Postal Service

Senator Sanders Cites ‘Significant Progress’ re: Post Office Closings (Herald of Randolph)

July 6, 2012

By Martha Slater It looks now like many of the small rural post offices in Vermont which were threatened with clo­sure will remain open for at least the next few years. Sen. Bernie Sanders helped lead the effort to pass a Senate postal re­form bill, which he says protects rural post offices and strengthens the […]

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Audio: Interview: Sanders Pushes For Postal Innovation (VPR News)

May 18, 2012

VPR’s Bob Kinzel interviews Senator Bernie Sanders about the state of the U.S. Postal Service and keeping rural post offices open as well as ways the Post Office can innovate to remain relevant. Read the original article >>  

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Editorial: Paying for democracy (Times Argus)

The proposal to close the mail sorting center in White River Junction and the effort to save it are emblematic of the way that democracies in the United States and elsewhere are struggling to define the role of the public sector. Ideological conservatives in the United States and austerity-minded budget hawks in Europe have used […]

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Sen Sanders LTE: Getting the Right U.S. Postal Service for the 21st Century (Wall Street Journal)

May 9, 2012

By Sen. Bernie Sanders In response to your editorial (“The Senate’s Pony Express,” May 2) on the U.S. Postal Service: In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the 1930s and the collapse of the American middle class, we must do everything we can to prevent the elimination of 220,000 decent-paying jobs at the […]

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Rural post offices are granted a reprieve (USA Today)

By Natalie DiBlasio The Postal Service has dropped plans to close thousands of the nation’s rural post offices. Under pressure from Congress and local communities, the cash-strapped agency has instead decided to trim operations at 13,000 post offices to between two and six hours per day, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says. “We have listened to […]

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House lawmakers push for vote on Senate Postal Service reform bill (The Hill)

May 6, 2012

By Bernie Becker Lawmakers hoping to force a House vote on a Senate-passed postal reform bill believe some of their colleagues could be swayed by their message of saving jobs and rural access to postal services. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), who is circulating a letter of support for the Senate bill with Rep. Michael Grimm […]

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Hundreds rally in Montpelier for May Day labor event (VtDigger)

May 2, 2012

By Taylor Dobbs In a gathering reminiscent of the Occupy movement that swept the nation last summer, Vermont’s unions, rights groups and other liberal activists gathered in Montpelier Tuesday for a May Day rally. The rally, organized by the Vermont Workers’ Center, kicked off at Montpelier’s City Hall and police closed off Main Street and […]

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Hundreds turn out for May Day rally in Vt. (WPTZ)

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Hundreds of demonstrators paraded through Vermont’s capital city on May Day calling for health care for all, fair wages and an end to corporate greed. Activists beat drums and chanted: “We are the 99 percent.” They urged lawmakers to “put people first.” Participants at the demonstration included members of the Occupy movements […]

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Vt. lawmakers confer on key bills; end in sight (Boston Globe)

May 1, 2012

By Dave Gram MONTPELIER, Vt.—With hundreds of people clamoring outside for Vermont’s governor to “put people first,” lawmakers inside the Statehouse rejected the latest attempt at overhauling campaign finance laws and prepared for a final round of votes on whether to continue allowing parents to opt out of having their children vaccinated as a requirement […]

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Editorial: Handle with care (Times Argus)

April 27, 2012

The postal reform bill passed by the Senate this week averts the decimation of the Postal Service that had been proposed as a way to save it. Sen. Bernie Sanders took an active role in the Postal Service issue, and in Vermont the benefits will be real. The mail processing center in White River Junction […]

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