Berkeley mail delivery prompts tidal wave of complaints

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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