Postal News Roundup

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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Teachers and Postal Workers to Protest STAPLES in Boston - The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign, organized by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), will come to the Boston area – home of the troubled retailer – with two events on Wednesday, August 20, the same day the company will release its second quarter results.

Postal Workers to Picket New Delivery Standards - An informational picket is planned outside Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office this week as a way to let the public know about coming proposed USPS changes that will end the overnight delivery standard.

More Workers Report Delays in Mail OperationsMore employees of the Richard G. Wilson Processing and Distribution Facility in Cape Girardeau have come forward and said they have noticed a delay in local mail operations and delivery.

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Half of Senate Calls for End to Proposed Postal Cuts - Half of the Senate on Thursday called for a one-year hold on the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to close mail-processing plants, saying the move should come as part of any legislation to avoid another government shutdown. Fifty senators signed a bipartisan letter to top members of the House and Senate appropriations committees opposing USPS plans for closing up to 82 plants and eliminating up to 15,000 jobs starting next year.

Senators Seek to Block USPS Facility Closures - Exactly half of the Senate is calling on Congress to block the U.S. Postal Service from shuttering dozens of processing centers, saying such a move would hurt consumers that rely on the mail. In a letter to appropriators, a bipartisan group of 50 senators said that any deal struck to fund the government this September should place a one-year moratorium on the service’s plans for consolidating its processing network.

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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.