Contract post office in Desert Hills AZ to close

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havasunews.com: The contract post office that serves the Desert Hills, Arizona, community will close its doors May 31 along with the mini mart it currently resides within.  Maggie Hickson, a Desert Hills Post Office employee, said owners of the Desert Hills Mini Mart are selling their business, but the post office can’t legally be a part of the private sale.  Hickson … Read More

Historic post office in Auburn CA may close

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CBS Sacramento: The oldest post office west of the Mississippi may be shutting its doors.  Known as “Station A,” the post office opened in Old Town Auburn, a small town outside of Sacramento, Calif., back in the late 1870s. Its wooden doors may soon close permanently since the U.S Postal Service isn’t renewing its contract. Some residents are saying the city should … Read More

Death closes contract post office in Knights Ferry CA

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The Modesto Bee: One hundred and sixty-three years of mail service to the historic town of Knights Ferry, Calif., abruptly stopped this week when the contractor in charge passed away.  About 60 people in and around Knights Ferry rent post office boxes at the tiny office inside Miller’s Hall on Main Street, which shares the space with the museum, a book … Read More

Westbrookville NY post office gets another chance

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Recordonline: The decision has come down to the wire, but it looks like the Westbrookville Community Post Office will stay open past March 31.  Residents and local politicians have spent five weeks fighting a Feb. 18 announcement that the U.S. Postal Service planned to close the Westbrookville CPO on March 31 and move its 486 post-office boxes four miles down … Read More

Westbrookville NY Post Office Might Remain Open

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Epoch Times: The efforts of residents and local officials came to fruition when Marlene Roe, postmistress of the Westbrookville Post Office,  received a phone call from Port Jervis Postmaster Bob Maskara on March 21. He said that the post office will remain open.Although nothing is officially in writing yet, Roe says a federal employee will run the operation until a … Read More

Westbrookville, NY contract post office closing abruptly

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In the hamlet of Westbrookville, which sits on the border of eastern Sullivan and western Orange counties in New York, the tiny community post office is the social hub of the neighborhood. With no home mail delivery, residents are in and out every day, sometimes twice a day. They chat with neighbors and Marlene Roe, who runs the post office, … Read More

The Year in Review: The Postal Service submits its Annual Compliance Report for FY 2015

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Earlier this week the Postal Service submitted its FY 2015 Annual Compliance Report (ACR) to the Postal Regulatory Commission.  Over the next few weeks, the Commission will review the report, request more information, give stakeholders an opportunity to comment, and then, sometime in March, issue its own Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) report.  The USPS ACR is on the PRC website here; last … Read More

The Postal Service’s “Retail Channel Strategy”: A blueprint for privatizing the post office

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It’s been clear for a long time that the Postal Service is in the process of privatizing itself by shifting processing operations to companies like Pitney Bowes through the workshare system and contracting out billions of dollars of work to private corporations (over $12 billion in 2014).  The Postal Service has also been working to privatize its retail operations by … Read More

Canceled contract leaves Knik post office customers in limbo

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The Postal Service has canceled the post office contract in Knik, Alaska, and there’s no immediate plans to reopen the facility that serves the booming Knik-Fairview community. Displaced customers of the Knik post office that closed suddenly three weeks ago still don’t know when or even if it will reopen. They have to drive to the Wasilla post office — miles out of the way for … Read More

Commissioner Goldway issues scathing dissent on PRC’s decision to dismiss Careywood appeal

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has dismissed the appeal on the closing of the contract postal unit in Careywood, Idaho.  It was a terrible decision.  It is illogical and inconsistent with the Commission’s own precedents, and it creates a new precedent that endangers not only all contract post offices, but every post office in the country. The numerous problems with the … Read More

The USPS and PRC ponder the meaning of “post office”: The appeal on the Careywood Idaho CPO

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In December 2011, the Postal Service declared a five-month moratorium on post office closings, and by the time it was over, the plans to close thousands of post offices had been abandoned.  The Postal Regulatory Commission had already dealt with over 200 appeals during the previous two years, and it was expecting an avalanche.  Instead, there was just a handful of … Read More

Community post office in Careywood ID to close

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The Postal Service is closing the community post office in Careywood, Idaho.  It's a contract postal unit, so there's no requirement to go through a regular discontinuance process, and the Postal Service won't need to reveal any financial data.  But most likely, the post office costs the Postal Service very little to operate, and the savings will be minimal.  But … Read More

Contract post office in Kingman AZ to close after 35 years

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At the end of the year, the Postal Service is going to close the contract post office (aka, Contract Postal Unit, or CPU) in downtown Kingman, Arizona.  It's been run by the same family for 35 years.  The Postal Service says it will replace the post office with a new contract postal unit that will only sell stamps, envelopes and boxes … Read More

Next in postal privatization: Goin Postal counters in 2,000 Walmarts

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The Goin Postal pack-and-ship company has signed a deal to put small postal stores inside of 2,000 Walmarts.  While the Postmaster General will probably say it’s all about customer convenience, the deal represents yet another step in the privatization of the Postal Service. These postal stores, it should be noted, aren’t exactly the same as the mini-post offices that the … Read More

Alternatives to the Post Office: Expanded Access in FY 2013

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The APWU is currently sending delegations to Staples stores in their communities to meet with store managers to protest the postal counters that have been installed at 82 stores, with plans for more.  After the visits, the APWU plans to organize a day of action at Staples stores around the country, followed by sustained actions at a number of stores … Read More

Staplizing the Post Office: A dozen reasons to just say no

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Back in November, the Postal Service quietly announced that it was setting up postal counters in a couple of Staples stores in San Jose and South San Francisco.  The website Going Postal broke the Staples story a few days later with its report about a pilot program that included 82 Staples stores in areas around San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and west of Boston. … Read More