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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)

 

 

August 31, 2014

Old Cases, Not Recent Injuries, Are Driving Up USPS's Workers' Comp Costs

Most of the Postal Service's ballooning costs for workers' compensation result from injuries that are at least eight years old, according to a postal official."A majority of the workers’ compensation costs are attributed to employees who were injured prior to 2008," USPS spokesperson Darlene Casey wrote this week in a comment on Dead Tree Edition. PR note: The OIG report on Injured Postal Workers is not telling the entire story.   Comments (Count)

 

To RIF or Not to RIF

Reduction in force is a term that frightens most federal workers. It means uncertainty, potential loss of a job, disruption, and usually more questions than answers. Buyouts are not what they used to be. When buyouts were first introduced in the 1994 Workforce Restructuring Act, employees were offered up to $25,000 to voluntarily leave..Twenty years later, buyouts are still $25,000, even though the amount should have increased to $39,300 to keep pace with inflation.  Comments (Count)

 

Michigan Mail carrier ends postal career of delivering sunshine as much as the mail

Postal cutbacks deliver harsh blow to little Nemo

 

August 30, 2014

NALC Branch President Jim Falvey: Congress has created Postal Service crisis

While Congress is certainly key to a long-term solution to USPS woes, the current postal management is using a phony financial crisis to dismantle the largest, most efficient, reliable and affordable communications and delivery system in the world.

 

Maine postmaster accuses employer of retaliation after death threats against her - An EAS-15  Postmaster, who has been on medical leave from the Postal Service since August 2013, claims in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor that instead of taking the threat against her more seriously, her supervisor became angry and “began to treat her in a hostile manner.” Mallard claims additional adverse employment action when the supervisor said her that 25 year career with the postal service was in jeopardy because of an administrative mistake she had made. He referred to Mallard's mistake as “falsification of timecards.”  

 

NALC: Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year to be honored

Letter carriers who emptied burning buildings, rescued a boy from a predator, saved a heart attack victim or brightened holidays will be honored Sept. 10.

 

Video: Florida Mailman suffers laceration to head after grandmother crashes head-on

Former Ohio mailman linked to stolen credit cards

 

August 29, 2014

Napa and Vallejo Postal Employees rally to deliver after California quake

Napa and Vallejo employees pulled together despite changes in routine, with no break in mail service for either community. The quake closed four Post Offices. 

 

Video: Tennessee Mail Carrier Falls out of Truck, Truck Hits House

A mail carrier is recovering after falling out of her mail truck while delivering a package Wednesday afternoon. 

 

California Hot Rods Get Postal Service Stamp of Approval

Video: Colorado couple says USPS can’t stop package from circling back and forth

West Virginia letter carrier sentenced for selling drugs while on duty

Video: USPS hiring City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) Nationwide

Video: USPS Systems at Work

Will the U.S. Postal Service Be Broke Again in 4 Years?

Strike a blow for democracy - save Canyon's post office

Kroger Plus card links ex-mailman to stolen credit cards

Aurora couple says USPS can't stop package from circling back and forth

Wallingford: Postal workers fight for jobs

 

August 28, 2014

State of the Business: PMG reports on new initiatives

With more customers taking advantage of e-commerce, Donahoe says it is critical to scan and deliver each package accurately and on time. Customers today expect more real-time updates and faster delivery. 

 

Legal: Postal Inspectors 11-year battle for overtime pay ends after Supreme Court rejects petition - The Postal Inspectors alleged that the Postal Service failed to pay their proper wages for (i) hours they worked in excess of forty hours per week and (ii) hours they worked on duty assignments. The trial court found that the Postal Inspectors could not assert claims under the FLSA because they were governed by a different compensation standard. After 11 years it appears their 11 year battle is over.  PR note: Regular posting of postal news will resume next week

 

USPS OIG: Postal Service can’t find 35 leased trailers from the New Jersey Bulk Mail Center- The OIG has issued over 19 reports covering leased trailers from March 30, 2001, through September 28, 2009 

 

Court rules FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors

Some 2,300 past and present FedEx drivers in California and 360 in Oregon are employees, not contractors, and are entitled to overtime and other benefits because of the extensive control the delivery company exercises over their work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

 

PRC Issues Regulations for USPS Market Tests of Experimental Products

San Francisco. post office evacuated in hazardous materials scare

Postal worker sent to hospital after vehicle rollover

Postal workers quarantined after unknown powder spill

More Colorado Pot Seized in the Mail, Report Says

Letter carrier busted for allegedly stealing cash, gift cards from mail

Last post: U.S. mail service winds down in Afghanistan

Editorial: Post office questions warrant answers

Postal worker sent to hospital after vehicle rollover in Niskayuna NY

 

August 27, 2014

Whistleblower Says Northrop Knew It Would Miss USPS Order Deadlines

A whistleblower shot back Monday at Northrop Grumman’s motion to dismiss a federal False Claims Act suit, saying the case contains genuine issues of fact and strong evidence that the company failed to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million to the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS manager of the automation division, Mark Guilfoil, testified that “at the time of, and prior to, the award of the production contract to Northrop Grumman no one at Northrop Grumman identified risks concerning ITC performance.

Audit Finds USPS Isn't Backing Up Essential Data

Driver crashes through wall of Fairfield (MT) Post Office

Postal worker retires after 20 years

Why Postal Banking Won't Work

Village Post Office Concept Catching on in Southern Virginia

Elmira Letter Carrier Retires After 45 Years

Fox Still Working to Privatize the Post Office

Union says loss of Erie postal facility would end next day delivery

 

August 26, 2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated August 21

The USPS plant consolidation schedule for 2015 was updated August 21, 2014 

 

EEOC annual report on USPS workforce and complaint processing activities

The FY 2011 &2012 EEOC Annual Report presents work force profiles of the USPS and examines the agency’s EEO complaint processing activities. Comments (Count)

 

PRC seeking input on defining USPS’ other public services or activities

The Postal Regulatory Commission has established a Docket to invite public comments on the meaning of “other public services or activities” by the Postal Service 

 

Postal vans set on fire in Illinois

Video: Two Milwaukee female mail carriers, attacked while on the job

Animal Activists petition to stop USPS from selling Ringling Bros. circus stamps

 

August 25, 2014

USPS post office in Sandy Hook, VA is inside village post office?

a Village Post Office AND US Post Office in the same building? The post office AND village post office share the same address within the Wood’s Sandy Hook store in Sandy Hook, VA. The postmaster earns over $51,000 per year and the postmaster relief earns $16.80 per hour.  Comments (Count)

 

Largest Earthquake to Hit California Bay Area since 1989 damages Napa Post Office - California quake damages four Post Offices-The earthquake is the largest in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.The earthquake rocked the San Francisco-Oakland area, sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings. PR note: Regular posting of postal news will resume next week. Info: Assistance for Postal Employees affected by California earthquake in Napa & Solano Counties 

 

Are USPS Changes Leading to More Work-Related Injuries?

Letter carriers and other postal employees have been saying for several years that changes at the Postal Service would lead to more job-related injuries. A new report suggests they may be right.    Comments (Count)

 

Lansing IL mailman will be missed

'Right at the top' : Forest City 's post office mural

 

August 24, 2014

Rural Carrier Pays  $75,765.28 For Workers' Comp Fraud as part of $232,346.94 In Court Ordered Fines and Restitution

Reader: Retirement fund law is killing postal service

Residents affected by rural post office changes

Skeletons: Postal workers of the past

 

 

August 23, 2014

How to Save the Postal Service and Boost the Savings Rate

With changes coming, Smith postmaster decides to retire

 

August 22, 2014

COLA Increases effective September 6, 2014

Pay date for COLAs - Sept. 26 for APWU: $686 (COLA) | |NALC: COLAs total $1,227  ||

Mail Handlers COLAs total $1,227  (8/22/14)

 

USPS finances for July continue to show profit without prefunding

USPS financial statement continues to show a financial loss ($353 million)  with the PAEA required pre-funding for retirees health benefits and a profit without ($60 million) for the month of July (10 month of the FY 2014).   Comments (Count)

 

20Stamps App – Turn Photo into Real US Postage

Here is an app I found looking for something else. It appears the app was launched in June of this year. 

 

USPS Truck Flips in Midland, TX

Video: Wrong-way driver dies after colliding with postal truck

Louisiana Postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash

USPS Sneek Peek: Stamps featuring Rudolph, Wilt Chamberlain, others coming this year

August 21, 2014

Deputy Postmaster General’s Visit to Vancouver, WA Draws Ire of Protesters

Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman drew the ire of dozens of postal workers and community allies when he visited Vancouver this morning. Carrying signs, picketing and chanting, the protesters massed at the entrance to the 2014 Mailers Conference at the Convention Center Hilton. “   Comments (Count)

 

PMG appoints 2 former USPS Board members and 2 others to stamp advisory committee - PMG Pat Donahoe has appointed four new members to the committee that helps him choose stamp subjects  Comments (Count)

 

USPS' Rate Reductions May Pose a Threat to UPS and FedEx's Market Share

My Plan to Replace the Postal Service's Truck Fleet

Texoma Postmasters Affected by Upcoming Postal Program

Former Waynesboro Postal Worker Sentenced for Failure to Deliver

August 20, 2014

Dear Colleague Letter Sent to All House Members Seeking Moratorium on Postal Closures - The primary message of an NPMHU-endorsed August 15, 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter by Congressman David Joyce sent to all House members is to Support the Preservation of First-Class Mail Delivery Standards. In response to the United States Postal Service’s plans to close 82 mail processing facilities throughout 37 states in January of 2015  NAPS send Letter to House Members supporting 1-year Moratorium on USPS closures Comments (Count)

 

Deputy PMG: USPS reports quarterly losses in the $2 billion range due to pre-funding How bad is the outlook for the Postal Service? Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general, doesn’t hesitate.    Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Bipartisan Group in House calling for moratorium on USPS cuts and closures - Tell Your Congressman: Sign the Letter! A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery.

NALC fights back against plant closures, consolidations

“This ill-conceived idea will do nothing but disrupt residential and business customers from receiving timely deliveries -- ultimately leading to more late deliveries and driving away business,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.   Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info on Staples Deal

USPS Guilty of Bad Faith, Unlawful Tactics - Shortly after the program got underway in October 2013, the APWU requested detailed information about the terms of the arrangement as well as correspondence between the USPS and Staples. The Postal Service claimed the union had failed to establish the relevance of the information it sought and said the APWU’s request was “overly broad” and “burdensome.” Management also asserted that much of the information was confidential.   (8/20/14) Comments (Count)  Staples Joins USPS’s Approved Shipper Program

Customers who currently use one of the 82 Staples locations for their mailing and shipping needs can continue to do so, just as they had done during the pilot. The transition into the Approved Shipper Program at these locations will have no effect on the product offerings or the convenience of being able to ship and mail on nights and weekends  (8/20/14) Comments (Count)

 

California Man Charged with Stealing Batteries from USPS Mail Trucks

Garcia stole vehicle batteries from U.S. Postal Service mail trucks parked at the U.S. Post Office in Selma.   Comments (Count)

 

Video shows Atlanta mail carrier throwing fragile package onto home’s doorstep

The video shows how one mail carrier delivered one package in Atlanta on Monday, when he might have thought no one would be watching. 

 

Mail Handlers, USPS reach agreement on bidding rights during probationary period

Video: DC Mail carrier says she was assaulted over missing mail, but police tell different story

Postal worker finds young man dead at East St. Louis home

Meet The Latest Uber For Home Delivery: Uber.

Mailman to the rescue

USPS: If postal employees have questions about ice bucket challenge

Mailman mugged in Lexington, KY neighborhood

With FedEx And UPS Rate Increases Looming, Shippers Explore Their Options

Staples Is Closing A Ton Of Stores

 

 

August 19, 2014

Postal Employees Have Free Speech Rights

I would like to commend the postal employees in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for speaking out on the delay of their customers’ First-Class Mail. Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims. Some of it was caused by the collection time of mail being moved up from 5 pm to 1:30 pm to allow for its transportation from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis. I find Vern Davidson’s quotes disturbing, “Postal Inspectors and OIG say, ‘We do not investigate service standard issues.’  Comments (Count)

 

USPS is moving more packages for its competitors UPS, FedEx

USPS is increasingly moving packages for its competitors, according to newly published numbers that underscore the Postal Service’s unique delivery capabilities. With FedEx And UPS Rate Increases Looming, Shippers Explore Their Options

 

Maine Postmaster Relief pleads guilty to stealing over $20,000 worth of mail and money orders - PMR made out money order in the name of a postal clerk, stole customers mail

Postal Inspectors ring twice to return $14 million to victims of Moneygram Scam

Video: South Carolina letter carrier saves baby's life

Van Crashes Into Post Office

Why we should bring back the Postal Banking system

Retired Mail Carrier Walking 300 Miles to Ease Hunger in Minnesota

 

August 18, 2014

Roanoke Postal Workers Plan Picket to make public aware of USPS New Delivery Standards - A an informational picket is planned outside Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office this week as a way to let the public know about coming proposed changes. Video: Picketers protest against post office consolidation in Roanoke  

 

Video Update: Postal Worker wanted to kill himself in front of supervisor -

The postal employee accused of bringing a gun to work Monday says he didn’t intend to hurt anyone but himself. Video Update: Postal Worker in custody after shot fired at Albuquerque New Mexico mail facility - He allegedly went after a supervisor with the firearm, but investigators said he missed. One employee who contacted News 13 on Monday says he saw it all happen and watched his co-workers wrestle the shooter to the ground when the gun was fired. Postal Inspector says the employee is a mechanic and that the one shot was fired shortly before 6 a.m. as the mechanic and other employees reported for work Monday morning. Comments (Count)

 

OIG: Should the Postal Service continue its consolidation plan?

the planned consolidations are likely to rankle some. At least one postal union has already come out strongly against the plan, saying it will degrade service and lead to mail delays. It intends to vigorously fight the closures. On the other hand, industry has generally supported Postal Service efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, as long as service isn’t irreparably harmed.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Texas Postal worker throws package across driveway of deputy constable - In a five-second video clip captured from Martin Garret’s home security cameras in Sienna Plantation, you kind of get the feeling the mail carrier caught on camera is not having a very good day. She walks up to the edge of his yard and throws a package on his concrete driveway 

 

New York mail carriers have armed Postal Inspectors as escorts after shootings

Four mail carriers who work in the area have armed escorts from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service accompanying them on their rounds Comments (Count)

 

Former CSAC member endorses Former PMG’s criticism of stamp program

Cary Brick, a former congressional staffer who left the committee last year, said in an Aug. 7 statement that he also fears marketing officials are having too much influence on stamp selections.   Comments (Count)

 

Customers take reduced hours at rural post offices in stride

Video: Third party sites charge outrageous fees for address changes

 

August 17, 2014

Tennessee mail carrier chosen to appear in new USPS TV commercial

Elections bring millions in direct-mail revenue to USPS

 

August 16, 2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated August 13

With the switch to 24-hour plant operations, most jobs in the gaining facilities will likely be reposted. Parking will be scarce during the tour overlaps. Maintenance people will have a big challenge keeping the machines running continuously and the floors clean.

 

Michigan rural mail carrier injured in nearly head-on collision

Video: California TV Station helps woman recover package stuck in mailing loop

 

August 15, 2014

USPS To Monitor Carriers street delivery thru Geo-Fence Technology (GPS) Starting September 30th- Geo-Fence Technology in Delivery Operations takes effect on September 30th. Carriers’ progress delivering their mail will be continuously monitored by GPS.  Comments (Count)

Mail theft up in San Antonio, Texas

Video: Texas Veteran’s mail delivery woes finally addressed

Residents shocked super mailbox in Calgary left wide open

Postal worker fired after caught dumping mail into Bond Hill dumpster

August 14, 2014

Video: Delaware letter carrier’s school-supply drive receives an A+

In addition to helping children with back-to-school items and a clothing drive in the spring, Hamlin gave away gloves and hats to kids he saw on his route during the winter months. Many of these items he got from his Facebook friends. Daryl Toombs, manager at the Lancaster Avenue post office Hamlin works out of, said these efforts show how the postal service is a community service organization – "either on the clock or off the clock." Mail carriers collect school supplies donated by residents in Charlotte, NC area   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims in Cape Girardeau, MO -  I pressed US Postal Service spokeswoman Stacy St. John for a reason as to why USPS does not think there's a problem here in Cape Girardeau. She told me they regret the workers in my story "damaged the integrity of their workforce. Rep. Jason Smith sent a letter to the Inspector General, asking why the worker was first told by the OIG to gather evidence last December. Then he had a different agent tell him last month to stop.  Comments (Count)

 

50 U.S. Senators Call for 1-Year Moratorium on USPS ‘Cuts and Plant Closures

Half of the U.S. Senate has called for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery. Comments (Count)

 

APWU: It's Okay to Post Wanted Poster of PMG on Bulletin Boards

The poster features a picture of Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe and accuses him of “crimes against the public Postal Service.” Displaying the poster is considered “protected union activity” under federal law.  Comments (Count)

 

Dallas Company claims its secure locking mailboxes can provide safety Postal Vault Corporation and its branded product line Postal Vault secure locking mailboxes, based in Dallas, TX., can help ensure the safety of your mail and your identity Comments (Count)

 

Nebraska Postal Worker Sentenced to Probation, ordered to repay $3,961 for postal theft

USPS Apologizes for Denying Mail Deliveries to Israel

USPS, NALC Sign MOU on bidding during probationary period

USPS announces selection of Judy de Torok as Manager, Industry Engagement & Outreach

OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses

Video: Kentucky Postal employee arrested on mail theft charges

 

August 13, 2014

Postmaster General sued after letter carrier reports alleged discrimination

A Texas letter carrier is suing over claims she was discriminated against in her position as a letter carrier and her employment was terminated after an injury on the job. She is also claiming retaliation after complaining about hostile work environment. The letter carrier  was off on sick leave for three (3) days and then she was told to report to work where she was made to sit in a room for eight hours a day  Comments (Count)

 

USPS official can’t deliver answers on move of Horsham, PA post office

When it came to answers about what a new facility would supply residents, council members were perturbed at USPS real estate specialist’s frequent “I don’t have that information.”  Comments (Count)

 

Portland Postal arrestees’ charges dropped

“I suspect the authorities dropped the charges because their persecution just emboldened us to further spotlight waste, fraud, and abuse at the people’s postal service,” said Rev. John Schwiebert. Schwiebert was one of the “postal protector” arrestees who were charged with “impeding a mail delivery vehicle” and “blocking a loading platform” in two separate protests against the dismantling and privatization of the US Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

 

Oklahoma Rural Carrier Killed, RCA injured in crash while delivering mail

A Ponca City rural mail carrier died of massive injuries at the scene of a two-vehicle collision Tuesday. A rural mail carrier associate was riding with her to learn the route suffered head and trunk internal injuries.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postmaster General blames Congress for $2 Billion loss

“The problem we face … is we are required by law to prefund retiree health benefits to the tune of about $5.7 billion a year. And we don’t have enough money to make that up right now. And that’s the bulk of the losses,” Donahoe said in a “Squawk Box” interview.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: The beleaguered check book of the U.S. Postal Service

UPS and FedEx invest in technology to meet soaring demand

Atlanta-area family loses $3,000 worth of wedding invites

Post office employee accused of hiding, throwing away mail

 

August 12, 2014

USPS Implements ‘Text Tracking’ to notify customers on delivery status of package - USPS Text Tracking is a new mechanism by which customers can be notified of the status of their package. There are currently two ways that customers can request Text Tracking.  Comments (Count)

 

Oklahoma Postal Worker attacked and stabbed while delivering mail

Officers say postal worker was on her postal route and walked up to the porch to deliver the mail.     Comments (Count)

 

USPIS: Solving 2013 murder of Maryland letter carrier is still a top priority

USPIS: $100,000 Reward- Solving the 2013 murder of the Maryland letter carrier, Tyson Jerome Barnette is still a top priority, according to a spokesperson for the Postal Inspection Service   Comments (Count)

 

APWU to Teachers, Parents: Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples

USPS: New counter displays promote Global Express Guaranteed

USPS: Tennessee letter carrier has 5,000 hours of sick leave

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Henning, TN Postal Workers

 

August 11, 2014

Issa on $2 Billion Postal Service Loss: Bailout Not the Answer

“The Postal Service’s latest reported loss illustrates the urgent need for postal reform to prevent a taxpayer funded bailout of the Postal Service,” said Chairman Issa.  (8/12/14) Comments (Count)

 

USPS Reports 2.0 Percent Revenue Increase, $2.0 Billion Loss in Quarter 3

The U.S. Postal Service ended the June 30, 2014, quarter with a net loss of $2.0 billion, compared to a net loss of $740 million for the same period last year. The Postal Service has recorded a loss in 21 of the last 23 quarters, the excepted quarters being the two in which Congress rescheduled the Retiree Health Benefits prefunding payments. APWU: The Postal Service’s Best-Kept Secret – It’s Making Money from Operations  |  NALC: Congress needs to preserve and strengthen USPS while fixing pre-funding  | Senator Carper Says USPS $2 billion lost shows its locked in ‘downward financial spiral’ | Exigency Pays Off for USPS in Q3   (8/11/14) Comments (Count)

 

USPS signs lease for 4th customer care center in Wichita, KS

The Customer Care Center employs approximately 250 employees, many of whom worked at the Remote Encoding Center.  Comments (Count)

 

Idaho Letter Carrier performs CPR on elderly customer

Amazon Opens First of Expected 15 'Sortation' Centers

Local USPS worker retires after three decades of service to city

Video: Postal truck driver in critical condition after driving off highway in Mississippi

Postal worker makes special delivery to children

After 45 Years, Willow Street Postman Earns USPS 2 Million Mile Award

Believe it: Ripley's contest gets weirdest stuff by mail

 

August 10, 2014

Rocky River Municipal Court in Ohio abandons USPS for more costly FedEx

The Rocky River Municipal Court is changing the way it mails court documents, saying it believes commercial carriers offer more dependable service than the U.S. Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

 

Consolidation of Florence, SC USPS center moves along despite opposition

To help stem the tide, the USPS is consolidating some of its centers, including plans for the R.N. Beck main post office in Florence.The USPS announced in 2011 that according to a study, it concluded that the Florence office would be a good case for consolidation. Wukela added that privatizing is dangerous because the duties of the mail aren’t motivated by profit margin.“What happens when the mail handler is a clerk working at some local retail establishment?” he said. “Where’s their loyalty? ... Prompt, safe and reliable delivery is that’s important. It’s a government function.”   Comments (Count)

 

Mail carriers collect school supplies donated by residents in Charlotte, NC area

Thanks to Channel 9’s partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, folks in the Charlotte area left school supplies at their mailboxes and their letter carriers picked them up as they delivered the mail.   Comments (Count)

 

Letter Carriers at Tropico station in Glendale, CA get change of address

 

August 9, 2014

Video: USPS suspends Ohio worker caught throwing mail into dumpster

 The fallout continues from in a local postal service scandal that caught a worker tossing mail into a dumpster in Bond Hill.The woman who threw away mail is suspended, USPS said in a statement. FOX19 also learned that she’s been with the postal service for less than 90 days. Video: Cincinnati Postal Worker Caught Tossing Mail Into Dumpster  Comments (Count)

 

Reminder: Postal Employees can be members of both Pittman, McConnell class action EEOC cases

East St. Louis postal supervisor sentenced to probation for stealing mail

Florida letter carrier who stashed mail in his house after being overwhelmed gets probation

 

August 8, 2014

USPS Honors Groundbreaking Singer Janis Joplin on Limited-Edition Forever Stamp

Four charged in nationwide ‘Grandparent Scam’

Mailman runs inside burning Commerce Twp. home trying to save pit bulls

 

August 7, 2014

Video: Mail in Cape Girardeau, MO is being intentionally delayed?

These men believe the first round of processing center closings led to an overwhelming amount of mail at the St. Louis Network Distribution Center, or NDC. So, they believe some of that mail got sent into basically a 24 hour no-man's land. It traveled to Cape Girardeau, then Park Hills, then back to Cape Girardeau, and back to St. Louis."And what that did was, that prevented that mail from being scanned into the postal mail stream," Walker explained. Comments (Count)

 

Is USPS hurting Its “Brand” by opening Village Post Office inside liquor store

The Postal Service Standards of Conduct, ELM 665.26, says “employees must not have or bring any container of beer, wine, or other intoxicating beverage into any Postal Service facility or premises, whether or not the container has been opened. Employees found to be violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.” Is there an exception for postal contract facilities?"  Comments (Count)

 

Photo: One of USPS biggest fans is actress Drew Barrymore

Today in 1912 a rural carrier used automobile to carry mail on route

Former Hawaii mailman sentenced to jail for theft

USPS: ELM Revision – Reduction In Grade for City Carriers and Mail Handlers

Postal workers continue fight keep Roanoke mail processing center

Postal Service needs leaders who are qualified

The Fire Sale of the Post Offices

Postal inspectors offer $10K reward for info in recent mailbox burglaries

Long-Lost Love Letters of WWII Finally in the Right Hands

Bill would provide veterans with extra sick leave

Amazon expands same-day delivery to six more cities

IG: USPS facility nearly 4 months late paying contractors

Two postal workers observed following suspicious package scare

Postal Service facility in CA sells for $6.8 million

NAD Asks Postal Service to Disclose Restrictions on Ads

NYPD says harmless package found at post office in Rosebank

Postal Service to issue wage garnishment rule, despite controversy

 

July 31, 2014

Suburban Detroit Post Office tells customers mail is not deliverable to Israel

Florida Man allegedly attacks letter carrier, throws furniture at truck over no mail

Postal worker in Watertown accused of eavesdropping.

A fishy scheme: Woman imprisoned for stealing checks from Postal Service

Romanians will be Deported after serving time for Skimming Scheme on Postal APC kiosks

PRC Dismisses Complaint Concerning Changes to Post Office Retail Hours

Chairman Ruth Goldway Dissents (PRC has 3 of 5 members)  (PDF)

Ralph Nader Calls on Postal Service to Keep Berkeley Post Office Open

For local postal worker, honesty the best policy

USC Graduate Class Project on USPS Branding

USPS seeks new site for La Jolla letter carriers

UPS Invests $175 Million in Holiday Season

 

July 30, 2014

Postal worker faces DUI charges after flipping truck

USPS probe of possible mail theft may affect 1,000 residents in Spokane, WA

Photo: Leave Postal Workers Alone

Buffalo, NY letter carrier who threw out the mail sentenced to time served

Video: Arkansas post office with 33 customers to stay open

Alabama Man Pleads Guilty to Involvement in ID Theft Scheme Using Corrupt Postal Worker

Postal Service Driver Drunk When She Flipped Truck

Ralph Nader visits Berkeley, urges support of historic post office

 

July 29, 2014

Mechanic helps bust suspected mail thief

Homeowner attacks mailman over not receiving mail, Ocala police say

FedEx hires Barry Bonds lawyers to defend against drug charges

Former Texas House GOP candidate blames USPS for campaign mailer sent in error

USPS Honors Father of Black Aviation with 70 cent stamp

Mail carrier on unpaid leave, accused of stealing mail from customers

 

July 28, 2014

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). Backhaul recycling is transporting recyclables such as mixed paper to P&DCs in properly placarded empty mail transport equipment (MTE).  Comments (Count)

 

Man not charged for threatening to shoot Georgia postal worker

The man told police that the dog “was like his child” that “no jury in Georgia would convict him for shooting someone who was macing his dog.”Video UPDATE: Indiana man claims self-defense for hitting mailman - homeowner claims he was nearly attacked first and acted in self-defense. Man arrested for battering Indiana mail carrier - The mail carrier then sprayed the dog with mace. That allegedly brought out the dog’s owner, 54-year-old Anthony W. Stevens.   Comments (Count)

 

Texas Man Arrested for Sending Hundreds of Hoax White Powder Letters

A Rowlett, Texas, man was arrested this morning by special agents with the FBI and inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service on a criminal complaint charging an offense stemming from hundreds of white powder hoax letters he allegedly mailed from North Texas,  Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG: What should the postal vehicle of the future look like?

The U.S. Postal Service recently put that question to its carriers and vehicle maintenance personnel and is currently reviewing the feedback. It’s an important question because the delivery fleet is aging and the Postal Service needs to quickly replace it. Comments (Count)

 

Alabama NALC Branch Secretary sentenced to prison for stealing union funds

Social Security Board of Trustees: No Change in Projected Year of Trust Fund Reserve Depletion

Door Slamming on Home Mail Delivery?

USPS Says Click N Ship Technical Issues Are Over

 

July 27, 2014

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 that take place within the Postal Service. Maintains and operates system to implement a RIF and identify employee placements.  (7/27/14) Comments (Count)

 

Oklahoma postal worker collapses on the job from intense heat exhaustion

Friday morning emergency crews were called after a postal worker collapsed on a route he works every day.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal News Briefs for July 27, 2014

West Virginia Postmaster Relief (PMR) pleads guilty to theft...Former West Virginia OIC sentenced for theft - Started as OIC in July 2012..started stealing over $15,000 in Nov. 2012 ..Former Tappen, ND PMR to plead guilty in postal theft - claims financial difficulties.. also failed to disclose she was fired from a previous job for theft. Who is in charge of background checks at #USPS these days?  
 
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USPS changes coming to tiny New Hampshire post office -- a part of town fabric

Former Dallas CEO says he has few regrets after losing verdict

USPS removes 39 collection boxes in Rockford IL

Ralph Nader to Speak at Berkeley Post Office

 

July 26, 2014

Video: Massachusetts boy with brain tumor receives over 100,000 birthday cards

Friday in Foxborough Danny Nickerson got to celebrate his 6th birthday with more than 100,000 people from across the globe. Danny was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor last October and when his mom told a local newspaper the young boy likes to open birthday cards the story went viral.  

 

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