Want to live in art deco St. Paul post office?

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The apartment development in the 1930s art deco St. Paul post office now has a leasing office and is accepting applications and reservations for units.  It's called the Residences at Custom House, and you can see it at www.chstpaul.com.  Read more.  

Using the Census to analyze USPS on-time performance

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The mail has been slowing down all across the country, but are rural areas suffering worse on-time delivery than urban areas? That’s the question behind a recent GAO report about the Postal Service entitled “Actions Needed to Make Delivery Performance Information More Complete, Useful, and Transparent.” The GAO report was done at the request of several senators representing rural areas who have … Read More

Canceled contract leaves Knik post office customers in limbo

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The Postal Service has canceled the post office contract in Knik, Alaska, and there’s no immediate plans to reopen the facility that serves the booming Knik-Fairview community. Displaced customers of the Knik post office that closed suddenly three weeks ago still don’t know when or even if it will reopen. They have to drive to the Wasilla post office — miles out of the way for … Read More

Communities and Postal Workers United Fall 2015 newsletter

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The Fall 2015 newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) is out.  It features articles about the 2016 race for President, efforts in Arizona to save the the Tucson P&DC/Cherrybell mail processing plant, and a meeting between the Postmaster General and postal protestors in Oregon.  Read more.

Damaged downtown Napa post office listed for sale

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The Postal Service has officially listed Napa’s earthquake-damaged downtown post office building for sale on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website.  An asking price was not provided, so it will be up to bidders to make their best offers for the historic property. The post office, which was built in 1933 in the Art Deco style, was badly damaged in … Read More

How prefunding retiree health benefits impacts the Postal Service’s bottom line — and how Brookings got it wrong

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A couple of weeks ago, the Washington Post ran a column by Lisa Rein entitled “Should the Postal Service be sold to save it?” The article was about a recent paper by Elaine Kamarck published on the Brookings Institute’s website.  Kamarck is the Founding Director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings, as well as being a Senior … Read More

The Postal Pulse results are out (sort of)

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The results of the Postal Pulse survey are out, but only USPS employees can see them.  The Postal Service has produced a new video about the survey results as well, but only postal employees can view it.  For the rest of us, here’s a little background. Postal Pulse is the new employee engagement survey being used by the Postal Service, … Read More

What happened in Petworth? A DC Suspension Story

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[Note: Please see the correction/update at the end of this story.] The post office in Petworth, a community in Washington, DC, closed at the end of July.  The closing didn’t get much attention, but the story of what happened in Petworth is a useful case study of how the Postal Service has been conducting suspensions, closures, and relocations. The Postal … Read More

Post office mural missing for decades rediscovered

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A mural of pre-World War II Richmond, Calif., considered missing for nearly four decades, will once again be put on display.  The painting, an oil on canvas that shows union workers and their supervisors against a backdrop of the Standard Oil Refinery, was commissioned by federal Works Progress Administration in 1940 as a way to employ artists during the Great … Read More