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

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

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

 

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

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

USPS to resume consolidations next year for up to 82 facilities

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

 

Editorial: USPS Gearing Up for Contract Talks

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

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

 

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

Editorial: Traps in the Pittman vs. USPS EEO Settlement

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

 

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,

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30 Members of California House Delegation Urge PMG To Reject USPS-Staples Pilot Program -

 Staples Protest is not just about the jobs of postal workers; it’s saving middle-class jobs  Comments (Count)


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

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Two Men Charged in Robbery and Shooting of Postal Truck Driver in Georgia -  Comments (Count)
USPS lost over $1 billion with prefunding for Jan 2014; operations income $122 million without - . Comments (Count)

North Dakota Senator Asks GAO to Conduct Study on USPS Service Standards

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USPS Jobs among list of occupations with bleak future

Overall employment of Postal Service workers is projected to decline 28 percent from 2012 to 2022. Automated sorting systems, cluster mailboxes, and tight budgets will adversely affect employment.   Comments (Count)


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

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

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UPS sued for overcharging customers and Fedex sued for shipping untaxed cigarettes - Comments (Count)
Postal worker catches twin baby boys tossed from a burning third-floor apartment in Bronx  Comments (Count)
PRC Approves USPS Request for Exigent Rate Increase; Rejects Permanent Price Increases -  Comments (Count

Editorial: USPS New Night Rider Policy

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  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

BBB says USPS Priority Mail $50 Insurance ads misleading

When the U.S. Postal Service advertises that its Priority Mail service comes with $50 of insurance included, you might assume that it comes with, well, $50 of insurance. But that’s not always the case, and the National Advertising Division (NAD) has asked the Postal Service to make more clear the limitations and exclusions. (7/29/14) Comments (Count)

Mailing Company Employee Admits To Stealing 2,031 Containers worth over $2.8 Million From USPS - The U.S. Postal Service used and stored mail transport equipment, including large aluminum carts known as over-the-road containers. Muir worked for a private mailer company located in Baltimore, driving a box truck.(7/29/14) 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). Backhaul recycling is transporting recyclables such as mixed paper to P&DCs in properly placarded empty mail transport equipment (MTE).  (7/28/14) Comments (Count)

USPS employees warned of discount FEGLI policies

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) reports it has received complaints from federal agencies that certain private life insurance companies and sales agents have been marketing products that promise discounts on FEGLI premiums. Some have claimed to be OPM approved. (7/29/14) 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.  (7/28/14) 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,   (7/28/14) 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.  (7/28/14) Comments (Count)

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.  (7/27/14) 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?  (7/27/14)
 
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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.  (7/26/14)

Retired Letter Carrier still working hard at 102 years old

Retired Letter Carrier still working hard at 102 years old. He retired from the postal service on Dec. 31, 1979. Loren Wade attributed his longevity to staying active. Wow! Wade has been retired almost 35 yrs. I don't recall reading about any postal worker with that many years of retirement.  (7/26/14)

Former Lawmaker Says USPS has no clout on Hill

The member of Congress who wrote the 2006 law that has been widely blamed for the United States Postal Service’s financial crisis is defending that act but warning that lawmakers are unlikely to come quickly to the agency’s rescue.  (7/25/14) Comments (Count)

USPS awards HP 10-year managed printer services contract worth up to $275 million - HP has been awarded a contract by the United States Postal Service for Managed Print Services, unmanaged printers and supplies (except paper) .   (7/25/14) Comments (Count)

Letter to the Editor: The Life of A Postal Support Employee (PSE)

I’m a Postal Support Employee at name and postal facility withheld upon request. It seems this position is merely an effective way of underpaying and overworking people unbeknownst to the crooked policies of the USPS  (7/25/14) Comments (Count)

Senate Hearing on USPS Board Of Governors Nominees July 30th

James C. Miller III, Stephen Crawford, David Michael Bennett, Victoria Reggie Kennedy to be a Governor, U.S. Postal Service.  (7/23/14) Comments (Count)

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July 30, 2014

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

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 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 25, 2014

Postal Worker stole mail, owned business selling bootlegged DVDs while on workers comp - A U.S. Postal Service worker from Bellmawr allegedly stole mail and ran an unincorporated business that sold bootlegged DVDs, authorities say.David Lodi, 55, also failed to report earning income from his business while he collected workers compensation for an alleged injury. Comments (Count)

 

July 24, 2014

Rep. Richmond Introduces Bill to Expand USPS to Include Basic Financial Services - Today, Rep. Richmond (LA-02) introduced a bill that would expand access to basic financial services to millions of Americans and provide a venerable and struggling American institution an opportunity to generate billions of dollars in revenue.  Comments (Count)

 

Military Mail Changes Will Save $4 Million Annually, Official Says

Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office.  Comments (Count)

 

Maryland Mailman pleads guilty to stealing and destroying over 20,000 pieces of mail

Mail carrier robbed of mailbox keys in North Miami by 2 men

Mail truck and minivan collide spreading mail across a Duluth, MN roadway

USPS: Retirement readiness

Despite outcry, historic Greenport mailbox is taken down

Youngstown mailman believes a bullet struck his truck

City, state, federal officials will fight plan to send Lexington mail to Louisville, Knoxville

Editorial: Make sure residents aren't left holding mailbag

 

July 23, 2014

APWU Delegates Take It to the Streets: ‘The U.S. Mail Is Not for Sale’

Thousands of convention delegates and postal supporters, including leaders of the Chicago Teachers Union, protested the privatization of the USPS at a Staples store in the Chicago Loop on Tuesday. Mail Handlers President Hegarty Addresses Delegates at the APWU 2014 National Convention  | Hundreds of postal workers protest at Chicago Staples over outsourcing | President Mark Dimondstein: It’s Time to Stand Up and Fight Back Comments (Count)

 

California Postal Inspector Indicted on Mail Theft also facing drug trafficking charge - A once-renowned U.S. postal inspector has been indicted on charges he rifled through damaged mail and stole valuable items over a two-year span, and also for a separate count of marijuana trafficking, according to federal authorities. The Postal inspector was in the process of allegedly stealing mail when being honored as "Federal Employee of the Year"  Comments (Count)

 

Customers stood up by USPS at POStPlan meeting in Wausau

The results of that survey were to be discussed at a meeting scheduled by the USPS for Thursday, July 17, at Wausau Town Hall. Comments (Count)

 

VSE’s Wheeler Bros. Awarded $2.9 Million USPS Shelving Kits Contract for use in LLVs

Elwood residents put up fight about postal hours changing

Shock probation granted for former Kentucky postmaster

Smoke forces hundreds to evacuate hotel hosting NALC Convention

USPS: Election and Political Campaign Mail regulations

Hours at numerous post offices in Bradford County to be reduced

An open letter to the U.S. Postal Service

USPS OIG: Package Services: Ready, Set, Grow!

 

July 22, 2014

USPS OIG Audit: City Letter Carriers Returning After 5.P.M.- Capital District

The U.S. Postal Service’s goal is for 95 percent of city letter carriers to return from street operations before 5 p.m. Meeting this target would ensure the Postal Service collects, distributes, and delivers the mail on time. Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Going wireless? Be careful using free Wi-Fi hot spots

USPS Richmond District opens 21st Village Post Office

Editorial: Time to privatize mail service

All aboard! Former KC Southern postal car to get new home

Brilliant Frugal Living: The fabulously frugal USPS

Family Without Mail For Months, In Need Of New Mailbox

 

July 21, 2014

APWU Convention Delegates Pass Resolution Calling For Resignation of PMG Donahoe - Video: Dump The Postmaster General - After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal, and a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”  APWU National Convention Gets Underway -Delegates to the APWU National Convention are ready for action after several days of pre-convention workshops and conferences. Thousands to Protest Staples in Chicago Loop Against Shift by USPS of Postal Service | UK postal union officer addresses APWU Convention  Comments (Count)

 

Carpenters to picket letter-carriers' convention

Union carpenters shut out of work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center picketed the facility Friday and said they will protest every day next week when the National Association of Letter Carriers union (NALC) holds its convention.The protest will put unionized letter carriers in the position of deciding whether to cross a picket line to attend convention sessions.   Comments (Count)

 

Tennessee Man Sentenced To Prison For $330,000 Counterfeit Postage Scheme

 

July 20, 2014

FedEx wants PRC to 'blunt' USPS advantage in shipping war

It appears Fedex is not happy with proposals by the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”), filed on July 1, 2014, to sharply reduce Priority Mail rates for middle-weight packages and increase prices for low-weight retail packages."   Comments (Count)

 

UPS expands early morning delivery coverage

North Dakota postmaster to plead guilty in USPS emergency salary checks fraud

Senator Jon Tester introduces bill to increase price of Duck Stamps

This week in the war on workers: Is Staples really getting out of the postal privatization game?

Robbery at Kingdom City MO Post Office

Letter carriers arrive for convention with worries for future

 

July 19, 2014

Rep. Nolan Hears from Concerned Citizens on Closure of Duluth Mail Processing Center -  A Duluth mail sorting facility is set to close next year, but first Rep. Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) wants to know how that will impact us here in the Northland. He stopped at the Coppertop Church in Duluth Friday to hear from about 60 concerned residents. Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Retail Systems Software coming to more than 400 Post Offices nationwide

USPS Reducing Retail Service Hours in Rural Community Post Offices

Changes Coming for Texoma Post Offices

More Than Dozen Homes in League City neighborhood without mailboxes

Winnipesaukee's Mail Boat is Part Floating Post Office, Part Time Machine

Massive Texas postal theft scheme with 50,000 pieces of mail stolen

Tent City is Up at Staples! 

Rosanky post office cutting hours amidst outcry

Fracking: A New Post Office in an Oil Boom Town

FedEx charged with trafficking drugs for Web pharmacies

 

July 18, 2014

Eureka: No stamp of approval for mail sorting move

After 25 Years, CEO Finally Getting His Day in Court Against USPS

Blodgett postmaster announces retirement after long stretch 'behind bars'

 

July 17, 2014

Updated: Obama puts USPS Board of Governors in hands of GOP by nominating Mickey Barnett Yesterday, President Obama broke the possible gridlock by nominating current Board of Governors chairman Mickey Barnett, a REPUBLICAN whose term ended in 2013.  To recap, if all nominees are confirmed The USPS Board of Governors  will be like the U.S. Supreme Court in the hands of Republicans. GOP James Miller wants back on board to take care of unfinished business.  Comments (Count) 

Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally

 

July 16, 2014

NALC: Six-day mail delivery clears major hurdle

“Today’s victory is a major one for the NALC and our activists who have pressured lawmakers—and continue to pressure them—to support six-day mail delivery,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

 

Wisconsin state lawmakers: Eliminating postal jobs, mail delivery slowdown is too high price for small savings -The recent announcement that the first-class mail processing center at the Milwaukee Street Post Office is closing has left many questions about the direct impacts of this decision for our community.

 

Darrell Issa’s postal embarrassment: Momentum builds for cheap banking option For most of the Obama administration through to today, Republicans held a majority on this board thanks to multiple vacancies. But confirming these nominees would equalize the representation at four Democrats and four Republicans (the president still needs to nominate a replacement for an additional vacant seat, which would give Democrats the majority). This would put the pieces in place that could make postal banking a reality.  Comments (Count) 

 

Rep. Nolan Says PMG to Review Duluth Postal Facility Closing – Announces Public Forum this Friday in Duluth - Congressman Rick Nolan announced today that U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has agreed to personally review the decision to close the Duluth mail processing facility, set to take place in 2015 and affect some 70 jobs.  Comments (Count) 

 

USPS rescinds order for residents of Ohio town to install curbside mail boxes Arbor Circle residents, told by the U.S. Postal Service they were losing home mail delivery on Aug. 1 unless they had curbside boxes installed, are keeping the service.David Van Allen, a USPS spokesman in Cleveland, said the letter sent to Arbor Circle residents, dated Saturday, was “rescinded” Tuesday — the day The Vindicator reported on the issue — because it was “sent out premature.” Comments (Count) 

 

Postal Workers top list of most endangered jobs

Postal Workers, one of the jobs most impacted by technology and among the most endangered. Note: The BLS report was referring to all postal workers but most of the media cited only letter carriers.  Comments (Count) 

 

Motorcycle crash takes life of Washington state postal worker

Crash Injures Postal Delivery Driver

Mail carrier indicted for keeping mail from residents in 43202 Zip Code

Video: Mail thief caught on camera stealing package off porch in Texas

Netflix already stopped mailing DVDs on Saturdays, but you probably didn’t notice

 

July 15, 2014

Video: PMG – State of the Business message for all postal employees

Donahoe explains that the pilot program started with Staples last October is an example of the innovation needed. “Improving access for our customers is the reason we launched the pilot program,” he says. (note: reducing hours and closing post offices is improving access for customers?)  “The Staples relationship has been good for our business. It has put volume in the mailstream, and increasing volume helps to preserve and support Postal Service jobs.” PMG gives update on Staples relationship -The Staples pilot program will end starting Aug. 1. Participating Staples stores will transition to the Postal Service’s Approved Shipper Program, which is expected to be complete by Aug. 29.   Comments (Count) 

 

Board of Governors Nominee Vickie Kennedy warns more cutbacks could hurt USPS Nearly five years after her husband, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, passed away, Vicki Kennedy appeared before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to testify about her nomination to the board of governors of the U.S. Postal Service. Comments (Count) 

 

Minnesota Congressman: USPS has some explaining to do about closing Duluth mail facility

Customer and employee rights when USPS solicits customers to change the mode of mail delivery

New Mexico Postal Clerk Charged With 56 Counts of False Entries and Reports

Vermont town wonders about this week's postal meetings

Post office orders residents of Ohio town to install curbside mail boxes

Postal Reform - Laying the Cards on the Table

 

July 14, 2014

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, but also pursued a baseless criminal complaint against him resulting in his detention by law enforcement and the disparagement of his reputation," NDC managers referred to the more than

35 yrs BEM Maintenance employee variously as a disgruntled, drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist." When an OSHA inspector arrived at the facility to investigate the employee's complaint , postal managers escorted him to the boiler room up the back stairs, avoiding the room adjacent to the boiler in which fuel oil soaked rags were being improperly stored.  Comments (Count) 

 

APWU President says Staples, USPS Announcement on ending ‘Pilot Program’ is attempt at trickery- A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. 

Thank Unions for Stopping the Scheme to Replace the Post Office With Staples| A Rare Win For The Unions? Staples Abandons Postal Service Trial  Comments (Count) 

 

Infographic: The Truth About Saturday Delivery

EEOC Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance On Pregnancy Discrimination

USPS: Deadline for next generation vehicle submissions is July 17

Mail carrier arrested for DUI after crashing USPS truck into ditch

South Dakota reps want more information on plant closings
Concerns over Eureka CA mail sorting operation move

 

July 13, 2014

Postmaster unaware permit needed to install cluster mailboxes – customers returned to door-to-door delivery -  Traditional mail delivery has returned to businesses along East Interlake Boulevard and North Main Avenue in Lake Placid. Controversial mail distribution centers — commonly called “cluster boxes” — were removed Friday. Comments (Count) 

 

Photo: On the lighter side of postal news

Frequent critic of USPS practices hotwiring mail truck   Comments (Count) 

 

FedEx SmartPost investing $41 million to move NC facility- 462 out of 521 jobs will be part-time - SmartPost officials said that some of the employees will be transferred from Charlotte to the Concord office, but many openings will be created at the new site. Concord City Council members said they welcome the new business to the area. The City Council was so happy about the new business that they granted Fedex a huge tax break.. Comments (Count) 

 

The USPS, a bypass and a little history

Postal carrier helps elderly woman who fell

Post office workers honored with Memorial Room

Rural Carriers EMA increased to 75 cents effective July 12, 2014

 

July 12, 2014

Newspapers' confidence in USPS wavering
Will Congress deliver postal reform?
Editorial: The problem with efficiency
USPS vehicle overturns in Lakewood NJ crash

California postal worker dies in crash on her way home from work

 

July 11, 2014

Illinois Postal Worker fired for violating Hatch Act

the employee twice ran in partisan elections for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, he solicited political contributions for his campaigns Comments (Count)

 

State, US Attorney Generals investigating noose found in Worcester, MA post office When asked why the noose was up there Jackson said an employee told him the noose was put up as decoration by another employee 20 years ago.  Comments (Count) 

 

Man gets prison for destroying USPS PO Boxes in 3 California cities

USPS sets the record straight: Postal Service isn't going away

Postal Museum Displays Anthrax Artifacts in New Exhibit

This carrier keeps his appointed rounds

 

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