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Major Changes in 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated April 3, 2015

USPS made last minute “public” changes some facilities; some facilities move dates that were changed just last week has changed again. Approximately TWENTY-ONE (21)  facilities have had their move dates changed to “To Be Determined” (TBD) or “Not Applicable” (N/A) and four (4) facilities move dates changed to an earlier or later date. (4/4/15) Comments (Count)

 

Judge orders Postal Service to pay damages to whistleblower

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sued the United States Postal Service (USPS) for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) (2/26/15) Comments (Count)

 

Sen. Tester to incoming PMG Brennan: delivery standards have become a disaster for USPS - Tester meets incoming Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan to discuss strengthening USPS . Tester also concerned about USPS failing to comply with GAO request for data on mail volume. Senator Schumer urges incoming PMG to honor promise to keep Buffalo, NY plant open  Comments (Count)

 

USPS updates notifications to APWU and Mail Handlers on involuntary reassignments in 2015 - USPS has updated notifications to APWU and NPMHU of its intent to involuntarily reassign Clerks, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service (MVS) and Mail Handlers in the Pacific Area  Comments (Count)

 

USPS seeks to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier - USPS is asking a federal court to review and set aside the final order of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)  Comments (Count)

 

Hackers may have postal employees’ OWCP medical records dating back to 1980

Potential victims include current and former postal employees who filed injury compensation claims between November 1980 and August 2012. USPS data breach also affected workers comp files of 485,000 postal workers - USPS data breach affected bank and medical information of nearly a million current and former postal workers injured on the job  Comments (Count)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

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: 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)

 

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

 

 

 

 

July 16,  2015

OIG: USPS $498 million Mobile Delivery Devices (MDD) not performing as expected

MDDs are single devices intended to support multiple requirements — such as Sunday delivery and dynamic routing — report scan data faster, and support future software enhancements. When the Postal Service cannot provide real-time delivery information to its customers, it can lose customers and its brand and reputation can suffer. Comments (Count)

 

NTEU President Kelley to Congress: Say No to Changing TSP’s G Fund

The head of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) urged Congress this week to reject proposals to weaken the federal Thrift Saving Plan’s (TSP) G Fund. Congress is reportedly considering tapping the personal retirement savings of federal employees, retirees and members of the military   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Pile of mail dumped on Richmond VA woman’s front steps

County supervisors want to save Napa's historic post office

American Canyon, CA mailboxes vandalized, mail stolen
Federal appeals court upholds ruling that FedEx drivers were employees, not contractors

 

July 15,  2015

CBO Estimated Costs of USPS compliance with Amendment to restore service standards

“The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to restore postal service standards on June 17, 2015. The legislation would rescind the lower service standards the USPS implemented on Jan. 5   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service bid to end Saturday delivery fades away

“While the topic of five-day delivery was a large part of the legislative ask in the last Congress, we are currently looking to gain consensus and we have not been promoting five day as a key tenet,” said Postal Service spokeswoman Sue Brennan.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS plant employees will soon receive new surface visibility devices

USPS plant employees will soon receive new surface visibility devices that will make it easier for business customers to know the whereabouts of their mail and packages. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Texas Woman Claims Mailman Won’t Deliver Mail

Chicago Postal Employee to appear on BET singing show “Sunday Best” Video: Mail truck rolls over in Texas

Postal Worker sentenced to home confinement for dumping mail

Aspen postal worker asked to submit weapon inventory
Amazon Prime Day... A Monster In The Making Or Out To Replace Black Friday?

Union members protest at Staples in LaGrange, GA
Canada Post's Community Mailboxes Are a Disgrace

 

July 14,  2015

APWU: ‘Stakeholders’ Urge Congress To Give USPS Legislative Relief

The APWU is part of a group of 50 postal unions, management associations, and mailers that has asked Congress to help the agency during the current nationwide financial difficulties  Comments (Count)

 

Sen. Peters Introduces Bill to place moratorium on USPS closures, ensure permanent 6-day delivery

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today joined his colleagues in introducing legislation to improve rural mail service and delivery and provide protections for post offices and postal employees  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Labor Leaders Meet with Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders

A “meet and greet” was held at the office of the American Postal Workers Union this evening between more than 40 U.S. labor leaders and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who is running for president.    Comments (Count)

 

Has the Internet Finally Killed the Greeting Card?
Letter: U.S. Postal Service is anything but obsolete
High country postmaster sees triple the traffic

Newark apartment complex discovers there is no delivery without proper mail boxes
 

July 13,  2015

Video: Postal worker, neighbor save the day after lightning sparks house fire

USPS: Postal Employees required to take cyber security course

USPS truck accidentally dumps recycled paper from post office lobby along highway

Video: USPS credit card policy – All credit cards must be signed

July 11,  2015

Fourteen Plead Guilty to Mail Theft Conspiracy in South Carolina

USPS: New Forever Stamps Showcase some of America’s Favorite Summer Foods

July 10,  2015

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta resigns in wake of massive data breach

Video: Woman snaps pic of postal worker appearing to steal toy donations

Senator Warner latest lawmaker calling for OPM Director to Step Down

Senators new bill would mandate lifetime identity theft coverage for millions affected by OPM Data Breaches

 

 

July 09,  2015

APWU: PRC Documents Shed Light on Shady Staples Privatization Deal

In response to a lawsuit filed by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has coughed up 231 documents that shed new light on the secretive deal between Staples and the Postal Service.  Comments (Count)

 

Senator Heitkamp Introduces Bill to Improve Postal Employees Morale, Rural Mail Delivery

Senator Heidi Heitkamp today introduced legislation to improve rural mail service and delivery,  Comments (Count)

 

OPM confirms over 22 million people impacted by 2 separate cyber-security incidents

OPM recently discovered two separate but related cyber-security incidents that have impacted the data of Federal government employees, contractors, and others     Comments (Count)

 

NALC: Two national-level arbitration cases decided

Both the APWU and the NPMHU intervened in one of the two arbitrations.  Comments (Count)

 

DNA evidence links retired Calif. postal worker to woman’s 1974 cold-case murder: DA
Did You Notice That Our Mail Isn’t Being Diverted to Medford as Planned?
USPS mail standards keep getting worse
Mural comes down at former Iowa City post office building
Staples Deal With USPS Is Illegal: NLRB

 

July 08,  2015

USPS passes on implementing ‘Phased Retirement’ for postal employees

, The final rule states that agency implementation of this program is not mandatory; rather, implementation is discretionary for each agency. Agencies choosing to implement the program decide whether phased retirement will be available  Comments (Count)

 

 

NALC Election notice

the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has entered into a voluntary agreement with OLMS to conduct a new officer election for the position of NALC director of retired members, under OLMS’ supervision .

 

Video: Postal Worker dies after shooting firework off his chest

Colorado County sheriff’s officials said a Columbus man died after shooting a firework off his chest. 

 

Hero: Mississippi postal worker’s quick thinking, fast feet saves child

Quick thinking, fast feet save child Florence, MS, Rural Carrier Charles Anderson recently stopped by a store after work and saw a woman running through a nearby field. She looked upset and flustered, and Anderson soon realized why: The woman was trying to catch a small child. t. 

 

New York Postal worker injured in mail truck rollover

USPS: Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Carrier Routes

USPS revises Rural Carriers Handbook PO-603 to include additional compensation for DPS flats

Swiss Post to start testing delivery drones this month

Woman crashes car into Highland Post Office

Shrewsbury postal center to remain open after all

Why the USPS is excited about NASA's mission to Pluto

 

July 07,  2015

Michigan Rep disappointed about potential closure of Flint post office

Deutsche Post reaches pay deal to end strike

National Labor Relations Board to rule on Staples, Postal Service deal

Convicted rapist dressed as postal worker in home invasion bid, cops allege

USPS unable to show savings from stamps printed on unsoakable paper

National Labor Relations Board to rule on Staples, Postal Service deal

Mail theft by the numbers

 

 

July 06,  2015

USPS awards LLV maker $257 million contract for Walk In Body Delivery Trucks

USPS has awarded  long-time supplier a contract for over 3,000 Walk In Body Intermediate Delivery Trucks. Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS GPS device transmits letter carriers location to supervisors every minute

USPS mail carriers are getting a “panic button” The unofficial U.S. postal creed says neither rain, nor sleet, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep carriers from their rounds. Thieves and vicious dogs, however, may be another matter. So the Post Office is delivering a solution.  Comments (Count)

 

Post Office in Clinton Iowa still in disarray 9 months later

Postmaster tells customer repairs at postal facilities must be “prioritized”

Video: Mail Truck catches fire in Wisconsin

USPS truck burns after crash along North Freeway in Texas

Delivery problems continue for Wisconsin newspaper

Powder scare sends worker at Dallas’ main post office to hospital
Postal Service Considers Entering Banking Industry to Shore Up Budget

 

July 05,  2015

OPM Updated FAQs on Data Breach: Were postal worker records affected?

It’s possible that Postal employees were affected. They may be affected if they fit certain conditions. OPM Update on the Cyberintrusion Investigation  Comments (Count)

 

 

Postal Retiree: Hillary ships only USPS and Bernie offers UPS option for online campaign merchandise

Postal Retiree finds some notable differences between the two operations--distinctions that seemed to speak about important differences in these candidates' campaigns and, perhaps, in the candidates themselves. Comments (Count)

 

Cutting back Postal Service hits Bangor, everywhere else

 

 

July 04,  2015

Rapid City woman refuses to accept the post office's excuses
Post office lockouts in Steamboat follow national USPS protocol
Hauling the mail: Mail Boat Barbara S. Wiles makes first delivery of summer to Skaneateles Lake homes
In summer, water is ‘lifesaver’ for Vegas area mail carriers

 

July 03,  2015

Senator McCaskill Seeks GAO Review of USPS Ability to Meet Delivery Standards

Senator to top federal watchdog: ‘fixing these programs starts with a firm understanding of the facts’Comments (Count)

 

 

Gyrocopter flying mail carrier Doug Hughes fired by Postal Service

The mail carrier who landed a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol has been fired from the United States Postal Service, Comments (Count)

 

 

Video: Mail Carrier Hospitalized After Rollover Accident In Springfield TN

Report: Postal Service Leases New Downtown Stamford Site

USPS proposes demolition of Napa post office building

Videos: Packages stolen from stoops, porches in Minneapolis

The U.S. is pushing to reform the international postal treaty that subsidizes Chinese shipping

ZIP Codes Tamed The Postal Service Boom 52 Years Ago

McAllen Neighbors Frustrated by Mail Thefts

Japan Post testing electric vehicles for postal duties

 

July 02,  2015

Kickstarter campaign to create coolest post office in America in Tieton WA

To people who live in small towns, post offices are vital. You’ve got to have a good post office, said Ed Marquand, It’s so distressing seeing these post offices close, Marquand added. Part of our motivation was to shine a light on … this piece of our heritage that keeps getting eroded away.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Florida postal worker hit woman in face in road-rage incident

A Florida 17 year city letter carrier was arrested Wednesday after police said he hit a 55-year-old woman in the face in a fit of road rage.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS 240th anniversary coming up July 26th

USPS to celebrate 240th anniversary this month and they want postal employees to share favorite postal moments .Comments (Count)

 

Mail Carrier arrested for theft of over $1 Million In Tax Refund Checks

The USPS mail carrier, was arrested this morning and is expected to be presented later today in Manhattan federal court

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Postal Service Previews Elvis Presley Forever Stamp and Music CD

National League of Postmasters Takes First Step Towards Consolidation

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is challenging the possible closure of Tucson's main post office

Video: Postal Worker robbed at gunpoint in Memphis

Berkeley seeks to open communication with Postal Service on downtown building

 

July 01,  2015

APWU: NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal

In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain  Comments (Count)

 

PMG and Congressman address Postmasters on opening day of National Convention

While Brennan talked of potential closures in facilities and upgrades to equipment to increase capacity at other locations, she also affirmed the need to have predictable two- and three-day service.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS truck burns in Manitowoc, Wisconsin some mail destroyed

Four Sentenced To Over 10 Years For Stealing Checks From Mailboxes, Bank Fraud

Video: USPS sends lost mail items to Atlanta to be claimed or auctioned online

Maine letter carrier delivers a rescue on her route

ETOEs – What are they worth to the Postal Service?  USPS OIG
Woman killed in Portsmouth fire worked for post office
A first-class farewell - Residents Will Miss 'Peaceful Dave' As Their Postal Carrier
UK: Amazon Prime Now to offer one hour delivery on wine and spirits
Norway Goes Postal With Electric Vehicle Order

 

June 30,  2015

USPS to reduce (RIF) Customer Service and Post Office Operations Managers

The Postal Service has released it’s staffing proposal for Managers . Comments (Count)

 

 

Owner Of Long Island Advertising Business Pleads Guilty To Multi-Million Dollar Mail Fraud Scheme

Florida PMR stole over $6,900 in receipts

Reading Post Office opens four years after being hit by a tornado

Postal workers' union alleges union busting by Canada Pos

Postal Service to Debut Digital Mail in New York This Fall

City mail carriers are postal icons

 

June 29,  2015

APWU Takes PRC to Court Over Refusal to Enforce USPS Service Standards

The APWU has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court, challenging the commission’s decision to dismiss its complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet service standards.   Comments (Count)

 

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Paul Newman Forever Stamp

Priscilla Presley to Join PMG for dedication of new Elvis stamp on August 12

Video: Two USPS collection boxes pried open in Oklahoma City

Napa post office, cracked by earthquake, tops threatened buildings list
Washington's new postmaster confronts first tornado zone problem
NALC President Fred Rolando Letter: Tell Your Reps To Keep The Post Office

 

June 28,  2015

USPS, DOL settle cases over heat hazards and retaliation of postal worker who called 911

USPS was seeking to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier and USPS settled case involving postal worker who called 911 and labeled a terrorist. . Comments (Count)

 

Maine mailboxes: Fun, funky and fortified

 

June 27,  2015

USPS denies benefits to widow of Oakland postal worker who died after delayed 911 call

Attorney seeks compensation for the widow of postal worker, Samuel Macasieb, who died inside  USPS Oakland processing and distribution center after sustaining a head injury.  Comments (Count)

 

 

APWU Reaches Tentative Agreement for Private-Sector Drivers

Former Indiana Local APWU President pleads guilty to embezzlement of $58,598

Former Michigan NALC Branch Treasurer indicted on embezzlement charge

Federal employees' same-sex spouses already get benefits

 

June 26,  2015

USPS plant consolidations schedule updated June 26, 2015

The Postal Service's lagging performance hurts rural America

USPS mobile service unit (AKA "the taco truck") served as Keller's post office for 6 months

The TSP Quiz

Appeals court: No guns on post office property

Neola Post Office Struck by Vehicle

Magistrate rules Aspen postal worker threat to public safety

Australia Post slashes and burns jobs

OPM director survives congressional inquisition, for now

 

June 25,  2015

Federal-Postal Coalition Demand Immediate Communication and Long-Term Credit Monitoring on OPM Data Breach - The Federal-Postal Coalition sent a letter to President Obama today expressing disappointment with communication surrounding the breaches and asked for swift action to be taken to protect highly personal data Federal Union says OPM offered protections only to limited number of affected individuals  Comments (Count)

Postal Worker injured after head-on collision with SUV in Kentucky

U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post to Jointly Issue Ingrid Bergman Stamp

Video: Kentucky post office damaged in hit-and-run

Video: Mail Delivery back for community in Virginia after TV news report

USPS releases May 2015 financial statement

Suspended Aspen postal employee pleas not guilty to federal weapons charges

Same-Day Deliverer Expands in Chicago

U.S. Postal Service collects letters for athletes

 

June 24,  2015

TISA: Another Secret Trade Deal Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. APWU warned members about Another Secret Trade Deal that Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers. The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: USPS Seeks to Derail Efforts to Restore Service Standards

The Postal Service has signaled it will try to derail a measure approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 17 to restore postal service standards to the levels that were in place on July 1, 2012. Comments (Count)

 

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement and the Postal Worker: Planning for Tomorrow’s Today

The golden days of yesteryear are gone. Time was, employment with the U.S. Postal Service was not merely another job, but a career that ensured job satisfaction, income security, and a sense of investment for the future. Then, technology and the promise of innovation arrived  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Regulatory Commission and the United States Postal Service Meet

Locker-tech companies try to solve apartment delivery hassles

‘Postman Bob’ Turns Out to Be His Wife’s Own Special Angel

Car Slams Into Tigard Post Office

Undeliverable mail hurts more than just the Postal Service, IG says

The stamp of a good marriage

Postal worker attacked by dog in Portland neighborhood speaks

The Postal Service Wants You to Bank at Your Post Office

 

June 23,  2015

Addiction to pain meds led to 30-year Postal Manager’s mail theft charges

In January of last year, law enforcement officials began an investigation when they determined several packages containing prescription medication from the Veteran’s Administration were not being delivered to the intended recipient. The packages routed to several zip codes in Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky never made it to their destination. Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Old Ideas on Vacancies Die Hard

 It seems some old perceptions and misunderstandings die hard, even when confronted with clear and unambiguous facts. This applies not just to management types, who have a great deal of difficulty learning new things, but also to some arbitrators.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Man, 90, detained after gun threat at post office in Boca Raton Florida

A 90-year-old man is being evaluated at a hospital following a gun threat at the post office in unincorporated Boca Raton   Comments (Count)

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II calling for creation of World War I stamps

Postal worker accused of delivering mail intoxicated

Dog attack sends postal worker to hospital

Is Amazon Making a Mistake With Two New Delivery Methods?

 

June 22,  2015

OPM data breach affected 18 Million current, former and prospective federal employees

The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. APWU: OPM Announces Second Major Security Breach - The recent announcement by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of a second major breach of data on “current and former employees of the federal government whose records OPM manages” could affect many APWU members, said Retirees Department Director Judy Beard. OPM: Information About Second Data Breach Comments (Count)

 

Gyrocopter flying mailman rejects plea deal

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea offer  Comments (Count)

 

U.S. Postal Service gets creative after floods

Royal Mail 'to send customers targeted junk mail'

 

June 21,  2015

USPS Grocery Delivery Coming to the Big Apple

 

June 20,  2015

Video: Tree falls on mail truck in Denver North Carolina, killing postal worker

A 43-year-old female rural mail carrier died Saturday afternoon in Denver when a large tree at Congressman Patrick Henry's home fell on her postal vehicle and pinned her inside.  Officials have identified the 10-year  rural carrier. North Carolina postal worker killed by tree was about to be a grandmother  Comments (Count)

 

Fired Postal Supervisor failed to convince Appeals Court his disability caused fight, settlement of MSPB case - New York postal supervisor was fired for improper conduct unbecoming a postal supervisor when he engaged in a physical altercation with his subordinate. In September 2014, approximately four years after the postal supervisor's first MSPB appeal was settled, he filed a second appeal with MSPB challenging his removal by claiming effects of his bipolar disorder created the situation of his removal.. Comments (Count)

Detroit Postal Worker who says she stole mail out of ‘boredom’ escapes jail

Potholes contributed to crash that injured postal carrier

APWU hopes to nix the Office Depot acquisition

Notification deadline passes, feds exposed in OPM breaches still in dark

Woman hurt in postal vehicle crash

Boston man gets 29 years in jail for postal worker shooting

Let This Delightful Mailman Guide You Through Detroit's Racial Divide

 

 

June 19,  2015

Postal insights sparking industry growth, PMG reports

The Postal Service’s strategic investment in scanning technology is helping to grow the mailing industry, PMG Megan Brennan reports in her latest “Business Focus” video message.   Comments (Count)

 

 

APWU: USPS put plant consolidations in "To Be Determined" status but still sending mail to gaining facilities According to union officials at some of the losing facilities, they are being told that the TBD status is not stopping management from sending some mail to gaining facilities. Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Nation’s oldest catalog still going strong

Letter carrier and domestic violence victim disciplined for carrying Taser

Alabama carrier charged with taking bribes to deliver marijuana
Office Depot shareholders say 'yes' to Staples merge

Mailman held up by masked gunman
Family struggles with mailbox thief
Former Upper Peninsula USPS Worker Accused of Destroying Mail
Man Wearing US Postal Service Jacket Robs Bank
OPM's lack of transparency on cyber breach leaves feds frustrated, ill informed
Temple Post Office Gets New Postal Support Employee

Regulators: 'No jurisdiction' to overturn post office move

 

June 18,  2015

Obama, GOP revive Fast Track bill – House voting again today

Fast track was temporarily stalled in the House of Representatives last Friday but another vote will be held today.

 

New combined Postmaster organization to be called “United Postmasters and Managers of America”

Mailman bitten by pit bull in east Houston

Middletown man threatens postal worker by slapping truck

 

June 17,  2015

House Committee Approves Amendment To Restore Postal Service Standards

APWU: ‘An Important Step Forward’ 06/17/2015 – The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to restore postal service standards on June 17, in a bipartisan vote,  House Panel Backs Faster Mail, More USPS Facilities  Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS seeking suppliers to provide info, solutions on new ‘Sensor Technology for Mail Tracking’

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering new technology to track items as they move through the USPS network to allow for customers to view in real-time (or near real-time). . Comments (Count)

 

 

Three postal workers charged with Secret Santa scam to steal gifts

They were entrusted with facilitating a feel-good rite of Christmas: matching needy children with a Secret Santa through the United States Postal Service’s century-old Operation Santa program. But three Postal Service workers have been charged with filling their own stockings instead, in a plot revealed by a months long investigation that found the workers wrote letters in which they posed as children.

Photo: New York postal workers hired in 2013, more postal workers may be involved  Comments (Count)

 

Three postal workers charged with Secret Santa scam to steal gifts

They were entrusted with facilitating a feel-good rite of Christmas: matching needy children with a Secret Santa through the United States Postal Service’s century-old Operation Santa program. But three Postal Service workers have been charged with filling their own stockings instead, in a plot revealed by a months long investigation that found the workers wrote letters in which they posed as children.

Photo: New York postal workers hired in 2013, more postal workers may be involved  Comments (Count)

 

 

NALC: Successful results for ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ – almost 71 million pounds of food collected

The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected almost 71 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country, an impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country  Comments (Count)

 

 

Former New York Postmaster Relief Sentenced For Theft Of Money Orders

Editorial: Why did USPS cover-up sex-harassment complaints?
Feds seek postal worker’s arrest after an alleged find of weapons

Video: Former postal supervisor investigated for mail theft strikes deal, may not serve jail time

Video: Frustrated residents commute for mail after post office shuts down

 

 

 

 

USPS seeking suppliers to provide info, solutions on new ‘Sensor Technology for Mail Tracking’

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering new technology to track items as they move through the USPS network to allow for customers to view in real-time (or near real-time). . Comments (Count)

 

 

Three postal workers charged with Secret Santa scam to steal gifts

They were entrusted with facilitating a feel-good rite of Christmas: matching needy children with a Secret Santa through the United States Postal Service’s century-old Operation Santa program. But three Postal Service workers have been charged with filling their own stockings instead, in a plot revealed by a months long investigation that found the workers wrote letters in which they posed as children.

Photo: New York postal workers hired in 2013, more postal workers may be involved  Comments (Count)

 

Three postal workers charged with Secret Santa scam to steal gifts

They were entrusted with facilitating a feel-good rite of Christmas: matching needy children with a Secret Santa through the United States Postal Service’s century-old Operation Santa program. But three Postal Service workers have been charged with filling their own stockings instead, in a plot revealed by a months long investigation that found the workers wrote letters in which they posed as children.

Photo: New York postal workers hired in 2013, more postal workers may be involved  Comments (Count)

 

 

NALC: Successful results for ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ – almost 71 million pounds of food collected

The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected almost 71 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country, an impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country  Comments (Count)

 

 

Former New York Postmaster Relief Sentenced For Theft Of Money Orders

Editorial: Why did USPS cover-up sex-harassment complaints?
Feds seek postal worker’s arrest after an alleged find of weapons

Video: Former postal supervisor investigated for mail theft strikes deal, may not serve jail time

Video: Frustrated residents commute for mail after post office shuts down

 

June 16,  2015

NAPUS: USPS ENHANCES NON-BARGAINING PAY POLICIES

The Postal Service has modified existing pay policy concerning promotion increases when non-bargaining unit employees are promoted Comments (Count).

 

 

USPS ‘outsources’ most Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) functions to consulting firm

USPS began transitioning most SOX functions to the Deloitte & Touche consulting firm June 8, part of a broader effort to simplify its SOX organizational structure  Comments (Count)

 

Senate takes 5 years to approve 5 USPS Board of Governors nominees – FOUR more still needed

Former Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft

USPS awards Vantiv contract for debit and credit payment processing services

Mail truck, tanker crash on road in Virginia

PRC Leaves Exigency's Removal in Place For Now
Digitization: Making the post office meaningful again
U.S. Postal Service Board enters the digital age
USPS plans for the Internet of mailed things
Crash between mail truck & tanker closes Suffolk, VA road

Rural Carrier Clay Myer left legacy of going above, beyond call of duty

Tampa student says expensive items stolen while shipped via USPS

Stroke victim saved by observant carrier in Oregon

 

June 15,  2015

Four Missouri Postal Workers indicted on charges of redirecting mail to personal addresses

Four former and current Postal employees of the Network Distribution Center in Hazelwood, and an associate, were indicted on charges of diverting mail believed to contain marijuana and other items  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Unions call on Obama, DOL to withdraw proposal to reduce workers’ comp benefits

In a joint letter to the Department of Labor, Postal Union Presidents object to the department’s unjustified proposal to reduce workers’ compensation benefits. DOL  has suggested that “In most instances, FECA benefits far exceed the amount an injured worker might receive in the form of retirement benefits, and therefore provide a strong disincentive for return to productive employment.” Comments (Count).

 

USPS deployment of over 260,000 Mobile Delivery Devices (MDD) nears completion

The next generation of hand-held electronic devices from Honeywell will be used by letter carriers and mail processing employees.  Comments (Count).

 

USPS quietly replaced IT executives who left for private sector

the second USPS Information Technology (IT) Vice President  since last year’s cyber intrusion incident (or data breach) has left.   Comments (Count).

 

Senator Heitkamp introduces bipartisan bill to help protect Federal Retirees from Fraud

House Subcommittee schedules hearing on “Fair Competition in International Shipping”

Midstate postal worker gets probation for stealing money from the mail

USPS Issues Rare Statement Against Inspector General

Enhancing The Value of Mail - The Human Response - USPS OIG

It's The Thought That Counts - USPS OIG

 

June 14,  2015

Opinion: The reason for poor postal service

The erosion of fast, reliable mail service can be reversed. However, it will take the public to spur the actions that are necessary to bring about that needed change.   Comments (Count).

 

Feds Continue Investigation of Postal Clerk Placed On Leave

Return To Sender - Postal Banking Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone

Postal worker's doggy heaven letter to Norfolk boy was message of love

Shelby Township Woman Struck by Postal Service Vehicle in Downtown Rochester

USPS Losses Rely On False Premise

Postal Service Rejects Idea Offering Postal Banking

 

 

June 13,  2015

Women complained for years about Tacoma mail carrier’s alleged sexual assaults but were ignored by USPS

FedEx agrees to pay $227 million to California workers misclassified as independent contractors

Why Exigency Received a Stay of Execution

This post office turned house in the Mojave Desert is just the strangest thing in the world

Postal worker's doggy heaven letter to Norfolk boy was message of love

Police, Walgreen bust plastic theft ring that stole USPS Plastic and shipped It to China

Life changes for four retired Northfield postal employees

 

June 12,  2015

Video: Senator Franken Wants Postmaster General to Stop Rerouting Duluth MN Mail

Minnesota Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to the Postmaster General to discontinue the rerouting of mail parcels from northeast Minnesota to the Twin Cities.  Comments (Count).

 

USPS, APWU, and mailers respond to the court's ruling on the exigent case

PRC Establishes Procedural Schedule for Exigency Remand

Video: South Carolina Mail Carrier saves another person while on route

Mail truck bursts into flames in Arizona

 

June 11,  2015

Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee, retiree, veteran.

JDavid Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees, said in a letter to OPM director Katherine Archuleta that based on OPM’s internal briefings hackers stole a lot of personal data,  Comments (Count).

 

Aspen mail sorter had pistol at post office

Mail thieves targeting Aurora apartments

One dead after motorcycle collides with postal truck

Postal union camps out to support woman in fight with Canada Post

Owner seeking to keep dog that attacked postal carrier

 

June 10,  2015

Obama, GOP revive Fast Track bill – House voting again today

Fast track was temporarily stalled in the House of Representatives last Friday but another vote will be held today. (6/18/15)

 

 

APWU: Workers, Environmentalists, Progressives Score Win – House Rejects Bad Trade Deal

Workers, environmentalists and other progressives won a major victory on June 12 when a bipartisan coalition of House members torpedoed a trade bill backed by the White House.   (6/12/15)  Postal Unions Urge Congress to Reject Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Legislation - bill could effect USPS   (6/10/15) Comments (Count).

 

 

North Carolina Postal Manager who earns over $90,000 a year accused of selling cocaine

A United States postal manager is out of jail on bond Wednesday after being accused of selling drugs Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Contract Mediation Gets Underway

Representatives of the APWU and USPS held an introductory meeting with officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) on June 9 to begin mediation   Comments (Count).

 

Postal Unions Urge Congress to Reject Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Legislation

Senate considers nomination of David Shapira for USPS Board of Governors

USPS to end support for BlackBerry devices

America's Toughest Turnaround: Megan Brennan's Mission to Save the Postal Service

Postal worker trapped in rollover accident

Missouri newspaper to use letter carriers instead of newspaper carriers

A high-tech way to detect a mail bomb

Tampa: Former NALC president indicted for once again taking workers comp kickbacks

Neighbors furious USPS won't replace vandalized mailbox

Linn's: Stamp subjects should be relevant to attract today's young people

 

June 9,  2015

Q & A: Will OPM credit monitoring run concurrent with USPS offer?

OPM announced that all affected individuals will receive a complimentary subscription to CSID Protector Plus for 18 months. But readers are saying the FREE protection from OPM should not begin until after the expiration of USPS credit monitoring. Comments (Count).

 

NALC to conduct special election for director of retired members

The U.S. Department of Labor has advised the NALC that it has rejected complaints filed by four unsuccessful candidates in the 2014 election of national officers, with one exception: At the Department’s request, NALC will conduct a special election for the office of director of retired members.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Tractor trailer, mail truck collide on I-78 in Berks County PA

Will Ads on Shipping Boxes Be the Key to Amazon's Profitability?

Reading post office: Signed, sealed and delivered

Driver hurt after crashing into post office

California: Hinkley residents turn up heat on Postal Service

 

June 8,  2015

OIG: USPS should be more transparent about Area Mail Processing (AMP) Consolidations

"Our objective was to determine whether the Postal Service’s AMP guidelines provide justification and sufficient transparency for consolidating AMP facilities."   Comments (Count).

 

APWU: Postal Retirees May be Affected by OPM Data Breach

Postal retirees may be among those affected by a breach in the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Retirees Department Director Judy Beard reports. Expect a Fight From Federal Employee Groups Over OPM Hack Response || OPM to offer data breach affected Federal Employees 18 months of credit monitoring || Is e-mail the safest way to notify federal workers their data may have been hacked?  Comments (Count).

 

NPMHU: Unions Request to White House: Proclaim Postal Heritage Day

This proclamation would recognize America’s Postal Service as one of our great national treasures.  Comments (Count).

 

Video: Summer Sees More Stolen Postal Packages

We’re used to sees seeing these crimes at the holiday. Summer months, super common for people to go on vacation and forget to hold their mail, forget to stop packages.   Comments (Count).

 

Missouri: Graham Post Office declared unsafe
Undelivered bundles of mail found trashed at Ohio school
DHS issued May directive to quickly patch federal systems
Court Ruling Impacts Future Postage Rates

 

June 7,  2015

Pit bull attacks Michigan postal worker

 

June 6,  2015

Video: USPS looking for 700 new rural carrier associates in Indiana

Merced postal carrier recognized for helping save a life

Will TPP Kill the Post Office?

 

June 5,  2015

USPS: OPM announces cybersecurity incident

The personally identifiable information of approximately 4 million current and former federal employees was potentially compromised, according to OPM. The Postal Service doesn’t know if current or former postal employees were affected OPM says retiree records were not compromised in the data breach   Comments (Count).

 

 

Appeals Court issues ruling on USPS, Mailers challenge to PRC’s ‘exigent rate increase’ decision

The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision on “Petitions for Review of an Order of the Postal Regulatory Commission” Senator Carper reaction to Appeals Court remanding exigent postal rate hike case back to PRC  Comments (Count).

 

Puerto Rico Letter Carrier charged with “renting” his disabled veteran status

On June 3, 2015, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a five count indictment charging the letter carrier, his brother and business partner, with a multi-million dollar Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.   Comments (Count).

 

Washington State Letter Carrier saves mail before truck goes up in flames

Minnesota postal worker injured in crash Friday morning

20 arrested in mail theft, check fraud operation in Central Florida

40,000 home-care workers unpaid after postal mishap involving timecards

Jerry-rigged contraption catching water at Kingsport TN post office

Postal employee to plead guilty to stealing tax refund checks from the mail
Save the Postal Service Before It’s Too Late!

 Closure of Idaho post office may be bellwether for Yantic CT

 

June 4,  2015

U.S. says 4 million current, former federal employees hit by data breach at OPM

Hackers breached the computer system of the U.S. government agency that collects personnel information for federal workers, compromising the data of about 4 million current and former employees, U.S. officials said on Thursday   Comments (Count).

 

Photo: Postal Supervisor’s car rolls down street onto front lawn in New Jersey

Three Oklahoma postal workers indicted for mail theft

More than 3,000 Post Offices recognized for being clean and well-stocked

Nolan Says Postal Consolidation is a Plan to Cut Service

Should post offices offer banking services?

Stuart Weitzman's 9.5 million stamp is now on display at the national postal museum

Oklahoma post office murals subject of professor's research

Snow, rain and gloom may not stop the mail, but woman learns a few steps can

Broward County: Postal Inspection Service Offers Reward For Information About Post Office Burglar

Advanced mobile devices pave USPS' way toward Internet of things

Postal service wants to hear about customer issues
 

June 3,  2015

Retired postal worker, injured on job, loses disability bias case

The U.S. Postal Service did not violate the federal Rehabilitation Act when it prevented an injured employee from returning to work until she could pass a series of physical examinations, a federal court has ruled. She injured her leg but physical showed she had irregular heartbeat.  Comments (Count).

 

Doug Hughes- Postal Service Firing Me, but Letters Will Get to Congress

Postal Service to Issue another Elvis Presley Stamp

Why Brides Are Flocking to This Tiny Post Office

Former Postal Carrier Arrested On Fraud Charges

Yonkers Police: Mail Stolen From U.S. Postal Service Box

 

June 2,  2015

USPS Issues Primary Craft Determination: Mail Handlers to Perform Duties Associated with SPSS Operation

"the Union recieved the Postal Service's determination of craft jurisdiction for employees operating the Small Parcel Sorter System (SPSS), which is currently deployed in five pilot test locations,"   Comments (Count).

 

APWU, Sister Postal Unions Win Right to Bargain Over Cyber Intrusions

In a precedent-setting agreement approved by the National Labor Relations Board, the APWU and its sister postal unions won the right to bargain with the Postal Service over a massive data security breach that took place in 2014. NPMHU: Settlement Reached in Data Security Breach   Comments (Count).

 

Video: Apologetic postal worker with 21 years blames substance abuse for late, trashed mail

The long-time mail carrier kept the mail at his house, stored it in his personal vehicle or threw it into a trash bin at the Elks Lodge in Warrensburg where he serves as the Exalted Ruler.  Comments (Count).

 

Kentucky Post Office remains closed due to Brown Recluse Spider Infestation

Central Florida gets needed reprieve on postal-plant closings

Residents in Cathedral City neighborhood dealing with vandalized cluster mailbox

 

June 1,  2015

APWU: Data Posted on Postmasters, Supervisors Performing Craft Work

The USPS recently provided the APWU with the first set of reports by postmasters and supervisors showing how many hours they worked. The reports, which are available to local and state presidents only, are posted in the Member’s Only section of the APWU website   Comments (Count).

 

Missouri Letter Carrier pleads guilty to stealing over 20,000 pieces of mail

Junk Mail Impacts Carbon Levels

The 20 Jobs That Robots Are Most Likely to Take Over

Letter Carriers Featured in O.C. Arts Center Show

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