Many of the most significant
changes that have negatively affected the Clerk Craft and
the Postal Service are the result of recommendations made
by a little-known group that operates behind the scenes
at USPS headquarters – the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee,
or MTAC (5/17/15)
This is due to the continuing reduction in mail volumes
requiring manual scheme knowledge. Furthermore, eliminating
scheme qualifications on Clerk bid duty assignments will
reduce the substantial annual costs for scheme training.
Unfortunately, the CBO, C21,
and the media reports all seem to have misunderstood the
amendment, and they are obfuscating the main issue — how
much would it actually cost the Postal Service to comply
with the Fattah amendment? The amendment would simply
require undoing what has happened since the beginning of the
year, when the interim standards ended, and the cost would
not be anything like $1 or $2 billion. As the following
discussion explains, the amendment would probably cost
something like $50 million, and the Postal Service could
easily afford it . (7/27/15)
The U.S. Postal Service is
currently replacing its existing retail point of service
software with Retail Systems Software (RSS). As of May 2015,
the Postal Service has deployed RSS to about 3,400 of the
17,781 retail units. The Postal Service plans a complete
nationwide deployment by May 2016. (7/24/15)
The American Antitrust Institute
(AAI) today issued a white paper. The paper urges the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carefully scrutinize the
competitive impact of the proposed Staples/Office Depot merger.
A U.S. supervisory postal
inspector once named a federal employee of the year pleaded
guilty Wednesday to stealing mail containing prescription
pills, jewelry, passports, collectible Playboy magazines and
other items in San Jose. (7/22/15)
Dover police said they arrested a
postal worker after a resident saw the
trespasser in her home on a surveillance video walking through
the house and wearing her woman's high heel boots.
The sight of an empty mailbox in
Charlotte Courthouse is more than just an inconvenience for
businesses and citizens. It’s straining communication and
commerce in the county, and now even public officials have had
The APWU and the Postal Service
signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate
Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and
costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background
According to the CBO, in order to
return to the earlier service standards, the Postal Service
would need to add work hours, reopen facilities that have been
closed or sold, and replace equipment it no longer owns. The
CBO offers to provide Senator Carper with further details on
the $1 billion price tag, but the letter itself does not
explain how the number was arrived at. If you look at what’s
happened over the past few months, the $1 billion doesn’t seem
credible, and one wonders if the CBO has misunderstood what
the amendment is all about. . (7/20/15)
think you know your own body,” says Paul Newman/ Monroe Mailman.
Extreme summer heat can take it’s toll quicker than you think.
Especially if you work outside like mailman, Paul Newman, it
almost took his life.
If you are confined to a wheel
chair you will not be able to get into the Xenia post office.
USPS spokesman says, “If they aren’t happy with the service we
provide at that location they are welcome to go to one of the
nearby post offices that are handicap accessible,”
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