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Blog: August 2015

Postal News Roundup

Postal Union Continues Effort to Stop Staples, Office Depot Merger
The APWU has opposed the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot Inc. and has begun gathering electronic signatures on a petition to stop it. In a press release issued Thursday, the APWU said that it had gathered more than 5,000 signatures on its petition to stop the merger.

Pharmacists Say Post Service Closure Delays Medication
Local pharmacists said the closure of the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center on Flandro Drive has caused delayed delivery of medication for people in outlying counties.

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Bernie Sanders to Postal Service: Relaxed Mail Standards ‘a Disaster’
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that the Postal Service caused a “disaster that is negatively impacting Americans all over this country” when it shuttered more than 140 mail-sorting plants and slowed delivery times to cut costs.

Post Office Can’t Even Meet Its Own Lower Standards as Late Mail Soars
Amid a significant downsizing of the money-strapped U.S. Postal Service, the number of letters arriving late has jumped by almost 50 percent since the start of the year. And that’s as measured against the agency’s own newly relaxed standards.

Standing Up for Rural Postal Delivery
The Center for Rural Affairs has signed letters of support for continuing reliable, affordable six-day mail delivery, and for HR 54, which would restore service standards to those in use before last January’s reductions.

AFL-CIO Blog: Back to School Shopping? Skip Staples and Quill.com
It's important to choose wisely—and to boycott products from companies that seem to go out of their way to hurt working families.

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Politics Paralyses USPS Board [Video]
Several ideas have surfaced to improve the postal service’s bottom line, but the board which oversees its operations is essentially paralyzed.

USPS Reviews 5,000 More Post Offices for Reduced Hours
The Postal Service is working on phase two of POStPlan, its initiative to reduce hours and staffing at half the country's post offices.

For Spartanburg Neighborhood Getting Mail is a Struggle
Several residents who live in the Glendale section of the city said they often have trouble getting their mail from the nearby post office because of limited – and inconvenient – hours.

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ECommerce Bytes: Despite Warnings Over Mail Delays, USPS Focuses on Same-Day
Online sellers who rely on the USPS to get their orders into the hands of customers may be concerned about a new report from the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General over delivery delays.

Postal News: What Do Those Four Charts Really Explain? 
Back in my previous life as a financial analyst, one book that was always on my shelf was “How to Lie With Charts” by Gerald Jones.

The Guardian: Where Did the Principle of Secrecy in Correspondence Go? 
America’s Constitutional Postal System, which preceded its declaration of independence by one year, was founded in large part as a reaction to the threat posed by British control over – and surveillance of – this crucial 18th-century communications network.

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Bronx News 12: Bronx General Post Office Remains Closed After Testing Positive for Legionella Bacteria
The Bronx General Post Office on the Grand Concourse has remained closed since last week after testing positive for Legionella bacteria.

CBS 19: Report Cites Unusually Slow Mail Delivery
It's no secret that the U.S. Postal Service has been consolidating and shutting down mail sites. But the agency had no idea that its cost-saving measures and other delaying complications would push the envelope. 

Save the Post Office: OIG Recommends Halt to Phase II Network Rationalization Until USPS Service Performance Improves
The USPS Office of Inspector General has just issued a management alert about the timeliness of mail processing after the changes in service standards went into effect on January 5, 2015. 

Linn's Stamp News: U.S. Postal Inspector General Reports First-Class Mail Slowdown
A new report by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General confirms that a lot of first-class mail is taking more time than expected to reach its destination. The alert blames two factors for the problem: winter storms in January through March, and changes in the way the USPS mail-processing network operates. 

Daily Kos: Teachers! We Need Your Help and We Need it Now!
The US Postal Service—very like public education itself--is being attacked on many fronts, by privatizers, union-busters, those who would dismantle an essential public service out of greed, ideology and contempt for the everyday people our work serves. 

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North Platte Bulletin: Postal Service Needed in Rural Areas
The Center for Rural Affairs has signed letters of support for continuing reliable, affordable six-day mail delivery from the U.S. Postal Service.

ECommerce Bytes: USPS Carriers Are Like Uber Drivers for Amazon
Endicia says Uber and Amazon are making moves to enter the package-delivery space, reportedly testing crowd-sourcing services where "everyday folks" will deliver packages

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In These Times: Union Members Seem to Want Bernie Sanders Over Hillary Clinton. Will Labor Leadership Follow Them?
Sanders’ years of support for postal service expansion in the face of cuts brought glowing praise from American Postal Workers Union (APWU) President Mark Dimondstein after a meet-and-greet with the candidate in mid-July.

OIG: Election Mail Opportunities
The U.S. Postal Service has opportunities to increase voting by mail to grow mail volume and revenue,” the OIG found in a recent report, but USPS management disagreed with the recommendation.

Herald Media: Post Office Delivers 1,270 Ballots to Orem Day After Election
With the postal processing center now in Salt Lake City rather than Provo, all mail, even within the city, must go through Salt Lake before coming back to Orem.

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NBC News: Postal Service Sharply Reduces Loss in Most-Recent Quarter
The U.S. Postal Service on Monday reported a net loss of $586 million this spring, a big improvement for the cash-strapped agency compared to a nearly $2 billion loss during the same period last year.

NALC President’s Statement on USPS Quarterly Report
Results show the impressive Postal Service financial turnaround continuing in full force.

Linn's Stamp News: Quarterly USPS Financial Statement Shows Growth in Package Shipping
Every quarter a small drama plays out over the latest United States Postal Service financial numbers that come out of USPS headquarters at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington. Postal officials bemoan the size of the U.S. Postal Service’s growing deficit, but postal labor officials argue the actual numbers that matter aren’t that bad.

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Tucson Weekly: Raul Grijalva: Hey Postal Service Consolidation & Closure of Cherrybell Mail Center is Bad News, Don’t Do It
U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva wants the U.S. Postal Service to acknowledge that back-scaling operations (and ultimately closing) at the Cherrybell mail center has had a terrible effect on the Tucson community.

Yakima Herald:Postal Service Processing Leads to Late Ballot Updates in Yakima
Auditor Charles Ross said he was told the late delivery was the result of an error in how the Postal Service processes the mail.

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Napa Valley Register: Postal Service Agrees to Sell, Not Demolish, Downtown Building
The (USPS) has announced it will sell, rather than demolish, the historic Franklin Station Post Office in downtown Napa, but it won’t remain a post office.

The Inquisitr: Antitrust Chatter Continues to Dog Staples Office Depot Deal
Chatter about possible intervention on the part of the Federal Trade Commission in the proposed merger between Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. continues.

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The Journal News: U.S. Postal Service Thrives in the Internet Age
The Postal Service’s red ink stems not from the mail or the Internet, but from Washington politics, so degrading profitable postal networks is illogical. 

Washington Examiner: Moving Beyond the ‘Conventional Wisdom’ About the U.S. Postal Service
Some in Washington hope to use the artificial financial crisis to achieve something they’ve long sought – the dismantling, even privatization, of a popular public agency.

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Post & Parcel: Bill to End Ban on Shipping of Alcohol vs Postal Service is Back on the Agenda
The USPS Shipping Equity Act – which seeks to end the ban on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) shipping of alcoholic beverages – is back on the US Congressional agenda.

Morris Sun Tribune: Fredric Rolando: Washington Politics Have Cause “Crisis” in Postal Service
As mail processing centers are closed or consolidated, mail has to travel further to be sorted, and this means delays of the mail in parts of the country where mail service is critical to residents and businesses.