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Colorful Pay and Holiday Postal Calendar for 2014 (PDF)

Thanks to Jim Edwards, Bloomington IL Area APWU Local 228 for sharing calendar with PostalReporter readers. The easy to read colorful calendar shows paydates, pay periods and holidays.

 

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CBRE CEO also serves on Board of Staples

Buried in the story is an interesting fact that no one seems to have noted before: CBRE CEO Robert Sulentic also serves on the board of Staples, a position for which he received $300,000 in 2011. “Asked whether he had played a role in the retailer’s USPS pilot program, a USPS spokesperson answered that the program ‘was solicited publicly through a [Request for Proposals].’  CBRE answered, ‘Mr. Sulentic is not involved in the day-to-day management of Staples,’ and referred questions regarding Staples’ programs to Staples   Comments (Count)

 

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

 In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor  sued USPS for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington P&DC. The DOL notification included an “admonishment to refrain from destroying documents or records that might be requested by OSHA. The DOL is accusing USPS for failing to preserve the records as required.  Comments (Count)

 

 

Michigan Letter Carrier Attacked By Armed Robbers While Delivering Mail at 7:15 pm - Clarification: Police say 7:15pm, news media cite 7:20pm as the time of robbery. The postal worker told police he was walking back to his mail truck when he was approached by a man who then brandished a handgun.  According to police, the gunman forced the worker to the ground and took the vehicle’s keys so he could open the rear door to the mail truck  San Francisco Mail carrier robbed  Comments (Count)

 

Senator Schumer to propose end to restrictions on shipping alcohol through USPS- The end of the law would generate an estimated $225 million of increased annual revenue and benefit the 12,090 postal-service jobs in upstate New York.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG Some N.J. mail carriers told to report for work during Superstorm Sandy A report by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general on the service’s hurricane response said managers at that post office told employees they must report for work on the day the massive, devastating storm hit, despite the fact that the facility was within a mandatory evacuation zone.But the floodwaters rose quickly, trapping several employees at the facility and requiring rescue by the Coast Guard. Comments (Count)

USPS Management Proposing A New Retirement System

Under the Postal Reorganization Act, the Postal Service is obligated to provide wages and benefits comparable to those provided in the private sector. However, Postal Service management believes that the FERS system is more costly and does not compare to retirement benefits provided in the private sector.   Comments (Count)

 

PMG Tells Senate: USPS in Midst of Financial Disaster, Liquidity Remains Dangerously Low financial condition is so precarious, and the legislative process is so uncertain, we’ve reached the point that we have to consider price increases above the rate of inflation,” said Donahoe. In Senate Testimony, Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Bill |

 

 

Senator McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform|

 

NALC: Few surprises in first of two hearings on S. 1486   Comments (Count)

 

GAO: USPS Proposed Health Plan Could Improve Financial Condition, but Impact on Medicare and Other Issues Should Be Weighed before Approval The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) would likely realize large financial gains from its proposed health care plan, primarily by increasing retirees’ use of Medicare. Some elements of USPS’s proposal would add uncertainties that could reduce funds available for its employees’ and retirees’ future health care. GAO: USPS Healthcare Plan Would Hurt Medicare, Postal Worker s |USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers USPS Plan: Make Medicare Pay Our Bills  Comments (Count)

 

PMG Responds to GAO Report On USPS Healthcare Plan

Post and Pa rcel - Without addressing the cost issue in a responsible way, the Postal Service may be unable to afford to provide health care benefits to retirees. Our proposal assures that we will.    Comments (Count)

 

USPS Seeking National Contract for Rental, Leasing of Minivans & Cargo Vans

According to USPS: Presently, there are not sufficient capital funds to purchase new equipment.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Loss For January 2013 $437 Million -- Year To Date loss for FY 2013 $1.7 billion -  USPS reported a net operating loss of $437 million for the month of January 2013.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS To Close Wichita Remote Encoding Center --797 employees affected

The U.S. Postal Service today announced the Wichita Remote Encoding Center (REC)  will close no sooner than September of 2013, as technology enhancements have made the need for RECs virtually obsolete.   Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS to Launch New Product Line of Apparel and Accessories

The agreement leverages Postal Service intellectual property by introducing the Rain Heat & Snow brand of apparel and accessory products.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS spending $2.2 million to send execs to National Postal Forum

Documents obtained by MacFarlane show the event will cost the agency approximately $2.2 million, including travel and $220,000 for exhibit space. Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference| The National Postal Forum Is NOT a Party | Lawmakers demanding answers over postal conference | Video from KTVU 2: :USPS conference   Comments (Count)

 

April  13, 2014

Lower Pay Rates Are Boosting USPS's Finances
Dead Tree Edition - Partly because of a shift to lower-paid employees, the U.S. Postal Service experienced a rare improvement in its business last year, according to a Postal Regulatory Commission analysis. But the PRC warned that USPS is still on shaky ground – losing money for the seventh year in a row, short on cash, and unable to borrow money or invest in new equipment. In other words, the good ship Postal Service is still sinking, but it’s not taking on quite as much water as it used to.   Comments (Count)

 

Tax returns go from post office to digital

ACHP to report on disposal of historic post offices this week; the sales go on

 

April  12, 2014

Maine Congressman Calls on House Speaker to Bring Postal Reform Bill to Floor after Recess Rep. Michaud has sent a letter to the Speaker urging him to take action following the April recess. If Speaker Boehner refuses to act, postal facility hours will be cut, service standards will be reduced, and thousands of postal jobs will be lost. NAPUS: Issa to Introduce President Obama’s Postal Proposal  Comments (Count)

 

California: USPS wants to consolidate bulk mailing services Rancho Palo Verdes

Oregon: Eugene postal worker sues over attack by 'abnormally dangerous' dog

Insights from Postal Vision 2020

Goldway Says USPS Dissed Mailers With Load Leveling 

FedEx Truck Hits Bus, Kills 10 in California

Consumers Expect the USPS to Deliver

 

April  11, 2014

9 Arrests to Date in 2010 murder and robbery of Florida letter carrier

Parton was a Letter Carrier at Miami’s Norland Post Office in northern Miami-Dade County. A 30-year veteran, Parton was murdered on December 6, 2010, while delivering... Pikerson Mentor shot Parton and took his arrow key  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Chicago Postal Worker Who Sorted Mail on Trains Retires After 61 years

He's had one of the longest careers in the U.S. Postal Service, but after 61 years, Chicagoan Robert Neumann is retiring.A party was held in his honor Friday at Chicago's main post office. When he began his career, a postal stamp cost 3 cents.  Comments (Count)

 

Help Save Our Historic Post Offices

Many of these post office buildings boast art from our finest New Deal artists. Our taxpayer dollars paid for this art that shows the personality and heritage of our communities…Art that chronicles our journey…Art to inform and enrich this generation and every generation yet to come  Art that belongs to the people. Comments (Count)

 

Who’s winning the shipping war? Infographic Shipping Comparison – USPS vs UPS vs. FedEx Stamps.com recently compiled an infographic revealing new data on how UPS, FedEx and the USPS compare in package tracking events, delivery times and overall costs. Stamps.com staff shipped 144 packages to all eight shipping zones across the U.S. from three separate locations.   Comments (Count)

 

Charlton Heston Immortalized on Forever Stamp

Harvey Milk Forever Stamp to be Dedicated at White House May 22

Alaska: Postmaster couple retire

Postal Union Chief: Think of USPS as Asset, Not a Cost Center

PRC Chair Urges Postal Service to Tap Its Human Capital

Postal Service is profitable, doesn't need to cut services

U.S. Postal Service selling out workers and… America

Car Crashes Through Fence at Farmington Post Office

 

April  10, 2014

APWU: Local 'Staples Protests' Growing in California and Atlanta

Dozens of locals, state organizations and retiree chapters are preparing for the April 24 National Day of Action to protest the Postal Service’s sweetheart deal with Staples, which puts “postal” counters in the office supply stores — and staffs them with low-wage Staples employees. But APWU members in California and Georgia, two of the four trial areas for the program, have already organized dozens of protests — and their ranks are growing. Video Highlights Chicago APWU Members ‘Stop Staples’ Protest  Comments (Count)

 

UPS re-hires 250 drivers who were terminated for protesting co-worker’s firing

The deal rescinds the termination notices given to 250 Queens drivers after they walked out for 90 minutes on Feb. 26 to protest the firing of longtime driver Jairo Reyes, a union activist. Reyes also gets his job back   Comments (Count)

 

Advice From a TSP Millionaire – Retirement Planning

Cops: NY postal worker sold marijuana from mail truck at post office

UPS re-hires 250 drivers who were axed for protesting co-worker’s firing

APWU plans San Ramon protest over Postal Service 'privatization'

Oregon: A Changing of the Guard at NALC 

USPS owes us an explanation

Postal Service is profitable, doesn't need to cut services 

In Defense of the United States Postal Service

Going Postal: Stamp Collecting Leads to Unexpected Places

Post office stops delivery on 'unsafe' Ashburnham street

California: Postal Workers Union to Protest 'Privatization of U.S. Postal Service' this Week

 

April  9, 2014

USPS load leveling plan takes effect April 10

Implementation of load leveling means that DSCF Standard Mail, when accepted on Fridays and Saturdays, will have a delivery expectation of up to 4 days.Comments (Count)

 

South Carolina Postal Worker pleads guilty to stealing Secret Service mail

A 46-year-old former postal worker has pleaded guilty to taking counterfeit bills from the Secret Service and spending it on drugs, among other things.   Comments (Count)

 

Government's Credential Exchange, Hosted by USPS, to Go Live Soon

Obese Feds Will Now Have Their Diet Pills Covered

Could Social Media Help Catch Abuse of Disability Benefits?

Northern California man arrested after run-in with postal employee

Letter: This might explain why Postal Service is hurting

Finally, a Direct Mail Feelgood Story

Arson fire disrupts service at Texas post office
Condo residents targeted by mail thieves twice in 1 month

 

April  8, 2014

Why Republicans Love Obama's Post Office Plan

The House Republicans are especially agreeable when it comes to ending Saturday letter delivery. “The administration’s proposal includes giving [the Postal Service] the authority to move to five-day delivery,” Deese testified. “It’s our belief that this needs to be part of a comprehensive and balanced plan.” Chairman Issa to Introduce President Obama’s Postal Proposal
 

Republicans, White House Finally Agree on Something: Postal Reform

Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, who chairs the subcommittee tasked with USPS oversight, repeatedly pointed to overlap between a USPS reform bill they introduced last year and proposals put forward in the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget. The Republican bill  passed through committee without any Democratic support, and has yet to receive a vote on the House floor, but Issa voiced optimism during the hearing for a renewed effort APWU: USPS Needs Real Reform – Not More Austerity .|  Rolando: Postal Service needs real reform | Issa embraces White House plan for postal reform | Darrell Issa Continues War Against the USPS OMB Deputy Director’s testimony at Issa postal reform hearing

The proposals in the Administration’s FY 2015 Budget seek to provide a responsible path to future viability focusing on four key principles: Greeting Card Association and Rural Carriers Call for Meaningful Postal Reform   Comments (Count)

 

Zumbox to Shutter its Operations

Netflix DVD-Mailer Rate Upheld by Court in Post Office Suit

University Place Fights to Keep Post Office

A Census of Post Boxes

Uber to Launch Bike-Courier Service

 

April  7, 2014

Timing is everything: MSPB braces for involuntary retirement appeals

With the Government Accountability Office recently reporting that 600,000 of the federal government’s permanent career employees will become eligible for retirement by 2017 – up from 270,000 in 2012 – there is a strong possibility that after these employees retire, some will end up believing they were forced out. One study, for example, showed that nearly a third of older workers surveyed believed their retirements were forced.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS, Staples Deal Still a Secret — But Hearing Reveals Disturbing Truths

The Postal Service and Staples are working overtime to keep the details of their sweetheart deal a secret, but a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board — and documents the USPS was forced to provide to the APWU — have revealed some disturbing truths. Locations Announced for April 24 Protests to ‘Stop Staples’  Comments (Count)

 

PMG gives oath of office to Postmaster in his hometown

It’s not every day PMG Pat Donahoe stops by a local Post Office. When he does, there’s usually an important reason for the visit.   Comments (Count)

 

New York State Letter Carriers Endorse Rangel

Tennessee Postal Employees Plead Guilty To Workers Comp Fraud

Video: Postal Service Worker Seen Throwing Package In Drive-By Delivery

Upright Jenny Invert panes found in New York, Wisconsin

Package May Have Ignited Fire at Raleigh Postal Facility 

Why UPS Trucks Don't Turn Left

Amazon Launches Amazon Dash for Delivery of Groceries, Household Items

Civic Association Says Dozens of Magazines it Mailed Were Not Delivered or Badly Mangled

 

April  6, 2014

Why do so many cars crash into post offices?

Songbird Stamps Take Flight

 

April  5, 2014

Video: Postal Police, USPS Communications Official at APWU StopStaples Demonstration -  Postal Police at a Staples store??? A $62,000+ a year USPS Communications official monitoring protesters??? Chicago Workers Demonstrate Against USPS Partnership With Staples

Roughly 200 postal workers and supporters picketed Saturday afternoon in front of a suburban Staples store, demonstrating against the postal service partnership with the office supply chain to provide some mail services. USPS official was on hand to counter the protesters. USPS Chicago District Manager: No decisions yet on expanding Staples retail pilot program - Members of the American Postal Workers Union from the Chicago area, joined by hundreds of labor and community activists, will protest on Saturday, April 5, in Elmwood Park, against a deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to move mail services into Staples stores.  DM:  "The U. S. Postal Service has no plans to privatize. Our goal is to ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service, and we believe making postal products and services available to customers where they live, work and shop will help us to realize that goal."    Chicago Postal Workers To Protest Outsourcing of USPS Services to Staples  Comments (Count)

 

Federal Agencies Shed 10,000 Jobs in March - Approx. 1200 of these were USPS jobs

Pittsburgh mail delivery spotty

Postal Service is Hemorrhaging Billions; Is Privatization An Option?

Valley veterans angry post office didn't replace flag for 6 months

Driver injured after crash into Oregon post office
Brooklyn woman receives letters after 45 years

Ukraine asks world to stop sending it mail for Crimea

 

April  4, 2014

EEOC Class Action For Limited & Light Duty Postal Employees, Postal Employee Awarded $175,000 Over the next couple of weeks PostalReporter.com will be playing catch-up on posting legal cases filed by postal employees via  EEOC, MSPB, Federal courts and other government agencies. Comments (Count)

 

Video: PMG, Fox News face off over credit card abuse charges against postal workers - From the credit cards, just so you know, a person when they take that credit card, they are on the hook for the bill. We always collect it back  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Implements 'Identity Proofing' and collection of 'text message' numbers at usps.com PostalReporter.com reported several months ago of USPS's plan to implement 'identity proofing' for personal (non-business) customers who select this option at usps.com.

Florida Letter Carrier Charged in identity theft tax refund scheme and mail theft

Michigan post office saves man from getting scammed out of thousands

Is mail dead?
Police: Hunt continues for suspect in Arkansas post office burglary
Remember Those Late Holiday Packages? Don’t Blame The Carrier, Blame The Retailer
 

April  3, 2014

House Budget Committee Approves Bill That Targets Postal and Federal Employees - It is expected that the bill will be considered by the House next week. NAPUS opposes the bill. The measure, even if approved by the Senate, which is doubtful, would not, in and of itself have the force of law. The Postal Service and NAPUS President, Tony Leonardi along with League President, Mark Strong continue to discuss final POStPLAN  implementation.  Comments (Count)

 

Holder: Postal Service Mail Used For ‘Shocking’ Amount Of Drug Dealing

Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate committee on Thursday that there is a “shocking” number of people who are using the U.S. Postal Service to send illegal drugs around the country.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: PSEs Should Beware Of ‘Voice of Employee’ Surveys

Haslett woman pleads guilty in post office trespassing case

Kingsbridge Bronx Post Office seeks to right wrongs

Group Works to Save Horace Post Office
Furious residents fear 20-mile round trip to get mail may be permanent
USPS to Newspaper: We strictly adhere to rules for sale of historic properties
The U.S. should go back to postal banking

 

April  2, 2014

Updated with Video: PMG talks importance of keeping mail competitive and relevant to consumers In the video — and in talks with large mailers during the National Postal Forum — PMG lists four ways to keep the mail competitive, provides update on MDD and more:   Comments (Count)

USPS Sets the Record Straight on Postal Employees using taxpayers money to gamble - The USPS responds to the story floating around about postal workers using taxpayers money to gamble.  

USPS Sets Records Straight on Scanning ‘Misinformation’

Harvey Milk stamp design revealed

Minneapolis Postal philatelic clerk reassigned

History column: Post office’s artwork drew loud complaints

UPS Fires 250 Drivers For Protesting Co-Worker’s Termination

Former PSE sentenced to prison for mail thefts

Video: Surveillance shows suspects in Oregon post office credit card fraud case

No one hires vets like the Postal Service

Amazon Will Now Allow Returns Using Lockers

Video: Dog causes mail delivery holdup

Bank on the post office to save America's 'bank deserts'

 

April  1, 2014

Based on a Falsehood, Ryan Budget Would Plunder Postal Service

The postal provisions in the budget proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on April 1 are a “thinly-veiled attempt to plunder the Postal Service — to slash service, cut workers’ benefits, and render our great national treasure ripe for privatization,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. GOP budget would amount to pay cut for federal employees  Comments (Count)

 

Chicago Mail Problems Continue, Postal Service Reps Hear Concerns

For area residents who have been complaining about lost or stolen mail, damaged packages or items delivered late at night by postal workers wearing headlamps, the meeting organized by Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Watch founder Steve Niketopoulos was the first time some felt their concerns were heard by the Postal Service. Residents in Chicago neighborhood demand answers from USPS on continued mail problems Previously, USPS officials said the brutal winter weather Chicago contributed to mail issues in West Town. Mail was delivered late at night, if at all, and some packages never arrived, neighbors complained. from Jan: Video: Some Chicago USPS package deliveries delayed  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Mail trucks robbed on Chicago south side

At least seven trucks have been robbed over the last three months. Two of them were broken into on Monday. Comments (Count)

 

Postal Services Dealing with Game-Changer as Global E-Commerce Takes Flight - Listen to the customer, offer integrated postal solutions and provide simple and reliable customs and delivery procedures, said several participants at a forum on global e-commerce organized on 26-27 March 2014 by the Universal Postal Union, the United Nations specialized agency for postal services. Customer Service: PO cuts hours, residents will be forced to drive 20 minutes to mail an item or wait until the next day Comments (Count)

USPS IG: Bank on the post office to save America’s ‘bank deserts’

USPS to Postal Employees: Election season is coming; get to know the Hatch Act

Florida Mail carrier pleads guilty to taking parcel containing veteran’s drugs

Video: Mail trucks robbed on Chicago south side

Phila. man left unconscious after icy fall at mailbox sues US Postal Service

TSP Wilts in March

Video: The Great American Post Office Heist: The Story Behind the Story

Video: One Killed after USPS contract driver collides with SUV on Houston freeway

New York: Postal trucks hog parking spots in Manhattan's Murray Hill

‘Misprinted Stamps Escape Postal Vault’

 

March 31, 2014

Bamboozled: Mail, wedding gifts, dog's ashes and even pizza not delivered due to USPS, GPS foul up - At first, it was mail that was occasionally delivered to the wrong address. Then it started happening on a daily basis. The addresses on the mail mysteriously changed, and letters were sent to the wrong place.He said postal officials told him part of the problem was an automatic sorting system used before the mail is given to carriers. He was told his carrier would be instructed to check the sorted mail, but that has only helped intermittently.All the residents said they’ve contacted the post office about the problem, but they’re told it’s being worked on, or that it would be looked into, or sometimes, calls were not returned. Comments (Count)

 

Residents in Chicago neighborhood demand answers from USPS on continued mail problems Previously, USPS officials said the brutal winter weather Chicago contributed to mail issues in West Town. Mail was delivered late at night, if at all, and some packages never arrived, neighbors complained. from Jan: Video: Some Chicago USPS package deliveries delayed Comments (Count)

Senators request details of OPM plan to modernize retirement processing

3 People Hurt in Wreck on Hwy 67, Including Rural Mail Carrier

New York state joins New York City in suing FedEx for Illegally Shipping Untaxed Cigarettes

Post Office Hour Cuts Upset A Growing Town

NALC: Memorandums of understanding extended, modified

U.S. Postal Service Issues Yes, I Do Stamp

New York state joins New York City in suing FedEx for Illegally Shipping Untaxed Cigarettes

USPS to make ‘set the record straight’ website available to all

Royal Mail facing backlash over ‘lost £1bn’ from sell-off

Rolando: U.S. Postal Service delivering profitable service

Letter Carrier Lends Helping Hand of Elderly Customer

New Nevada-Sierra postal district manager named

Opinion: Want a job? Deliver, or protect

Nevada stamp moves up to May

Postal enthusiast traces history

Canada: Postal Rate Jumps 35% Today (First Class Stamp From 63 cents to 85 cents-$1.00)

 

March 30, 2014

New Postal Hires Mean More 'Return to Sender' Mail 

Letter carriers recall days at downtown post office

Hundreds gather at central Canada Post building to protest cuts

 

March 29, 2014

Video: USPS repairs Bronx residents mailbox lock problem after TV news get involved

 

March 28, 2014

Edmond Walker EEO nearly derailed, McConnell Class Action stalled and more postal legal cases Over the next couple of weeks PostalReporter.com will be playing catch-up on posting legal cases filed by postal employees via  EEOC, MSPB, Federal courts and other government agencies   Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Maintenance Memo Outlines Steps For PSE Conversion to Career

A March 28 agreement with the USPS [PDF] outlines the procedure for the conversion of Maintenance Craft Postal Support Employees to career, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.   Comments (Count)

 

Congressmen letter request GAO to review morale of Federal Workforce

 Their letter requests that GAO assess the morale and effectiveness of the federal workforce, including recruitment and retention, performance and productivity, the achievement of agency missions, the extent to which the Office of Personnel Management helps agencies improve employee engagement, and lessons to be learned from agencies that have significantly improved employee engagement. Some readers have suggested that a similar review should be conducted on postal employees.  Comments (Count)

 

Southern California Man Hides in Bushes, Catches Teens Stealing Packages Tired of having packages stolen from his front door, a Chula Vista resident caught a group of teenage thieves in the act by hiding in some bushes and jumping out just as the teens were grabbing more loot. Comments (Count)

 

USPS to offer wider array of smartphones

Upgrading to the new smartphones is voluntary and at the user’s convenience, once they receive the email from IT.  Comments (Count)

 

PRC Evaluates USPS Performance in FY 2013: 18 Discount Rates Miss the Mark The Commission also found that customers were generally satisfied with their overall experience when visiting post offices, but were less satisfied with the resolution of complaints. Comments (Count)

 

Tree Falls on Mail Carrier Jeep, Driver Receives Injuries

Senators to OPM: Your Retirement Claims Processing Is So 1977

In Search of a New Postal Paradigm
Are Printed Magazines Growing or Shrinking? Yes

Concord, NH officials approve cluster mailbox for letter carriers to avoid pit bull

Congressmen request GAO review morale of Federal Workforce

Owner Of NJ Bulk Mailing Company Gets 18 Months In Prison For Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

Canada Post price increases will drive small business away from mail, advocate says

New Zealand: Posties try out electric delivery vehicles

 

March 27, 2014

USPS: No plans to privatize the Postal Service

The news media, blogs and social media often comment that some Postal Service initiatives — or recommendations in pending legislation — are steps toward privatizing the organization. No one is planning to privatize USPS.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Former War Vet Turned Mail Carrier Claims Post Office Corruption After Firing - Karah Adams told WHNT News 19 that her three-month postal career came to a sudden end after being accused of lying to her boss on her job application. But Adams said the claim by her supervisor was false, and was used as a cover to get rid of her after she wouldn’t go along with post office corruption she called “blatant.” Comments (Count)

 

Georgia Postal Worker Charged for Role in Planning Conley Postal Robbery

The postal worker  has been indicted by a federal grand jury on conspiracy and armed robbery charges for her role in planning a postal robbery in Conley, Ga., on December 20, 2013—a robbery that resulted in the near-fatal shooting of a postal truck driver by two other defendants charged with Evans in the same indictment.  Comments (Count)

 

Four Postal Unions Bury the Hatchet to Save Services, Standards

OPM wants to keep FEHBP premium increases ‘in check’

How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

Strategies abound to help mitigate postal rate increases

Postal service employees use travel cards to gamble, pay bills and go bowling

eBay Seller: USPS Tracking Leaves Much to Be Desired

 

March 26, 2014

PRC says USPS load leveling plan needs more analysis and customer support before implementation - The Commission finds the Postal Service’s initial assessment and identification of potential benefits shows some promise, but cautions this evaluation is based on limited test information and sometimes anecdotal accounts.  Comments (Count)

 

Injured on the job? Whistleblower says: hope you don’t work for the United States Post Office! The following letter was sent to me due to my ongoing series about the management crisis in the United States Postal Service (USPS). This is a new piece, dealing with an issue echoed by other letters, alleging the USPS is remiss in dealing with injured and/or handicapped or disabled workers Allegations grow, as more postal workers send stories of abuse  | Maryland Postal Worker pleads guilty to Workers Comp Benefits fraud  Comments (Count)

 

Mail carrier robbed in Maplewood, NJ

The suspects took a phone and cash and then fled...The mail carrier was unharmed  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Card skimmers at Washington County post offices?

A joint investigation between the US Post Office and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is underway over the possibility skimming devices were illegally placed on self-service stamp machines at two post offices. Romanians plead guilty to using ‘Skimmers’ to steal bank account info from Post Office APCs Comments (Count)

 

Video: Lazy USPS Driver throws heavy box with hard drive against garage

This video has gone viral . Comments (Count)

 

Man sold $500K in USPS bins as scrap

Suspect charged in California postal worker’s death

 

March 25, 2014

Letter to Editor: American people need a compelling argument to help save USPS

Video: USPS seeking City Carrier Assistants Nationwide

La Jolla preservationist testifies at hearing on post office sales

Pennsylvania Postal Worker Charged with Misappropriating $55K in Money Orders and Cash

Pennsylvania Acting Postmaster Gets 4 Years Probation for Misusing Funds, Stealing from Mail

USPS HR Initiative Not Following Established Processes, Says IG

Hallmark Channel’s New Series ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ Premieres April 20th

Leominster, MA postmaster receives Patriot Award

Small fire at North Metro GA postal facility

Billion-dollar bet' on Postal Service

Postal inspectors pull mail headed to Metro East after smelling marijuana 

Four Reasons the Government Isn't Going to Sell Off the Post Office

 

 

March 24, 2014

PostalReporter.com readers question Why USPS' "Set the Record Straight" website is for employees only? As Steve Hutkins  of Save the Post Office points out: "This is a great idea. But why is it an internal website for employees only? It would be helpful for a wider audience to see what management is telling its employees about articles that appear in the media." .  USPS: New website for employees provides responses to inaccuracies -A new website is available for employees who want to know where USPS stands on issues in the news. Comments (Count)

Postal Service releases its February financials: First impressions of the rate increase?  "While it is way too soon to say how mailers will ultimately respond to the rate increase, it looks as though higher rates are not driving away vast amounts of mail, and overall, the Postal Service looks to be doing okay for fiscal year 2014. Year to date, five months into the fiscal year, the Postal Service has made a profit of $1.1 billion in controllable operating income.  During the same period last year, the Postal Service had a controllable operating loss of $102 million.  Comments (Count)

 

Video Update: USPS Contract Driver Commits Suicide after killing, assaulting postal workers - The media seems to have overlooked that the woman beaten to death by a postal contract driver is listed as a postal worker (Bulk Mail Clerk) . The other female postal worker (Mail Processing Clerk) who was assaulted with a crowbar is listed in stable condition. Update: USPS contract driver wanted in connection with homicide, assault on postal worker commits suicide - Police are searching for a man who allegedly killed a woman and assaulted a postal worker on Monday morning in North Carolina .  Witnesses say Smith, a truck driver contracted for the Postal Service, assaulted the woman with a crowbar, causing life-threatening trauma to her head. Comments (Count)

 

USPS to consolidate stamp distribution and fulfillment centers

USPS is streamlining its stamp distribution and fulfillment networks, including transferring the management of Stamp Distribution from Supply Management to Stamp Services.   Comments (Count)

 

APWU, USPS Reach Agreement On Filling Residual Vacancies

The precise number of conversions that will take place as a result of the agreement is not yet known because it depends on the number of residual vacancies and other factors, Dimondstein said  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Greenacres, FL residents upset with USPS over missing mail

The Watchdog got the postmaster to watch the route closely. The problem routes were recently changed to balance workloads and the post office admits that caused a learning curve with new mail carriers.  Comments (Count)

 

Mystery packages tip off identity theft victim to eBay scam

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Jimmy Carter Uses 'Snail Mail' to Thwart NSA

Post Office Hiring 70 in Memphis and Nashville

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Pennsylvania hatchery ignored postal weather warnings, leading to dead chicks for Mercer farmer