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Why Do You Have to Buy an iPhone 6 to Get a Working Digital Wallet? Think Different - Apple’s new payments system seems promising, but why is it limited only to the elite? The postal service can serve everyone.

Representatives, County Council Support Keeping USPS Mail Facility Open - Eighty-two USPS mail sorting facilities across the US are scheduled to close in in 2015, including Erie's on E. 38th Street. But now, Erie, PA's representatives and local politicians are working with the postal workers union, to delay this process by one year.

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Reid Joins Effort to Stop Postal Closures - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has joined an effort to block the U.S. Postal Service from closing dozens of processing centers, increasing the odds of a congressional debate over postal operations this month.

Postal Union to Staples: U.S. Mail Not for Sale - The Postal Workers’ Union, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Boston Teachers Union have a message for Staples: The U.S. mail is not for sale.

CBRE Arranges Sale of Bronx GPO to One of Its Clients - The New York Daily News is reporting that the Postal Service has sold the Bronx General Post Office to Youngwoo & Associates.

Union Wins Documents in Row Over Staples-Post Office Deal

The Wall Street Journal - A postal workers union has won the latest round in its fight with the United States Postal Service over a program to offer postal products in Staples Inc. stores. Earlier this month, an administrative law judge in Washington, D.C., ruled that the postal service must provide the union with a copy of a confidential agreement with the retailer as well as hundreds of emails between the two groups. The union had filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the agreement violates a subcontracting provision and other terms of the union’s contract with the postal service.

How to Save the Postal Service and Boost the Savings Rate

Bloomberg Businessweek - It’s high time for the U.S. to emulate the century-plus experience of postal banking elsewhere in the developed world. America’s vast number of post offices offers an opportunity to make savings convenient and low-cost to the unbanked and underbanked, a far better alternative than the current ubiquity of payday lenders and other high-fee, high-rate creditors in lower-income markets. Better yet, the U.S. can take advantage of the long experience of other countries to design a state-of-the-art postal banking service.

Protesters Picket Appearance of Deputy Postmaster General in Vancouver

The Oregonian - A group of postal workers and supporters set up a picket line Thursday outside the Vancouver Hilton, where Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman was attending a mailer's expo. They chanted and circulated flyers to call attention to the U.S. Postal Service's plans to consolidate distribution centers in Oregon, potentially costing the jobs of several hundred workers.

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Postal Workers Staples Boycott Comes To Boston - The boycott campaign against Staples organized by the American Postal Workers Union was supported in Boston Wednesday by teachers who delivered a “don’t buy school supplies at Staples” message. Staples is being boycotted for taking postal jobs in a deal with the U.S. Postal Service to provide mail services at Staples stores.

Postal workers protest Staples - Protesters from the local American Postal Workers Union No. 32 gathered Aug. 12 at the corner of McGinnis Ferry Road and Peachtree Parkway in Johns Creek. They were out in opposition to a program started in conjunction with Staples to allow the retailer to handle some U.S. Postal Service functions.

American Postal Workers Union Pickets Closing of Processing Center - An informational picket took place outside of Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office Wednesday as a way to let the public know what's coming once Roanoke's mail processing center closes.

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USPS Moves Ahead on Plant Consolidations, Lawmakers and Unions Speak Out - The Postal Service will move ahead with its consolidation of processing facilities--after the second phase of the project was postponed earlier this year--despite postal unions and some lawmakers coming out against the plan.

A Short History of Postal Banking - As the debate over reinstituting postal banking heats up, we should know we had it. And it worked.

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