The Postal Service’s “Retail Channel Strategy”: A blueprint for privatizing the post office

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It’s been clear for a long time that the Postal Service is in the process of privatizing itself by shifting processing operations to companies like Pitney Bowes through the workshare system and contracting out billions of dollars of work to private corporations (over $12 billion in 2014).  The Postal Service has also been working to privatize its retail operations by … Read More

Canceled contract leaves Knik post office customers in limbo

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The Postal Service has canceled the post office contract in Knik, Alaska, and there’s no immediate plans to reopen the facility that serves the booming Knik-Fairview community. Displaced customers of the Knik post office that closed suddenly three weeks ago still don’t know when or even if it will reopen. They have to drive to the Wasilla post office — miles out of the way for … Read More

Commissioner Goldway issues scathing dissent on PRC’s decision to dismiss Careywood appeal

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has dismissed the appeal on the closing of the contract postal unit in Careywood, Idaho.  It was a terrible decision.  It is illogical and inconsistent with the Commission’s own precedents, and it creates a new precedent that endangers not only all contract post offices, but every post office in the country. The numerous problems with the … Read More

The USPS and PRC ponder the meaning of “post office”: The appeal on the Careywood Idaho CPO

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In December 2011, the Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on post office closings, and by the time it was over, the plans to close thousands of post offices had been abandoned.  The Postal Regulatory Commission had already dealt with over 200 appeals during the previous two years, and it was expecting an avalanche.  Instead, there was just a handful of … Read More

Community post office in Careywood ID to close

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The Postal Service is closing the community post office in Careywood, Idaho.  It's a contract postal unit, so there's no requirement to go through a regular discontinuance process, and the Postal Service won't need to reveal any financial data.  But most likely, the post office costs the Postal Service very little to operate, and the savings will be minimal.  But … Read More

Contract post office in Kingman AZ to close after 35 years

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At the end of the year, the Postal Service is going to close the contract post office (aka, Contract Postal Unit, or CPU) in downtown Kingman, Arizona.  It's been run by the same family for 35 years.  The Postal Service says it will replace the post office with a new contract postal unit that will only sell stamps, envelopes and boxes … Read More