Hobson TX PO suspended, no qualified personnel to run it

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The post office in Hobson, Texas, was closed for an emergency suspension because they couldn't find someone to operate it.  The office is on the POStPlan list, and it was one of the first to have its hours reduced.  Back on November 17, 2012, the hours were reduced to two a day.  On Oct. 18, 2013, less than a year later, … Read More

APWU contributes to fight to save historic post offices

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APWU Press Release: "The APWU will make a $15,000 donation to the National Post Office Collaborate, an organization dedicated to fighting the sale of historic post offices, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. The Collaborate, which grew out of the fight to save the Berkeley CA post office, plans to mount legal challenges to the sale of hundreds of historic … Read More

Court stops sale of Stamford post office—again

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The Stamford Advocate has an article about the temporary injunction granted by the District Court to stop the sale of the historic Atlantic Street Station post office.  "This week, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton granted a temporary injunction barring the sale of the post office to the Cappelli Organization, again. A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order last month, which expired. … Read More

Sale of Stamford post office on hold: U.S. District Court grants temporary injunction

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Yesterday there were several important developments in the fight over the historic Atlantic Street Station post office in Stamford, Connecticut, which closed on September 20 with only two-days’ notice to customers, just as the building was about to be sold to a Westchester developer. The U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction to stop the sale of the historic building … Read More

Post Offices sold and for sale: An update on the inventory

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It’s not easy getting information out of the Postal Service about the properties it has sold or those it has earmarked for disposal, but thanks to investigative reporter Peter Byrne, a lot of news articles, and various other sources, there’s enough information out there to piece together a picture.  Here’s what it looks like. Overall, the Postal Service has sold … Read More

USPS releases 2012 Household Diary Study

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The Postal Service has released its annual Household Diary Study.  As the Executive Summary explains, " The Household Diary Study survey, fielded continuously since 1987, aims to collect information on household use of the mail and how that use changes over time. The survey collects household information on demographics, lifestyle, attitudes toward mail and advertising, bill payment behavior, and use of … Read More

We’re listening: The Postal Service holds 8,500 POStPlan meetings, but why?

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Yesterday the Postal Service gave the Postal Regulatory Commission a copy of the Household Diary Study, the annual report on mail use and attitudes.  The study says this about how people are using their post office: “In spite of a declining frequency of visits over the past five years, the use of post offices for mailing services continues to dominate … Read More

Communities and Postal Workers United newsletter for Oct-Nov 2013

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Communities and Postal Workers United has published its newsletter for October – November 2013.  It features an article about the rally to save the post office in the Bronx on September 21, and another about the 31-day occupation on the steps of the Berkeley post office.  There's also a piece on what the mail is moving more slowly.  Read more.

Why did the Stamford post office close? Conflicting answers, disturbing questions

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The Postal Service closed the Atlantic Street post office in Stamford, Connecticut, on September 20, 2013, on two-days’ notice to customers.  A USPS press release dated September 18 explains that the closure was due to the fact that the Postal Service was advancing with the sale of the building but had not yet been able to arrange a new location … Read More

Victoria Texas post office may close

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The Postal Service is talking about closing the main post office in Victoria, Texas, and combining operations with an office on the other side of town.  The Postal Service says it will save $38,000 a month on rent and utilities.  Congressman Blake Farenthold says the plan doesn't bode well for downtown Victoria.  Read more.

Iowa City post office relocation not going as promised

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The Postal Service is relocating the main post office in Iowa City, and after promising city officials that the new office would be downtown, the Postal Service is now looking at two locations that aren't near downtown.  The public may submit comments until November 1, but it's not likely they will have much effect on what happens.  Read more.

USPS #fail

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BY ZOË KEATING I usually save my blog for music issues. This isn’t a music issue but everything is connected. That sense that the world is falling apart, that we can’t get our sh*t together … it affects me. So I’m going to self-indulgently vent … and then go write some angst-filled music. Here’s the story. On Oct 14, I … Read More