Postal Banks Are People’s Banks: 6 Things You Need To Know About Postal Banking

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It’s being called “Bernie’s Brilliant Idea,”, and Bernie Sanders’s embrace of postal banking is indeed brilliant, both in timing and substance. But while his insurgent presidential campaign may give a credible boost to USPS financial services, Sanders’s endorsement is far from sufficient. To make postal banking happen requires a broad, mass coalition willing to keep pushing the issue regardless of the … Read More

Canada Post puts community mailbox program on hold

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Canada Post is putting on hold plans to switch customers from door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes as the federal Liberals, who promised to restore the service, are set to take office next week.  The Crown agency issued a short statement on Monday, saying it was “temporarily suspending” the conversion program, and promised to work collaboratively with the federal government to … Read More

Bernie Sanders’s Highly Sensible Plan to Turn Post Offices Into Banks

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In an interview with Fusion’s Felix Salmon the day after last week’s Democratic debate and published Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders discussed the marquee features of democratic socialism he’s been tirelessly calling for during his presidential campaign: higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans, an increased minimum wage, and breaking up the biggest Wall Street banks.  Salmon also raised a possibility that has not been … Read More

How the government subsidizes the rich, while we pay the fees

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The United States has two personal banking systems. One of these systems is carefully regulated. It benefits from substantial government subsidies, and it offers extensive protections to consumers.  The other system serves the poor.  “One of the great ironies in American life is that the less money you have, the more you have to pay to use it,” writes Mehrsa … Read More

Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference

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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders thrilled APWU members attending the union’s All-Craft Conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 14.  Sanders told the audience of approximately 2,000 APWU members, “The beauty of the Postal Service is that it provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or how remote. It supports millions of jobs … Read More

Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference

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Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference Check Out the Video!Bernie Sanders Addresses APWU Conference. Posted by APWU – The American Postal Workers Union on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Did yesterday’s election just kill mass conversion to cluster boxes in Canada?

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Yesterday’s election in Canada may mean the end for Canada Post’s plans to convert five million addresses from door-to-door delivery to cluster boxes. After a decade in power, the Conservatives were routed in a landslide by Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party.  The Liberals had previously vowed to end the conversions and to conduct a thorough review of Canada Post.  … Read More

Como Station PO in Minneapolis is closing

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The Postal Service’s lease on the Como Station post office in Minneapolis is coming to an end, and the office is closing on November 13.  There's been a post office in that building since 1970.  The Postal Service says its move from the neighborhood is “temporary” and all post office boxes at that location will move to the Roseville Branch. … Read More

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