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Southeast Missourian: Op-Ed: The Reason for Poor Postal Service
Plants like the one in Cape Girardeau may stay open until 2016. If this happens, the good news is that even worse mail service will be delayed. The bad news is that the current poor service will continue as is for a while and then get worse. The erosion of fast, reliable mail service can be reversed.

WDIO Eyewitness News: Senator Franken Sends Letter to Postmaster General to Discontinue Rerouting of Northland Mail
Minnesota Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to the Postmaster General to discontinue the rerouting of mail parcels from northeast Minnesota to the Twin Cities.

Save the Post Office: USPS, APWU and Mailers Respond to Court’s Ruling on Exigent Case
This week the Postal Service, APWU, and several associations of mailers filed briefs with the Postal Regulatory Commission responding to the DC Court of Appeals’ June 5th ruling on the case of the exigent rate increase.

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Post & Parcel: U.S. Postal Workers Unions Urge Congress to Reject TPA Legislation
US postal workers’ unions have written a joint letter to Congress, expressing their concerns that Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation currently working through the political system could have “disastrous” consequences for their members and the U.S. Postal Service.

The Villager: They Give Staples-P.O. Deal Stamp of Disapproval
John Dennie, a member of Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, “It’s all part of a grand overall plan to privatize the post office.”

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Interview with Liz Powell on Contract Negotiations [Audio]
APWU Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell appeared on Arise! with Bill Fletcher, Friday, June 5, at 9 a.m. Scroll down to that selection to listen to or download the interview.

Erie Times-News: Letter to Editor: Mom, 102, Stopped from Casting Vote
Postal consolidation stops 102-year old woman from voting for the first time. Her absentee ballot was delayed 10-days. 

Huffington Post: Will TPP Kill the Post Office?
Will TPP enable the privatizers to declare things like our beloved U.S. Postal Service, schools and roads to be "commercial activity" that competes with private companies?

The American Legion: Post Office Cuts Threaten Veteran Job Viability, Impacts Consumers
Veterans and disabled veterans collectively make up over 24 percent of the USPS workforce. Due to the closing of more than 140 mail-processing facilities since 2012, however, they and those who seek future postal-service employment face obstacles and uncertain futures."

Government Executive: Postal Service Cannot Keep Emergency Price Hike Forever, Court Rules
The U.S. Postal Service cannot indefinitely continue the emergency price increase that has been in place since January 2014, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

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Workers Independent News: Postal Union: Postal Service Is Not A Union Issue, It’s A People’s Issue
“These are the good jobs that they’re gonna want their grandkids to be able to have an opportunity to get,” APWU Executive Vice President said about the threat to postal jobs posed by management’s contract demands.

Digital Journal: Mail Processing Centers Close and Put Strains on Businesses
Mail delivery is lagging and many businesses and consumers depend on the timely delivery of their mail, but the trend in a slowdown continues.

The Missourian: A Battle Won in the Postal Service
NNA President John Edgecombe, Jr., publisher of a newspaper in Nebraska, said due to the consolidation and closing of postal processing plants across the country, service to rural America “has dramatically worsened.” 

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Linn's Stamp News: Should Post Offices Offer Banking Services?
A May 21 report by the United States Postal Service Inspector General has reignited the question of whether the nation’s post offices should offer banking services.

Sanders Welcomes Postal Service Decision to Back Off Plans to Close Plants This Year
“I am pleased that the Postal Service has decided not to shut down virtually all of the 82 mail-processing plants this year,” Sanders said, “but much more needs to be done to ensure that Americans throughout the country receive their mail in a timely manner.” 

Boston Globe: Staples CEO Pay Climbs While Retailer Business Struggles
One person who has prospered through the rocky reshaping of the business is chief executive Ronald Sargent. His annual total compensation has nearly doubled to $12.4 million over the past three years.

Southeast Missourian: Cape Mail-Processing Center May Keep Some Tasks for a While
Local postal workers opposed to consolidation have claimed the postal service is profitable despite reports of financial loss. They also worry shifting operations caused delayed delivery times and misplaced mail.

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The Register Guard: Fix the Postal Service 
It’s hard to get excited about the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement Wednesday that it will delay closing postal processing facilities in Springfield and Bend until 2016. That’s a little like hearing that the death penalty for a valued and wrongly accused friend won’t be carried out for another year. 

WDBJ7: Union Leader Sheds Light on Delay of Postal Consolidation Plan
A local union leader says the facility in Greensboro that was slated to process Roanoke's mail cannot handle the increase.

Conversation with APWU Local 32 President William Flanagan [Audio]
American Postal Workers Union Local 32 President William Flanagan explains the negative consequences of a for-profit corporation like Staples setting up postal facilities in their stores, staffed by low-wage workers.

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Washington Post: USPS Contract Talks Stall; Federal Unions Have Little to Say on Pot Policy
Dimondstein called “management’s economic demands and proposed changes to the workforce structure … completely unacceptable.”

India Notes: Contract Talks Between American Postal Workers Union and U.S. Postal Service Hit Impasse
During this round of contract talks, the APWU made the unprecedented move of bringing consumer issues to the bargaining table, insisting that quality service is crucial to maintaining a strong, public Postal Service. 

Post & Parcel: Regulator Rejects Union Complaint Over USPS Mail Delivery Standards
America’s postal regulator has thrown out a formal complaint by a trade union about the US Postal Service failing to meet its service standards. The complaint by the American Postal Workers Union was rejected by the Postal Regulatory Commission despite the fact that the Commission itself confirms that the Postal Service failed to meet its service targets in its most recent full financial year (2014).

Duluth News Tribune: Postal Workers, Elected Officials Rally for Duluth Mail Processing Center
Fifty people gathered in front of the post office on West Michigan Street in a rally to save the Duluth mail processing center.

The Roanoke Times: USPS Says it Will Delay Roanoke Plant Consolidation
The consolidation was fought heavily by postal worker lobbyists and union representatives. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, are also opposed to it and so are Virginia’s two Democratic senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner. Griffith and Goodlatte sent out a joint news release Wednesday praising the decision to delay consolidation.

Tester, Heitkamp Request Postal Study and Improved Mail Delivery Standards
As the U.S. Postal Service continues to face a budgetary shortfall, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) want better postal data so policymakers can make informed decisions on how to improve service in rural America.

Save the Post Office: Commissioner Goldway Issues Scathing Dissent on PRC’s Decision to Dismiss Careywood Appeal
Unlike the majority opinion, the dissent is consistent with Commission precedents, cognizant of the Postal Service’s obligations to the rural public, and respectful of the Commission’s own statutory responsibilities.