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Blog: April 2015

Postal News Roundup

Washington Post: As USPS Slows Down Mail Delivery, Some Letters Are Taking Even Longer to Arrive than the New Rules Allow
Preliminary internal data shows that the Postal Service did not meet even its lower targets for first-class mail during the first seven weeks of 2015, with letters that are supposed to take three days (and four or five days if they’re headed to Alaska or Hawaii) arriving on time just 54 percent to 63 percent of the time.

Contra Costa Times: Berkeley Post Office Worthy of Passion, Protest
The Berkeley post office stands for something that would be missed if it were gone, Carol Wolfley, told the Contra Costa Times.

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Wisconsin State Journal: Key Votes from Wisconsin Congressional Delegation This Week
A yes vote endorsed steps to improve the postal service in its present structure. 

WMBF News: USPS Finalizing Relocation of Florence Processing Center
However, union workers are still trying to use politics to get USPS to reinstate the Florence facility.

Erie TV News: Expect Delays in Erie’s Mail Service
But Pittsburgh offices contacted Erie last week, saying they aren't prepared to handle the extra volume of mail. 

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The Roanoke Times: USPS Roanoke Operations Expected to Begin Move to N.C. on Saturday
Carlton Cooper, president of the local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, believes that this move will slow down mail in the Roanoke Valley by up to 10 to 12 days for first-class mail.

RTT News: Staples CEO Ronald Sargent’s 2014 Total Compensation Up 15%  to $12.39 Mln
Sargent received a total compensation of $12.39 million, including base salary, stock grants and incentives in 2014, compared to the $10.77 million he received in 2013, and $6.47 million he got in 2012.

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Southeast Missourian: McCaskill, Others Request One-Year Moratorium on Consolidation Efforts 
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill and others have asked a congressional subcommittee for time to pass federal legislation that could create efficiency for the financially ailing U.S. Postal Service.

Save the Post Office: The Surprise Behind Today’s Doodle Google Does Its Part to Save the Post Office
Check out the ending of this video about the making of today's Doodle celebrating the anniversary of the Pony Express.  Looks like even Google wants to help save the post office.

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Confusion Over Plan for Petaluma Mail Facility
A controversial plan to shutter the U.S. Postal Service’s North Bay mail processing facility in Petaluma is on hold, but local postal workers and the area’s congressional representative continue to express strong opposition to the plan.

Local Postal Workers Get Reprieve – St. Clair Street Facility Will Keep Sorting Mail for a Time
Arnie Cowell, president of American Postal Workers' Union Local 170, said the postal service has told employees, including 20 workers who were to be transferred to a Detroit area mail sorting facility, that they will continue working in the sorting facility on St. Clair Street.

Postal Service Confirms Some Mail Sorting Will Remain in Duluth
Union officials told the News Tribune on Thursday that employees had been informed of a change in plans for the Duluth mail processing center, which had been slated to close on April 18 with operations transferred to the Twin Cities.

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How Long Does the Mail Take? Let the Postal Service Count the Days
The Postal Service is proposing to change the way it measures the on-time service performance of First Class Mail.  Instead of contracting a third-party to evaluate how long it takes for the mail to be delivered, the Postal Service wants to count the days itself.

NLRB Hits Postal Service Over Response to Cyber Breach
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint calling on the U.S. Postal Service to negotiate with employee groups over how quickly to tell personnel about cyber attacks that affect their personal data.

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Save the Post Office: Alas, Poor Post Office: Newsweek Broods on the Demise of the Postal Service
The existential threat to the Postal Service comes from those who don’t want it to exist — conservatives who don’t want anyone to see a successful government-run entity, anti-union politicians and business interests who think paying workers a decent salary is “inefficient,” and corporations in the mailing industry who want to skim the cream off the postal business.

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Gallup: Four in 10 Americans Look Forward to Checking Their Mail
In a world of email, texts and social media, 41% of Americans nevertheless look forward to checking what is in their mailbox each day.

Martinez: Council Steps in to Address Local Mail Problems
Local leaders want to talk with Postal Service officials face to face about delivery concerns, long post office lines and other mail-related issues that have generated dozens of formal complaints and hundreds of bitter social media posts.

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Boston Globe: Postal Workers’ Ad Assails Faust for Ties to Staples
How do you get the attention of the president of Harvard University? A full-page attack ad in a student newspaper will probably do it. The American Postal Workers Union is taking out an advertisement in the Harvard Crimson later this week telling readers that president Drew Faust is “smearing Harvard’s good name” by sitting on the board of directors at Staples Inc. 

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Southeast Missourian: Mail-Processing Change Could Create Delays, Postal Employees Say
Customers in Southeast Missouri already have noticed slowdowns in mail delivery, APWU Local President Greg Davidson said, and with processing scheduled to go  away, he said, additional delays are likely.

Go Erie.com: Erie’s Mail Sorting Plant Set to Close April 18
A letter or bill you mail across town in Erie will soon take a longer trip to reach its destination.

Action News Now: Redding Mail Processing Center Still in Limbo
"The uncertainty is crazy, and it's also the uncertainty of the public's mail," said Larry DeNayer, treasurer for the APWU local in Redding, CA.