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Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings
2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 3rd

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

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

 

US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex


NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’- The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 . NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process Comments (Count)

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

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

 

Video: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “ The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  Comments (Count)

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

USPS seeking Reduction in Force (RIF) Administrator

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

USPS proposes to revise rules to involve communities more when relocating post offices - Under the proposed rule, the Postal Service will continue to notify communities and officials, and to solicit and consider input regarding proposals to relocate retail services or to add a new retail services facility. (10/29/14) Comments (Count)

Postal Service begins expanding into 1500 Staples

When the Postal Service said in July that it was not going ahead with the Staples pilot, the APWU called the announcement a “ruse.” "This attempt at trickery shows that the 'Don't Buy Staples' movement is having an effect,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business.” It looks like Mr. Dimondstein was right. The Postal Service may have retreated from the pilot to put mini-post offices in 82 Staples, but it is going right ahead with expanding into 1,500 Staples, just under a different program. Within a few weeks, a sign like the one in the Second Avenue Staples store will be showing up in Staples across the country.(10/29/14) Comments (Count)

APWU: Plans Taking Shape for National Day of Action

Plans are taking shape for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, when members of the four postal unions and supporters will send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail.  (10/29/14) Comments (Count)

Evansville, IN Postal Manager charged with stealing veterans prescription drugs - A grand jury in Indiana has indicted a Manager of District Operations (MDO) at the Evansville, Indiana Mail Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) on charges of stealing prescription pain medication addressed to veterans in Indiana and Kentucky. (10/29/14) Comments (Count)

USPS OIG Report Reveals Wider Monitoring of Mail in U.S.

The audit found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization. Video: How the Postal Service is helping monitor snail mail  | Tracking the Postal Surveillance System(10/28/14) Comments (Count)

Frenemies: UPS, FedEx & the Post Office

If you are anything like me, you may have thought to yourself, “If the Post Office goes under, I’ll just ship things via UPS/FedEx. What’s the big deal?”  (10/28/14) Comments (Count)

APWU, USPS Settle Custodial Subcontracting Dispute

The APWU and Postal Service have reached an agreement that prohibits management from subcontracting cleaning services based on an employee’s voluntarily transfer from an office where USPS custodians are employed. (10/28/14) Comments (Count)

Expect Mail Delays After Closure of USPS Mail Processing Center in Tucson, AZ

In a report, the office of the inspector general wrote that the service didn’t study how service would be affected, or adequately inform the public of its plans. Sarah Ninivaggi, a public relations representative with the Postal Service, said the closures will go ahead, but impact studies – including one on Cherrybell – will be conducted starting in January. Overnight Delivery To Come To An End with Postal Service Changes   (10/28/14) Comments (Count)

USPS: Steps Postal Employees should take responding to customer complaints

There are several steps employees should take to address customer complaints about USPS products and services. “How we respond to our customers matters,” said Consumer and Industry Affairs VP Jim Nemec. “They deserve to have their concerns handled in an appropriate, professional and timely manner. This demonstrates we value their business.”  (10/28/14) Comments (Count)

Video: Tireless Columbus, OH Postal Worker Retiring After 58 Years on the Job

Moses Jamison has worked with the US Postal Service in Columbus for 58 years. Jamison says in that time, he’s seen just about anything you can imagine being shipped.  (10/28/14) Comments (Count)

Company files layoff notice for 261 employees at USPS Bolger Center in Maryland - Dolce International, the hospitality company that manages the U.S. Postal Service-owned conference center, filed notice of the layoffs on Oct 22nd. (10/27/14) Comments (Count)
GAO: U.S. Postal Service: Information on Recent Changes to Delivery Standards, Operations, and Performance - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) revised its delivery standards, which has generally increased delivery time for some First-Class Mail and Periodicals from 1 day to 2 days, notably by reducing mail with a 1-day standard. Carper: New GAO Report Finds Cuts to Operations, Service Delay Mail Delivery (10/27/14) Comments (Count)

eNAPUS: Elections Really Matter!

With slightly more than a week before the November 4 Congressional elections, it is abundantly clear that political ground zero will be the fight to control the U.S. Senate.  (10/27/14) Comments (Count)

NALC election results announced

The National Election Committee, appointed at the 2014 NALC Biennial Convention in Philadelphia to conduct the election of national officers of the NALC for four-year terms, has announced the results of the election. NALC President Fredric Rolando and Executive Vice President Timothy C. O’Malley were re-elected following the nationwide vote.  (10/27/14) Comments (Count)

USPS Executive Q&A: Postal Service is operationally profitable but still needs Congress - Jeff Williamson, chief human resource officer and executive vice president for the Postal Service, was in Madison recently where he met with commercial customers from some area businesses. He took time after the meeting to answer a few questions.  (10/26/14) Comments (Count)
UPS might levy surcharges or turn away packages if retailers exceed holiday shipping quotas - UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.   (10/26/14) Comments (Count)

Sale of Berkeley Post Office Rumored to Be in Escrow: City Initiates Lawsuit

California: The name of the purchaser is still secret, although there have been rumors that it is a Berkeley developer. Berkeley has not been informed by the USPS who the purchaser may be  (10/24/14) Comments (Count)

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APWU: Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period, New Leave Year

 

 

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October 29,  2014

Ex-firefighter sentenced to two months in jail for racially charged attack on mailman

 

October 28,  2014

USPS: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Ohio: Postal LLV flipped on its side after being rear-ended

USPS Board Of Governors meeting on Nov. 14th open to public

USPS OIG investigating theft of Dayton mail by contracted truck driver

 

October 27,  2014

The USPS Studies Potential Income Growth Posed by 3D Printing

Iowa postmaster charged with stealing prescription drugs from mail

 

October 26,  2014

Suspicious envelopes found at Florida Post Office

How FedEx is trying to save the business model that saved it millions

 

October 25,  2014

Photos: Letter carrier, wearing gloves and masks, delivers to apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer in New York

USPS Hiring in Washington State and Northern Idaho

Auditor warns of mail delays in Tucson
North Houston Post Office Burglarized

Campaigns look to more cost-effective direct mail options

 

October 24,  2014

Tennessee postal employee sentenced to prison for stealing meds from Vets

The mail handler stole thousands of dollars in medication from Armed Forces veterans throughout the region. The mail handler was also stealing items from parcels. In other 'people who are going to prison news' Three Houston Men Head to Prison for Robbery of Postal Vehicle - Inside man: The men pleaded guilty or found guilty for planning the robbery of a contract postal vehicle. The three men had received information that the vehicle contained more than $2 million in cash and valuables. NJ postal worker helps with second case against man charged with mailing fraudulent invoices to over 73,000 schools and colleges   Comments (Count)

 

Major postal centers hiring in Dakotas and Montana

Canada converts 100,000 customers to cluster boxes, only 4.9 million to go

Postal unions continue fight plant-closure battle in Kokomo, IN

Small post office in Washington State searching for new postmaster

Winter Fun and Global Wreath Forever Stamps Celebrate Holiday Mailings

Postal Service Truck Hits Woman in Wheelchair

 

October 23,  2014

USPS gets approval for ‘customized delivery’ market test of groceries, other prepackaged goods - On September 23, 2014, the Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announcing its intent to conduct a market test of an experimental product called Customized Delivery. Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window.   Comments (Count)

 

FMLA confidentiality provisions supersede OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements In a recent decision, the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission held that the confidentiality provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) supersede OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements Comments (Count)

 

Video: Mail theft in Denver caught on camera

Police have arrested a woman who is believed to have been stealing mail in the Highlands area 

 

Pennsylvania postmaster sentenced for stealing mail, money

USPS: Customers should know the facts about COA services

Pit bull breaks through screen door, attacks female postal worker in Chicago suburb

Postmaster General Wins Dubious Publishing Honor

Final Coburn 'Wastebook' Hits Postal Service

Shandon residents say issues with the mail have gotten out of control

Iowa post office building at risk of collapse after construction accident

 

October 22,  2014

Updated with video: PMG discusses Election Mail, packages in latest video

“We can expect to see heavy volume right up until Election Day. So we’ve got to stay with it,” Donahoe says.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Baby boy found abandoned in SW Houston post office lobby

A baby boy is now in Child Protection Service custody, after he was found in a post office lobby in southwest Houston, Texas.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal, Federal Retirees to get 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for 2015

The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) affects payments to over 70 million federal, postal retirees, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients, or about one fifth of the country.    Comments (Count)

 

APWU to Harvard President: Stop Staples Deal or Quit Board

The APWU has placed a full-page ad in The Harvard Crimson calling on Harvard University President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” from Staples board where she earns $300,000    Comments (Count)

 

USPS Photo: 1.2 billion miles driven by letter carriers, truck drivers each year

Postal Clerk pleads guilty to stealing prescription drugs from mail, burglarizing post office

Postal Employees urged to report suspected contract fraud to USPS OIG

Target Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Items until Dec 20th

Teens to prison for mail carrier assault

 

October 21,  2014

Postal Inspectors video: Vehicle of Interest in the Tyson Barnette 2013 murder

The US Postal Inspection Service needs your help 

 

Over 200 postal facilities to participate in new USPS National Recycling program Over 200 postal facilities to participate in new National Recycling program - USPS assigned duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians.  

 

Raw video: Porch camera captures package theft

the suspect grabs the package and runs. The thief didn't even seem to notice the camera.

 

Staples probing possible payment card data breach

Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations in the Northeastern United States are currently dealing with a data breach.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Hero: Rural Carrier David Zimmerman, Shortsville, NY

Fumes from package at Humble Post Office send 7 workers to hospital

The election traffic jam in San Francisco mailboxes

Video: USPS Apologizes For Declaring Man Dead

Postal employees hope public pressure delays or blocks USPS plans to move Roanoke processing to Greensboro

 

October 20,  2014

Video: 15,000 postal service jobs could disappear

Republican attack against the United States Postal Service grows, as the do-nothing Congress down make your mail delivery significantly slower. Ed Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders discuss Comments (Count)

 

Postal News: How to Get Away with Destroying America’s Heritage

Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door mail delivery

NPMHU: Postal Unions Call for National Day of Action

Post Office in Corpus Christi, TX Closed

West Virginia PMR sentenced for theft of postal funds

Stamps.com Aquires E-Commerce Software Company Shipworks

Royal Mail to recruit 19,000 people to help with Christmas rush

Ohio letter carrier helps injured woman

Sold American: An inventory of USPS disposed properties, 2009-2014

Postal clerks jobs uncertain after consolidation

USPS Proposing Relocation Of Marina Del Rey Branch Post Office

Dead Tree Edition: Google Loves Print, This We Know, For Its Guidelines Tell Us So

New City Having Trouble Getting Respect From USPS

Postal Retiree Pursues Lifelong Dream at 71

Ebola and your job description

Canada Post begins cutting mail delivery to homes

 

October 19,  2014

Oakland APWU Local Strikes Back at Abusive Postal Supervisor

The APWU Oakland Local #78 took the unusual step of launching an office-wide petition against Tour 1 Postal Supervisor. The petition, which has more than 100 signatures, details years of unacceptable conduct.  Comments (Count)

 

Famous Postal Workers

Village Post Office Coming to New Beaver

No traditional mailboxes for new subdivisions

Truck slams into Needham, MA post office

Animal control officers rescue mailman from menacing pit bull

USPS DMM Revision: Hold For Pickup Service Expanded to Additional Products

 

October 18,  2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 17, 2014

Suspicious package meant to steal mail

 

October 17,  2014

Idaho mother claims mail carrier won’t deliver medical supplies for terminally ill infant - KXLY contacted the post office and they said the mail carrier claims the landlord has a restraining order against him so he can't go near the property.  Comments (Count)

 

OPM final rule on Temporary Feds Health Care benefits exclude USPS non-career employees - OPM is issuing a final rule to modify eligibility for enrollment under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to certain temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees who are identified as full-time employees. This regulation will allow newly eligible Federal employees to enroll no later than January 2015.  Comments (Count)

 

Congresswoman asks PMG to reconsider plant consolidations of 82 facilities without public input The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter Norton sent to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe that asks him to reconsider the consolidation of more than 80 mail-processing centers in January 2015 that will delay First-Class and other mail delivery, without public input.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Cops catch four suspected thieves in Albuquerque area mailbox vandalisms - Four suspects are behind bars in connection to a rash of mailbox vandalisms around the Albuquerque metro. USPS was replacing 10 cluster mailboxes a day in Albuquerque area.

 

Massachusetts Postal Worker charged with stealing over $2,500 from the mail

Overloaded electrical circuits sparks small fire at Muskogee, OK post office

Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City

Video: Postal Service Battles Illegal Drug Shipments

Two Ohio mail carriers facing mail theft charges

 

 

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