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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.  

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Salon: Why Turning the Postal Service Into a Bank Isn’t Nearly as Ridiculous as it Sounds
This remains a tremendous idea to relieve economic inequality and preserve an important public-sector ladder into the middle class; and continued agitation just might get it done.

South Florida Business Journal: American Postal Workers Union Urges Feds to Reject Staples-Office Depot Deal
The American Postal Workers Union filed a formal report this week asking federal anti-trust regulators to strike down Staples' $6.3 billion deal to purchase Office Depot.

Palm Beach Post: Postal Workers Union Pans Office Depot/Staples Merger
As the Federal Trade Commission weighs the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot, the American Postal Workers Union is urging trust busters to nix the deal.

The Hill: Senate Dems Grill USPS Over Mail Delays 
Senate Democrats say they are concerned about significant mail delays in rural America.

The Florida Times-Union: Snail Mail Slows Down Even More
Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, said the delays are avoidable. “We should be boosting service and returning to prompt mail delivery,” he said. “Closing more postal sorting facilities will only make things worse.” 

The Register Guard: Congressional Delegation: Postal Service Will Keep Springfield Processing Plant Open
The mail processing center in the Gateway area — and its workers — have received another reprieve. 

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Boston Globe: Postal Workers Union Files Report Opposing Staples/Office Depot Merger
A union representing postal workers has urged federal regulators to block a proposed $6.3 billion merger of Staples Inc. and Office Depot Inc.

ECommerce Bytes: Should the USPS Expand Postal Banking Services?
While the USPS is best known for delivering the mail, it's also the number one seller of the most widely used type of alternative financial service in the United States: the Postal Service sold 97 million money orders with a face value of $21 billion in fiscal year 2014.

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Wall Street Journal: Coming to a Post Office Near You: Banking?
The Postal Service’s inspector general, in a report issued Thursday, said the agency should enter or boost offerings in certain parts of the banking business.

HousingWire: USPS Now One Step Closer to Providing Financial Services
Now, a new white paper from the USPS’ Office of the Inspector General lays out a series of distinct paths that would allow the post office to enter the banking and financial services sector.

Politico: Postal Service Settles Data Breach Labor Case
The U.S. Postal Service agreed to settle an NLRB complaint alleging it refused to bargain with its unions over how to rectify a data breach that compromised personal information for hundreds of thousands of employees.

The North Platte Bulletin: First Class Mail Runs Late
The U.S. Postal Service reported serious deterioration during the first quarter for First-Class Mail that should have been delivered within three days, according to a USPS report.

Berkeley Daily Planet: A Victory in the Fight to Save Our Historic Post Offices
This victory serves as a precedent and example for other communities who want to save their Post Offices. The case also may save union jobs by requiring the USPS to follow the law.

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Government Executive: Amid USPS Calls for Pay Cuts, Unions Let Deadline Pass for New Labor Contract
USPS’ contracts with both the American Postal Workers Union, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association were set to expire Thursday. APWU and postal management decided to extend negotiations for one more week in hopes of reaching a deal. The NRLCA, however, reached an impasse with the Postal Service, and a mediator will now step in. 

OIG Report: The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services
Based on ongoing interest and inquiries, we further assessed ways for the Postal Service to expand its financial services offerings.

Wall Street Journal: USPS Could Boost Revenue by Expanding Banking Services, Report Says
The agency could easily expand those offerings without needing new legal approvals, the report suggests. For example, it could add the option to wire money electronically between post offices, as well as ATMs for customers.

Des Moines Register: Postal Workers Protest Poor Service, Staff Cuts
The workers were picketing for their rights, the rights of their customers and to raise awareness of changes the United States Postal Service is undergoing – including staff cuts and newly relaxed service standards – and to inform the public that USPS does not receive taxpayer dollars, said Lonnie Matticks, former USPS employee and member of the union.

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Post & Parcel: US Newspaper Publishers Urge Congress to Fix Rural Mail Service Decline
The Association’s chief executive Tonda Rush told the Senate’s Government Affairs committee yesterday that the ongoing consolidation of the US Postal Service mail network is now accelerating the problems, leading to “enormous complaints” from rural publishers.

Superior Telegram: Towing the Party Line
The American Postal Workers’ Union Auxiliary advocates: "We believe delivery standards need to be returned to those in place in July 2012. The denigration of these standards impairs our communications within our communities while hampering businesses ability to conduct timely daily activities."

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The Union Edge: APWU Rallies for Postal Customers [Audio]
APWU Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher joins us to talk about why Postal Workers are rallying, and about new reports that reveal long delays in mail delivery, reduction in service standards and the pain felt by consumers, seniors, and businesses.

The Business Journal: Postal Union Chief, Ryan Press Case for Mail Center
Since announcing the postponement of the closure, the Youngstown processing facility has proven just how vital a cog it is in the wheel of the national mail processing network,” Varner says.