The next chapter in postal privatization: Post Offices inside of Staples

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The Postal Service has rather quietly announced a pilot program to put post offices inside of Staples.  It’s part of what the USPS is calling the Retail Partner Expansion Program, and the first Staples to host a post office will be located in San Francisco and San Jose. According to an article in the Burlingame-Hillsborough Patch, which was apparently based on … Read More

Portlanders Kicked, Arrested for Protesting Post Office Privatization

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Calling themselves “postal protectors,” 15 activists gathered in the lobby of the main post office in downtown Portland, Oregon, Tuesday, holding signs protesting postal privatization. Seven were arrested while attempting to negotiate a meeting with District Manager Erica Brix.  Read more.

Thousands of post offices in UK face closure after privatization

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Privatising Royal Mail will be the ‘nail in the coffin’ for the Post Office network and lead to thousands of branch closures, local communities fear.  The Government is backing a £3 billion stock market flotation of Royal Mail that could go ahead within the next few weeks.  Although any sell-off should include a ten-year deal to continue to sell stamps and … Read More

U.S. and British postal workers fight privatization

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A British parliamentary spokesperson announced on May 13 that the world’s oldest postal service would be privatized this fall.  The U.S. Postal Service, originally part of the British postal system, is also threatened with privatization by powerful congressional and corporate forces.  Postal workers, however, are organizing resistance to the for-profit theft of the “people’s post office” in both countries. “Save … 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

Postal Vision 2020 looks at the future of “postal services” and sees privatization

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The third annual Postal Vision 2020 conference will take place this week in Washington, DC.  The conference brings together speakers from a variety of backgrounds for what the Postal Vision website describes as a “provocative, candid conversation about what Americans should have in the way of ‘postal services’ in 2020 and beyond and who should provide them.” More about postal privatization: … Read More

Privatizing the post office: The NAPA/Pitney Bowes study on reinventing the retail network

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About three weeks from now, postal insiders and innovative outsiders will convene in Washington DC for the PostalVision 2020/3.0 conference to discuss the future of the Postal Service.  Called “Positioning America for the New Millennium,” the event will focus on “a constructive approach to re-inventing today’s broken Postal Service model for future generations.” Among the headliners speaking at the event … Read More

Pitney Bowes funds a study to privatize the Postal Service, could make billions off the plan

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The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has just published a report about a proposal to create a "public-private hybrid" postal system.  The full title is worth noting: “An Independent Review of
 a Thought-Leader Concept to Reform the U.S. Postal Service.” Under the proposal, two-thirds of the Postal Service — the retail and processing components (the “upstream activities”) — would … Read More