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APWU: Behind the Scenes, Corporations Influence USPS Policy

Many of the most significant changes that have negatively affected the Clerk Craft and the Postal Service are the result of recommendations made by a little-known group that operates behind the scenes at USPS headquarters – the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, or MTAC  (5/17/15)   Comments (Count).


House Oversight Chairman requests info on assets, revenue for USPS “package delivery” products

GOP Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz seeks information from USPS about competitive product assets, revenue, service performance and other materials. Comments (Count)


House passes budget targeting postal, federal workers

the House of Representatives approved a budget bill that targets the earned health and retirement benefits of postal and federal employees. Comments (Count)


APWU files National Dispute over USPS removing scheme qualifications

The APWU takes the position that the notification dated February 20,2015 is a unilateral action in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Comments (Count)


USPS will no longer require ‘scheme qualifications’ on postal clerk bid duty assignments

This is due to the continuing reduction in mail volumes requiring manual scheme knowledge. Furthermore, eliminating scheme qualifications on Clerk bid duty assignments will reduce the substantial annual costs for scheme training. Comments (Count)


USPS, Shame on you!

Shame on you, Mr. Postmaster General  Comments (Count)


USPS OIG evaluation of Window Retail Customer Service

Between FYs 2012 and 2013, an increasing number of customers expressed dissatisfaction with the service they receive at retail facilities.  Comments (Count)


ABM Security challenging USPS $250 million contracts awarded to Command Security Corporation - CSC’s record of integrity and business ethics should render the company ineligible for award of the USPS contract.  (FAA).  Comments (Count)


USPS seeks to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier - USPS is asking a federal court to review and set aside the final order of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)  Comments (Count)


USPS awards contract for maintenance management worth up to $450 million -The contract was awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (JLL), located in Chicago, IL. The initial contract is for a two (2)-year base period and up to four (4) – two (2) year renewal option periods. The initial contract is estimated at $45,000,000 per year


USPS Re-Issues Policy on Oakland Postal Employees Calling 911 in Emergency

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit had confirmed that the policy at the Oakland distribution facility does in fact dictate that in the event of a medical emergency, an employee must find a supervisor, who must contact the postal police and ask them to call 911.  Comments (Count)


Updated: Friday | May 29, 2015  


APWU: Contract Talks Hit Impasse after USPS Demands Cuts in Pay, Benefits, Job Security

Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service ended without an agreement on May 27. The USPS scuttled any prospect of reaching a deal by insisting on severe cuts in pay and benefits, despite the fact that progress had been made on many non-economic issues   (5/27/15)   Comments (Count).

USPS official statement: Plant consolidations will resume next year

Most activities deferred until 2016 Postal Service has decided to defer most of the plant consolidations that were scheduled to take place this summer USPS: Planned Network Consolidation Phase 2 activities will resume in 2016

The Postal Service has extended the timeline for most of the mail processing consolidating activities originally planned for this summer. note: It looks like USPS is not releasing any "public" statements on the plant consolidations.  (5/27/15)   Comments (Count).

Senators Tester, Heitkamp request Postal study and improved mail delivery standards

As the U.S. Postal Service continues to face a budgetary shortfall, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) want better postal data so policymakers can make informed decisions on how to improve service in rural America.   (5/27/15)  

Mail Plant Closure Moratorium – Postal Activists Declare Victory

 Postal workers and their community allies were jubilant upon hearing of a national moratorium on mail processing plant closures.  Last Friday, the US Postal Service released an update on “network consolidation” which postponed the closure date of the Bend and Eugene/Springfield plants.  (5/27/15)   Comments (Count).

USPS notifies APWU on updates to AMP consolidations and excessing

USPS Pacific Area notified APWU that it has canceled Involuntary Reassignments (excessing) in the Bay Valley and San Diego Districts .USPS Northeast Area also notified APWU of the moratorium on Area Mail Processing (AMP) consolidations for 5 events in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts  (5/25/15)   Comments (Count).

An Unbelievable Story from a Former Postal Support Employee (PSE)

Although paid 20 hrs for 88 hours of work--This is far from a lack of work issue. This is all about reprisals and covering up Budgets, Securities and Falsified records to save their own a..es.   (5/25/15)   Comments (Count).

Video: PennySaver lays off workers, shuts down after 50 years without notice

PennySaver USA was acquired by OpenGate Capital in September 2013. Hundreds of PennySaver employees were told Friday they were out of a job — and without any notice. (5/25/15)   Comments (Count).

USPS puts nearly all plants scheduled for consolidation or closure on hold

USPS announced major changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation schedule in its Friday update. USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations from a scheduled move date to "To Be Determined." (5/22/15)   Comments (Count).


Is USPS suspending plant consolidations/closures?

***Update: Several Postal Employees respond to "rumor" on USPS plant consolidation - PostalReporter received an unverified "rumor" that USPS has placed a nationwide hold on plant closures a later date. As reported earlier, Senator Tom Carper is holding a roundtable today on rural postal issues. If the rumor is true it may be reported during this meeting. We will see...Remember this is only a rumor.   (5/18/15)   Comments (Count).


USPS settles NLRB complaint over data breach

In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach.  (5/23/15)   Comments (Count).


 Postal Disability Retirement: Overcoming the bias against Psychiatric Conditions

by Attorney Robert McGill - For Postal employees, the distinction between physical disabilities and psychiatric conditions often provokes greater concern, because Postal work is considered to be systemically “physical” in nature, and thus a resulting bias prevails because there is an expectation that proof of a more stringent “nexus” between one’s medical condition and the impact upon the positional elements is required.  Is there, then, greater difficulty in proving a psychiatric component in preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, when it comes to Postal employees?  (5/23/15)   Comments (Count).


New bill exempts Florida Rural Carriers from wearing seat belts while delivering mail

The state’s law requiring motorists to wear seat belts included limited exemptions. Greg Evers’ bill (SB 160) made an exemption for rural letter carriers  (5/23/15)   Comments (Count).


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May 29,  2015

New App improves USPS management of over 20 billion stamps

USPS: Long-term care available to postal employees and relatives

Disabled man upset about post office access

Podcast by Postal Employee Ron Williams - SoundCloud

USPS Apologizes for delivery failure in downtown Syracuse

Exigent's Days Numbered - Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

Amazon expands same-day delivery, offers free shipping on orders over $35

Semiannual Report to Congress - USPS Office of Inspector General

Unscheduled Leave in the Chicago District (PDF) - USPS OIG

Suspects posed as postal workers in frightening home invasion

Post office gives away man's P.O. box by mistake

Mail from Hamilton from April 28 still missing

Mail Carriers Join the Million Mile Club

LGBT Pride Month Annual commemoration begins June 1

Editorial: Fix the Postal Service

Marketing firm buys USPS Change of Address contractor



May 28,  2015

USPS revises poster for Workplace Harassment

USPS provides mail services for the homeless

Accused Drunk Driver Slams Into Felts Mills Post Office

Postal workers, elected officials rally for Duluth mail processing center

Commissioner Goldway issues scathing dissent on PRC's decision to dismiss Careywood appeal

South Carolina Postal Employee indicted for stealing money from the mail

Illinois PMR sentenced to probation, restitution for stealing from USPS

Athens GA female mail carrier frightened by sexual comments made by women while delivering mail

Thieves steal mail from postal truck in Butte

Postal Inspectors to pass out 300,000 flyers in hope of catching postal carrier robbers

Careywood Post Office Closure Appeal Denied



May 27,  2015

OPM issues Memo on Federal Laws and Policies Prohibiting Marijuana Use

Fake stamp for gyrocopter pilot riles Washington

Are Your Packages Really More Secure With UPS’ New Access Point Service?

Postal workers union pans Office Depot-Staples merger

Archives: Postal Mishap Near Griff's Burger Bar

Postal Worker Who Saved Woman From Shooting Honored

Misdelivered mail: Getting USPS to respond
Video: Postal Worker Who Saved Woman From Shooting Honored

Why turning the Postal Service into a bank isn’t nearly as ridiculous as it sounds

U.S. Postal Service delivery times lag more than expected

Our View: Stopping Saturday mail delivery is a change the USPS should make

Local View: Postal Service undermines customers’ faith

A Plan B for beleaguered USPS

The financial backdrop to Postal Service union talk

Postal workers urge US to halt Staples, Office Depot merger

Postal Truck Strikes and Kills Bronx Woman Lying In Brooklyn Street


May 26,  2015

USPS introduces new site for postal employees to manage their health

Woman fatally hit by mail truck in Brooklyn

Boston: Long-awaited postal service move remains on hold despite Olympics push

USPS Extends Convenience of Forever Stamps to Mailing Postcards and Letters Needing Additional Postage

Mail carriers work hard to deliver mail

Postal Service Reduces Hours in Mount Washington

May 2015 Postal Inspection Service Forfeiture List (PDF)

New Delivery Vehicles Used by New Zealand Post


May 25,  2015

Suspect in Illinois Post Office robbery faces several firearms charge


May 24,  2015

Roswell, NM man in jail after terrorizing mail carrier

Two Texas Postal Workers under investigation over selling lists of mail-in voters


May 23,  2015

LGBT Postal Employees New Online Network

It is an opportunity to network with other LGBT employees as well as find support, news, resources, information about Postal LGBT policies, and LGBT philately.


USPS charge customers new rates before May 31st effective date


May 22,  2015

Video: One dead, 1 critical and 1500 USPS packages lost in fiery Portland OR crash

The fiery crash Wednesday that killed one man and critically injured a mail truck driver destroyed the vast majority of packages inside the truck. Video: Good Samaritans save postal trucker on fire in deadly NE Portland crash    Comments (Count).



Medal of Honor Recipients to Dedicate Vietnam War Stamps on Memorial Day

New Jersey Postal Worker Charged With Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Two Virginia postal clerks face charges of stealing money orders


May 21,  2015

Is Check-Cashing Coming to a Post Office Near You?

APWU: A report by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released May 21 outlines the next steps for implementing postal banking, in which post offices would offer basic financial services – providing affordable banking transactions to every zip code in the US NALC statement on OIG’s report regarding USPS financial services||  USPS OIG: The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services  Comments (Count).


APWU: Contract Talks Extended, to Focus on Economic Package

The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract. USPS, APWU extend contract talks, Negotiations with NRLCA reach impasse  Comments (Count).


Man high on drugs hijacks postal vehicle after claiming mail carrier poisoned his whiskey

The postal employee, Landon Kucharski told officers he had parked his vehicle and exited it to make a door delivery. Kucharski stated he was confronted by Sage who claimed his whiskey was poisoned by Kucharski. .   Comments (Count).


Gyrocopter flying mailman faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison

Florida mail carrier indicted on Federal Charges For Flying Gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol Grounds. Doug Hughes Faces Up to 9 1/2 Years in Prison for Six Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses .  Comments (Count).


Amazon Prime Now to offer one-hour delivery from local stores in Manhattan NY

Video: Good Samaritans save postal trucker on fire in deadly NE Portland crash

USPS to simplify 20 extra services, effective May 31


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