Ralph Nader to Speak at Berkeley Post Office July 29

Press Release Friday July 25, 2014 Ralph Nader will speak on the front steps of the Berkeley Main Post Office, 2000 Allston Way, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 2:30pm about the fate of the United States Postal Service, privatization and the importance of our public commons. Berkeley advocates have been concerned that selling off…

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Will Labor Solidarity Save the Post Office?

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…

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Meeting to be held Monday over Midlothian, MD Post Office fate

CUMBERLAND — MIDLOTHIAN — The U.S. Postal Service plans to make a final decision soon on the future of the Midlothian Post Office that will result in the branch reducing operating hours to four hours per day or closing the office completely. A public meeting on the consolidation plan will be held at 3 p.m….

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10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s 239th birthday

On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution. 1. The Founding Fathers were all for a postal system, especially Franklin.  It was Franklin who modified and improved the postal delivery system as…

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Letter: Delays in postal service drive away customers

I am going to whine for a bit. The U.S. Postal Service moved most of our services to Portland and they assured us over and over again it would not affect our mail service. Well, I beg to differ. It now takes an extra day to get our mail. Gee, whiz. We live in the…

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APWU: COLA Update For Employees Covered by the National Agreement

(07/22/14) In June 2014, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) rose to 699.107. The sixth COLA adjustment under the 2010 National Agreement will be based on the July 2014 CPI Index point and will be effective September 6, 2014, (pay period 20-2014, pay date September 26, 2014). However, if the adjustment were made based on the…

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A USPS Worker Called 911, and Then His Bosses Called Him a Terrorist

Postal workers sometimes characterize the U.S. Postal Service as a vast bureaucracy indifferent to their gripes. But that’s not always the case. Consider what happened to Thomas Purviance, a longtime USPS employee in St. Louis, who complained about a potential safety hazard in one of the agency’s facilities: According to a recently filed lawsuit, his…

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A Staples Diet for Postal Workers

(July 24, 2015) More than 1,000 postal workers and allies gathered in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to promote a boycott against Staples as part of the American Postal Workers Union’s “Stop Staples” campaign. Late last year, the office supply giant set up “mini post offices” inside 82 outlets around the country, provoking anger among workers…

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