Viburnum post office closes, nearest PO is 25 miles

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The post office in Viburnum, Missouri, closed over the weekend.  A notice on the post office door offers no details about why.  The office is a contract postal unit, so the Postal Service doesn’t have to say much about what happened, and it doesn’t have to go through a public discontinuance procedure. But according to the editor of the local … Read More

California Legislature passes resolution urging Congress to enact Postal Protection Service Act of 2013

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The California Legislature has passed a resolution urging Congress to enact the Postal Protection Service Act of 2013 (sponsored by Sanders and DeFazio). The federal legislation would repeal the mandate to prefund retiree health care, allow the USPS to provide new services, prohibit cuts to Saturday service and keep historic post offices open.  Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), author of the … Read More

Film producer may buy historic Santa Monica post office

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Looks like owning a historic post office is becoming a Hollywood fad.  First producer Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard) bought the Venice post office and turned it into a production studio and office.  Now producer David Ellison (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, World War Z) is in talks to buy the Santa Monica post office.  Ellison is at work on … Read More

Aripeka FL post office closes, no mail delivery either

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On Friday the 13th, the post office in Aripeka, Florida, closed, just as the Postal Service said it would.  The cause?  A lease dispute with the landlord.  As reported in this previous post, the elderly landlady has been connected to the post office for decades — her grandfather was the postmaster from 1921 to 1945, and after that, his daughter … Read More

More reports of mail delays in Missouri

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More 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. They also are concerned about their future employment with the mail-processing facility.  By early next year, mail destined for Southeast Missouri will be sorted at the St. Louis mail-processing facility … Read More

In the Bronx: A Day of Action to Save the Post Office

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On Saturday, September 21, 2013, there will be a "Day of Action to Save the Post Office" in the Bronx, New York.  Here are the details: At 11:00 AM at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street ,Bronx, NY, an "Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office" is scheduled: Learn what you can do to Save Bronx GPO, stop the cutbacks, and restore the … Read More

Groundhog Day at the Post Office: Time for an exigent rate increase, again?

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BY MARK JAMISON It may be September, but it feels like “Groundhog Day,” the movie in which newsman Bill Murray wakes up to the same day over and over again.  A few weeks ago, rumors started swirling again that the Postal Service was going to request an exigent rate increase.  News reports said that at its meeting on September 5, … Read More

Postal Service drops plan to sell Half Moon Bay PO

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Postal Service officials confirmed on Tuesday they were dropping plans to sell the Half Moon Bay post office and relocate to a smaller branch. The decision reverses cost-saving plans made two years ago to put the large post office building on the market and downsize local mail service to a smaller building. Post office representatives say the idea failed because … Read More

Thousands of post offices in UK face closure after privatization

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Privatising Royal Mail will be the ‘nail in the coffin’ for the Post Office network and lead to thousands of branch closures, local communities fear.  The Government is backing a £3 billion stock market flotation of Royal Mail that could go ahead within the next few weeks.  Although any sell-off should include a ten-year deal to continue to sell stamps and … Read More

Contract post office as Southern Illinois U to close

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The Postal Service will be closing the contract postal unit that was operating on campus at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. According to postal officials, the SIUE post office just wasn’t bringing in enough revenue. Starting in the spring semester, students will have to go to the post offices in Edwardsville or Glen Carbon to do postal business, like receiving … Read More

New report describes conflicts of interest in sales of USPS property by CBRE

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PRESS RELEASE Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap, by Peter Byrne.  Kindle Edition available on Amazon.com (accessible on any Mac or tablet).  An excerpt is here.   The husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement prices — often to his own business partners.  That’s … Read More

West Lynn MA post office to move after 60-plus years in same location

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The Postal Service has been renting the post office building in West Lynn, Massachusetts for over sixty years.  Now the Postal Service wants to cut costs and it says the building is too big.  According to USPS real estate special Joseph Mulvey, the current space has 5,500 square feet, and about one-fifth of that would be enough for a small … Read More

Fighting Goliath: In defense of the post office and the public trust

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BY JACQUELYN MCCORMICK Fighting the Postal Service is always a David versus Goliath challenge, but citizens can’t stand by and watch their post offices being closed without putting up a fight.  The National Post Office Collaborate was created in the spring of 2013 in response to the proposed sale of the historic Berkeley Main Post Office.   The Collaborate quickly realized … Read More

Occupy bike swarm blocks private truck at Portland mail facility

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Occupy Portland’s bike swarm joined “postal protectors” to block a private mail truck leaving the Mt. Hood Distribution Center (US Postal Service) today, demanding that postal management stop subcontracting the trucking of “the people’s mail.” Claiming concerns about safety, cost and corruption, the blockaders left after police ordered them to disperse. No arrests were made.  Read more.