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Colorful Pay and Holiday Postal Calendar for 2014 (PDF)

Thanks to Jim Edwards, Bloomington IL Area APWU Local 228 for sharing calendar with PostalReporter readers. The easy to read colorful calendar shows paydates, pay periods and holidays.

 

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USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances || Senators Carper, Coburn React to USPS Second Quarter Losses || NAPUS: Issa Postpones Committee Consideration of New Postal Bill  Comments (Count)

 

Issa Postal Reform bill discussion allows residents to pay ‘fee’ to continue door to door delivery - National Association of Postal Supervisors - The draft also permits the Postal Service to reduce the delivery of first class mail to five days per week. Requires the Postal Service to deliver of packages six days per week until December 31, 2018. Obama administration’s 2015 Budget Policy recommendations for USPS updated 4-22-14  - Issa Prepares Postal Reform "Lite" - Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA), chair of the House oversight committee, is drafting a new stripped-down postal bill that he says tracks the Obama Administration’s primary proposals for overhauling the Postal Service.  (It doesn’t, at least not entirely.)  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances ||  Comments (Count)

 

CBRE CEO also serves on Board of Staples

Buried in the story is an interesting fact that no one seems to have noted before: CBRE CEO Robert Sulentic also serves on the board of Staples, a position for which he received $300,000 in 2011. “Asked whether he had played a role in the retailer’s USPS pilot program, a USPS spokesperson answered that the program ‘was solicited publicly through a [Request for Proposals].’  CBRE answered, ‘Mr. Sulentic is not involved in the day-to-day management of Staples,’ and referred questions regarding Staples’ programs to Staples   Comments (Count)

 

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

 In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor  sued USPS for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington P&DC. The DOL notification included an “admonishment to refrain from destroying documents or records that might be requested by OSHA. The DOL is accusing USPS for failing to preserve the records as required.  Comments (Count)

 

 

Michigan Letter Carrier Attacked By Armed Robbers While Delivering Mail at 7:15 pm - Clarification: Police say 7:15pm, news media cite 7:20pm as the time of robbery. The postal worker told police he was walking back to his mail truck when he was approached by a man who then brandished a handgun.  According to police, the gunman forced the worker to the ground and took the vehicle’s keys so he could open the rear door to the mail truck  San Francisco Mail carrier robbed  Comments (Count)

 

Senator Schumer to propose end to restrictions on shipping alcohol through USPS- The end of the law would generate an estimated $225 million of increased annual revenue and benefit the 12,090 postal-service jobs in upstate New York.  Comments (Count)

 

(Pittman) Edmond Walker Class Action EEO Against USPS Settled for $17.25 million

current and former employees in permanent rehabilitation assignments during the period March 24, 2000 to December 31, 2012.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

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Congresswoman Norton Seeks Answers From PMG On Postal Employees Delivering Mail After Dark -

Inspector general to probe late mail delivery

 Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  |

Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010

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USPS OIG Some N.J. mail carriers told to report for work during Superstorm Sandy A report by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general on the service’s hurricane response said managers at that post office told employees they must report for work on the day the massive, devastating storm hit, despite the fact that the facility was within a mandatory evacuation zone.But the floodwaters rose quickly, trapping several employees at the facility and requiring rescue by the Coast Guard. Comments (Count)

USPS Management Proposing A New Retirement System

Under the Postal Reorganization Act, the Postal Service is obligated to provide wages and benefits comparable to those provided in the private sector. However, Postal Service management believes that the FERS system is more costly and does not compare to retirement benefits provided in the private sector.   Comments (Count)

 

PMG Tells Senate: USPS in Midst of Financial Disaster, Liquidity Remains Dangerously Low financial condition is so precarious, and the legislative process is so uncertain, we’ve reached the point that we have to consider price increases above the rate of inflation,” said Donahoe. In Senate Testimony, Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Bill |

 

 

Senator McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform|

 

NALC: Few surprises in first of two hearings on S. 1486   Comments (Count)

 

GAO: USPS Proposed Health Plan Could Improve Financial Condition, but Impact on Medicare and Other Issues Should Be Weighed before Approval The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) would likely realize large financial gains from its proposed health care plan, primarily by increasing retirees’ use of Medicare. Some elements of USPS’s proposal would add uncertainties that could reduce funds available for its employees’ and retirees’ future health care. GAO: USPS Healthcare Plan Would Hurt Medicare, Postal Worker s |USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers USPS Plan: Make Medicare Pay Our Bills  Comments (Count)

 

PMG Responds to GAO Report On USPS Healthcare Plan

Post and Pa rcel - Without addressing the cost issue in a responsible way, the Postal Service may be unable to afford to provide health care benefits to retirees. Our proposal assures that we will.    Comments (Count)

 

 

October 16,  2014

Postal Unions Tell PMG, BOG: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal workers take Canada Post to court to save home delivery

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is launching a constitutional challenge of Canada Post’s plan to axe door-to-door home mail delivery  Comments (Count)

 

Video: 30-second, $9K-theft caught on surveillance camera

Amazon hiring 80,000 seasonal employees for holiday this year

USPS: ELM Revision – Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)

 

October 15,  2014

Next in postal privatization: Goin Postal counters in 2,000 Walmarts

The Goin Postal pack-and-ship company has signed a deal to put small postal stores inside of 2,000 Walmarts. While the Postmaster General will probably say it's all about customer convenience, the deal represents yet another step in the privatization of the Postal Service. These postal stores, it should be noted, aren’t exactly the same as the mini-post offices that the Postal Service tried piloting in 82 Staples late last year. The Goin Postal stores are part of the USPS Approved Shippers program, which consists of stores that can also offer FedEx, UPS, DHL, and anything else they want. They make their profit by charging a fee on top of the USPS pricing.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Bay-Valley District Manager says he will 'Break' the Unions

Clerk duty assignments are being abolished and reposted on an unprecedented level in the history of our Local. It has been happening in the majority of our offices and throughout the Bay-Valley District... The culprit is District Manager Mark Martinez, who has taken it upon himself to micro-manage every Clerk in every Post Office.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS updates plan for involuntary reassignments in 2015

USPS notified APWU that an operational review has resulted in a reduction of the number of impacted full-time clerks in the Pacific Area . (Note: the list is subject to change )  Also the list for impacted employees in Tacoma, WA was omitted from the previous list of offices . 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 10, 2014 Comments (Count)

 

PMRs and PMR Annuitants Receive MOU Impact Notice

The notices let both the PMR and the PMR annuitants know that they could still be used in 2-hour offices if they chose to continue to be PMRs. Comments (Count)

 

Northern California resident warns of USPS consolidation impact on mail delivery times

Jacksonville USPS sorting facility to take on Gainesville mail

400 pieces of mail stolen from vehicle in Des Moines, Iowa

Why Mail Still Matters in Politics

Man claims Canada Post took four days to close unlocked mailbox

The Little Post Office That Could

 

October 14,  2014

The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.  Comments (Count)

 

Google’s shopping service charges membership fees

New Jersey mailman charged with theft in connection with stolen tax return checks

Meet the mailman who mapped Rio’s slums before Google could

Postal Inspectors: Don't Fall for 'I've Fallen' Device Scheme

 

October 13,  2014

USPS award contracts worth $37 million to update PARS, FSS and AFSM Systems - USPS awards Siemens Postal Parcel and Airport Logistics a contract to update the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS)  and a second company for the FSS and AFSM100.Comments (Count)

 

Fundraiser and donation page setup for Texas Letter Carrier Needing Heart Transplant - Friends and family are working to raise funds for am Army vet and letter carrier who desperately needs a heart transplant. 52-year-old Clement Raymond Smiley is in need of a heart transplant after battling congestive heart failure for the past four years, according to his family. A fundraiser is being organized for November 2nd.. Donations are also being accepted via the GoFundMe.com page that has been set up for the Smiley family. http://www.gofundme.com/f8vj00

 

Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Campaign to Dismantle the Post Office

The leaders of the Postal Service have made no secret of their plans for reforming the postal system. They have issued white papers, given speeches, presented “optimization” programs, and appeared before Congressional committees. The plans are clear: eliminate the layoff protections in union contracts; cut the career workforce by nearly half while tripling the number of non-career workers  Comments (Count)

 

Canada: Thieves break into community mailboxes

Thieves pried open a community mail box in West Kelowna Friday night, accessing several people’s personal information. Cst. Hall with West Kelowna RCMP said there have been at least 12 similar incidents in the Central Okanagan in the past three weeks. West Kelowna residents found opened mail scattered on the ground nearby Saturday morning Comments (Count)

 

USPS Hiring Automotive Technicians and City Carrier Assistants

The U.S. Postal Service is now actively seeking qualified applicants to fill Career City Carrier and Automotive Technician jobs, as well as a wide variety of temporary postal jobs in the Midland-Odessa area.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS seeks info for buying 10,000 Right Hand Drive vehicles

The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its existing fleet of light delivery vehicles.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal Worker thanks colleague for turning bad days into good ones

Helping endangered wildlife species one stamp at a time

Parcel set to deliver for doormen-deprived Manhattanite

The most expensive postal code in the U.S. - and nobody knows about it

Has public forgotten the tradition of Columbus Day?

USPS closes Benedict Post Office because of no contract

Getting to know a small-town postal worker

 

 

October 12,  2014

Postal Service calling on retired employees to help during holiday season

Officials with the United States Postal Service announced this week that retired city carriers can temporarily return to their jobs during the peak-mailing season. According to the USPS, retired employees can sign up for Holiday Term City Carrier Assistant positions beginning Dec. 6. Their positions will be for a four-week period ending Jan. 2.

 

OPM Medical Retirement: The Postal Worker of Today

By Robert R. McGill -  We love our local postal worker, but treat the greater macrocosm of the U.S. Postal System with disdain and dumbfounded desecration of shameless effrontery. But for all of the faults inherent in a system of Constitutional legitimacy, there are laws which continue to protect, and to provide a semblance of partiality in looking out for the best interests of the hurting U.S. Postal Worker.  Comments (Count)

 

Victim of money-order scam wants refund but USPS delaying payment

Joseph Hightower says U.S. postal investigators agree he got ripped off last year when he bought a $600 money order to pay his rent.  Comments (Count)

 

EEOC sues FedEx for discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing

Mail removed from earthquake damaged NAPA Post Office

Third Bush on the Right: USPS Grocery Deliveries Would Need Lots of TLC From Carriers

Will UPS Blow it Again This Christmas?

Postal worker who lost both legs in accident honored with party on 20th anniversary

 

October 11,  2014

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision along her FM 1300 route. Kentucky mailman injured in accident

 

Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days

The joy of snail mail

 

October 10,  2014

Chicago NALC Branch VP 'Not Guilty' of criminal charges from arrest at post office - The vice president of a Chicago NALC Branch 11 was cleared Friday of misdemeanor trespassing and resisting arrest when a Cook County judge found that he committed no crime when he visited a Norridge post office.  Comments (Count)

 

Court Rejects Mail Handlers Union Suit to Overturn Arbitrator's Decision

The arbitrator determined that improper notification and untimely response on the part of the union excused USPS’s failure to raise the issue of timeliness in its Step 3 response and, as a result, the grievance was not arbitrable.  The court agreed  Comments (Count)

 

More than 8,000 San Francisco ballot packs damaged in USPS sorting equipment

So far, the postal service has returned 5,456 damaged ballot packets to the elections department, and another 3,000 to 5,000 were expected to be returned on Friday Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days Comments (Count)

 

APWU: PMG Expands Staples Dirty Deal

The USPS and Staples are upping the ante as well: On Oct. 7 management notified the APWU that it plans to expand the program to all 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S.  Comments (Count)

 

NALC Endorses Issa Challenger and 25 Republican Candidates

NALC has released a VOTER GUIDE for its members. The challenger Dave Peiser is running against Rep. Darrell Issa in California's 49th Congressional District. While NALC has endorsed Peiser, they have also endorsed 25 Republicans. Comments (Count)

 

APWU President Mark Dimondstein calls for PMG Donahoe’s resignation

In an exclusive interview with POLITICO, Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000 member American Postal Workers Union, calls for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe  Comments (Count)

 

NAPUS: Vacant Part-time Post Office 6-Hour Offices To Be Posted

USPS Organizational Effectiveness has advised that the Postal Service is moving forward with postings concerning all vacant PTPO 6-hour offices from October 14th through October 29th

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

USPS OIG: Revenue Protection Rules (PDF)

Haz-mat investigating contents of suspicious package mailed to a business in Chattanooga, TN

Go Postal? - Why a job as a letter carrier may be the best you'd ever get

Kersey man retires from USPS with 30 years

South St. Louis post office closed after being set on fire

 

 

October 9,  2014

APWU: Remedy for Violations of PSE Cap – Conversions, Not Terminations!

The APWU and USPS have settled a dispute over the proper remedy for violations of contractual limits on the number of PSEs that can be on the rolls at any given time. APWU: ‘Pecking Order’ Set for Filling New Positions in POStPlan Offices   Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS replacing 10 cluster mailboxes a day in Albuquerque area

Vandals and thieves are keeping the United States Postal Service very busy around the metro area. Crews are struggling to keep up with the dozens of cluster mailboxes they’re being forced to replace each week.  Comments (Count)

 

Feds Should Keep an Eye on the Race to Replace Darrell Issa

[Postal and ] Federal employees following the mid-term congressional races should tune into another contest that could more directly affect their pay and jobs: The campaign to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Comments (Count)

 

Postal Worker killed while repairing USPS truck in Hicksville, New York

Police say David Zimmerly was fixing the truck at the postal service’s maintenance facility Rhode Island Postal employee taken to hospital after forklift accident Comments (Count)

 

Giant Eagle executive nominated to USPS board of governors

President Obama nominated David S. Shapira, executive chairman of Giant Eagle, ( (retail grocery store chain),to the board of governors of the United States Postal Service, the White House announced on Wednesday  Comments (Count)

 

Couple sentenced for stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail in 80 Texas cities - According to court record, from December 2013 until March 2014, the defendants conspired to steal U.S. mail and other Government property by breaking into U.S. Post Offices and blue mail receptacle boxes located outside of post offices   Comments (Count)

 

Mail stolen from letter carrier’s vehicle in Pittsburgh PA

Mail was stolen from a letter carrier’s personal vehicle that had its rear windshield and a side window broken Wednesday afternoon  Comments (Count)

 

McGowan replaced as USPS stamp chief; Tackett new acting manager

Video: Vandals blow up Racine Wisconsin mailboxes

Maryland Postal Worker Indicted For Workers Compensation Fraud

 

October 8,  2014

OIG: USPS did not complete service standard impacts or inform stakeholders for Phase 2 - The Postal Service has not analyzed the impact of planned service standard changes or informed stakeholders of the changes related to Phase 2 consolidations. Comments (Count)

 

Video: $50K Reward Offered For Info On Postal Carrier Robbery in Miami

“They pointed a gun at her head and demanded the key then they took off running in the opposite direction,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Blad Rojo.  Comments (Count)

 

Berkeley City Council passes zoning overlay to limit use of post office up for sale - Last week, the Berkeley City Council approved a proposal, to establish more restrictive development standards in Berkeley’s civic center on nine parcels, including the historic post office at Allston Way and Milvia Street. The historic post office has been up for sale since 2012.  Comments (Count)

 

Gone Postal’ Director seeks mail carriers for film project

help us find Mail Carriers willing to have our director Jay film you on your route serving the people 

 

UPS taps new delivery tool: Other stores

UPS is testing out the use of neighborhood stores as backup pick-up spots to improve service and lower its costs amid stiffening competition.  Comments (Count)

 

Nine people arrested in ‘sticky-mailbox’ mail theft scheme

Postal and Federal employees were key to gay marriage court victories

New ZIP codes in Beaverton, Aloha create unexpected headaches

Video: Photo shows post office vehicle parked in handicap spot

Date set for USPS Lafayette plant closure

Mailers Sent By Koch Group Appear Designed to Misdirect Voters in Key U.S. Senate Race

PRC rule lays out USPS unfair competition complaint process

 

October 7,  2014

Postal employees’ health premiums will go up significantly more in 2015

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced the average premium rate for the 8.2 million people covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase by 3.2 percent in 2015. 

 

Video: Kansas City boy recounts crash with postal truck that killed his 13-year-old best friend - Friends and family of a 13-year-old boy who died Saturday morning when a U.S. Post Service Mack tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was riding in held a candlelight vigil Monday night in his honor. Crash involving postal truck, car kills teen in Missouri -Driver of postal truck may face charges ) Comments (Count)

 

Video: Post office box holders say they were never notified by USPS about break-ins - The United States Postal Inspector’s Office s investigating a series of post office box break-ins at the Lake City Post Office Branch. One customer said he found out that his post office box was tampered with when he checked his mail last week.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker attacked by dogs in Schenectady

West Unity Ohio Postal employee under investigation for financial irregularities

USPS mail carrier robbed at gunpoint in NW Miami-Dade

Letter carrier bitten by two dogs in Schenectady, NY

Cherrybell postal center can still be saved

OPM cuts retirement application backlog again

Death Penalty Sought for Postal Worker Slaying
Hefty Back Tax Bill For Scranton Postal Workers
 

 

October 6,  2014

USPS awarded  contracts to six companies for IT projects worth $30 million

San Rafael, CA postal workers don pink shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

USPS recommended mailing dates for troops overseas

Singapore Rolls Out Next-Gen Post Offices

Post office is going pink

The New, Improved Generation of Instant Delivery Services 

UK: Seven days a week for new Reading town centre post office

Australia Post records loss for the first time, considers changes to delivery schedules

“Irate” Boynton post office customer throws box at worker, police say

Philadelphia Postal Worker Charged with Stealing and Embezzling Over $28,000 From Post Office

California Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing 57 Vehicle Batteries from USPS Mail Trucks

Minnesota lawmakers and community rally to save Duluth postal center

Video: First Village Post Office opens at rural grocery store in South Mississippi

Video: Virginia Woman Says Money Stolen Out Of Birthday Card She Got In The Mail

Mailboxes are Slowly Disappearing

How the Postal Service put your change-of-address information at risk

Future Uncertain as Minnesota Letter Carriers Rally Today

 

 

October 5,  2014

Video: Postal Employees, Local Leaders Rally to Save Duluth, MN Mail Center

Duluth Postal Services employees and leaders from across Minnesota rallied against closing Duluth’s mail processing center Monday. Minnesota USPS service cuts deemed 'mindless,' 'nonsensical'  

 

Candidate asks court to hold 20-year lawsuit against NALC officers until results of election- In previous years the NALC election of National officers has been held without any fanfare. But this year a team of letter carriers led by David W. Noble called “NALC Clean Sweep 2014″ are vying to replicate what happened in the APWU National Election. Comments (Count)

 

USPS stops curbside mail delivery and wants cluster mailboxes installed

USPS stops curbside mail delivery and wants cluster mailboxes installed-After receiving mail for a week upon moving into the Maple Shade Estates development in July, his mail delivery suddenly stopped.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal customers, workers protest proposed changes
Ocala FL woman sends inmate boyfriend drug laced love letter

 

October 4,  2014

NALC President Emeritus Bill Young responds to video by Candidate David Noble - Former NALC president sets the record straight on presidential candidate's platform  Comments (Count)

 

Army mailrooms cutting down on ‘junk mail’

Around 1.5 billion pieces of official and personal mail are processed through military mail rooms annually, serving nearly 3 million service members and civilians Defense Department wide.   Comments (Count)

 

He’s the whole package – mailman and friend

A good mailman is like a crackerjack barber: You hope you die or leave town before they do. Alex Dang is a good mailman, except that, in retiring after 47 years with the Postal Service, he’s breaking hearts along the avenues, Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker ‘laughs hysterically’ trying to run over person

A postal service worker has been arrested for trying to run over someone who was documenting the worker’s offensive behavior toward another person, Bellevue police said. Comments (Count)

 

Crash involving postal truck, car kills teen in Missouri

Driver of postal truck may face charges Comments (Count)

Video: From Your House To Grandma’s-How Mail Gets Sorted & Delivered

Boston: USPS says "no thank you" to $350 million for channel property

Raritan letter carrier recognized for life saving effort

American Stamp Dealers Association Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Jury convicts former Louisiana postal worker for stealing $275 in gift cards from mail

 

October 3,  2014

Jack Daniel Distillery petitions USPS for commemorative stamp to honor founder - Included with its petition is a letter signed by every member of Tennessee’s congressional delegation supporting the request.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Delivers Teddy Bears for Kids in Crisis

The residents of the mountain community of Divide, CO, have purchased more than 160 teddy bears from their Post Office as a giftComments (Count)

 

USPS Mail Bins Crowd Sidewalks In New York Financial District

Suspect arrested in Arkansas Post office robbery

Honoring 50 Years of Service at Post Office

Marred Mailboxes Are Community Eyesores

Raritan letter carrier recognized for life saving effort

Congress's Research Arm Cites Retiree Fund as USPS's Undoing

Is Amazon Planning a Shipping Revolution?

Highway Contract Route Electronic Payment Process (PDF)

Dormant Advance Deposit Permit Accounts (PDF)

Management Alert – Manual Package Counting and Conversion Factors

Voyager Card Program for Highway Contract Routes - Pooling Policy Concerns and Related Overpayments (PDF)

 

October 2,  2014

USPS awards nearly $100 million in contracts for 4,000 Delivery Vehicles

USPS puts dent in replacing its aging delivery vehicles with the purchase of carrier route vehicles and body trucks. Comments (Count)

 

Wilt Chamberlain set to appear on Forever Stamp

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump

How to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Forms

Colorado Man Wants to Bring Gun Into Post Office

Survey Shows Half of Americans Plan to Shop Online Earlier for Holiday Gifts

NALC: City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process (CDRAAP) guidelines now available

 

 

October 1,  2014

USPS Board of Governors decide not to seek rate hike for January 2015

The Postal Service Governors have decided to maintain current product and service prices and not seek a market dominant price change at this time. Comments (Count)

 

USPS seeking at least 2,000 trailers for mail transportation during holiday season - The United States Postal Service is seeking to procure an independent supply of outsourced trailers for the transportation of mail to cover peak season needs for mail transportation during the holiday mailing season. Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS AmazonFresh Deliveries

The Postal Service began a test in the San Francisco area this past August to see if delivering packages in the early morning hours was feasible.  Comments (Count)

 

Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

USPS hiring over 170 for holiday season at three Ohio facilities

Retired Letter Carrier is one of the oldest workers in the country

Video: Driver hits postal worker outside Ohio post office

Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Routes

Two DeKalb postal employees retiring with decades of service

 

September 30, 2014

Nineteen postal workers were killed on the job in 2013

In 2013 57 federal employees were killed on the job, according to preliminary data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 54 in 2012 and 41 in 2011.  Comments (Count)

 

US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex than what has been reported in the broader media. In some ways, though it is very simply an attempt to eliminate a well paid unionized work force while privatizing an essential national communications network.  Comments (Count)

 

Betman named USPS VP and chief of staff

PMG Pat Donahoe has named Mitzi Betman vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief of staff.    Comments (Count)

 

Denver postal robbers get five years in federal prison

Quake damage, asbestos dust trap mail at Napa, CA post office

Canada: Edmonton postal workers may sell bus passes, report potholes

Customer churn a significant problem for USPS financial outlook

USPS Crowding Out Other Markets With New Initiatives?

With Berkeley set to change civic center zoning, USPS ponders lawsuit

AmazonFresh prepares to take on US east coast

Mail truck flips after crash

Video: Latest on USPS investigation into mysterious mailers

Video: California woman concerned over stolen packages at front door

 

September 29, 2014

Congresswoman Calls for USPS IG Review of mail delivery at Brooklyn Post Office - Velazquez is asking the IG to conduct an audit of the accuracy and timeliness of the mail delivery process at the Red Hook Post Office. Comments (Count)

Postmaster General says USPS issues ‘very fixable

Batman Honored by USPS to Celebrate 75 Years of the Timeless Super Hero

It's a Federal Crime to Dress Up as a Postal Worker If You're Not One

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Comic Con to Kick Off With Limited-Edition Batman Stamp

 

 

September 28, 2014

More info on ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’ and reemployment of retirees

There has been a lot of interest in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NALC and USPS regarding “Holiday Carrier Assistants.” The agreement allows USPS to reemploy retirees as “Holiday Carrier Assistants” during the four week December period as operationally necessary.   Comments (Count)

 

UK Postal Workers union barking mad at new dog treat called ‘Postman’s Leg’

POSTIES are barking mad after a dog bone called Postman’s Leg was launched in stores across Scotland. They say the natural beef bone, more than a foot long, is making fun of dog attacks on postal workers.   Comments (Count)

 

Forever Stamps: Not a Sexy Investment

 

September 27, 2014

Hopes dimming for postal service reform

Two years ago, lawmakers worked furiously to hammer out postal legislation, negotiating up to the very end of 2012’s super-size post-election session. But asked what the chances were for a deal this lame-duck session, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made a circle with his thumb and index finger and said: "Zero." “It’s over,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, added before lawmakers left Washington last week.  Comments (Count)

 

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA)

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) - A writer becomes a carrier for the #USPS out of a long-held love for the mail. What she discovers are screams, threats, lies, labor violations, and dog attacks. a veteran of Afghanistan wife and young child had been in a car accident and were taken by ambulance to the hospital. His supervisor told him he could visit them, but he had to return to deliver the mail.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS denies $200 insurance claim for package delivered to wrong address - USPS denies $200 lost package insurance claim after they delivered it to the wrong address. Their reason for denial to sender? "It was delivered." Comments (Count)

 

USPS retiree reflects on productive 36-year career as rural carrier

USPS investigating theft of Municipal Court’s mail from Post Office Box

 

 

September 26, 2014

Postal Service vows to move ahead with closures of Petaluma, Eureka plants

Despite harsh words from a congressman and pleas from dozens of residents and business owners, the Postal Service remains intent on closing two processing centers affecting the mail service of hundreds of thousands of North Coast residents. Comments (Count)

 

OIG: USPS unable to validate $$millions spent on travel related to detail assignments - This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of the Management of Detail Assignments Follow-Up. Our objective was to follow up on the U.S. Postal Service’s progress in managing detail assignments, associated travel costs, and consistency of detail assignment policies OIG: USPS craft employees improperly authorized Highway Contract Routes Extra Trips  Comments (Count)

 

Indiana Postmaster Relief charged with embezzlement

A Postal Worker from Rockport, Indiana was charged with embezzlement following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General.  

 

USPS working with HHS Health IT to build system to access employees health records across platforms? Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems  Comments (Count)

 

FDNY fires smoke eater who smacked black postal worker, used racial slur

Massachusetts Woman Sentenced for Mailing and Tweeting bomb, Anthrax and Death Threats

NALC: Overtime equitability test extended until December 31, 2014

Amazon's Grand Plan to Avoid Holiday Delivery Snafus Again

Michigan Democratic Party Endorses Staples Boycott

Bear blocks door delivery

 

September 25, 2014

Brooklyn mailman arrested for not delivering 40,000 pieces mail

Joseph Brucato was arrested Wednesday after investigators found more than one ton of undelivered mail in his home, locker and car,  Portland, OR postal worker accused of stealing mail and ID theft  Comments (Count)

 

USPS in Oregon and Texas hiring over 300 holiday temp employees

LAPD sergeant’s daughter gets to two years for killing postal worker in hit-and-run

Letter Carrier extinguishes house fire

Lakewood post office to close

Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle

Identity thieves find a new way to dupe victims-(putting  hold on mail

 

September 24, 2014

PMG Donahoe updates employees on grocery deliveries, Staples shipper program - Updated with video- National scanning rates recently reached 96 percent, an important milestone that PMG Pat Donahoe praises in his latest State of the Business video message to employees.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS ‘Post Plan’ update: Staffing will change at some Remotely Managed Post Offices - The type of employees who perform work in some Remotely Managed Post Offices (RMPOs) where hours have been adjusted through the Post Plan will change.  Comments (Count)

 

California Congressman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Mail Processing Facility Closures - Huffman: “I am frustrated at the Postal Service’s lack of transparency throughout this process, disregard for public input, and ambivalence to the impacts reduced service standards will have on local communities  Comments (Count)

 

USPS in Utah to hire 360 holiday temp employees and 40 city carrier assistants

In the coming weeks the U.S. Postal Service will hire approximately 400 employees to work at select Utah Post Offices; 360 of the positions are temporary for the holidays only, and 40 are year-long appointments. USPS hiring holiday help in Indiana  

 

USPS expanding market test on grocery delivery services

Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window. The Postal Service may also test other customized delivery windows as part of this market test   Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Teachers Union to Staples CEO: We’re Not Buying

Video: Senator Carper Addresses Senate on Importance of Postal Reform

Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City

US Virgin Islands Postal Clerk Convicted of Embezzling $30,000 from USPS

 

September 23, 2014

NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’- The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 . This MOU allows the Postal Service to begin hiring retired employees that wish to work during the upcoming four week December period NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS issue with customer’s priority flat rate envelope

Customer claims she is within guidelines of shipping flat rate envelope

 

OIG: USPS misclassified $$$millions of operating expenses as training

potentially impacting the Postal Service’s ability to make informed financial decisions Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Orders USPS to Give APWU unredacted Info on HCR contractors

The Union, in the instant case, is entitled by contract to recapture work that has been contracted out to HCR contractors if that work can be performed for less in-house.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall -- or Do Both
Deadtree Edition - The 4.3% exigent increase that was implemented in January is the source of the unusual uncertainty. That surcharge is supposed to disappear after it yields the U.S. Postal Service an additional $3.2 billion, presumably in mid-2015.The three-judge panel considering an appeal of the exigency case seems unlikely either to eliminate the rate hike or to make it permanent, according to Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers. But based on the judges’ comments and questions during recent oral arguments, his reading of the tea leaves foresees a decent chance the judges will remand the case to the Postal Regulatory Commission with orders to revise it.  Comments (Count)

Wisconsin man charged after dispute with postal carrier over postage due

 

September 22, 2014

APWU Wins Major Victory on Staffing ‘POStPlan’ Post Offices

The ruling and MOU establish a minimum of 3,000 new Level 6 career jobs in six-hour offices and Level 18 offices. Positions in the six-hour offices must be staffed with full-time employees. The ruling and MOU also establish more than 6,000 new Level 6 non-career jobs in four-hour offices, to be filled by Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The union expects thousands of additional new career jobs to be created as the process unfolds. NAPUS: Decision is Reached on POStPlan Arbitration Clearly this will have an impact on PMRs in 4-hour RMPOs, vacant 6-hour RMPOs and 6-hour Postmaster positions in the future. Comments (Count)

 

NPMHU Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance The National Postal Mail Handlers Union has initiated a Step 4 grievance concerning violations arising from the Postal Service's plans to close or consolidate approximately 82 facilities starting in January 2015.  Comments (Count)

 

NLRB adopts get-tough remedy for USPS response to union information requests -The NLRB adopted a get-tough remedy last week involving information requests .

 

Cleveland USPS VMF manager gets 46 months in prison for taking bribes

The former manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service 

 

USPS PS Form 3972, absence analysis, revised to reflect 2015 leave year

USPS: New Stamp ordering system deployed nationwide

Two Men Arrested After Picking Up 10-Pound Package of Pot at Post Office

Wish we could return this Bronx post office sale to sender

Postman gets six years for child molestation

 

September 21, 2014

Congressman confirms, USPS denies closure of downtown Texas post office

The U.S. Postal Service is planning to shut down the Downtown Bryan Post Office due to declining revenues, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, though his offices were not made aware of a timeline.But officials from Post Office Operations in Houston insist the office will remain open for now.The supervisor asked to see the letter given to The Eagle, and once handed to him refused to give back the letter, despite being asked to do so by a reporter twice. He also refused to give his name and title for the record, though he was wearing a name tag that identified him as Mark Kasner    Comments (Count)

 

FedEx warehouse workers in Canada join union in North America first

71-year-old part time postal worker not ready to quit working

Real estate appraiser says community mailboxes decrease home value

Bountiful, UT postal employee honored by postmaster general

 

September 20, 2014

Looks like Wilt Chamberlain is finally getting his stamp

USPS seeks employees for holiday ad campaign

Through Rain and Snow and Sleet, Should Nonprofits Back Up the USPS?

Retiring postmaster will miss seeing everyone

 

September 19, 2014

Video: Houston Postal worker rescued from flooded mail truck by co-worker

A letter carrier postal worker was stuck inside a mail truck in the middle of an intersection, with flood waters covering the tires of the vehicle and nearly reaching the hood. While numerous drivers passed her by, a fellow postal worker came to her aid.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Union, along with community protest USPS relocating Florence, SC processing facility -“Having to move to Columbia and work and try to commute back to Florence would just not be reasonable…that’s just too far,” mentioned Nate Walker, State President for the American Postal Workers Union. "If you are a veteran who gets their medicine through the mail through the VA it's going to be delayed, if you are a lawyer who gets his check through the mail, it's going to be delayed. The Pee Dee deserves to get their mail on time just like Charleston, Columbia and Greenville,” added Isaac Nixon, President of the Florence APWU chapter.
 
California: APWU protests USPS mail processing plant relocation from Industry to Santa Ana - The union members, chanting that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wanted to “destroy” the postal service, said they came to send a message to Donahoe, who they say was supposed to tour the facility but canceled at the last minute.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “The court found that the message to employees from top management down to supervisors was clear –heat is not an excuse for poor performance. This culture must change,” The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker shot with BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia

Police say a female postal worker was delivering mail when she was shot twice with a BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Maintenance Craft Defeats Improper Excessing

The APWU and USPS settled an important dispute, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes in Georgia

 

September 18, 2014

McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with PMG to discuss consolidation of Kentucky mail facilities - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah  Comments (Count)

 

Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

On Wednesday, September 18th,Stephanie Cooper, Eli – her one year old son, and Christopher Brown –their mailman, join “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Christopher miraculously saved Eli’s life.

 

USPS Dispatching ‘Pink’ Vehicles to Help Sell One Billionth Breast Cancer Research Stamp - and to raise awareness - Since its inception in 1998, the semi-postal BCR stamp has raised more than $79 million for research from the sale of 975 million stamps sold. 

 

Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why

Last night, our U.S. Postal Service mail arrived at 6:30 pm. A few nights earlier, it arrived after 8 pm. Several WSB readers have e-mailed mentioning the same thing, and wondering why they’re getting deliveries so much later than before. Today, we have the answer. Comments (Count)

 

Louisiana Postal Employee busted for taking marijuana from packages

A seven-year city letter carrier  is behind bars after narcotics agents caught him removing  a large amount of marijuana from packages at the post office., The agents also found multiple weapons and thousands in cash at his home.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Everett, WA Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off

For months an Everett, WA couple have been tangled in government red tape until local TV got involved and started to investigate.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

Postal Service cancels switch to cluster mailboxes in Lead-Deadwood, SD

Man hits Postal truck with BB gun, claims he was aiming for beer

Man upset about postage due faces disorderly conduct charge

Historically Speaking: Waiting for the mail

Ellen DeGeneres to honor postal hero Chris Brown today

 

FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates in January

 

 

September 17, 2014

NAPS Update: USPS Plant Moratorium Misses the Continuing Resolution Train

Hopes for a delay in the closure of 82 mail processing plants dimmed this week as Congressional lawmakers refrained from including the delay in a government catchall spending bill. NAPS joined with NAPUS in urging the PRC to reject USPS’s suggestion that the PRC, in assessing USPS costs, regard employee benefits as unnecessary and only required by law (9/18/14) Comments (Count) -

House resolution ignores provision addressing USPS consolidation plan -Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday

 

NAPUS: USPS Strives to be Dominant Player in the Package Business

Donahoe said the agency is making good progress with its package business. He stressed the importance of competitive pricing. “Our people do a great job delivering,” he said. “We’ll be doing a lot of different things in the package world, but that’s what the market demands. We want to be ahead of it. We’ve got the network, people, product, visibility—everything to be the dominant player in that area. That will be our future.”

 

UPS hiring over 90,000 temp workers, adding thousands of vehicles, aircraft for Holiday delivery surge UPS faced criticism last Christmas when a surge in online shopping and a harsh winter caught the company off guard, leading to huge delays that frustrated customers and ran up costs. FedEx hiring more than 50,000 temporary workers for holiday season

 

Video: Mail store in Virginia leaves doors unlocked, letters and packages exposed -Boxes of packages and letters were in plain view of the strip mall’s busy sidewalk off of Manchester Boulevard. Normally, you need a key to get into a secure mailbox, but not on Tuesday. 

 

NY firefighter starts trial for allegedly racist road rage attack on postal worker

A Brooklyn judge is weighing whether a 300-pound New York City firefighter is a racist brute or merely a bully.

 

Kentucky Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic Threatening, Mail Theft, Menacing - A U.S. Postal Service employee from Greenville has been arrested for menacing, theft of mail matter and terroristic threatening.

 

USPS tests Spanish-language greeting cards

USPS: 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates

 

 

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