Postal News Recap: Postmasters shot, killed, Higher health premiums, USPS facilities, New 2017 stamps

USPS sets records for package deliveries, online visitsVideo: Mississippi Postmaster shot in the arm during attempted robbery – PONTOTOC – Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask said authorities are looking for a white male and white female, who are suspects in the Friday morning shooting of the Randolph Postmaster.

BCA says 5% of 50 million Jack-o’-lantern stamps delivered to USPS may be defective – USPS Media Statement on Jack-o’-lanterns Stamp Defect  Thu, Sep 29, 2016

Postmaster Killed in Leavenworth County KS car wreck – LEAVENWORTH, KS (KCTV) – A woman killed in a car Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Former Buffalo, NY Letter Carrier Sentenced For Stealing $1,729.21 From The Mail – 9/27/2016 – BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wed, Sep 28, 2016
USPS program continues to teach students on how to lead postal workforce – Follow the leader New program continues to produce new USPS Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Postal Employees will pay average of 11.7 percent more for health insurance premiums – U.S. Postal Service employees will pay an average of 11.7% Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Date Meets Zip Code Event at Fillmore CA Post Office = On Friday, September 30, 2016, the community of Fillmore, CA Wed, Sep 28, 2016

Report: Three-Quarters of Customers Broadcast Their Frustrations When They Receive a Damaged Package – BENSENVILLE, Ill. (PRWEB) September 27, 2016 – Seventy-three percent of frequent online shoppers are likely to share frustrations with friends and family when they receive a damaged package, according to a new report from OSM Worldwide Tues., Sep 27, 2016

USPS awards $93 million contract for construction of mail processing, maintenance facilities in Portland Oregon –  9/27/2016 USPS has awarded a contract for the performance of design and construction of a new 789,000 sq. ft. Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) and a new 28,000 sq. ft. Vehicle Maintenance Facility (VMF) to be constructed on a 47 acre site owned by the Postal Services in Portland, Oregon. Tues., Sep 27, 2016

Another postal truck on fire in Florida – September 27, 2016 Another postal truck (LLV) on fire in Madeira Beach, Florida. The postal worker was unharmed. Us postal truck on fire

Michigan State Representative Introduces Legislation Aimed At Protecting Mail Carriers, Others From Dangerous Dogs Bill creates avenue to declare a dog dangerous, require owner compliance 9/22/2016 LANSING — State Representative Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo) has introduced legislation aimed at protecting mail carriers, utility workers, children, pedestrians and others from dangerous dogs.

UPS Testing Drones for Use in Its Package Delivery System – One of the world’s largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system. UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or difficult-to-access locations.

OSHA fines USPS facility in Missouri $87,297 for failure to maintain working fire extinguishers Investigating grease fire at maintenance facility, OSHA finds US Postal facility failed to maintain working fire extinguishers Employer name: U.S. Postal Service 1720 Market St. St. Louis, Missouri Citations issued: Sept. 13, 2016 Investigation findings:

New Jersey Letter Carrier Sentenced in $200,000 Postal Money Orders Scheme – Letter Carrier Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Scheme To Steal And Cash Hundreds Of Postal Money Orders NEWARK, N.J. – A Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal and convert hundreds of blank U.S. Postal Service money orders,

Postal Service Previews Select 2017 Stamps – WASHINGTON — What do Love, skywriting, Year of the Rooster, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture all have in common? They are among the subjects of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 Stamp program announced today.

USPS not happy with OIG’s report claiming Mail Processing changes increased delayed mail – Statement on OIG report on mail processing and transportation operational changes September 20, 2016 – The Postal Service takes issue with the audit report’s content, analysis and tone, specifically the inaccurate findings that do not correctly reflect the benefits of Network Rationalization.

NALC wins Arbitration case on USPS ‘Work and Time Standards’ Video Recording Important NALC win: National-level arbitration case decided on ‘Work and Time Standards Video Recording’ USPS notified NALC of its plan to use video recordings of letter carriers in upcoming NALC contract talks and possibly interest arbitration.