USPS puts nearly all remaining consolidations and closings on hold

May 22, 2015- The USPS announced significant changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation initiative. With the exception of the Houston P&DC and Queens P&DC, the USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations to a date to be determined. The National Office of the NPMHU has requested a meeting to discuss the implications of this decision. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Access the updated closure/consolidation list.

Access the USPS RIBBS Network Rationalization website.

Source: NEARLY ALL REMAINING CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS PUT ON HOLD – National Postal Mail Handlers Union

Video: Former TV star’s bankruptcy may cost town its post office

We’ve seen post offices close because of asbestos contamination, mold, and spider infestations, but this is the first time we can recall an office closing because a slightly obscure former TV star went bankrupt. The tiny Harford PA post office was bought in 2004 by actor Bronson Pinchot, who appeared on the sitcom “Perfect Strangers” in the 80’s. It was one of several properties, including a Federal style mansion, that Pinchot intended to renovate. Some of the properties appeared on his short-lived series on the DIY Network, “The Bronson Pinchot Project“. Continue reading

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