PRC rejects Discover NSA and the Postal Service’s “subjective intuition”

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For the first time since they were created in 2002, a Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) has been rejected by the Postal Regulatory Commission.  Yesterday the PRC turned down the Postal Service’s request to add a NSA with Discover Financial Services to its market-dominant list. This is quite an unusual event.  Since the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, the PRC … Read More

Kearny post office studied for discontinuance

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The Postal Service is closing the post office on Kearny  Avenue in Kearny, New Jersey.  The discontinuance procedure has been initiated, which means there will be a public comment period, a public meeting, and the opportunity to appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission.  The mayor has promised to protest the decision.  Read more.

Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and the wrong BOG

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BY MARK JAMISON In 2001 Postmaster General Bill Henderson submitted the first blueprints for a transformation of the Postal Service into a sleeker, more efficient business entity.  To justify the transformation, the rhetoric has repeated one mantra: the problem with the Postal Service is its outmoded and defective business model.   A great deal of our speech with public policy … Read More

Congresswoman Barbara Lee proposes moratorium on sale of historic post offices

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee 
of California (13th District) has introduced legislation to halt the sale and consolidation of historic Postal Service facilities. The Moratorium on US Historic Postal Buildings Act would prevent the Postal Service from selling any facility until all buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places are removed from the auction block.  The text of … Read More

Who owns the Postal Service?

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BY MARK JAMISON Who owns the post office?  Who is the post office designed to serve?  What is the system’s ultimate function? These questions are fundamental to the future and the fate of the post office, the postal network, and postal services in this country. How we answer them will have a significant impact on businesses, workers, and communities. We … Read More

Ralph Nader: An Expanding U.S. Postal Service Is Very Possible

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Ralph Nader has a piece on Huffington Post: "The ongoing, preventable plight of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an important issue for those of us who have observed its steady decline over the last several years due to unimaginative management, huge prepayment obligations imposed by Congress, and a deck stacked to favor corporate rivals such as FedEx and UPS. … Read More

Can One Union Save the Slumping U.S. Postal Service?

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There's a great article on Alternet by David Morris, who's written several other excellent pieces about the Postal Service.  Morris focuses on the efforts of the APWU to form a Grand Alliance to preserve the postal system as a public entity, but it also covers a lot of other ground, like the history of postal labor issues and the myth … Read More

“We Deliver for Amazon”: The Postal Service’s New Priority

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A former postal worker in Greensboro, North Carolina, named Paul Barbot has written two excellent articles for Alternet about his experiences dealing with Amazon deliveries as a City Carrier Assistant (CCA).  The first of them — “The Horrific New Marriage Between Your Post Office and Amazon Sunday” — was published in February, when Barbot still worked for the Postal Service. … Read More

Resources on Postal Banking

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Government Reports USPS OIG, The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services (May 21, 2015)  USPS OIG. Providing Non-Bank Financial Services for the Underserved  (Jan. 27, 2014) USPS. “Postal Savings System” Websites Commonomics Campaign for Postal Banking Friends of Postal Banking   Books and Articles Christopher Shaw.  Preserving the People’s Post Office: “Postal Savings” (chapter 13) Mehrsa Baradaran.  It’s Time for … Read More