Video: Kansas City postal workers rally to keep post offices open

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Postal workers nationwide and in Kansas City are fighting to keep your local post office open.

The United States Postal Service plans to reduce hours and close branches nationwide. No branches in Kansas City are currently set to close, but with 82 processing centers set to close around the country, including one in Springfield, Mo., mail service will be slowed.

If you’re hoping to mail a letter or bill, it probably won’t get there overnight. Instead, it may take two to three days to arrive.

Postal Service employees are infuriated because they don’t want to work fewer hours or see offices close. On Thursday they’ll rally to keep things as they are. Continue reading

USPS may have a buyer for Houston PO

The Houston Chronicle reports that the USPS may have found a buyer for the Houston Post Office, but the agency declined to provide details as negotiations are ongoing. The 5 story building, on a 16 acre site, has been on the market for several years. Retail operations are set to end this coming Friday. While the building is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places because it’s more than fifty years old, there doesn’t seem to be much local concern about the building, a typical 1960’s “brutalist” office block.

After at least three attempts to sell the site at 401 Franklin, the property went back on the market earlier this year after a deal to sell if fell through. Spokeswoman Dionne Montague said the most recent bid solicitation period has closed and the postal service is “in the process of negotiations,” which may be finalized by the end of the year.

Save the Post Office featured the Houston PO in a story last week.

Source: Downtown post office sale under negotiations – Prime Property

Senators from rural states meet with PMG on plant closings, service cuts

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on her efforts to improve mail delivery and service in rural communities in North Dakota and across the country, U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp brought together the first bipartisan meeting of solely Senators from rural states to speak with the U.S. Postmaster General about the impact that mail processing facility closures and service standard reductions have had on families and communities throughout rural America.

Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Committee which oversees the U.S. Postal Service, brought together U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-MT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Gary Peters (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) to raise awareness about declining postal standards and the effects of closing mail processing facilities in rural communities across their states with U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan. Continue reading

Video: Brown recluse spiders force Fisherville KY Post Office to close temporarily

FISHERVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Brown recluse spiders are causing the Fisherville Post Office to temporarily close its doors. United States Postal Service spokesperson David Walton says spiders were found during a recent inspection.

“We didn’t want to take any chances so we thought the best course of action here was to close the building until the situation remedied,” said Walton. “We do have an exterminator involved. They are setting traps.”

Walton says the spiders are drawn to quiet places.

“Any place that is dark and quiet that doesn’t get a lot of traffic and there are areas of a post office that are like that,” he said. Continue reading

Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls on Congress to Prevent Sale of Historic US Postal Buildings

Barbaralee_newheadshot_1200Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced legislation to halt the sale and consolidation of historic US Postal Service facilities. The Moratorium on US Historic Postal Buildings Act would prevent USPS from selling any facility until all buildings listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places are removed from the auction block.

“These historic post offices are an irreplaceable part of our nation’s history. They belong to the American people,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Historic post office buildings are an integral part of our cultural heritage and should not be used as a bargaining chip to resolve the Postal Service’s financial woes.”

“In my district, the Berkeley post office is cherished by the East Bay community,” Congresswoman Lee added. “I’m calling on Congress to stop these callous attempts to auction off our heritage. My bill would ensure that historic post offices across the country, including the Berkeley Post office, remain as a cornerstone of our community.”

via Congresswoman Lee Calls on Congress to Prevent Sale of Historic US Postal Buildings | Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

Bipartisan group in Congress calls for end to USPS service slowdown

West Virginia Congressman David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for an end to the postal slowdown and a return to prior service standards.

On July 1, 2012 the United States Postal Service (USPS) initiated an aggressive plan to cut costs by closing rural post offices, mail processing facilities and reducing First Class Mail delivery. This has had a disproportionate impact businesses and families in rural areas.

“We’ve heard from hundreds of West Virginians — newspapers, businesses and individual postal customers negatively impacted by these delivery changes. By restoring prompt and reliable service, we can rebuild trust in the postal service and give rural Americans peace of mind” said McKinley.

The fall 2013 closure of the USPS Mail Processing Facility in Bridgeport has required mail to be shipped to Pittsburgh or Charleston for processing, resulting in delays, increased costs, and unreliable service. Beckley mail is sent to Charleston for processing. This month, USPS announced it would end overnight delivery of First Class Mail in further efforts to cut costs.

“The recent changes implemented by the United States Postal Service are having a dramatic and negative impact on all businesses and residents living in rural parts of the United States,” said Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association. “This recent USPS decision is a national issue that is impacting the entire country. The newspaper industry across America is just one segment of the national economy that will suffer as a result of these changes. We hope other members of Congress will support his resolution and join in the discussion.”

“This postal slowdown is causing real harm across West Virginia as credit card bills are delayed, consumers cancel unreliable newspapers, and timely medicine deliveries are threatened. The Post Office should reconsider these changes and work with Congress to develop an alternative model,” McKinley added.

The bipartisan resolution, H. Res. 54, was co-sponsored by Reps. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.; Don Young, R-Alaska.; Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif; Richard Nolan, N.M.; David Joyce, R-Ohio; and Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.

Video: Arkansas post office with 33 customers will remain open

SEDGWICK, AR (KAIT) – With just 33 customers, the United States Postal Service says changes must come to the Sedgwick Post Office.

There might be plenty of traffic that goes past the Sedgwick Post Office on Highway 63, but as for traffic volume inside, Sedgwick falls in line with many other small town post offices with not enough business.

KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

“This is where everybody gets their news for the town,” Sedgwick Mayor J Stanley Debow told Region 8 NewsNewsbow grew up in Sedgwick and says while there might not be a large volume of business going through, it’s a staple in the community and one of the few things left keeping the town viable.

“It’s all about gone. Post office is about the last business here in the city that I’m aware of,” Debow said.

Read more: Hours of operation shortened for Sedgwick Post Office – KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports.

Congressman says USPS should not use fire as a “pretext” to close Carlstadt NJ PO

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) urged U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to keep the Carlstadt Post Office open following a destructive fire that gutted the facility. USPS recently announced in a letter to postal customers they are studying the Carlstadt facility for “discontinuance” following the devastating blaze.

“Although the recent fire was destructive and costly, it should not be used as a pretext to shut down the Carlstadt Post Office,” Pascrell wrote to Postmaster General Donahoe. “What is now a temporary inconvenience for Carlstadt postal customers must not become a permanent hardship. My constituents in Carlstadt rely on a convenient and accessible postal location for a wide range of personal and business needs. A failure to quickly reopen, rebuild or relocate the Post Office within Carlstadt would create an unnecessary hardship for these local residents and loyal postal customers. The closure of local post offices in towns like Carlstadt threatens that trust and drives customers to seek out other service providers.”

The early morning blaze on April 24th forced a temporarily closure of the facility, with services in the interim rerouted through the East Rutherford Branch. In 2011 the Carlstadt Post Office was named in honor of Staff Sergeant Frank T. Carvill and Lance Corporal Michael A. Schwarz, two fallen soldiers from Carlstadt that were killed in combat operations in Iraq. Continue reading

USPS cancels plans to close downtown Santa Fe PO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed news that the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to shelve a proposal to move out of downtown Santa Fe and instead keep the post office at its current site on Federal Place.

Udall, Heinrich and Luján have been instrumental in working to keep the downtown post office open after questions were raised of the Postal Service and the General Services Agency (GSA) about whether a move out of the building would save money and meet the needs of the community. Located across the street from City Hall, the Federal Place building is an important anchor for downtown. Continue reading