USPS Removed Mail Sorting Machines In Brooklyn And Queens
The Queens Chronicle reported Monday that four high-volume mail sorting machines were removed from facilities serving all of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island in mid-July.
- “While four may not seem like an overwhelming reduction, those sorting machines do a lot of work,” the outlet reported. “At full capacity those now 44 machines process between 7 and 9 million pieces of mail per day. As a result, postal workers are wary about potential delays.”
- Tom McMenamy, President of the Brooklyn American Postal Workers Union Local 251, said the machines will be “sorely missed” when facilities are “processing mail on the high side.”
- McMenamy “estimated that the region’s volume has reduced to about 2 to 2.5 million pieces per day,” but he predicted a rise in the volume of marketing materials as the U.S. economy continues its recovery and mail-in ballots take center stage this election.
The four machines, which are called Delivery Bar Code Sorter machines, handle letter-size, first-class and marketing mail. One Flats Sequencing System machine, which processes periodical mail, was also deactivated in the region. Since being deactivated, three of the DCBS machines are sitting idle in Brooklyn and one is in the process of being taken apart.
- Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told Congress on Monday that while he is suspending his recent initiatives, which led to widespread criticism, he has no plans or restoring any machines that were already removed.
- McMenamy voiced concern over the upcoming election and its potential effect on mail volume, the Chronicle noted:
“And that's really going up to the election, we don't know what the mail volume is going to be. I'm an optimist. I talked to postal officials when they were proposing to take the machines out, I asked them what happens if the mail volume returned to pre-COVID levels, and they'd already made a decision at that time to take these machines out regardless,” McMenamy said.