Government Executive - A spending bill to keep government agencies open appears poised to clear Congress this week, though the final iteration of the measure remains unclear. The measure avoids more controversial provisions, such as addressing the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to close 82 facilities nationwide in 2015.
Standing up to Post Office Privatizers - “Boss,” spelled backwards, is double-S-O-B, and that’s how most of the employees of the US Postal Service feel about their top boss.
With a Win on the Line in Colorado, Democrats Hope to Mail It In - Here in the Senate battleground of Colorado, the latest front in the voting wars is the mailbox.
Cherrybell Post Office Processing Center to Close in April - As new digital technology takes over, the U.S. Postal Service continues shrinking its operations. It's been happening here in Tucson for some time now with the partial shut-down of the Cherrybell mail processing center in 2011. Now the post office will cease all letter sorting, handing the job off to Phoenix.
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.
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.
Senators Wary of Postal Delays - Colorado’s delegation to the U.S. Senate warned the U.S. Postal Service this week that its consolidation of processing centers could impact elections.
The Hartford Courant - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy Wednesday called on the U.S. Postal Service to hold off on its cost-saving plans to close 82 mail processing plants, including the Wallingford and Stamford centers, for at least a year.
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.
Star Tribune - National lawmakers have joined Minnesota mayors in the fight to keep mail processing centers in four outstate cities from closing.
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.
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.