Archive for the ‘postal’ Category

aftma_banner-image AFT Massachusetts Votes to Boycott Framingham-Based Staples Over Deal Between Retailer and USPS That Privatizes Work of Local Post Offices
Teachers Union in Support of Postal Workers Urges Educators and School Staff Not to Purchase School Supplies From Staples – State Teachers Unions Urging a National Boycott Vote at the Biennial AFT Convention in Los Angeles This Week

July 7, 2014- BOSTON – AFT Massachusetts, which represents teachers, school workers, public librarians and college faculty across Massachusetts, announced today that it was joining a growing boycott of the office supply and bulk goods retailer Staples. The announcement by Massachusetts teachers and school workers is significant because the Bay State is one of four test markets for a pilot program that moves postal services from local Post Offices to Staples stores. Additionally, Staples corporate headquarters is located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Continue reading ‘Massachusett Teachers Union Vote to Boycott Staples’ »

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FRESNO, Calif. —Michael Chase Stafford, 29, of Modesto, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill to two years and nine months in prison for conspiring to commit postal crimes, according to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner.

According to court documents, Stafford conspired with others to steal mail from authorized U.S. mail receptacles and to possess stolen U.S. mail. From the stolen mail, they acquired credit cards, merchant cards and convenience checks, in addition to account numbers and personal identifiers of victims. They used these items to buy merchandise for themselves without authorization from the true account holders.

Co-defendant Dawn Renee Wessling was sentenced to 18 months in prison on January 22, 2013, for her role in the conspiracy.

This case is the product of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service. Assistant United States Attorney Grant B. Rabenn is prosecuting the case.

robberyHOUSTON – Kenton Deon Harrell, 41, has been convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A federal jury convicted the Houston resident this morning following four days of trial and approximately three hours of deliberation.

The jury heard that on or about Feb. 21, 2013, Harrell met with Charles Ray Blake and Kenneth Shane Howard to plan the robbery of a contract postal vehicle. The three men had received information that the vehicle contained more than $2 million in cash and precious metals. Evidence at trial showed that the three men had been provided with a description of the vehicle, the route it would be taking and the time the vehicle would leave the post office in downtown Houston.

According to testimony, the co-conspirators acted on that information and stopped the vehicle as planned as it entered onto I-10 from downtown Houston. They forcibly removed the driver at gun point and drove the vehicle to a location where they removed jewelry worth approximately $240,000. Continue reading ‘Jury Convicts Houston Man for Robbery of Postal Vehicle’ »

pofireLAS VEGAS (FOX5) -Access was limited to a post office in the south end of the Las Vegas Valley after a fire on its rooftop Sunday.

Clark County Fire Department said a port-a-potty on the roof of the U.S. Post Office location at Bermuda and Pebble roads caught fire. Postal service officials said flames did not spread to the interior of the post office. Continue reading ‘Rooftop fire shuts down south Las Vegas post office’ »

The USPS Office of Inspector General has published a new white paper that explores how the U.S. Postal Service could experience a significant boost in commercial package volume as 3D printing becomes more widespread.

3dprintingwebart_3rgb Continue reading ‘OIG: If It Prints, It Ships: 3D Printing and the Postal Service’ »

Postal Regulatory Commission

Postal Regulatory Commission

Washington, DC – In a report released today, the Postal Regulatory Commission evaluates the Fiscal Year 2013 performance goals and Fiscal Year 2014 performance plans of the United States Postal Service. The Commission had in previous years provided this analysis in its Annual Compliance Determination report. However, the Commission has determined that issuing its analysis in a separate report allows the Commission to provide a more in-depth review of the Postal Service’s goals and plans than in previous years.

The Commission’s report addresses and makes suggestions related to the Postal Service’s four performance goals: 1) Service, 2) Customer Experience, 3) Financial Results, and 4) Workplace Environment. Below is a summary of the Commission’s findings.

Continue reading ‘PRC Reviews USPS FY 2013 Performance Goals and FY 2014 Plan’ »

Senate inaction causing empty chairs at the USPS Board of Governors. PRC  got next in empty chairs, 2 of 5 chairs vacant with Chairman Ruth Goldway’s term expiring November 22, 2014.

Here is a post that I never finished several months ago after NALC mentioned the five vacancies on the USPS Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service is comparable to a board of directors of a private corporation. The Board includes nine governors who are appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the Senate. The nine governors select the postmaster general, who becomes a member of the Board, and those 10 select the deputy postmaster general, who also serves on the Board. The postmaster general serves at the pleasure of the governors for an indefinite term. The deputy postmaster general serves at the pleasure of the governors and the postmaster general. Continue reading ‘USPS Board Of Governors May Have Only 3 of 11 Members By End Of Year’ »

Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).

From left to right: PMG John Potter, Sen. Tom Carper, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Danny Davis, President George Bush, Rep. McHugh at signing of Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA).

Most Americans have never heard of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006. The mind-numbing title alone sounds like it could put a hardcore insomniac to sleep. The truth is, it’s one of the most insane laws Congress ever enacted.

It’s past time for people in the Roanoke Valley to wake up about it. Because that legislation, sponsored by a (former) Virginia congressman, has real potential to kill 300 to 400 blue-collar jobs here in the Star City. Those have a combined payroll of more than $1 million annually.


My colleagues Matt Chittum and Zach Crizer wrote about those coming job cuts in last week’s paper. The U.S. Postal Service announced a consolidation plan that would move mail-processing operations now in Roanoke to Greensboro, North Carolina. Roanoke is one of 82 such operations around the country that would be closed. Continue reading ‘Editorial: The most insane law by Congress, ever? Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006’ »

From Federal Business Opportunities website:

usps-f86The USPS on June 10, 2014, published a Sources Sought notice concerning ³CDF, TOP, STC Services,² which it said was to ³solicit responses from interested suppliers to determine which are capable of providing the potential services described for the following type of material handling services: Consolidated Deconsolidated Facilities (CDF) for Standard Mail; Terminal Handling Services Optimization Program (TOP) for First-Class Mail Networks Programs; and Surface Transfer Centers (STC). The USPS in its notice listed 18 CDF locations, 10 TOP locations, and 4 STC locations. The due date for responses was June 25, 2014.

The USPS in its notice described its CDF, TOP and STC facility concepts as follows:

€ Consolidation Deconsolidation Facility (CDF): operation is to consolidate or deconsolidate mail volume to/from a bed loaded form into trailers to/from the host National Distribution Center (NDC). The mail volume traveling on the CDF network is primarily Standard Mail and Parcels. The following general functions of loading/unloading trailers, transferring mail from one trailer to another trailer, mail separation by type, size and shape, record keeping, and electronic data submissions, are critical to success. The CDF supplier shall implement an integrated material handling system that provides the required services in accordance with the terms and scope of the
contract. Continue reading ‘USPS Sources Sought For Material Handling Services’ »

It’s the 239th birthday of the United States Post Office and the 100th birthday of the Berkeley Post Office! Please join in the celebration which will include a birthday cake, music, and a group photo. These festivities will be one of many events throughout the country commemorating National Postal Heritage Day. Continue reading ‘National Postal Heritage Day Celebration and Birthday Party at Berkeley, CA Post Office’ »