Postal News Roundup

Major Civil Rights Coalition Opposes Postal Consolidation, Hits Official’s Appointment - The Washington Post
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights opposed USPS plans to consolidate postal operations, saying the reorganization could have “a significant, detrimental impact on workers in both urban and rural communities and in communities of color.” In a related issue, the Leadership Conference also urged the Senate to delay confirmation of Mickey D. Barnett’s reappointment to the Postal Service’s Board of Governors.

Does This Postal Chairman’s Lobbying History Pose a Conflict of Interest? - The Washington Post
The U.S. Postal Service has the potential to earn billions of dollars a year by entering the payday-loan business, but former banking lobbyist Mickey Barnett could block its path. Barnett now chairs the USPS Board of Governors. Previously, he represented the interests of payday lenders, who stand to lose out if the Postal Service grabs a share of their market.

Tester to Postal Service: Stop Digging a Deeper Hole The Hill
Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said the U.S. Postal Service should stop closing facilities to cut costs. “They think they can cut their way to fiscal solvency and quite frankly they’re wrong,” Tester said on the Senate floor Thursday. 

Buyer Opts Out of Purchase of Historic Berkeley Post Office - Save the Post Office
The US Attorneys' office has notified the City of Berkeley that the prospective buyer of the Berkeley main post office has exercised an option to cancel the sale, which was set to close on December 22.

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Sen. Brown Asks for Delay in Closing Dayton Postal Service Facility - Dayton Business Journal

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined 29 colleagues in a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging the U.S. Postal Service to delay consolidation of up to 82 mail processing facilities nationally, including one in Dayton.

US Department of Labor Files Lawsuit on Employee’s Behalf for Wrongful Termination - Norwalk Reflector

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service on behalf of the employee at the Sharonville facility. 

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Postal Service Has No Annual Financial Statement Due to Hack - Nextgov

The U.S. Postal Service is not filing its required yearly financial report because management does not know if business data was altered during a recent data breach, USPS officials said.

McCaskill, Blunt Call for Delay in USPS Consolidation -

Missouri Senators are calling for a delay in the planned consolidation of up to 82 U.S. Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facilities, including one in Springfield, Mo. U.S. SenatorsClaire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, along with other colleagues, sent a letter to the USPS Inspector General after it was announced the Postal Service failed to fulfill its obligations to adequately study the impact of the consolidations and failed to inform the public of those impacts. 

Postal Union Fights to Keep Local Processing Center Open The Windsor Times

On Friday, Nov. 14, members of the American Postal Workers Union joined together to protest the changes in outgoing mail and the possibility of the Petaluma facility closing altogether.


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U.S. Mail About to Get Slower - Telegraph-Forum

Same-city mail — originating in and terminating in Mansfield, for instance, or Bucyrus — still arrives overnight. That’s now about to end, as phase two of what the USPS calls its nationwide network rationalization takes effect in January.

Dear Santa, Didn’t You Get My Letter? Mid-Hudson Area Local and Post Truth Media

Will Santa get Cindy's letter in time for Christmas? Only with YOUR help! Contact your Congressperson, Senators, and the Postmaster General, and tell them to stop the closure of Mail Processing Facilities nationwide, including the Mid-Hudson Plant in Newburgh, NY. It's time to Stop Delaying America's Mail!

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USPS Played Cat and Mouse with Cyber Attacker - In an effort to prevent the intruders from knowing they had been discovered, the postal service's Office of the Inspector General advised the USPS's corporate information security officer Charles McGann not to initiate any mitigation measures. 

Postal Service Starts Fiscal Year with a Bang - Whatever the reason, the U.S. Postal Service revealed today it had a bang-up October, with domestic mail volume up nearly 7% over the same month last year, rather than the 2% decrease USPS was expecting. 

National Trust Joins Law Suit to Save Berkeley Post Office - Despite repeated requests from elected officials, preservation groups, and local citizens, the Postal Service has not come forth with a clear and consistent process for protecting these important community assets,” said the chief legal officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

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It’s the People’s Mail That Will be Slowed, Workers Say - The clock is ticking on phase two of the postmaster general’s draconian cuts plan.

Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate – H.R. 4670 - The Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014 - Changing some postal home delivery customers to cluster box delivery would save money but potentially at the cost of losing some of those customers and reducing mail volume, a Congressional Budget Office analysis has said.

Hackers Possibly Copied Postal Employee Pay Records - Compensation files for U.S. Postal Service workers might also have been breached during a recent hack that exposed the Social Security numbers and other personal data on about 800,000 USPS employees, a postal inspector said Wednesday.

Postal Service Headed in the Wrong Direction - At a time when businesses are doing all they can to improve customer service to keep their customers happy and help the business grow, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is doing just the opposite. For all intents and purposes, the USPS has given up its franchise.

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Postal Workers Push Back Against Privatization and Post Office Closure - Union workers at the U.S. Postal Service staged one of their largest national demonstrations to date November 14, protesting fresh job cuts and continuing efforts to privatize some post office operations.

If Congress Doesn’t Act in the Next Month, It Could Be the End of the Postal Service As We Know It - If Congress does not pass legislation that would save the Postal Service from financial collapse before the end of its current session, the future of the country’s mail service will be in the hands of a senator who opposes government unions and thinks the Postal Service should be privatized.

Amid Nationwide Employee Protests, Postal Service Announces $5 Billion Loss in 2014 - Labor groups on Friday reiterated their stance that legislation to remove the onerous prefunding requirements, and to cancel scheduled consolidations, would bring the Postal Service back to profitability.