Berkeley mail delivery prompts tidal wave of complaints

SteveBlog

Berkeleyside: It’s definitely not just you. Late-night and skipped mail deliveries, suspect delivery “attempts,” slow service and mis-delivered mail: Berkeleyside has received complaints about the U.S. Postal Service from more than 80 Berkeley residents in the past week who detailed a range of problems throughout October. And some say there has been trouble for much longer. “USPS has been horrible lately – either very late … Read More

The bar in Trump’s new DC hotel honors postal history (sort of)

SteveBlog

The grand opening of the Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, DC, has been getting a lot of attention this week.  Several news items focus on the hotel’s cocktail lounge.  See, for example, the Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and the Washingtonian, as well as an earlier piece from September in the Washington DC Eater. The Trump Hotel … Read More

Finksburg MD post office will move

SteveBlog

Carroll County Times: The Finksburg, Maryland, post office will move, but its new home hasn’t been decided upon.  In a news release distributed this week, the U.S. Postal Service announced its decision to relocate the Finksburg post office, but said a new site has not yet been determined.At an August community meeting on a possible relocation of the office, Richard … Read More

GAO – USPS: Information on How Broadband Affects Postal Use and the Communications Options for Rural Residents

SteveBlog

US GAO: Broadband use has in recent years been associated with reduced use of First-Class Mail. Continued declines as a result of broadband, however, are uncertain. Broadband access to various Internet services, especially online bill paying, is associated with reduced use of transaction mail, a subset of First-Class Mail. GAO analysis of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Household Diary Survey … Read More

Phil Rubio: Organizing a wildcat: the United States postal strike of 1970

SteveBlog

Labor History Journal: This scholarly article, part of a larger work in progress, uses archives, key secondary sources, and oral histories from participants in the 1970 United States postal wildcat strike for better pay and working conditions to argue that this was a monumental event both unique and representative of the times. It was a rank-and-file effort that began in … Read More

Why the post office stopped mailing children

SteveBlog

RetroIndy: The idea of mailing babies and children wouldn’t cross most peoples’ minds. But after the parcel post law went into effect in 1913, children were routinely weighed, stamped and “mailed” with postal workers on mail service trains. As a bachelor, U.S. Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock decided to call in experts after receiving a rather pathetic plea from a man in … Read More

Bringing Government Secrets to Light

SteveBlog

The American Conservative: It was late February 1970, and the federal government was concerned that bad things were afoot in New York City. The past decade had been a series of headaches for the feds—civil rights protests; bombings by the Weather Underground and other radicals; riots in slums, on college campuses, and at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Two … Read More

New McCaskill Bill to Prevent Emergency Postal Suspensions

SteveBlog

CBS St. Louis: U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, along with Republican Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas, has proposed a new bill addressing post office closures. The bill would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from using its emergency suspension process to indefinitely close post offices without notice to the community, opportunity to appeal, or a time frame for reopening or permanently closing … Read More

GAO report finds rural postal service remains essential

SteveBlog

West Plains Daily Quill: A top watchdog study completed at the request of U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, found that the Postal Service remains essential to rural communities, regardless of whether those communities have access to rural broadband services. “This study shows what we already know to be true—that the Postal Service remains … Read More

Ocean City To Buy Downtown Post Office Property, But No Change In Use Expected In Near Future

SteveBlog

Maryland Coast Dispatch: Resort officials this week approved the purchase of the downtown post office property in Ocean City for over $1.3 million, while allaying fears the pending sale could seal the fate of the decades-old facility in the future. On Monday, the Mayor and Council approved on second reading the purchase of the commercial property at 410 Philadelphia Ave. … Read More

New Stamford CT post office to open, replacing historic PO building

SteveBlog

Stamford Advocate: Stamford, Conn.’s downtown will finally have a working post office after the previous one closed three years ago. The new U.S. Post Office at 550 Summer St. is set to open on Oct. 19, USPS spokeswoman Christine Dugas said. All P.O. Box customers will have their boxes transferred to the new location on the evening of Oct. 18. The … Read More

Historic Morristown NJ Post Office back on chopping block, eyed as ‘centerpiece’ of town

SteveBlog

Morristown Green: The Morris Street Post Office in Morristown, New Jersey, which the Postal Service tried to close in 2012 amid vociferous local opposition, is on the chopping block once again. This time, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty envisions the century-old structure being reborn as the town’s “centerpiece.” “It’s a great, historic building, an amazing site that should be the centerpiece … Read More