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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)

 

USPS Seeking National Contract for Rental, Leasing of Minivans & Cargo Vans

According to USPS: Presently, there are not sufficient capital funds to purchase new equipment.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Loss For January 2013 $437 Million -- Year To Date loss for FY 2013 $1.7 billion -  USPS reported a net operating loss of $437 million for the month of January 2013.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS to Launch New Product Line of Apparel and Accessories

The agreement leverages Postal Service intellectual property by introducing the Rain Heat & Snow brand of apparel and accessory products.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS spending $2.2 million to send execs to National Postal Forum

Documents obtained by MacFarlane show the event will cost the agency approximately $2.2 million, including travel and $220,000 for exhibit space. Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference| The National Postal Forum Is NOT a Party | Lawmakers demanding answers over postal conference | Video from KTVU 2: :USPS conference   Comments (Count)

 

 

July 24, 2014

Rep. Richmond Introduces Bill to Expand USPS to Include Basic Financial Services - Today, Rep. Richmond (LA-02) introduced a bill that would expand access to basic financial services to millions of Americans and provide a venerable and struggling American institution an opportunity to generate billions of dollars in revenue.  Comments (Count)

 

Military Mail Changes Will Save $4 Million Annually, Official Says

Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office.  Comments (Count)

 

Maryland Mailman pleads guilty to stealing and destroying over 20,000 pieces of mail

Mail carrier robbed of mailbox keys in North Miami by 2 men

Mail truck and minivan collide spreading mail across a Duluth, MN roadway

USPS: Retirement readiness

Despite outcry, historic Greenport mailbox is taken down

Youngstown mailman believes a bullet struck his truck

City, state, federal officials will fight plan to send Lexington mail to Louisville, Knoxville

Editorial: Make sure residents aren't left holding mailbag

 

July 23, 2014

Senate Hearing on USPS Board Of Governors Nominees July 30th

James C. Miller III, Stephen Crawford, David Michael Bennett, Victoria Reggie Kennedy to be a Governor, U.S. Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

 

APWU Delegates Take It to the Streets: ‘The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale’

Thousands of convention delegates and postal supporters, including leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, protested the privatization of the USPS at a Staples store in the Chicago Loop on Tuesday. Mail Handlers President Hegarty Addresses Delegates at the APWU 2014 National Convention  | Hundreds of postal workers protest at Chicago Staples over outsourcing | President Mark Dimondstein: It’s Time to Stand Up and Fight Back Comments (Count)

 

California Postal Inspector Indicted on Mail Theft also facing drug trafficking charge - A once-renowned U.S. postal inspector has been indicted on charges he rifled through damaged mail and stole valuable items over a two-year span, and also for a separate count of marijuana trafficking, according to federal authorities. The Postal inspector was in the process of allegedly stealing mail when being honored as "Federal Employee of the Year"  Comments (Count)

Customers stood up by USPS at POStPlan meeting in Wausau

The results of that survey were to be discussed at a meeting scheduled by the USPS for Thursday, July 17, at Wausau Town Hall. Comments (Count)

 

VSE’s Wheeler Bros. Awarded $2.9 Million USPS Shelving Kits Contract for use in LLVs

Elwood residents put up fight about postal hours changing

Shock probation granted for former Kentucky postmaster

Smoke forces hundreds to evacuate hotel hosting NALC Convention

USPS: Election and Political Campaign Mail regulations

Hours at numerous post offices in Bradford County to be reduced

An open letter to the U.S. Postal Service

USPS OIG: Package Services: Ready, Set, Grow!

 

July 22, 2014

USPS OIG Audit: City Letter Carriers Returning After 5.P.M.- Capital District

The U.S. Postal Service’s goal is for 95 percent of city letter carriers to return from street operations before 5 p.m. Meeting this target would ensure the Postal Service collects, distributes, and delivers the mail on time. Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Going wireless? Be careful using free Wi-Fi hot spots

USPS Richmond District opens 21st Village Post Office

Editorial: Time to privatize mail service

All aboard! Former KC Southern postal car to get new home

Brilliant Frugal Living: The fabulously frugal USPS

Family Without Mail For Months, In Need Of New Mailbox

 

July 21, 2014

APWU Convention Delegates Pass Resolution Calling For Resignation of PMG Donahoe - Video: Dump The Postmaster General - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal, and a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”  APWU National Convention Gets Underway -Delegates to the APWU National Convention are ready for action after several days of pre-convention workshops and conferences. Thousands to Protest Staples in Chicago Loop Against Shift by USPS of Postal Service | UK postal union officer addresses APWU Convention  Comments (Count)

 

Carpenters to picket letter-carriers' convention

Union carpenters shut out of work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center picketed the facility Friday and said they will protest every day next week when the National Association of Letter Carriers union (NALC) holds its convention.The protest will put unionized letter carriers in the position of deciding whether to cross a picket line to attend convention sessions.   Comments (Count)

 

Tennessee Man Sentenced To Prison For $330,000 Counterfeit Postage Scheme

 

 

July 20, 2014

FedEx wants PRC to 'blunt' USPS advantage in shipping war

It appears Fedex is not happy with proposals by the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”), filed on July 1, 2014, to sharply reduce Priority Mail rates for middle-weight packages and increase prices for low-weight retail packages."   Comments (Count)

 

UPS expands early morning delivery coverage

North Dakota postmaster to plead guilty in USPS emergency salary checks fraud

Senator Jon Tester introduces bill to increase price of Duck Stamps

This week in the war on workers: Is Staples really getting out of the postal privatization game?

Robbery at Kingdom City MO Post Office

Letter carriers arrive for convention with worries for future

 

July 19, 2014

Rep. Nolan Hears from Concerned Citizens on Closure of Duluth Mail Processing Center -  A Duluth mail sorting facility is set to close next year, but first Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) wants to know how that will impact us here in the Northland. He stopped at the Coppertop Church in Duluth Friday to hear from about 60 concerned residents. Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Retail Systems Software coming to more than 400 Post Offices nationwide

USPS Reducing Retail Service Hours in Rural Community Post Offices

Changes Coming for Texoma Post Offices

More Than Dozen Homes in League City neighborhood without mailboxes

Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine

Massive Texas postal theft scheme with 50,000 pieces of mail stolen

Tent City is Up at Staples! 

Rosanky post office cutting hours amidst outcry

Fracking: A New Post Office in an Oil Boom Town

FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies

 

July 18, 2014

Eureka: No stamp of approval for mail sorting move

After 25 Years, CEO Finally Getting His Day in Court Against USPS

Blodgett postmaster announces retirement after long stretch 'behind bars'

 

July 17, 2014

Updated: Obama puts USPS Board of Governors in hands of GOP by nominating Mickey Barnett Yesterday, President Obama broke the possible gridlock by nominating current Board of Governors chairman Mickey Barnett, a REPUBLICAN whose term ended in 2013.  To recap, if all nominees are confirmed The USPS Board of Governors  will be like the U.S. Supreme Court in the hands of Republicans. GOP James Miller wants back on board to take care of unfinished business.  Comments (Count) 

Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

 

July 16, 2014

NALC: Six-day mail delivery clears major hurdle

“Today’s victory is a major one for the NALC and our activists who have pressured lawmakers—and continue to pressure them—to support six-day mail delivery,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

 

Wisconsin state lawmakers: Eliminating postal jobs, mail delivery slowdown is too high price for small savings -The recent announcement that the first-class mail processing center at the Milwaukee Street Post Office is closing has left many questions about the direct impacts of this decision for our community.

 

Darrell Issa’s postal embarrassment: Momentum builds for cheap banking option For most of the Obama administration through to today, Republicans held a majority on this board thanks to multiple vacancies. But confirming these nominees would equalize the representation at four Democrats and four Republicans (the president still needs to nominate a replacement for an additional vacant seat, which would give Democrats the majority). This would put the pieces in place that could make postal banking a reality.  Comments (Count) 

 

Rep. Nolan Says PMG to Review Duluth Postal Facility Closing – Announces Public Forum this Friday in Duluth - Congressman Rick Nolan announced today that U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has agreed to personally review the decision to close the Duluth mail processing facility, set to take place in 2015 and affect some 70 jobs.  Comments (Count) 

 

USPS rescinds order for residents of Ohio town to install curbside mail boxes Arbor Circle residents, told by the U.S. Postal Service they were losing home mail delivery on Aug. 1 unless they had curbside boxes installed, are keeping the service.David Van Allen, a USPS spokesman in Cleveland, said the letter sent to Arbor Circle residents, dated Saturday, was “rescinded” Tuesday — the day The Vindicator reported on the issue — because it was “sent out premature.” Comments (Count) 

 

Postal Workers top list of most endangered jobs

Postal Workers, one of the jobs most impacted by technology and among the most endangered. Note: The BLS report was referring to all postal workers but most of the media cited only letter carriers.  Comments (Count) 

 

Motorcycle crash takes life of Washington state postal worker

Crash Injures Postal Delivery Driver

Mail carrier indicted for keeping mail from residents in 43202 Zip Code

Video: Mail thief caught on camera stealing package off porch in Texas

Netflix already stopped mailing DVDs on Saturdays, but you probably didn’t notice

 

July 15, 2014

Video: PMG – State of the Business message for all postal employees

Donahoe explains that the pilot program started with Staples last October is an example of the innovation needed. “Improving access for our customers is the reason we launched the pilot program,” he says. (note: reducing hours and closing post offices is improving access for customers?)  “The Staples relationship has been good for our business. It has put volume in the mailstream, and increasing volume helps to preserve and support Postal Service jobs.” PMG gives update on Staples relationship -The Staples pilot program will end starting Aug. 1. Participating Staples stores will transition to the Postal Service’s Approved Shipper Program, which is expected to be complete by Aug. 29.   Comments (Count) 

 

Board of Governors Nominee Vickie Kennedy warns more cutbacks could hurt USPS Nearly five years after her husband, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed away, Vicki Kennedy appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to testify about her nomination to the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service. Comments (Count) 

 

Minnesota Congressman: USPS has some explaining to do about closing Duluth mail facility

Customer and employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change the mode of mail delivery

New Mexico Postal Clerk Charged With 56 Counts of False Entries and Reports

Vermont town wonders about this week's postal meetings

Post office orders residents of Ohio town to install curbside mail boxes

Postal Reform - Laying the Cards on the Table

 

July 14, 2014

DOL sues USPS on whistleblower retaliation against 35+ years postal worker

"The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions, but also pursued a baseless criminal complaint against him resulting in his detention by law enforcement and the disparagement of his reputation," NDC managers referred to the more than

35 yrs BEM Maintenance employee variously as a disgruntled, drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist." When an OSHA inspector arrived at the facility to investigate the employee's complaint , postal managers escorted him to the boiler room up the back stairs, avoiding the room adjacent to the boiler in which fuel oil soaked rags were being improperly stored.  Comments (Count) 

 

APWU President says Staples, USPS Announcement on ending ‘Pilot Program’ is attempt at trickery- A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. 

Thank Unions for Stopping the Scheme to Replace the Post Office With Staples| A Rare Win For The Unions? Staples Abandons Postal Service Trial  Comments (Count) 

 

Infographic: The Truth About Saturday Delivery

EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination

USPS: Deadline for next generation vehicle submissions is July 17

Mail carrier arrested for DUI after crashing USPS truck into ditch

South Dakota reps want more information on plant closings
Concerns over Eureka CA mail sorting operation move

 

July 13, 2014

Postmaster unaware permit needed to install cluster mailboxes – customers returned to door-to-door delivery -  Traditional mail delivery has returned to businesses along East Interlake Boulevard and North Main Avenue in Lake Placid. Controversial mail distribution centers — commonly called “cluster boxes” — were removed Friday. Comments (Count) 

 

Photo: On the lighter side of postal news

Frequent critic of USPS practices hotwiring mail truck   Comments (Count) 

 

FedEx SmartPost investing $41 million to move NC facility- 462 out of 521 jobs will be part-time - SmartPost officials said that some of the employees will be transferred from Charlotte to the Concord office, but many openings will be created at the new site. Concord City Council members said they welcome the new business to the area. The City Council was so happy about the new business that they granted Fedex a huge tax break.. Comments (Count) 

 

The USPS, a bypass and a little history

Postal carrier helps elderly woman who fell

Post office workers honored with Memorial Room

Rural Carriers EMA increased to 75 cents effective July 12, 2014

 

July 12, 2014

Newspapers' confidence in USPS wavering
Will Congress deliver postal reform?
Editorial: The problem with efficiency
USPS vehicle overturns in Lakewood NJ crash

California postal worker dies in crash on her way home from work

 

July 11, 2014

Illinois Postal Worker fired for violating Hatch Act

the employee twice ran in partisan elections for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, he solicited political contributions for his campaigns Comments (Count)

 

State, US Attorney Generals investigating noose found in Worcester, MA post office When asked why the noose was up there Jackson said an employee told him the noose was put up as decoration by another employee 20 years ago.  Comments (Count) 

 

Man gets prison for destroying USPS PO Boxes in 3 California cities

USPS sets the record straight: Postal Service isn't going away

Postal Museum Displays Anthrax Artifacts in New Exhibit

This carrier keeps his appointed rounds

 
July 10, 2014

APWU: Maintenance Craft Settles Dispute on Custodial Staffing; Will Convert More Than 3,150 PSEs - The APWU and USPS signed a major settlement July 9 that resolves a long-standing dispute over custodial staffing and results in the conversion to career of all current Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced. Comments (Count)

 

Nebraska Letter Carrier found not guilty of theft

Korey Reiman, called it the case of the missing case: a box with $25,000 intended for an Ogallala bank. Comments (Count)

 

U.S. Postal Service Filling More Than 100 Vacancies in Northern Virginia

Connecticut Lawmakers applaud USPS decision not to reroute mail from Southport Post Office

Postal worker saves mail from burning vehicle

USPS to Downsize College Point Mail Sorting Facility

Seagrove fights to keep post office

Many uptown Lake Placid businesses lose direct mail delivery

North Carolina: USPS POST Plan meetings set this week

Mail Madness for Vicksburg Postal Customers

Quite the Accomplishment: 45 years without an accident for Greenfield letter carrier!

 

July 9, 2014

Postmaster caught on camera taking long breaks in middle of work day

The postal system is in financial trouble but the CBS 2 Investigators uncovered a boss at the federal agency who is anywhere but at work in the middle of his government day. Comments (Count)

 

Issa Tries to Derail Six-Day Delivery – Again!

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, can’t seem to give up his quest to eliminate Saturday mail delivery. On July 8, upset that the House Appropriations Committee restored protection for six-day delivery to a funding bill, the California Republican tried to employ a parliamentary maneuver to derail the measure.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Uses Trickery, Tries to Derail Staples Boycott

“The USPS letter to the APWU makes it clear: The Postmaster General intends to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail,” he said.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS raising PO Box fees for 1,625 locations

Since the original filing, the Postal Service expanded the competitive service to an additional location, and is now expanding to additional locations. Competitive Post Office Box service includes several enhancements such as: electronic notification of the receipt of mail, use of an alternate street address format, signature on file for delivery of certain accountable mail, and additional hours of access and/or earlier availability of mail in some locations. Comments (Count)

 

USPS issues another new policy on travel cards

Talk about a domino effect. In late 2013, the Chairman Of the House Committee (hmmm..I wonder who can this be) requested a review from USPS OIG on a whistleblower complaint surrounding travel card misuse. A few months later the conservative paper Washington Times published story based on information from a FOIA request on abuse of travel cards. Since this news story broke USPS has issued several policies changes to travel cards.  Comments (Count)

 

A closer look: New report examines USPS financial condition

Newspaper vendor arrested for stealing mail at Rossville GA post office
Postal Service shoots itself in the foot

Feds tell Postal Service to give more public access to mural in Massachusetts post office

What if Google ran the post office?

 

July 8, 2014

NALC President: How low will PMG Donahoe go?

It offered no relief from the crushing pre-funding mandate that has devastated the Postal Service’s finances over the past seven years, and it called for massive service and job cuts while subjecting the USPS Board of Governors to a humiliating financial control board. It was a betrayal of the hundreds of thousands of postal employees—managers and craft employees alike—who have made the U.S. Postal Service the best post office in the world. Comments (Count)

 

Editorial: Postal Workers – Divided and On the Fast Track to Being Conquered

Many years ago, in a now-defunct comic strip, one of the characters announced, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” In several significant ways that is true for us as postal workers and Union members, as well as the rest of the working class: Time and again we fail to act for the greater good or in our best interests.  Comments (Count)

 

Low-Wage Villains of the Week: USPS and Staples

In our new regular feature, we’ll be taking a look at the villains who are doing their best to prevent the United States from raising wages for all or some Americans. In this series, we’re going to look past the usual suspects—for example, while it is true that too often elected officials get in the way of a fair economy, we want to dig deeper. Comments (Count)

 

USPS case makes Top 10 list of ‘most expensive discrimination settlements’ in 2013 - Inside Counsel, a monthly magazine exclusively serving general counsel and other top in-house legal professionals has created a list of the top ten “most expensive discrimination class action settlements” of 2013. USPS is listed at #6  Comments (Count)

USPS: New Passive Adaptive Scanning System (PASS) improves package processing - The Postal Service has deployed almost 2,500 new package processing units at facilities across the nation, part of an ongoing effort to boost the organization’s shipping business.The Passive Adaptive Scanning System (PASS) improves tracking at high-volume facilities. An additional 1,600 PASS units are slated to be deployed by mid-October, bringing the total number of units to more than 4,100.  Comments (Count)

Michigan: At least 50 letter carrier trucks formed procession to accompany late colleague’s hearse to cemetery - Friends and co-workers of a Mount Clemens letter carrier who died unexpectedly at his son’s baseball tournament delivered a special salute for his passing on Saturday morning.

Stamford, CT board avoids vote on historic post office project

Florida mail carrier mishandling packing caught on camera

Tulsa, OK mail-sorting center targeted for closure as early as next year

Former Indiana Postmaster pleads guilty to child porn charges

Modesto man sentenced in conspiracy to steal mail for fraud

Florida Retired Postal Worker wins $1 million in lottery

The Privatization of Greece’s Postal Service Is Underway

Mail to the Chief: President Obama encourages letter writing

USPS ‘condemns’ actions of postal employee who threw packages into ravine

Lawmakers Pressure OPM to Begin Phased Retirement

The Fate of Rural Post Offices

 

July 7, 2014

National Newspaper Association: USPS Consolidation Plan - A Recipe for More Lost Business NNA does not understand how rising prices, slower service and further concentration of services into urban areas helps our nationwide mail service to survive Internet competition or any other threat. ...we object to Congress’s having tried repeatedly to use the postage-selling abilities of USPS as a cash cow.  Comments (Count)

 

Updated Information on the July 8th LAC Posting for Impacted Postmasters

The letter also states that Postmasters who were formerly in a POStPlan post office and took a voluntary reassignment to their current 6-hour RMPO or PTPO position are included in the incentive offer to separate by resignation, voluntary early retirement, or optional retirement.  Comments (Count)

 

PRC Reviews USPS FY 2013 Performance Goals and FY 2014 Plan

The Commission’s report addresses and makes suggestions related to the Postal Service’s four performance goals: 1) Service, 2) Customer Experience, 3) Financial Results, and 4) Workplace Environment. Below is a summary of the Commission’s findings.  Comments (Count)

 

San Antonio postal customers locked out of their mail

Woman Had Medical Issue Before Crashing Into Oshkosh, WI Post Office

OIG: If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service

Super Mailman: Rural Carrier saves mail after LLV catches fire

Rooftop fire shuts down south Las Vegas post office

Canada Post seeks feedback on community mailboxes

Why the Postal Service Should Offer Banking Services

Why Postal Service Banking Is a Bad Idea

Abilene Mail Processing Center Slated for Consolidation

Postal Service has spent $190,000 on unopened office

Postal Service to Cease Operations at Petaluma Facility

Real World Economics: The USPS, a Bypass and a Little History

While Amazon Dreams Of Drones And Phones, Google Attacks With Trucks And Bucks

 

July 6, 2014

Senate schedules hearing on nominations of Miller, Crawford, Bennett, Kennedy to USPS Board Of Governors Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) will hold a public hearing to consider the nominations of Hon. James C. Miller III, Stephen Crawford, David M. Bennett, and Victoria Reggie Kennedy to be Governors of the U.S. Postal Service on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in room 342 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Katherine Tobin who was also nominated for USPS Board of Governors in 2012 is currently a member of the USPS Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee; See bios of each nominee  Comments (Count)

USPS Board Of Governors May Have Only 3 of 11 Members By End Of Year - Currently there are five vacancies on the USPS Board of Governors. By the end of this year it could possibly be EIGHT vacancies (not counting the PMG and DPMG) due to Senate inaction.Now we know the Senate is holding up most of President Obama's nominees for no other reason than to make him look bad. But there is another underlying reason as to why the Senate has failed to confirm 5 nominees to the USPS Board of Governors. Can we say "temper tantrum"..read on. Both the USPS Board of Governors and the PRC are lead in numbers by Bush appointed Republicans. The 5 nominees awaiting confirmation: 4 Democrats, 1 Republican. Also, the PRC is short 2 Commissioners out of 5.  Comments (Count)

 

Editorial: The most insane law by Congress, ever? Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 - Most Americans have never heard of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The mind-numbing title alone sounds like it could put a hardcore insomniac to sleep. The truth is, it’s one of the most insane laws Congress ever enacted.  Comments (Count)

 

Another fight looms over Saturday mail delivery

The Hill- GOP efforts to limiting Saturday delivery have hit a pair of snags in recent weeks, with Republican lawmakers representing rural districts balking along with Democrats - illustrating that such a plan doesn’t appear to have the votes to make it through the House. Those problems have also raised even more doubts that a postal reform measure could pass this year, after years of fruitless negotiations.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS ramps up efforts to reduce local service

USPS Sources Sought For Material Handling Services

 

July 5, 2014

Boycott Staples! AFSCME Supports Postal Workers

In a July 2 letter to Staples Inc. CEO Ronald L. Sargeant, AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders and Sec.-Treas. Laura Reyes said “we are asking our members, friends, family members and colleagues to take their business elsewhere.” 

 

National Postal Heritage Day Celebration and Birthday Party at Berkeley, CA Post Office - BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Berkeley continues to oppose any and all efforts to dismantle and diminish the United States Postal Service so that all communities can continue to enjoy the universal service that binds us together.

Editorial: Congress fails to deliver on mail woes

 

July 4, 2014

Senator Murkowski Gets FedEx to Rethink its Rural P.O. Box Policies

Waiting for days to get prescription drugs. Trips to the post office to find an empty box where your business-critical supplies should be. After hearing these and other rural Alaskans’ frustrations about FedEx delivery problems that occur when FedEx hands packages over to the United States Postal Service in Anchorage for the final miles of delivery, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s efforts led FedEx CEO to reconsider its protocols.   Comments (Count)

 

Senator Hoeven Working to Keep Minot, ND Area Mail Processing Facility Operating Senator John Hoeven today spoke with Drew Aliperto, United States Postal Service (USPS) vice president of area operations for the western area, to press for the continued operation of the Minot Area Mail Processing facility. Comments (Count)

 

Postal customer shocked at hangman’s noose displayed in Worchester, MA PO

Mr. Watkins said he confronted a postal worker and asked for an explanation.“I asked the worker … if he knew what it represented, and he looked at me and acted as if he didn’t hear me   Comments (Count)

 

Classroom Supplier Staples Provokes Ire of Teachers' Unions

Do You Want To Pay for USPS Shipping With Cash Or Bitcoin?

The post office isn’t a dead letter

Postal Service Plan To Shift Operations To Greensboro, NC

 

July 3, 2014

Video: Ex-husband who shot Missouri Postmaster dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound - The ex-husband who allegedly shot an acting postmaster at a Carroll County post office Wednesday afternoon has died. Missouri Postmaster shot  Comments (Count)

 

South Dakota Newspaper Group issues statement objecting to USPS consolidation plan - The delivery of newspapers and other publications to our subscribers would be delayed even further. More importantly, rural communities would be harmed by yet another degradation in mail delivery and service. We cannot afford to lose a another processing plant as it will have a major impact not only for our newspapers, but our subscribers throughout the country.  Comments (Count)

 

U.S. Conference of Mayors Endorse Postal Banking

At its June 20-23, 2014 annual meeting, the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) adopted a pair of resolutions endorsing postal banking, co-signed by eight mayors from six states. Their goal is to bring $1 trillion of job-creating economic stimulus primarily to low-income neighborhoods, over the next decade, at zero cost to taxpayers..  Comments (Count)

 

USPS: In the driver’s seat – Employee input sought for next generation of vehicles - The Postal Service’s surging package volume and aging fleet have prompted the organization to begin developing ideas for newer, better vehicles. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Birmingham postal worker resigns after getting caught throwing packages into a ravine - There’s a video making its way around Birmingham social media that appears to show a shocking thing: a postal worker standing outside his delivery van launching packages into a kudzu-covered Southside ravine. Comments (Count)

 

 UK Royal Mail pilots Sunday hours, delivery 

The pilot program is slated to begin later in the summer. Most Royal Mail delivery offices are open six days a week.-   Comments (Count)

 

Former Portland, OR postal worker pleads guilty to taking mail

Focus on growth: USPS is making changes, but it needs congressional help

How Big Data And The Internet Of Things Will Change The Postal Service

Paducah's Mail Processing Facility Set to Close, Could Lead to Longer Delivery Times

 

July 2, 2014

Sen. Franken to Postal Service: Closing Mail Processing Centers Will Hurt Minnesota Communities - In a letter to the Postmaster General sent Wednesday, Sen. Franken said that shutting down these facilities is a shortsighted, irrational plan that will ultimately degrade customer service and cause more harm than good. Senator Carper statement on USPS plan to consolidate up to 82 mail processing plants  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Arbitrator Rules Excessed Employees Must Meet Minimum Qualifications Before Reassignment - The APWU won an important arbitration award on June 24, when Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled that the Postal Service must determine – prior to excessing employees across craft lines – that the employees meet the minimum qualifications for the new position. Comments (Count)

 

Neopost USA Receives Overwhelming Response from Americans Celebrating National Postal Worker Day - Neopost USA encouraged Americans to answer one simple question: What's the nicest thing a postal worker has ever done for you? This simple request received an overwhelming response; heartfelt comments of praise for the important ways postal workers affect the communities and individuals they serve:  Comments (Count)

 

NALC: Distribution of campaign literature by e-mail

Video: Miami family beset by mail theft

Video: Man takes plea deal after postal worker attack

Why I still cling to the mailman

Lost letter finally delivered after 83 year

Problems Ahead for Elkland Post Office

Staples Boycott Grows

Buy Priority Mail Postage Online, or Face USPS Rate Hike

New Postal Service Announcement Has Roanoke Sorting Facility Closing, For Now

USPS: Center's Closing Shouldn't Cause Layoffs, Untimely Delivery

 

July 1, 2014

APWU: Arbitrator Denies Union’s Grievance Protesting PVS Conversion to Highway Contract Route Arbitrator Shyam Das has denied a national-level grievance that protested the subcontracting of Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) operations in Columbus, OH.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS plans to raise Priority Mail prices, reduce rates for high-volume mailers

The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to change Priority Mail prices, including a reduction in prices on average for businesses and other customers who use Commercial Plus and Commercial Base online shipping services. The price change will include a modest increase for Priority Mail prices at Post Offices and other postal retail outlets. USPS takes steps to grow package business -The Postal Service plans to adjust Priority Mail prices in the fall, including reducing rates for high-volume mailers. Comments (Count)

 

NAPS reiterates opposition to USPS Plant Closures

NAPS opposes the Postal Service’s plan because it will slow down the nation’s mail service, further dismantle the distribution network and eliminate middle-class jobs. The plan will largely eliminate local overnight First Class mail delivery currently the national standard for all local deliveries. Veterans also will be hurt  Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS has adjusted retail operating hours of 9,166 Post Offices under PostPlan - The Post Plan timeline has been extended — with the program now being finalized in early January 2015.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS offers postmasters early retirements ahead of RIFs

The Postal Service is offering buyouts and early retirement options to more than 3,000 postmasters before it proceeds with a reduction-in-force (RIF) in early 2015.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG: Monitoring of Government Travel Card Transactions

Closure of Eau Claire postal distribution center to slow delivery

Post Office to close 4 Wisconsin distribution centers

TSP Continues Growing in June

Groping mailman sentenced to six years in prison

How people in rural Alaska get their groceries: Courtesy USPS

Is Postal Reform Becoming One Big Clusterbox

 

 

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