Rally in Houston to protest relocation of historic post office

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Several dozen protesters rallied on Thursday afternoon to express their objections to the Postal Service's plans to close the Southmore Station in Houston, the historic site of the city's first civil rights sit-in demonstration in 1960.  Activist Robert Muhammad told protesters, “It’s no reason why you couldn’t have 2,000 people at Texas Southern University  for a meeting about what shall happen to this building." Unfortunately, they may not have … Read More

Postal Workers Deliver Protest Letters to Staples in NYC

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Postal workers with the NY Metro Area Postal Union sent delegations to three Staples stores on January 8 and 9 to deliver letters protesting the establishment of postal retail units staffed by low-wage, non-union, non-postal workers.  The national action is set for January 18, but New York union members weren't waiting.   Chuck Zlatkin, legislative and political director for the union, said the union … Read More

Historic Topeka KS post office headed for sale

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The Postal Service announced a proposal to vacate the historic Topeka, Kansas, post office  and move operations to a yet-to-be determined site.  A 30-minute community meeting designed to gain input from the community has been scheduled for 4 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the main post office auditorium.  That is all the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with postal officials … Read More

Sonora CA post office studied for closure

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The Postal Service is doing a discontinuance study on the downtown post office in Sonora, California.  It's just a small retail outlet (1,400 square feet) in a leased space where the rent is about $2,000 a month.  It's been there since 1982, but the lease expired at the end of 2013, and it looks like the Postal Service wants to … Read More

Staplizing the Post Office: A dozen reasons to just say no

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Back in November, the Postal Service quietly announced that it was setting up postal counters in a couple of Staples stores in San Jose and South San Francisco.  The website Going Postal broke the Staples story a few days later with its report about a pilot program that included 82 Staples stores in areas around San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and west of Boston. … Read More

Historic Norwich CT post office heads toward closure and sale

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The Postal Service is moving ahead with plans to close the historic post office in Norwich, Connecticut, sell the building, and move retail services to a yet-to-be-determined new location.  Joseph Mulvey, Postal Service real estate specialist, announced the decision on December 19.  Elected officials say they will appeal, but such appeals have not been successful in other communities.  A final … Read More

Historic downtown Fort Worth post office to be sold

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Star Telegram: The U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with plans to sell the historic downtown post office and relocate its services, according to a letter sent to Mayor Betsy Price.  Sandra Rybicki, a real estate specialist for the U.S. Postal Service, briefed the council and citizens on the process for a relocation of retail services on Dec. 3, and residents were given … Read More

Regarding the sale and preservation of historic post offices and their art: An open letter to the Inspector General

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  Last summer, the USPS Office of Inspector General announced that it was doing an audit investigation on the preservation and disposal of historic post offices.  The audit was due out in October, but the release has been postponed until later this year.  The audit announcement itself has been removed from the OIG’s website, but there’s an archived version with … Read More