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Dismantled sorting machines sit outside Grand Rapids USPS

Multi-state lawsuit aims to bring back removed infrastructure
Posted at 8:00 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 22:23:41-04

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Controversial changes to the post office have stopped for now, but not after some in West Michigan have already been made.

FOX 17 was the first to show you post office machines being removed from Grand Rapids USPS locations earlier this week.

US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy remains under fire even after rolling back controversial cost-cutting measures.

On Tuesday, Michigan became one of 13 states to sue the USPS for things that have already happened.

“Well it's horrifying and that's why we're so determined to go to court and to get a court order that if those sorting machines have been removed, they have to be replaced,” Attorney General Dana Nessel told FOX 17.

Like the machines that sit outside 3500 Patterson Ave. in Grand Rapids, two postal workers tell us they are sorting machines that were working perfectly fine until they were removed under the direction of the postmaster general.

A local union leader tells us several were removed between there and the downtown USPS locations.

“These sorting machines were talking about, process in combination hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail, per hour when you add them together. Now why would anyone want to make our mail service less proficient than in its been in the past? It just absolutely doesn't make sense, of course the timing is very suspicious,” Nessel added.

On Wednesday Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted that she spoke with Postmaster General Dejoy writing, “during our conversation he admitted he has no intention of replacing the sorting machines, blue mailboxes and other infrastructure that have been removed.”

Postmaster General DeJoy is set to testify in front of congress on Friday.