Congressional vote blocks Berkeley post office sale

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Berkeley's hopes of keeping its century-old post office off the auction block have gotten a boost in Congress, where a bipartisan House bill urges the Postal Service to refrain from selling historic buildings, including Berkeley's, while the U.S. inspector general investigates whether the agency is violating preservation laws.  Read more.

California Legislature passes resolution urging Congress to enact Postal Protection Service Act of 2013

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The California Legislature has passed a resolution urging Congress to enact the Postal Protection Service Act of 2013 (sponsored by Sanders and DeFazio). The federal legislation would repeal the mandate to prefund retiree health care, allow the USPS to provide new services, prohibit cuts to Saturday service and keep historic post offices open.  Senator Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), author of the … Read More

A Commonsense Approach to Postal Reform: Congress should fix the problem it created

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A couple of weeks ago, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a piece entitled "Playing Post Office," in which see played "Let's fix the Postal Servce."  Needless to say, she didn't know what she was talking about.   But her piece got John Flattery, president of Central MA Area Local APWU motivated to write a well-informed and lucid editorial about … Read More

Sen. Sanders: Congress Must Not Hobble Postal Service Rebound

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Press release from Senator Bernie Sanders: With revenue rebounding, the U.S. Postal Service would have posted a profit for the past three months without an unprecedented requirement that it sink $5.5 billion a year into future retiree health care, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today.  The latest quarterly report on Postal Service finances showed a $740 million loss, but all … Read More

The Senate does postal reform: Highlights and low points of the Carper-Coburn bill

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Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have introduced their version of postal reform legislation, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, a.k.a. PRA and S.1486.  A summary is here, and the whole bill is here. The new bill contains several changes from the earlier Senate bill, S.1789, that should bring the House and Senate closer together and make the passage of … Read More

Carper & Coburn introduce Senate postal reform legislation

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Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) have introduced their version of postal reform legislation, Postal Reform Act of 2013 (S. 1486).   The whole bill is here.  Carper’s summary is here. The criticisms are already coming in: APWU, NAPUS, and CCAGW.    

The Greeting Card Association greets us with its proposals for saving the Postal Service

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The Greeting Card Association (GCA) has produced a long report describing what it calls "commonsense solutions" to put the Postal Service on "a path to solvency."  It includes more than 100 deficit reduction proposals. The main one is simple: "The Postal Service should immediately implement cluster boxes on a widespread national scale using its existing management authority to do so, and … Read More

Betrayal without remedy: The unwinding of the Postal Service

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BY MARK JAMISON The United States Postal Service is not a corporation in the traditional sense of the word, but that hasn’t stopped its leadership — the folks at L’Enfant Plaza and the men and women who sit on the Board of Governors — from viewing it primarily as a corporate entity.  The post office is in the Constitution, but that … Read More

Is the plan to end Saturday delivery DOA?

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Two things happened yesterday that may have put the nail in the coffin on the Postmaster General’s plan to end Saturday delivery.  First, Congress passed an appropriations bill that has a provision maintaining Saturday delivery, just as it’s done every year since 1987.  Second, at virtually the same moment, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) sent a letter to Congressman Gerald … Read More

Bailout BS: Darrell Issa’s Misinformation Campaign about the Postal Retirement Funds

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The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa, has a website entitled “Saving the Postal Service.”  According to the website, “H.R. 2309, the Issa-Ross Postal Reform Act, is the only legislation that saves the Postal Service from financial collapse.”  Issa would save the Postal Service by dismantling it.  His legislation would end Saturday delivery, cut … Read More