Following Court Order, USPS Instructs Employees to Restore Extra Mail Trips and Some Processing Machines

The U.S. Postal Service has informed employees they should restart late and extra trips between facilities and reconnect some processing equipment as the agency attempts to come in compliance with a national injunction aimed at rolling back widespread mail delays ahead of the election.

A federal judge in Washington state issued the injunction earlier this month, one of two USPS is facing, requiring the Postal Service to unwind the changes implemented by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy that have caused the agency’s on-time delivery to decline across the country. Postal officials initially said the agency was “exploring our legal options,” making it unclear if they would appeal the injunction rather than comply with it.

In a filing issued Thursday morning, however, USPS informed the court it sent instructions this week to employees to bring the agency in compliance. Shortly after taking office, DeJoy instituted a policy emphasizing mail transportation between processing plants and other facilities operated on a set schedule without late or extra trips. While postal officials said it was not their intention, that led to facilities across the country sending out trucks even if most of the mail scheduled to be sent out that day had not yet arrived.

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