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

No discontinuances, but more post office suspensions and relocations

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As a result of all the public protest, the Postal Service has stayed away from post office closings over the past two years, and if legislation recently proposed by Senator Tom Carper were to be approved as is, there would be a moratorium on all post office closings for the next five years. But opposition to discontinuing post offices is … Read More

Return to Sender: The historic Santa Monica post office under new ownership

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Last year the Postal Service sold the historic Santa Monica post office to  Skydance Productions, a film production company based out of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.  A couple of weeks ago, Skydance went to the Landmarks Commission seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness for an eight-foot-high “security”fence around the property.  To justify the fence, the applicant and their legal representative said famous people frequenting the premises would … Read More

USPS appeals PRC ruling on First Class Mail Parcels

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The Postal Service has filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, challenging the Postal Regulatory Commission’s ruling on the transfer of First Class Mail Parcels from the market-dominant list to the competitive list. Last week, the Postal Service filed a Petition for Review asking the court to review the PRC’s denial of the transfer.  The … Read More

Another post office in Houston earmarked for relocation and disposal

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The Postal Service hasn’t discontinued many post offices over the past couple of years, but it has closed some for emergency suspensions, and it has also relocated several others.  In some cases, the Postal Service relocated from one leased property to another, moving to a smaller space where the rent was cheaper.  In other cases, the Postal Service moved out … Read More

Downtown Palo Alto post office to stay put — for now

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Postal Service officials have nixed plans to move the downtown Palo Alto post office to a building on the corner of Addison Avenue and busy Alma Street, Tom Samra, facilities vice president, said in a letter to Mayor Karen Holman dated Aug. 19.  The letter called the decision "final."  Officials said they were considering various options, including selling the Hamilton building and … Read More

Postal Service releases August 2015 financial statement

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The Postal Service has released its financial statement for August 2015.  As usual, there’s some good news, and some not so good. Compared to August 2014, volumes and revenues for First Class, Standard, and Periodicals are all down a few percent, and total volume for market-dominant mail is down 4.3 percent; total market-dominant revenue is down 6.5 percent. On the other … Read More

USPS sold Chicago’s Old MPO for $24 million, may be worth $150 million

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In 2009, the Postal Service sold the historic Old Main Post Office in Chicago to British real estate developer Bill Davies for $24 million.  A couple of years later, the Postal Service also sold Davies the postal annex to the east of the MPO for $14 million.  After scuttling plans to develop the property with twin towers, Davies put it … Read More

Mold closes post office in Princess Anne, MD

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Another post office has been closed because of mold.   After a Postal Service inspection team disocvered mold in the post office on Somerset Avenue in Princess Anne, Maryland, postal officials decided to shut down the building for the safety of customers and workers, said Yvette Singh, a spokeswoman for the USPS in Baltimore.  Postal workers have been servicing customers since Saturday from … Read More

On the border of the boundary wars: The PRC’s order on First Class Mail Parcels

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Last month the Postal Regulatory Commission denied the Postal Service’s request to transfer retail, single-piece First-Class Mail Parcels from the market-dominant list to the competitive list, where it would have become a category of First-Class Package Services. FCM Parcels are lightweight packages weighing 13 ounces or less, and they’re typically used by individuals and small businesses to ship things like … Read More

NYC’s Historic Farley Post Office is now Fashion Week’s central hub

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New York Fashion Week has made the historic James A. Farley Post Office in NYC its central hub.  That means what while the most discerning style icons in the world are shuffling in and out the back doors on their way to fashion shows, the rest of the city will be using the front of the building to mail packages. Here’s how the massive structure across the … Read More

Restored post office mural to be re-installed in museum

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The depression-era mural, Emigrants at Nightfall by Loren Mozley, was removed from the walls of the post office in Alvin, Texas, back in 1966, and put into storage in the basement.  Many years later a postal employee contacted the Alvin Museum Society and asked if they would like to have it.  Now, decades later, the mural has been restored, and on September … Read More

Historic Fort Worth PO gets a cleaning

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The 1933 U.S. post office in downtown Fort Worth is getting a good cleaning for the first time in decades. Arlene Sanchez, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said the spiffing-up isn’t part of any plan to sell the building, an idea that had surfaced in 2014. She said workers are doing a low-pressure wash with restoration cleansers “to remove … Read More