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The Hill: Postal Workers Rallying for Longer Service Hours
“U.S. Postal Service executives and the agency’s board of governors are using a manufactured financial crisis to justify their strategy of reducing service, delaying mail delivery, and dismantling a great national treasure,” said Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union.

WOWT.com: Postal Workers, Supporters in Omaha to Protest Thursday
Members of the American Postal Workers Union will rally at the Congressman Brad Ashford's office at 7126 Pacific Street in Omaha on May 14 at 4:00 p.m.. The event is part of a National Day of Action by APWU members and supporters across the country to demand improved postal services and to protect good, living-wage jobs.

MassLive.com: Stand with Postal Workers in National Day of Action: Guest Viewpoint
A cabal of corporate predators, congressional anti-government ideologues and pusillanimous postal officials are dismantling this invaluable public service, piece by piece—an agency that literally has delivered for America from the very start of our country.

Direct Marketing News: Postal Workers to March for Expanded Hours, Services
Members of the American Postal Workers Union will hold rallies in more than 85 cities this Thursday in a “National Day of Action” to call for expanded hours and the offering of new services such as banking to preserve jobs.

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South Florida Business Journal: Broward Could Buy Site from USPS for $18M
The Broward County Commission will consider purchasing a 27-acre site in Pembroke Pines from the U.S. Postal Service.

WHAV.net: Stop Postal Executives From Destroying Our Postal Service
Fed up with the deliberate degradation of their vital public service, postal workers themselves are putting forth a vision and innovative plan not merely for USPS to survive, but thrive. With more than 70 other national groups, they’ve forged “A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service.”

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The Hill: Postal Revenues Bump Up in 2015
The U.S. Postal Service’s package business spiked by more than 10 percent in the first three months of the year. 

Center for Effective Government: During Public Service Recognition Week, Remember the Unsung Heroes of Hurricane Sandy: Postal Workers!
About a hundred postal workers had made their way through the storm, some walking from outer boroughs to get there. No one demanded that they come. The mayor told everyone to stay off the streets.  No one expected them to appear, but they did. 

Gallup: Americans’ Views of Government Handling of Healthcare Up Sharply
Of 20 different areas included in this year's survey, satisfaction with mail delivery came out on top with 90% of Americans satisfied – which reinforces the U.S. Postal Services' No. 1 ranking among major government agencies in November 2014. 

Washington Post: Senators Press New Postmaster General on Troubled Rural Mail Service
Slow mail delivery and poor service are hitting rural America hard, and the U.S. Postal Service needs to pay attention, a bipartisan group of senators from rural states told Postmaster General Megan Brennan this week.

Save the Post Office: Historic Houston Post Office Headed for Demolition
It’s a historic building, eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, but it looks as though it is headed for demolition. 

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The Intercept: Government Says Company Part-Owned by Feinstein’s Husband Abuses Post Office Contract
CBRE, a giant real estate company partially owned by Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is costing the U.S. Postal Service millions of dollars a year in lease overpayments, and its exclusive contract should be immediately canceled, the service’s inspector general has found.

WYTV News: Closing of Youngstown USPS Processing Center Put on Hold
Although the USPS has temporarily delayed the closure of the processing center in Youngstown, Postal Service officials stress that plans to consolidate the Youngstown operation with Cleveland has not changed.

Federal News Radio: Thank a Government Employee This Week
This is Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) — a week set aside to recognize the work done by government employees at local, state and federal levels. Thank you to the United States Postal Service. People seem to like to criticize the Post Office, but I do not know why. I've never had a letter or package I sent via USPS lost or damaged. They can deliver a letter anywhere in the country for pennies and do it quickly. Last year, they delivered over 155 billion packages and pieces of mail to almost 154 million delivery points. They have competitive prices, great service, and do not refuse to deliver mail to locations just because those locations are not profitable. Thank you postal workers.

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The Hill: Postal Service Urged to End Deal with Real Estate Broker
But in separate statements, both USPS and CBRE shot back that the inspector general’s report missed the mark. Mark Dimondstein, the union’s president, said the report was a reminder that APWU and other interested parties shouldn’t let USPS sell off at times historic real estate, and should join the call for the agency to fire CBRE.

The Spokesman Review: Letter to Editor: Let USPS Make Loans
Congress could make up for the punishing burden placed on the USPS by facilitating what post offices in New Zealand, Brazil, India and China do, and the USPS inspector general estimates would generate $9 billion annually for USPS: making small, low-interest loans to local residents.

Federal Times: House Passes Budget Without Federal Benefit Cuts
House and Senate Republicans have been working to reconcile budget proposals that included significant benefit cuts, but the unified version passed by the House and to be voted on in the Senate dropped a plan to increase federal employee pension contributions to six percent or more of salaries.

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Philly.com: Inspector: Conflicts of Interest Taint CBRE’s-Post Office Sales
Since CBRE represented both sides in deals, "this arrangement allowed CBRE to negotiate with no parties present, representing both the lessor and the Postal Service and being paid by both," according to the report. 

Cronkite News: Mail Closure in Tucson Could Save Postal Service, But Cost Region Millions
Although Cherrybell would still offer postal services – like accepting packages and delivering mail – it would stop processing mail, much of it originating in southern Arizona. The pieces would have to travel 112 miles to Phoenix, or farther, for processing.

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