APWU contributes to fight to save historic post offices

APWU contributes to fight to save historic post offices

APWU Press Release: "The APWU will make a $15,000 donation to the National Post Office Collaborate, an organization dedicated to fighting the sale of historic post offices, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. The Collaborate, which grew out of the fight to save the Berkeley CA post office, plans to ... Read More
Court stops sale of Stamford post office—again

Court stops sale of Stamford post office—again

The Stamford Advocate has an article about the temporary injunction granted by the District Court to stop the sale of the historic Atlantic Street Station post office. "This week, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Atherton granted a temporary injunction barring the sale of the post office to the Cappelli Organization, ... Read More
Sale of Stamford post office on hold: U.S. District Court grants temporary injunction

Sale of Stamford post office on hold: U.S. District Court grants temporary injunction

Yesterday there were several important developments in the fight over the historic Atlantic Street Station post office in Stamford, Connecticut, which closed on September 20 with only two-days’ notice to customers, just as the building was about to be sold to a Westchester developer. The U.S. District Court issued a ... Read More
Post Offices sold and for sale: An update on the inventory

Post Offices sold and for sale: An update on the inventory

It’s not easy getting information out of the Postal Service about the properties it has sold or those it has earmarked for disposal, but thanks to investigative reporter Peter Byrne, a lot of news articles, and various other sources, there’s enough information out there to piece together a picture.  Here’s ... Read More
USPS releases 2012 Household Diary Study

USPS releases 2012 Household Diary Study

The Postal Service has released its annual Household Diary Study. As the Executive Summary explains, " The Household Diary Study survey, fielded continuously since 1987, aims to collect information on household use of the mail and how that use changes over time. The survey collects household information on demographics, lifestyle, ... Read More
We're listening: The Postal Service holds 8,500 POStPlan meetings, but why?

We’re listening: The Postal Service holds 8,500 POStPlan meetings, but why?

Yesterday the Postal Service gave the Postal Regulatory Commission a copy of the Household Diary Study, the annual report on mail use and attitudes.  The study says this about how people are using their post office: “In spite of a declining frequency of visits over the past five years, the ... Read More
Communities and Postal Workers United newsletter for Oct-Nov 2013

Communities and Postal Workers United newsletter for Oct-Nov 2013

Communities and Postal Workers United has published its newsletter for October – November 2013. It features an article about the rally to save the post office in the Bronx on September 21, and another about the 31-day occupation on the steps of the Berkeley post office. There's also a piece ... Read More
Why did the Stamford post office close?  Conflicting answers, disturbing questions

Why did the Stamford post office close? Conflicting answers, disturbing questions

The Postal Service closed the Atlantic Street post office in Stamford, Connecticut, on September 20, 2013, on two-days’ notice to customers. A USPS press release dated September 18 explains that the closure was due to the fact that the Postal Service was advancing with the sale of the building but ... Read More
Victoria Texas post office may close

Victoria Texas post office may close

The Postal Service is talking about closing the main post office in Victoria, Texas, and combining operations with an office on the other side of town. The Postal Service says it will save $38,000 a month on rent and utilities. Congressman Blake Farenthold says the plan doesn't bode well for ... Read More
Iowa City post office relocation not going as promised

Iowa City post office relocation not going as promised

The Postal Service is relocating the main post office in Iowa City, and after promising city officials that the new office would be downtown, the Postal Service is now looking at two locations that aren't near downtown. The public may submit comments until November 1, but it's not likely they ... Read More
USPS #fail

USPS #fail

BY ZOË KEATING I usually save my blog for music issues. This isn’t a music issue but everything is connected. That sense that the world is falling apart, that we can’t get our sh*t together … it affects me. So I’m going to self-indulgently vent … and then go write ... Read More
The path to postal nirvana: An entitlement program for the mail industry

The path to postal nirvana: An entitlement program for the mail industry

BY MARK JAMISON The postal monopolies have been the subject of much discussion recently.  In last month’s Senate hearings, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma offered his view that the monopolies weren’t worth much anymore so the Postal Service doesn’t need much regulatory control.  In the same hearing, Ruth Goldway, Chairman ... Read More
Historic Stamford post office lamp damaged

Historic Stamford post office lamp damaged

First the Postal Service closes the Stamford, Conn., post office on two-days' notice because it wants to sell the building. Now one of the two large ornate bronze lamps in front of the shuttered historic downtown post office has been ripped off its pedestal and damaged, possibly by vandals. The ... Read More
Historic Plant City FL post office closing permanently

Historic Plant City FL post office closing permanently

In June, the Postal Service temporarily closed the post office in Plant City, Florida, for an emergency suspension due to deterioration in the basement, discovered on a routine inspection. Now the Postal Service is doing a discontinuance review to close the post office permanently. The post office was built in ... Read More
Coralville, IA post office relocating to carrier annex in industrial zone

Coralville, IA post office relocating to carrier annex in industrial zone

City officials in Coralville, Iowa, are fighting the Postal Service's decision to relocate the main post office to a carrier annex in an industrial zone unsuitable for retail use. City Councilor Mitch Gross said he wasn't surprised by the decision. “I felt at the public input meeting they weren’t taking ... Read More
Whitsett, TX post office closed over lease issue

Whitsett, TX post office closed over lease issue

The Postal Service has closed the post office in Whitsett, Texas, for an emergency suspension because of it was unable to negotiate a renewal of the lease with the landlord. The Whitsett post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated for closure in 2011, then it was put ... Read More
Alton KS post office suspended for building conditions

Alton KS post office suspended for building conditions

The Postal Service has closed the post office in Alton, Kansas, for an emergency suspension because of what it describes as "deteriorating building conditions." Alton's Mayor Eldon Hartzler thinks they just want to close the post office, period. The Alton post office was on the list of 3,700 facilities slated ... Read More
How would an exigent rate increase impact mail volumes and revenues?

How would an exigent rate increase impact mail volumes and revenues?

The Postal Service’s request to the Postal Regulatory Commission for an exigent rate increase is on hold right now due to the government shutdown. The Request, along with testimony from three Postal Service witnesses and a slew of tables, was submitted on September 26. Before the shutdown happened, the Chairman ... Read More
Historic Berkeley Post Office is listed for sale on CBRE website

Historic Berkeley Post Office is listed for sale on CBRE website

The historic post office in Berkeley, California, is now being listed on the USPS-CBRE Properties for Sale website. No price yet. The listing went up over this past weekend, and it has already evoked some colorful responses. City councilman Jesse Arreguín released the following statement: ”It’s not often that one ... Read More
Ukiah post office mural to be returned, but not to post office

Ukiah post office mural to be returned, but not to post office

A large mural that hung in the lobby of the former Ukiah Post Office on North Oak Street has been restored and will hopefully be returning to Ukiah soon, according to the United States Postal Service. The mural, painted in 1936, was taken off its wall after the post office ... Read More