mailing-letter-final-4_-1Like most modern folk, I sometimes communicate via text, Facebook, email and other digital methods.

However, lately I have been reminded about how important the good ol’ fashioned United States Postal Service is.

TAKE A LETTER, MAYRENE: I received a very nice letter from Solano County board of education Trustee Mayrene Bates, thanking me for my recent article about her longtime friend, Gary Falati. She was the librarian at Grange Intermediate when I was there in the 1970s and sold Marvel comics at lunch. I was a faithful customer. I have received letters from her before and she always includes a cartoon from a tear-off calendar that makes it special.

POLITICAL PLANES: I absolutely love getting political mailers! The glossy, expensive card stock is perfect for making paper airplanes that I fold, ignite, and then hurl (unread) into my recycle bin.

‘Snail mail’ still kinda cool Daily Republic (Fairfield, CA).

ellenhazelpaWhen someone does their job for 35 years, they must be doing it right.

Sharon Monahan, 18 years old and not sure what she wanted to do with her life, figured delivering the mail for awhile might not be too bad.

Thirty-five years later, Monahan, now 53 and a resident of Drifton, is still delivering the mail. As she looks back on 35 years and what became of her career as a letter carrier, she knows, as the first female letter carrier out of the Hazleton Post Office, how important it was to set a path for other women to follow. Things were a bit different then. It was a predominantly male job as a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier when Monahan began. In fact, she remembers male letter carriers weren’t exactly crazy about working with her.

“I had something to prove because the men didn’t really want a woman working in the post office at the time,” Monahan said.

Things have changed over the years and now she gets along well with her fellow employees — after proving over the years she and other women who have followed can certainly do the same job as men, delivering mail through the rain, sleet and snow.

She advises the younger carriers to use sunscreen. She speaks from experience after developing melanoma, a skin cancer on her leg

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CUPW_logoOTTAWA, Aug. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed.

“When our post office has been profitable for most of the last two decades, the types of cuts that Canada Post and the Conservatives are trying to impose on us are completely unnecessary,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

“We need to do what the rest of the world is doing and make the post office a better service, not a lack of service.” Continue reading ‘CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary’ »

reduction-in-force(August 29, 2014) Reduction in force is a term that frightens most federal workers. It means uncertainty, potential loss of a job, disruption, and usually more questions than answers. Politicians (even the ones who want to shrink the federal government) oppose them. So do managers, unions, and most people who write about government issues. Most agencies have been “successful” in recent years in avoiding RIFs. They have used attrition, hiring slowdowns and buyouts to reduce their workforce without resorting to a RIF. Most people will tell you a RIF is something to be avoided at all costs.

Most downsizing is not as dramatic as the story of NADEP Jacksonville. Usually it is smaller numbers and is driven by budget cuts or mission changes. The first choice of solutions is generally to let attrition take care of the problem. If normal attrition is not adequate, agencies accelerate it by offering buyouts. There are some problems with that approach. Here are just a few: Continue reading ‘To RIF or Not to RIF’ »

HIALEAH, Fla. -A mail carrier, a grandmother and a 1-year-old girl were taken to the hospital after a head-on crash.
The incident happened Friday at 305 West 68th St. in Hialeah.

The mailman stopped on the side of the road. Police said he was outside of his car, reaching in to get a package. That’s when the driver of a Scion struck the front of his vehicle head-on. Continue reading ‘Video: Florida Mailman suffers laceration to head after grandmother crashes head-on’ »


Jim Falvey and NALC National President Fredric Rolando

Portland Communities and Postal Workers United
Our President Jim Falvey made it into the Big O (Oregonian, the newpaper of record in Oregon).  He called the editor and argued for an “In Response” opportunity and got it.  This exchange started with a series of articles on the visit of the Deputy PMG, our protest and Portland Communities and Postal Workers United’s  press release.  Keep fighting for that free media!  Keep those cards and letters coming!
Jamie Partridge

Congress has created Postal Service crisis: Guest opinion

Guest Columnist on August 28,2014
By Jim Falvey  (President, NALC Branch #82 (Portland Oregon)

Thanks to The Oregonian for again engaging the debate about the future of the U.S. Postal Service. While Congress is certainly key to a long-term solution to USPS woes, the current postal management is using a phony financial crisis to dismantle the largest, most efficient, reliable and affordable communications and delivery system in the world. Continue reading ‘NALC Branch President Jim Falvey: Congress has created Postal Service crisis’ »

A U.S. Postal Service worker who was in charge at the Unity Post Office until last year has filed a lawsuit accusing her employer of retaliation after she demanded that they take a death threat allegedly made by a co-worker more seriously.

Diana Mallard of Skowhegan, who has been on medical leave from the Postal Service since August 2013, claims in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor that instead of taking the threat against her more seriously, her supervisor became angry and “began to treat her in a hostile manner.”

Mallard’s attorney, Guy Loranger of Old Orchard Beach, said in the 10-page complaint he filed on her behalf that Mallard learned in a conference call on July 25, 2013, with the Postal Service’s Threat Assessment Team that one of the employees she supervised had told a health care provider that she “would have killed (Mallard) if she could have.”
Maine postmaster accuses employer of retaliation after death threats against her

Warning to would-be crooks: Don’t try to rack up Kroger fuel points when you’re buying stuff with a stolen credit card.

That’s what apparently led postal investigators to former mail carrier Arlie O. Ruff of Bexley.

Ruff, 67, was in U.S. District Court yesterday on charges that he used credit cards from mail stolen along his Galloway and Far West Side route between 2003 and 2009. He pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

A 2009 search warrant for Ruff’s home at 736 Chelsea Ave. says that special agents tracked him down through his Kroger Plus card. Ruff used the card when he bought nearly $7,000 in gas, merchandise and gift cards with several credit cards that he had stolen from customers along his mail route, the warrant says.

Investigators started looking into Ruff after one of his postal customers reported unauthorized charges on a credit-card account in 2009. Investigators with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General found that the charges were linked to a Kroger Plus card that Ruff had, the warrant says.

Kroger Plus card links ex-mailman to stolen credit cards, investigators say

Postmaster General, Car Owners, Provide Backstories

LOS ANGELES — The two iconic hot rods that modeled for the Postal Service’s recently issued Limited Edition Hot Rods Forever stamps took center stage today at the Petersen Automotive Museum. There, the car owners and one of the car builders joined the Postmaster General in revealing the backstories on these cruisers and how the stamps came to be.

“These Hot Rods stamps personify the beginning of America’s fascination with customizing fast cars,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in presenting the stamps. “And they’re just as popular today as they were decades ago. Just like the cars they celebrate, these stamps are timeless in that they’re good for mailing First-Class letters anytime in the future.” Continue reading ‘California Hot Rods Get Postal Service Stamp of Approval’ »


Greenwich, Connecticut letter carrier Jermaine Shirley holding one of the two twin 11-month old babies he caught after they were thrown from a burning building. The father is holding the other baby Shirley saved from the burning building.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Letter carriers who emptied burning buildings, rescued a boy from a predator, saved a heart attack victim or brightened holidays will be honored Sept. 10.

Connecticut letter carrier Jermaine Shirley, who smelled smoke in an apartment building one morning, alerted residents and caught two young children thrown from a window as fire engulfed the building, is the 2014 National Hero of the Year. Peoria, IL, carriers Cristy Perfetti and Steve Plunkett, Unit Citation recipients, rescued a boy abducted at knifepoint, brought him to safety in their post office and trailed the suspect, who had prior convictions for crimes against children and soon returned to prison. Victor Green, a New York metro area carrier, will posthumously receive the Legacy Award for helping a generation of black Americans travel safely and without shame in pre-civil-rights-era America by publishing an annual travel guide to inns and private homes that accepted African-Americans.

Several other carriers also are being recognized as heroes. They represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 150 million households and businesses six days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises. Continue reading ‘NALC: Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year to be honored’ »