Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have introduced their version of postal reform legislation, Postal Reform Act of 2013 (S. 1486). The whole bill is here. Carper’s summary is here. The criticisms are already coming in: APWU, NAPUS, and CCAGW.
The Santa Monica Lookout reports today: "Despite losing the battle to keep Santa Monica's 75-year-old post office open, officials and residents are working to make sure the New Deal-era building sticks around a little longer. "City Hall, with the help of the Santa Monica Conservancy and the Landmarks Commission, is working closely with the U.S. Postal Service to make sure … Read More
The historic post office in Westport, Connecticut, was built in 1936 under the New Deal as a way to put people to work and to promote confidence in the federal government. Now the Postal Service has a different agenda — putting people out of work and undermining confidence in the government. One way to do that is sell off … Read More
The Postal Service has announced plans to close two post offices in Iowa. The main post office in downtown Iowa City will be closed and replaced with a new, smaller facility, location yet-to-be-determined. It’s also closing the office in Coralville, and opening a retail space in the carrier annex, on the outskirts of town. The Postal Service is calling both … Read More
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has a story about an automated post office in DUMBO (for non-NYer's, that's "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass," a hip neighborhood in Brooklyn): "DUMBO’s only post office – an unmanned 'Self-Service Kiosk' at 84 Front Street — has been shuttered since last Wednesday and snail mail customers are growing increasingly frustrated. “'I mailed a package … Read More
Dave Welsh, a retired letter carrier and an organizer with Save the People’s Post Office, has written a lucid and informative summary of the grass-roots movement to stop the dismantling of the Postal Service for private profit. It starts like this: "Without question, the big-business class – and their agents in USPS headquarters, the executive branch and Congress – are … Read More