Select Premier Post Offices Extend Saturday Hours for Holidays

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Last May the Postal Service designated 3,100 of its highest-revenue retail facilities as Premier Post Offices.  They’re getting special treatment, like improved maintenance and extra training for retail associates.  Last week the Postal Service released the Harry Potter stamps, but they were only available at Premier Post Offices.  Now many of the Premier Post Offices are opening special hours.  Five … Read More

Nader writes the PMG: More of these ll-conceived plans will bring the USPS to ruin

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Last week, shortly after the Postal Service's financial report was released, Ralph Nader wrote the Postmaster General a letter.  After noting the promising financial results in the report, Nader goes on to say, "the USPS under your leadership has not shown much interest in exploring innovative means to raise new revenue. Instead, you have focused much of your energy on cutting … Read More

Congresswoman Norton Writes to Postmaster General with Questions Following Tragic Murder of Postal Service Worker

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Press Release: Following this weekend’s tragic murder of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier Tyson Jerome Barnette in Landover, Maryland, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a member of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S Postal Service and the Census, wrote today to the U.S. Postmaster General regarding long-standing … Read More

PRC dismisses (partly) APWU Complaint on Plant Consolidations

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  The Postal Regulatory Commission ruled yesterday on the APWU’s Complaint involving the Network Rationalization plan to consolidate 250 or so mail processing plants.  The Complaint alleged that the Postal Service failed to comply with legally mandated service standards, and it cited a number of examples where the mail was being delayed due to the plant consolidations.  The Commission dismissed … Read More

Postal Service wins appeal on S.F. SRO deliveries

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SFGate reports: "A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Postal Service's decision nearly five years ago to deliver mail to the front desk or a central collection box rather than to individual mailboxes at most of San Francisco's 500 single-room-occupancy hotels."  Read more.  The ruling itself is here.

APWU: The Great Postal Giveaway — USPS Sends Jobs, Work to Staples

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The APWU has come out strong against putting post offices inside of Staples, staffed with Staples employees.  “This is a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.  “The APWU supports the expansion of postal services. But we are adamantly opposed to USPS plans to replace good-paying union jobs with non-union low-wage jobs held by … Read More

What Would JFK Do? The Yale Commencement Address

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INTRODUCTION BY MARK JAMISON For the past couple of weeks, the media have focused, almost obsessively, on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, November 22 being the fiftieth anniversary of his death.  I found myself wandering through some of JFK’s speeches and came across his commencement address at Yale University, delivered on June 11, 1962. In this speech President … Read More

Postal service kills plan to sell Old Chelsea post office

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Here's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  The Postal Service has dropped its plan to sell the historic Old Chelsea post office in New York City.  "“I am thankful that after the completion of the public review process, USPS has taken these concerns into consideration and is now exploring options that do not include selling off this historic community … Read More

What does your local post office mean to you?

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The Association of U.S. Postal Lessors is doing a survey to learn more about how people think about the value of the post office to their community and the likely social and economic effects of closing the post office.  The owner of the building that houses the post office in Licking, Missouri, is encouraging everyone in his town to participate in the … Read More