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  • Postal Service Halts Deliveries to Low Mail Slots Forcing Workers to Bend Over

    09/11/2014 6:10:09 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 09/10/2014 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    Some residents in Borough Park in New York City are irate with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) because their service has been halted due to their low-set mail slots, according to the New York Daily News. The postal service claims the slots are dangerous for their carriers and, as a result, the residents have to stand in lines an hour long at the 51st St. post office, many of them trying to pick up badly-needed medicines or their Social Security checks. The residents of 46th Street were alerted to the change in their service by a letter from a postal...
  • Latest Plan to Privatize Post Office Hits Unexpected Obstacle

    08/14/2014 3:12:27 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Nation of Change ^ | August 13, 2014 | David Morris
    The United States Postal Service (USPS) management just ran into a possible game-changing obstacle to its shameful pursuit of a fully privatized post office: labor solidarity. Here’s the background. For a decade the USPS has been aggressively shrinking, consolidating, and outsourcing the nation’s postal system. In July 2011 management upped the ante by announcing the rapid closure of 3600 local post offices, a step toward the eventual closing of as many as 15,000, half of all post offices in the nation.
  • US Post Offices Reportedly Refusing Mail to Israel

    08/14/2014 6:01:07 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 37 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8-14-14 | Ari Yashar
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has written to complain to the US Postmaster General, after receiving widespread reports that US post offices around America have been refusing to accept mail to Israel. In the last several days ADL reports that it has received complaints from Massachusetts, Michigan and New Jersey, revealing postal customers were incorrectly told that the US Postal Service is not accepting mail for Israel due to Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. "The postal employees have told these individuals that current USPS policy says that mail to Israel cannot be accepted because of the current crisis,” said Abraham H....
  • POST YOUR HOURS!!!!

    06/16/2014 10:11:26 AM PDT · by eccentric · 10 replies
    vanity | June 16, 2014 | Linda Martinez
    The next appropriation bill should include a simple LAW that all public offices that receive federal funding must post their hours open to the public at their front entrance large enough to be seen from the 3rd nearest non-restricted parking space. .
  • Feds Prosecuting Tree-Trimmer for Unintentionally Bruising Herons

    05/29/2014 7:25:08 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    PJ Tattler ^ | 5-29-14 | Bridget Johnson
    The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is questioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the agency’s decision to prosecute a tree-trimmer who accidentally knocked herons out of a tree. Ernest Pulido is expected to face charges from the U.S. Attorney’s Office within a week for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. He could face a maximum fine of $15,000 and six months in jail. Pulido was hired by the U.S. Postal Service to prune trees May 3 outside an Oakland, Calif., branch, where postal officials were upset with birds pooping on mail trucks. One branch...
  • Socialism and Electric Cars:

    03/30/2014 5:46:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 30, 2014 | John Ransom
    Beatrice17 wrote: First of all, the USPS is NOT a government organization, but a private business. (sigh). Second, the USPS does NOT photograph every piece of mail. (sigh) It does run it thru multiple scanners. One is a bio scanner - developed since the "white powder" scare - that can locate poisons, etc. Another is a zip code scanner, to electronically put zip codes on the mail so that it can be electronically sorted. This saves time and money... except when your Grammy writes so illegibly that her letter has to be kicked out and a real live human has...
  • Update: Post Office Carry Amendments

    02/16/2014 11:34:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    thebangswitch.com ^ | 10 February, 2014 | Joe
    Earlier in the week many lawful firearms owners applauded Senator Rand Paul when he introduced an amendment to the Postal Reform bill to rescind a nearly five decade old ban on the carry of firearms for self defense into Post Offices.Anyone who has been paying attention to decades following the ban know that there have been several incidents of lunatics opening fire in these ‘gun free’ zones.  In fact it got so bad the term “Going Postal” was coined.  These bans never work and lead to environments where madmen know their victims will all be disarmed, making their murderous plots more...
  • Post Office Latest Federal Agency to Ask for Ammunition

    02/15/2014 8:16:23 AM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    The New American ^ | 2/13/2014 | Joe Wolverton
    The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has posted a request to purchase “assorted small arms ammunition,” reports political analyst Michael Lotfi. The solicitation by the USPS was posted on FBO.gov, the federal government’s federal business opportunities website. The process is now underway to arrange for the purchase of guns and ammo for some undisclosed use by the post office. As Lotfi points out, it is curious that the postal service can afford to arm itself given their precarious financial position: The USPS has been posting $1-5 billion quarterly losses for years. In fiscal year (FY) 2012 alone the USPS lost a...
  • Going Postal: The Post Office wants ammunition after Senator’s proposal

    02/06/2014 3:37:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Sheeple ^ | February 5, 2014 | James Smith
    Going postal, in American English slang, means becoming extremely and uncontrollably angry, often to the point of violence, and usually in a workplace environment. In the oddest solicitation to date, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has submitted a pre-solicitation notice for ammunition to add to its inventory of government supplies. Never, in the last ten years, has the USPS posted solicitations for ammunition of any kind via the government’s Federal Business Online website. Other agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Weather Service have made unusually large purchases of .40 caliber S&W ammunition, and agencies...
  • Senator Rand Paul to Offer Amendment Allowing Guns in Post Offices

    01/29/2014 6:08:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    gunowners.org ^ | 28 January, 2014 | GOA
    Have you ever wondered why you can't pull your pickup truck into the parking lot of the Gillette, Wyoming, post office, go in, and mail a letter -- without giving up your Second Amendment rights?The answer is that a bunch of gun-hating legislators -- who are terrified of the very thought of guns -- slammed through a law prohibiting guns in any federal facility.  It is now contained at 18 U.S.C. 930.The original law contained a provision, at subsection (d)(3), which would allow you to carry your gun for "other lawful purposes" -- including, presumably, self-defense.But, not surprisingly, the ATF...
  • Price of stamps goes up this weekend

    01/25/2014 7:28:16 AM PST · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN Money ^ | jan 24, 2014 | Jennifer Liberto
    If you have letters or bills to mail, you might want to rush. Saturday is the last day when it will cost you 46 cents. Starting Sunday, you'll pay more -- 49 cents. On Sunday, the cost of mailing a post card will also go up to 34 cents, a 1-cent increase. The current rate hike brings a much-needed cash influx to the financially struggling postal service. Much of its cash problems stem from a congressional mandate to make annual $5 billion payments for future retiree health care benefits.
  • Postal Service, union wrangle over Staples outlets

    01/19/2014 7:28:46 AM PST · by re_tail20 · 28 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | January 19, 2014 | ap
    The opening of Postal Service retail centers in dozens of Staples stores around the country is being met with threats of protests and boycotts by the agency's unions. The new outlets are staffed by Staples employees, not postal workers, and labor officials say that move replaces good-paying union jobs with low-wage, nonunion workers. "It's a direct assault on our jobs and on public postal services," said Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union. The dispute comes as the financially struggling Postal Service continues to form partnerships with private companies, and looks to cut costs and boost revenues....
  • Lazy Postal Worker Drives On Lawn To Deliver Package

    10/04/2013 12:01:16 PM PDT · by Kip Russell · 30 replies
    How lazy are some postal workers? Well one decided she wasn`t in the mood for walking a few feet from the street to the front door to drop off a package... so she drove. She drove over the curb and on the front lawn. The entire scene was caught on the home`s surveillance camera.
  • The Post Office is Sitting on a Gold Mine

    08/05/2013 7:31:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2013 | Norman Rogers
    The United States Postal Service is operating according to a paradigm set up 100 years ago. In spite of protected monopolies and immunity from paying taxes or even parking tickets, the USPS is losing business and losing money. The problem is that the paradigm is technologically obsolete and has lost its usefulness. I gave up receiving bills in the mail years ago. I pay all my bills by credit card or automatic bank withdrawal. Most of my service providers don't even send me bills in the mail. So far this year I've written only 3 checks to providers of goods...
  • Lance Armstrong Says It's The Postal Service's Fault For.... $41 Million When He Was On Drugs

    07/25/2013 10:17:15 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Yahoo/Business Insider ^ | 07/25/2013 | Jim Edwards
    FULL TITLE: Lance Armstrong Says It's The Postal Service's Fault For Giving Him $41 Million When He Was On Drugs Lance Armstrong' defense of the false claims lawsuit brought against him by former cycling teammate Floyd Landis is a breathtaking act of chutzpah: It is the government's fault that his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, did not know he was taking drugs when he won all those Tour de Frances, Armstrong argues. In fact, the post office liked sponsoring Armstrong when he was doping, the cyclist argues, and "got exactly what it bargained for." Armstrong made the argument in legal...
  • GOP's Issa, US Postal Service Plan End to Home Delivery

    07/23/2013 1:18:07 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 106 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 23, 2013 | Melanie Batley
    Mail delivery to the doorstep may be a thing of the past as lawmakers consider ways to cut costs to save the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, which lost $16 billion in 2012. According to CNN Money, the agency is working toward a more "centralized delivery" approach in which residents pick up their mail from a mailbox at the curb or at clusters of mailboxes within their neighborhoods. The practice already is being adopted for new houses and developments, and some House Republicans want it rolled out universally. "A balanced approach to saving the Postal Service means allowing USPS to adapt...
  • U.S. Postal Service Parking Lot Gun Ban Unconstitutional

    07/11/2013 7:57:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    mountainstateslegal.org ^ | 9 July, 2013 | William Perry Pendley
    DENVER, CO.  A Colorado federal district court ruled today in favor of a Colorado man and a national gun rights group holding that a U.S. Postal Service regulation barring firearms in its parking lots violates their right to keep and bear arms under the Constitution.  The district court ruled, “openly carrying a firearm outside the home is a liberty protected by the Second Amendment [and the] parking lot adjacent to [Avon’s Post Office Building] is not a sensitive place [such that] an absolute ban on firearms is substantially related to [Defendants’] important public safety objective.”  Tab Bonidy, who is licensed...
  • Issa reaches out to Democrats on postal reform (Good News for USPS Survival?)

    06/21/2013 7:51:53 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/20/13 | Bernie Becker
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is reaching out across the aisle for suggestions on his new discussion draft to revamp the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Issa released the discussion draft last week, in an attempt to broaden the support for his efforts at postal reform. And in a "Dear Colleague" letter aimed at Democrats, the California Republican says that “while the challenges are great, I strongly believe that the Postal Service is a government institution worth saving.” “While we may not agree on every issue in how to save the Postal Service, I do believe that we all...
  • eBay Seller Out $1,300 And Laptop Because USPS Insists Blank Box Is Actually A Signature

    06/14/2013 5:42:50 PM PDT · by grundle · 73 replies
    consumerist.com ^ | June 13, 2013 | Chris Morran
    This scan of a completely blank signature card is what the USPS offered up as proof that the customer’s package had been delivered. A woman in California recently sold a laptop computer of hers on eBay for $1,300, but it never arrived at the buyer’s house. The seller had paid the U.S. Postal Service for insurance and delivery confirmation on the package, so she should be able to get her money back and see who signed for the package. Not quite. She tells CBS Sacramento’s Kurtis Ming that USPS denied her insurance claim because the package was delivered and signed...
  • Closure of the East Texas Processing & Distribution Center

    05/31/2013 8:32:19 AM PDT · by Patriot777 · 3 replies
    KLTV News Tyler / Longview TX ^ | Posted: May 21, 2013 8:10 AM CDT Updated: May 21, 2013 8:30 AM CDT | Lauren Callahan
    Hundreds of employees affected by ETX mail processing center closureTYLER, TX (KLTV) - Mail is no longer being processed directly in East Texas. We first told you back in February that the East Texas Processing and Distribution Center would be closing its doors by June 1. Mail has gradually been moving out of the center since April 1, and last Saturday, May 18, the last pieces of mail were processed here in East Texas. And the closure affects more than just your mail. I sat down recently with two postal contractors whose routes have been affected by the closure. They...
  • A Post-Post Office World

    04/17/2013 6:25:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2013 | John Stossel
    Even parts of government that look like a business never get run with the efficiency of a business. Just look at the post office. They buy commercials and tout their services the way private businesses do. They offer a service that customers want. But a real business can't get away with losing billions every year. (I guess in the era of bailouts, I should say shouldn't get away with it.) The post office lost $16 billion last year, despite having all sorts of advantages that most private businesses don't have. They have a near monopoly on first-class mail delivery. You...
  • Congress votes to force Postal Service to keep Saturday delivery

    03/21/2013 1:16:11 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 76 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/21/2013 | By Elvina Nawaguna
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The financially beleaguered Postal Service suffered a setback in its plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail as Congress on Thursday passed legislation requiring six-day delivery. The Postal Service, which lost $16 billion last year, had announced last month its plan to switch to five-day mail service to save $2 billion annually. No law requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days a week, but Congress has traditionally included a provision in legislation to fund the federal government each year that has prevented the Postal Service from reducing delivery service. The House of Representatives on...
  • Ex terror-suspect arrested in Denmark (Gitmo Grad)

    08/16/2007 3:58:47 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 402+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 16, 2007 | JAN M. OLSEN
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark—A former Guantanamo detainee has been arrested in Denmark on suspicion of withdrawing $18,900 from other people's accounts using stolen debit cards and PIN codes, police said Thursday. Slimane Hadj Abderrahmane, a Danish citizen, was released from the Guantanamo Bay detention center in 2004 after nearly two years in captivity. Abderrahmane, 34, was arrested Wednesday and ordered held in jail for two weeks on preliminary fraud and theft charges, police said. He is suspected of stealing three debit cards—two corporate cards and one personal—and the corresponding PIN codes. Police did not say how he stole them. They said Abderrahmane,...
  • Is rural mail delivery the real problem with the USPS budget?

    02/09/2013 1:09:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    It's Saturday, and I went out on the front porch this morning after shoveling out from Nemo and got the mail as usual. There was an advertisement trying to get me to switch homeowner's insurance and a coupon flyer for the local grocery store. That sort of surprise waiting in the mailbox doesn't exactly get me all up in arms over the Post Office's idea to cancel Saturday mail delivery. Up until now, I’ve been assuming that the Post Office is simply an unprofitable enterprise and they may have to put trucks out on the road less often to reduce...
  • Postal Service plans to end Saturday mail delivery by August

    02/06/2013 9:47:53 AM PST · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Ed O'Keefe
    The financially struggling U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting Aug. 1 — but will continue delivering packages. Unless forbidden to do so by Congress, which has moved in the past to prohibit five-day-a-week delivery, the agency for the first time will delivery mail only Monday through Friday. The move will save about $2 billion a year for the Postal Service, which has suffered tens of billions of dollars in losses in recent years with the advent of the Internet and e-commerce, officials said. “The American public understands the financial challenges of...
  • Postal Service says it’s immune from local traffic laws

    02/02/2013 5:32:08 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 February 2013 | Jason Sickles
    A government lawyer’s attempt to get dismissed nearly $700 in traffic tickets given to the U.S. Postal Service is being met with a hearty and humorous, Heck no. In a Jan. 22 letter sent to both the city of East Cleveland, Ohio, and the company that operates the city's photo-enforcement program, Postal Service attorney Jennifer S. Breslin says two school-zone speeding citations and five red-light infractions by postal trucks in December should be ignored. “In providing mail service across the country, the Postal Service attempts to work within local and state laws and regulations, when feasible,” wrote Breslin, after reminding...
  • After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar

    01/01/2013 6:58:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | December 29, 2012 | SARAH HOFIUS HALL
    After 63 years, U.S. Postal Service delivers calendar The 1950 Pennsylvania Railroad calendar never made it to James W. Flanagan, general manager of The Scranton Times. He would never need it: he died in December 1949. But on Friday, 63 years after his death, the U.S. Postal Service made a delivery. A mail carrier, with no explanation of where the package had been the last 63 years, handed it to Chris O'Hora at The Times-Tribune's front desk. The calendar, rolled in a long tube, soon made its way to the office of Bobby Lynett, a publisher of The Times-Tribune and...
  • Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

    11/20/2012 11:25:03 PM PST · by Abiotic · 108 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 20th, 2012 | Eric Katz
    The Federal-Postal Coalition -- a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions -- pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the "fiscal cliff." Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily. “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have,...
  • Exclusive Breaking: 1,100 Florida Voters Disenfranchised Today

    08/14/2012 12:08:53 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 79 replies
    Election Law Center ^ | 8-14-2012 | Christian Adams
    August 14, 2012 Exclusive Breaking: 1,100 Florida Voters Disenfranchised Today Christian Adams Election Law Center has learned that 1,100 Florida voters will not be able to participate in today's state primary because of snafus by the government. 300 absentee voters in Martin County (FL) and 800 in Indian River County (FL) did not receive their requested absentee ballots in time to participate in today's important primary election because the United States Post Office treated the bulk absentee ballot mailings as third class mail. The ballots were deposited by Martin and Indian River County election officials with the United States Post...
  • Postal Service reports $5.2B loss in 3rd quarter

    08/09/2012 7:47:05 AM PDT · by Justaham · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8/9/12 | Hope Yen
    The ailing U.S. Postal Service is reporting quarterly losses of $5.2 billion. From April to June, losses were $2.1 billion more than during the same period in 2011. The mail agency said it is being hurt significantly by mounting costs for future retiree health benefits. Those expenses made up $3.1 billion of the post office's quarterly loss. Declining first-class mail volume also contributed to losses. The Postal Service for months has been urging Congress to pass legislation that would allow it to eliminate Saturday mail delivery and reduce the annual health payment of $5 billion. The post office defaulted on...
  • Post Office Nears Historic Default On $5-Billion Payment

    07/31/2012 4:55:31 AM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    TBI ^ | 7-31-2012 | AP
    Post Office Nears Historic Default On $5-Billion Payment AP Jul. 31, 2012, 6:59 AM WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service is bracing for a first-ever default on billions in payments due to the Treasury, adding to widening uncertainty about the mail agency's solvency as first-class letters plummet and Congress deadlocks on ways to stem the red ink. With cash running perilously low, two legally required payments for future postal retirees' health benefits — $5.5 billion due Wednesday, and another $5.6 billion due in September — will be left unpaid, the mail agency said Monday. Postal officials said they also...
  • Jul 26, 1775: U.S. postal system established

    07/26/2012 5:15:25 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 3 replies
    http://www.history.com/ ^ | 7/26/2012 | Staff
    On this day in 1775, the U.S. postal system is established by the Second Continental Congress, with Benjamin Franklin as its first postmaster general. Franklin (1706-1790) put in place the foundation for many aspects of today's mail system. During early colonial times in the 1600s, few American colonists needed to send mail to each other; it was more likely that their correspondence was with letter writers in Britain. Mail deliveries from across the Atlantic were sporadic and could take many months to arrive. There were no post offices in the colonies, so mail was typically left at inns and taverns....
  • Kucinich lends moral support to postal hunger strike

    06/26/2012 5:49:01 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 25, 2012 | Tomer Ovadia
    Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Monday helped kick off a hunger strike of postal workers protesting what they say is an effort to privatize and dismantle the cash-strapped United States Postal Service. The strike — which includes 10 postal workers, union activists and supporters, but not Kucinich himself — is the latest in a long saga of efforts to reform the postal service as it faces a dim financial future. While lawmakers generally agree that postal reform is necessary, they disagree on the specifics.
  • 10 postal workers launch hunger strike

    06/25/2012 10:33:33 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    CNN Money ^ | June 25, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto
    Ten current and former postal workers launched a more than 3-day hunger strike Monday to protest looming cuts and closures at the U.S. Postal Service. Drastic? Yes. But organizers say desperate times call for desperate measures. The hunger strikers want the Postal Service to shelve its July plans to start closing or consolidating 48 mail processing plants. By the end of 2014, when the plan to shrink the postal network is completed, 229 plants will be consolidated or closed and 28,000 jobs will be gone. They also want Congress to eliminate a mandate that has been a major financial drag...
  • Teens Accused of Trying to Rob Postal Worker in Detroit (Hood in Hoodie)

    05/18/2012 11:56:44 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 24 replies
    MyFoxDetroit ^ | May 10, 2012 | Maurielle Lue
    DETROIT (WJBK) -- Police say a man and his friend are in a lot of trouble for what they did to a Detroit postal worker. "Our postal carrier was in his vehicle, and two African-American males approached him. One had a gun," said Wiley Christopher with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The incident happened on May 1 around the same time you would expect to see a lot of government checks and food stamps in the mail. Police say the guys didn't get away with anything, but there is still an award for information leading to an arrest. "We find...
  • Postal worker says leaking package from Yemen made him seriously ill

    05/13/2012 11:33:13 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | 13/5/12
    ORLANDO, Fla. — A postal worker says a mysterious leaking package from Yemen has left him seriously ill, but the U.S. Postal Service denies the package ever existed. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, in a story printed in Sunday's Miami Herald and The Ledger of Lakeland, reported that Jeffrey A. Lill suffers from extreme fatigue, tremors, and liver and neurological problems. The symptoms are consistent with toxic exposure, problems that he said began after he handled the leaking package on Feb. 4, 2011. The center tracked down co-workers who said that they saw and smelled the package and that...
  • Postal Service plans to keep rural post offices, cut hours

    05/09/2012 7:30:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 9, 2012, 6:43 p.m. | Ian Duncan, Washington Bureau
    The U.S. Postal Service backed off from a proposal to close thousands of rural post offices, opting instead to cut opening hours in a bid to stem devastating financial losses. The postal service estimates that the new plan will save $500 million a year once it is fully implemented in 2014. The previous proposal would have closed more than 3,000 rural post offices to save $200 million a year. Under the plan outlined Wednesday, 13,167 post offices will open for two to six hours a day. A spokeswoman for the postal service said that no community would be required to...
  • USPS's Business Failures Might Have Something to Do With Political Connections of Competitors

    05/08/2012 7:24:47 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4-22-2012 | Dean Baker
    A NYT article on the financial difficulties of the Postal Service concluded with a comment from Art Sackler, the chairman of the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service: "They haven’t had a good track record when it comes to developing new lines of business." This organization is identified as "a mailing industry group that includes companies like FedEx, said the Postal Service." It might have been worth reminding readers that FedEx and UPS have in the past used their political power to limit the ability of the Postal Service to compete with them.
  • It's All Your Money: Taxpayers may be on hook for US Postal Service losses

    05/08/2012 4:57:08 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/8/2012 | By William La Jeunesse
    The U.S. Postal Service is often the butt of jokes, but there's nothing funny about the agency's bottom line. The USPS is losing up to $25 million dollars a day. Until now, taxpayers have not been on the hook for its mounting losses, but that could be about to change. A bill recently approved by the Senate would appropriate $34 billion in federal money. "If the post office was a business, it would be in bankruptcy," said Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla. "It's insolvent." Ironically, however, Congress shares much of the blame. For years, the Postal Service begged Washington for the...
  • Postal Service: House must act to stem mail losses

    05/04/2012 9:39:34 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    AP via KnoxNews ^ | 5/4/12 | HOPE YEN, Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — With financial losses mounting, the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service is urging the House to quickly pass legislation that would give it wide authority to close thousands of low-revenue post offices, reduce labor costs and end Saturday delivery. At its meeting Friday, the Postal Service's board of governors said that a bill passed by the Senate last week doesn't go far enough to give the agency the latitude it needs. That bill would provide the Postal Service with an $11 billion cash infusion to help pay down ballooning debt but halt the immediate closing of up to 252...
  • Is the U.S. Postal Service Worth Saving?

    05/02/2012 4:41:38 AM PDT · by upchuck · 53 replies
    Town Hall Magazine ^ | April 29, 2012 | Kevin Glass
    Technology’s rapid advance over the past few decades has brought an era of unprecedented communication among Americans. With video chat, people separated by thousands of miles can interact as if they’re in the same room. Small business owners can pay bills with the click of a mouse. The original online communications technology—e-mail—has become so much more. And there’s a government agency that is not happy about this The U.S Postal Service is in crisis. Mail volume peaked in 2006, and they have been losing business—and more importantly, money—ever since. As an arm of the federal government, taxpayers should be worried...
  • The Senate's Dead-Letter Postal Plan

    04/27/2012 1:47:30 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 04/27/2012 | IBD Staff
    Postal Service: This week the Senate passed a postal bill that throws billions at the beleaguered monopoly but does nothing to fix it. If Congress can't even manage to get this reform right, the country is doomed.
  • The Bailout Of The US Postal Service Begins: Cost To Taxpayers - $110,000 Per Union Vote

    04/26/2012 8:49:05 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 4/26/2012 | Tyler Durden
    A week ago, when reading between the lines of what had heretofore been considered an inevitable USPS episode of austerity in which hundreds of thousands of labor union workers would lose their jobs but in the process would streamline a thoroughly outdated and inefficient US Postal Office bureaucracy, we asked if a US Postal Service bailout was imminent, focusing on the following: "Enter Ron Bloom, Lazard, and the very same crew that ended up getting a taxpayer funded bailout for GM. From the WSJ: "The Postal Service's proposal to close thousands of post offices and cut back on the number...
  • Mail Carriers Try Own Rescue: Raising Stamp Prices Is Central to Postal Union's Plan

    04/18/2012 3:33:53 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 10 replies
    Wall street Journal ^ | 4-17-12 | JENNIFER LEVITZ
    The nation's largest mail-carriers union wants the U.S. Postal Service to raise stamp prices and expand mail delivery. In a report to be released Tuesday, it sharply criticizes the agency's own rescue plan and argues the Postal Service will become profitable only if it restructures itself like a business. Labor groups, for instance, generally oppose cuts to service. The mailing industry opposes higher postage fees. Many legislators say the Postal Service needs to close facilities—but not in their district. And a Republican-led bill set to be heard by the full House looks askance at any proposal that would allow the...
  • Postal Service: We need more junk mail

    03/20/2012 4:51:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies · 1+ views
    CNN Money ^ | March 20, 2012 | By Jennifer Liberto
    The U.S. Postal Service wants small businesses to send more direct mail, a.k.a. junk mail, to help the beleaguered agency expand its revenue stream by hundreds of millions of dollars. In a campaign called "Every Door Direct Mail," the Postal Service is touting a year-old online tool to help small businesses micro-target direct mail. The Web tool allows firms to tap customers by neighborhood or zip code without names or addresses. The Postal Service reported a $5.1 billion loss for the year ended Sept. 30. The loss was caused by an ongoing decline in its core revenue driver, regular letters...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Postal Service

    03/18/2012 10:21:29 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 47 replies
    American Spectator ^ | March 15, 2012 | Peter Hannaford
    Let's say you own a store with a good clientele, but sales have been slipping in recent years. A new store with new products has faster service at lower prices and is open 24/7. You're losing money. What do you do?
  • Missing Postal Mail Problem

    02/15/2012 11:01:30 AM PST · by ml/nj · 47 replies
    ML/NJ
    Two of the past four months I have not received my Visa bill in the mail. A week and a half ago I called Visa and they said they would send out a copy of my statement to me. It still isn't here. So today I called my local Post Office and told this story to the guy that answered the phone. "Not us," he said. When I asked him how he knew this, he asked me if I was receiving other things that were mailed to me. When I told him that I had no way of knowing who...
  • Email Isn't Killing The Post Office

    12/12/2011 4:34:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 93 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 12, 2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    IT'S GROUNDHOG DAY at the US Postal Service: time once again for the familiar laments about how the agency's financial losses are surging, how demand for its services is plummeting, and how officials have no choice but to close local facilities, raise the price of stamps, and reduce delivery standards. Last week the Postal Service announced plans to cut $3 billion in costs by slowing down first-class mail service and eliminating about half of the country's 461 mail-processing centers. That would mean an end to next-day delivery of first-class mail. Although that might not seem like much of a threat...
  • USPS wants to limit next-day service (Put a fork in 'em! They're Done!)

    12/05/2011 4:39:32 AM PST · by tobyhill · 73 replies · 1+ views
    cnn ^ | 12/3/2011 | By Jennifer Liberto
    The U.S. Postal Service on Monday will announce a cost-savings proposal that would no longer deliver first-class mail on the next day. The financially troubled agency will present to its overseers a proposal to change its national standard for first-class mail to two-to-five days from one-to-three, according to interviews with several mail industry officials who received a presentation by the agency this week. "This isn't a change we're happy about," said Art Sackler, executive director of the National Postal Policy Council, a trade group for large mailers. "But if they don't cut somewhere and substantially, they're going to run out...
  • Court OKs Lawsuit Challenging Post-Office Gun Ban(CO)

    11/28/2011 6:12:10 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 28 November, 2011 | NSSF
    NEWTOWN, Conn --(Ammoland.com)- A federal judge in Denver has allowed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Postal Service’s ban on guns in post offices to go forward, the Denver Post reports. A Colorado couple filed the lawsuit last year, saying the ban violates their Second Amendment rights. Avon residents Debbie and Tab Bonidy filed the lawsuit last year, saying the ban violates their Second Amendment rights. The Bonidys say they carry handguns for self-defense and both hold concealed-carry permits, and they do not receive mail service at their remote home. They say the ban, which prohibits carrying guns both in post...