Embarrass post office suspended over safety issues


The Postal Service has declared an emergency suspension for the post office in Embarrass, Minnesota, due to structural and safety issues with the building.  The decision took the community by surprise, but the condition of the post office building had been a concern for a while.  According to USPS media spokesperson Pete Nowacki, there are issues with the floor joists, … Read More

USPS moves to dismiss Berkeley’s complaint, removes post office from market


Due to ongoing litigation with the city of Berkeley regarding the sale of the Downtown Berkeley post office, the U.S. Postal Service removed the location from its commercial listings of buildings for sale earlier this month. On Jan. 22, USPS made a motion to dismiss a complaint the city filed regarding the sale of the building, located on Milvia Street and Allston Way.  Read … Read More

Commonomics USA hosts conference call on postal banking


Commonomics USA (formerly BankACT), a leading voice for postal banking since USPS inspector general Dave Williams first proposed it in January 2014, will host a series of conference calls featuring prominent economists and experts on United States Postal Service-based financial services, beginning on  Tuesday, February 3, when Dean Baker, American macroeconomist and co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy … Read More

Historic Wilkes Barre post office sold


Another historic post office has been sold.  The Kingston Branch post office on Wyoming Avenue in Wilkes Barre, Penn., has been sold to the Peoples Security Bank and Trust for $495,000.  The post office was built in 1936, and it’s been occupied by the post office since 1939.  The Postal Service will continue to operate a retail office in the building, … Read More

The Multiplier Effect: How consolidating mail processing plants hurts the economy


When the Postal Service closes a large mail processing plant, it doesn't just impact postal workers.  There can also be significant indirect effects.  Other people lose their jobs, business activity slows, tax revenues decline.  The loss of postal jobs thus has a multiplier effect that ripples through the economy of the entire region.  When dozens of plants are closed across … Read More

Lee’s Summit, MO post office to get annexed


The Postal Service is planning to close the post office at 210 SW Market Street indowntown Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  A new retail office will be opened in the carrier annex on 1404 SW Market, about a mile away.  The Postal Service says officials are in “early stages” of talking about the step.  “Nothing’s settled, this is only a proposal,” a … Read More