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Postal News Roundup - Jan. 9, 2017

NASDAQ: U.S. Postal Service Ends Retail Deal with Staples
“U.S. Postal Service, Staples, Inc., SPLS… The U.S. Postal Service is being forced to end its deal with Staples, Inc. that offers certain services to customers. This deal was put in to place following complaints from the American Postal Workers Union over attempts to open mini post offices inside of SPLS locations…”

AFL-CIO Blog: After Years of Protest and Boycott by APWU and Allies, the Deal Between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to Sell Postal Services Ends
“The U.S. Postal Service announced in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) that the deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples has ended… This is a big win for the public, as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and the union’s allies who waged a national campaign, Stop Staples, against the office-supply chain and a battle against the USPS over the Postal Service’s partnership with the national office supply retailer…”

Postal News: GOP bill would eliminate union representation and other protections for new postal workers
“A bill introduced by GOP congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana would eliminate civil service protections, including the right to union representation for all new federal employees, including new postal workers…” 

Postal News Roundup - Jan. 6, 2017

Washington Post: U.S. Postal Service to halt retail sales at Staples stores after union complaints
“When the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Staples birthed a retail partnership in 2013, USPS said ‘it’s time to celebrate.’ But now, that program has been sentenced to death and it is postal labor leaders who are rejoicing. They cheer the demise of a program that had been the target of a vigorous campaign by postal unions that don’t want the post office privatized. USPS will discontinue retail services at Staples stores by the first week in March, according to the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), which led the fight…”

Bloomberg: U.S. Postal Service Drops Service at Staples Amid Union Pressure
“Following union-backed boycotts and an adverse labor board ruling, the United States Postal Service has agreed to curb a controversial arrangement allowing private employees to provide its services at Staples Inc. stores... The cancellation is a coup for the Postal Service’s largest union, which mounted a three-year, multipronged campaign against the arrangement, fighting Staples’ failed attempt to merge with Office Depot Inc., and leafleting outside stores urging customers to boycott the company, according to Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union...” 

Biz Journal: After union pressure, Staples loses deal with U.S. Postal Service
“The union had waged a three-year effort against the retailer and the Postal Service for its deal with Staples. The union said the deal with Staples had essentially privatized postal retail operations and shifted postal services from neighborhood post offices to Staples locations. The union said the effort undermined the public’s right to ‘good quality and secure postal services and represented a shift of good living wage positions to low-wage jobs, thereby hurting the well-being of the communities where the union’s members lived…’”

Mercury News: Postal Service terminates Staples program amid protests by union
San Jose, CA - “The U.S. Postal Service has terminated an agreement that allowed Staples employees to operate post office desks inside the retailer’s stores, union and postal officials said Thursday. ‘The program is over,’ Augustine Ruiz, a Bay Area spokesman for the USPS, confirmed Thursday. Ruiz didn’t know how many Staples stores in the Bay Area provide postal services…”

Postal News Roundup - Dec. 30, 2016

Federal Times: Postal Service seeks supplier for benchmarking vehicle fleet maintenance
“A recent request for proposal by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General seeks a supplier well-versed in large fleet operations and maintenance. A firm fixed-price contract will be awarded for a study benchmarking best practices to support technologies and performance measures benefiting the Postal Service’s 214,933 delivery, transport and administrative vehicles...”

FedWeek: High Turnover Called a Drawback to Using Temp Workers
“The Postal Service has increasingly turned to non-career employees–who cost the agency less because they do not receive full employee benefits and privileges–but the exceptionally high turnover of such employees partially offsets the hoped-for savings, according to an IG report. The USPS currently has about 130,000 non-career employees to supplement its regular workforce in mail handling, processing and delivery but there is an annual turnover rate of 42.7 percent, well above even the relatively high 34.8 percent turnover that USPS had budgeted for, the report said...”

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Market Watch: Post office banking: an old idea getting new life
"[Low-wage workers] rely instead on costly “off-the-grid” services such as payday loans and check cashing. And plenty of others are tired of banks and would like an alternative. What if the local post office could fill this gap? Customers could complete everyday banking tasks while sending packages and buying stamps."

Huffington Post: “Underbanked” Report Shows Need For Postal Banking
"We the People should be able to use our post offices for basic banking functions like simple savings accounts, cashing and depositing checks, ATM cards and getting small loans. There is no reason not to do this."

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West Plains Daily Quill: McCaskill-Heitkamp Report Finds Rural postal service remains essential
A top watchdog study completed at the request of U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, found that the Postal Service remains essential to rural communities, regardless of whether those communities have access to rural broadband services.

Huffington Post: Three Years On From Its Sale, The Privatisation Of Royal Mail Is A Story Of Our Times
The Post Office was split from the profitable Royal Mail business in order to pave the way for privatisation - and all too predictably it is now at crisis point.

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