Congresswoman Norton Writes to Postmaster General with Questions Following Tragic Murder of Postal Service Worker

Congresswoman Norton Writes to Postmaster General with Questions Following Tragic Murder of Postal Service Worker

Press Release: Following this weekend’s tragic murder of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier Tyson Jerome Barnette in Landover, Maryland, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and a member of the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S Postal Service and the ... Read More
PRC dismisses (partly) APWU Complaint on Plant Consolidations

PRC dismisses (partly) APWU Complaint on Plant Consolidations

The Postal Regulatory Commission ruled yesterday on the APWU’s Complaint involving the Network Rationalization plan to consolidate 250 or so mail processing plants. The Complaint alleged that the Postal Service failed to comply with legally mandated service standards, and it cited a number of examples where the mail was being ... Read More
Postal Service wins appeal on S.F. SRO deliveries

Postal Service wins appeal on S.F. SRO deliveries

SFGate reports: "A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Postal Service's decision nearly five years ago to deliver mail to the front desk or a central collection box rather than to individual mailboxes at most of San Francisco's 500 single-room-occupancy hotels." Read more. The ruling itself is here ... Read More
Where you can get Harry Potter stamps — and where you can’t: A list, map, and complaint

Where you can get Harry Potter stamps — and where you can’t: A list, map, and complaint

The new Harry Potter stamps were released last week, but you can’t get them at just any old post office.  You’ll need to travel to one of the 3,100 post offices that the Postal Service has designated as a Premier Post Office.  A list of them, along with a map, ... Read More
APWU: The Great Postal Giveaway — USPS Sends Jobs, Work to Staples

APWU: The Great Postal Giveaway — USPS Sends Jobs, Work to Staples

The APWU has come out strong against putting post offices inside of Staples, staffed with Staples employees. “This is a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “The APWU supports the expansion of postal services. But we are adamantly opposed to USPS ... Read More
What Would JFK Do? The Yale Commencement Address

What Would JFK Do? The Yale Commencement Address

INTRODUCTION BY MARK JAMISON For the past couple of weeks, the media have focused, almost obsessively, on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, November 22 being the fiftieth anniversary of his death. I found myself wandering through some of JFK’s speeches and came across his commencement address at Yale ... Read More
Postal service kills plan to sell Old Chelsea post office

Postal service kills plan to sell Old Chelsea post office

Here's something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The Postal Service has dropped its plan to sell the historic Old Chelsea post office in New York City. "“I am thankful that after the completion of the public review process, USPS has taken these concerns into consideration and is now exploring ... Read More
What does your local post office mean to you?

What does your local post office mean to you?

The Association of U.S. Postal Lessors is doing a survey to learn more about how people think about the value of the post office to their community and the likely social and economic effects of closing the post office. The owner of the building that houses the post office in ... Read More
Harry Reid saves the post office in Sun Valley

Harry Reid saves the post office in Sun Valley

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Wednesday that a proposal to shutter the post office in Sun Valley, Nevada, has been officially withdrawn. Reid said he’s glad the postal service listened to residents who would have been affected by the closure, including seniors and disabled veterans. Read more. (And ... Read More
Old Ukiah post office becoming eyesore

Old Ukiah post office becoming eyesore

Press Democrat: "Nearly two years after the Postal Service closed Ukiah's historic downtown post office, it remains shuttered and has become increasingly derelict in appearance. 'This is exactly what people were afraid of, that it would become a blighted building in the middle of Ukiah,' said Alan Nicholson, a leader ... Read More
PRC remands decision to close Fernandina Beach post office

PRC remands decision to close Fernandina Beach post office

The Postal Regulatory Commission has issued an order remanding the final determination to close the historic Fernandina Beach post office on Amelia Island, Florida.  Presumably that will hold up the sale of the building as well.  There’s some background on the sale here.  The Postal Service filed a Motion to Dismiss the appeal ... Read More
Postal Service Counters Replace UPS Services at 82 Staples Locations

Postal Service Counters Replace UPS Services at 82 Staples Locations

Going Postal has the scoop on the Postal Service's new initiative to put post offices inside of Staples. "A new partnership between USPS and Staples Inc. offers a promising opportunity for the Postal Service to expand access to its services. A recently announced pilot program, the first such agreement under ... Read More
Mysteries of the Amazon deal: Why the Postal Service is skimming the cream on Sundays

Mysteries of the Amazon deal: Why the Postal Service is skimming the cream on Sundays

Last week the Postal Service announced that it would be delivering packages for Amazon on Sundays, but only to Amazon Prime members (or those willing to pay extra), and only to customers living in New York and Los Angeles. The premium service will eventually be extended to some other big ... Read More
Sale of historic Norwich post office not going anywhere, but post office may move to library

Sale of historic Norwich post office not going anywhere, but post office may move to library

The Postal Service has been trying to sell the historic post office in downtown Norwich, Connecticut, but it's been having trouble finding a buyer. Nonetheless, there will be a meeting today to discuss the relocation, a meeting required by law. As with Berkeley, the Bronx, and many other cases, the ... Read More
USPS revenues up in 2013, first time since 2008; non-career workers now 20 percent of workforce

USPS revenues up in 2013, first time since 2008; non-career workers now 20 percent of workforce

The Postal Service released its annual financial report today. For the first time since the recession hit, operating revenues are up — $66 billion, compared to $65.2 billion in 2012. The Postal Service has posted a net loss of $5 billion, but that includes a $5.5 billion payment to the ... Read More
National Trust reports on Court ruling that Postal Service violated NEPA in Selling Historic Stamford Post Office

National Trust reports on Court ruling that Postal Service violated NEPA in Selling Historic Stamford Post Office

Brian Turner, senior field officer and attorney in the San Francisco Field Office, explains a recent court ruling over the Postal Service’s lack of compliance with NEPA before selling a historic post office in Stamford, Connecticut. Read more here ... Read More
Sources of change: The Postal Service breaks down the mail volumes for the PRC

Sources of change: The Postal Service breaks down the mail volumes for the PRC

The news media are busy this weekend reporting on the Postal Service’s financial report for fiscal year 2013, which shows a $5 billion loss.  If Congress weren’t requiring the Postal Service to pay $5.5 billion into the retiree health benefits fund, the Postal Service would have made a profit of ... Read More
What's fair is fair: Amazon customers get delivery on Sunday, SRO residents get none at all

What’s fair is fair: Amazon customers get delivery on Sunday, SRO residents get none at all

While the news this week has been dominated by rave reviews for the Postal Service's announcement that it will deliver packages on Sunday to Amazon Prime customers (who pay $79 a year for the privilege), there’s another story going on about residents of single room occupancy (SRO) buildings who are ... Read More
Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association weighs in on sale of Berkeley PO

Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association weighs in on sale of Berkeley PO

The Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association (BAHA) has written a letter to the Postal Service challenging the USPS finding of no significant impact with regard to the disposal of the historic Berkeley post office. BAHA reiterates the Berkeley City Council’s request that any action concerning the proposed sale of the Post ... Read More