Postal News Roundup

Unions Push Democrats to Embrace Federal Employees’ Priorities in Party Platform
“The Postal Service is vital to jobs and the economy,” Dimondstein said, “by providing service to individual and business customers and providing a foundation of decent unionized living-wage jobs, won through collective bargaining that lift up our communities.” The committee voted unanimously to include provisions supporting the elimination of prefunding future retirees health benefits and restoring service standards to 2012 levels.

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Payday lending isn’t helping the poor. Here’s what might.
How would a public option work? Postal banking

Post office pushing to have banking option for customers
“You’ll have post offices increase services that could give back to the community,” said Daleo Freeman, Cleveland President of the American Postal Workers Union.

Rep. Adams to Attend Postal Service Hearing Wednesday in Greensboro
U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-12, will participate in a field hearing Wednesday about the future of the postal service in the city and surrounding communities.

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Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Banking Experts Will Discuss Whether the Postal Service's Future is in Banking
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur will join community leaders and banking experts in Cleveland tomorrow to discuss the future of the U.S. Postal Service.

What’s the alternative to payday loans?
A number of outlets that the Post Office used to serve as a bank for communities and argue that the United States should return the agency to that function (and solve its financial problems in the process).

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen asks postmaster general for investigation into late and incorrect deliveries
Van Hollen asked Brennan “to investigate the reason for this level of unacceptable service and take the necessary measures to ensure that my constituents receive the quality of service that they desire.”

Will Federal Audit Help to Figure Out Mail Mess?
The news was welcomed by Carlton Cooper, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 486, which represents about 300 workers in the Roanoke Valley.

Postal Service Releases Financial Report for May 2016, Shipping Services Continue to Surge
And as usual, were it not for the obligated prepayments to the Retiree Healthcare Benefit Fund (RHBF), the Postal Service would be posting a profit — nearly $1.8 billion for the first eight months of the fiscal year.

Government, online retailers prepare as Canada Post work stoppage loom
“Canada Post is demanding major concessions at a time when…they just recorded a $44 million profit for the first quarter of the year, which puts them on track to do far better than their $100 million profit last year,” says Mike Palecek, national president of CUPW.

Should the post office offer banking to survive?
A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service, a coalition of more than 130 civil rights, environmental, faith-based and labor organizations, will hold a "field hearing" 6 p.m. Tuesday at East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 9990 Euclid Ave.

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Goodlatte, Griffith Confirm USPS Audit of Roanoke Mail Center Consolidation 
Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (VA- 06) and Morgan Griffith (VA-09) today announced the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has confirmed it has begun a review of the consolidation of the Roanoke Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) mail processing operations into the Greensboro P&DC.

The PRC’s Public Representative Recommends Changes for Emergency Suspensions
The Postal Regulatory Commission is taking another look at the issues surrounding emergency suspensions of post offices. Sometimes the reason cited for the suspension seems suspect, and sometimes the suspension goes on for way too long.