Napa post office, cracked by earthquake, tops threatened buildings list

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Fissured, battered and fenced off since the magnitude-6.0 quake of Aug. 24, the downtown Napa post office leads off the annual Ten Threatened Treasures, the list of at-risk properties released last week by the Napa County Landmarks group .A lack of clarity from the Postal Service about the building’s future – and a fear the agency may choose demolition as the easy … Read More

Next round in the exigent case: USPS seeks five-year extension of surcharge; the mailers say enough is enough

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Today was the deadline for submitting initial comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning the exigent rate increase after the case was remanded by the US Court of Appeals in its June 5th ruling.  Judging by the comments, this case is far from being settled.  The Postal Service is looking to extend the surcharge for almost five years, while the mailers want … Read More

USPS releases May 2015 financial statement

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The Postal Service has released its financial statement for May 2015.   There’s some good news and some not so good. Compared to May 2014, volumes and revenues for First Class, Standard, and Periodicals are all down, generally about 5 percent.  For market-dominant mail overall, volumes and revenue are both down 5.2 percent. That represents a somewhat steeper decline than previous … Read More

APWU takes PRC to court over service standards

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The American Postal Workers Union has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court over its decision to dismiss the union’s complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet its service standards. As explained on the USPS website, these service standards, as set forth under 39 C.F.R. § 121.1, state how long it will take the mail to be delivered, … Read More

How Many Words are your Pictures Worth?

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PRC dismisses appeal on relocation of North Platte PO; Goldway dissents

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has dismissed the appeal on the relocation of the post office in North Platte, Nebraska.  The Postal Service will now proceed to close the downtown post office and replace it with a counter in the carrier annex on the outskirts of town.  Commission Ruth Goldway issued a dissenting opinion, arguing that there was evidence that the … Read More