One arrested as postal hunger strikers occupy Issa’s congressional office

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[Press release from Communities and Postal Workers United www.cpwunited.com] Five postal hunger strikers occupied the office of Representative Darrell Issa Thursday afternoon.  “Issa needs to back off his campaign to wreck the postal service.  We demand that he immediately declare his commitment to preserve six day mail delivery,” said Dave Welsh, hunger striker and retired letter carrier from San Francisco.  Four of the strikers were … Read More

A Complaint gives the PRC another crack at POStPlan

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The post office in Great Cacapon, West Virginia, is on the POStPlan list, and in January its hours will be reduced to six a day.  A nonprofit organization named AdvoCare has filed a formal Complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission challenging the Postal Service’s decision to cut the hours. The Complaint finds several faults with how POStPlan is being implemented, … Read More

Manufacturing Emergencies: An open letter to the PRC on post office suspensions

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BY MARK JAMISON [The following letter was recently sent to the Postal Regulatory Commission and Chairman Goldway in response to issues arising from the implementation of POStPlan.] Dear Chairman Goldway, I am writing to you directly but I hope you will share these comments with the other commissioners. As you are aware, I was very critical of the decision in … Read More

Nothing stays these couriers: Postal workers deliver during Sandy

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While nearly everything was shut down by Superstorm Sandy — airports, trains, subways, schools, businesses, and most of the federal government — the Postal Service was still up and running.  Postal workers were still out there delivering the mail, even on Monday, the day the storm hit.  The Postal Service’s unofficial creed — “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom … Read More

Network Rationalization Update, with detailed schedule of changes

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The Postal Service has published an updated list of the processing facilities that will be impacted by Phase 1-B of the Network Rationalization plan, which begins after the New Year. Phase 1-A was implemented this past summer.  Though it was originally planned to include 48 plants, about 40 ended up being consolidated. The Postal Service took a break from the … Read More