Blog: October 2014

Postal News Roundup

Overnight Delivery to Come to an End with Postal Service Changes - Local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union is preparing for the end of overnight delivery as the US Postal Services consolidates and changes its standards. 

Newspaper Assoc. Pres.:  USPS Should Evaluate Service Delays - The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants.

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Postal Unions Continue to Fight Plant-Closure Battle - With 82 plants slated to close nationwide—and one right here in Kokomo—the postal unions continue to push back and fight the ongoing plant-closure battle.

Auditor Warns of Mail Delays in Tucson - The U.S. Postal Service did not complete required studies of how closing mail-processing centers around the country — including Tucson’s — would impact service, nor did it adequately inform the public in those communities of those changes, according to an audit. 

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Harvard Isn't Talking; Staples Isn't Telling the Truth - Harvard refused to comment about an APWU ad urging the university’s president to end the Staples-USPS deal or resign from the company’s Board of Directors. Staples, on the other hand, persists in the fiction that the program has been discontinued.

Postal Workers Take on Harvard President - Criticism of Harvard University is coming from an unusual quarter: postal workers.

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Roanoke Seeks Public Pressure to Keep Plant Open - Roanoke area postal employees hope public pressure will forestall or block Postal Service plans to close Roanoke’s mail processing center next year, a move that would lengthen delivery times for most of the mail you send.

Another Reason Not to Shop at Staples - In the latest hacking of American retailers and restaurants, Staples said on Tuesday that its computer systems were compromised in an intrusion involving customers’ credit- and debit-card information.

County Supervisors Demand Facts in Eureka Mail Processing Center Consolidation

News Channel 3 - The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors is requesting the U.S. Postal Service to provide hard facts showing how the closing of the city’s mail processing center would save money.

The board will vote Tuesday to send the letter asking for a financial breakdown of any cost-savings related to consolidating the Eureka Mail Processing Facility with Medford.

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Report: Communities Have No Idea How Upcoming Postal Closures Will Affect Them - The U.S. Postal Service plans to consolidate more than 80 mail-processing centers next year, but communities are almost entirely in the dark about how the changes will impact service in their areas, federal auditors said Wednesday.

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings - The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants, National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., said this week. 

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Postal Clerks Protest Extending Services to Staples Stores - Post office clerks rallied outside a Staples office supply store in Center City [Philadelphia] on Tuesday. They were complaining that the U.S. Postal Service's plans to install in-store postal counters where lower-wage Staples employees would sell stamps and accept packages would hurt postal jobs and jeopardize the safety of the mail.

Post Office Cuts Deemed ‘Mindless,’ ‘Nonsensical’ - Area businesses will pay more to receive a lower level of service if a Post Office cost-cutting plan is implemented, several speakers said at a Monday rally to save the regional U.S. Postal Service distribution center in Duluth. Gov. Mark Dayton chastised the Postal Service for considering a plan that he deemed “nonsensical.” “I don’t really understand this theory that if you’re having a competitive challenge, you improve your situation by making your services worse,” he said.