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Thanks to Jim Edwards, Bloomington IL Area APWU Local 228 for sharing calendar with PostalReporter readers. The easy to read colorful calendar shows paydates, pay periods and holidays.


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USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances || Senators Carper, Coburn React to USPS Second Quarter Losses || NAPUS: Issa Postpones Committee Consideration of New Postal Bill  Comments (Count)


Issa Postal Reform bill discussion allows residents to pay ‘fee’ to continue door to door delivery - National Association of Postal Supervisors - The draft also permits the Postal Service to reduce the delivery of first class mail to five days per week. Requires the Postal Service to deliver of packages six days per week until December 31, 2018. Obama administration’s 2015 Budget Policy recommendations for USPS updated 4-22-14  - Issa Prepares Postal Reform "Lite" - Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA), chair of the House oversight committee, is drafting a new stripped-down postal bill that he says tracks the Obama Administration’s primary proposals for overhauling the Postal Service.  (It doesn’t, at least not entirely.)  Comments (Count)


USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances ||  Comments (Count)


CBRE CEO also serves on Board of Staples

Buried in the story is an interesting fact that no one seems to have noted before: CBRE CEO Robert Sulentic also serves on the board of Staples, a position for which he received $300,000 in 2011. “Asked whether he had played a role in the retailer’s USPS pilot program, a USPS spokesperson answered that the program ‘was solicited publicly through a [Request for Proposals].’  CBRE answered, ‘Mr. Sulentic is not involved in the day-to-day management of Staples,’ and referred questions regarding Staples’ programs to Staples   Comments (Count)


DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

 In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor  sued USPS for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington P&DC. The DOL notification included an “admonishment to refrain from destroying documents or records that might be requested by OSHA. The DOL is accusing USPS for failing to preserve the records as required.  Comments (Count)



Michigan Letter Carrier Attacked By Armed Robbers While Delivering Mail at 7:15 pm - Clarification: Police say 7:15pm, news media cite 7:20pm as the time of robbery. The postal worker told police he was walking back to his mail truck when he was approached by a man who then brandished a handgun.  According to police, the gunman forced the worker to the ground and took the vehicle’s keys so he could open the rear door to the mail truck  San Francisco Mail carrier robbed  Comments (Count)


Senator Schumer to propose end to restrictions on shipping alcohol through USPS- The end of the law would generate an estimated $225 million of increased annual revenue and benefit the 12,090 postal-service jobs in upstate New York.  Comments (Count)


(Pittman) Edmond Walker Class Action EEO Against USPS Settled for $17.25 million

current and former employees in permanent rehabilitation assignments during the period March 24, 2000 to December 31, 2012.   Comments (Count)


Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

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Congresswoman Norton Seeks Answers From PMG On Postal Employees Delivering Mail After Dark -

Inspector general to probe late mail delivery

 Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  |

Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010

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USPS OIG Some N.J. mail carriers told to report for work during Superstorm Sandy A report by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general on the service’s hurricane response said managers at that post office told employees they must report for work on the day the massive, devastating storm hit, despite the fact that the facility was within a mandatory evacuation zone.But the floodwaters rose quickly, trapping several employees at the facility and requiring rescue by the Coast Guard. Comments (Count)

USPS Management Proposing A New Retirement System

Under the Postal Reorganization Act, the Postal Service is obligated to provide wages and benefits comparable to those provided in the private sector. However, Postal Service management believes that the FERS system is more costly and does not compare to retirement benefits provided in the private sector.   Comments (Count)


PMG Tells Senate: USPS in Midst of Financial Disaster, Liquidity Remains Dangerously Low financial condition is so precarious, and the legislative process is so uncertain, we’ve reached the point that we have to consider price increases above the rate of inflation,” said Donahoe. In Senate Testimony, Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Bill |



Senator McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform|


NALC: Few surprises in first of two hearings on S. 1486   Comments (Count)


GAO: USPS Proposed Health Plan Could Improve Financial Condition, but Impact on Medicare and Other Issues Should Be Weighed before Approval The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) would likely realize large financial gains from its proposed health care plan, primarily by increasing retirees’ use of Medicare. Some elements of USPS’s proposal would add uncertainties that could reduce funds available for its employees’ and retirees’ future health care. GAO: USPS Healthcare Plan Would Hurt Medicare, Postal Worker s |USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers USPS Plan: Make Medicare Pay Our Bills  Comments (Count)


PMG Responds to GAO Report On USPS Healthcare Plan

Post and Pa rcel - Without addressing the cost issue in a responsible way, the Postal Service may be unable to afford to provide health care benefits to retirees. Our proposal assures that we will.    Comments (Count)


USPS Seeking National Contract for Rental, Leasing of Minivans & Cargo Vans

According to USPS: Presently, there are not sufficient capital funds to purchase new equipment.  Comments (Count)


USPS Loss For January 2013 $437 Million -- Year To Date loss for FY 2013 $1.7 billion -  USPS reported a net operating loss of $437 million for the month of January 2013.  Comments (Count)


USPS to Launch New Product Line of Apparel and Accessories

The agreement leverages Postal Service intellectual property by introducing the Rain Heat & Snow brand of apparel and accessory products.  Comments (Count)


USPS spending $2.2 million to send execs to National Postal Forum

Documents obtained by MacFarlane show the event will cost the agency approximately $2.2 million, including travel and $220,000 for exhibit space. Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference| The National Postal Forum Is NOT a Party | Lawmakers demanding answers over postal conference | Video from KTVU 2: :USPS conference   Comments (Count)


June 30, 2014

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, PMG Pat Donahoe announced today PMG Declares War on Service: APWU to Launch Vigorous Campaign Against Plant Closures, Consolidations | NPMHU: SPS announces plans to resume plant closings and consolidations | Planned Network Consolidation Notice (PDF)  Comments (Count)


USPS revises PS Form 991 for use by bargaining employees

Prior to the implementation of eCareer in 2007, PS Form 991, Application for Promotion and Assignment, was used primarily for nonbargaining vacancies. Now the PS Form 991 is revised for bargaining employees (only) to use... 


PMG Interview at the IPC Annual Conference 2014

"This Summer we are going to be able to tell customers when a package is within 15 minutes of delivery to their house.”  Comments (Count)


APWU: SEIU Votes to Boycott Staples

The ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement got a big boost this month when the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) voted to endorse the boycott. The union represents building service, healthcare and government employees  Comments (Count)


USPS reveals design of Janis Joplin forever stamp

Editorial: Keeping the USPS alive

All in a day’s work: Ohio Letter Carrier saves life, continues route

Supreme Court issues narrow ruling against labor unions

Protesters against USPS-Staples partnership demonstrate in Downtown Berkeley

Andrews Post Office to reduce hours, but remain open for business


June 29, 2014

Oklahoma post office receives unexpected delivery following storms

New Jersey: Stratford postal carriers honored for driving record


June 28, 2014

U.S. Postal Service losing tens of millions annually subsidizing shipments to Alaska Under a federal program exclusive to Alaska, the Postal Service is responsible for shipping more than 100 million pounds a year of apples, frozen meat, dog food, diapers and countless other consumer items to off-road villages in the sparsely populated outposts known as the bush. Over three decades acting as freight forwarder, the agency has lost $2.5 billion.  Comments (Count)


Free-standing postal boxes are easy prey for ID thieves

Retiring Missouri letter carrier drives same car on last day of work as he did on first

Senators Bipartisan Bill Would Make it Harder for Agencies to Claim FOIA Exemptions

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat stays mail carriers, part time or not

Video: Post Office Investigating After Mail Found Opened and Scattered Around Neighborhood

On the lighter side of postal news: New Village Post Office

Hattiesburg, MS mail carrier celebrates 55 years with Post Office

After 33 years, Attleboro mail carrier delivers his last letter

Legislation to extend sale of tiger semipostal stamp

How U.S. Postal Carriers Learn to Avoid Dog Bites

Postal Service Officially Changes St. John Name

Australia: Here's the mail: we want it daily


June 27, 2014

Senator Hoeven: New Postal Facility in Williston, ND to Open Doors Tuesday, July 1 Sen. John Hoeven hosted PMG in North Dakota last year to hear from local business and community leaders and local postal employees about challenges to mail delivery in the region. The senator has been working with the postmaster and others on an ongoing basis to improve service to the rapidly growing part of the state.   Comments (Count)


PMG’s Demands: Bad for Postal Workers

There is no doubt the Postmaster General’s fingerprints are all over this terrible legislation. Promising savings, the PMG is slowing down the mail, closing processing facilities, selling post offices and destroying postal service to America.  Comments (Count)


NAPUS: POStPlan Clarification- RIF Timelines Update and Level 6 Post Offices The Postmasters organizations have had numerous meetings with Postal Headquarters regarding the final implementation of POStPlan, since the announcement of the extension of the POStPlan RIF date from September 30, 2014 to January 9, 2015. As a result of these meetings, a number of clarifications on the implementation and the POStPlan Timeline were shared with the field.  Comments (Count)

APWU: Protect Your FMLA and USERRA Rights

Home of the brave: Los Angeles USPS Mechanic honors veterans with mural

USPS working on stamp ordering simplification

Kent WA postal workers hospitalized after hazmat exposure

Long Valley rural carrier recognized for heroic actions

Lawmakers hope to name post office after Marilyn Monroe

Anti-Amnesty Group Asks Americans to Mail 'Gently Used Underwear' to Obama and Boehner


June 26, 2014

California: Postal inspector Supervisor charged with stealing cash, pills, playboy mags, passports from mail - A senior San Jose postal inspector has been arrested on charges of stealing mail, including rare coins, cash, prescription pills, gun parts and other items from parcels that were torn open in transit, authorities said.  Comments (Count)


Farmington, NM Police issues Postmaster criminal citation for unkempt weeds outside post office - If convicted on charges that he has allowed weeds to grow outside the U.S. Post Office on 20th Street, Postmaster Steve Begay could face a maximum $500 fine and 90 days in jail. Comments (Count)


Wisconsin Postmaster charged with stealing over $50,000 in postal funds

A Wisconsin Postmaster was indicted yesterday in federal court for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 in stamp proceeds while working at the Menomonie post office. Pennsylvania Postmaster Charged With Embezzling over $9,000 in postal funds The United States Attorney’s Office announced that it has filed a criminal charge of misappropriation of postal funds. Comments (Count)


Postal Employees face multiple workplace health hazards not covered by media

Audio: Interview with Tom Day, USPS Chief Sustainability Officer

Video: Letter Carrier Delivers Baby To Full-Term While Working

Postal Worker indicted for stealing drugs from mail, breaking into Post Office

USPS is Not Encouraging You to Buy Christmas Stamps in June

USPS: List of Village Post Offices

Postal Service Plan to Cut Hours at Smaller Iowa Post Offices Picks Up the Pace in July

Tiny dog stops mail delivery: Residents want proof dog bit carrier

Woman wires away her retirement savings and loses $200,000

Drugs and fraud keep Boise-based postal inspectors on their toes

End of Line for Route 7 Post Office

Letter: Efforts to gut postal service

Exigency, Round 2

USPS reissues policy on Workplace Harassment

California postman found guilty of child molestation

Video: Mail truck flipped onto roof after being rear-ended

Surveillance videos reveal possible link between front porch mail thefts

USPS ELM Revision: Injury Compensation Program – Effective June 26, 2014


June 25, 2014

NALC: 6-day language makes it into House appropriations bill

Language mandating six-day mail delivery—intentionally left out of the draft version of the House Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government’s Fiscal Year 2015 spending bill—was successfully reinserted into the measure that was approved on Wednesday by a voice vote of the full House Appropriations committee. Serrano Amendment Passes Restoring Six Day Delivery Requirement -Today, Congressman José E. Serrano succeeded in restoring language to an annual appropriations bill requiring the United States Postal Service to maintain six day delivery. NAPS: House Panel Adds Saturday Delivery Mandate Comments (Count)  


The Letter Writers Alliance Wants You to Put Pen to Paper

Video: Texas Postal Worker Threatened With Gun

Maryland Mail Carrier struck by vehicle, airlifted to Shock Trauma

Video: USPS emergency drill prepares workers for real event


June 24, 2014

Congressional Budget Office: Postal Reform Would Save USPS $23.6 Billion

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released a financial analysis of the House Postal Reform Act (H.R. 2748) that estimates that, if passed, it would return $23.6 billion in savings to the troubled U.S. Postal Service over the course of a decade.Providing the bulk of those savings would be two of the most controversial measures in the bill introduced by California Republican Darrell Issa: eliminating Saturday delivery and wholesale reduction of direct-door delivery  Comments (Count)  


How Aging Trucks Could Doom Nationwide Mail Delivery

Naturally, there are risks involved when postal workers make their rounds in 27-year-old trucks. The report notes that many of those vehicles lack the kind of safely features people now take for granted, such as front air bags, backup cameras, blind-spot warning systems, daytime running lights, seat belt reminders, and anti-lock brakes. Comments (Count)  


Former New Mexico Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzling over $450,000 in postal funds - In her plea agreement, Sepkowitz acknowledged that as Postmaster of the Capitan Post Office, she held a position of trust with respect to funds belonging to the U.S. Postal Service that came into her possession. Sepkowitz admitted that between Feb. 2012 and Dec. 2013, she betrayed that trust by engaging in an unlawful scheme pursuant to which she embezzled and converted funds, including cash and money orders, belonging to the U.S. Postal Service to her own use.   Comments (Count)  

USPS vehicle flips onto side from collision with minivan in Kalamazoo

In peace time and in war there will always be mail call

USPS to open customer care call center in Remote Encoding Center space

PMG, NALC thank employees for successful food drive

USPS Casting Call: City letter carriers, retail clerks needed for ad campaign

Postal Facility at O’Hare Airport Becoming Major Hub for drugs from China

How H.R. 2748 would change the laws that govern the operation of the USPS

Housing project loses mail delivery over broken lock


June 23, 2014

PRC issues Request For Proposals to Purchase Parcel Market Data

Monitoring market share and on-time performance data will help the Commission to make well-informed decisions in the performance of its regulatory responsibilities, including evaluating the Postal Service’s market power and determining the appropriate share of institutional costs to be contributed by competitive products.  Comments (Count)  


APWU: Exposed – The Video the PMG Doesn’t Want You to See

The Postal Service’s propaganda machine has been working overtime in recent months, with workers forced to watch videos featuring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe spewing falsehoods about “the state of the business” and the deal with Staples.  Comments (Count)  


NALC: Urge Your House Rep To Support Serrano Amendment to ‘Save Saturday Delivery - Last week, the House Financial Services and General Government subcommittee released its Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill. This bill has traditionally included language that preserves Saturday delivery. Unfortunately, the bill was introduced without the language  House Panel Moves Postal Service Closer to Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery Comments (Count)  


83 year old New York Postal Worker charged with possessing stolen property

He is accused of using a gift card that he allegedly stole from a U.S. Postal Service sorting facility.     Comments (Count)  


USPS OIG: Would you be willing to pay a nominal monthly fee for an individual parcel locker at your home?

USPS Helps Restaurants Reach New Patrons With Every Door Direct Mail Service

7 Connecticut Postal Workers Due In Court In Unemployment Insurance Fraud Case

Coupon insert Red Plum pulls out of Tampa Bay area newspapers in favor of U.S. Mail


June 22, 2014

Staples store invaded by postal protesters

Dozens of protesters, carrying signs and banners, stormed a local Staples this afternoon and attempted to present a petition, signed by 500 Portland residents who have pledged to boycott the office supply stores. 


Two Connecticut Men charged with using mobile banking app for postal money order fraud

Bomb investigation closes Rye post office for hours Friday


June 21, 2014

Colorado school teaches communications through student-run post office

Massachusetts's postmaster’s job in jeopardy if office close

Experts: New UPS Dimensional Weight Pricing Will Have Significant Impact


June 20, 2014

Video: Gone Postal- The Documentary – Trailer

Gone Postal is more than a documentary film about what’s happening inside the Postal Service, it’s a critical part of the movement to Save The People’s Post Office.  Kept in the dark for too long, we have stood by as the Postal Service is stolen out from under us.  We are up against the trillion-dollar mail industry and its politicians who are privatizing our Postal Service in order to raise prices and lower wages. Filmmakers Seek Support for GONE POSTAL, A Documentary to Save the People’s Post Office Editorial: Why We Need to Support ‘GONE POSTAL -THE DOCUMENTARY’ Comments (Count)  


USPS announces Maura McNerney as new VP, Controller

The United States Postal Service announced on June 20, 2014, the appointment of Maura McNerney, age 43, to the position of Vice President, Controller (principal accounting officer). Ms. McNerney succeeds Scott G. Davis, whose appointment to the position of Acting Vice President, Controller was previously announced by the Postal Service; he will return to his position as Manager, SOX Controls and Integration.   Comments (Count)  


After Postmaster won't renew lease USPS closes post office under "emergency suspension"- The U.S. Post Office will be going into an "emergency suspension" and will no longer be operating as of Saturday, June 21, said an official Wednesday. Postmaster Roni Allen is the lease holder of the office, which is located in her house. She won't be renewing the lease.  Comments (Count)  


Georgia Mail Carrier Injured in Head-on Collision

Video: Florida Letter Carrier charged with stealing U.S. Treasury Checks from the mail

South Florida mailman helps save stroke victim

Family’s pet duck is stolen at Post Office

Former postmaster sentenced for mail theft

Cataloger Scores an NSA From the Postal Service

Video: Stolen mailboxes in Visalia CA help uncover a crime even larger

Fake APC stamps found used on mail from online purchase

Judge refuses to toss lawsuit over Lance Armstrong's Tour rides for Postal Service team

India: The world's largest postal network wants to become a bank--and it should


June 19, 2014

Fastest USPS VPO in the east- Kentucky location opens within days of signing agreement

As Alabama’s rural post offices cut hours, which sites are next?

Company selling replica of mailbox and mailbag to teach kids about Postal Service

More Best Dates to Retire: Middle of the Month

Senators working on bill to raise gas taxes and not raid USPS to boost Highway Trust Fund

Rare 1-cent stamp sells for $9.5 million at New York Auction


June 18, 2014

Say it ain’t so, Joe: USPS CFO tries to bamboozle Wall Street Journal

Corbett, who was interviewed for a Wall Street Journal online edition blog post, knows perfectly well that he’s blowing smoke. The chart that he provided The Journal, comparing the Postal Service’s “total liabilities” to its current and projected cash balance, is designed to bamboozle readers into buying USPS’ plan to continue to dismantle the nation’s invaluable postal networks.  Comments (Count)  


USPS Hiring over 200 in California, Other States

While mail volume has declined overall, a large number of employees have recently retired, leaving several vacancies. We are also anticipating expanding Sunday package delivery. USPS seeking 600 new Rural Carrier Associates in Indiana  Comments (Count)  


Postal Service Explores Concept of ‘Internet of Postal Things’ to bring data collection to next level - It would create new rich data sources that could help the Postal Service improve operational performance, customer service, create new products and services, and support more efficient decision-making processes. The “Internet of Postal Things” could also have a positive spillover effect on other adjacent non-postal sectors, as the information collected by and for the Postal Service could be useful to others.   Comments (Count)  


APWU Opens ‘Stop Staples’ Front in Pittsburgh

The APWU opened another front in the campaign to Stop Staples with a protest in Pittsburgh on June 17. The city is one of four tests sites for the program that established postal counters in more than 82 of the company’s office-supply stores – staffed with Staples employees rather than U.S. Postal Service workers APWU: For Students to Win, Teachers Don’t Have to Lose | APWU: California Teachers Association, Indiana AFL-CIO, Washington DC Council Sign On to Stop Staples Movement | Postal Workers Staples protests scheduled for June 17-27, 2014 in California Bay Area   Comments (Count)  


Arrest warrant issued for mail carrier who hit Yorkie with rock

The postal worker, who faces a felony animal cruelty charge, has been on paid leave since the May 17 incident in Meadowbrook. The dog’s owner, Lawrence Brown, said Wednesday that he and his wife, Taiesha, want to see the carrier lose his job and spend time in jail.  Comments (Count)  


USPS seeking supplier for Intermediate Walk Through Body Delivery Trucks

The Postal Service anticipates purchasing a minimum of 400, maximum of 500 Intermediate Walk Through Body Delivery Trucks  Comments (Count)  


Dog attack on mail carrier shuts down postal delivery to dog's owner, 3 neighbors.

USPS declares “emergency suspension” for closure of Mumford, TX post office

Retiree 2015 COLA stands at 1.69 percent for now

Colorado Postal contract driver killed after fatal crash

Australia Post strengthens regional and rural support and reaffirms its post office commitments

Judge Dismisses Grand Theft Charge Against Ex-Idaho City Postmaster

USPS OIC Apologizes to Guam residents Over Address Change Letters

USPS: 'The Financial Hole We're In Is So Deep'

Man Who Twice Stole From USPS Gets 7-Year Sentence

FedEx Powers Much of USPS Air Service Including Priority Mail

Ross Township: USPS Workers Protest Privatization


June 17, 2014

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive collected nearly 73 million pounds of food

Tornado destroys Post Office in Pilger, Nebraska

UPS Announces Dimensional Weight Changes

Occupy Turns to Stop Staples

Mail stolen in western NC post office break-ins

Publishers Hope Threesome Will Perk Up Newsstand Sales

Cincinnati Postal Service to hold full-scale emergency exercise


June 16, 2014

USPS San Francisco District ranks among the worst recycling offenders

....employees in the San Francisco District were not aware of recycling policies and procedures or were not adequately trained. Twenty-eight of 42 responsible personnel interviewed (67 percent) indicated they were not aware of the requirement to recycle plastics. Additionally, 37 of the 42 responsible personnel (88 percent) stated that they had not received any recycling training and management did not provide any service talks7 regarding recycling or waste reduction within the previous 3 years. Further, the environmental compliance/sustainability specialist supporting the San Francisco District stated he devoted 5 percent of his time to recycling efforts and the other 95 percent to environmental compliance issues. Comments (Count)


Donahoe’s Treachery: PMG Endorses Highway Budget Scam

The Postmaster General’s latest act of treachery is so outrageous it’s hard to believe. Last week, he endorsed a budget scam that would eliminate Saturday mail delivery and hand over the alleged “savings” to the Highway Trust Fund.  House GOP Drops Postal Rescue for Highway Fund After Cantor Defeat  Comments (Count)


NALC: Fact-checking The Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker’

Kessler argues that the NALC’s statement is misleading, because the data our statement relies on is from a 2010 Postal Service presentation about a 2009 study . Kessler also argues that fewer jobs would be lost, that many of those are part-time jobs, that most of the job loss would be through attrition rather than layoffs, and that the NALC is relying on an outdated study. Leaving aside the obvious point that the full-time city carrier technician jobs are “primary positions” to those who hold them, the less-senior letter carriers who would be “displaced” would lose their jobs. In the real world, labeling laid-off workers as “displaced workers” does not change the fact they are “out of work.” How many people would be ‘out of work’ if USPS eliminates Saturday delivery? Washington Post “fact-checker” gives NALC Two Pinocchios and Congressman Gerry Connolly Three Pinocchios on its estimate of jobs lost due to elimination of Saturday delivery. The NALC says its 80,000 estimate comes from a 2010 presentation made by the Postal Service about an earlier plan to eliminate Saturday delivery... but the two key data points are: reducing the number of city carrier-technicians by 25,846 and the number of rural carrier associates by 53,240. It’s important to realize that both of these jobs are not the primary mail carrier positions.  Comments (Count)


Postal service history includes mailing children to grandparents

Pitney Bowes Introduces Mailstream On Demand for Off-Site Communications Production and Delivery

USPS to Close Raritan Center Post Office in New Jersey

Inspector General finds fault with mail examination program

OIG: Making every mile count more

Hoarder Dies After 1st Floor Falls Into Basement

USPS Suspends Delivery Confirmation in Underperforming Countries

Imperforate U.S. stamps finding their way into the  mailstream


June 15, 2014

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! launches 2nd annual Strange Mail Contest

Virginia postmaster’s quick thinking foils con man

Postal worker alerts Cheshire police to 'untimely death'


June  14, 2014

NALC blasts PMG for endorsing highway budget scam, misleading Congress

“Mr. Donahoe’s action may be the most irresponsible thing any Postmaster General has done since the creation of the Postal Service in 1970. If allowed to succeed, this budget gimmick would have set a terrible precedent for the Postal Service.  Comments (Count)  


Potential Participants in Class-Action Settlement Should Exercise Caution, APWU Warns - APWU members who are potential participants in the settlement of a class-action discrimination case against the Postal Service must make a decision by June 19, but they should exercise caution in doing so, warns Human Relations Director Sue Carney. Comments (Count)


Federal Postal-Coalition Flag Day wish: Flags for feds who died in the line of duty

Boat Jumping: A Unique Way To Deliver Mail

Photo: Postal Employees create living flag

We May Have Found the Worst Post Office in the Country


June  13, 2014

USPS OIG: Delivery Vehicle Fleet Replacement
The U.S. Postal Service uses more than 190,000 vehicles to collect and deliver mail, including about 142,000 long-life vehicles that are nearing or exceeding their expected service life. As the fleet ages, maintenance costs will increase and older models will be retired as they become too costly to maintain or repair.  Comments (Count)


Editorial: USPS Gearing Up for Contract Talks

Washington DC– With less than nine (9) months before negotiations begin over a new contract, 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)  


Seven Postal Employees Charged With Unemployment Fraud of More Than $110,000 - According to the arrest warrant affidavits, the seven are accused of grossly under-reporting the wages they received while employed by the Postal Service in order to fraudulently collect unemployment benefits.  Comments (Count)  


Postal Worker Indicted for Stealing more than 7,000 pieces of Mail, Christmas Gifts -For several months, the mail carrier allegedly stole mail and parcels from post office collection boxes, taking personal cards, gifts and packages.  Comments (Count)  


Postal Workers Staples protests scheduled for June 17-27, 2014 in California Bay Area -It is time for all Postal Workers to stand up and demand that the USPS stop its plan to privatize our Postal Service and its attack on unionized workers. Postal union to protest mail service at Staples in Pittsburgh   Comments (Count)  


Is Staples campaigning for support from teachers due to Postal Workers protests or? Yesterday, Staples announced that it was donating $1 million to an online charity that helps teachers with classroom projects. But Staples got an earful from teachers back in 2012 about another problem .   Comments (Count)  

Historic Miami post office building sells for $11 million

Video: Woman in wheelchair fights to move mailbox off highway

Texas postal employees deliver despite fertilizer fire


June  12, 2014

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

The Postal Customer Services manager received a notice from the Postal Service proposing her removal. The proposed removal was based on charges including a failure to report an accident and multiple failures to perform assigned duties.  Comments (Count)  


APWU Oakland Local Wins Big for Postal Employees in Arbitration Case on Excessing -The following is an arbitration award regarding excessing from the clerk craft within/outside of the installation in Oakland. The employees were excessed in 2009 to some locations in the USPS Bay Valley District, some locations as far north as Sacramento (Calif.) and as far south as Fresno, (Calif).  Comments (Count)  


OIG: South Florida Tops all USPS Districts in Grievance Payout Costs

This report presents the results of our self-initiated review of grievance payout costs in the South Florida District (Project Number 13YG036HR000). Our objective was to determine the cause of high grievance payout costs in this district.  Comments (Count)  


Will Cantor's Defeat Sink the Highway-Postal Delivery Deal?

A funny thing happened to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on his way to pushing an aggressive June legislative agenda that included a modified postal delivery schedule. He lost his Virginia House seat in yesterday's GOP primary election to economics professor Dave Brat. The surprising defeat led the Washington Post to opine that House legislative activity would now cease, as Republican members would “avoid doing anything—literally anything—that could be used against them” in their mid-term reelection bids this summer  Comments (Count)  


Talk About Snail Mail: Letter Arrives 57 Years Late

USPS Northern New Jersey District Celebrates Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Issuance

Postal Employee sentenced in federal court

Pitney Bowes Expands Direct Mail Services in Southeastern U.S

Video: Mailing laws stymie Las Vegas man, despite insurance

Thief steals mail from twenty two mailboxes

Iowa mailman credited for saving elderly woman's life

Aurora letter carrier helps police nab burglars

Conference on the Future of Post Office Outlets (PDF)

Cresco downtown business owners and USPS reach compromise on CBUs


June  12, 2014

USPS: PMG reports on package growth, State Of the Business

Online shopping continues to grow, and so does the Postal Service’s opportunity to dominate the package industry, PMG Pat Donahoe says Comments (Count)  


APWU: National Education Association, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Join ‘Stop Staples’ Movement - The Stop Staples movement is continuing to gain momentum, with several important organizations showing support for the cause.The National Education Association (NEA), which represents 3 million educators, has written to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him to immediately reverse the decision to offer postal services through Staples. New Hampshire State Employees’ Association, National Nurses United Endorse ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign Comments (Count)  


APWU: National Education Association, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Join ‘Stop Staples’ Movement - The Stop Staples movement is continuing to gain momentum, with several important organizations showing support for the cause.The National Education Association (NEA), which represents 3 million educators, has written to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe asking him to immediately reverse the decision to offer postal services through Staples. New Hampshire State Employees’ Association, National Nurses United Endorse ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign  Comments (Count)  


Video: USPS Packages Go Missing or Undelivered

Several viewers have claimed the U.S. Postal Service is slow, late and unreliable, so ABC 6 Investigators started asking questions and holding the government accountable.   Comments (Count)  


USPS wins appeal of court decision granting APWU request to throw out arbitration award - In 2013 the U.S. District Court granted APWU's motion to vacate an arbitration award regarding the elimination of a injured on duty postal clerk's position. APWU argued that the Arbitrator had exceeded his powers. USPS appealed the judgment.Comments (Count)  


Working until age 80 due to lack of retirement savings could represent the future - Working past 66 may not be everyone’s idea of a dream “retirement,” but for many baby-boomers, it could represent the future. A 2013 Wells Fargo survey showed that one-third of respondents expect to work until “at least 80″ for lack of retirement savings. Comments (Count)  


Alabama Postal Employee gets probation, home detention for stealing $27,650 in money orders

Suspects Allegedly Stole 29 Residential Mailboxes and Tossed Them Onto Interstate 91

Postal Service should do more than deliver mail, review suggests

Retirement Claims Backlog Could Be Eliminated by Year’s End

Get to Know USPS CMO Nagisa Manabe

Congress ponders highway robbery of US Postal Service

Endicia simplifies USPS e-commerce returns payment

Video: Canada Postal Union releases list of first homes to lose door-to-door delivery

Postal Service yanks Fort Worth Post Office from market

Global postal downturn will leave letterboxes feeling lonely


June  10, 2014

Florida postal support employee charged with stealing checks from the mail

OIG: Dim Weight, Bright Idea?

Queens Post Office Reopens After Two-Year Absence

USPS requests to Add Gift Cards as a New Price Category (PDF)

Australia Post confirms 900 jobs will go as part of restructure


June  9, 2014

Senator Grassley Works With Iowa Whistleblower to Expose USPS Contracting Problem - A new report requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley on a tip from an Iowa whistleblower confirms the U.S. Postal Service mishandled $18.4 million in contract payments to maintain and change the locks on Postal Service-owned mailboxes in the Western Area including Iowa. OIG: USPS ‘outsourced’ maintenance work to Diebold and paid over $18 million without proper approval - This report presents the results of our audit of the award of the Diebold, Inc. (Diebold) contract . 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. Comments (Count)  


House GOP Plan to Fund Highways – strangely – puts USPS in Jeopardy What does funding highway projects have to do with the mail? Absolutely nothing. But Republicans in the House are considering a proposal to temporarily pay for highway projects with a drastic cut to the U.S. Postal Service: eliminating six-day mail delivery. USPS: GOP Proposal would help highway fund and provide USPS some financial relief  - USPS is sitting on the fence as it pertains to GOP proposal. "In a statement, USPS said, “Allowing the Postal Service to implement a five-day mail/six-day package delivery schedule is one of several legislative requirements that are included in our request for comprehensive postal reform NAPS Leg/Reg Update: House Leaders Target Saturday Delivery  legislation." PMG Donahoe supports GOP plan to raid USPS finances for Highway Trust Fund -A plan from House Republicans to buoy the nearly-empty highway trust fund with savings from eliminating Saturday mail delivery has struck many observers as an odd idea — a budget accounting trick that would finance road projects by preventing a future bailout of the U.S. Postal Service. But the top postal official says he couldn’t be more pleased. Maine Reps. Call on Speaker Boehner to Preserve Saturday Mail Delivery Comments (Count)


USPS pays employee to drive Pennsylvania letter carrier around who lost license due to DUI - The letter carrier, has been getting a paid chauffeur to drive him until he gets his license back, after pleading guilty to four counts of drunken driving. Comments (Count)


Nation's First Mobile Village Post Office Opens in Texas

The “VPO on wheels” is part of the Hummingbird Market, owned by Pam Slate, the widow of a Marine Corps veteran. The market sells food grown by veterans who participate in a farm cooperative, as well as gifts made by veterans. Comments (Count)


Hundreds of pieces of mail found in a North Tulsa gutter; post office investigating mail theft

Car crashes into New Hampshire post office after police chase

Three Injured After Jeep Slams into NALC Branch Building in Missouri

Post office closing leaves Mellette, South Dakota residents dissatisfied

USPS gives West Springfield, PA customers a choice: part-time post office or nothing

Photo: Kids enjoy postal LLV at ‘Touch a Truck’ event in Pennsylvania


June  8, 2014

OIG: USPS opportunities to generate revenue by offering additional carrier services USPS OIG Report: Delivery Operations – Additional Carrier Services. 8 out of 22 OIG suggestions are based on door-to-door delivery. Other suggestions include Serving Court Documents – The carrier would serve court documents, such as warrants, foreclosure notices, and subpoenas, to customers. Crime Prevention Services – Cameras Mounted on Delivery Vehicles – This service would monitor customers' neighborhoods for crime. Delivery of Heavy Items – This service would provide delivery of larger, heavier items, such as pianos, Comments (Count)


NALC : House Committee working behind scenes on bill to end Saturday Delivery - Once again, Congress is dropping the ball on postal reform. Rather than working on legislation that fixes the crisis it created with the 2006 mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits, and rather than formulating smart reforms that will allow the Postal Service to innovate and thrive in the 21st century, Congress instead focuses on counterproductive service cuts.  Comments (Count)


Heitkamp brings Carper to North Dakota to hear problems about Mail Service and Delivery - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today brought U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) to Williston so he could hear firsthand abou  t the challenges that North Dakota faces with mail delivery and service, and about efforts to improve it. Comments (Count)

Pennsylvania Letter Carrier flown to hospital after getting hit by car

Jury finds mailman guilty of groping, burglar


June  7, 2014

Video: Wedding invitations go missing in the mail

Watch for More Flexibility in USPS Promotions

A Postal Worker Union Guy's Economic Case for Keeping Saturday Delivery


June  6, 2014

House Leader Cantor Plans to ‘Clarify’ USPS-Highway Fund Plan for Republicans Next Week - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says “a lot of misinformation” is circulating about a GOP proposal to cut Saturday postal delivery as a way to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke this summer, and he plans to clarify the plan for rank-and-file House Republicans next week. ( Comments (Count)  


Oklahoma Mail Carrier attacked by half-naked mad man with bat

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. Comments (Count)  


OIG: USPS ‘outsourced’ maintenance work to Diebold and paid over $18 million without proper approval - This report presents the results of our audit of the award of the Diebold, Inc. (Diebold) contract . 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.  Comments (Count)  


Pennsylvania postal worker admits she stole gift cards and cash from mail

Photo: Postal Employees create living

The Monopoly That Haunts the U.S. Paper Market: USPS

You Will Never Believe Items Have Been Mailed Through the U.S. Postal System

Vandiver residents concerned for future of post office

letter carrier honored for saving woman’s life


June  5, 2014

Cleveland Postal Vehicle Maintenance Manager indicted on new charges of extortion, theft -  On March 6, 2014, "the manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was charged and arrested for taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service. On June 5, 2014, he was indicted on charges of extortion and theft of government property.  Comments (Count)  


Postal Worker gets prison for stealing iPhones from Mail, false ID on USPS job application- 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.  Comments (Count)  


Postal Banking to the rescue in both Canada and the U.S.

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.  Comments (Count)  


Bad Fuel Calculations Cost Postal Service Millions, Investigation Says

The nation's mail delivery service has been underestimating the miles-per-gallon of the private contractors it pays, the agency’s Inspector General said, and is paying $48.3 million too much annually. USPS is calculating vehicle MPG at a rate much lower than the industry average, investigators said. That’s led officials to think the contractors are burning more gallons of gas than they actually are, and are paying for more gallons of gas than the contractors use.“This can create an environment for fraud, waste, and abuse,” the IG said. “The risk is that suppliers may use excess gallons for non-Postal Service operations, which is prohibited.”  Comments (Count)  


Mail carrier robbed at gunpoint in Tukwila, WA – $50,000 reward offered

Virginia: Steeles Tavern Post Office Having Hours Cut to Save Money

A man convicted of murdering a Houston letter carrier is about to be set free

Scammers Mirror USPS Site

Binghamton postal workers receive safe driving awards

Cairo Post Office $90K Marijuana Bust

USPS OIG: Officer Compensation for Calendar Year 2013 (PDF)

Mailbags from Bald Head Island found in dumpster


June  4, 2014

Postal privatization protesters take demands to home of USPS Portland District Manager - 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,   Comments (Count)  


Rep. Connelly to House members: USPS is not a piggy bank!

In a letter to House of Representative Colleagues, Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11) stressed: The United States Postal Service is Not a Piggy Bank! Oppose Reckless Efforts to Hold the Highway Trust Fund Hostage in Exchange for Eliminating Saturday Mail Delivery.Rep. Gerry Connolly: The USPS is Not a Piggy Bank!| NAPS opposes ending Six Day Delivery to replenish Highway Trust Fund - The House Republican Leadership, spearheaded by Chairman Issa, has been developing a plan to end six-day delivery and in turn, use the projected cost savings to fund a Shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund. We have attached a statement where NAPS vehemently opposes this proposal. PR note: The only major player who has not spoken out publicly on the issue of using USPS funds for the Highway Trust Fund is ....USPS! It may be due to the fact that the proposal is pushing one of USPS's main goals which is to end Saturday mail delivery. Congress detours from common sense on the looming highway trust fund shortfall   Comments (Count)


USPS: Cosby Collecting Petition Signatures at Post Office Is “Illegal”

Post Office, Mailers Are at an Historic Juncture

When work burns down: Carlstadt letter carrier fights fire, then delivers mail

Stolen mail collection box found in Phoenix alley

Postal service blows it! Why Wal-Mart and Google are cleaning its clock

Cost of Using eBay Hassle Free Returns Goes Up

North Dakota postmaster charged with taking funds


June  3, 2014

I Cannot Believe What Shira Goodman (Staples Executive Officer) Said About The Dedicated USPS Employees - by Bill Brickley - It’s also hardly shocking that Shira Goodman’s job before joining Staples in 1992 was being a manager for Bain and Company (1986-1992). Staples was one of her clients. Bain was the leader in outsourcing workers jobs for management profit. She must feel quite comfortable in outsourcing postal jobs to her transient workforce. Comments (Count)  


PRC Issues Final Regulations on the Treatment of Rate Incentives and De Minimis Rate Increases for Price Cap Purposes - The rules also provide the Postal Service with the flexibility to implement very small rate increases in between its regularly scheduled rate adjustments without calculating the annual limitation on the percentage change in rates. Dead Tree Edition: USPS May Delay Next Price Increase. Comments (Count)  


USPS, EPA Settlement Helps Protect Soil and Groundwater from Underground Storage Tank Leaks in Virginia - Through a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has certified that five of its facilities in Virginia are currently in compliance with federal and state underground storage tank (UST) regulations.   Comments (Count)  


APWU: New Code on Form 50 Reflects Bigger Deduction for Retirement

Several people have inquired about the designation “FERS-RAE” on the Form 50s of employees who were recently converted from Postal Support Employee to career.  Comments (Count)  


Editorial: War on the USPS

Contract Post Office sells  ice cream and stamps

Idaho Postal Employee sentenced to probation for embezzling $7,722 from customers

Senator Introduces Bill to Ban Retired Lawmakers from Lobbying Congress

Mail collection box stolen in Phoenix; $10K reward offered

What time is it? Time for video of another mail carrier throwing a package

Mail Collection Box Stolen in Phoenix

Postal Employees in Bloomfield, NJ surprised by notice to park elsewhere

About 60 residents' mail suspended due to road construction


June  2, 2014

USPS Says Linn’s article on Village Post Offices contained incorrect statements

A recent contributor author article in Linn’s Stamp News questioning the value of Village Post Offices (VPO) contained incorrect statements. In a reply, USPS set the record straight: Village Post Offices — are they really worth it for the USPS? "A postal contract is required to operate a VPO. Each month I submit a Freedom of Information Act request to USPS headquarters requesting a list of every VPO in the United States and how much each location is paid. This financial data is revealing."   Comments (Count)  


APWU: Staples Execs Get an Earful At Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

APWU Western Region National Business Agent Shirley Taylor challenged the re-election of Robert Sulentic to Staples’ board of directors, noting that he has an apparent conflict of interest. Sulentic is also CEO of CBRE, the giant real estate firm that holds an exclusive contract to sell post offices and other USPS facilities.   Comments (Count)


Postal Unions Express Joint Opposition on using USPS as offset to fund Highway Trust Fund - In a letter urging Senators and Representatives to reject any proposal that would weaken the Postal Service, the National Presidents of the four Postal Unions collectively object to a proposal to use the United States Postal Service as an offset to fund the federal highway trust fund Sen. Boxer: House Republican Plan to Fund Highway Trust Fund is “Unworkable” - Instead of working with Democrats to come up with a sensible user fee which has been the foundation of the Highway Trust Fund, House Republican Leadership proposes cutting back mail deliveries to American households. This idea is a jobs killer... APWU Condemns GOP Plan to Loot USPS to Save Highway Fund  | TTD: House Must Reject Plan to Cut Mail Delivery to Pay for Highway and Transit Investments | NAPUS: Congressional Raid on USPS — You Can’t Make This Up! | LIUNA President on GOP Highway Fund proposal: Gimmicks will not work  Comments (Count)


NALC: Postal Service has long history of using bikes for city delivery

But changes like automation, and the longer routes that resulted, caused the U.S. Postal Service to drop bikes in favor of trucks.   Comments (Count)


USPS OIG: Catalogs as the New Window Displays

If your favorite catalog looks more like the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition or even an issue of Life magazine, there’s a good reason. These high-end photo displays and glossy spreads help retailers sell products online.    Comments (Count)


Catonsville, MD letter carrier accused in theft of 20,000 pieces of mail

Jeffrey L. Shipley is accused of pilfering checks and money orders. He is accused of filching passports and prescription medication. He is accused of pilfering credit cards and Mother’s Day cards. He is even accused of stealing furniture from the United States Postal Service. Video: Letter Carrier accused of stealing over 20,000 pieces of mail handpicked which ones to deliver  Comments (Count)


California: USPS offers reward after collection mailbox explodes at Marin post office

Florida: Customers missing their mail because it’s evidence in USPS

More than 70 cities band together in effort to save Canada Post’s door-to-door delivery service

Thrift Savings Plan Funds Back to Black in May

Postal Service wants more people to complete consumer surveys

Nobody Likes Paying More for Less | PostalVision 2020

UK: Rural areas get mobile post offices


June  1, 2014

Video: Postal workers sickened by bear repellent in NE Philadelphia

Authorities say about 13-16 employees in a break room were affected by the fumes. Most of them complained of eye irritation and scratchy throats. The break room is also used as a disposal area for bulk mail and other postal materials. Comments (Count)


Mail Handler quits USPS to milk cows

Mr. Canjar resigned from his postal job after 14 years and committed full time to his rural passion.   Comments (Count)


Load leveling forces mailers to rethink delivery dates

Mississippi Rural Carrier killed in two-car accident while delivering mail

Connecticut: 6 Injured in East Hampton Crash Involving USPS Truck

New Zealand Post Gives $12 Million in Back Pay to 15,000 former workers After Long Fight