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Stop Postal Service cuts, Vermont senators say - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) organized an effort joined by 49 other U.S. senators who called today for a one-year moratorium on plans by the U.S. Postal Service to close mail processing plants and slow first-class mail delivery.

Postal Service pension requirement threatens to break the bank - The real threat to USPS comes from within, thanks to a 2006 law passed by Congress that includes a curiosity: It requires the Postal Service to pay about $5 billion into a retiree health care fund, which is a financial back-breaker.

Jim Hightower: 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.

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More on the Postal Service as financial service provider - A majority of consumers support the argument that providing financial services at USPS branches would expand access to safe financial products for low- and middle-income Americans while providing a new sources of revenue for the Postal Service.

Senators worried about reduced post office hours - New Mexico’s U.S. senators are expressing concern about the Postal Service’s plans to reduce hours at thousands of postal facilities across the United States, including nearly 150 in New Mexico.

Congress needs to preserve and strengthen USPS while fixing pre-funding - Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric V. Rolando, on today’s U.S. Postal Service report for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2014

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Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office? - Huffington Post
The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity.

If the Post Office Wants Business, Try Postal Banking - Labor Notes
Postal unions are arming for battle as Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe resumes his attack on mail processing plants. He’s put another 82 plants on the chopping block for 2015, claiming this will save $750 million a year. But you know what could bring in 12 times that much money? Postal banking.

This Week in the War on Workers

Is Staples really getting out of the postal privatization game? - Daily Kos
This week, Staples and the postal service announced that the plan to locate mini post offices in Staples stores—a plan that had drawn protest as replacing middle-class public jobs with low-wage privatized jobs—was off. This sounds like good news, but it's not good enough, the president of the American Postal Workers Union says.

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Staples Announcement: APWU Not Satisfied - Wall Street Journal
The announcement from Staples appeared to mark a retreat from a plan to expand the program into the chain's 1,500 outlets if the pilot was successful. But the postal workers union said it wasn't satisfied and called the announcement a ruse.

Staples Boycott Making Progress Wall Street Journal
The labor movement hasn’t had the best 2014 so far, with a bruising defeat for the UAW in its attempts to organize auto workers in the South, and an ominous Supreme Court ruling for public sector unions. But today, the American Postal Workers Union and its allies seem to be making progress in an important battle.

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