Report: USPS Headquarters Told Managers Not To Reconnect Mail Sorting Machines

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"We are not to reconnect any machines that have previously been disconnected."

The U.S. Postal Service instructed all maintenance managers not to reconnect or reinstall mail sorting machines already pulled from service prior to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Tuesday announcement that he would suspend removal operations, according to emails obtained by VICE’s Motherboard.

  • Kevin Couch, Director of Maintenance Operations at the USPS, wrote: “Please message out to your respective Maintenance Managers tonight. They are not to reconnect / reinstall machines that have previously been disconnected without approval from HQ Maintenance, no matter what direction they are getting from their plant manage. Please have them flow that request through you then on to me for a direction."
  • In a subsequent email “sent to individual maintenance managers across various regions,” the same request was made, along with the addition: "We are not to reconnect any machines that have previously been disconnected."
  • Motherboard noted that the email confirms House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s statement following her meeting with DeJoy on Thursday in which she said the postmaster general had no intention of restoring equipment that had already been removed.
  • “It also sheds additional light on the emptiness of DeJoy's promises from his Tuesday press release, since the USPS is apparently not even willing to take the bare minimum step of plugging machines back in even if they haven't been moved,” Motherboard wrote.
  • The publication said “USPS did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but yesterday spokesperson David Partenheimer told Motherboard they would not be issuing any further comment about DeJoy's suspension of new policies until after his Congressional testimony” on Friday and Monday.

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