Downtown Madison, WI post office headed for relocation

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The Postal Service is planning to relocate the current Madison Capital Station Post Office, located at 215 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, in Madison, Wisconsin, to a yet-to be-determined location within the same ZIP Code and service area.  The post office is currently located in the City-County Building in the heart of the city.  There will be a meeting about … Read More

Postal Service plans to close Washington St PO in Buffalo

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The U.S. Post Office is planning to close the Ellicott Station post office on Washington Street in Buffalo, sell the building, and move retail services to a smaller, leased location.  Representatives of the Postal Service will present a proposal at the Common Council Chambers at Niagara Square on January 26.  The Washington Street facility was built in 1978, but the Postal … Read More

District Court refuses to reconsider opinion in USPS v. SCE

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Today is the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, the Nation’s first Postmaster General, but U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg has given the Postal Service little reason to celebrate. On Thursday, Judge Boasberg denied the Postal Service’s Motion for Reconsideration, which asked him to revise the Opinion he issued back in September in the case of USPS v. Southern California Edison … Read More

Your Walmart closing? There’s always your local post office

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Whenever the Postal Service wants to close a post office, it tells affected customers about all the “alternative access” points in the area where they will continue to be able to do some postal business — like buying stamp booklets at Walmart.  The Postal Service usually includes a list and map of all these alternatives in the discontinuance notice (as … Read More

Community and Postal Workers United (CPWU) Winter 2016 Newsletter

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The Winter 2016 newsletter from Community and Postal Workers United (CPWU) has articles about the coming expiration of the moratorium on plant closures, Congress’s failure to do anything to restore service standards, and an update on the Staples boycott.  Read more.

Why the Post Office Makes America Great

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I WAS transported recently to a place that is as enchanting to me as any winter wonderland: my local post office.  In line, I thought fondly of the year I came to this country from Turkey as an adult and discovered the magic of reliable mail service. Dependable infrastructure is magical not simply because it works, but also because it … Read More

Trucks on fire: USPS Long Life Vehicles outlive their lifespan

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With over 211,000 vehicles, the Postal Service operates the largest civilian fleet in the world.  About 190,000 vehicles are used to collect and deliver the mail, and about 140,000 of them are Grumman-built Long Life Vehicles (LLVs), the iconic postal trucks that are a ubiquitous presence on America’s streets and roads. These LLVs are getting on in years, and it’s long … Read More

Postal Banking Worked—Let’s Bring It Back

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Nation Magazine has an article on postal banking by University of Georgia Law Professor Mehrsa Baradaran, the author of the 2015 book “How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation, and the Threat to Democracy."  It's about how regulated, federally subsidized banks serve the wealthy and the middle class, while a Wild West hodgepodge of unregulated lenders serves everybody else.  Read more.

Blencoe, IA post office reopens after temporary (two-year) suspension

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The Blencoe Post Office is again open for business, nearly two years after the small Monona County town "temporarily" lost its post office for an emergency suspension. The Post Office reopened on Wednesday in a new location across the street from the former Post Office at 501 Main St. The U.S. Postal Service temporarily shut down the post office in … Read More

‘Emergency suspension’ closes the doors to PO in Nemo, TX

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Empty, bare and “For Rent” is how the building formerly utilized as the Nemo Post Office now sits. There are rumors – depending on the generation asked – of the post office previously being housed in a nearby corner store and even those who claim it was once housed in a house. Either of which may be a necessary place … Read More

Downtown Lee Summit MO post office closing, reopening in annex

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Signs at the Lee Summit, MO, post office confirm what residents have been expecting.  The downtown post office is closing and being "relocated" to an inconveniently located carrier annex on the outskirts of town.  “It’s disappointing the postal office is being taken away from downtown and moved to an inconvenient location for many residents of Lee’s Summit,” District 1 Councilman … Read More

Historic Reno NV post office to become major retail outlet & food marketplace

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A major retailer may soon be coming to downtown Reno. And officials say it’s going to be a big game changer for the area. The national retail chain will be going on the first floor of the former Main U.S. Post Office off Virginia Street.  “We’ve tried to slowly release information and keep that secret, almost like a speak easy is … Read More