Sonora CA post office studied for closure

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The Postal Service is doing a discontinuance study on the downtown post office in Sonora, California.  It's just a small retail outlet (1,400 square feet) in a leased space where the rent is about $2,000 a month.  It's been there since 1982, but the lease expired at the end of 2013, and it looks like the Postal Service wants to … Read More

Historic Norwich CT post office heads toward closure and sale

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The Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to close the historic post office in Norwich, Connecticut, sell the building, and move retail services to a yet-to-be-determined new location.  Joseph Mulvey, Postal Service real estate specialist, announced the decision on December 19.  Elected officials say they will appeal, but such appeals have not been successful in other communities.  A final … Read More

Historic downtown Fort Worth post office to be sold

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Star Telegram: The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to sell the historic downtown post office and relocate its services, according to a letter sent to Mayor Betsy Price.  Sandra Rybicki, a real estate specialist for the U.S. Postal Service, briefed the council and citizens on the process for a relocation of retail services on Dec. 3, and residents were given … Read More

Rasmussen postal poll misleads again

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Rasmussen ended 2013 with some new polls that are interesting to look at — not for their results but the way the questions were asked and the results were reported.  One wonders if Rasmussen was actually trying to learn something about the country's attitudes or if it was using the polls to shape those attitudes. In one poll, Rasmussen asked … Read More

USPS releases November financial statement: Status quo

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The Postal Service released its monthly financial report for November today.  It shows a profit of $119 million in “controllable operating income,” and revenues are up 1.5 percent over last November.  After deducting $475 million for the monthly prefunding payment to the Retiree Health Benefit Fund and adding in $210 million for an adjustment to the Workers Compensation fund (adjusted … Read More

John Nichols: Thank a postal worker this holiday

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John Nichols, on of the progressive movement's most stalwart supporters of the Postal Service, has this to say: "Postal workers are giving it their all this holiday season, as cards and packages must be delivered among ice storms, snowstorms and wild temperature drops.  Yet postal workers are still under assault from political slackers in Washington — like House members who … Read More

Mail Late? Tell the PRC about it, says APWU

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APWU: Businesses, customers and APWU members who have complaints about delayed mail should be sure to let the Postal Regulatory Commission know, says Debby Szeredy, the union's executive vice president. "Much of the delayed mail is in areas where plants and post offices have been consolidated or closed or where hours at post offices have been reduced," she said.  “Filing complaints … Read More

USPS takes the PRC to court over barcode issue

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The Postal Service has filed an appeal with U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, challenging a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning the USPS request for a rate increase under the price cap.  The PRC has already approved most aspects of the request, but it held that “certain mail preparation requirements [i.e., barcoding] were governed by restrictions on … Read More

Has Canada Post gone postal? CEO Deepak Chopra’s remarks will live forever

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Calgary Sun: "If governments gradually defeat themselves, then the imbecilic boss of Canada Post dramatically accelerated that process this week.  Didn’t catch what Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra told a parliamentary committee? Rest assured, you’re going to be hearing about it a lot between now and the next federal election. If Chopra isn’t repudiated by the prime minister sometime soon … Read More