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Some Postal Managers Refusing To Accept USPS, APWU Freeze On Excessing Agreement

- "USPS Management Message Confirms Excessing Moratorium"  |



USPS VP Position Downgraded, New COO Gets $25,000 Relocation Pay

Stephen M. Kearney, Senior Vice President, Customer Relations, has retained his position, but by virtue of a realignment of his duties effective December 8, 2010, he is no longer an executive officer. New COO Megan Brennan will receive a payment of $25,000 to help cover relocation costs. |



Demoted Postal Manager Appeals Part-Time Status to MSPB - A former Postal Manager is attempting to circumvent the seniority provisions of the APWU National Agreement.  |


Former APWU National Officer Found Guilty For Theft Of Union Funds  |


Rural carriers reject USPS proposal for wage freeze, benefits cuts  .|


NALC: USPS News Release On Contract Negotiations Is Full Of Spin And Distortions - and distortions aimed at influencing public opinion. NALC wants its members to know that we are responding to press inquiries regarding the USPS release    |



PMG Potter To Retire Effective December 3, 2010

 After nearly 10 years as U.S. Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service, John E. Potter today announced that he will retire on Dec. 3, after 32 years of service. The Governors of the Postal Service named Patrick R. Donahoe, currently Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Potter |


Postal Service Echoes Enron Abuses  - The need for reform at the top and a complete overhaul of the current USPS culture is evident when you look at the scandals revealed recently, including the Bob Bernstock scandal in July,  |


PMG Potter: Give U.S. Postal Service The Freedom To Compete  |


USPS Has Too Many Supervisors And Too Many Employees, Congressman Says -"The Post Office has 200,000 people who should be retiring," Rep. Darrell Issa said in a speech Wednesday to The Heritage Foundation. USPS had 568,301 employees at the end of August. "When I say retiring I mean we don’t need them. But let’s bear in mind it’s just not the guy at the post office; it’s the thousands of people who are doing maintenance at post offices that we don’t need to have so many of."   |


Former Oklahoma Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $642,808 From Bulk Mail Customers    |


Senator Collins: OIG Audit Shows Stunning Evidence Of Excessive Postal Execs Perks - The U.S. Postal Service pays 100 percent of health insurance premiums for 835 of its top employees, an expensive perk that occurs at no other federal agency, . Archive: Postal Execs Compensation & Perks Reported Last Year |  Audit: Ex-Postal Service execs return as private contractors, make more money  | Ex-postal executives return for high-pay contracts  |



GOP Rep. Darrell Issa: Time for another government bailout

Postal employees have incentives for holding tight to negotiating positions.  NALC responds to recent media attacks on postal workers   |


Postmaster General Addresses Need for Fundamental Change |  


OIG Says USPS Overfunded Its FERS Retirement Obligations By $6.8 Billion  |  



Postal Service's History of Seeking Five-Day Delivery to Cure Financial Woes



Top USPS Attorney Says They Are Two Sets Of Rules Governing Use Of Postal Equipment - Replace a broken USPS - Letter to the Editor of the Washington Times by Wayne L. Johnson, Commander, Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (retired) |


Appeals Court Uphold Removal of Postal Manager For Falsifying Timecard


Board Of Governors Chairman Remarks On USPS Need To Act Like A Business    |


Arbitrator Limits Abusive Postal Supervisor’s Contact With Carriers   |Comments


USPS Attendance Control Crackdown 2010 - Letter sent out from Area VP to District Managers |


If There Is No Work For Postal Clerks, Why Are Supervisors, Carriers Doing It?

By Stephen Lysaght, President, APWU East Bay Area Local   |


October 3, 2010

Postal Workers Lawsuit Requesting Class Action Charging USPS With Labor Violations Is Denied

 A federal judge in Texarkana (TX) denied a request to certify a civil suit filed by seven U.S. Postal Service mail carriers as a class action lawsuit. The suit alleged the carriers had been forced to work more than 40 hours per week without overtime compensation, had timecards altered to their detriment by a supervisor, been forced to work through lunch to complete their routes and been required to work off the clock. USPS argued that it does try to build in a thirty-minute lunch break into City Carrier routes although there is no guarantee a particular city carrier will get the break  Archive: Postal Workers Lawsuit On Labor Violations Covers 5 States |


Former Tanacross, AK postal worker accused of theft


January 31,  2011  

OIG: What Can USPS Do To Reduce Workers' Comp Costs?

In fiscal year 2009, the Postal Service workers’ compensation expense was approximately $2.2 billion, an 81 percent increase from $1.2 billion in FY 2008. These costs include $55 million in DOL administrative fees for FY 2009. About 72 percent ($718 million) was a non-cash charge related to changes in the estimated discount and inflation rates used to calculate the liability for future payments. At the end of FY 2009, the Postal Service estimated the total liability for future workers’ compensation cost was over $10 billion. USPS OIG, USPIS Launch Workers' Comp Fraud Initiative | Senator Susan Collins Seeks Reforms To Federal Workers' Comp Program  |


Postal Service's new sorter won't need breaks

The U.S. Postal Service's new mail-sorting machine is about the size of 14 double-decker buses ---- and it's fast. It can do the job of 26 humans working at full-bore. Unlike its fleshy counterparts, it will work nonstop 17-hour shifts and won't ever get paper cuts or carpal tunnel syndrome. The machine is called the Flats Sequencing System. It sorts flats, a type of mail that includes magazines, advertisements, newspapers, manila envelopes and the like  |


The new postmaster general speaks out

Are the postal unions standing in the way of making changes you need to make? No. They are led by good people. The presidents are very good people. They're people. They're looking at the challenges that we have with the same, 'Oh my goodness' that everybody else does. These guys, I'll tell you, we've reduced head count in this organization by 225,000 people since the year 2000. There are very few labor unions in the world who wouldn't be jumping up and down ranting and raving about that. They know what I and Jack Potter have done is to make sure there's as soft a landing as possible. They've worked with us on that.  |


Chase Does Its Part to Keep Postal Service in Business
Auditors raise concerns over USPS bookkeeping

Eastvale troubled with missing, undelivered mail
Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to mail theft

Goleta marks five-year anniversary of post office massacre

January 30,  2011

'60 Minutes' visits Mansfield, Ohio post office

Show drawn to city to tell story of Lincoln branch's closing - The Emmy-award winning show "60 Minutes" spent Thursday and Friday at sites throughout Richland County, including five Mansfield post offices and AngelWoods Hideaway Bed and Breakfast, in Lucas. "We're doing a story about the U.S. Postal Service, which is in the process of closing a couple thousand post offices," producer Clem Taylor said. "We're here in Mansfield looking at the Lincoln branch as an example of what's going on across the country. Message from Local APWU On 60 Minutes visit to Mansfield, Ohio  |


Postal Service seeks community input on plan to close Westside branch

Postal Policymaking: On the Front Burner

Future of small post offices remains uncertain
Rural post offices under threat

Rural residents fear loss of local post offices

Disabled Vermont veteran prevails in fight for home mail delivery


January 29,  2011

NY Postman Charged With Stealing 7,000 Coupons And Selling Them On eBay

A Queens postal worker stole thousands of retail-store coupons before they were mailed out — and sold them at a discount on eBay, cops said yesterday. The letter carrier, allegedly pilfered more than 7,000 coupons from JCPenney, Kohl’s and Lowe’s and sold them in batches on the Internet auction site. Working out of the Corona branch, Tang told investigators that he netted roughly $35,000 from the sale of JCPenney coupons between October 2009 and January of this year.   |


January 28,  2011

Congressman Rahall Calls On PRC To Review USPS’s Process For Consolidating Mail Services - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today appealed to the  Postal Regulatory Commission to review the Postal Service’s process for consolidating and suspending mail services in southern West Virginia. The lack of clarity and abuse of discretion in the consolidation process for the Beckley and Huntington Post Offices demands scrutiny. I urge the Postal Review Commission to review the Postal Service’s compliance with applicable laws, and to provide recommendations to the Congress to ensure a fair and equitable consolidation process for the people of rural communities. |

Video: Philadelphia Mail Carriers Drinking On the Job – Part 2

"Three Philadelphia mail carriers are off the job and there’s a major shake-up in a city post office where they worked. It’s a direct result of a Fox 29 Investigation." Two of the three carriers have been postal employees for over 20 years.   |


APWU: With Slow Progress, Contract Talks Continue

Although progress in contract negotiations is slow, bargaining is ongoing,” APWU President Cliff Guffey reported on Jan. 28. Representatives of the Postal Service and the union are meeting almost daily, he added. .  |


APWU Protests Bidding ‘Outage’

“It is expected that employees whose contractual rights were abrogated by the employer’s failure to properly post and/or award bids on vacant assignments consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Local Memorandums of Understanding, and past practice will be made whole,” Morris said. USPS Notifies APWU of Bidding ‘Outage’   |


PMG Addresses Postmasters in Open Letter

As the Postal Service continues to focus on redesigning its management structure and streamlining operations to increase efficiency and control costs, USPS actions have drawn nationwide media attention . And, PMG Pat Donahoe addressed concerns over recent media reports in an open letter this week to Postmasters.  |


Arbitrator: USPS In Mississippi Must Stop Practice Of Using Custodians To Transport Mail - This is a summary of an arbitration decision regarding USPS'  practice of utilizing  custodians to transport mail to other Gulf Coastal facilities The arbitrator sustained the Union’s grievance; he directed the Postal Service to cease and desist and pay compensation.  |


Forget the dog! Mailman faces angry Turkey

In Cape Cod, Mass., a local fowl’s feathers are clearly ruffled by the postman. This turkey is really mad at the letter carrier..  |


Postal Worker penalized for Army National Guard service in Gulf

Almost as soon as Sgt. Brian Perkins hit the ground in Kuwait to help guard convoys with his Army National Guard unit, he got a one-page form letter from his civilian employer - the U.S. Postal Service - saying: 'You're fired. It was a stunning blow to the 15-year Guard veteran who earlier had served a 15-month tour in Iraq. USPS spokeswoman said Perkins was a "transitional employee" with a one-year assignment, and was not available to be rehired when the assignment ran out on Nov. 15 - or when he was in Kuwait. Veteran agent said the law allows the firing of temporary employees, but one-year assignments don't fall into that category and Perkins never should have been fired.    |


Marvelettes Lead Singer On Classic Pop Hit ‘Please Mr. Postman’ Dies- Gladys Horton, 66 dies after suffering several strokes.  Horton was lead singer on classic song, 'Please Mr. Postman'..  The Marvelettes were honored in December 2010 when "Please, Mr. Postman" became part of the Grammy Hall of Fame collection, which honors "recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old


Union: Postal Service drops subcontracting proposal

Parker postal workers to be moved

No post office for nearly 400 customers

It's the last day for Elmwood Post Office in Syracuse

USPS makes  play for regional parcel traffic

OPM Announces Open Season For Long-Term Care Insurance

USPS Love Notes CD Debuts At Number 4 On Billboard’s Jazz Charts

America's dying postal service: By the numbers

Illinois: Gas smell keeps Hardin post office closed

USPS eases bulk mail rules, though businesses may not bite


January 27,  2011

NALC: The Elephant In the Room And Washington Post Editorial Writers

One or two misleading and one-sided editorials about the Postal Service's financial situation might simply be chalked up to a bad day or a steep learning curve, but the editorial page of The Washington Post has used up its quota of excuses several times over. Today's editorial may be the worst yet, and that's saying something Editorial: In an Internet age, postal service reform is long overdue   |


Video: Philadelphia Mail Carriers Drinking On the Job

"Three Philadelphia mail carriers are off the job and there’s a major shake-up in a city post office where they worked. It’s a direct result of a Fox 29 Investigation." Two of the three carriers have been postal employees for over 20 years.    |


Ohio Postal Worker Gets 5 Months Prison for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Former postal employee from Cleveland, was sentenced to five months imprisonment and ordered to pay $116,980.34 in restitution after previously pleading guilty to worker’s compensation fraud ..The former postal worker was also sentenced to three years of supervised release following his prison term.  |


USPS Voice of the Employee Survey Results

The quarter one, fiscal year 2011, results for the VOE survey are completed. More than 76,000 employees — 54 percent of those surveyed — responded. Of those who responded to the survey, 64.6 percent replied favorably. The majority of our employees understand the Postal Service’s strategic direction and how their work affects the organization’s success.  |


USPS Notifies APWU of Bidding ‘Outage’


January 26,  2011

PMG Expresses Regret For Comparing Postmasters To Maytag Repair Man

NAPUS President Bob Rapoza expressed his objections to the PMG about a statement he made in an interview with the Washington Post where Mr Donahoe compared some Postmaster workloads with the Maytag repair man, as being the “loneliest job in the world.” Mr Donahoe apologized for his un-intended remarks and said he would follow up with a letter to the two Postmaster organizations.   |


Video: Postmaster General On Leadership – Delivering A New Package

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe talks with Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe about the challenge of bringing cuts, change and fresh ideas to the nation’s second-largest civilian employer.  |


USPS To Close Three Postal Finance Stations In Cincinnati, Ohio

As a result of a study started in 2009, the U.S. Postal Service has made the decision to close the Cumminsville Finance Station, the East End Finance Station and the Reed Hartman Finance Station, They will close January 31, 2011. This announcement updates a review process that examined approximately 3,300 stations and branches in urban and suburban areas across the country, focusing on those facilities in relative close proximity to one another to determine where consolidations might be feasible. USPS “Strip Station” Post Office In Las Vegas to close |  Arkansas: Postal service shuts down two locations  |


LOVELAND, CO announces deadlines to get its 2011 Valentine postmark

Postal union seeks members' help promoting changes

Analyst: Use Postal Service as cutbacks model
Government workers are the new illegal aliens
Postal workers wait on closures

January 25,  2011

USPS To Rely On Computerized System To Determine Fate Of Post Offices

After years of using a confusing and laborious 21-month process panned by customers and Congress as too secretive and inconsistent, the mail agency is now relying on a computerized system that enables officials to review and determine a location's fate in no more than five months.  "We have post offices out there that we have two customers, or three customers come in in an entire day," Donahoe said. "Remember the Maytag repair man? He used to have the loneliest job in the world. We probably have about 5,000 postmasters that have the loneliest job in the world." If an unprofitable site employs fewer than five people, is open fewer than eight hours a day and is within 15 to 20 miles of a larger location, it is likely to close.   |


GOP Chairman Issa Announces Full List Of House Oversight Committee

Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced today the full list of Oversight and Government Reform Committee membership and subcommittee assignments.   |


Stamping out the Postal Service using political ball & chain
California Postal Worker Bitten By Pit Bull

Green Teams Help Postal Service Save Millions

USPS To Hold Public Meeting On Proposal To Move Some Reading P & DF Mail Operations

Mail carrier in South Bend bitten by dog while on the job

Boles Acres Post Office closes doors


January 24,  2011

Postal Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices

Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing another 16,000 - half of the nation's existing post offices - that are operating at a deficit, and lobbying Congress to allow it to change the law so it can close the most unprofitable among them. A disproportionate number of the thousands of post offices under review are in rural or smaller suburban areas, though the postal service declined to provide any estimate on how many beyond those slated to begin closure in March might ultimately close or which ones are being targeted. Ruling on Shuttered Post Offices Expected Soon  | APWU Denounces Post Office Closure Plans |


OIG: USPS Northern Virginia District Used More Workhours Than Necessary To Deliver Mail - Delivery operations are the Postal Service’s largest operational function, accounting for approximately 45 percent of salary expenses and workhours. Despite an annual increase of approximately 1 million delivery points, delivery operations used 36.5 million fewer workhours in fiscal year (FY) 2009. The Northern Virginia District was not operating at peak efficiency and could reduce city delivery operating costs. Our benchmarking comparison determined the Northern Virginia District used approximately 16 minutes more per day than the national average for each carrier route, compared to the standard for that route. Adjusting its operations would increase the Northern Virginia District’s overall efficiency by reducing approximately 103,160 workhours, resulting in savings of more than $3.2 million annually or about $32 million over 10 years.  |


Senator McCain Calls USPS “Model Of Inefficiency”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was on "Face the Nation" yesterday said The Post Office- a model of inefficiency. But what does McCain know about the USPS when in 2009 he said,  "Until the Postal Service no longer owes American taxpayers billions of dollars, I request that you refrain from spending limited Postal Service resources on unnecessary items." How can Congress help "fix" the Postal Service when many of its members are unaware as to how USPS operates or how its funded.    |


Residents deliver care mail to beloved mail carrier suffering from cancer

when lung cancer recently forced the 42-year-old father of three to stop delivering mail, residents decided the best way to cheer him up would be to bring their mailboxes to him. More than 100 people have colored, painted and decorated paper mailboxes with personal messages for [Steve] Pingry. One person crafted a 3-D mailbox out of cardboard. Others attached music CDs, pictures of their dogs and drawings of their favorite Steve-related postal memories.   |


Postal Service beefs up financial monitoring

The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 requires federal agencies to adhere to more stringent financial reporting criteria. The Postal Service put together a group called the Financial Testing Compliance group to help comply with Sarbanes Oxley. Now, the Postal Service Inspector General has put the group's findings to the test. "Although [the review] does not directly impact the bottom line, the FTC work that's reported to management provides assurance to Postal Service stakeholders that the reports are fairly presented and that the internal controls are in place," Libician-Welch said.  |


The anti-feds: Who's leading the attack on your jobs, pay and benefits

Republican lawmakers — emboldened by their midterm victory and hungry to do serious damage to the federal deficit — are proposing aggressive cuts to federal pay and staffing levels. Many feds feel they've been made into scapegoats for the failed economy and mounting national debt.So far, no lawmakers have introduced bills affecting feds' retirement or health care. But many federal unions and advocates fear such proposals will come, possibly as part of President Obama's proposed 2012 budget.  |


USPS Clarifies Requests For Non Delivery Of Mail With Simplified Addressing

Hardin residents fed up with post office closure

Adapting the Postal Service to prosper in the digital age

USPS to hold Tuesday hearing on Bristol plant  



January 23,  2011

Former New York Postmaster Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

Postal Service must realign its network to remain viable

Kansas City, Kansas post office closes for good

Earth Class Mail attempts reboot in Beaverton


January 22,  2011

Postal Review Sought for Bowling Green

Stockton: Postal workers question closure

Cuba halts all mail deliveries to US

Postal trucking contractor guilty in pay case

Virginia: Slow mail deliveries frustrating customers


January 21,  2011

PMG Plans To Streamline Management, Match Workforce To Workload

To help increase service levels, improve USPS flexibility and speed, and meet ever-changing customer needs in the communications marketplace, PMG Pat Donahoe says he plans to streamline postal management, improve customer service, and redesign operations to help control costs.   |


NAPS: The Business Case for Continuing Six-Day Delivery

we see for a host of reasons, perilous problems for the Postal Service should five-day delivery become a reality. These problems involve the precedent that would be set by the potential loss of exclusive access by the Postal Service to mailboxes, the disastrous consequences of delay to mailers and customers in the delivery of time-sensitive parcels and mail, and the vicious downward spiral in mail volume that likely would come about as users of the mail begin to resort to other means of delivery.    |


USPS Early Out Retirement Information 2011?

Last month PMG Patrick Donahoe mentioned that early out retirements and RIFs were coming by March 2011. The following is unverified information floating around the internet.   |


APWU National Officers to Meet in February, Guffey Seeks to Unify Leaders on New Direction - APWU’s national officers will meet in Atlanta for several days in early February, as President Cliff Guffey seeks to move the organization in a new direction. “We must shift the focus of the union away from acting as a grievance machine,” he said. “Leaders at all levels of the organization must get more involved in legislative activities and other union efforts.”  |


The Estimated Cost Of Delivering A First Class Letter

The U.S. Postal Service's accounting is an arcane art, but here's an educated estimate of the costs of delivering a first-class letter. Less than half of the cost is directly attributable to sorting and delivering the letter. The rest goes to the Postal Service's general overhead costs. Even then, it will lose about 4 cents on the transaction as it struggles to meet unfunded obligations to its retirees.  |


Sen. Carper Reacts to USPS Job Cuts

USPS To Cut 7,500 administrative, supervisory and postmaster jobs - Postmaster General Donahoe has a daunting task before him – he must find significant, effective means to streamline the Postal Service and he needs to do it quickly. Current projections show that the Postal Service may be left without the resources necessary to operate by the next holiday season. Major changes must be made so that taxpayers aren't left to bailout this struggling, but salvageable, institution.   |


Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Kent Conrad to Retire in 2012

Lieberman chairs the committee having jurisdiction over the USPS and federal employee benefit. If the Democrats hold on to the Senate majority, either Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) or Senator Tom Carper (D-HI) would become chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  |


USPS To Issue First Of 'All-Forever' Commemorative Stamps

Postal employees raise voices for Petaluma mail center

Postal Service 'Discovers' A Way to Grow Direct Mail


January 20,  2011

How Will Pat Donahoe Change The Postal Service

A new Postmaster General can reflect either a change in business strategy and operating processes or just a change in tone. With less than a week in office, Pat Donahue clearly has created a change in tone. Whether he changes more than the tone and presentation of continuing policies or makes real changes in the direction of the Postal Service set by Jack Potter remains to be seen.  |


PRC Seeks Public Comment on Price Increase Proposed by USPS

Manhattan Block Under Seige by Postal Trucks, Residents Say

Salinas mail move draws fire
Bar code error leads to Social Security check delay
Editorial: Community should fight Post Office closure

Mail service to 45 customers in  Ark., area suspended after Carrier's encounter with gunman

Attempted Abduction of postal worker in White County


January 19,  2011

Postal Worker's Firing For Unauthorized Possession Of Mail Upheld By Appeals Court - The Georgia Mail handler was removed from his position based upon the charge of “improper conduct: unauthorized opening, obstruction, and possession of the mail.” The charge grew out of an incident in which, the Postal Service alleged, Mr. Tompkins removed a camcorder from the mail, possessed it without authorization, and converted it to his own use. The Court upheld MSPB's decision stating that the penalty of removal was entirely reasonable in this case  |


Contract mail carrier faulted for 'extreme laziness',admits to burning mail

Investigators followed Farrell on a route, watching as he spent his day at a tavern before taking the mail to his home and burning it in a fire pit. A search of Farrell's residence uncovered nearly 8,000 letters. Farrell, it turned out, had no malicious reason for keeping the mail. He just didn't feel like doing the work he was paid for.   |


Jobs Outlook: Careers Headed For The Trash Pile -  Postal Workers

"Technology has certainly put postal service mail sorters on the chopping block. After losing almost 57,000 jobs between 2004 and 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects a further 30% decline in this occupation by 2018.According to jobs researcher and author of 2011 Career Plan, Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., this occupation has seen some erosion from increased communication via phone, e-mail and cloud computing. Yet the chief reason for the decline, Shatkin says, is that mail sorting has become mostly automated, and robots are replacing people." |


Imagitas Signs 10 year Contract with US Postal Service

The Mover’s Guide program combines the official USPS Change of Address form with information kits that provide helpful savings for moving-related products and services. MoversGuide Online helps people process a Change of Address and access moving information and coupons online at Since inception of the MoverSource Alliance, the USPS has received more than $300 million in revenue.  |


5 California USPS P&DCs to hold public hearings On Area Mail Processing Study

Senator Collins Files Brief Regarding USPS Requested Rate Increase

Downsizing, Relocations, Benefit Reductions Up Next?

Postal service wants to stop rural delivery to part of the Ocala National Forest
Editorial: Our expensive sponsorship


January 18,  2011

Postmaster General defends the 'Forever Stamp'

The nation's top mailman says he'd like to meet with former House speaker Newt Gingrich to explain the U.S. Postal Service's use of Forever Stamps. Gingrich: last week blasted the use of Forever Stamps, calling them a short-term fix to the mail agency's long-term financial problems that could result in billions of dollars in government assistance. The Postal Service has sold more than 500 million Forever stamps.  |


Two GOP freshmen to handle federal workforce, postal issues

House Republicans are tapping two freshmen to lead congressional oversight of the federal workforce and U.S. Postal Service. The decision places two of Capitol Hill's freshest faces at the center of the debate on legislation to cut the pay and benefits for at least some of the nation's 2.2 million federal employees and to overhaul the beleaguered Postal Service. GOP Chairman Issa Formally Announces House Oversight Subcommittee Structure  |


Editorial: Postal Shoes, Postal Shoes, And More Postal Shoes

Netflix: No more renting DVDs from streaming devices

California: Opposition builds over plan to move Salinas mail-processing center

Tennessee: Dastardly Deed At The East Lake Post Office - And Response


January 17,  2011

Is “Coopetition” a Good Thing for the Postal Service?
USPS OIG Blog - There are a number of other current partnership programs with competitors. The Postal Service acts as a “last mile” partner for both UPS and FedEx, handling thousands of deliveries. Federal Express performs similar duties for the Postal Service providing air service for Postal Service parcels domestically as well as providing international logistics for the Postal Service’s Global Express Guaranteed service. In certain conditions, coopetition can be a “win-win-win”; helping not only the two businesses, but also the consumer. Do you think these partnerships benefit the public through greater efficiencies or hurt the competitive level?   |

PMG Donahoe Appoints New Vice Presidents For Eastern, Northeast Areas

Postal Service considers partial shutdown of Stockton processing facility

Middleville residents want post office back


January 16,  2011

Mail found scattered along Missouri highway

Authorities say mail was found scattered along about 65 miles of area interstates this morning, from Interstate 270 in Maryland Heights to a part of Interstate 55 in Ste. Genevieve County. The Missouri Highway Patrol and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating and retracing the route where mail has been found.   |


Another View: Postal Service is changing to meet marketplace's demands

Tom Rizzo is a corporate spokesman for USPS in Portland - As mail volume declined from 213 billion pieces in 2006 to 177 billion in 2009, we adapted through changes to staffing, means of mail processing and even in looking at our general infrastructure. We reduced costs by at least $1 billion annually for each of the past 10 years yet preserved top-notch service nationwide. And we continue to explore innovative ways to bring the right mix of postal products and services to our customers, in new and creative ways that match the changing needs of digital communications.  |


Post Office Mural raises questions of racial sensitivity

Many people have passed in and out of the post office for years without even noticing the mural. But it has the full attention of Ira Lanier, a native of Columbus who now lives in Colorado. Lanier has launched a one-man campaign to remove the historic mural.


USPS To Hold Public Meeting On Downsizing Of Petaluma Mail Processing Center

Man Robs Chattanooga Post Office, Fondles Postal Workers

Postal Service wants to leave 77-year-old downtown Sacramento site

Mansfield: Picketers oppose plan to close post office

Georgia: Post Office Makes Up For Lost Delivery Days


January 15,  2011

PMG Donahoe wants lines to move faster

 - Postal clerks will stop holding up the line with all those (Mystery Shopper) questions when you mail something. Some questions will still be needed for security reasons, but clerks no longer have to run through a litany of whether each customer wants a return receipt or insurance or other special services. It was like "Do you want fries that that?" Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe said Friday, and it wasted time and slowed lines. USPS Announces Changes To Mystery Shopper Program  |


Alert Mattoon postal carrier brings help to man suffering diabetic seizure

Postal Service announces possible consolidation in Houston

Mail carrier saves man from fire

USPS Contractor Admits Stealing $55,000 in Fuel

USPS sponsors outlined opposition to cheating with anti-doping clause In Armstrong Contract

Asheville postal workers convicted of false claims

January 14,  2011

 Donahoe Sworn In as 73rd Postmaster General of the United States

Pledging to return the Postal Service to profitability and continue to provide high levels of customer service, Donahoe announced a new partnership with eBay as part of a renewed push to generate much needed revenue and the expansion of the Forever Stamp program for customer convenience.  Donahoe Appoints New Vice Presidents For Eastern, Northeast Areas  |


OSHA: DBCS Machines Pose Risk to Workers’ Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has hit the Postal Service with another unwelcome finding: Delivery Bar Code Sorter machines pose a direct risk to workers’ health, and there is a “general lack of understanding about the hazards and injuries” associated with the equipment among postal managers.  archive: NIOSH Reports On DBCS at Denver Postal Facility  |Comments (45)


USPS To Cut 7,500 Positions, 10 Districts, 2,000 Postmasters

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports on Twitter that Postmaster General Pat Donahoe plans to cut about 7,500 jobs and about 2,000 postmasters, or the people responsible for running post offices.  Incoming postmaster general promises cuts  |


USPS Spent $32 Million to Sponsor Lance Armstrong's Pro Cycling Team

One man wages a humble war against an army of unwanted mail

Letter carrier saves man, 96, from Lexington blaze

The Elephant Has Ears: Some Good News For Mailers Along With the Rate Hikes

USPS to Raise Catalog Rates by 1%

Norway Post to launch digital mailbox

Picketing over job cuts at Petaluma postal center

OHIO: USPS blamed for late utility bills

USPS to Raise Catalog Rates by 1%
Mail delivery almost back to normal
Stockton postal operation could shift northward
Thieves hit Postal Service collection box
The Plight of the Portsmouth Postal Carrier


January 13,  2011

Unions push back against deficit commission

Fifteen federal and employment groups sent a letter to the White House Jan. 13 condemning proposed cuts to federal benefits and pay. One of the most powerful groups to sign the letter is the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU). NTEU is the nation's largest independent federal union. The letter, addressed to President Obama on the behalf of "the 4.6 million federal and postal workers and annuitants represented by the national member organizations of the Federal-Postal Coalition" stated that the cuts are unwarranted, unfair and harmful to workers and the country as a whole. Federal-Postal Coalition Letter    |


Postal Unions Urge Obama To Fix USPS Pension Overfunding

The APWU and other postal unions and management associations have asked President Barack Obama to take “immediate action to save almost 100,000 good, middle-class jobs and stabilize the financial condition” of the Postal Service. NAPUS Urges President Obama to Recalculate Postal Pension Liability   |


Postmaster General Reaches Out to Business Mailers

New Postal Service Pricing Announced - Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe today signaled a new direction in continuing to improve customer relations within the mailing industry by consulting with industry representatives on the effective date for new prices and by relaxing some guidelines on implementing Intelligent Mail services. New prices would become effective on April 17. Postal Service to Adjust Prices  |


Debunking the Forever Stamp Meme

In a recent commentary, Newt Gingrich: repeated a mistaken understanding of the Postal Service's business and the impact that the forever stamp will have on Postal Service finances. According to the latest polls, Newt Gingrich is one of the top four contenders for the Republican nomination for President so his comments on the Postal Service need to be taken seriously as they will influence the debate among Republicans about the future of the Postal Service.  |


Historic mailbox apparently stolen

Sacramento women convicted of assaulting mail carrier
Good News for Junk-Mail Senders

Authorities Looking For Man Who Broke Into La Crescenta Post Office

Siemens and Swiss Post collaborate on the merging of physical mail and electronic mail

USPS Expands Hold For Pickup Service

January 12,  2011

Lobbyists – Business Group Hires Former Postmaster General Potter

In the annual State of American Business address on Tuesday, Jan. 11, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Donohue said he expects the economy to grow by 3.2 percent this year. Working on multiple fronts, Donahue announced a new project, headed by former Postmaster General of the United States Jack Potter, to open up global supply chains and logistics for American companies.  |


Senator Susan Collins Seeks Reforms To Federal Workers Comp Program

Senator Susan Collins Calls For Review Of Federal Workers Comp Program -Senator Collins suspects some recipients gaming the system, seeks reforms to bring overly generous federal system in line with states.  |


Gingrich: Forever Stamps Setting Stage For Future Taxpayer Bailout Of USPS - Former Congressman throws in his solution to USPS problems - The Post Office will try to use any short term increase in sales from these forever stamps to solve their immediate fiscal problems. But if the Post Office is already having trouble operating at full capacity with current prices, imagine how difficult it will be to do so in five or ten years after inflation has pushed their costs up AND they are selling even fewer stamps because so many people already purchased them in the past. If the Post Office really wants to solve its fiscal challenges, it needs to engage in the difficult work of reforming its operating procedures, including its suffocating and costly union work rules like “standby time.”  |

USPS To Test Greeting Cards Using Prepaid Postage

California: Mailboxes Overflowing At Napa Post Office

Authentidate Allows USPS Electronic Postmark Contract To Expire


January 11,  2011

FedEx Is Again USPS’s Largest Supplier For 8th Straight Year

FedEx transports Express, Priority and First Class Mail, and earned postal revenues of $1.373(corrected) billion in fiscal 2010. While at the top of the list, FedEx’s postal revenues declined from a high point of over $1.6 billion. Another postal competitor, United Parcel Service (UPS) , is the Postal Service's 12th (corrected) largest postal supplier, earning $95 million in revenue - a $12 million increase from last year.  |


OSHA: USPS Fails to Keep Proper Record of Injury and Illness

Problem May be ‘Pervasive’ - OSHA slammed the USPS again for safety violations — this time for under-recording workplace injuries and illnesses. In recent months, OSHA found 242 instances of recordkeeping violations during inspections of 10 postal facilities   |


USPS OIG Seeking Contractor To Renovate Its Headquarters For $5 Million

The USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) plans to issue a Firm Fixed Price Contract for a multi-phased Office Renovation to their Headquarters facility . The work includes all labor and materials necessary to complete the renovations in accordance with USPS OIG approved specifications and drawings. The estimated cost of the project is between $4.8 million and $5.6 million, with construction completion within 365 calendar days from receipt of notice to proceed for the total project.   |


NLRB: NPMHU Entitled to Test Scores of New Hires

A Local NPMHU President requested “the register listing for those candidates qualified for hiring,” and specifying that “[t]he listing should include the veteran employees as well as non-veterans and their position in the roster.” The Union President sent this request because several bargaining-unit employees, who were veterans of the armed forces, had raised concerns that several nonveterans had been hired before them, even though the veterans had applied much earlier than the nonveterans. The NLRB ruled that USPS violated the NRLA by failing to furnish the Union with the requested information.  |


Postal union president argues against mail consolidation

Can We Deconstruct This Postal “Restructuring”?
Postal truck driver admits guilt in jogger’s death


January 10,  2011

APWU: Despite Mounting Frustration, Contract Talks Continue

Although the union is “increasingly frustrated” at the slow pace of contract negotiations, bargaining is continuing, APWU President Cliff Guffey has announced. After briefing the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee on Jan. 4 and 5, members of the union’s negotiating team held discussions with their management counterparts on Jan. 6 and 7. “It remains to be seen whether management negotiators are willing to make the commitment necessary to reach a negotiated settlement,” Guffey said.   |


Editorial: Costly loophole should be closed

Some Lynchburg mail operations may move to Roanoke
Death of Florida man ends 100 years of family service at post office
Tennessee carrier pleads guilty to mail theft, drug possession
Letter to the editor: Postal politics


January 09,  2011

Postal Workers Upset With USPS Following Incendiary Letter Incidents

Post office employees say it took 45 minutes before police stepped in and evacuated the facility on V Street, SE. "An employee yelled out that a package exploded. I was probably about 25 feet away from him and all I can think of is getting my coat and warning everyone on the way out," said James Pickett, postal worker. But Pickett says other postal employees weren't able to follow him out the door. Fiery package in DC triggers memories of anthrax | Shaken workers return to postal plant | Suspicious packages revive postal worker fears   |


USPS Not Paying New Jersey Postal Employees For Missing Work Due To Snowstorm

From a NJ NALC steward - Postal employees from the Cranford, New Jersey postal facility were told that they would not be paid Administrative Leave  (Acts Of God) for Monday's (December 27, 2010) snowstorm. The employees were told to use their personal leave to be excused for that day. The decision not to pay postal employees Administrative leave came down from the USPS District Office. I know most Post Offices in the Union County (New Jersey) area did not get Administrative Leave. But I believe it goes as far as Monmouth County to Bergen County (New Jersey).  |

Virginia: Residents frustrated by mail delays


January 08,  2011

The Handwritten Letter, an Art All but Lost, Thrives in Prison


January 07,  2011

USPS To Offer Early Retirement

“As we continue our restructuring, we anticipate that a reduction in force (RIF) and a voluntary early retirement (VER) process will be initiated by the end of this fiscal quarter,” said Donahoe. source: USPS News Link Extra  |


Postmaster General Restructures U.S. Postal Service

A 16 percent reduction to the officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units and closing one Area office are among steps taken today by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to create a leaner, faster, smarter U.S. Postal Service. "Today's actions and announcements are the beginning of a much larger process that will involve every organization within the Postal Service," said Donahoe. see new USPS senior management structure  | USPS will close southeast Memphis office, affecting 120 employees  |


Package ignites at D.C. postal facility

A package that ignited at a D.C. postal facility on Friday is similar to two incendiary devices that were opened in Maryland, an FBI spokesperson says. D.C. Police say one package ignited at the V Street annex of the Brentwood Post Office in the 3300 block of V Street in Northeast around 2:45 p.m. Friday.

USPS Issues Safety Talk |


NAPS Legislative Update: What to Expect from the New Congress?

Postal and Federal employees will be in the cross-hairs of proposed budget cuts -- trimming jobs and rolling back retirement and health benefits. Look for more information from NAPS on these issues in the days ahead and what you can do.  |


Congressman's letter to Postmaster General takes more than two weeks to arrive

A formal response to a Congressman's request for a comment period extension on a proposal to close Oshkosh's mail processing facility has not been issued because it took more than two weeks for his letter to reach the Postmaster General's office in the same city. U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's letter asking Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to extend the period was mailed from his Washington, D.C., office on Dec. 14 and received in Donahoe's Washington office on Dec. 30, according to the Congressman's staff.    |


Cutting Post Offices Retail Hours part of USPS's cost-savings plan

 Carl Walton, a spokesman for the USPS, said Thursday that many offices in the Raleigh area and across the country are cutting hours of operation by an hour in an effort to reduce operating costs. Walton said that closing branches for about an hour each day will help save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The move was based on a two-year study that found there were periods throughout the day where customer traffic was drastically low.   |


PRC Seeks Public Comment for Its Annual Review of Postal Service Performance

USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes Make Their Debut

Vets angry over medications stolen from mail

PRC to Hold Public Forum on Improving U.S. Postal Laws

Some Lafayette postal jobs will move to Kokomo
Postal Service weighing new cutbacks in Oxnard


January 06,  2011

Best and Worst Jobs

Mail Carrier #174 out of 200- CareerCast rated 200 jobs based on income, working environment, stress, physical demands and job outlook, using data from the Labor Dept. and U.S. Census and researchers' own expertise.  |


Ohio Senator Urges USPS to Rethink Closure of Madison Township Postal Station

Full Service Intelligent Mail: The Cornerstone to the Success of the Mailing Industry? I Beg To Differ

South Dakota carrier wins Postal Service Hero Award

Postal Problems: People in the East Village aren't ready to say goodbye to their local post office

Undelivered mail found a second time


January 05,  2011

USPS To Sell 'Gift Cards' At Post Offices

The Postal Service has given notice to the Postal Regulatory Commission  it intends to conduct a test of an experimental product: Gift Cards. This product will provide postal customers with the ability to purchase a card loaded with a specified sum of money, which can be sent as a gift through the mail. The test will begin on or after May 1, 2011.   |


Thousands Of Postal Employees To See Social Security Tax Decrease Starting January 7 - The Social Security tax rate change will be reflected in Jan. 7, 2011 paychecks. The reduced Social Security withholding will have no effect on the employee’s future Social Security benefits |

Suspended Bangor Postmaster rejected for first-offender program

USPS Board Of Governors To Meet In Closed Session Jan. 10 and Jan. 11

Tennessee mail carrier under investigation for theft of VA mail

Probe finds Amazon used wrong postal rates


January 04,  2011

Postal Supervisor arrested for allegedly hitting postal employee

 A 38-year-old Postal Worker is scheduled to appear in Cook County Court on Feb. 9 after allegedly hitting another postal employee in the face during an argument at work. Police said the woman, who is also a supervisor, was arrested for battery after allegedly hitting another employee in the face with her hand during an argument.  |


Letter carrier says Lima (Ohio) mail is a mess

The Cincinnati District closed the Lima mail processing and distributing facility in October, moving all mail handling for the 458 ZIP code area to Toledo. The move and miscalculations in mail volume and staffing levels led to countless delivery problems and delays, including lost mail, late charges on bills and delayed medication.  |


Did Issa Provide an Entry for Postal Reform?

Courier, Express and Postal Observer - According to Politico, Congressman Darrell Issa sent letters to more than 150 trade associations, companies and think tanks last month requesting a list of existing and proposed regulations that would harm job growth. Postal regulations should be included on this list as Postal regulations and law affect nearly 8.5 million jobs in the United States with over 90% of all jobs in the private sector. This effort now is critical as it does not appear that Congressman Issa has included postal issues among his top priorities for investigations as the new Congress convenes." |


OIG: USPS Fails to Justify 19 Types of ‘Worksharing’ Discounts for Big Mailers

Gas leak in Watertown nauseates postal workers

USPS plans to move some services from Industry to Santa Ana

USPS to conduct new study of mail processing operations in Utica

United States Postal Service plans to close Roseto office

Capitol Heights post office closing in Montgomery

Postal Service hearing on Fort Smith facility postponed

Postal Service may whittle Petaluma mail center

Husband pleads not guilty in death of wife/Alabama District Manager
USPS won't rebuild Healdsburg's post office
West Virginia Congressman derides Postal Service consolidation decision

Top 10 Postal Stories of 2010

The post-Christmas post office push

Two arrested after postal vehicles 'tagged' in Easton


January 03,  2011

APWU Frustrated by Lack of Progress in Contract Talks

“I am increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress in contract talks,” Guffey said. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was set to expire on Nov. 20, 2010, has been extended, and numerous meetings and discussions have been held since then, the union president noted. “However, six weeks later, management negotiators seem unwilling to make the commitment necessary to reach a negotiated settlement,” he said.   |


Will Congress order changes at the US Postal Service?

Washington Post - Postal reform could be the sleeper issue of the year -- and a politically tricky one. (Which lawmaker wants to become the champion of closing post offices?) But make no mistake: This is the year the Postal Service will really run out of money -- unless Congress seriously addresses postal reform. Pensions are ballooning, mail volume and revenues are plummeting and -- most perilous of all -- a $15 billion line of credit with the U.S. Treasury dries up this year. Two substantive legislative proposals are on the table and after years of avoiding the issue, it appears Congress will have to deliver a serious solution in 2011.   |


Closing of post office upsets residents of Capitol Heights

Postal contractor accused of taking money meant for workers’ comp premiums

Buy These Stamps, and Forget About Rate Increases


January 02,  2011

Tupelo mail consolidation approaches second deadline

Another mail drop box is target of arson

Five-day delivery would be mistake

Two longtime postal workers to hang up uniforms for good

Mail Thieves Targeting Apartment Cluster Mail Boxes


January 01,  2011

Prediction for 2011 from Fox Business News

Courier, Express and Postal Observer-  Charles Payne made the following prediction on the Fox Business News website. "UPS and FedEx will enter into a bidding war for the Unites States Postal Service. The deal is close, but unions balk." The prediction provides another illustration of how difficult it will be to fix the Postal Service, when commentators are paid to make statements that have no basis in reality.  |


USPS Consolidations/Closings On Hold During Transition To New PMG?

The Delaware Station post office in New York, presumed doomed as part of a national postal service consolidation, has won at least a temporary reprieve. The Delaware Avenue mail facility, one of scores targeted for closure, was not shuttered for good Friday as planned but instead will stay open until further notice while the U.S. Postal Service transitions to a new postmaster general, spokeswoman Maureen Marion said Some post office closures delayed  |


Census Bureau Selects FedEx Over USPS - In barely a month, the Census Bureau will begin sending states details collected in the 2010 Census, enumerating inhabitants down to the block
level. But in a theatrical touch, the data will be delivered overland to the states the day before it's made public, mostly via Federal Express. "They've got very good tracking and next-day delivery," McCully said of the selection of FedEx over the U.S. Postal Service, which will be tasked with delivering census data to Indian reservations.


3 postal carriers retire after combined 111 years of service

Houston P&DC Mail Consolidation (PDF)

Postmaster Decides not to Move Mailboxes

A Hidden World Inside New York's Great Post Office

New York: Congressman sends message on Albany  post office closure