? So you and other states can operate safely in November. Secretary Wyoming as a Republican leading the way have you spoken with any Republican senators about postal service funding? actually I was just part of a letter with a number of my secretary of state colleagues asking Congress to do exactly that, and I think the challenge has been for many of my Republican. Colleagues that are secretaries of state is you know that they don't strings attached to the funding requests and and that kind of a stopping point many states believe that they can answer the questions best and that they know how to run elections best in their states and it. Is a state responsibility. So I, I think that that's been part of the challenge but but at the same time, many states are cash strapped and need need funding immediately to be able to pull off this election well and So that's why joined my colleagues from across the country. The Senate to do exactly that. Well, we had another listener call in from your home state talking about your experience voting in. Washington. All right. This is randy from Bellingham Washington. We've had mail ballots.
"us postal service" Discussed on 1A
"I'm JEN white more Americans than ever will use the postal service to cast their ballot this year and some states are scrambling to put mail in voting in place but five states had already moved to mail in voting even before the pandemic Colorado. Hawaii Oregon Utah and Washington joining us now is the Republican Secretary of State for Washington Kim Wyman. Secretary. Wyman thanks so much for being with us. Thanks having me on and also with us is Nicole good kind politics reporter with Fortune magazine and Mark Demonstration President of the American postal workers. Union. So secretary you've been voting by mail for years. Now, talk about that transition and the structures you put in place to make it happen. Absolutely we began moving to vote by mail in the mid nineties when any voter could choose to be an absentee voter and by our two, two thousand and four governor's race, which was the closest in the country's history. We realized that you couldn't effectively do a whole site and pull vote by mail election well, start switching in two thousand and five to two thousand eleven to complete vote by mail, and in that time we worked very closely with. Our postal partners to redesign mail pieces to try to get the lowest rates on on our our mail out and the best service possible and so you know through those years we've also been able to build out our infrastructure in our election facilities to be able to be very efficient effective in our processing ballots how much did you or do you even going forward have to rethink your timelines and deadlines to make sure the USPS can handle votes properly Oh, quite a bit actually In fact, we had to move our primary election back from September August, really to just put into place a the time, the mailing timelines that we needed to make sure voters got ballots and time. Now, president trump has expressed his concerns over fraud when it comes to mail in voting until of other Republicans as someone with a lot of mail in voting experience. Have you seen any fraud? We have Washington experience has been a very low level of fraud in two thousand eighteen. We did compare voter history to other states and we did find in our state one, hundred and forty two cases of what looks like people there voted twice or voted behalf of deceased family member and I I give you the context that hundred and forty, two out of three point two, million ballots cast. So does it happened? Yes. rampant no we asked listeners who are postal workers to call in and you did our new postmaster general has no idea what the post offices about. He doesn't understand the work on our level. He understands big numbers for corporations and things like that, and it's just It's just not working. We've been here since day one. and. I don't think anyone care. Just, take us for granted. Cloudy males they are telling US team leads to mail going wall and me made. No more overtime no more same passed and time you're supposed to say. But. What they're really doing is making sure that we don't get mail out one. Thanks for sharing your stories with us here a lot of frustration there. Nicole I'm over some recent changes including the new Postmaster General Louis. Joy can you tell us a little bit more about him and the changes we've seen under his administration? Yeah. Absolutely. So this is a man who has contributed largely to the Republican party including over one million dollars to the trump administration. He worked in private enterprise before this and logistics so he does have some some. Experience with getting things out but he has no experience working with USPS before this and people do believe that it is a political appointment. He's been. Officer in the role of postmaster general for just about a month at this point, and he's already quietly making these changes. And I actually I don't know very probably a bit of a violation of status quo. So there might be something going with the Union there too but there have been these kind of quiet memos that are going out and talks with people especially in urban areas, city carriers. Ending overtime. You know stopping tech trips meaning if there are too many packages are too much mail to be delivered. The Post men and women can't actually go back and deliver that day they have to wait which people worry is going to cause this this snowball effect. You have to realize that right now we think you mentioned this before postal workers are essential workers. They've been really really impacted by the current virus. Depending on who you ask between five thousand and nine thousand people have tested positive. There have been many deaths I think the number I heard is forty thousand people have had to who work for the Postal Service they've had to quarantine, and that means taking two weeks away from work. So overtime has become really essential to get all this mail out you combine that with. Its basically being Christmas easing constantly for for the postal service because people are delivering and getting things ordered to their house more since they're sheltering in place. I think the data said that twenty percent. Of all work is done in overtime now. So to eliminate, that is pretty serious and I think it's concerning to a lot of people as well because this is supposed to be in a revenue increase. But what we've seen in the past when you look back to two thousand eleven. The USPS announced like about three billion dollars service cuts that slowed their first class mail delivery. And it actually ended the fiscal year with a record net loss of fifteen point, nine billion dollars, and that was compared to a net loss of five point one, billion the year before. So it it hasn't worked in the past. and. Then when you think about this in terms of having to gear up for what is likely one of the. Most most difficult elections for the US. Best. To date. It seems like we're headed for some sort of issue especially considering the hasn't even hit its own goals on time delivery any type of first class mail in in five. Years. And that's exactly the kind of mail that absentee ballots will be sent through secretary women as you prepare for the November election. How concerned are you by the smell slowdown? Oh, we're very concerned I elected officials across the country are working really hard to have contingency plans but I. You know it's not easy. I've been on a few calls with with the president and the not the President President Demon seen and heard him talk about the fact that they delivered to every household in the in the country in a way that our private carriers don't. So we're we have contingency plans, but I think election officials are very concerned. The Post Office is a reducing service that will be able to get balanced people in time. I want to get a little more context around the financial situation we heard from Brian who emails are not most of the post offices financial problems caused by the forward funding of retirement accounts, Congress, convicts us at any time your thoughts about that mark is that the main issue you're facing right now yet? Well, yes, and no, the two thousand and six law the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act that Nicole mentioned set into motion a manufactured a congressionally manufactured crisis in the post office, no other entity government. Private business head the PREFUND retiree healthcare benefits seventy five years into the future that which for people that not only didn't work yet at the post office in some cases for people that weren't even born yet, and the post office was successfully painting as they go those benefits that drained five point, five, billion dollars a year out of the post office. But what's happened now is a different crisis..
"us postal service" Discussed on 1A
"While Jen look workers. Postal workers are an extremely dedicated group employs to the mission that's disgusting the Postal Reorganization Act of nineteen. Seventy the bind the country together buying the nation together and to provide prompt. Reliable and efficient services. Those are the actual words. So workers are very upset about the idea of delaying mail slowing down mail our approaches to treat the male as if it's our own. Treated. And get it to the customer as promptly and is reliably as possible and anything that's countered to that runs counter to our very DNA. The less Pew Research Poll and they run a poll every year about the public's view of government agencies and services. The Post Office always rates the highest and this year it's the highest every we think that's an appreciation, a deeper appreciation based on the role of postal workers in the trust people have postal workers in the postal service during this. Pandemic. Ninety one percent and it didn't matter one identified as a Republican Democrat Independent, rural or urban it's across the board. So the people definitely need the postal service see it as part of the civic life at a country part of their future. We all use it differently, but we all need to call. Let's talk a little bit more about the money in April the Postal Service told Congress. It would soon be out of money and ask for seventy, five, billion dollars what happened with that Yeah So, there was some bipartisan consensus on that. It seemed like there were Republicans in the Senate who supported the deal, but the trump administration said that they would veto any bill that. Supported the US in that way. So they wanted twenty billion dollars to kind of keep them afloat twenty, five billion, and then another twenty five billion to update their technology, which is incredibly important. Considering we have this vote by mail election coming up. and. Technology is is important for ballot tracking. Barcode, tracking, and so on and so forth. What we did see was that there was an allowance of ten billion dollar loan from the Treasury Department on, and this is something that has to be paid back on top of fifteen billion dollars that was lent out quite a bit of time ago the US hasn't said they're going to take that money, but it seems like they're in negotiations the issue with that as I said, previously, the Treasury Department has come out and said, they wanted to privatize the PS rate. They've they've made these recommendations are clearly. Not In favor this particular Treasury Department is not in favor of the USPS working as it stands publicly as the service organization, and so they kind of get to make these negotiations and these demands in order to give this loan, and so we're not sure what the demands will actually be there still being negotiated but you know we're hearing things like secretary mnuchin might be able to pick who the next post master general is himself instead of allowing the Board of governors which are appointed by president trump to begin with. To elect this person, there's some terms that come with the deal that could actually diminish USPS as we know it right now well, as we said, president trump has criticized the postal service for its financial situation here he is speaking to reporters in April the Postal Service is a joke. because. The hinting packages for Amazon and other Internet companies and every time they bring a package, they lose money on it. So Amazon and other Internet companies in delivery companies are dropping all of they're not all of them but a big portion of packages and whatever else they doing into a post office and the post office is supposed to deliver the packages and they lose a lot of money. The Post Office should raise the price of a package by approximately four times because they don't raise them for some reason, these people have been there long time. But. For some reason, very cozy with some of these companies, Mark What your response to the president's comments there. Well. One is I think it's an absolute insult, every dedicated postal worker, six, hundred, thousand plus of us. and I think it's an insult to the people of this country that ninety one percent that have a high favorable trusting view of this. Wonderful. Institution and the idea of a president dictate all independent agencies. The Postal Regulatory Commission oversees the pricing issues all the independent audits say that the post office. Makes Money, on packages now the union is not directly involved with that. Those a some of those are what they're on the competitive side of the pricing. But packages are are largely the future, the postal service that's what's helping. Keep the post office going for all of us go to a hundred and sixty million addresses. A million new addresses every year post offices thirty, thousand plus neighborhoods and communities. And and so. You know it it's it's really a system that works and to say. that. I'm sorry I diverted. Well. Let me let me. Let me just have you paused right there because we have to take a quick break and we'll be back. When we come back is the US Postal Service ready to take on mail and voting come November. We're speaking with Mark de demonstrating president of the American postal workers union and Nicole good kind politics reporter at Fortune magazine we heard from Caffeine, cary North Carolina, who says trump's calculated threat to fund. The USPS added to their restore financial troubles. This means to me that they will not be able to handle the huge increase in mail especially since they're now also delivering packages for Amazon and others this election is too vital to risk having my vote not be counted I..
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"Trump is a vocal critic. There are essential workers in pandemic and the new postmaster general. This put a policy in place. That's some says, slows down the. Mail more Americans than ever are expected to use the mail to cast this ballot in. November is the US Postal. Service, equipped to handle mail in voting on a massive scale and just a matter of months here to talk about it. We have Nicole good kind. She's a politics reporter with Fortune magazine. Welcome to one Nicole thank you for having me also with this mark Diamonstein president of the American postal workers. Union. Thanks for being here mark. Thanks for having me and it's a pleasure to be here and we should note we also asked the US Postal Service to participate they declined but sent a statement which will read part of later Nicole. It may be surprising to some that the US postal services not tax funded. Why is that? Yeah I mean this is an institution that makes its money off of the cell selling of postage stamps and its own. Sales. So there is no tax funding. There hasn't been since the seventies when that was instituted I think that there's this common misconception that this is this agency that's being billed out. Constantly by the government and I do think that there are some politicians that would kind of want to propagate that. Idea but it's actually not shoe. It's entirely self funded and that is highly problematic. That's what's led to these issues. Can you explain a little bit more about how the postal service operates in in how we got to wear today? Yes. So you know there's no way around it. The PS is kind of been on this unsustainable path has been largely since two thousand six. And that's when a law was passed by. Congress. That required the postal service to prefund retirement benefits for seventy five years into the future. So any employee that comes the PS now must be funded. For seventy five years. That's a huge burden that a lot of other agencies no other agency has and that has accounted for eighty percent of the losses that the agencies sent seen since then. and. Then you know because of that and also the diminishing. You know use of mail and email. There have been a lot of issues and burdens. The way that the USPS works is it's this essential service agency, but it is largely controlled by Congress. So even though they don't depend on tax money and they make their own revenue, Congress gets to decide how much money. They can charge which also kind of Hurts them it? It makes it so that they can't. Increase prices if they're facing this, this economic emergency will Lee Melba. I've been carrying with the Post Office for nearly ten years and what I'm seeing now concerns many of us. First, class letters are already slowing down at a troublesome rate postmaster joys come out of the starting blocks ready to ship the USPS at.
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"Address but your email address is attached to you. Rather than the physical location you live at and if you say need to correspond with the IRS or a Social Security Administration something like that. You would send like this very secure email through this postal services portal. Everything else you could just use like you know g mail Yahoo whatever right for everyday stuff but this is like the the big stuff the really important stuff and then the postal service would also offer like digital lock box for The like like a will or your medical records or something like that. Yeah and listen is every conspiracy Person in the country now says in a way I wanNA federal email attached to my name that I have to send things through. Yeah well that's the number of the beast obviously yeah. I don't know that I would want that either. I'm not a conspiracy. Oh it's not that you have to send it through that. It's that if you send it through that. If somebody hijacks either reads it GonNa be in a lot more trouble federally speaking than they would be if they read your g mail. Yeah 'cause illegal to to open federal to get someone and that's what this there's this guy runs a think tank for the postal service. Who's WHO's like it's not just about mailing documents. It's about protecting the connectedness of the United States. Yeah in American Sarah. How do we do that in a digital world? And He's thinking about this so if you're even the least bit interested by this episode that we just recorded There's an esquire article called peace to escort piece. Do it's called. Do we really WANNA live without the post office. And it's by Jesse Lichtenstein It is really good. It's a really good overview of what is Jesse thing We need a he or she kind of leans toward we need it. And the more you start to like read about the more this weird kind of civic affection for the post office developed right. You know where I'm like. Yeah we don't want to get rid of the post office. You want the post office. Who Doesn't want the post office kind of it kind of develops? Yeah I used to like you know. Maybe it was simpler day or maybe the people stuck with their routes longer. But I remember my post men growing up. It was the same guy for years and we lived on. We didn't live in a neighborhood. We lived on a street in the woods with like six houses. And so you know I would run out and check the mail and wave at him and we would give him mike gifts at Christmas. And that's awesome. And now I have no idea who might postal carriers which is my fault. I need to just go out there. I think you do. Yeah and also the postal services responsible for the largest food drive in the United States every year. That really. Yeah you know that food drive where like you just put like canned food in your In your mailbox picks it really. You can do that. Yeah I've never. It hasn't been very well publicized but it like a-. At least around here I guess but It's a huge food drive or at the very least postal carriers are taking an eating cans of Ravioli for dinner. This is delicious. I love this food job. Yeah so don't just put cans of food in your mailbox check into win. That is right. That's gotta be the worst day of the year for letter carriers. Gosh Yeah can you imagine? It's a lot of weight Anything else no. Respect your post postal carrier you want. Everybody got their postal Kerry. Yeah why not give them a hug? Actually don't do that. Might make you or something but give them away. Yeah if you WANNA learn more about the post office you can type that word those words into the search Bar House Dot com and be sure to check out the esquire article too. It's very cool. And before we get into that Chucky won a message from our sponsor.
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Join now and save up to twenty five percent off your first year. Just go to lifelock dot com slash stuff. It's lifelock dot com slash stuff for twenty five percent off. So if you're to address a letter there are a few guidelines you know. You GotTa put your address legibly in the front got to put your little return address in the upper left corner on the front and put it on the back. Upper left corner there and don't use periods and commas like if you write Po box it's not p period period although that doesn't matter it apparently allows for greater efficiency in reading your letter. Maybe because I always put like Atlanta Comma G A PERIOD. I do too and they still get there. But don't you wonder if they get their like earlier? I don't know maybe so It is Supposedly you need to be able to read the address at arm's length so don't write tiny right and Don't right so big that they can't do other things to the envelope like scan stamp and things like that And then you know you gotta put your return address because if something happens you want it to come back to you. Although I don't do that much anymore a lot of times I'll just put like Atlanta Georgia. Really you don't put your return address now but I rarely mail things in a lot of times when I do. It's four works all just put Atlanta Georgia House forks or something. Oh Gotcha and it's not the kind of thing. If it doesn't come back to me I would care I. Gotcha had some precious thing. I would put a return address. I have a feeling that you're gonNA get some email from postal carriers that are like I hate people because whether you care if it comes back to you and I'm sure they have to get it back to you There's a lot of type of delivery surfaces. We surfaces services. We won't go over here but I did want to say that media mail is a great little Trick trick but a great tool if you're mailing things like books and short. Dvd's because it's super cheap but it takes a while but that's part of that mandate from seventeen ninety two that they want to keep the intellectual juice of America flowing through the postal service. So yeah things like that like creative stuff for books or correspondence and I think that's how if you've ever ordered a book on Amazon for like two cents you like how can they sell book not cents because they charge you like four ninety five for shipping and they probably pay like eight cents to mail it with Media Mail. That's the greatest gamma the twenty-first century. Well not really. I mean they're making their money via shipping. Instead of the book itself but publishers don't like it of course because they want to sell their books. New Yeah and that for two cents on Amazon. Yeah so I think we said that. The Postal Service has a monopoly on delivering mail but not on delivering packages. Right sure So because they're kind of in competitive business against like ups and Fedex and DHL and all those guys those guys have gone ahead and in in invested in infrastructure of say like air delivery air transportation of mail in the Postal Service has tried that before like they try to guided missile in nineteen fifty-three which they shot full of mail from submarine to a Naval Station in Florida. But it was just too expensive right. So the postal service said hey ups Fedex you guys have a bunch of Planes can we start putting our mail on it and they said sure for a few billion dollars a year and the postal service is great but at the same time they kind of They stepped forward into the twenty first century by doing so. Yeah and the postal service having access to everyone's mailbox is often tapped by ups and fedex deliver. What's called in the business the last mile? Yeah so a lot of times. Especially if you're a rural person If you get something from Amazon and it was shit by ups but eventually it made its way into your postal carrier route being delivered by the Postal Service. Yeah there's way more mixing of of package mailing than you would think It's like a swinger party or something pretty much In part of that deal in two thousand one with Fedex was hey fedex said can we put our boxes it your post offices and they said sure for one hundred and twenty six million dollars and they said you know. Can we hit your head on your plane? They said sure for six point. Three billion over seven years. Yeah but it's you know. Seems like a good agreement and they did the same with ups and We scratch our back. You Scratch Yours. Scratch your back. We'll scratch yours that works. I didn't everybody discretion on back. I don't know okay Because it's hard to reach So if you realize that the postal service needs a few billion extra dollars you say why. Don't you just up the postal rates? Well the federal government keeps its thumb on that they WanNa make sure that anybody who needs to mail a letter Can DO so without great expense? Yeah it's a big deal to change the postal rate and like it is much more than you would think there's a layman like me would just be like yeah. Just add a few cents cares. Yeah what's the problem just printed those forever stamps. Genius idea. You don't have to go back and reprinted bunch with the the amount great idea or the the one cent remember in Fargo when Wade got the one cent with the ducks. Yeah and she's like everyone needs the ones that whenever they raise the rates. Yeah he's Oh Korge didn't think about So yes there is. A very long protracted difficult process of raising the postal rates is not a very easy thing now and it involves Tony Bureaucracy. Should we get in? That are just leave it at that. It's up to you man. I think we should leave it at that. Okay so if you are going to mail something from Your House you need your little mailbox and I just installed mine in. What seemed like a sensible manner? I didn't realize that there are actual rules In fact you are supposed to contact the post office Before installing your mailbox which. I had no idea To make sure it's like the correct placement and height and so like the post office person or the male carried to get out of the truck. Oh they'll they'll burn it down if it's not the specification so you want to contact the post office. I didn't but I guess I just lucked out because They say generally forty one to forty five inches from the road surface to the inside floor of the mailbox or point of entry and then setback six to eight inches from the front face of the curb or road edge to the mailbox door. Right I guess I just got lucky then because I get my mail you know without any burning down of you know or without a post office spots Box which we talked about. They've been around for a couple of hundred years. And that's if you want to have a little key to your little own box and a post office and get your mail there. You can certainly do that. It's handy if you're starting out of business and you WanNa make people think that you're not working out of your house You can get a post office and say look. I have a po box. Which means I'm working on my bedroom right. It's like code. I think you're getting guns in the mail. Is that what people do? I'm sure there's a lot of people who try to get guns in the mail and their po boxes. Yeah sure okay or if you Tend to move around a lot in the same town and you don't want to worry about Changing your mail enforcing your mail. You could always be a box. Yeah so those are some reasons You want to talk the future of the post office if it's around after October two thousand thirteen. What is the future of the post office? Well there's a lot of stuff coming down the Pike There's the cancellation of Saturday. Mail this August. They're really going hard after package delivery services. Now what trying to with like the flat rates and stuff like that just really like courting businesses to say hey consider US instead of ups or Fedex right and especially with prescription medicines your Because we have an aging population is going to do nothing but increase in size. So you're gonNA need more prescriptions through the mail. So Hey let's get into that. Yeah and you can get stuff like that certified and insured signature delivery approved and stuff like that. It's helpful part of the post offices pledged that the letter carrier won't take your medication before delivering it my yup for some right But there's also a line of clothing coming out postal service line of clothing coming out up. I'm not kidding. Held rain heater snow. And that's how we almost didn't mention this so the postal services creed right sure neither rain nor snow nor sleet sleet or Holland. Rain nor sleet nor snow nor Neither Snow Nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. And that's actually not the post office official MODEL. They don't have one but it's been linked to them and it's actually an adaptation of something from Herodotus. The Greek historian who was making a comment about how the Persians even during their war in like five hundred BC. They were one of the first ones to establish a real postal service and even during war. The Postal Service didn't stop. There were still documents being delivered inherited. Addis was coming commenting on. That's where that came from. It should include like or loss of limb. It did originally like that's an adaptation. It wasn't loss of limb. But it was something like some sort of sicknesses befallen you right. They were putting the mail before themselves. The show must go on right So there's a a line of clothing called the rain or heater snow And then They're also talking about creating a federal email addresses that you get at birth just like you have a physical address you would also have an email.
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"There really? It would be like a five minute podcast. Well we'll have to figure out some other way to use agreed because it's interesting So do we cover going postal? Now's SORTA just thrown in the middle of this really was it was talking about how packages are delivered and all of a sudden says and then people started killing each other eighty six. Yeah which is actually The Post Office has the dubious distinction of kicking off the workplace. Shooting trend in the United States was at the first one as far as I could tell. Wow all right. So nineteen eighty-six Edmond Oklahoma Patrick Henry A- Cheryl killed fourteen co workers Nineteen ninety-one another one happened Including a Supervisor Getting Killed With a Samurai Sword Yeah November nineteen ninety one Thomas mcilvaine. Shot and killed. Four Co workers wounded five others then shot himself and then nineteen ninety-three and in two thousand three two more incidences of postal workers killing fellow postal workers. It was like just between eighty six ninety seven. Forty people died at Poso at post offices from postal rampage. Yeah and gave birth to the term going postal which is used as a vernacular for like just losing it And if you're interested in that at all there's a really good documentary. I think it's on Netflix. Streaming right now called murder by proxy. And it's all about the postal shootings. So we like where they came from. There's a lot of scrutiny at like the of the management techniques of people at post offices. And there's gotta be something to it. I mean if you watch that it's like it was clearly. How many other industries Had that many office shootings you know retail. You're the homicide. Rate is three times higher in retail than it is at the post office. You don't say go and retail right. That just means you're going shopping. Well it's like drinking the kool-aid they really drank flavor aid right. Kool-aid someone with that distinction Yeah Yeah I mean we had to mention it but I don't dwell on but it was weird in this article the way it went right in the middle of the came up out of nowhere Zip codes this is kind of cool. Yeah ZIP. Codes were introduced in nineteen sixty three and then officially put in place and mandatory in nineteen sixty seven because just so much mail going on you had to categorize it more specifically right. That was part of that. The Post Office being swamped. This was the first step towards automation was like a standardized cozy along. Well they did have other ones but it was like one New York City or something like that. You know yeah so zip. This is just a nice little cocktail party. Factoid stints rezone improvement. Plan I never knew that until I read this. Did you know that I had before but I I'd forgotten okay. So it's zone improvement plan in its Here in the United States at least it's a five digit number represents you know a location. Obviously where you're trying to send something. Yeah and it now they have the zip code plus four in some areas of like I guess. Major urban areas have little more specificity. Right they delivered to your like they put it on your stomach. If you visit plus four I think certain buildings even will have their own plus for if it's a big enough building right or if you get a lot of male as a person is that what you're after is a plus four for you. Well it says that some high volume mail receivers get it. I'm like you know it was cool. Mail at love to get the mail said the first digit. There represents the state here in Georgia. That's a three It increases as you move. West in there are some states. That share Each digit to yeah. It's taken up by a lot of states. There's the District of Columbia North Carolina South Carolina Maryland Virginia West. Virginia man all twos. I'd be mad if I lived in one of those states. So then you got the second third. Digits those are regions within the state The first three of those Create what's called the Seafo the Sectional Center Facility and then the fourth and fifth digits are even more specific. Basically just hones down as you go left to right until you've got Josh Clark House right like this state this section facility. Yeah this Post Office yeah this neighborhood. Yeah and then this. Maybe this building it was high volume mail. Receiver named Josh Clark. That's right So you've got this zip code that allowed automation alone. Fact is the. Us Postal Service doesn't handle a ton of the US. Mail handles forty percent of all of the male in the world are really. Yeah wow so before the ZIP code. This was really difficult. It also went from fewer mailing something from New York to San Francisco. It went through every distribution facility in the country in between New York and San Francisco before. It got there really. Yes now zip codes well. Let's talk about how what a letter does okay and this is all things to zip codes so I write a little love letter to mail it to Emily Which is weird because we live together. That's actually a great example though because you can mail something from your mailbox to be delivered back to you. I reckon I've never done it. That's the that's the The poor man's trademark right. I've heard that is to mail something yourself into this world. I think it depends on the judge. Yeah probably okay so you put it in your mailbox carriers going to pick it up. They're gonNA take it to the post office. Yeah They'RE GONNA put it on a truck and then take that from the post office to a processing plant where the we have a long-awaited machines doing some sorting. It'd shape and size. Yeah I they sort everything out. Make sure everything's facing the right way. Up Right yeah And then the the the packages will package. They're put on one one belt and then letters are putting another the letters say. Let's just stick with the letter that you're okay it's it goes into a slot so it's facing upwards and upright yet if oh front words and upright and then they put a little barcode on the back of the letter in I think ultraviolet ink yet. Well first thing it does is it gets a postmark and cancellation lines. Basically you can't use the stamp again. Yeah don't even try it cheap. We've seen the white out tricks. We've seen doctoring. Upper stamp. Was this probably a federal offence. It probably is And then so after that the bar codes printed on the back of the piece of mail. And then there's an optical scanner that reads the address which is pretty cool and if if they're really really really accurate to but if you're handwriting is terrible they have a new system now where the this Conveyor belt takes a picture of it send emails a picture to a human being at a computer who reads wakes US types it in and then it's so it stays on the line. It doesn't have to come out any longer. That's that's pretty technology yeah And then so based on this This address including zip code and it prints a barcode at the bottom if you look at a letter and he let her you get as a little barcode on it. Yeah and so. That's what's bred. That's right the the thing on the back is invisible. I think right. Yeah it's fluorescent this just showing off. We have invisible ink other processing machines. Then read those barcodes and then sort them in their little bins according to Zip code and it's just basically placing everything in what will eventually be A trade that will be delivered back to a post office right or a sorting facility or does it go straight to a post office It goes to another processing plant right so imagine each processing plant regional has a bunch of male coming in on trucks sorts and then sends out and then based on Zip code that serves It it gets a bunch of flats from other distribution facilities. That's right with that are already according to the ZIP code. So let's say it's getting a flat of mail by Zip Code. Yeah it then also sorts through those. That's right and it actually sort of into an individual carrier's route in order and that's what's delivered to the post office so it arrives at the post office ready to go on the truck. Yes okay and that doesn't mean that the postal worker doesn't have much to do. They still have like circulars magazines. Mail they have to go through and put it for every address that crap. My recycling bin basically yeah. Yeah other the coupons over remember our junk mail episode from years and Years Back. I got so much from people who are like no no. You can't get rid of junk mail. That's the only thing keeping us in business.
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"I'm Steve INSKEEP good. Jerry just said let's do this old school right before she record and I have no idea what she meant. Five minutes of us back in like. Oh yeah you know. She's back shares his back. I thought she met. Let's make it crappy and five minutes long right and need like little empty. Tin Cans to speed ended vacant. Sound right how you doing jerry. That's Great Jerry. Gave us a thumbs up. I know in our new murder room. Jerry is within our eyesight again after a long lay-off where she was not within our range of viewing. I know it's kind of weird because now I'm looking at you but I can clearly see my perfect vision that she's waving. She'd brushing teeth. She's rearranging the severed human heads. That are in jars all around the place that's creepy. Yeah You Talk Post Office man. Yeah you WANNA give the disclaimer. That we're only talking about the post office in the US of a key okay We don't know how it works in your country. No and actually. It's probably not nearly as interesting is what's going on with the. Us Postal Service the USPS. 'cause I don't know if you know so not chuck but the. Usps is in a lot of trouble there via their solvency that the amount of money that they have to keep the lights on and keep everything going is expected to run out in October of two thousand thirteen. If they don't do something this year yeah I think they lost sixteen billion dollars last year. Yes in five billion the year before. So that's a three times as much money in a year. That's bad news. Here's the caveat to that sixteen billion dollar loss though. Eleven billion of that was in payments to The future benefits of postal workers. That have not yet retired but well. Yeah and the Post. The Postal Service is the only federal agency of any sort and that is required to prepay its employees benefits for the future in two thousand six a lame duck session of Congress said you know what you guys need to make sure that your workers are taking care of right so you guys have to start prepaying And over the next ten years and they have been and they've been bleeding money. I mean like a sixteen billion dollar loss. Yeah but eleven billion of it was to these future payments. I guess that would make sense then. Then if you took out that eleven they would just be about the same losses before dry. Amir five billion a year right but unless a lot of money list it is but They're figuring out ways to make up for that extra laws and one of the big ones that's on the table. Now is cutting out Saturday delivery. Yeah I I think they figure they can recoup two billion dollars a year doing that. So then they're down to three. The thing is is the post the post office. It's a part of the executive branch man. It's all over. The place is a part of the executive branch to part of the federal government but it gets zero dollars in tax revenue and it's also a thrill kill cult. Exactly that's horrible secret of the Yes. They're all right So they get no money besides what they can make off of their own revenue Operation Right So they get no but they get. But they're also under the purview of the federal the federal government. Yeah it's a weird weird thing and they can't act without asking Congress. Congress hasn't exactly been forthcoming lately. They haven't approved the Saturday thing. Have they congress? Here's the thing. Isn't that still up? They've been trying to get congress who prove that forever. The Senate passed a bill that said after two years. We'll let you cut out Saturday. Service will give you eleven billion dollars in overpayments that you guys made toward the retirement stuff all the stuff that went to the house and the House didn't do anything with it right so you know the fiscal cliff. Well the the. Us Congress passed a stopgap measure basically federal budget that says within this period. We're we're still able to operate right right and the US. Ps has ha- you didn't include our mandate from nineteen eighty one that we have to carry out Saturday service right in that stopgap so technically under current federal law. We DON'T HAVE TO CARRY OUT THIRTY SERVICE. And they're arguing illegally. So they're just saying that's the loophole. They're gonNA use to shut down Saturday service. Yes medicines just packages. They're going to deliver packages on Saturday. And here's a really good reason. Express-mail their revenues from packages of increased sixteen percent over the last ten years whereas First Class Mail in a letters have gone down thirty two percent. I believe so. They're making all almost all of their money. Because it's only forty five cents to mail a letter from Florida to Hawaii forty-six. Is it forty six now But they however much shipping in the shipping game. Which is where they make all their money. Which is ironically the one place. They don't have a monopoly as far as the mail goes. I'm glad to see medicine. Mail order medicine on that list to express mail packages in medicine because at first I was like who cares. I don't need I don't yet. I don't need my mail on a Saturday right but you'll let your medicine on a Saturday. Well that's why they included that as a you know something they would still deliver right and post offices. That are already open Saturdays. He'll still be open on Saturdays. Yeah so if you want to go to your po box ab there'll be some male. Maybe there won't be who knows. I bet you've had a po box. I've been thinking about this. Having you know really yeah. Have you know you struck me as a kind of person that would have had one point? You know that's where I get all my guns in the mail so I'm pretty worked up about this as you can see yeah It's kind of interesting. Yeah who'd have thought that the postal service whatever be interesting Sure think parts of this are very interesting And we just want to go ahead and say hello to all of our postal carriers out there. Yeah listen to our show. Who want us over during the Bush era? Because we've gotten emails from you guys and gals yet including one of our favorite people out. There is a postal worker. Who Very Nostril? Oh yeah is he. This wouldn't should really be attributed to van Nostra. I didn't. He's a carrier. I'm he's always been kind of cryptic about what he does. But I'm under the distinct impression that he's employed by the postal service all right so Bangalore's van Austrian. Yeah this is for you yeah But okay so. Let's talk about this. Let's talk about the postal service man. I'm all jazzed about the. Usps dude glad you are So for a little while even after the advent of electronic mail the postal services The amount of mail they were delivering was still increasing. As of two thousand seven. It was on an upward trajectory. Sorry two thousand six right two hundred thirteen billion one hundred and thirty seven million pieces of mail that year. Yeah missed on the one sixty seven now. Yeah and then There was this written do you? Now I think two thousand seven two thousand eight okay. So then they had seven hundred thousand employees. Now they have about five hundred. Eighty thousand been in trim the budget mode. Jank for the past few years. Well and the reason why in two thousand six they also made seventy two point eight billion dollars. I mean those stamps. Add up you know In Two Thousand and eleven they made sixty six billion. Well not bad. Yeah but they're still losing a lot of money. I mean that's what Seven billion dollars in difference in just five years. Now it's not good. That's not good So we're the where'd all this come from? Chuck it came from Becky Andrade. You know people have always need to communicate obviously from long distances and In Sixteen thirty nine They you know colonist here in the in the new I guess they were United States yet but in the new world needed to get word back to England occasionally and say things like. Hey quit bugging her. Hey send us more tea and crump. It's right and So the first official Postal Service was established in sixteen thirty nine Richard Fairbanks Tavern in Boston. Was the official mail drop for overseas Massachusetts. Yep and that was the place to go if you wanted to mail something. Yeah and I couldn't find what happened or where it went on the other side of the Atlantic. Probably I would imagine just went to that said Hayes Ernie Mail and you turn around and travel five.