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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)


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,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances ||  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  Comments (Count)




April 19,  2015

Video: USPS postpones closing Erie mail center after Pittsburgh says they’re not ready

During this transition period, all Erie mail will be canceled in Pittsburgh, meaning that's where they get postmarked with the date, and where the stamps are invalidated. However all that mail will still need to return to Erie's E. 38th Street facility to be sorted before delivery.  Comments (Count)


Pregnancy Discrimination Claims after Young v. UPS

This is an update to earlier posts on the UPS EEO pregnancy case that cited USPS policy: UPS throws USPS, APWU under the bus in pregnancy bias case before U.S. Supreme Court.Comments (Count)


NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing. Comments (Count)


Video: Knife-wielding man mistakes stamp kiosk for ATM, tries to rob woman inside post office


April 18,  2015

Animal shelter rescues baby chicks at Georgia post office

Mail processing ends at USPS distribution center in Oshtemo Township


April 17,  2015

Senator Carper Convenes Bipartisan Briefing on Postal Service Finances

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a bipartisan briefing on the state of Postal Service finances Thursday afternoon. The briefing provided an important opportunity for all senators to hear from the U.S. Postal Service along with key oversight bodies,    Comments (Count)


Kentucky Rural Carrier Recognized as 'Super Hero'

USPS finalizing relocation of Florence processing center

Amazon Drones Could Deliver a Package in Under 30 Minutes for $1

News Flash: New Postal Rates Slated for May 31


April 16,  2015

USPS continues major changes in plant consolidation schedule – Updated April 17

Approximately 40 facilities are still scheduled for closure/consolidation in June, July and September 2015.Approximately 19 facilities scheduled for consolidation or closure in July  & September 2015 have had their move dates changed to “To Be Determined” (TBD). Four (4) facilities move dates were take completely off the schedule (for now) USPS modified plant consolidations schedule for April 18th -  Here is a partial list of facilities scheduled to close or consolidate starting April 18,2015.  || Video: USPS finalizing relocation of Florence mail processing center ||  Mail processing ends at U.S. Postal Service Kalamazoo distribution center ( Comments (Count)



OPM releases “Workplace Flexibilities Handbook” for updated federal leave policies

In a Memorandum sent from Katherine Archuleta, Director, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to all Heads of Federal agencies, she explained the new “Modernizing Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent and Improve Productivity” and announced the release of a new handbook.   Comments (Count)


Ex-Abington PA postal worker admits scamming customers via smartphone

A Pennsylvania postal worker pleaded guilty Thursday in Montgomery County Court to credit card fraud stemming from his now former employment at the U.S. Post Office in Abington.  Comments (Count)


Tractor trailer, mail truck collide in NC, two injured

'No more missing mail': Phelan residents protest post office on Tax Day

At conference closing, UN official says innovation key for future of postal sector

USPS Roanoke operations expected to begin move to Greensboro on Saturday

Reader's View: Postal workers have always given excellent service

On Tax Day, Members Spread the Word: Your Post Office Receives Zero Tax Dollars

Dayton tax filers upset USPS didn't stay open


April 15,  2015

Gyrocopter flying mailman appeared in federal court wearing USPS jacket, released on own recognizance

A condition of his release was that he be monitored via GPS, but Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson ordered that he will be placed on home detention in Tampa. Hughes asked at court how he would be able to work if he is confined to his hours. Also, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) wants to make an example out of Doug Hughes. updated  (4/17/15)  Comments (Count)


Video: Postal worker arrested after landing gyrocopter on lawn of US Capitol

Mailman’s friend warned Secret Service about plan to land gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol lawn. Florida rural carrier was trying to deliver a protest. Video: Who Is Doug Hughes? Inside the Mind of the Mailman Who Flew to Washington | That Time the Postal Service Actually Used Gyrocopters To Deliver Mail (4/15/15) Comments (Count)


Chaffetz Plan to Fire Federal Workers With Big Tax Debts Fails in the House

Employees of the federal government dodged a bullet Wednesday, as the House failed to pass legislation that would require federal workers to be fired if they fail to pay their federal taxes. Comments (Count)


USPS selects 15 prequalified suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)

The United States Postal Service issued a Request for Information and Prequalification/Sources Sought for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program. The purpose of the RFI was to inform prospective suppliers on the USPS’s preliminary/draft specifications and plans for acquisition of NGDV fleet replacements.15 Companies Bidding To Make Next-Generation U.S. Postal Service Vehicle.|  AMP Holding, Inc. Advances in the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a Prequalified Supplier   Comments (Count)


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

USPS ELM Revision: Back Pay Limitations

USPS revises policy for employee evaluations

Video: Residents Upset after USPS tells them to fix vandalized mailbox

USPS promises neighborhood in Vancouver, WA its own mail carrier after years of misdelivery complaints

Postal worker on Survivor finds dream comes with nightmares

Dogs Bite Beaumont Postal Worker

Yo, Mailman, Bring Me a Flounder and a Dozen Roses

North Platte: Last Appeal Sent for Post Office Relocation


April 14,  2015

Senator McCaskill to Senate Colleagues: Postpone Postal Closings

Without Congressional compromise, the Postal Service will continue to confront drastic changes to its operations, thereby slowing service to millions of Americans who rely on it.  Comments (Count)


NALC: Fast Track is heating up this week on Capitol Hill

Congress comes back to Washington this week after its spring recess, both the House and the Senate are expected to begin consideration of Fast Track legislation. NAPS: Take Action! Tell Your House Lawmaker to VOTE NO on Federal Employee Tax bill  Comments (Count)


USPS promises neighborhood in Vancouver, WA its own mail carrier after years of misdelivery complaints

 Problem blamed on high turnover rate for new letter carriers. Letter Carriers make $15.68 an hour and many don’t last long. The turnover rate is about 33 percent.  Comments (Count)


USPS: Illinois postal employee rescues small children from fire

A neighbor’s house was on fire and two small children were inside. The mother was screaming, “My babies, my babies!”  Comments (Count)


APWU: Members Eligible For Maintenance Craft’s AOI Remedy Identified

Maintenance Craft employees who are eligible for a monetary remedy in the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) arbitration award have been identified, Director Steve Raymer has announced. . Comments (Count)


USPS rebounding from financial crisis, but needs to do more to goose revenue

Postal Service preparing move to new Iowa City post office

Postal History: The Pony Express Was Short-Lived and Costly
New head of stamp services to be named soon

UN Postal Conference Aims to Begin Work on Global Strategy -

Detroit: Filing Taxes At The Last Minute? The Post Office Won't Be Waiting Up For You

Canada: Concerns raised about impact of centralized mailboxes across Sarnia


April 13,  2015

San Francisco Post Office Struggles Without Electronics As Tax Return Crush Swamps Lone Clerk

The solitary mail clerk working the morning shift was plunged back into the pre-computer 1970s, with no cash registers working, no electronic postage meters, no electronic scales, and all stamps were affixed painstakingly by hand. Comments (Count)


Postal Worker injured after mail truck overturns in South Carolina

Two people were taken to hospital following a Friday afternoon accident that led to an overturned mail truck.


Will Postal Uniforms Be Tres Chic at New York Fashion Week?

USPS OIG: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Rand Paul Loses a Vote...For Using the Post Office!

USPS OIG: We’re Just Askin’

USPS OIG Utilization of Postal Service Data by the Chief Human Resources Officer (PDF)

USPS OIG: Seamless Acceptance Implementation (PDF)

Communities and Postal Workers United Spring 2015 Newsletter (PDF)



April 12,  2015

Open Letter to the P.M.G of the United States

Today's PMGs call postal workers their most important asset while they disrupt their work and home lives with insane staffing plans that don't work time and again. All this they do while deliberately delaying the mail.  Comments (Count)


U.S. Postal Shredder (USPS): Damaged Catalogs Spark New Business Idea

Catalogs are being damaged so frequently in the mail that one company has turned the problem into a new business venture. “A recent project involving a national catalog brand showed that 23 percent of the catalogs received by our field agents arrived in poor condition,” a US Monitor press release said recently. The U.S. Postal Service’s Flat Sequencing System earned the nickname “Flats Shredding System” from postal workers because of its propensity to mangle magazines, catalogs, and other flat mail. FSS is not the only likely culprit for increased catalog damage, however. Thinner catalogs, more saddle stitching (using “staples”) rather than perfect binding, and lighter cover paper – all of which makes them more prone to being damaged in the mail than the big-book catalogs. Full mailboxes may also be a factor.Comments (Count)


Correct the Maya Angelou Stamp

Will stamp collecting endure as snail mail continues to dwindle?


April 11,  2015

Video: Mail Carrier Hailed As Hero For Helping Toddler

Wilkes-Barre police took custody of a toddler after finding the child alone inside an apartment.


USPS and Japan Post jointly issue ‘Gifts of Friendship’ Forever stamps

Postal Worker remains in critical condition after mail truck crash in Maryland



April 10,  2015

USPS Posts More Major Changes to 2015 Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated April 10

For the second week in a row these changes affect a large group of postal facilities including Duluth P & DF, Toledo, OH, Cape Girardeau, MO , Erie PA, Gulfport MS   Paducah, KY, Augusta, GA (again),  Tulsa, OK and many more. Comments (Count)


APWU , USPS Settle Disputes on Use of Acting Supervisors

The APWU and USPS reached two pre-arbitration settlements on April 9, resolving disputes over the use of acting supervisors (204bs) in Bulk Mail Entry Units and in Office-in-Charge assignments Comments (Count)


Video: Why companies are racing for almost-instantaneous delivery

Another kind of tax: The Postal Service cuts back at a post office deep in the hood

Linns: Commission OKs Adding New Forever Stamps | PRC Approves New Forever Stamps (PDF)

Squirrel hinders Duluth woman's mail delivery


April 9,  2015

VIDEO: USPS investigate missing mail for residents of some streets in Charlotte North Carolina

Becker contacted the Postal Service in Charlotte and told them that he had learned that the carrier who replaced Hinson may have dumped mail in a dumpster to lighten his load. But he was surprised that the USPS hasn’t contacted residents in the 10 days since to let them know that they might be missing some mail.  Comments (Count)


Postal Workers at Duluth, Toledo mail processing centers get reprieve

Postal Workers at Duluth Minnesota's mail processing center were informed Thursday that some mail sorting will remain in Duluth. Why the change in plans? Postal Service officials were not available to comment.   Comments (Count)


Postal Worker Critically-Injured After Truck Overturns

The postal worker lost control of  his truck in Bowie, Maryland. The truck overturned and the worker was ejected. Comments (Count)


Texas Letter Carrier Convicted in Massive Stolen ID Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

A letter carrier in Houston was recruited by co-conspirator in October 2012  to aid and abet  6 other conspirators in carrying out their scheme.  Comments (Count)



Mail on Three Wheels – National Postal Museum

For more than a decade many U.S. letter carriers made their daily rounds in vehicles that could be immobilized by three inches of snow, tip over if driving around a corner more than 25 mph, caught in a wind gust, or even by large dogs jumping on them. By the 1950s The Post Office Department needed to get letter carriers off their feet and into vehicles in response to the growth of suburban areas across the country and the growing increase in mail volumes, including packages.  Comments (Count)


Tax Day reminders: Postal property regulations must be obeyed

USPS Sales Chief Wants Mail Promos to Begin on Schedule

U.S. liable in postal truck death of Dershowitz's sister-in-law

Video: Maya Angelou Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

Postal Service Won't Reissue Maya Angelou Stamp

California: 2 Charged in January’s Rancho Bernardo Post Office Heist


April 8,  2015

NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach. NLRB charges USPS with failing to bargain with NALC over cyber attack’s potential impact on letter carriers | Rural Carriers: NLRB Issues Complaint Against USPS Regarding Massive Data Breach  Comments (Count)


USPS maintenance mechanic charged with stealing 5 big screen TVs from Kansas City mail center

A  Kansas City, Kansas USPS maintenance mechanic was indicted on federal theft charges Wednesday. Comments (Count)


USPS introduces comprehensive training course for newly promoted supervisors

USPS has introduced a comprehensive training course for newly promoted supervisors, part of a broader effort to strengthen the postal workforce by helping employees hone their talents and skills. Comments (Count)



USPS revise plans to move Redding California CSMPC operations again

Plans to transfer a portion of the operation of Redding’s mail processing center have been revised again.


Drag-Racing Suspected in Crash that Injured Postal Worker

Descendants of Lee’s Surrender Dedicate Civil War Stamps 150 years to the Minute at Historic Appomattox Site

PRC Chief Robert Taub on the Near Future of the Postal Service

Audit shows mail delivery failed to keep up as Bakken, ND boomed
Man charged with sexually assaulting letter carrier

Postal Service wants a new high-tech, flexible fleet

Stolen Mail Case Affected Residents on 20 Different Wallingford Streets

Five Ways the Postal Service Could Save Money With Google Glass-Type Eyewear

Mailbox change for two streets riles Stanford officials


April 7,  2015

Update: USPS Elimination of Scheme requirements on Clerk bids is Modified (Slightly)

The USPS has doubled-down on abolishing scheme requirements on future clerk duty assignments. It made two minor concessions, however . The effective date was changed from March 7 to March 23, 2015 and existing duty assignments  Comments (Count)


APWU: Your Post Office Gets Zero Tax Dollars

On April 15, APWU members will greet last-minute tax filers and reporters at post offices around the country with a message many of them haven’t heard before: The Postal Service gets zero tax dollars.Comments (Count)


Video: Only in Arizona will you find USPS mail delivery by mule

There’s no argument that the Grand Canyon is one of the most intriguing parts of the world, but very few know that tucked away in the area is a small tribe called the Havasupai tribe. Not only is this the smallest Indian nations in the United States, it’s also the only place in the nation where mail is delivered by mules.  Comments (Count)


APWU: Workers Memorial Day is April 28

In 2014, at least seven postal workers lost their lives on the job and tens of thousands more were sickened or injured. Four letter carriers were killed in motor vehicle accidents and falls. .Comments (Count)


FedEx set to compete in Europe with $4.8 Billion TNT Express bid

USPS: Maya Angelou Receives Stamping Ovation

Missouri rural mail carrier arrested on felony drug charge

Video: FedEx Driver Arrested on DUI with Injury Charge after Crash

Nonprofit Mailers: Counting the Days to 2015 Rates

USPS OIG Report on Augmented Reality and the Postal Service (PDF)

Heartly retires from Richfield post office

CCA pleads not guilty to 'deserted' Jennings MO  mail


April 6,  2015

USPS mail processing center in St Louis again cited by OSHA for fire extinguisher, electrical violations

"Employers that are cited for so many safety violations repeatedly demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health."   Comments (Count)


USPS mail center in Honolulu uses video monitor to engage employees

Alas, poor post office: Newsweek broods on the demise of the Postal Service

Are Postal Rates Headed Up, Down, Or All Around?

Protesters Urge Obama to require corporations with federal contracts to disclose political spending

In Cost-Cutting Move, Postal Service Scraps Most Next-Day Local Letter Delivery

Maya Angelou's new stamp uses a quote that may not be entirely hers


April 5,  2015

Video: Toddler struck, killed by Postal Service truck in Porterville California


April 4,  2015

Feds: CCA 'deserted' Jennings MO mail

Postal Worker Retires After 30 Years of Service

Rep argues Careywood post office appeal should carry on

Grand Rapids post office collection times to be earlier

Paducah processing center closing, USPS consolidating

Mayors do not want downtown Post Office to move


April 3,  2015

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.  Comments (Count)


Michigan Postal Support Employee charged with embezzlement of $61,000

Postal Support Employee (PSE) at the Saline, Michigan Post Office, has been charged with misappropriation of  over $61,000 in postal funds.. The initial complaint ,filed back in January, contends Garrett stole the money between April-December 2014. In November 2014, postal officials noticed “irregularities” with bank deposits  Comments (Count)


USPS: From the top – Letter carrier donates roofs to neighbors in need

Pocatello, ID, Letter Carrier Brett Hochhalter regularly passes homes in need of repair on his route. At least once a year, he does something about it. 


Reality check: Visiting the mailbox still popular among many, poll finds

Gallup: Four in Ten Americans Look Forward to Checking Mail

USPS Kicks-Off National Card and Letter Writing Month with Cool Stamps

Ozarks: Post office consolidations slow delivery of Times

USPS Delays Parcel Price Increase, As Major Carriers Weigh Price-Through

USPS OIG Report on North Dakota Postal Service Operations (PDF)


April 2,  2015

PRC Releases Its Analysis of USPS Financial Health: Report Highlights Continuing Losses

USPS: Tools and resources available for retirement planning

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by USPS Tractor-Trailer on Long Island Expressway

Former Rural Carrier pleads guilty to stealing mail from Rogersville MO residents

USPS logs first operational profit in six years

Portland revives talks to move Pearl District post office, free 14 acres for development

Massachusetts mail carrier accused of stealing thousands along her routes gets one year probation


April 1,  2015

Postal Service exploring possible redesign of uniforms

The Postal Service is testing redesigned uniforms with a focus on evaluating the performance, functionality and safety features of various winter gear.   Comments (Count)


Postal Service cited for electrical hazards at Chicago mail facility

The U.S. Postal Service is facing more than $60,000 in fines after being cited by OSHA for electrical hazards at a distribution center in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Comments (Count)


USPS to consolidate over 30 postal plants in April - Offering Voluntary Early Retirement?

April will be a very busy month for USPS consolidating and/or closing facilities as part of its Network Rationalization Phase 2. USPS will allow employees at the CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO mail center to opt for retirement.  Comments (Count)


APWU: RMSS arbitration remedy settled for $2 million

Employees entitled to remedy are those Maintenance Craft employees who had their eligible MSS (RMSS) rating changed to ineligible on or about August of 2009.  Comments (Count)


USPS: ELM Revision – Recognition and Awards

Effective April 2, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) subchap­ter 490 to update information relevant to awards for noncareer employees.  


Video: Congressman Steve King delivers mail

U.S. Representative Steve King, is getting an inside look at the Mason City Post Office, and he’s joining in on the route as well. He was invited by Herb Copley, who is a letter carrier and the Vice President of the Iowa State  Comments (Count)


Mapping by mail – Project uses Post Offices to trace American history

Video: Legal notices go missing in Hancock County mail

Minnesota AG sues over deceptive magazine and newspaper “Renewal Notices”


March 31,  2015

Federal Court dismisses twenty-one year old lawsuit against NALC

If readers may recall David Noble was employed at  NALC headquarters from 1981 to 1993 as an assistant to the late NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto. Noble’s job ended at  NALC headquarters reportedly after he complained that the officers breached their fiduciary duties under federal law.  Comments (Count)


Video: USPS National Recycling Operation

Rural mail carrier has been making her rounds for 47 years

Cape Girardeau: Mail-processing change could create delays, postal employees say

Congressman speaks out against USPS plans to close Eureka's processing center


March 30,  2015

Deceptive Study on USPS so-called "unfair competitive advantage" Financed by UPS

UPS has advocated privatization of the Postal Service for more than 30 years,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “So it’s not surprising that the company would make these wild claims.  Comments (Count)


Maya Angelou Stamp Dedication to Feature PMG, Oprah Winfrey, Ambassador Andrew Young and other Notables

USPS OIG: Mail Left in Mail Transport Equipment Dispatched to Dallas, TX MTESC

Postal Contract Employee sentenced for stealing nearly $478,000 in USPS equipment

EEOC to Study Workplace Harassment

Maryland Postal Worker sentenced for seven-year disability scam

Residents in Flatbush fed up with mail delivery issues


March 29,  2015

Car Collides with Postal Truck in Oceanside NY

Postal Service launches new search tool for lost mail

The USPS and PRC ponder the meaning of "post office": The appeal on the Careywood, Idaho CPO

USPS Eliminates First Class domestic and international Mail and Ordinary Parcel Pricing Choices From the Online Customer Postage Price Calculator

Opinion: Get Ready, New Canaan, For the Pop-Up Post Office


March 28,  2015

APWU files National Dispute over USPS removing scheme qualifications

The APWU takes the position that the notification dated February 20,2015 is a unilateral action in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Comments (Count)


Postal truck burns in Colorado Springs

Berkeley post office: Judge asks USPS to rescind documents
Online scammer sent empty boxes to victims
Michigan letter carrier injured in accident

USPS Changes Will Upend Delivery Service in NE Georgia

APWU: Arbitrator Sustains Grievance on Motor Vehicle Craft Subcontracting


March 27,  2015

PMG Brennan discusses Postal Pulse survey and USPS growth initiatives

In the March Edition of Postmaster General Megan Brennan’s “Business Focus,” the PMG discusses how the Postal Pulse survey will help improve USPS workplaces. The Postal Pulse features shorter questions that will allow USPS to better leverage employees’ feedback.  


USPS delays implementation of price changes scheduled for April 26

The USPS Board of Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the PRC. Comments (Count)


2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated March 27, 2015

List of postal facilities that have changed move date. South Bend, IN, Houston, TX, Central Massachusetts, Norfolk, VA and Augusta, GA 


USPS officials confirm mail delays starting in April due to consolidation

US Representative Rick Nolan says the Postal Service is using its “manufactured financial problems as an excuse to cut one day service to three to four day service.” Rep. Nolan adds the Duluth facility, and others, set for consolidation, are among the most productive.   Comments (Count)


Two Georgia drug dealers get prison for armed robbery spree targeting letter carriers

Two drug dealers have been sentenced to prison for their roles in an armed robbery spree that targeted U.S. Postal Service letters carriers in Decatur and Lithonia, Georgia.    Comments (Count)


PRC Evaluates USPS Performance in 2014 Annual Compliance Determination

Suspicious letter sickens woman, prompts Hazmat scare at St. Mary's post office

Mail delivery seem slower than usual? You're not alone

New York City Carrier Assistant pleads guilty to throwing away mail

More mail box thefts in California
Calls for a US stamp to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising


March 26,  2015

Missouri Postal Workers indicted for throwing away mail, stealing $5,000

During their investigation, postal inspectors installed a covert camera in letter carrier's delivery vehicle. The letter carrier was observed on video drinking five to eight beers each day while delivering his route. The other employee was also caught on camera stealing. Comments (Count)


USPS: March 31 is deadline for postal employees to sign up for free credit-monitoring service

The U.S. Postal Service is offering all current, some retired and former postal employees an Equifax credit-monitoring service for one (1) year.  USPS is offering the  credit-monitoring services after a data breach compromised employees’ personal information


The mail must go through … the fence? Truck crashes, no one hurt

Chagrin Falls postal supervisor indicted for embezzling $11,000


March 25,  2015

USPS operating profit $1.4 billion for first five months of FY 2015

For the month of February 2015, the Postal Service had a $76 million operating profit, down slightly from the results for the same month last year, but a higher result than planned. Workhours and  numbers for career employees and non-career employees  were up.  Comments (Count)


Rep. Huffman to New Postmaster General: Don’t Close Petaluma and Eureka Mail Processing Center

“I continue to be frustrated with the USPS’s refusal to provide my office with requested information and the lack of interest in fully explaining these changes to the public,” Huffman wrote. “I do not believe it is wise to move forward with a plan to consolidate operations without knowing the full financial and service impact of such a change, and I ask that you halt this change until your analysis is complete and the public has had time to review the new data and provide comments.”   Comments (Count)


USPS Proposes “Forever” Status for Five Additional First-Class Stamp Categories

The Postal Service seeks to eliminate the need for customers and the Postal Service to acquire and distribute new denominated stamps in anticipation of price changes affecting these stamp types, each time a price change occurs.  Comments (Count)


APWU update on disbursement of $56 Million Global Settlement Remedy

APWU Clerk Craft Director Clint Burelson has updated union members on progress toward disbursing a $56 million settlement that was signed Dec. 5, 2014, to resolve disputes over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work. 


Video: Convicted sex offender, mail carrier taken off school’s delivery route

A convicted sex offender and mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service has been reassigned after concerns that he was going to deliver to local schools.  Registered sex offender will continue to deliver mail despite complaints Comments (Count)


US Supreme Court revives pregnant worker’s discrimination case against United Parcel Service

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with a former driver for UPS Inc by giving her another chance to argue that the package delivery company discriminated against her when it refused to lighten her work duties while she was pregnant. 


PRC rejects USPS request for Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) with Discover

The Postal Service was seeking to add a new negotiated service agreement (NSA) with Discover Financial Services (Discover) to the market dominant product list. Discover threatened to shift from mail to digital alternatives if NSA is not approved.  Comments (Count)


Police seek owner of pricey jewelry left in mailbox


March 24,  2015

Video: Chicago Mailman shot to death on his way to work

A 27-year-old letter carrier was shot to death early Tuesday morning in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. Friends, relatives gather to remember slain mail carrier   Comments (Count)


USPS Station Manager sentenced to prison in bribe scheme

Station Manager Received over $500k in Bribes for Inflated Invoices for Landscaping and Cleaning Services 


Woman arrested after police discover other people's mail in her posession
 Columbus Man Sentenced For Attacking Postal Worker, Stealing Package Full Of Pot
Woman arrested after police discover other people's mail in her possession

Wisconsin postal contractor convicted of stealing gift cards, cash


March 23,  2015

Nonprofit Mailers Scramble, Again, to Fight Postal-Rate Increases

Vehicle Crashes Into Hedgesville Post Office

Careywood Post Office Appealing Closure

USPS Delivery Truck Involved in Crash That Killed Motorcyclist

Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases

Postal Service looks to repurpose Stewart sort center

Body of man found at Morristown Post Office

Video: Postal Worker caught on camera throwing fragile packages on customer’s porch


March 22,  2015

Indiana postal worker accused of throwing away mail

Twenty years later: Montclair, NJ looks back at Watchung Plaza Post Office shooting

Alabama carrier, 60, jailed on child porn charge after taking computer for repairs

Michigan: Kalamazoo Mail Plant To Close, Expect More Delays

Eugene Postal Worker Reaches Settlement in Dog Attack Case

Patrons Plead for Post Office


March 21,  2015

Video: Tucson to get cluster mailboxes with improved security that thwart thieves

2 sought in postal carrier robberies in Coral Springs, Tamarac

March 20,  2015

Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduces bill to halt sale and consolidation of Historic US Postal facilities

The Moratorium on US Historic Postal Buildings Act would prevent USPS from selling any facility


USPS OIG Audit Report: 911 Emergency Services Policy

"According to district and information technology managers, it is not possible to dial 911 from some telephones within the Bay-Valley District facility." 


2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated March 20, 2015

Man Convicted in 2013 Holiday Shooting , Robbery of Massachusetts Letter Carrier

Pennsylvania Letter Carrier admits to stealing from mail

Who Remembers the Nationwide Postal Wildcat Strike of 1970 (and Why Does That Matter)?

Amazon gets FAA approval to test drones

Amazon launches one-hour delivery service in Baltimore

Postal Inspectors Offer Reward For Armed Robber

Iowa mail carrier sentenced for tossing mail off a bridge

Fighting For A Post Office

Video: Detroit postal worker beat up, hospitalized after trying to break up fight

Suspect arrested in Georgia postal robbery


March 19,  2015

LaFayette GA Postal worker charged with stealing post office keys, trying to make copies

USPS expands grocery delivery test

Video: Oklahoma letter carrier accused of stealing mail from elderly residents

Car slams into Woodlawn VA Post Office, causes extensive damage
Timely Mail, Sunday Packages: Can Burlington's Acting Postmaster Deliver?

Mail woes continue in New Jersey town

Texas postal worker indicted on drug delivery charge


Letter Containing Cyanide Mailed to White House

USPS Worker Who Stole Victoria Secret Coupons Sentenced

April Postal Increases Worry Nonprofit Magazine Publishers

Tallying Postal Service Complaints in Greenburgh, New York


USPS will no longer require ‘scheme qualifications’ on postal clerk bid duty assignments

This is due to the continuing reduction in mail volumes requiring manual scheme knowledge. Furthermore, eliminating scheme qualifications on Clerk bid duty assignments will reduce the substantial annual costs for scheme training. Comments (Count)


House budget ‘plan’? Cut letter carrier pay (again)

NALC Legislative News - The federal spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016 released by the House of Representatives on Tuesday once again aims to cut letter carriers’ pay.   Comments (Count)


Postal Service reissues Policy on Workplace Harassment

This policy: Reaffirms the Postal Service’s commitment to pro­viding a work environment free of harassment.  Comments (Count)


Who Owns the Postal Service?

Who is the post office designed to serve?  What is the system’s ultimate function? These questions are fundamental to the future and the fate of the post office, the postal network, and postal services in this country. Comments (Count)


PRC Again Remands Price Adjustments Back To USPS: Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services Products Affected - For the second time in this case, the Postal Regulatory Commission returned a Postal Service proposal to adjust rates for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services.


Postal Unions notified letter addressed to President Obama tested positive for cyanide

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Postal Service was made aware of a suspicious parcel addressed to the President of the United States (POTUS). Upon opening the package a sealed container containing a liquid was discovered.  NALC: Employee safety paramount following suspicious letter report  Comments (Count)


Chief Marketing Officer Manabe to leave Postal Service

Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing officer for the United States Postal Service and supervisor of the stamp program, told associates she plans to leave. Comments (Count)


USPS expands test of larger mailboxes

The Postal Service has expanded its test of larger mailboxes to rural and suburban communities in California, Colorado and North Dakota  Comments (Count)


Video: Letter Carrier and Customers Protect Mail From Burning LLV

Video: Postal Worker Robbed In Valdosta GA

Vandals damage 17 postal vehicles in Omaha NE

Rules Tightened on Low-Cost Marketing Parcels

Soldiers build postal capacity from ground up in Iraq

Postal Service Looks to Improve on 9 Miles Per Gallon


Pacific Area Cancels Most Involuntary Reassignments

Area postal officials have issued the Region written and verbal notice canceling most of the “excessing” impacts scheduled for implementation in California in April and July of this year  Comments (Count)


NAPUS: PMG Brennan Pledges to Keep Mail Relevant

Postmaster General Megan Brennan addressed Postmasters at NAPUS’ Leadership Conference Monday, March 16. Attendees warmly welcomed the new PMG. She thanked them for being at the conference and working to advance comprehensive postal reform legislation to ensure the long-term viability of the Postal Service and mailing industry. Comments (Count)


Des Moines Post Office faces thousands in fines for safety violations

A post office in central Iowa is facing a sizeable fine for alleged safety violations, according to Scott Allen, spokesman for the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. “OSHA did issue citations to the Des Moines Main Post Office for one repeat and two serious safety violations involving standards for power industrial vehicles and forklifts,” Allen says. “They were fined $49,500.  Comments (Count)


An Expanding US Postal Service is Very Possible

The ongoing, preventable plight of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is an important issue for those of us who have observed its steady decline over the last several years due to unimaginative management, huge prepayment obligations imposed by Congress  Comments (Count)


Maryland Letter Carriers plead guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and accepting bribes

Former letter carriers pleaded guilty to bribery and drug conspiracy in which they accepted bribes to divert packages of marijuana sent through the mail and deliver the packages to co-conspirators Comments (Count)


USPS: Customer Connect program nears $2 billion in revenue

Mail truck catches fire in Coralville Iowa

Fairbanks AK judge won’t sign off on postal worker’s plea deal for stolen prescriptions

Mailbox rivalry goes postal

Jersey City man charged with robbing Bayonne mailman

Lost since 1969: Topsham man’s water bill returned after 46 years in postal limbo

USPS plans to reduce carbon emission by 20% by 2020

Postal truck catches fire in Kirkwood MO



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