A small group of protesters stood outside the U.S. Post Office hub at 715 NW Hoyt Street Saturday afternoon, waving signs that read “save postal trucking” and “stop privatization.”
“Hey, hey! Ho, ho! Privatization’s got to go,” they shouted.
The protesters were voicing their opposition to an alleged extension of a contract with private trucking company Dill’s Star Route Inc. Though the U.S. Postal Service has long used private trucking companies to transport mail between cities, the use of companies like Dill’s within cities is relatively new, said protest organizer and former letter carrier Jamie Partridge. Now, the protesters said, that new contract is being extended.
Using private contracts is more expensive than employing postal truckers, Partridge said. Plus, he said, the private trucking companies are less efficient: They make more runs with less mail.
Peter Hass, spokesman with the U.S. Postal Service, said he didn’t know the protesters would be focusing on the contract renewal and was not immediately able to verify their claims.
The Postmaster Relief confessed that she took $3,437.42 in Postal Service funds because of ongoing tax problems. She added that money from stamp and money order sales were used to pay her personal bills and taxes.
Press Release from the US Attorney’s office
Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Nicole Dumond, 33, of Greenbush, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to stealing postal funds.
According to court records, between November 2012 and January 2013, Dumond was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as Postmaster Relief in Greenbush, Maine. Postmaster Relief performs as a relief or leave replacement during the absence of a postmaster. In that capacity, Dumond stole over $1,000 she received from customers for money orders and postage stamps.
Dumond faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both. She will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the United States Probation Office.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service.
Senator Bernie Sanders told me and other union members last weekend that if conservative ideologues get control of our government, then the Postal Service would be privatized in five minutes. This privatization will put all postal employees’ jobs/retirements in peril and eliminate our country’s most trusted government service that millions of people depend on. It seems like the USPS – Staples partnership may be the first step toward that outcome.
The agreement between the USPS and Staples established postal counters in 82 Staples stores that will be staffed with low-wage, non-union Staples employees. Eventually these knock-off postal centers could be located in all 1580 Staples locations.
“We support the expansion of customer access to USPS services, but we insist that postal work must be performed by uniformed postal workers who have passed a background check, taken an oath of office and are accountable to the people,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.
This USPS-Staples partnership seems like a dream scenario for the Koch Brothers and their political puppets. Shifting good solid union middle class jobs to a company that pays its workers about $9 an hour is exactly how America’s corporate elite plan to profit from dismantling our Postal Service.
Why Staples CEO Ronald Sargent — who over the last 6 years has averaged $15 million a year in pay — does not pay his sales associates and cashiers more than their $8.64 hourly wage is outrageous to anyone who believes in economic fairness. Considering Staples management roots come from Mitt Romney and Bain Capital this type of behavior shouldn’t be surprising. It’s also not surprising that Staples employees are required to watch an anti-union video message from Staples when hired.
The United States Postal Service says thieves are getting into mailboxes using counterfeit keys to steal tax returns.
In a video obtained exclusively by NBC 6, U.S. postal inspectors said William Gomez is seen inside a Coral Gables apartment building using an unauthorized key to gain access to the mailboxes.
Gomez is seen opening multiple boxes at a time–sifting through the mail. Federal officials believe he also went into a building in Miami Beach and Sunny Isles.
Officials say Miguel Cadierno is Gomez’s accomplice as he’s also seen in surveillance video opening numerous mailboxes. He appears to spot the camera–comes right up to it–and then returns to the boxes. Cadierno also opened the mailbox with the fake key, inspectors said.
ANCHORAGE -An Anchorage U.S. Postal Service worker has been indicted after allegedly collecting a third of a million dollars in federal worker’s compensation and disability payments since 2009, while fishing during summers.
According to a Friday statement from U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler’s office, 56-year-old Amancio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. faces 18 counts handed down by a grand jury, as well as two forfeiture allegations. The charges include wire fraud, theft of government funds, Federal Employees’ Compensation Act fraud, and Social Security fraud.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Yvonne Lamoreaux, the prosecutor in the case, says the case stems from a lower back injury Agcaoili began receiving Social Security and worker’s comp payments for in November 2001. She refused to comment on whether any of those payments are considered fraudulent, with the case at hand only covering payments since Feb. 12, 2009.
“He was arrested yesterday, he was arraigned today, and a continuance hearing is set for Tuesday,” Lamoreaux said.
But right-wing news websites like Newsmax assumed USPS must be up to something sinister. Here is what they wrote:
Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.
Earlier this year, the USPS posted a notice on its website, under the heading “Assorted Small Arms Ammunition,” that says: “The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to solicit proposals.” Continue reading ‘USPS responds to erroneous report that it hoards ammunition’ »
The report highlights the Postal Service’s most notable achievements, including a 12 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from FY2008 to FY2013. In addition, the Postal Service is remaining on track to achieve a 30 percent reduction in facility energy use by 2015. 1aa-USPS-small
The 2013 report also details the expansion of the USPS BlueEarth brand to include two new services — the USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program and the USPS BlueEarth Secure Destruction program for business mailers. Both programs help customers become more environmentally responsible.
The report also highlights a sustainability challenge facing the Postal Service — transportation fuel use. An aging fleet and the need to service more delivery points increase fuel demand. Despite this challenge, USPS is seeking new ways to reduce fuel consumption and maintains a fleet of more than 42,000 alternative fuel vehicles.
According to Chief Sustainability Officer Thomas G. Day, employees play an important role in making the organization more sustainable.
“We take great pride in supporting and recognizing employees who create new opportunities for sustainability, and this year was no different,” said Day. “The efforts of our employees exemplify how sustainability actions are right for the environment — and our business.”
Visit usps.com/green to learn more about the Postal Service’s sustainability initiatives.
A Bozeman, Montana postal contractor has been sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to repay just over $70,000 for failing to deposit money into an employee benefit plan.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Racicot:
Munson owned DDCS Express Inc., which contracted with the U.S. Postal Service to operate mail routes.
Munson was trustee of DDCS’s employee benefit plan. Employees could make voluntary contributions through salary reductions. In addition, the plan was to receive fringe benefit contributions from the Postal Service contracts.
In July 2010, a DDCS employee complained to the Employee Benefits Security Administration, saying that Munson hadn’t deposited the required amounts into the plan and hadn’t filed reports disclosing the financial conditions of the plan.
An investigation determined that Munson didn’t make any deposits into the plan from January 2007 through June 2010. He also failed to pay his employees all of the fringe benefits due. The total loss totaled about $70,770.
During that same period, Munson also wrote himself company checks totaling approximately $744,000.