Ukiah post office mural to be returned, but not to post office

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A large mural that hung in the lobby of the former Ukiah Post Office on North Oak Street has been restored and will hopefully be returning to Ukiah soon, according to the United States Postal Service. The mural, painted in 1936, was taken off its wall after the post office closed in January of 2012 and brought to Chicago, where it underwent a … Read More

Who’s behind the government shutdown? Some of the same people trying to privatize the Postal Service

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There’s an article on the front page of today’s New York Times about how the federal budget impasse didn’t just happen overnight.  “A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning” describes how a coalition of conservative activists made plans months ago to use a government shutdown as a tool to fight for the repeal of Obamacare. The article describes “a … Read More

Rolling Meadows Residents Want Their Post Office Back

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  The post office in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, closed on May 26 because the Postal Service could not come to an agreement of lease terms with the owner.  Now the Postal Service is conducting a discontinuance procedure to close the post office permanently, and residents aren't happy.  More than 100 people from Rolling Meadows, including the mayor and aldermen, crowded into … Read More

Postal Service to suspend delivery on bumpy Jacksonville road

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Here's a new one.  The Postal Service says it won't deliver the mail to Macapa Road in Jacksonville, Florida, because the road is so bumpy it can cause whiplash.  The Postal Service notice added if the condition of the road continues, it may install community boxes near the entrance.  In the meantime, residents will have to drive down that bumpy road … Read More

USPS properties for lease: Business as usual or a new approach to excess space?

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The Postal Service and its real estate broker CBRE have created a new website advertising postal properties for lease.  It’s the companion site to the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website, which went up in November 2011.  The domain name for the new site was registered in April 2013, but the site may have gone online just in the past few weeks. … Read More

Ralph Nader writes Senator Feinstein on potential conflict of interest in CBRE’s sale of post offices

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After reading Peter Byrne's article in the East Bay Express about the potential conflicts of interest in the sale of postal facilities by her husband Richard Blum, Ralph Nader has written to Senator Dianne Feinstein to express his concerns.   Mr. Nader suggests that "to remove all doubt of impropriety, you should: introduce and champion a bill to immediately suspend all … Read More

Day of Action in the Bronx to Save the Post Office

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On Saturday, September 21, there was a "Day of Action to Save the Post Office" in the Bronx, New York.  The event began with an "Emergency Meeting to Save the Post Office" at the Lincoln Hospital Auditorium, 234 East 149th Street.   Among the speakers were Jacquelyn McCormick of the National Post Office Collaborate; Congressman Jose E. Serrano; Jonathan Smith, … Read More

Salon: GOP’s newest target: The postal service

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Salon has a good piece on the Republican attack on the Postal Service by Josh Eedelson:   "As Monday night turned to Tuesday, the United States Postal Service defaulted on a legally required $5.6 billion payment toward health benefits for retired employees. The failure to make that payment is sure to be cited by those calling for more sacrifice from … Read More

POStPlan implementation 60 percent done: Hours reduced at over 8,000 post offices

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The Postal Service is well along in its implementation of POStPlan, the initiative to cut hours at 13,000 post offices and replace their postmasters with part-time workers.  Since beginning the process a year ago, the Postal Service has reduced hours at about 8,300 post offices.  Another couple of hundred will be reduced over the coming weeks. In the request for … Read More

Peter Byrne Speaks to Berkeley Post Office Defenders on BlumStein: The Duo Looting the Post Office and UC

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  On Saturday, September 28th, 2013, investigative reporter Peter Byrne addressed a rally to save the Berkeley Post Office and fight back against the privatization of our commons.  Byrne recently published the e-book (soon to available in print!) Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap.”. Excerpts from the book were published in a recent East … Read More