Archive for the ‘postal’ Category

Letter-to-the-editorIt all began in 2006 during the Bush administration. It was the end of the U.S. Postal Service in this country as we know it. The Republican Congress passed legislation demanding the post office prefund 75 years of its employee benefits package in 10 years. This amounted to $5.5 billion annually.

There is no other corporation in this country that has been subjected to this type of scrutiny. The postal service is not funded by the federal government.

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, a multimillionaire and chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has outlined the cost of door-slot deliveries, but he hasn’t mentioned what it will cost to build proposed communal stations all over the country when we already have post offices in place. It seems as if this is his attempt to award private, lucrative contracts in order to bust up the unions. We have no control over this destruction. Rep. Issa will make exceptions for the people with disabilities, etc., but if you want door-slot deliveries, it will cost you when it is free now.

Read more: War on the USPS – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shira-Goodman-By Bill Brickley | June 3, 2014 | Bill Brickley, Featured, Union, USPS

Shira Goodman, North American Commercial President for Staples couldn’t hide her contempt for Postal Workers when she spoke to hundreds of Staples employees in her first ever Town Hall style meeting. Ms. Goodman chastised Postal Workers with several disparaging remarks including: “It must be nice to have a job for life” then adding”those days are over, this country can’t afford to do business as usual”. In her world Staples workers are nothing more than temporary workers always at risk to have their jobs abolished.

It comes as no surprise that Shira Goodman was on the “Jobs and Economy” Steering Committee during Mitt Romney’s transition to Massachusetts Governor in 1992. Judging by her attitude towards workers there is no doubt she buys into Romney’s hateful 47% comment made during his presidential run.

It’s also hardly shocking that Shira Goodman’s job before joining Staples in 1992 was being a manager for Bain and Company (1986-1992). Staples was one of her clients. Bain was the leader in outsourcing workers jobs for management profit. She must feel quite comfortable in outsourcing postal jobs to her transient workforce. Continue reading ‘I Cannot Believe What Shira Goodman (Staples Executive Officer) Said About The Dedicated USPS Employees’ »

Members of the Senate Finance Committee will meet behind closed doors Wednesday to try to find a way to prevent the Highway Trust Fund from going broke at the height of the construction season this summer.

The panel’s session comes on the heels of a House Republican proposal to shore up the highway fund for a year by allowing the U.S. Postal Service to end Saturday deliveries and putting the savings into infrastructure projects—a plan ridiculed and dismissed by two Senate committee leaders.

“Strange” and “unworkable” was the response of Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “This idea is a jobs killer which does not even fund the Highway Trust Fund for a long enough period of time to provide the certainty that states, cities, and businesses need.” Continue reading ‘Senate to meet privately in scramble to prevent Highway Trust Fund from going broke’ »

prcThe Commission Will Not Require the Postal Service to Show Good Cause for Including Temporary and Promotional Rates in the Calculation of the Percentage Change in Rates

Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission today released final regulations on the treatment of mid-year rate reductions, de minimis rate increases, and rate incentives for purposes of the price cap system established under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. The rules create a new type of rate filing called a “Type 1-C rate adjustment.” Type 1-C rate adjustments allow the Postal Service to reduce rates without calculating the annual limitation on the percentage change in rates. Generally, the Postal Service will be able to choose whether or not to generate and bank unused rate adjustment authority as a result of a Type 1-C rate adjustment. Continue reading ‘PRC Issues Final Regulations on the Treatment of Rate Incentives and De Minimis Rate Increases for Price Cap Purposes’ »

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PHILADELPHIA (June 3, 2014) – Through a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has certified that five of its facilities in Virginia are currently in compliance with federal and state underground storage tank (UST) regulations.

As part of this certification, USPS has corrected violations associated with its failure to conduct release detection testing; line leak detector testing; a line tightness test, and failure to investigate/report a suspected release. The USPS will also pay a civil penalty of $55,258.

With millions of gallons of petroleum products and hazardous substances stored in USTs throughout the U.S., leaking tanks are a major source of soil and groundwater contamination. Federal and state UST regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks thus minimizing environmental harm and avoiding the costs of major cleanups. Continue reading ‘USPS, EPA Settlement Helps Protect Soil and Groundwater from Underground Storage Tank Leaks in Virginia’ »

Former Grangeville Postal Employee Sentenced For Embezzling MoneyCOEUR D’ALENE – Mari A. Mort, 46, of Grangeville, Idaho, was sentenced today in United States District Court to five years of probation, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Mort to pay $7,721.58 in restitution. Mort pleaded guilty to the charge of misappropriating postal funds in March 2014.

According to court documents between February 14, 2011, and June 13, 2013, Mort, who was employed at the U.S. Post Office in Grangeville, Idaho, stole money from Water Oz, a company located just outside Grangeville. Mort embezzled funds by charging Water Oz for packages the company did not mail and refunding the money to herself.

The case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the United States Postal Service. Continue reading ‘Idaho Postal Employee sentenced to probation for embezzling $7,722 from customers’ »

Update 6/4/14: Phoenix Post Office officials say a stolen mailbox has been found not far from where it went missing.

The United States Postal Service says the blue collection box was stolen Friday night or early Saturday and a $10,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Postal Inspector Greg Torbenson says the mailbox was found Tuesday in an alley near 35th Avenue and West Earll Drive.

Torbenson says the box was damaged and there was no mail inside.

Stolen mailbox found empty in Phoenix alley

PHOENIX — A blue mail collection box was stolen in Phoenix and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a reward for information about the theft.

The collection box located near 35th Avenue and Earll Drive was stolen Friday night or early Saturday morning. Continue reading ‘Updated: Mail collection box stolen in Phoenix; $10K reward offered’ »

Freehold Township resident Nicholas Romano doesn’t have much faith in the U.S. Postal Service these days.

First, a postal worker tossed a package to his front door two days before Christmas, a move caught by a video camera pointed in front of his home.

Then two months worth of mail, which was supposed to be held in at a nearby post office, disappeared.

“I am so angry,” Romano said. He has a simple question: “Where’s my mail?” Continue reading ‘What time is it? Time for video of another mail carrier throwing a package’ »

apwulogo213June 3, 2014 – Several people have inquired about the designation “FERS-RAE” on the Form 50s of employees who were recently converted from Postal Support Employee to career.

The new designation reflects that the employees were hired as career employees on or after Jan. 1, 2013, and are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) as Revised Annuity Employees (RAE).

In accordance with the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, career employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013, pay more for their retirement benefits than their predecessors. The law increased the contributions of new career employees to their retirement by 2.3 percent, raising deductions from 0.8 percent to 3.1 percent.
- See more at: http://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/new-code-form-50-reflects-bigger-deduction-retirement#sthash.P8s69USQ.dpuf

Press Release from Transportation Trades Department (TTD), AFL-CIO

Edward Wytkind

Edward Wytkind, President, TTD

Washington DC – Today, TTD President Edward Wytkind dismissed the proposal by House Republican leaders to abolish Saturday mail delivery to close the funding gap in the Highway Trust Fund:

“Abolishing Saturday mail delivery to pay for the funding shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund is a non-starter and should be dead on arrival. Instead of offering a responsible plan to fund our immediate and long-term surface transportation funding needs, Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Majority Whip McCarthy have put forth a misguided proposal that risks further delay in addressing the trust fund’s anticipated insolvency.

“We agree with the critical need to avoid a summer default of the Highway Trust Fund that will put thousands on the employment line and harm businesses across America. And finding additional revenues to pass a longer-term bill that puts Americans back to work rebuilding, modernizing and operating our decaying transportation system is essential work that Congress must complete. But attempting to use supposed “savings” from eliminating mail service makes absolutely no sense. Not only would this proposal cut up to 80,000 good-paying jobs including postal employees represented by TTD unions, but we question whether the promised revenues would actually materialize. More to the point, offering a politically toxic and flawed Continue reading ‘TTD: House Must Reject Plan to Cut Mail Delivery to Pay for Highway and Transit Investments’ »