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Blog: November 2015

Postal News Roundup

Poll: Only 1 in 5 Americans Say They Trust the Government
But more than 80 percent of respondents were positive about the performance of the U.S. Postal Service.

Voters Distrust Government in General, But Like Many Specifics, Poll Finds
Large majorities gave positive marks to a long list of government agencies, starting with the Postal Service, which, despite being a butt of many jokes in popular culture, gets a positive rating from 84% of Americans.

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Turn Your Post Office into a Bank? The Idea is on the Table
From check cashing to small loans, Pavoggi said postal banking would also add revenue and not cost taxpayers money. 

Nearly 900 Absentee Ballots in Summit County Thrown Out for Lack of Postmark; Elections Board to Hold Hearing to Question Postal Officials About Issue
County Elections Board members think the increase in late ballots without postmarks was caused by the closure of Akron’s mail processing center earlier this year, which resulted in mail sent locally going to Cleveland before coming back to Akron.

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Rand Paul Suggests Doing Away with the Postal Service
In a radio interview yesterday, Sen. Rand Paul said that if he were to become president, he would pare down the federal government so much that he might even do away with the U.S. Postal Service.

Will ‘Postal Banking’ Keep More Post Offices Open?
Could local post offices diversify from mail delivery into banking services for Americans not served by conventional banks?

Ralph Nader: For America’s Unbanked: Re-Establishing The Postal Savings Bank – OpEd
The time is ripe to implement postal banking. What is needed is a rising rumble from the people focused on Postmaster General Megan Brennan―who has the authority to act now on implementing surcharge free ATMS, payroll check cashing, bill-paying services and electronic money transfers ―and on Congress to allow loans and other new services.

Bernie Sanders Has a Plan to Reinvent the Post Office. Hillary Clinton Should Steal It.
Up until now, this idea has been advocated mostly by liberals like Sanders (Elizabeth Warren is a big booster), but there's no reason why it couldn't have broad political appeal. If Hillary Clinton wants ideas to help expand economic opportunity for people who are struggling, the fact that tens of millions of Americans can't access banking services is a pretty good place to start.

 

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Postal union endorses Sanders, citing efforts to save USPS
The largest union for government postal workers in the United States has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, giving a boost to the Democratic candidate’s slim labor endorsement list.

Postal Workers Endorse Austerity-Foe Bernie Sanders
The APWU endorsement recalls the historic “reward our friends” calculus, as Sanders has for years been an ardent congressional advocate for postal workers and the United States Postal Service. Long before he considered presidential politics, the senator from Vermont was arguing against the austerity economics that seeks to balance the books by cutting public services. An ardent foe of privatization, he as well has championed the expansion of its mission, backing innovative initiatives such as postal banking.

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The Postal Service’s ‘Retail Channel Strategy:’ A Blueprint for Privatizing the Post Office
It’s been clear for a long time that the Postal Service is in the process of privatizing itself by shifting processing operations to companies like Pitney Bowes 

Staples-Office Depot merger review could be delayed until March
Staples' and Office Depot's plan to merge will be put on hold until March as the European Union says it won't complete its antitrust review until then.

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Too Many Giant Mergers
“The trend toward bigger mergers can and should be stopped,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein writes in a letter to the New York Times. “Blocking the Staples/Office Depot deal is the right place to start.”

It’s Expensive to Be Poor
Senator Elizabeth Warren [and others], have recommended bringing the US Postal Service — an institution with a presence in every zip code — back into basic banking, something it did until 1967.

Youngstown Mail-Processing Center Still Processing
American Postal Workers Union Local 443 President Jim Varner remains optimistic about the Youngstown mail-processing center operations. 

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A new line of business for the post office: Banking?
The nation’s largest postal union is pushing the USPS to provide financial services to tens of millions of Americans who aren't served by the nation's conventional banking system.

Bernie Sanders’s Passion for the Prosaic – or Why the Postal Office is Part of What Makes America Great
In a race where many candidates for president are pressing flashy, headline-grabbing issues like immigration, the fight against terrorism, abortion rights and education, Bernie Sanders is offering a passionate defense of the prosaic.

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Postal worker union says prices will rise if Staples acquires Office Depot 
In a report released Thursday, the American Postal Worker Union argued that Staples' planned $6.3 billion acquisition of Boca Raton-headquartered Office Depot would hurt American businesses if regulators allow it to proceed.

How the US Post Office Can Save America – and Itself
Since the financial crisis, more than 4,800 bank branches have disappeared from the American retail landscape.

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Brookings Paper on the Postal Service Gets the Facts Wrong
Elaine Kamarck’s essay, “Delaying the Inevitable: Political Stalemate and the U.S. Postal Service,” grossly misstates the facts about the central cause of the Postal Service’s financial crisis… Unfortunately, that’s not all she got wrong.

How Bernie Sanders Plans to Transform the Postal Service and Help Millions in Poverty
Senator Bernie Sanders advocates that the postal service provide  financial services in low-income and rural areas that may not have banking institutions, or where residents are forced to use costly alternative financial services.

The Rushcard Fiasco Can Point Us to Good Policy for Serving the Unbanked and Underbanked, and Formerly Incarcerated
Public banking can work alongside the traditional banking system, similar to how Social Security exists alongside private retirement options.

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Long Island Postal Workers Rally Against Cuts to Benefits, Wages
Union postal workers on Long Island are trying to stop the push for cuts to benefits, service and starting wages.

Postal Workers Decry Cuts in Service, Wages at Melville Rally
More than 150 postal workers at a demonstration Sunday in Melville demanded a new contract, criticized a plan to lower wages for new hires and called for the restoration of service cuts.

Voting by Mail Has Advantages
Voting by mail has several advantages over traditional polling such as being cost effective, increased participation among voters and it is easier for election officials to conduct.