Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) Spring 2016 Newsletter


The Spring 2016 newsletter from Communities and Postal Workers United (CPWU) contains articles about the “deferral” of plant closures, field hearings of the Grand Alliance Save Our Public Postal Service, concerns about vote-by-mail,California letter carriers working to organize from the ground up, and a report that the plant closures have actually lost money.  Read more.

Postal Service seeks new bidders for damaged Napa post office


Napa Valley Register: It’s back to square one for Napa’s historic downtown post office.An offer to buy the earthquake-damaged building has fallen through and bids are once again being accepted. Even faced with the costly task of redeveloping a historic building, the city and those familiar with the project remain optimistic a new buyer can be found.According to Gus Ruiz, … Read More

Postal Pulse Finds Turmoil in USPS Workforce


Back in March, we took a look at the results of the Gallup Postal Pulse employee engagement survey.  The numbers, which the Postal Service had shared with the Postal Regulatory Commission, were incomplete and out-of-context, and it was hard to know what to make of them, but it appeared that the results put the Postal Service near the bottom of the … Read More

Historic Lakeview Post Office finds support from senators


Lake County Examiner: Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Congressman Greg Walden called on the U.S. Postal Service to maintain the property of its postal facility in Lakeview so that it doesn’t detract from the downtown revival efforts of the community.  In a letter to the Portland District Manager of the USPS, the leaders asked for the Lakeview … Read More

Berkeley activists celebrate legacy of 17-month post office occupation


The Daily Californian: Though the occupation has ended, members of local activist groups returned to the steps and sidewalks outside the Berkeley Main Post Office on Saturday to commemorate their 17-month demonstration.  About 30 community members gathered to hear from former protesters and activists 11 days after U.S. Postal Service officials dismantled the encampment April 12.  The celebration included live … Read More

San Francisco’s Tenderloin post office to relocate


San Francisco Examiner: Services at a post office in San Francisco’s Tenderloin that is relied on by many homeless or low-income residents will be relocated effective Monday.  The P.O. Box and general delivery service at 101 Hyde St. will be moved to other locations ahead of the construction of an eight-story, mixed-use building that’s been proposed at the site, U.S. … Read More

City of Eugene urged to buy historic post office — if it goes on sale again


Register-Guard: The city of Eugene, Oregon, should consider buying the historic downtown Eugene U.S. Postal Service building, if the postal agency puts the property on the market again and a rival would-be buyer steps forward, says a member of the Eugene Historic Review Board. Earlier this month, Vice Chairman Andrew Fisher brought to the board the idea of the city … Read More

Valentine post office in Loveland CO delivers history


Loveland Reporter-Herald: When I first decided to write a story about our post office building on Sixth Street and Cleveland Avenue, I received a request. The Reporter Herald’s seasoned business reporter and all-around nice guy, Craig Young, urged me to include in my musings, the old boiler.  Craig further implored me to read and mention a certain children’s book in … Read More

New stamp series celebrates National Parks

SteveBlog A stamp image featuring a stunning photograph of Acadia National Park’s Bass Harbor Head Light was previewed recently as the first of 16 Forever stamp images to be revealed over a three-week period to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary.  The June 2 first-day-of-issue ceremony for the National Parks Forever stamps pane will take place at New York … Read More

The Nineteenth-Century Idea that Could Keep the U.S. Postal Service Alive


The New Yorker: Why does the U.S.P.S. seem to be so comparatively uncreative? To find out about new initiatives that I might have missed, I called Gary Reblin, the service’s vice-president of new products and innovation, a position created in 2012, as the postal system was beginning to recognize the depth of its troubles. Reblin told me that, in order … Read More

USPS closing Pocahontas VA Post Office citing safety concerns

SteveBlog The Pocahontas, Virginia, Post Office will close its doors on Monday, and it is up in the air as to when, or if, it will reopen at its current location.  Jerry Gravely, vice mayor of Pocahontas, said the post office was notified Wednesday of the closure, effective at the close of business April 25.  “They did an inspection (of the building) … Read More

GAO says DOD needs better planning to address absentee voting challenges


GAO: The Department of Defense (DOD), through its Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), has taken steps to identify challenges and needed improvements to its military and overseas absentee voting assistance efforts. However, two long-standing issues—limited awareness of resources for voters and the unpredictable postal delivery of absentee ballots—continue to pose challenges….  Regarding the unpredictable postal delivery of absentee ballots, the … Read More

Harlingen TX seeks buyer for post office


Brownsville Herald: For four years, the old post office in Harlingen, Texas, has been for sale, now listed for $825,000.  Originally built in the 1930s, the old post office’s neo-classical architecture gives it a timeless feel.  But inside, a $3.5 million renovation makes the building dazzle with old-world charm.  Currently, a portion of the building is being leased and still used … Read More

Inside the Transformation of the Bronx General Post Office


New York YIMBY: Sometime next spring, the landmarked Bronx General Post Office, located in the borough’s Concourse Village neighborhood, will start a new life as retail, office space, and a restaurant. Interior demolition work is underway and we got a peak inside last week, with Brendan Murray, vice president at Hollister Construction Services, and he pointed out an incredibly creepy … Read More