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USPS's latest solution for aging Long Life Vehicles--keep body, replace frame

USPS would like to retain the best qualities of the current right hand drive long Life Vehicle (LLV) without having to redevelop what has been proven to work. (9/9/14) Comments (Count)

 

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

A Government Executive analysis of postal estimates show the consolidation plan will result in a net job loss — jobs lost at each facility minus those being relocated to existing plants — of 7,320.  (9/8/14) Comments (Count)

 

USPS Graphic: City letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. -This graphic covers the percentage of city letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. nationwide in FY 2014 (October to April)  Comments (Count)

 

New USPS OIG poster encourages postal employees to help with misconduct - The new poster encourages employees to help the Office of Inspector General (OIG)  

 

USPS seeking Reduction in Force (RIF) Administrator

USPS created news position to develop and implement policies and procedures governing the conduct of all reduction-in-force activities  Comments (Count)

 

USPS to assign duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians - According to USPS the National Recycling Program involves backhauling recyclables from Associate Offices (AOs) to its servicing Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).   Comments (Count)

DOL sues USPS on whistleblower retaliation against 35+ years postal worker

"The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions,  NDC managers referred to the more than

35 yrs BEM Maintenance employee variously as a disgruntled, drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist." .  Comments (Count) 

 

Appeals Court upholds firing of Postal Manager with 44 years of service

The proposed removal was based on charges including a failure to report an accident (dog bite) and multiple failures to perform assigned duties.  Comments (Count)  

USPS to resume consolidations next year for up to 82 facilities

The Postal Service will continue the network rationalization of its mail processing operations next year,  Comments (Count)

 

Editorial: USPS Gearing Up for Contract Talks

management is signaling probable targets for hard bargaining. On the bargaining table will likely be health benefits, pay, leave, holidays and work flexibility . Comments (Count)  

GAO: USPS conversion from door-to- door to less costly delivery could yield large savings  .Comments (Count)

 

USPS Fights Federal Agency and Foreign Business in latest Trademark cases USPS files petition to protect its brand and files protest against federal agency’s attempt to register “post office”  Comments (Count)

Editorial: Traps in the Pittman vs. USPS EEO Settlement

by Don Cheney - Buried in the Release are some severe consequences to be aware of  

 

OIG: USPS does not track sales or know how many historic properties it owns

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Appeals Court Upholds Demotion Of Postal Manager Claiming Whistleblower Retaliation   Comments (Count)

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

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Editorial: USPS New Night Rider Policy

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  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

Nineteen postal workers were killed on the job in 2013

In 2013 57 federal employees were killed on the job, according to preliminary data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 54 in 2012 and 41 in 2011.   (9/30/14) Comments (Count)

US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex than what has been reported in the broader media. In some ways, though it is very simply an attempt to eliminate a well paid unionized work force while privatizing an essential national communications network.  (9/30/14) Comments (Count)

Betman named USPS VP and chief of staff

PMG Pat Donahoe has named Mitzi Betman vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief of staff.    (9/30/14) Comments (Count)

Congresswoman Calls for USPS IG Review of mail delivery at Brooklyn Post Office - Velazquez is asking the IG to conduct an audit of the accuracy and timeliness of the mail delivery process at the Red Hook Post Office.  (9/29/14) Comments (Count)

More info on ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’ and reemployment of retirees

There has been a lot of interest in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NALC and USPS regarding “Holiday Carrier Assistants.” The agreement allows USPS to reemploy retirees as “Holiday Carrier Assistants” during the four week December period as operationally necessary.  (9/28/14) Comments (Count)

UK Postal Workers union barking mad at new dog treat called ‘Postman’s Leg’

POSTIES are barking mad after a dog bone called Postman’s Leg was launched in stores across Scotland. They say the natural beef bone, more than a foot long, is making fun of dog attacks on postal workers.  (9/28/14) Comments (Count)

Hopes dimming for postal service reform

Two years ago, lawmakers worked furiously to hammer out postal legislation, negotiating up to the very end of 2012’s super-size post-election session. But asked what the chances were for a deal this lame-duck session, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made a circle with his thumb and index finger and said: "Zero." “It’s over,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, added before lawmakers left Washington last week.  (9/27/14) Comments (Count)

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA)

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) - A writer becomes a carrier for the #USPS out of a long-held love for the mail. What she discovers are screams, threats, lies, labor violations, and dog attacks. a veteran of Afghanistan wife and young child had been in a car accident and were taken by ambulance to the hospital. His supervisor told him he could visit them, but he had to return to deliver the mail. (9/27/14) Comments (Count)

Video: USPS denies $200 insurance claim for package delivered to wrong address - USPS denies $200 lost package insurance claim after they delivered it to the wrong address. Their reason for denial to sender? "It was delivered."  (9/27/14) Comments (Count)

Postal Service vows to move ahead with closures of Petaluma, Eureka plants

Despite harsh words from a congressman and pleas from dozens of residents and business owners, the Postal Service remains intent on closing two processing centers affecting the mail service of hundreds of thousands of North Coast residents.  (9/26/14) Comments (Count)

OIG: USPS unable to validate $$millions spent on travel related to detail assignments - This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of the Management of Detail Assignments Follow-Up. Our objective was to follow up on the U.S. Postal Service’s progress in managing detail assignments, associated travel costs, and consistency of detail assignment policies OIG: USPS craft employees improperly authorized Highway Contract Routes Extra Trips  (9/26/14) Comments (Count)

Indiana Postmaster Relief charged with embezzlement

A Postal Worker from Rockport, Indiana was charged with embezzlement following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General.   (9/26/14)

USPS working with HHS Health IT to build system to access employees health records across platforms? Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems  (9/26/14) Comments (Count)

Brooklyn mailman arrested for not delivering 40,000 pieces mail

Joseph Brucato was arrested Wednesday after investigators found more than one ton of undelivered mail in his home, locker and car,  Portland, OR postal worker accused of stealing mail and ID theft (9/25/14) Comments (Count)

NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’- The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 . This MOU allows the Postal Service to begin hiring retired employees that wish to work during the upcoming four week December period NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process (9/23/14) Comments (Count)

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October 1,  2014

More Than 200 Attend Postal Job Fair in Tulsa

Two DeKalb postal employees retiring with decades of service

 

September 30, 2014

Denver postal robbers get five years in federal prison

Quake damage, asbestos dust trap mail at Napa, CA post office

Canada: Edmonton postal workers may sell bus passes, report potholes

Customer churn a significant problem for USPS financial outlook

USPS Crowding Out Other Markets With New Initiatives?

With Berkeley set to change civic center zoning, USPS ponders lawsuit

AmazonFresh prepares to take on US east coast

Mail truck flips after crash

Video: Latest on USPS investigation into mysterious mailers

Video: California woman concerned over stolen packages at front door

 

September 29, 2014

Postmaster General says USPS issues ‘very fixable

Batman Honored by USPS to Celebrate 75 Years of the Timeless Super Hero

It's a Federal Crime to Dress Up as a Postal Worker If You're Not One

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Comic Con to Kick Off With Limited-Edition Batman Stamp

 

September 28, 2014

Forever Stamps: Not a Sexy Investment

 

September 27, 2014

USPS retiree reflects on productive 36-year career as rural carrier

USPS investigating theft of Municipal Court’s mail from Post Office Box

 

September 26, 2014

FDNY fires smoke eater who smacked black postal worker, used racial slur

Massachusetts Woman Sentenced for Mailing and Tweeting bomb, Anthrax and Death Threats

NALC: Overtime equitability test extended until December 31, 2014

Amazon's Grand Plan to Avoid Holiday Delivery Snafus Again

Michigan Democratic Party Endorses Staples Boycott

Bear blocks door delivery

 

September 25, 2014

USPS in Oregon and Texas hiring over 300 holiday temp employees

LAPD sergeant’s daughter gets to two years for killing postal worker in hit-and-run

Letter Carrier extinguishes house fire

Lakewood post office to close

Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle

Identity thieves find a new way to dupe victims-(putting  hold on mail

 

September 24, 2014

PMG Donahoe updates employees on grocery deliveries, Staples shipper program - Updated with video- National scanning rates recently reached 96 percent, an important milestone that PMG Pat Donahoe praises in his latest State of the Business video message to employees.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS ‘Post Plan’ update: Staffing will change at some Remotely Managed Post Offices - The type of employees who perform work in some Remotely Managed Post Offices (RMPOs) where hours have been adjusted through the Post Plan will change.  Comments (Count)

 

California Congressman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Mail Processing Facility Closures - Huffman: “I am frustrated at the Postal Service’s lack of transparency throughout this process, disregard for public input, and ambivalence to the impacts reduced service standards will have on local communities  Comments (Count)

 

USPS in Utah to hire 360 holiday temp employees and 40 city carrier assistants

In the coming weeks the U.S. Postal Service will hire approximately 400 employees to work at select Utah Post Offices; 360 of the positions are temporary for the holidays only, and 40 are year-long appointments. USPS hiring holiday help in Indiana  

 

USPS expanding market test on grocery delivery services

Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window. The Postal Service may also test other customized delivery windows as part of this market test   Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Teachers Union to Staples CEO: We’re Not Buying

Video: Senator Carper Addresses Senate on Importance of Postal Reform

Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City

US Virgin Islands Postal Clerk Convicted of Embezzling $30,000 from USPS

 

September 23, 2014

Video: USPS issue with customer’s priority flat rate envelope

Customer claims she is within guidelines of shipping flat rate envelope

 

OIG: USPS misclassified $$$millions of operating expenses as training

potentially impacting the Postal Service’s ability to make informed financial decisions Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Orders USPS to Give APWU unredacted Info on HCR contractors

The Union, in the instant case, is entitled by contract to recapture work that has been contracted out to HCR contractors if that work can be performed for less in-house.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall -- or Do Both
Deadtree Edition - The 4.3% exigent increase that was implemented in January is the source of the unusual uncertainty. That surcharge is supposed to disappear after it yields the U.S. Postal Service an additional $3.2 billion, presumably in mid-2015.The three-judge panel considering an appeal of the exigency case seems unlikely either to eliminate the rate hike or to make it permanent, according to Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers. But based on the judges’ comments and questions during recent oral arguments, his reading of the tea leaves foresees a decent chance the judges will remand the case to the Postal Regulatory Commission with orders to revise it.  Comments (Count)

Wisconsin man charged after dispute with postal carrier over postage due

 

September 22, 2014

APWU Wins Major Victory on Staffing ‘POStPlan’ Post Offices

The ruling and MOU establish a minimum of 3,000 new Level 6 career jobs in six-hour offices and Level 18 offices. Positions in the six-hour offices must be staffed with full-time employees. The ruling and MOU also establish more than 6,000 new Level 6 non-career jobs in four-hour offices, to be filled by Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The union expects thousands of additional new career jobs to be created as the process unfolds. NAPUS: Decision is Reached on POStPlan Arbitration Clearly this will have an impact on PMRs in 4-hour RMPOs, vacant 6-hour RMPOs and 6-hour Postmaster positions in the future. Comments (Count)

 

NPMHU Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance The National Postal Mail Handlers Union has initiated a Step 4 grievance concerning violations arising from the Postal Service's plans to close or consolidate approximately 82 facilities starting in January 2015.  Comments (Count)

 

NLRB adopts get-tough remedy for USPS response to union information requests -The NLRB adopted a get-tough remedy last week involving information requests .

 

Cleveland USPS VMF manager gets 46 months in prison for taking bribes

The former manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service 

 

USPS PS Form 3972, absence analysis, revised to reflect 2015 leave year

USPS: New Stamp ordering system deployed nationwide

Two Men Arrested After Picking Up 10-Pound Package of Pot at Post Office

Wish we could return this Bronx post office sale to sender

Postman gets six years for child molestation

 

September 21, 2014

Congressman confirms, USPS denies closure of downtown Texas post office

The U.S. Postal Service is planning to shut down the Downtown Bryan Post Office due to declining revenues, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, though his offices were not made aware of a timeline.But officials from Post Office Operations in Houston insist the office will remain open for now.The supervisor asked to see the letter given to The Eagle, and once handed to him refused to give back the letter, despite being asked to do so by a reporter twice. He also refused to give his name and title for the record, though he was wearing a name tag that identified him as Mark Kasner    Comments (Count)

 

FedEx warehouse workers in Canada join union in North America first

71-year-old part time postal worker not ready to quit working

Real estate appraiser says community mailboxes decrease home value

Bountiful, UT postal employee honored by postmaster general

 

September 20, 2014

Looks like Wilt Chamberlain is finally getting his stamp

USPS seeks employees for holiday ad campaign

Through Rain and Snow and Sleet, Should Nonprofits Back Up the USPS?

Retiring postmaster will miss seeing everyone

 

September 19, 2014

Video: Houston Postal worker rescued from flooded mail truck by co-worker

A letter carrier postal worker was stuck inside a mail truck in the middle of an intersection, with flood waters covering the tires of the vehicle and nearly reaching the hood. While numerous drivers passed her by, a fellow postal worker came to her aid.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Union, along with community protest USPS relocating Florence, SC processing facility -“Having to move to Columbia and work and try to commute back to Florence would just not be reasonable…that’s just too far,” mentioned Nate Walker, State President for the American Postal Workers Union. "If you are a veteran who gets their medicine through the mail through the VA it's going to be delayed, if you are a lawyer who gets his check through the mail, it's going to be delayed. The Pee Dee deserves to get their mail on time just like Charleston, Columbia and Greenville,” added Isaac Nixon, President of the Florence APWU chapter.
 
California: APWU protests USPS mail processing plant relocation from Industry to Santa Ana - The union members, chanting that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wanted to “destroy” the postal service, said they came to send a message to Donahoe, who they say was supposed to tour the facility but canceled at the last minute.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “The court found that the message to employees from top management down to supervisors was clear –heat is not an excuse for poor performance. This culture must change,” The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker shot with BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia

Police say a female postal worker was delivering mail when she was shot twice with a BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Maintenance Craft Defeats Improper Excessing

The APWU and USPS settled an important dispute, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes in Georgia

 

September 18, 2014

McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with PMG to discuss consolidation of Kentucky mail facilities - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah  Comments (Count)

 

Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

On Wednesday, September 18th,Stephanie Cooper, Eli – her one year old son, and Christopher Brown –their mailman, join “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Christopher miraculously saved Eli’s life.

 

USPS Dispatching ‘Pink’ Vehicles to Help Sell One Billionth Breast Cancer Research Stamp - and to raise awareness - Since its inception in 1998, the semi-postal BCR stamp has raised more than $79 million for research from the sale of 975 million stamps sold. 

 

Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why

Last night, our U.S. Postal Service mail arrived at 6:30 pm. A few nights earlier, it arrived after 8 pm. Several WSB readers have e-mailed mentioning the same thing, and wondering why they’re getting deliveries so much later than before. Today, we have the answer. Comments (Count)

 

Louisiana Postal Employee busted for taking marijuana from packages

A seven-year city letter carrier  is behind bars after narcotics agents caught him removing  a large amount of marijuana from packages at the post office., The agents also found multiple weapons and thousands in cash at his home.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Everett, WA Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off

For months an Everett, WA couple have been tangled in government red tape until local TV got involved and started to investigate.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

Postal Service cancels switch to cluster mailboxes in Lead-Deadwood, SD

Man hits Postal truck with BB gun, claims he was aiming for beer

Man upset about postage due faces disorderly conduct charge

Historically Speaking: Waiting for the mail

Ellen DeGeneres to honor postal hero Chris Brown today

 

September 17, 2014

NAPS Update: USPS Plant Moratorium Misses the Continuing Resolution Train

Hopes for a delay in the closure of 82 mail processing plants dimmed this week as Congressional lawmakers refrained from including the delay in a government catchall spending bill. NAPS joined with NAPUS in urging the PRC to reject USPS’s suggestion that the PRC, in assessing USPS costs, regard employee benefits as unnecessary and only required by law (9/18/14) Comments (Count) -

House resolution ignores provision addressing USPS consolidation plan -Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday

 

NAPUS: USPS Strives to be Dominant Player in the Package Business

Donahoe said the agency is making good progress with its package business. He stressed the importance of competitive pricing. “Our people do a great job delivering,” he said. “We’ll be doing a lot of different things in the package world, but that’s what the market demands. We want to be ahead of it. We’ve got the network, people, product, visibility—everything to be the dominant player in that area. That will be our future.”

 

UPS hiring over 90,000 temp workers, adding thousands of vehicles, aircraft for Holiday delivery surge UPS faced criticism last Christmas when a surge in online shopping and a harsh winter caught the company off guard, leading to huge delays that frustrated customers and ran up costs. FedEx hiring more than 50,000 temporary workers for holiday season

 

Video: Mail store in Virginia leaves doors unlocked, letters and packages exposed -Boxes of packages and letters were in plain view of the strip mall’s busy sidewalk off of Manchester Boulevard. Normally, you need a key to get into a secure mailbox, but not on Tuesday. 

 

NY firefighter starts trial for allegedly racist road rage attack on postal worker

A Brooklyn judge is weighing whether a 300-pound New York City firefighter is a racist brute or merely a bully.

 

Kentucky Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic Threatening, Mail Theft, Menacing - A U.S. Postal Service employee from Greenville has been arrested for menacing, theft of mail matter and terroristic threatening.

 

USPS tests Spanish-language greeting cards

USPS: 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates

FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates in January

 

 

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