Carper & Coburn introduce Senate postal reform legislation

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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.    

Santa Monica’s New Deal Post Office on the Road to Repurposing

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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

Two post offices in Iowa to close: Not to worry, they’re just “relocations”

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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

Dumbfounded in Dumbo: Residents wonder why automated post office remains locked

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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

Building a powerful nationwide grass-roots movement to Save the People’s Post Office

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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