Archive for the ‘postal’ Category

SPENCER, Okla. – A Spencer mail carrier was attacked on his delivery route.

Trekking through severe weather and fighting off dogs and wildlife are all part of the job for a postal worker.

It’s rare they have to run away from a homeowner. But it happened to one mail carrier. Continue reading ‘Oklahoma Mail Carrier attacked by half-naked mad man with bat’ »

Flashback 2011: Here is a USPS photo of Postmasters, postal employees and their family members and friends after creating a living American flag in Shanksville, PA.  The participants (from Pennsylvania, Arizona, Hawaii, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Washington) were “attending a National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS), Pennsylvania Chapter convention and created the flag to honor the heroes of Flight 93 who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Sabinsville, PA, Postmaster Janie Baer organized the event.” Click on image for larger view Continue reading ‘Photo: Postal Employees create living flag’ »

USPS Office of Inspector General Audit Report: Award of the Diebold, Inc. Contract

diebold contract with USPSThis report presents the results of our audit of the award of the Diebold, Inc. (Diebold) contract (Project Number 13YG007SM000). The report responds to a request from Senator Charles E. Grassley to review the U.S. Postal Service’s award of the Diebold contract. Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service awarded the contract in accordance with appropriate policies and procedures. See Appendix A for additional information about this audit.

Postal Service maintenance mechanics traditionally have repaired and changed locks for Postal Service-owned mailboxes. To reallocate maintenance mechanics from the field, Western Area Maintenance Operations asked Supply Management to contract this work. The Postal Service awarded a contract to Diebold on September 22, 2010, to repair and Continue reading ‘OIG: USPS ‘outsourced’ maintenance work to Diebold and paid over $18m without proper approval’ »

uspsoigPR note: The Postal Worker received his job at USPS in April 2012. On August 13, 2012, four months later, postal investigators confronted the Postal Worker about allegedly stealing cell phones from packages on mail sorting machine. The Postal worker immediately confessed and signed a written statement admitting his conduct.

Here is a press release from the US Attorney’s office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON, Massachusetts – A Roxbury man was sentenced today for stealing iPhones from the mail and making false statements. Continue reading ‘Postal Worker gets prison for stealing iPhones from Mail, false ID on USPS job application’ »

uspsoigOn March 6, 2014, “the manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was charged with taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Monica Weyler, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General Eastern Area Field Office.”

Kevin Hood of Richmond Heights, was arrested on March 6, 2014 and charged with wire fraud and honest services wire fraud.

On June 5, 2014, Hood was indicted on charges of extortion and theft of government property. Continue reading ‘Cleveland USPS Vehicle Maintenance Manager indicted on new charges of extortion, theft’ »

graphic: USPS OIG via postalreporter.com

graphic: USPS OIG via postalreporter.com

OTTAWA, June 4, 2014 /CNW/ – A study of banks and payday lending companies in the United States and Canada shows a real need for a postal bank exists, especially in areas where post offices abound but few banks offer their services. The paper, presented at the 22nd Rutgers University Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics, argues that restoring postal banking in the 21st century would help support post offices while offering much-needed financial services and jobs.

“Why force people to resort to payday lending and pawn shops when a better option exists?” asked Denis Lemelin, National President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The union has been campaigning for a postal bank. Continue reading ‘Postal Banking to the rescue in both Canada and the U.S.’ »

robberyUKWILA, Wash. — A mail carrier was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon outside an apartment building in Tukwila, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The robbery took place around 12:30 p.m. at 5715 S. 152nd Pl. According to the Inspection Service, the letter carrier was not hurt, but the gunman got away with the mail.

The robber is described as an Asian man in his early 20s, approximately 5-feet-5-inches tall with a medium build and no facial hair. He was wearing a black stocking cap, blue sweatshirt, dark athletic pants and black athletic shoes.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the robber.

Mail carrier robbed at gunpoint in Tukwila, WA

STEELES TAVERN,Va. (WHSV)– As part of a plan to save the United States Postal Service $500 million annually, the USPS will be cutting one local post office’s hours in half, which is making many Augusta County residents upset.

“The postal service have got to start thinking like business people. You don’t open a business when you can’t get customers,” said Julie Kane, who runs an e-commerce business from home. Continue reading ‘Virginia: Steeles Tavern Post Office Having Hours Cut to Save Money’ »

Rep. Gerald Connolly, left, talks with Ernie Kirkland of NALC at a rally in Annandale, Va.

Rep. Gerald Connolly, left, talks with Ernie Kirkland of NALC at a rally in Annandale, Va.

June 5, 2014 – In a “Dear Colleagues” letter dated June 3, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) urged his fellow members of the House of Representatives to oppose a proposal to use Postal Service funds to help replenish the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) by ending Saturday mail delivery.

The letter, sent to all 435 members of the House, says the USPS cannot cut its services to survive, but must find, “creative ways to further leverage its national delivery network to support American Business and continue binding our Nation together.”

“Simply put, eliminating Saturday mail delivery would be bad for business, harm consumers, and not surprisingly, lacks the necessary majority to pass the House under regular order.”

Rep. Connolly points out there is broad support for preserving six-day mail delivery, both in Congress and in the private and public sectors. He notes that organizations as diverse as the AFL-CIO and the right-wing Heritage Action for America strongly oppose raiding the Postal Service as part of a budget gimmick to fund the Highway Trust Fund.

“These organizations recognize that USPS is not a Piggy Bank,” and that off-budget USPS funds simply cannot be used to fund on-budget projects, he wrote.

- See more at: APWU 

get-attachment.aspx(2)The wife and son of US Postal Service Portland District Manager, T. Kim Anderson, were shocked to discover protesters on the front porch of their Damascus home Tuesday evening. “Why did you come to our home?” demanded Cheryl Anderson. Explaining that they had attempted to secure a meeting with Mr. Anderson numerous times over the past ten months, Rev. John Schwiebert presented the Andersons with a petition against postal privatization, signed by over a thousand Portland residents. Although the USPS district manager was apparently unavailable, his family indicated they were aware of the protesters’ grievances. “My dad has no comment,” said Chase Anderson.

“Postal truckers are losing their jobs to a profiteering, private corporation,” declared Jamie Partridge, a retired postal worker with Portland Communities and Postal Workers United and a participant in Tuesday’s action. “We oppose the destruction of family wage, union jobs and the delay of the people’s mail. We protest the waste, fraud and abuse of our beloved postal service.” Continue reading ‘Postal privatization protesters take demands to home of USPS Portland District Manager’ »