Postal News Roundup

Workers Independent News: Postal Banking 
Thirty-eight percent of zip codes have no bank, but they have a post office, Eastern Region Coordinator Mike Gallagher tells a radio audience. Postal banking would generate revenue for the Postal Service and serve the millions of families for whom traditional banking is out of reach.

Union Edge: Postal Banking Would Help Low-Wage Workers While Preserving Postal Services and Jobs
The American Postal Workers Union is on a crusade to both preserve postal services and to save good middle class jobs in the process.

TWC News Buffalo: Schumer Urges New Postmaster General to Keep William Street Processing Center Open  
Senator Charles Schumer is urging the new postmaster general to keep the William Street processing and distribution center in Buffalo open until at least the end of 2015.

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The Register-Herald: McKinley Introduces Resolution to Return USPS to Prior Service Standards
District 1 Congressman David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the postal slowdown and a return to prior service standards.

Green Valley News and Sun: Postal Service Goes Wrong Way 
The U.S. Postal Service is obviously on the wrong track in pursuing profitability with slower service, according to a recent editorial. 

FedWeek: USPS Should Get Into Banking Business, Union Says
The Postal Service could put its infrastructure to better use and better serve the public by getting into the banking business, especially in areas lacking full financial services close by, according to the American Postal Workers Union.

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Upper Michigans Source: Sen. Stabenow Introduces Measures to Stop Postal Service Closures
Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced an amendment that would stop the Postal Service from continuing the closure of facilities for two years and re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail.

Missoulian: Post Office Alters Delivery Standards, Could Delay First-Class Mail
"What it boils down to is management at the highest level decided the sorting standard is less important,” said Suzanna La Grange, president of the local APWU.

KOAM TV: McCaskill: Postal Service ‘Essential to Rural America’
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill used a Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee meeting to discuss the urgent need for reforms to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to help protect delivery service for Missourians in rural communities.  Watch the video here

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Salon: “We Know Exactly Who Today’s Dream Killers Are”: Why Postal Banking Is So Needed — And on the Rise
Postal banking — allowing the post office to serve over 67 million Americans with little or no access to financial services, providing low-cost alternatives that would both promote financial inclusion and shore up the finances of the nation’s second-largest employer — has enjoyed a bit of institutional support, from Senator Elizabeth Warren to the Postal Service’s own Inspector General. But it hasn’t had the benefit of an activist movement pushing for it, until now.

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The Boston Herald: Sanders Proposes Moratorium on Postal Service Cuts
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has proposed legislation to impose a two-year ban on the U.S. Postal Service's plan to cut up to 15,000 jobs, close more mail-sorting plants and stop overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. 

Kokomo Tribune: Coalition Looking to Spread Awareness of Postal Service Consolidations
When the United States Postal Service announced in November it was consolidating the Kokomo processing center into Indianapolis, Nancy Fowler sprang into action. A member of the American Postal Workers Union, she spearheaded the creation of the Consolidation Coalition.

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Rep. Clyburn on the Ed Show: Subterfuge on Social Security Disability Insurance is Like Tactics Used on the Post Office
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) appeared on the Ed Show on Jan. 13, where he said opponents of Social Security are using  tactics similar to those used to used to undermine the Postal Service.

Portland Press Herald: Postal Service Change Leaves Some Portland Boxes Empty
About a dozen post offices in southern Maine received a late delivery of mail Wednesday because of operational changes at the Scarborough distribution center.