Approximately 70 APWU members and supporters lined the streets in Belleville, IL on March 7 to ask passersby not to patronize a newly opened postal retail operation at Ben Franklin’s Crafts & Floral store. The store began offering postal services as a Contract Postal Unit (CPU) in February.
Union members say the new CPU will undermine the viability of the town’s post office, which is just three blocks away. The private postal unit “will pull business away from the Belleville Post Office and lead to reduced hours and reduced business,” Local Vice President Edward Eversman told the Belleville News-Democrat.
By Robert R. McGill, Federal Disability Retirement Attorney
Change is an inevitable phenomenon. The anomaly of life is that change is the single stability of expectation. From ancient times, beginning with the Pre-Socratic Greek Philosopher, Parmenides, there has always been a recognition that constancy of flux is an inevitability, and beyond the proverbial certainty of death and taxes, the one thing we can count on is that change will occur in this fast-paced, technological society of ours. This is never truer than in this modern age.
For the Postal Worker of today, the concept of change has become a stability of repetitious boredom. Over the past 20 years, the downward spiral of the U.S. Postal System, both in terms of competitive service and public reputation, has been like a slow-moving film filled with scenes of agony and torturous predictability. From 1775 when the Second Continental Congress appointed Benjamin Franklin to be the first Postmaster General, to 1970 when the U.S. Postal Service became severed from being a tax-supported Federal Agency and transformed into a revenue-neutral, semi-Federal Agency (some would say “neutered”), the heyday of the U.S. Postal Service has witnessed its progressive and steady decline since. Perhaps it is in part due to the decline of a sense of community; the pervasive headache of having gained the reputation of “going postal”; the scandalous top-tiered lavishing of jaunts and stories of mistreatment of the backbone of the Postal Service – the craft Postal employee; watching the decline of an organization and entity once considered the most efficient system of delivery in the world, is indeed an agonizing process akin to the proverbial Chinese water torture. Continue reading ‘Federal Disability Retirement under FERS and CSRS: The Postal Worker, DRAC, and Accommodations’ »
Long before Dave Burgeson arrives, residents gather in the expansive lobby, sitting in chairs to keep an eye on the front door for the visitor who connects them to the outside world.
Although Burgeson is just a mail carrier, he receives a greeting worthy of a dignitary, the crowd applauding and calling out his name when he steps inside the building. He repays them by pretending to look startled, then smiling and offering a theatrical bow.
The receptionist – used to this game – goes about her business and simply places a sign on her desk reading: “The mail is here.”
The 155 men and women who live at The Heights at Columbia Knoll – an independent living community at Northeast Sandy Boulevard and 82nd Avenue in Portland – came of age in another era when getting the mail meant something.
Based on Stories from Senator’s Fix My Mail Effort, Heitkamp Requests Mail Improvements to Address North Dakotans’ Concerns WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp called on the U.S. Postal Service to make needed changes to address strong concerns expressed by North Dakotans about their mail service and standards.
During the past two months, Heitkamp has encouraged North Dakotans who are experiencing problems with their mail delivery to send in their stories via her website. Heitkamp has received well over 100 stories from North Dakotans from across the state about the difficulties they face with mail delivery and standards. Heitkamp shared those stories with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahue and called on him to correct problems and issues raised.
“The way the U.S. Postal Service operates right now, specifically in North Dakota, is unacceptable,” said Heitkamp. “Since launching Fix My Mail in January, I’ve heard shocking stories from folks from Grand Forks to Dickinson about problems they have faced with their mail. Improving rural service standards, implementing common-sense changes at post offices such as expanding hours of operation where necessary, and improving management within USPS in North Dakota and across the country are all crucial to getting the Postal Service back on the right track. I’ll continue to adamantly press the Postal Service to address these issues and make much-needed changes so more reliable mail delivery becomes the norm in North Dakota.” Continue reading ‘Senator Heitkamp Calls on USPS to Make Needed Service Changes in North Dakota’ »
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, together with United States Postal Inspector in Charge Philip R. Bartlett and Port Authority Police Department Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne, today announced that five baggage handlers whose jobs included loading U.S. mail onto outbound international flights allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of money orders and checks bound for Japan, China and Korea, and elsewhere, and deposited them into their own bank accounts. The defendants are also charged with stealing credit cards and using them to purchase iPad minis and other items from “Best Buy” kiosks located at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
District Attorney Brown said, “Included among the items allegedly stolen from the mail were money orders mailed by a member of the armed services and in another instance, checks intended for child support. When an individual mails an item through the U.S. Postal Service there is an implicit trust that it will arrive at its intended destination. It is alarming that these defendants were allegedly using U.S. mailbags as grab bags to satisfy their own greed.” Continue reading ‘Five JFK Baggage Handlers charged with stealing mail’ »
In a memorandum to the field, National President John Hegarty outlined wholehearted support from the NPMHU for the “Stop Staples” campaign. President Hegarty is urging the Local Unions and members to get involved.
The “Stop Staples” campaign, as it has been dubbed by the APWU, will initially be targeted at certain Staples stores. More information can be found on the APWU web site at: www.apwu.org and at www.stopstaples.com.
ATLANTA —A spike in missing mail complaints at a midtown Atlanta U.S. Post Office led investigators to arrest a postal worker on mail obstruction charges.
Investigators with the Office of the Inspector General said they observed Ronald Paige stealing packages and rifling through mail.
During an interview with investigators, Paige admitted to stealing parcels for about two months. Some of the items he admitted to stealing include cellphones, mp3 players and Bluetooth devices.
“Regarding why he began stealing parcels, Paige stated he had a 6-month-old son who needed diapers, milk and food,” Investigator William Terrell wrote in a probable cause statement filing in United States District Court. “Paige stated he ran out of money and started stealing parcels.”
Paige stated he earned $12.63 an hour working for the U.S Post Office.
More than 250 million pieces of direct mail are delivered by the US Postal Service every day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, half of all that advertising mail gets tossed right in the trash without being read.
That’s frustrating, according to the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).
“Certainly marketers and fundraisers don’t want to send a marketing offer or a fundraising offer to a consumer who doesn’t want to receive that,” said Xenia (Senny) Boone, DMA’s Senior Vice President for Corporate & Social Responsibility.
The DMA advises consumers who want to opt out of junk mail to go to www.dmachoice.org to register. They receive between 10,000-15,000 requests a month.
USPS Office Of Inspector General’s audit report on “U.S. Postal Service’s City Delivery Efficiency in the South Florida District”
This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of city delivery efficiency in the South Florida District (Project Number 13XG043DR000). The audit is in response to the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) City Delivery Efficiency Indicator results used during fiscal year (FY) 2013, which ranked the South Florida District as the second most “at-risk” district, as of FY 2013, Quarter (Q) 3. Our objective was to assess the efficiency of city delivery operations in the South Florida District. [PRnote: Dallas, Houston and the Caribbean Districts are ranked after South Florida]
The recent decision by the U.S. Postal Service to have Chicago mail carriers start their shifts later in the morning is not going over too well with some local carriers and their union.
Some mail carriers have expressed concerns about safety issues because, with the start time being moved from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., it will mean having to work later into the evenings, even after dark. Their start time had been as early as 6:30 a.m., but it has gradually been moved later.
One Chicago carrier who asked not to be named also noted that mail carriers work full days on Saturdays as well, and this will mean even longer days.
“We are definitely opposed to this change,” said Mack I. Julion, president of Local Branch 11 of the National Association of Letter Carriers. “If people think they are getting their mail late now, it is going to be even later.
“This is not being done in a vacuum,” added Julion, noting that shifts are being altered for postal workers in Florida and various other places around the country.
After being told that some carriers expressed safety concerns about working late, Julion said he agreed, and added that they have reason to be worried.