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Confusion Over Plan for Petaluma Mail Facility
A controversial plan to shutter the U.S. Postal Service’s North Bay mail processing facility in Petaluma is on hold, but local postal workers and the area’s congressional representative continue to express strong opposition to the plan.

Local Postal Workers Get Reprieve – St. Clair Street Facility Will Keep Sorting Mail for a Time
Arnie Cowell, president of American Postal Workers' Union Local 170, said the postal service has told employees, including 20 workers who were to be transferred to a Detroit area mail sorting facility, that they will continue working in the sorting facility on St. Clair Street.

Postal Service Confirms Some Mail Sorting Will Remain in Duluth
Union officials told the News Tribune on Thursday that employees had been informed of a change in plans for the Duluth mail processing center, which had been slated to close on April 18 with operations transferred to the Twin Cities.

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How Long Does the Mail Take? Let the Postal Service Count the Days
The Postal Service is proposing to change the way it measures the on-time service performance of First Class Mail.  Instead of contracting a third-party to evaluate how long it takes for the mail to be delivered, the Postal Service wants to count the days itself.

NLRB Hits Postal Service Over Response to Cyber Breach
The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint calling on the U.S. Postal Service to negotiate with employee groups over how quickly to tell personnel about cyber attacks that affect their personal data.

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Save the Post Office: Alas, Poor Post Office: Newsweek Broods on the Demise of the Postal Service
The existential threat to the Postal Service comes from those who don’t want it to exist — conservatives who don’t want anyone to see a successful government-run entity, anti-union politicians and business interests who think paying workers a decent salary is “inefficient,” and corporations in the mailing industry who want to skim the cream off the postal business.

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Gallup: Four in 10 Americans Look Forward to Checking Their Mail
In a world of email, texts and social media, 41% of Americans nevertheless look forward to checking what is in their mailbox each day.

Martinez: Council Steps in to Address Local Mail Problems
Local leaders want to talk with Postal Service officials face to face about delivery concerns, long post office lines and other mail-related issues that have generated dozens of formal complaints and hundreds of bitter social media posts.

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Boston Globe: Postal Workers’ Ad Assails Faust for Ties to Staples
How do you get the attention of the president of Harvard University? A full-page attack ad in a student newspaper will probably do it. The American Postal Workers Union is taking out an advertisement in the Harvard Crimson later this week telling readers that president Drew Faust is “smearing Harvard’s good name” by sitting on the board of directors at Staples Inc. 

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Southeast Missourian: Mail-Processing Change Could Create Delays, Postal Employees Say
Customers in Southeast Missouri already have noticed slowdowns in mail delivery, APWU Local President Greg Davidson said, and with processing scheduled to go  away, he said, additional delays are likely.

Go Erie’s Mail Sorting Plant Set to Close April 18
A letter or bill you mail across town in Erie will soon take a longer trip to reach its destination.

Action News Now: Redding Mail Processing Center Still in Limbo
"The uncertainty is crazy, and it's also the uncertainty of the public's mail," said Larry DeNayer, treasurer for the APWU local in Redding, CA.

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North Coast News: Congressman Speaks Out Against Postal Service
Congressman Jared Huffman spoke out against the United States Postal Service and the plans to shut down Eureka’s processing center.

Washington Post: GOP Budget Plan Has a Surprise Among List of Cuts for Federal Employees
Among the policy retreads, there was a surprise in the House package. Republicans want to make the most popular employee investment fund in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) worthless.