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House passes budget targeting postal, federal workers

the House of Representatives approved a budget bill that targets the earned health and retirement benefits of postal and federal employees. Comments (Count)

 

APWU files National Dispute over USPS removing scheme qualifications

The APWU takes the position that the notification dated February 20,2015 is a unilateral action in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS will no longer require ‘scheme qualifications’ on postal clerk bid duty assignments

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. Comments (Count)

 

USPS, Shame on you!

Shame on you, Mr. Postmaster General  Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG evaluation of Window Retail Customer Service

Between FYs 2012 and 2013, an increasing number of customers expressed dissatisfaction with the service they receive at retail facilities.  Comments (Count)

 

ABM Security challenging USPS $250 million contracts awarded to Command Security Corporation - CSC’s record of integrity and business ethics should render the company ineligible for award of the USPS contract.  (FAA).  Comments (Count)

 

USPS seeks to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier - USPS is asking a federal court to review and set aside the final order of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)  Comments (Count)

 

USPS awards contract for maintenance management worth up to $450 million -The contract was awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (JLL), located in Chicago, IL. The initial contract is for a two (2)-year base period and up to four (4) – two (2) year renewal option periods. The initial contract is estimated at $45,000,000 per year

 

USPS Re-Issues Policy on Oakland Postal Employees Calling 911 in Emergency

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit had confirmed that the policy at the Oakland distribution facility does in fact dictate that in the event of a medical emergency, an employee must find a supervisor, who must contact the postal police and ask them to call 911.  Comments (Count)

 

Updated: Tuesday | April 28, 2015  

LATEST POSTAL NEWS

USPS OIG: Declines in Postal Service Mail Volume Vary Widely Across the U.S.

A close look at mail volume data reveals that the Postal Service still has many customers who rely on its services   (4/27/15) Comments (Count)

As USPS slows down mail delivery, some letters are taking even longer to arrive than the new rules allow
Washington Post - The U.S. mail is slowing down. In January, the Postal Service eliminated overnight delivery for local first-class letters that used to arrive the next day. Anywhere from 20 percent to half of the rest of the first-class mail sent every day now takes an extra day of delivery time.   (4/27/15) Comments (Count)

Top lawmakers laughing at possibility of USPS using drones

Members of Congress who concentrate on postal issues generally agree that the Postal Service could stand to bring its vehicle fleet into the 21st century. But they also said they hadn’t heard of the drone proposal.  (4/26/15) Comments (Count)

 

NLRB: USPS managers could be disciplined who fail to supply relevant information to Unions

The NLRB must be getting tired of USPS scofflaws. It includes the same language as before: “Supervisors or managers who fail to reasonably supply relevant information to the Union will have this fact mentioned  (4/26/15) Comments (Count)

 

Former Chesapeake VA NALC branch president and treasurer unaware both were stealing union funds

Former Chesapeake VA NALC branch president and treasurer sentenced on embezzlement charges Former president and former treasurer of the Chesapeake, VA National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch #6066 separately stole over $18,000 from the organization Former Yakima WA NALC Branch Secretary-Treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement (4/26/15) Comments (Count)

 

Two Postal Workers, 14 others indicted for stealing over $10 million in treasury checks from Atlanta mail facility -  This case originated in April 2012 when the Secret Service’s Atlanta Field Office was alerted to the mail theft of over $10 million in United States Treasury checks from a United States Postal facility in Atlanta, Georgia. A postal supervisor and mail handler were charged with stealing $2.8 million in checks. Two more postal workers have been charged in this case.  (4/25/15) Comments (Count)

 

Congressman re-introduces bill to require USPS to upgrade fleet and cut fuel costs

Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) introduced the "Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act of 2015" to  address the urgent need to make American transportation more efficient. Senators urge USPS to invest in cutting-edge improvements for fleet of vehicles - All members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the agency to take steps to modernize their 190,000-strong fleet of vehicles .

 (4/24/15) Comments (Count)

 

USPS continue changes to plant consolidation schedule – over 90 facility mail moves in April

USPS has posted its latest last minute list of “public” changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation Schedule. This is the fourth (4th) consecutive week that the Postal Service has made modifications to the Network Rationalization Consolidation list .  (4/24/15) Comments (Count)

Video: Two Postal Workers under investigation for ‘clock ring’ discrepancies in San Antonio

The United States Postal Service confirmed to Eyewitness News it has an “ongoing internal investigation” at its Arsenal branch post office in San Antonio, involving payroll discrepancies.  (4/24/15) Comments (Count)

 

Video: Ohio letter carrier Mike Miller to donate kidney to co-worker’s son

A Dayton, Ohio letter carrierl is preparing to give one of his kidney’s to a co-worker’s son in need. The recipient is Jeremy Razor, 37. The two men met for the first time Thursday. (4/23/15) Comments (Count)

 

Flashback: APWU President Vows to End Non-Union Members “Free Ride”

The following articles by Former National APWU President William Burrus (2007) and Oakland California Local #78 President Fred Jacobs (2004) addressing the issue of non- members. NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing.(4/21/15) Comments (Count)

 

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April 28,  2015

Sen. Merkley Organizes Entire Oregon Delegation to Demand Meeting With PMG (PDF)

Thief targeting cash mailed inside birthday cards

Postal Service Trucks Average 10 Miles Per Gallon

A moving target: Postal inspectors root out liquor by mai

USPS aims to stop theft of transport equipment

Goldway: USPS "short-sighted" over sale of historic central post offices

USPS suspends delivery due to dog, judge files complaint with PRC

Interview With Gyrocopter Pilot: 'It was worth risking my life, my freedom'

 

April 27,  2015

Video: Letter Carriers’ ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Food Drive 2015

 

April 26,  2015

Postmaster’s alleged angry rant over postal scales could spur legal action

 

April 25,  2015

Berkeley post office worthy of passion, protest

Memphis: Postal investigators searching for mail thief

California: Phelan residents to take mail complaints to senators

 

April 24,  2015

Postal employees gather in Brewer to mourn one of their own

Earned Value Mail Promo to Launch on Schedule

Pocatello's Flandro mail center closes

CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Man stealing from USPS collection mailboxes

Video: Cameras catch mail truck driving over lawn

 

April 23,  2015

Senators urge USPS to invest in cutting-edge improvements for fleet of vehicles

All members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan urging the agency to take steps to modernize their 190,000-strong fleet of vehicles .  Comments (Count)

 

Penner wants U.S. stamp program to have impact

California Electric Vehicle Firm Vies for USPS Fleet Truck Contract

Iowa post office sells for $1

Mail theft prevalent all over county

Former letter carrier pleads guilty in Norfolk mail dumping

 

April 22,  2015

USPS job fairs slated for April 29 – 30 in Ada OK, Landover MD and Minnesota

NYC postal worker charged with stealing high-end wallets while sorting through the mail

USPS increasingly profitable

Family of man killed by U.S. Postal Service truck files wrongful death lawsuit

As Contract Deadline Nears, Union Gears Up for Action

Postal Service says hundreds of delayed Murray Electric bills, payments under investigation

NLRB to define an employer’s duty to a labor union following a data breach

 

April 21,  2015

USPS ranks first in government customer service, according to a new study

USPS Mail Truck Flips Over On New Jersey Turnpike

Mail Truck Goes Up in Flames on busy road in Pennsylvania

Congresswoman told about Tucson postal consolidation's negative impacts

Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters
OIG Asks: What Do You Think of the New Package Sorter?
6 bizarre items mailed through the U.S. postal system
Report Seeks Overhaul of Postal Service Surveillance Program

Bill would eliminate lawmakers' 'free mail'

 

April 20,  2015

Fort Worth postal worker with gun arrested after ordering co-workers to ground

A letter carrier faces an aggravated assault charge after bringing a gun into the Riverside Post Office Monday morning and ordering co-workers to the ground, police officials say. Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS: Mobile devices helping reduce customer wait times

Postal retail employees are continuing to use new mobile technology for routine transactions, reducing the amount of time many customers spend waiting in line. . Comments (Count)

 

Camber Wins $210 Million USPS Software Engineering and Development Services Contract

USPS to stop delivery at West Virginia development due to poor roads

Mail delivery to end at Sportsman's Paradise

Homeland Security chairman: Gyrocopter pilot was 'going postal

What You Haven't Heard About the Maya Angelou Stamp

Meet the Worst Post Office in America

Bronx: Hunts Point postal problems continue

 

April 19,  2015

NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing. Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing. Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS postpones closing Erie mail center after Pittsburgh says they’re not ready

During this transition period, all Erie mail will be canceled in Pittsburgh, meaning that's where they get postmarked with the date, and where the stamps are invalidated. However all that mail will still need to return to Erie's E. 38th Street facility to be sorted before delivery.  Comments (Count)

 

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims after Young v. UPS

This is an update to earlier posts on the UPS EEO pregnancy case that cited USPS policy: UPS throws USPS, APWU under the bus in pregnancy bias case before U.S. Supreme Court.Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Knife-wielding man mistakes stamp kiosk for ATM, tries to rob woman inside post office

 

April 18,  2015

Animal shelter rescues baby chicks at Georgia post office

Mail processing ends at USPS distribution center in Oshtemo Township

 

April 17,  2015

USPS puts Gyrocopter flying mailman on paid leave pending investigation

They told him he was on administrative leave pending investigation and to stay away. Pilot says postal officials are telling him not to talk to the media | Homeland Security chairman: Gyrocopter pilot was 'going postal'   Comments (Count)

 

Senator Carper Convenes Bipartisan Briefing on Postal Service Finances

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a bipartisan briefing on the state of Postal Service finances Thursday afternoon. The briefing provided an important opportunity for all senators to hear from the U.S. Postal Service along with key oversight bodies,    Comments (Count)

 

Kentucky Rural Carrier Recognized as 'Super Hero'

USPS finalizing relocation of Florence processing center

Amazon Drones Could Deliver a Package in Under 30 Minutes for $1

News Flash: New Postal Rates Slated for May 31

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