After public outcry, downtown Boca Raton, FL post office won’t close or relocate

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Palm Beach Post: A five-decade-old post office in downtown Boca Raton will not close and relocate, as was once the plan, after downtown residents and city officials pushed back against the effort. The U.S. Postal Service had a lease dispute with the owners of the building at Northeast Second Street and Northeast Mizner Boulevard that has housed downtown’s only post office since … Read More

Former MSNBC host Ed Schultz, defender of the Post Office, dead at 64

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Raw Story has reported that former MSNBC host and progressive radio personality Ed Schultz has died of natural causes.  The host was known for championing workers’ rights and the middle class. During Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) assault on labor unions, Schultz was on the ground with protesters as they campaigned to re-call the election. Shultz was also a big supporter of … Read More

As Trump pushes to privatize the troubled Postal Service, others push back

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Kansas City Star: U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver recalls the days when, every morning at 10, his grandmother would walk to the post office in Waxahachie, Texas, to catch up with friends, family and other community members. “The postal service is, for rural America, more than a mail delivery system,” Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, said in a phone interview. “It’s a … Read More

Legislation to end postal facility closures reintroduced in House

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Daily Journal Lifestyle: Representatives Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael), David McKinley (R- WV), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Evan Jenkins (R-WV), and Gwen Moore (D-WI) have reintroduced the Stop Postal Closures Act (H.R. 6282), bipartisan legislation to end the closure and consolidations of mail processing facilities across the country.  (The bill was introduced during the previous session of Congress as H.R. 4656.) In … Read More

Mulkeytown, IL Post Office closes its doors

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WSIL: What was known as the ‘final gathering place’ of Mulkeytown, Ill., has closed. The Mulkeytown Post Office has officially closed its doors. The building was leased to the St. Louis United States Postal Service Distribution Center, but the landlords wanted to do something else with the building, so they did not renew the lease. The Communication Coordinator for the Distribution Center, … Read More

Summer 2018 newsletter of Communities and Postal Workers United

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The Summer 2018 newsletter of Communities and Postal Workers United is out today.  It has a great article about the Trump Administration’s frontal attack on the Postal Service, as well as a piece about the APWU’s opening demands in bargaining over the new contract and a summary of steps to take to build a coalition to save the Postal Service. … Read More

End of an era: Say goodbye to the downtown post office in Grand Island, NE

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Grand Island Independent: When Grand Islanders heard that the downtown post office might close, many objected by saying “Please, Mr. Postman.” The Postal Service rejected the written comments, figuratively saying “Return to Sender.” The final day for the downtown post office in Grand Island, Neb., has arrived. The retail window at 204 W. South Front will close at 11 a.m. … Read More

Historic Reading, PA post office has a potential buyer

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Reading Eagle: The downtown Reading, PA post office might come under new ownership.  The building, on the east side of Fifth Street from Court to Washington streets, is at the center of negotiations between a prospective owner and the national mail carrier. “USPS is negotiating with a buyer to allow retail operations to downsize and remain in the current location,” Karen … Read More

19 million letters a day! How Chicago’s old main post office used to work

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Chicago Tribune: With Walgreens signing on to rent 200,000 square fee in the old main post office, the massive building that straddles Congress Parkway appears poised to get a new life. The U.S. Postal Service moved across the street in 1996 and the 13-floor limestone art deco behemoth has been empty ever since. In its heyday the old post office … Read More

Grand Island, NE post office move set for June 30

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The Independent: The United States Postal Service has sent letters to its customers in Grand Island, Neb., informing them that the Grand Island Post Office (both retail and delivery unit) will be moving into the USPS processing facility at 3835 Old Potash Highway from the 204 W. South Front St. location on Saturday, June 30. According to the correspondence received … Read More

Postal Service has officially declared its intention to move the historic Rutland, VT Post Office next door

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Rutland Herald: The U.S. Postal Service has officially declared its intention to move the post office in Rutland, Vermont, sell the historic building to the GSA, and relocate next door to another historic building, the Post Office Annex. The USPS informed city officials in April that it was exploring selling the post office building at 151 West St. to the … Read More

Postal workers rally to save customer service in Portland, OR

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Dozens of postal workers and customers picketed in front of the Waterfront Post Office in downtown Portland, Oregon, today to protest job cuts that will cause further reductions in service to the public, including longer lines and phone calls unanswered at retail locations, and delay of mail delivery. Postal management plans to eliminate nearly 300 clerks from Portland Post Offices … Read More