Blog: January 2016

Postal News Roundup

Is Banking the Next Business for the Post Office?
Could your local post office become a one-stop service for mail, stamps and some financial services?

The Return of Postal Banking?
One of the great paradoxes of the American banking system is that the less money you earn, the more it costs you to get access to it.

CCI and Unions Rally in Iowa for Sanders
Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund and a group of local and national unions are holding a series of rallies beginning Tuesday in support of Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders.

Why Obama’s Action in Flint Fuels Protests Against Michigan Governor
Local demonstrators swarmed the State Capitol on Thursday, calling for Snyder’s resignation. “The actions of this governor should be considered criminal,” notes a resolution signed last week by local districts of the American Postal Workers Union. 

National Action Network’s Annual King Day Awards
APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell received the Breaking Barriers Award at the National Action Network’s annual Martin Luther King Day Awards Ceremony [Powell intro begins at 1:55]

Postal News Roundup

More ‘Postal Support Employees’ Have Been Attaining Permanent Status at U.S. Postal Service
For Ashley Worthington, life as a Postal Service worker used to come with too much uncertainty.

Hillary Clinton is Not Telling the Truth About Wall Street
"Sanders is calling for a system in which financial firms are smaller, the government controls the interest rates that banks charge, certain fees are capped, the Postal Service becomes a viable competitor to banks and payday lenders [and] CEOs would be criminally liable if employees defraud customers.

Postal News Roundup

Postal Banking Worked – Let’s Bring It Back
Postal banking was the most successful experiment in financial inclusion in the United States—a problem in front of us once again.

Rural Blog: Having Post Offices Offer Banking Services Could Help USPS and Low-Income Residents, Advocates Say
If the U.S. Postal Service began offering services such as paycheck cashing, bill payment and free ATMs, it would help revive the Postal Service's dire outlook while also helping low-income residents who rely on high interest lenders, says consumer advocates, financial reform groups, postal labor unions and some leading liberals, such as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Jim Puzzanghera reports for the Los Angeles Times.

Ten Reasons to Be Optimistic About USPS in 2016
It is time to take a look at reasons to be optimistic about one of the most important and enduring elements of our national infrastructure.

Postal News Roundup

Sanders Promises to Break Up Big Banks, Tax Speculation and Establish Postal Banking
Promising to crack down on pay-day lenders that prey on the most vulnerable families in America, and to offer real alternatives for low-wage workers who do not have easy access to financial services, Sanders said he would fight to “allow the United States Postal Service to engage in basic banking services.”

Seniors Occupy Harlem Post Office to Demand Better Service
A dozen senior citizens, including State Sen. Bill Perkins and Assemblyman Keith Wright, marched on the Manhattanville Post Office on 125th Street to protest of their lack of dedicated senior windows and benches to sit on.

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Who Gets Excluded from the Modern Economy?
Reason for hope: Postal banking is an innovation that has a vibrant history here in the U.S. and is a major contributor to financial inclusion abroad.

Advocates Push for the U.S. Postal Service to Offer Basic Banking 
The Great Recession has led to calls for the revival of postal banks as many cash-strapped households have been forced to seek payday loans and other alternative financial products.


Postal News Roundup

Advocates Push for the U.S. Postal Service to Offer Basic Banking
There's a new push for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver basic banking services again. The effort is led by consumer advocates, financial reform groups, postal labor unions and some leading liberals, such as Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

A Bank at the Post Office
You may not think about a bank when you’re at the Post Office–but there is a growing call for the people who handle your mail to add those services.

Why the Post Office Makes America Great
I came to this country expecting big cars and big houses and wide open spaces... But I didn’t expect the post office.

The Year in Review: Postal Service Submits its Annual Compliance Report for FY 2015
The ACR shows that the average wait time in line at the post office has increased for the first time in a few years, and on-time service performance for delivery has declined from last year.