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You know we’re all about making a little extra money on the side. But the US Postal Service might be on the wrong route with this one.
As we know, the USPS is cutting Saturday service starting August 1 in an effort to save money. Now they’re branching out into fashion in an effort to bring in additional revenue. The agency has partnered with Ohio company Wahconah Group to create “Rain Heat & Snow,” a line that will start out exclusively for men and, according to The Verge, involve some sort of “wearable electronics.”
“This agreement will put the Postal Service on the cutting edge of functional fashion,” Postal Service Corporate Licensing Manager Steven Mills is quoted saying.
Business Insider says the USPS will get a portion of the sales, and won’t have to spend any money on the line.
The men’s line will be available Spring 2014 and a women’s line will follow shortly after.
Other more logical suggestions for the USPS to make money have been shipping beer and offering check cashing services. On that last one, it seems that would make the most sense since you can already purchase a money order at the post office. Sometimes going with the more obvious option is the better decision.
The United States Postal Service has just debuted its Rosa Parks stamp. The Forever stamp featuring the civil rights icon will be officially released on February 4 in Michigan with two events.
One event, the National Day of Courage, will take place at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn with the Rosa Parks bus. In 1955, Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, AL bus to a white man, an action that helped push the civil rights movement into high gear.
There will also be events at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, held on what would have been Parks’ 100th birthday. According to USA Today, the first Rosa Parks Forever stamps will be sold at the Wright museum. People in attendance at the two events will be able to purchase the first stamps issued, postmarked February 4 and canceled with Detroit or Dearborn postmarks.
Activist and former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond, author and scholar Henry Louis Gates, and U.S. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), will speak at the Henry Ford event. Rep. Conyers if from Detroit, and Parks worked as his secretary and receptionist from 1965 to 1988, . Former President Bill Clinton, who presented Parks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, will deliver a video message.
Parks died Oct. 24, 2005, in Detroit.
The Postal Service recently also commemorated the 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation with collector stamp, as we reported.
While the new Rosa Parks stamp is reason to celebrate, all the news coming out of USPS isn’t good. As MadameNoire reported, the Postal Service has been slashing jobs, which may actually hurt the black middle class as a high percentage of USPS workers are African Americans.
In other Rosa Parks news, later this year she will become the first African American with a statue on Capitol Hill. According to Vibe Vixen, “As part of an annual tradition, each state donates two statues of their most honorable citizens to Capitol Hill. Rosa Parks is one of those representing Alabama this year. “
The U.S. Postal Service has eliminated 168,000 jobs since 2006, and more cuts are expected. This could be significant to the African-American middle class. Why? A higher percentage of black workers have USPS jobs. According to a 2012 U.S. Department of Labor report, nearly one in five African-American workers have government jobs such as mail clerks, firefighters and teachers.
“African Americans make up about 20 percent of U.S. Postal Service workers – and are the majority in some urban centers, representing 75 percent to 80 percent of the 5,000 letter carriers in the Chicago area, according to Mack Julion, president of the Chicago branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers,” reports The Huffington Post.
The drastic cuts at the USPS, the country’s second-largest civilian employer after Wal-Mart with some 536,000 career workers, will directly affect its African-American workers. And as the black unemployment rate remains high — 14 percent, roughly double that of whites — it will be harder for African Americans to continue a middle-class lifestyle.
Historically, the postal service had less racial tension, which attracted many African Americans. According to Philip F. Rubio, author of There’s Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice and Equality, in 1865, the U.S. Post Office opened to black workers. “It became a magnet for African Americans who gravitated to the one place where they could take the test and they knew once they got in and became career employees, they were set,” Rubio told the news site. And by World War I, African Americans made up 10 percent of the postal service’s work force.
A USPS position was considered — and still is — a “good job.” The national average annual salary of career employees who work directly with mail, such as letter carriers, is $53,000 to $55,000, reports HuffPo.
The Internet has caused staggering losses — $15.9 billion in fiscal year 2012 alone — for the postal service as more people are using electronic mail. “[T]he postal service is losing $25 million a day, by some estimates, and could run out of money by October,” writes HuffPo.
There are special exhibits across the country to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. And the U.S. Postal Service is honoring the milestone. The USPS recently announced a limited-edition stamp honoring the historic event.
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed all those enslaved in Confederate territory to be forever free. The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp is on sale at post offices nationwide, can be purchased online, and by phone at 800-Stamp24.
The new stamp is the first in a series of three Civil Rights stamps to be released in 2013. The remaining stamps in the series will pay tribute to Rosa Parks and the March on Washington. The Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp was designed by renowned graphic designer and former Rolling Stone magazine senior art director Gail Anderson, and art director Antonio Alcalá. A phrase taken from the historic document–“Henceforward Shall Be Free” — is featured on the stamp.
“Stamps often tap into our culture and help us remember the events and people who have had an impact on American history,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman in a press release. “The Emancipation Proclamation was a powerful symbol of President Lincoln’s determination to end the war, to end slavery, and to reconstruct the economy of the country without slave labor.”
This is not the first time that the USPS has paid homage to civil right events with special stamps. According to the release, in 2009, the organization released stamps featuring 12 civil rights pioneers including Mary Church Terrell and Mary White Ovington. And every year the USPS commemorates notable leaders and cultural milestones through other stamp collections, including the Black Heritage series and the American Treasures series.
Even the Emancipation Proclamation has been recognized by the USPS before. On August 16, 1963, the Postal Service issued a stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The stamp, states the release, was designed by George Olden, who was the first African American to design a U.S. postage stamp.
Will you collect the Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp?
With additional reporting by Torri R. Oats
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is facing massive shutdowns because it is $10 billion in debt. As it is a main source of good jobs for black people, particularly black women, this could deeply impact our community. CNN reports that 120,000 jobs are on the line as the government considers layoffs and other measures to make up this billion dollar difference. Twenty-one percent of USPS workers are African-American and 37 percent are women, showing its potential impact on our community. Currently, USPS workers are fighting to stop these tremendous losses. As black unemployment is already twice the national average at about 17%, this is not a fight we can afford to lose.
How did this happen? The problems facing the USPS didn’t start overnight, and they are not related to the decline in people sending mail as is being promoted by the GOP. In fact, one can point to a burdensome 2006 law that mandates the USPS to pre-fund 75 years’ worth of future retiree health benefits in just over ten years. It is worth noting that the USPS is the only federal agency affected by the law. The current struggle is the culmination of this ill-conceived legislation.
Critics of this law have compared this to a person being told suddenly that you have to pay your 30-year mortgage in five years, and then being threatened with foreclosure if you cannot come up with the cash overnight. Before the federal government began demanding these prefunding payments, which amount to billions of dollars a year, the USPS was actually profitable. Now, all of a sudden the Postmaster General has been forced to lay out a dire scenario to Congress which could result in the firing of thousands of workers and closing thousands of facilities — not to mention cutting back on basics like Saturday service.
Some activists believe this crisis is being “manufactured,” according to The Huffington Post, with the intention of dismantling the USPS so it can be privatized for the benefit of cut-throat companies with no interest in serving the public good.
(Atlanta Business Chronicle) — Seven metro Atlanta post offices have landed on a list released Tuesday for possible closure to help cut the U.S. Postal Service’s $8 billion budget gap. The list includes Atlanta locations at Northlake, Cascade Heights, Lakewood, Peachtree Center, Phoenix Station, West End and Hartsfield. Click here for the full list of possible closures in Georgia. The Postal Service reported plans to study the closing of up to 3,700 of its 32,000 retail outlets nationwide.
(Entrepreneur) — For manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, shipping products quickly and reliably to clients and customers is a major concern. But transporting goods by ground, sea or air — domestically or internationally — can be a complicated operation for business owners who haven’t explored every shipping method and the costs associated with them. Some of the most common mistakes include not knowing which shipping method to choose, being unclear about international shipping regulations and not double-checking shipments before they’re sent, according to a USPS spokeswoman.