Jay Leno

Jay Leno shows off one of the Hot Rods stamps. Click on image to view a larger version.

PMG Pat Donahoe is paying another visit to “Jay Leno’s Garage,” an online series for car enthusiasts.

The PMG will tout the new Hot Rods stamps in a segment slated to be posted Monday, Aug. 25. This will be Donahoe’s second visit to the show, following an appearance last year to promote the Muscle Cars stamp.


UPS and FedEx will soon change their pricing mechanism for ground shipments, so the Postal Service is taking out advertisements to remind businesses about its affordable alternatives.

In late December and early January, UPS and FedEx plan to expand their use of dimensional weight pricing. This means the companies will charge customers by a package’s actual weight or its dimensional weight — the amount of space it takes up — whichever is greater. Continue reading ‘Package push – USPS courting customers with new ads’ »

NPMHU_logoFrom the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

Effective on September 6, 2014, all career Mail Handler craft employees are scheduled to receive both the second and fourth of seven possible cost-of-living (COLA) adjustments as outlined in Articles 9.3 and 9.7 of the 2011 National Agreement.  These two COLA increases are based on:

1) the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) Base following release of the July 2013 Index (this amount totaled $540, and as prescribed in the Fishgold Arbitration Award, the implementation of this COLA increase was delayed by one year); and

2) the upward change in that Index Base following release of the July 2014 Index (this amount totaled $687, but was not subject to a deferral period). Taken together, these two COLA adjustments resulted in an annual increase of $1,227 for all Steps in Table 1 and for Step P of Table 2.

The remaining Steps in Table 2 have received the proportional COLA increase percentages as outlined in Article 9.7 of the National Agreement.

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apwulogo213(08/19/14) In July 2014, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) fell slightly to 698.580. The sixth COLA adjustment under the 2010 National Agreement is:

 Per Annum: $686.00
Per Pay Period: $26.40
Cents Per Hour: 33¢

The first and third COLAs were effective March 9, 2013 (pay period 07-2013, pay date March 29, 2013) and totaled $207.00 per year, $7.96 per pay, and $0.10 per hour. Continue reading ‘APWU: $686 Cost-of-Living (COLA) Raise Set for September’ »

custom-postage-babyHere is an app I found looking for something else. It appears the app was launched in June of this year.

According to the description of the app:

20Stamps is a new app that lets you personalize your letters with customized stamps. The app lets you add your own photos to stamps, which you can then order on a 20 stamp sheet. Continue reading ‘20Stamps App – Turn Photo into Real US Postage’ »


MIRAMAR – A man who was driving his SUV against oncoming traffic on a Miramar freeway died after a collision with a U.S. Postal Service box truck early Friday morning.

The crash occurred before 2 a.m. on State Route 163, near the State Route 52 interchange. California Highway Patrol reports the victim was driving north in the southbound lanes of the freeway in a Nissan Xterra. A USPS box truck traveling north tried to swerve to avoid the Xterra, but the two vehicles collided and the truck rolled over. Continue reading ‘Video: Wrong-way driver dies after colliding with postal truck in Southern CA’ »

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS LOGOAugust 20, 2014 – Following the Aug. 19 release of the July Consumer Price Index (CPI), the fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement is $686 annually. This COLA was based on the increase in the CPI between January 2014 and July 2014. It amounts to 33 cents per hour. Under the terms of the 2011-2016 agreement, payment of this fourth cost-of-living adjustment will take effect in Pay Period 20 (pay date Sept. 26), the same pay period that the deferred second contract COLA will take effect.

The second cost-of-living adjustment for letter carriers under the 2011-2016 National Agreement was $541 annually. This second cost-of-living adjustment was based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index between January 2013 and July 2013. Combined, the two COLAs equal $1,227. This increase will be added to the salaries of all steps in Table 1 and Step O of Table 2, with proportionate application of the COLA to Steps A-N of Table 2.


A USPS truck flips and shuts down a portion of Loop 250 in Midland on Thursday.

Witnesses at the scene tell Local Big 2 that the postal truck flipped after one of its tires blew out.

We’re told the driver appeared to be OK but was taken to a local hospital.

Crews responded to the wreck a little before 8 p.m.

via USPS Truck Flips in Midland – Permian Basin 360.

Rudolph TV special

One of four stamps showing characters and images from the classic Rudolph TV special. More images will be revealed in November

From USPS News Link:

The Postal Service will get some help from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer this holiday season, USPS announced Aug. 21.

Four stamps featuring characters and images from the 1960s Rudolph TV special will be issued in November, Stamp Services Director Susan McGowan told attendees at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show in Connecticut. McGowan showed a preview of a stamp featuring Rudolph and said the other stamps will be revealed later.

Also coming up:

  • The War of 1812: Fort McHenry stamp, which will be dedicated Sept. 13
  • Celebrity Chefs stamps featuring James Beard on Sept. 26
  • A holiday-themed Global International stamp on Oct. 23
  • A Winter Fun stamp booklet in October
  • A Christmas Magi stamp on Nov. 19
  • A Wilt Chamberlain Stamp

For the latest information on stamps, visit usps.com/stamps.

PMG Pat Donahoe has appointed four new members to the committee that helps him choose stamp subjects.

The four new members of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) are: Continue reading ‘PMG appoints 2 former USPS Board members and 2 others to stamp advisory committee’ »