Instead of Killing the US Postal System, Let’s Expand It

Instead of Killing the US Postal System, Let’s Expand It

The postal service is a core democratic infrastructure—and it’s time we remember that and fund it appropriately The Nation: The postal system has been a key public infrastructure since the dawn of the US republic. Today, the United States Postal Service faces an existential threat as President Trump blocks a ... Read More
The Postal Service is essential to national security

The Postal Service is essential to national security

By Christopher W. Shaw, author of Preserving the People’s Post Office and Money, Power, and People: The American Struggle to Make Banking Democratic, and Osamah F. Khalil, author of America’s Dream Palace: Middle East Expertise and the Rise of the National Security State. The Hill: The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility ... Read More
We Can't Afford to Lose the Postal Service

We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service

For the past forty years, Republicans have been seeking to starve, strangle, and sabotage the U.S. Postal Service, hoping to privatize one of the oldest and most important public goods in American history Casey Cep, The New Yorker: I am probably one of the least consequential things my mother has ever ... Read More
Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to the Postal Service

Congress Must Stand Up to the White House and Deliver Relief to the Postal Service

If our leaders don’t act, soon you may not be able to mail a letter at all. By Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation Washington Post: This month, the US Postal Service sounded the alarm: Mail revenue could drop by more than 50 percent this year as a result of the ... Read More
The Founders never intended the Postal Service to be managed like a business

The Founders never intended the Postal Service to be managed like a business

The Postal Service is supposed to serve the public good — not worry about profit By Richard R. John, professor history at Columbia University and the author of “Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse Washington Post: To combat the coronavirus, Congress has seemingly tried to bail out ... Read More
Where’s the Nearest Bank and Ballot Box? Try the Post Office

Where’s the Nearest Bank and Ballot Box? Try the Post Office

The Postal Service should be allowed to deliver low-cost financial services to poor and rural communities. And vote-by-mail should be universal. By Senator Kirsten Gillibrand New York Times: The United States Postal Service is an institution whose roots are older than the Constitution itself. Not only has it survived through snow, ... Read More
Save the Postal Service

Save the Postal Service

Trump’s personal hostility has merged with long-standing conservative antipathy to endanger a vital civic institution By Phil Rubio, Professor of history at North Carolina A&T State University, and a former USPS letter carrier The Atlantic: When I carried the mail in Durham, North Carolina—back in the 1990s, before I became ... Read More
What’s an Essential Service in a Pandemic? The Post Office

What’s an Essential Service in a Pandemic? The Post Office

From the census to the November election, the Postal Service is critical to American democracy. New York Times Editorial Board: America’s favorite government agency is on the brink of collapse, and Washington policymakers appear too mired in politics to save it. Like so many businesses, the United States Postal Service ... Read More
USPS OIG: Maintaining Rural Retail Networks: Best Practices Abroad and Implications for the U.S. Postal Service

USPS OIG: Maintaining Rural Retail Networks: Best Practices Abroad and Implications for the U.S. Postal Service

USPS Office on Inspector General:
  • To maintain their rural networks of post offices, some foreign posts have reduced hours, outsourced post office operations, or generated various forms of non-postal revenue. 
  • The Postal Service is legally entitled to request a $460 million annual subsidy from Congress for retail operations but has chosen not to do so since 1982. 
Many global postal operators, including the Postal ... Read More
Pandemic forces Postal Service to suspend dozens of post offices

Pandemic forces Postal Service to suspend dozens of post offices

According to its Service Alerts page, as of April 8, “The Postal Service has so far experienced only minor operational impacts in the United States as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” There have been some disruptions, however, including temporary post office closings.  The Postal Service is providing a page ... Read More
Community and Postal Workers United Spring 2020 Newsletter

Community and Postal Workers United Spring 2020 Newsletter

The CPWU Spring 2020 newsletter contains articles about the fight for hazard pay during the pandemic, organizing postal facilities for safety, and the anniversary of the great postal strike of 1970.  Read the newsletter here ... Read More
John Prine, "the Singing Mailman" and one of America's greatest songwriters dies from coronavirus

John Prine, “the Singing Mailman” and one of America’s greatest songwriters dies from coronavirus

Rolling Stone: John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories of everyday working people and changed the face of modern American roots music, died Tuesday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was 73. The cause was complications related to COVID-19, his ... Read More
Appreciating America’s Overlooked, Forgotten, and Discarded Post Office Murals

Appreciating America’s Overlooked, Forgotten, and Discarded Post Office Murals

Painted during the Great Depression, they’re lingering expressions of civic pride Atlas Obscura: Chiseled into gray granite of the James A. Farley Building, the main post office in New York City, are the words: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift ... Read More
How to Save the Postal Service

How to Save the Postal Service

For starters, nationalize Amazon and the rest of the essential infrastructure of the digital age Mike Davis, Nation Magazine: On March 23, Democratic House Committee Chairs Carolyn Maloney and Gerry Connolly called attention to an increasingly dire emergency. “Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a ... Read More
Philip F. Rubio: The Great Postal Wildcat Strike Jubilee

Philip F. Rubio: The Great Postal Wildcat Strike Jubilee

UNC Press: Philip F. Rubio is the author of Undelivered: From the Great Postal Strike of 1970 to the Manufactured Crisis of the U.S. Postal Service, forthcoming in May 2020 from UNC Press.  Rubio is also the author of one of the best books on the post office — There’s ... Read More
Post office project to be Burlingame’s tallest

Post office project to be Burlingame’s tallest

Daily Journal: The office component of the historic post office’s redevelopment would be the tallest building in downtown Burlingame, CA, according to a proposal which raised the eyebrows of some city officials. The Burlingame City Council substantially reviewed the new vision from Sares Regis to construct a sweeping commercial project ... Read More
Post Offices Are the Lifeblood of Rural America—Yet Bloomberg Dismisses Them as ‘Antiquated'

Post Offices Are the Lifeblood of Rural America—Yet Bloomberg Dismisses Them as ‘Antiquated’

John Nichols, Nation Magazine: When then–New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the Economic Club of Washington a few years back, he delivered a typical billionaire speech that assigned equal blame to the Democratic Party of President Barack Obama and the Republican Party of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for ... Read More
Colfax, WI, Post Office closed due to structural damage, relocated to Boyceville

Colfax, WI, Post Office closed due to structural damage, relocated to Boyceville

WEAU: The United States Postal Service says that the Colfax Post Office sustained structural damage and will be moving all operations to the Boyceville Post Office. A sign posted on the door said that PO Box services would be moved as well. Read more. (Photo: Google Street View) ... Read More
Deary, ID residents disappointed with downsize of post office to mail truck

Deary, ID residents disappointed with downsize of post office to mail truck

KLEWTV: A post office reduced to just a mail truck. Residents in Deary, ID, have been dealing with it for the past eight months. The post office building in Deary is closed.  It’s such a concern and frustration for residents a representative from the United States Postal Service (USPS) held ... Read More