Saturday, December 31, 2011

USPS closure process flawed says PRC

Postal Service’s closure review process was flawed, panel says

"... Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the report supports “my and many of my colleagues’ skepticism about the wisdom of mass postal closures without a more thoughtful, transparent and data-driven process.” ..."   


Monday, December 26, 2011

Postal Properties for Sale - The new Postal Service

Postal Properties for Sale

The Postal Service is listing properties for sale. Let's see if they are any better at real estate sales than the current decline in service.   


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Postal cuts damaging self-employed

Postal Service Cuts Worry Kitchen-Table Entrepreneurs

"... Business owners who will perhaps be hurt most if the cutbacks planned for next May actually take place are the 21 million-plus “nonemployer firms.” That’s the term the Census Bureau uses to define the self-employed, sole proprietors who account for nearly three-quarters of all U.S. businesses ..."   


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bill would cut take-home pay for postal and federal workers

House Republicans Attack
Postal and Federal Retirement Benefits

"... The bill was introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), and co-sponsored by Reps. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), Frank Lucas (R-OK), Dan Lungren (R-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Fred Upton (R-MI). The bill also would change the calculation of pensions for new hires with less than five years of creditable service and eliminate the FERS annuity supplement ..."   


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Huntsville community outraged over mail processing plant closure possibility

Huntsville mail processing center may relocate to Birmingham

"... "A possible delay, but we are asking our customers to put something in the mail a day or two earlier. If you're sending a card to your grandma, mail it earlier," said Postal Service spokesperson Debra Fetterly. ..."   


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

USPS cuts drive business to private companies

US Postal Service cutbacks could spur shift to UPS, FedEx

"... the federal agency is closing 252 of 461 processing centers, making it nearly impossible to deliver first-class mail overnight. Delivery of letters is expected to take two to three days, periodicals, two to nine days. ..."   


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Postal Service Delivery Continues to Slow

USPS Cuts First-Class Mail Delivery

"... The overall impact on service remains to be seen, as critical entry times will also be changing, which may present printing and transportation challenges for weekly publications." ..."   


Friday, December 9, 2011

privatizing the postal system piece by piece

As USPS Cuts Loom, Business Owners Brace Themselves

"... "They're privatizing the postal system piece by piece through outsourcing and downsizing, selling off assets, closing down post offices and driving business to private mail companies" says Steve Hutkins, a professor at New York University. ..."   


Saturday, December 3, 2011

USPS to study closing mail facility in major growth technology area of Huntsville, Alabama

Public hearing set on plans to close Huntsville mail facility

"... There will be a public hearing Dec. 14 at Decatur Utilities on the proposal. It will be from 7 to 9 p.m. A summary of the proposal and presentation materials will be made available on one week before the meeting date. "Public input is a very important part of the study ..."   


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Feasibility of doing away with first class overnight mail

Residents react to postal service study

"... A study is underway throughout the United States Postal Service to assess the feasibility of doing away with first class overnight mail and centralizing mail processing facilities...."