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Blog: December 2014

Postal News Roundup

How Obama Can Help Rescue the Postal Service Right Now - Fiscal Times
A revitalized Board of Governors could test the long-discussed option of Postal Service banking, providing an alternative for millions of families with little or no access to financial services, says David Dayen.

The Last Christmas for the Postal Service? It Doesn’t Have to Be - Huffington Post
We should take advantage of existing postal resources to generate revenue and capitalize on the extensive postal infrastructure across America with its trained and dedicated personnel. One obvious area that we should put into action is universal vote by mail, writes Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).

Postal Service Will close 4 Processing Centers in 2015 - Wisconsin Public Radio
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) said in an interview that postal officials haven't done a thorough job of studying the effect of closures, which might slow delivery times.

Thank Postal Workers by Fighting to Save Postal Service

The Nation: "Congress failed to take what the unions representing postal workers identify as the most necessary immediate step to aid the postal service: initiation of 'a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings.' Congress also failed to reach an agreement on a stand-alone postal bill," writes John Nichols of the Nation magazine. "The fight is not done, however... For Americans who hope to appreciate the service next holiday season, however, now is the time to thank postal workers by fighting to save the Postal Service."

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Expect More Shipping Delays from USPS Next Year

Now we know the entire Postal system nationwide is about to slow down for nearly everyone who uses the US Mail because of a new service standard being put in place January 5.

Would You Invest in the U.S. Postal Service?

That may seem an absurd question, given that the USPS posted a third-quarter loss of $1.96 billion.Yet the notion that the USPS could be a commercially viable, even an attractive business, isn't as crazy as it might seem.

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How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made its Way into the Cromnibus

Lawmakers attempted a last-minute maneuver to include a major overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown, but several Senate Democrats objected and stymied the effort.

Congresswoman in Talks with USPS Over 911 Policy

U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee has spoken with leaders “at the highest level” of the USPS about a policy that instructs employees to first call security when they witness a medical emergency—not 911.

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Postal Service Gets High Marks from Public

The positive reviews came as no surprise to agency officials or workers. The Postal Service regularly comes out on top of surveys of trusted federal agencies. But favorable survey results also come at time when the agency is struggling to remain financially viable, and as postal workers and their advocates fight proposed cuts in service and mail processing centers.

Postal Service Workers and Rural Communities Fear Post Office Closures

Instead of shuttering the doors of small, rural post offices dotting the countryside, the postal service has reduced hours, cut delivery routes and built cluster boxes to save money. Jamison and other rural postal workers fear closures will come next.

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OIG: The “First and Last Mile” Strategy: A Critical Assessment

If the Postal Service would abandon completely mail processing of letters and flats, there will be an overall loss in efficiency. The Postal Service is made worse off through a loss in profits, and the mailers are made worse off through having to pay higher prices. In fact, the only parties that benefit are the private providers of mail processing, and their benefit is less than the combined loss to the Postal Service and mailers.

48 Jobs Projected Lost if Dakota Central Postal Facility Closes

Closing and consolidating the Dakota Central Processing and Distribution Facility with the Sioux Falls operation next year will have a devastating economic impact on the Huron area with the loss of 48 middle-class postal jobs, findings in a report by the Fiscal Policy Institute show

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Loyola Avenue Postal Processing Center Back on Chopping BlockThe New Orleans Advocate

According to [a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute], the impact of the consolidation would go beyond direct losses. It estimated that due to “reduced business and consumer spending” associated with the consolidation, New Orleans would lose a total of 1,079 jobs and $60 million in labor income.

Postal Service Considering Closure of New OrleansNOLA Media Group

The report argues that the Postal Service's calculation about streamlined savings doesn't consider the lost tax revenues to federal, state and local governments.

Report: Tucson Would Lose $49 Million in Postal ConsolidationArizona Daily Star

Tucson would lose $49 million in economic activity as a result of its mail processing facility’s consolidation to Phoenix, an analysis report shows.

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Major Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Postal Consolidation, Hits Official’s Appointment - The Washington Post
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposed USPS plans to consolidate postal operations, saying the reorganization could have “a significant, detrimental impact on workers in both urban and rural communities and in communities of color.” In a related issue, the Leadership Conference also urged the Senate to delay confirmation of Mickey D. Barnett’s reappointment to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors.

Does This Postal Chairman’s Lobbying History Pose a Conflict of Interest? - The Washington Post
The U.S. Postal Service has the potential to earn billions of dollars a year by entering the payday-loan business, but former banking lobbyist Mickey Barnett could block its path. Barnett now chairs the USPS Board of Governors. Previously, he represented the interests of payday lenders, who stand to lose out if the Postal Service grabs a share of their market.

Tester to Postal Service: Stop Digging a Deeper Hole The Hill
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said the U.S. Postal Service should stop closing facilities to cut costs. “They think they can cut their way to fiscal solvency and quite frankly they’re wrong,” Tester said on the Senate floor Thursday. 

Buyer Opts Out of Purchase of Historic Berkeley Post Office - Save the Post Office
The US Attorneys' office has notified the City of Berkeley that the prospective buyer of the Berkeley main post office has exercised an option to cancel the sale, which was set to close on December 22.

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Sen. Brown Asks for Delay in Closing Dayton Postal Service Facility - Dayton Business Journal

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined 29 colleagues in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay consolidation of up to 82 mail processing facilities nationally, including one in Dayton.

US Department of Labor Files Lawsuit on Employee’s Behalf for Wrongful Termination - Norwalk Reflector

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service on behalf of the employee at the Sharonville facility. 

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Postal Service Has No Annual Financial Statement Due to Hack - Nextgov

The U.S. Postal Service is not filing its required yearly financial report because management does not know if business data was altered during a recent data breach, USPS officials said.

McCaskill, Blunt Call for Delay in USPS Consolidation - OzarksFirst.com

Missouri Senators are calling for a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facilities, including one in Springfield, Mo. U.S. SenatorsClaire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, along with other colleagues, sent a letter to the USPS Inspector General after it was announced the Postal Service failed to fulfill its obligations to adequately study the impact of the consolidations and failed to inform the public of those impacts. 

Postal Union Fights to Keep Local Processing Center Open The Windsor Times

On Friday, Nov. 14, members of the American Postal Workers Union joined together to protest the changes in outgoing mail and the possibility of the Petaluma facility closing altogether.

 

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U.S. Mail About to Get Slower - Telegraph-Forum

Same-city mail — originating in and terminating in Mansfield, for instance, or Bucyrus — still arrives overnight. That’s now about to end, as phase two of what the USPS calls its nationwide network rationalization takes effect in January.

Dear Santa, Didn’t You Get My Letter? Mid-Hudson Area Local and Post Truth Media

Will Santa get Cindy's letter in time for Christmas? Only with YOUR help! Contact your Congressperson, Senators, and the Postmaster General, and tell them to stop the closure of Mail Processing Facilities nationwide, including the Mid-Hudson Plant in Newburgh, NY. It's time to Stop Delaying America's Mail!