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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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Washington Post: As USPS Slows Down Mail Delivery, Some Letters Are Taking Even Longer to Arrive than the New Rules Allow
Preliminary internal data shows that the Postal Service did not meet even its lower targets for first-class mail during the first seven weeks of 2015, with letters that are supposed to take three days (and four or five days if they’re headed to Alaska or Hawaii) arriving on time just 54 percent to 63 percent of the time.

Contra Costa Times: Berkeley Post Office Worthy of Passion, Protest
The Berkeley post office stands for something that would be missed if it were gone, Carol Wolfley, told the Contra Costa Times.

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Wisconsin State Journal: Key Votes from Wisconsin Congressional Delegation This Week
A yes vote endorsed steps to improve the postal service in its present structure. 

WMBF News: USPS Finalizing Relocation of Florence Processing Center
However, union workers are still trying to use politics to get USPS to reinstate the Florence facility.

Erie TV News: Expect Delays in Erie’s Mail Service
But Pittsburgh offices contacted Erie last week, saying they aren't prepared to handle the extra volume of mail. 

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The Roanoke Times: USPS Roanoke Operations Expected to Begin Move to N.C. on Saturday
Carlton Cooper, president of the local chapter of the American Postal Workers Union, believes that this move will slow down mail in the Roanoke Valley by up to 10 to 12 days for first-class mail.

RTT News: Staples CEO Ronald Sargent’s 2014 Total Compensation Up 15%  to $12.39 Mln
Sargent received a total compensation of $12.39 million, including base salary, stock grants and incentives in 2014, compared to the $10.77 million he received in 2013, and $6.47 million he got in 2012.

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