Not so good Friday in Freistatt: Post office closed on two days’ notice

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The post office in Freistatt, Missouri, closed today — on two days’ notice to customers.  The Postal Service says it was unable to negotiate a lease renewal with the landlord, so it declared an emergency suspension.  As usual in these cases, the landlord says he was more than willing to reduce the rent and make other accommodations, but his efforts, … Read More

Save the Post Office Rally and March – Portland Oregon

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  Filmed in Portland Oregon on March 17th  The first hour of the video is the speeches and rally at Pioneer Square. The last 30 minutes of this video …is the march to the main Post Office in downtown Portland Oregon. The following information was copied from the Facebook event page: SAVE AMERICA'S POSTAL SERVICE — Save 6-Day and Door-to-Door … Read More

Delivering For America: New York City Rally To Save Six-Day Mail Service

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NEW YORK — March 24, 2013. Labor leaders, community activists, and politicians stood together outside Manhattan's Farley post office to protest planned closures of neighborhood post offices, the end of six day mail delivery, and layoffs of postal workers.  The speakers, in order of appearance, are: ·         Charlie Heege, President Branch 36 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) ·         Mario Cilento, President … Read More

Is the plan to end Saturday delivery DOA?

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Two things happened yesterday that may have put the nail in the coffin on the Postmaster General’s plan to end Saturday delivery.  First, Congress passed an appropriations bill that has a provision maintaining Saturday delivery, just as it’s done every year since 1987.  Second, at virtually the same moment, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sent a letter to Congressman Gerald … Read More

Historic La Jolla Post Office headed for closure & sale

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Despite a very well organized resistance effort that's been going on for over a year, the Postal Service has decided to go ahead with the sale of the historic post office on 1140 Wall Street in La Jolla, California.  The final decision to relocate retail services was posted today on the wall of the La Jolla post office.     … Read More

Postal Service looks to close five large New York City Post Offices

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Five large post offices in New York may be closed over the coming months.  Most likely, retail services will be relocated to smaller spaces in the neighborhood, and several hundred letter carriers who work out of the back of the buildings will be transferred to other postal facilities. The closures would have a dramatic impact on their communities, and the … Read More

Pitney Bowes funds a study to privatize the Postal Service, could make billions off the plan

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The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has just published a report about a proposal to create a "public-private hybrid" postal system.  The full title is worth noting: “An Independent Review of
 a Thought-Leader Concept to Reform the U.S. Postal Service.” Under the proposal, two-thirds of the Postal Service — the retail and processing components (the “upstream activities”) — would … Read More

Legacy for Sale: Historic Post Offices on the Market

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The New York Times has an excellent front-page article by Robin Pogrebin about the Postal Service’s push to sell off its historic post office buildings.  It includes a great photo scroll, and it's getting lots of very lively comments. As the Times explains, the Postal Service owns nearly a quarter of its 31,000 post offices (it leases space for the rest), and … Read More