AFL-CIO President Trumka: ‘Buy America’ Good First Step for Working People

AFL-CIO Press Release – April 18, 2017 Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on today’s ‘Buy America’ and Work Visa Executive Order: We welcome efforts to improve the effectiveness of “Buy America” and “Buy American,” both of which commit taxpayer funds to support good jobs and businesses in America. Today’s executive order is a good…

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What’s up with Mail? How Mail Use is Changing Across the United States

USPS OIG White Paper – April 17, 2017 While continuing to fall, the overall rate of volume decline for letter mail has slowed substantially in recent years. Business-to-consumer mail like First-Class Mail Presort and Marketing Mail represents a growing portion of total mail volume – over 78 percent in 2015. There is substantial variation at…

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OIG: Have Field Material Handling Projects Benefited USPS?

Project Title: Field Material Handling Projects Start Date: Monday, March 27, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: September 2017 The U.S. Postal Service has one of the largest material handling systems in the world for moving mail. There are more than 200 miles of conveyors and more than 8,500 pieces of mail processing equipment used to…

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Taxpayers Protection Alliance: Hill Briefing on Postal Reform (video)

Published on Apr 10, 2017 TPA hosted a hill briefing on Postal Reform, featuring Justin Sykes with Americans for Tax Reform; David Williams with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance; Kevin Kosar with the R Street Institute; Steve Pociask with the American Consumer Institute; and George Landrith with Frontiers of Freedom.

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Simple And Straightforward Consumer Fix: Help USPS Improve Poor Mail Service

By Steve Pociask – April 17, 2017 Despite a lot of big ticket consumer-oriented issues coming into focus for Congress lately, like healthcare and tax reform, it is also apparent that the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its chaotic operations have also had the attention of some legislators on Capitol Hill. For the new…

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Box populi – 4 facts about collection boxes

Blue collection boxes are a symbol of USPS, but they haven’t always looked the way they do today. Here are four examples of how the boxes have evolved. Style. In the late 1850s, the first street boxes were attached to public lampposts and walls near busy street corners. As mail volume increased, free-standing package boxes…

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‘Mail goes by us like 2 times before it gets here’: Rural Montana waits for Postal Reform

By Tom Lutey – April 16, 2017 Rosebud School students know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, which is why the U.S. Postal Service’s mail route to this tiny Eastern Montana town is a head-scratcher. ”The mail goes by us like two times before it gets here,” said Lori Reierson, who…

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Abusive Pittsburgh postmaster sentenced to probation

By Karen Kane – April 12, 2017 A Pittsburgh postmaster thought he was “preserving public safety” when he violated federal law and opened a suspicious package to check for illegal drugs, according to his attorney. But two women he supervised told the sentencing judge Wednesday that Daniel Davis all but ruined their lives by threatening…

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