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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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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)

 

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)

 

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)

 

(Pittman) Edmond Walker Class Action EEO Against USPS Settled for $17.25 million

current and former employees in permanent rehabilitation assignments during the period March 24, 2000 to December 31, 2012.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

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Congresswoman Norton Seeks Answers From PMG On Postal Employees Delivering Mail After Dark -

Inspector general to probe late mail delivery

 Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  |

Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010

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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)

 

 

December 5,  2014

OIG says city carriers 48% of USPS expense needs new pay system similar to rural carriers In fiscal year (FY) 2013, the U.S. Postal Service paid $21.7 billion in carrier compensation — $15.5 billion for city carriers and $6.2 billion for rural carriers. Carriers represent about 48 percent of 491,000 career postal employees and are the largest personnel expense for the Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

 

Alaska: Savoonga post office faces intermittent closure until new postal worker is hired

NALC: Overtime equitability test extended

Letter carrier honored for saving senior citizen's life

USPS opens Coast's first Village Post Office

Video: California man receives mail 2 years late; mail carrier fired

 

USPS Implementing new ‘Local Operations Centers’ to help utilize technology

APWU: Terry Martinez Appointed Assistant Maintenance Craft Director

Thieves target mail boxes in Volusia County, FL neighborhoods

Buyer opts out of purchase of historic Berkeley Post Office

APWU: 2014 Convention Transcript Now Available

Postal service mistake or criminal act?

Illegal And Regulated Mailings

 

December 4,  2014

Senator Sanders: Don’t Destroy the U.S. Postal Service

Warning that the future of the U.S. Postal Service is at stake, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today called on managers of the mail system to back off plans to slow deliveries and eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs. Tester to Postal Service: Stop digging your own grave   Comments (Count)

 

Major civil rights coalition opposes USPS consolidation plans

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to the protection and advancement of civil and human right. Because of the threat to many communities of the USPS consolidating offices and limiting service, potentially pushing individuals to private sources, we urge you to include language in any omnibus appropriations legislation or continuing resolution to ensure a moratorium on service standard changes and processing plant closings during Fiscal Year 2015. Coalition also says USPS BOG chairman & nominee Barnett was a lobbyist for payday lenders - possible conflict of interest  (Comments (Count)

 

More Cases of ‘Delayed Medical Treatment’ under USPS 911 policy

Employees at a postal processing plant in West Oakland have voiced concerns for years about a policy that they say prevents most workers from calling 911 in a medical emergency. They say the policy causes deadly delays when workers are injured on the job.   Comments (Count)

 

Goldway replaced as Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman

The U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has named a new acting chairman.Robert Taub (R) was named the new Chairman and Mark Acton  (R) the new Vice chairman. There are still 2 vacancies at the PRC. If the Senate fails to confirm vacancies on USPS Board of Governors and PRC by the end of the year both groups will be like the US Supreme Court, House and Senate -- under GOP control. One reader is doubtful about the Senate confirming nominees: "It's like football, we're down to the 2 minute warning, no timeouts left, we need a field goal to win, the best punter is injured  and the backup punter is none other than ....Darrell Issa."    Comments (Count)

 

After Postal Supervisor pleads guilty, brother gets prison for trafficking drugs stolen from mail - This matter stems from a federal investigation into the use of the mails to transport narcotics from Puerto Rico to the greater Waterbury, CT area.

 

California letter carrier charged with stealing cell phones from the mail

A Fremont, California letter carrier has been charged with stealing high-end cell phones, cell phone parts, a birthday card and a $50 gift card from the mail. . 

 

Video: Congress Reacts to TV report on USPS Sex Assaults

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R, Texas) says he wants answers about what he saw in a News4 I-Team investigation into reported sexual assaults inside the US Postal Service. . 

 

Video: Ohio Postal Worker Caught Throwing Mail Away

Photos have caught a central Ohio postal worker in the act. Pictures show an employee throwing mail into an east Columbus dumpster. 

 

 

December 3,  2014

UPS reverses policy on pregnant workers – Is USPS next?

By Don Cheney - UPS was forced to change its thinking on pregnant workers. The new female Postmaster General is likely to agree.    Comments (Count)

 

Postal Casual Employee fired following work-related injury at USPS facility

A U.S. Postal Service temporary non-career employee was terminated after being transported to a medical facility for treatment of a workplace injury. The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service on behalf of the employee at the Sharonville facility. The lawsuit seeks restoration of lost pay, benefits and removal of disciplinary action from file totaling approximately $9,000.   Comments (Cont)

 

Eight New York Postal Workers arrested for mail theft and drug charges

Eight United States Postal Service employees (3 career mail handlers and 5 non-career) at the Logistical and Distribution Priority Mail Processing Center in Bethpage, Long Island (“Bethpage L&DC”) were arrested last night and charged with theft of mail and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 129 pounds of marijuana over a six-month period.    Comments (Count)

 

Florida State Senator Introduces Bill to exempt rural letter carriers from wearing seat belts

Video: Waxhaw, NC residents complain about misdelivered mail

Video: Small town postal worker far exceeds her job description

Postal employee charged with stealing veterans prescription drugs from mail

Video: Man finds mail scattered in car wash

Video: Man barricaded in post office surrenders

 

 

December 2,  2014

USPS National Plan to Eliminate Tour 1 starting in January 2015: Oakland, CA

 Massive Job Abolishments, Job Repostings - The elimination of overnight single-piece First Class mail service in January, means Tour 1 mail processing clerk jobs nationwide are being abolished and moved to Tour 2 and Tour 3. Here is an example in Oakland CA.  Comments (Count)

 

Congress Could Soon Deliver the Postal Service Its Biggest Blow Yet

Congress has potentially found a new way to constrict USPS: hamstring the agency by taking away its ability to make any major decisions whatsoever.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS ‘Secure Destruction’ service helps businesses avoid undeliverable-as-addressed mail - USPS recently introduced a service to help reduce the more than 1.4 billion pieces of undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail returned each year. Secure Destruction, a USPS Blue Earth sustainability initiative, allows mailers to have letter-sized return-to-sender First-Class Mail captured and securely destroyed at postal facilities for no additional charge.  Comments (Count)

 

Mastiff (dog) escapes from Charlotte, NC home, attacks mailman - USPS says Christian Sparks, an 11-year postal veteran, suffered injuries from the bite and required more than 20 stitches. Sparks was treated at the hospital and later released.

 

USPS Collection Boxes Being Removed Around Coronado

The new postmaster general delivers a blow to the glass ceiling

USPS braces for holiday mail rush

USPS ‘Operation Santa’ program helps fulfill children’s holiday wishes

POStPlan Implementation: Just 1,600 post offices to go, but far from done

 

December 1,  2014

Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Demanding USPS postpone planned plant closings - Senators demand Postal Service delay consolidation of mail processing facilities after Inspector General’s report indicates lack of transparency, inadequate impact studies, failure to properly inform public NAPS: Mail Processing Consolidations Loom - As  Congress Begins Last Days of Lame Duck Session Lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with little likelihood of taking action on comprehensive postal reform legislation, but with the possibility of ordering the Postal Service to delay the consolidation of the 82 mail processing facilities Sen. Calls for delay on Consolidation of Four Ohio Mail Facilities - archive: NAPS Urges PRC to Open Inquiry into Plant Consolidations and Expected Mail Slowdown  Comments (Count)

 

Court finds date on USPS self-service kiosk label is not a postmark

The case presented the question of whether a postmark was sufficient proof of timely mailing to trigger Illinois’ limited mailbox rule.   Comments (Count)

 

Two Maryland Postal Workers suspected in theft of $9,500 in gift cards

Federal investigators said one of the employees has already admitted her role in the thefts and said she’d also served as a “lookout” for her colleague  

 

USPS: Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve But Most Will Close At Noon

Package theft in Brookline, MA up 64 percent over last year

USPS Board of Governors agenda for open meeting on December 5th

The Changing Makeup of the Letter Carrier's Mailbag

USPS Video: Behind the Scenes – It’s Our Season

Start with postal reform

 

November 30,  2014

Video: USPS animation app can do amazing things to your neighborhood mailbox

Updated with press release from USPS-  Starting today through the end of the year, smartphone users can experience the magical mailbox, by simply downloading the “USPS AR” app and using it to scan a nearby blue mail collection box. The innovative use of augmented reality will feature fun activations like flashing holiday lights or dancing animated penguins, followed by prompts to order free shipping boxes or stamps. Why Did the USPS Make a Useless Augmented Reality App? 

 

USPS awards contract for retread tires worth over $41 million

As part of our Fleet Maintenance Program, the Postal Service is looking toward the retread tire industry to assist in reducing our vehicle maintenance costs. 

 

UPS throws USPS, APWU under the bus in pregnancy bias case before U.S. Supreme Court - A former driver sued UPS for discriminating against pregnant women. She lost two rounds in lower courts, but the Supreme Court will hear her case Wednesday. UPS used USPS policy and USPS-APWU contract to support its argument that it did not discriminate against the former employee.     Comments (Count)

Postal Service delivering 7 days a week for the holidays

Mailman retires after almost 45 years on the job

Border Smugglers Using US Postal Service to Ship Drugs, Court Records Show

 

November 29,  2014

USPS offers best value for shipping packages during holiday season

U.S. Postal Service hires fewer workers than both FedEx and UPS despite delivering more packages than those two companies combined.. But  USPS offers the best value compared to other carriers when it comes to shipping packages. Video: Consumer Reports: Best ways to ship packages  Comments (Count)

 

Unused ‘Just Move’ stamps lie waiting in Postal Service warehouse

The US Postal Service is going to take another shot at developing stamps promoting Michelle Obama’s fitness campaign after White House officials vetoed the ones they came up with last year.    Comments (Count)

 

Mail sometimes proves too tempting to postal workers

Hacking incident delays USPS annual financial report (PDF)

Demolition of rural letter carriers museum postponed

 

November 28,  2014

USPS Offering Early Out Retirement

There is no incentive.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG: Semiannual Report to Congress – April 1 – September 30, 2014

During the 6-month report period ending September 30, 2014, we issued 100 audit reports, management advisories, PARIS risk models and white papers, and the Postal Service accepted 87 percent of our significant recommendations.  Comments (Count)

 

Maine: Postal customers must move mailbox to eliminate carriers making left-hand turns - Recently, customers received a letter from Norway Postmaster telling them they had 14 days to move their mailboxes across the street. The letter said it needed to be done so that carriers wouldn’t have to make left-hand turns.   

Video: Game Day 2014 – USPS holiday television ad

USPS: Avoiding ethical lapses during the holidays

Special Olympics, Robert Robinson Taylor, Martin Ramirez stamps to be issued in 2015

New Priority Mail Rates Aren't Good News for Everyone

How's the exigent rate increase doing?

FedEx Freight workers in Louisville vote against union membership

Postal Service probes ballots' delayed arrival to some votes in Delaware County Ohio

Don't blame the postal clerk

N.J. bill would establish 'do not mail' list

Investigation continues into missing mail drop box

Postal Service must combat change of address fraud

 

November 27,  2014

Florida Postal Employee sentenced in tax fraud and identity theft scheme

During the course of their scheme, the postal worker issued 685 money order from her negotiation of 78 fraudulently obtained Treasury checks, totaling $625,924.94.  In an effort to further conceal the fraud the postal worker enlisted the assistance of her husband,  and sister to deposit her share of the proceeds into their respective bank accounts.   Comments (Count)

 

Some post offices open on Sundays for holidays in Indiana and Michigan

Postal Service Stepping Up Holiday Surveillance

Junk mail ban would cost N.J. 'tens of thousands' of jobs, direct mailers claim

 

November 26,  2014

FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management:  An Inherently Adversarial Process  - If one waits until the U.S. Office of Personnel Management denies one’s Federal Disability Retirement application twice – both at the Initial Stage of the process (which one prepares, formulates and files through one’s agency if not yet separated, or within 31 days of separation from one’s agency; or directly to OPM if more than 31 days), as well as the “Reconsideration Stage” of the process – then the case will be heard before an Administrative Judge at the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.  There – be not mistaken – it is an adversarial process. 

 

Video: Dear Santa, Didn’t You Get My Letter?

Will Santa get Cindy’s letter in time for Christmas? Only with YOUR help! Contact your Congressperson, Senators, and the Postmaster General, and tell them to stop the closure of Mail Processing Facilities nationwide,   Comments (Count)

 

Mailing company employee gets prison for stealing $3.6 million worth of over-the-road containers from USPS - Maryland man sentenced  to seven years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to steal, and theft of, aluminum carts from the U.S. Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

USPS updates guide on handling customer concerns and use of ‘We Want to Know’ card

Postal Heroes – November 2014

Reward offered for return of ‘Hot Pink Girl’ mailbox

Video: How to protect your holiday package-deliveries from being stolen

Postmaster General Gives Golden Carrier Hero Award

 

November 25,  2014

After 68 Years, America’s Senior Letter Carrier Hangs Up His Satchel

“Rudy Tempesta, the longest-serving mailman in the United States. For 68 years, first in New York City, and since 1959 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina he’s been delivering good news and bad, checks and bills, letters and magazines, catalogs and packages. Rudy Tempesta had a decorated military career, flying 21 missions as a turret gunner in a B-24, often flying alongside the famed Tuskegee Airmen

 

Video: The Secret Inside the Postal Service

It’s a story the U.S. Postal Service did not want us to tell you: Sexual assaults committed not just by customers and strangers, but by postal employees against other postal employees.

 

NAPS Urges PRC to Open Inquiry into Plant Consolidations and Expected Mail Slowdown - The National Association of Postal Supervisors has requested the Postal Regulatory Commission to assess the impact of the Postal Service’s planned consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities, slated to begin in January 2015. The consolidations are expected to slow down delivery of much of the nation’s mail  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal Robberies Skyrocketing

On the anniversary of the murder of a local postal carrier, the News4 I-Team shows a never before released list of crimes committed against postal employees, including a dramatic increase in robberies. The News4 I-Team obtained a nationwide list, never before released to the public, of more than 1,600 violent crimes against postal employees. We found robberies increased more than 300 percent between 2010 and 2013, some involving truckjackings, kidnappings and shootings. Tom Dodge with the grassroots organization Community and Postal Workers United told us, "Unfortunately, very expensive items are going through the mail now. Cell phones, computers, tablets, jewelry.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal problems plague Lumberton, TX

Video: Teens Suspected of Stealing Packages from Porches

Mail Truck catches fire in Puerto Rico

Video: USPS animation app can do amazing things to your neighborhood mailbox

Ex-Idaho City postmaster gets jail after ‘staggering breach of trust’

 

November 24,  2014

APWU Demands Info on Emergency Procedures: 911 Call Delayed Up to 50 Minutes; Employee Dies - Director of Industrial Relations Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has asked the Postal Service to explain its protocols for providing emergency medical assistance after learning that a Bay Area postal employee lay dying for as much as 50 minutes before 911 was called. Video: Union Questions USPS Over Controversial 911 Policy Archive: Several postal workers in Indiana immediately called 911 | Postal Worker with 35 years called "disgruntled” and "terrorist" for calling 911, he was later fired  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Played Cat And Mouse With Cyber Attacker

Postal Service takes restrained, methodical approach to cyberattack. Was this the right strategy When US Postal Service (USPS) officials received word about a major network intrusion earlier this year, one of its first instructions was to take no immediate action. Equifax provides tips to help keep personal and financial info secure following data breaches - An identity thief may wait up to a year or even longer before using your personal information  Comments (Count)

 

New Postmaster General’s Goal: Act Like Private Sector

Ms. Brennan, who has spent nearly three decades at the agency since her yearlong stint as a letter carrier, is on deck to become the nation’s first woman postmaster general. She faces a tough challenge: transforming the Postal Service to meet the biggest financial challenges in its history, as Americans send fewer and fewer letters. New postal chief faces lots of turmoil as more cuts loom nationwide   Comments (Count)

 

USPS Fiscal Year 2015 Integrated Financial Plan

The IFP includes a reduction of 5 million work hours, largely as a result of continued efforts to right-size the network and operating window to align with the current and projected mailing landscape, and ongoing PostPlan savings. However, these savings will not be sufficient to offset inflationary and other cost increases and our total expenses will grow in FY2015.   Comments (Count)

 

NALC Legislative Update

Committee leadership taking shape for incoming Congress One of the first orders of business for lawmakers returning after the mid-term elections was voting on committee leadership posts for the 114th Congress. Those elections were held on Tuesday. With regard to committees of importance to the NALC, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will no longer chair the Oversight Committee. Jason Chaffetz promises less personal Oversight   Comments (Count)

 

PMG Pat Donahoe’s Thanksgiving message to postal employees

The season is upon us when we take the time to reflect on the many things for which we are grateful: our family and friends; our co-workers; our jobs; our health and the freedoms we enjoy in America.

 

USPS OIG says 31% of postal contract drivers did not always have a valid security clearance - According to Postal Service policy and contract terms, contract drivers must obtain a non-sensitive clearance, which must be renewed every 4 years. The CO plays an essential role in ensuring the Postal Service and suppliers comply with contract terms and conditions. The AO is responsible directly to the CO in administering the contracts so the Postal Service receives the best possible service and contract performance. According to contracting officials, the AOs are supposed to ensure contract drivers have the appropriate security clearance. In addition, the AOs must maintain security clearance files, including Postal Service Form 2025, Contract Personnel Questionnaire and notification from the SISC stating that it granted the security clearance.  Comments (Count)

 

Ohio Letter Carrier with 55 yrs. service in serious condition after getting hit by car - Updated with video- A well-known Springfield postal worker who has walked the downtown delivery route for more than 30 years is in serious condition Monday after he was struck by a car last week    Comments (Count)

Buffalo: Postal Service regroups from mail disruption

National Trust Joins Lawsuit against USPS to save Berkeley Post Office

400 Danish Postal Employees Fired

Postal vehicle destroyed by fire in Tennessee

Game on – Internal holiday ‘playbook’ sent to postal employees

USPS: Holiday postmarks begin Nov. 29

Video: Snow Delays Mail Delivery in Hard Hit Areas, Across Western New York

U.S. Postal Service Holiday Ad Shows It’s Ready for Game Time

Online shopping spurs York's post offices to deliver on Sundays

 

November 23,  2014

The Missouri Letter Carrier turned FedEx driver who sued and won

Letter Carrier thought working for FedEx was his ticket to a better life. It turned out to be anything but: His years as a driver for FedEx Ground ended with him filing for bankruptcy and taking the company to court. Gray is one of the thousands of FedEx drivers who have sued the company and won   Comments (Count)

 

NY letter carrier arrested for DWI after hitting postal truck at post office

A letter carrier was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated on Saturday in Utica, NY, police said. On Saturday, November 22 around 5:00 p.m., Utica Police Department officers were called to the Pitcher St. station of the U.S. Postal service for an accident.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED FOR CHRISTMAS

Lufkin mail carrier shot, Dallas USPS investigating

Changes to Catastrophic Health Protection in 2015 Should Reassure Feds

Postal service investigating California mail thefts

Car Talk: Delivering mail hard on Scion’s brakes

 

November 22,  2014

OnTrac, USPS launch last-mile delivery service

Western regional parcel carrier OnTrac launched a delivery service in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that offers large-volume retailers a fourth major business-to-consumer option in a region covering 70 million consumers.   Comments (Count)

 

U.S. mail about to get slower

Video: South Carolina Rural Letter Carrier Saves Woman’s Life

Man Wielding Baseball Bat Robs Postal Worker

House chairman says he will focus on mundane task of postal reform

Tucson Postman Recognized for Role in Flood Rescue

Clever mailboxes can be dangerous, Colorado authorities say

 

November 21,  2014

Video: OIG Audit – San Francisco postal distribution center ‘inefficient’ and ‘overstaffed’- A new audit from the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General says the San Francisco Processing and Distribution Center is inefficient and overstaffed. The report, released Thursday, calls for the center to drastically reduce work hours for hundreds of employees to save millions of dollars.   Comments (Count)

 

Americans Rate Postal Service Highest of 13 Major Agencies

While the U.S. Postal Service has recently withstood a barrage of negative attention, from getting hacked to announcing continued multibillion-dollar deficits, it enjoys the most positive image   Comments (Count)

 

Letter Carrier Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Plotting Robbery of Postal Contract Driver - a former United Stated Postal Service employee, has been sentenced to federal prison for participating in a conspiracy that culminated in the robbery and shooting of a postal truck driver on December 20, 2013, in Conley, Ga   Comments (Count)

 

Woman Caught on Tape Stealing Package Delivered to South Philly Home

Drug traffickers target the post office

USPS Letters FROM Santa Program Keeps Children’s Holiday Spirit Alive

Open for business: New center will bring together USPS, entrepreneurs

Topeka postal employee indicted for stealing prescription drugs from US mail

 

November 20,  2014

Carper voices concern on Brennan’s selection as PMG with only 4 of 9 USPS Governors -There are five vacancies on the USPS Board of Governors. By the end of this year it could possibly be EIGHT vacancies due to Senate inaction. Stephen Crawford and James Miller were originally nominated in 2012.  It has been nearly three years since the Board has seated all of its 9 members. PRC is facing the same dilemma.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach

New revelations about the security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems are raising additional concerns about this very troubling incident. Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’| USPS Data Breach Timeline   Comments (Count)

 

Does The USPS ‘Credit Monitoring Program’ provide enough protection for Postal Employees? On November 10, 2014, postal employees were notified of the USPS Data Breach. Now ten (10) days later postal employees are no closer  to finding out what happened, why it happened and why the two month delay  Comments (Count)

 

Vigil planned for Maryland postal carrier slain last year delivering mail in the dark

Mail delivery disrupted throughout Buffalo area

Discover-ed: How Direct Mail Competes With Digital Marketing Channels

Tennessee letter carrier celebrates 50 years of service

OSHA UPDATE: New Reporting Requirements Start January 1

Judge blasts ex-postal worker for stealing pot from the mail

Ohio carrier injured in collision with SUV

Indictment: Kansas postal employee stole drugs from mail

Highway Contract Routes (HCR) Extra Trips in the Greater Indiana District

 

November 19,  2014

NPMHU: Updated Information on USPS Data Breach

The NPMHU continues to press the Postal Service for answers regarding the recent data breach affecting all postal employees and some postal retirees.  We have requested a meeting to determine what the Postal Service knew, when they knew it, and why the Unions and employees were not notified more promptly.  Postal Service ‘functioning normally’ after cyber breach, official says in testimony for hearing - the agency has yet to find evidence that hackers used the information for identity theft, according to the agency’s head of digital security. Issa did not mention that the hearing is also about mail covers House Oversight Hearing: Examining Data Security at the United States Postal Service - Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said the Postal Service knew about the hack in September, but waited until late October to confidentially brief the committee. House hearing will press Postal Service for more info on data breach NALC President congratulates incoming Oversight Chairman Chaffetz | Chaffetz succeeds Issa as House Oversight Committee ChairmanComments (Count)

 

Video: Police looking for thief who stole packages from USPS delivery van

Police are looking for a thief who reportedly stole packages from a United States Postal Service van Monday while the USPS employee was walking door-to-door

 

Video: Oklahoma news anchor sorts mail for a day

USPS Supervisor escorts carriers delivering to senior housing complex after alleged assault

Postal worker fights arctic air to keep mail on time

Alert postal worker credited for saving home on fire in Louisiana

 

November 18,  2014

PMG Donahoe, COO Brennan address employees in new video

For the first time in several years, the Postal Service has money to invest in its future, PMG Pat Donahoe says in his latest video message to employees Congress May Have One Month to Save the Postal Service   Comments (Count)

 

NALC files NLRB charge over USPS response to hacking

NALC may seek different or additional remedies than credit monitoring   Comments (Count)

 

NY Congressman Higgins Opposes Reduced USPS Service Standards

“The erosion of service standards is not only bad for customers, US businesses, and hardworking postal workers but it represents a huge step backward in an increasingly competitive delivery industry  Comments (Count)

 

Watford City, ND Post Office overwhelmed and understaffed leading into holidays - With the holidays fast approaching, the local Watford City Post Office is feeling the pressure of trying to adequately meet the needs of their customers with an insufficient amount of staffing and an enormous amount of mail volume.  

 

Video: USPS.com changes make it easier for customers to use

The Postal Service is changing usps.com to make it easier for customers to use. The changes include simplifying the website’s navigation tools to focus on its most popular pages — such as mailing and shipping,  

 

Mail Surveillance: The Time for Secrecy Has Passed

USPS worker braves cold temperatures in Louisville, KY

Video: Thieves steal mail from over 40 mailboxes in Lake Forest Park, WA

Video: South Carolina mail carrier saves fallen woman who was outside for 3 days

The UN Has Its Own Postal Service And You Can Buy Its Awesome Stamps

 

November 17,  2014

USPS 911 Policy may have caused critical delays in death of Oakland Postal Worker - (Oakland, CA) No one saw how Macasieb, was injured but coworkers later said they found him lying on his back, barely conscious. According to an internal postal service report, employees didn’t call 911 right away. They proceeded to contact several supervisors and managers who then alerted the onsite postal police department, who finally contacted 911. Details in the report show that up to 53 minutes elapsed from the time Macasieb was found to when emergency medical personnel were contacted. According to the USPS, this chain of events wasn’t a mistake. It was a policy.  Comments (Count)

 

The Postmaster General Hangs Up His Mail Bag, With a Parting Shot at Congress - Donahoe says he believes it’s time for him to step aside, even if many of the initiatives that started on his watch are still in their early phases. But he’s just not sure he’s got the energy to keep going. “At a certain point in time, it’s time to go,” he says. “Some of these things may take three of four more years. I don’t know if I’ve got enough in the gas tank for three or four more years.”   Comments (Count)

Texas letter carrier delivers soulful musical performances
Postal Service truck traffic destroying quality of life in Portland neighborhood
Understanding USPS Delivery Performance
USPS expects stronger holiday package growth than rivals

List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

Remote Alaska post offices face reduced hours

New Canaan Post Office: Address Unknown

USPS OIG Audit Report on Contract Postal Units (PDF) -

Gunman tries to rob postal carrier in South Carolina

 

November 16,  2014

USPS awards UPS a $365 million contract for air transportation services

USPS awarded UPS Worldwide Forwarding, Inc., a subsidiary of United Parcel Service (UPS), a contract  for air transportation services, both within and outside the continental United States..

 

USPS holding first online career fair on November 19th

Interested job seekers can get a virtual leg up on others competing in today’s challenging job market by participating in the Postal Service’s first Online Career Fair 

 

New York Postal Worker pleads guilty to attempted eavesdropping on co-workers

Palo Alto customers are asking, 'What's wrong with USPS?

 

November 15,  2014

Postal Workers Stage Protest after denied entry to USPS Board public meeting

Approximately 250 postal workers and supporters protested loudly in the lobby of Postal Service headquarters after they were denied entry to a “public” meeting of the Board of Governors’ on Nov. 14. Video: Postal Workers to Board: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! || Postal Workers Cheer Postmaster General’s Resignation, Call for Moratorium on Closings  Comments (Count)

 

10 Hicksville, NY VMF postal employees in trouble after caught sleeping on job

Special Agents from the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG)  raided the Hicksville, NY Vehicle Maintenance Facility early Friday morning. The VMF has been under investigation since June 2013 after receiving a tip that night shift workers were sleeping on the job. archive: Postal Worker (VMF) killed while repairing USPS truck in Hicksville, New York   Comments (Count)

 

Contractor critically injured after accident at USPS distribution center in Indiana

Postal Service finds Columbus woman's missing ashes

USPS Employee Arrested for Allegedly Distributing Meth On-Duty

 

November 14,  2014

Senator Sanders: New PMG pursued damaging proposals to cut services and eliminate jobs - “Despite increased revenues and some very positive trends, Postal Service management seems hell-bent on slowing down mail delivery which is a self-destructive path that could put it into a death spiral,” Sanders said.    Comments (Count)

 

USPS Board of Governors Selects Megan Brennan as 74th Postmaster General and CEO - The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors today announced the appointment of Megan J. Brennan, the current chief operating officer of the Postal Service, as the 74th Postmaster General and CEO Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire February 2015 | NALC statement on PMG retirement; USPS 2014 financial report APWU President Mark Dimondstein Reacts to PMG retirement  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Reports Revenue Increase, Prefunding contributed to $5.5 Billion Loss in Fiscal Year 2014 - Due to a cyber-security intrusion that the U.S. Postal Service announced on Nov. 10, management and external auditors are currently reviewing significant financial applications to confirm that the incident did not compromise the financial data needed to file the Postal Service’s fiscal 2014 Form 10-K. NALC: Poised for Growth – A Look at USPS 2014 Financial Results U.S. Postal Service FY 2014 end of year financial results

Fayetteville police arrest postal worker for stealing mail

FedEx workers at Newark, New Jersey facility vote against joining union

Million mile mailman retires from the Logan USPS

Editorial: Stop helicopter-parenting the Postal Service

 

November 13,  2014

APWU wins $4.8 million settlement in 'Call Center' case

Update: The $4.8 million settlement was part of nearly $20 million arbitration award. On November 12, 2014, APWU National settled the Call Center grievance for $4,800,000.00.   Comments (Count)

 

Carper Questions Brennan’s Appointment as Postmaster General

In a statement lauding outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe for his service, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) at the same time questioned the choice of Postal Service COO Megan Brennan as Donahoe’s successor. Carper: If USPS Board of Governors nominees not confirmed soon=No quorum=No postal business -Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to confirm the critical nominations approved by the committee and waiting for consideration on the full Senate floor including five for the USPS Board Of governors and two for the PRC..   Comments (Count)

 

US Postal Service Poised to Make Devastating Cuts in Service – Postal Workers to Deliver Message – ‘Stop Delaying America’s Mail’ – At 150 Protests in 50 States - Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service. Photos: Stop Delaying America’s Mail rally | Video: Tulsa, OK Postal Workers protest |  Youngstown, OH || MI GOP State Sen. urges Congress to stop closure of Lansing || MI State Reps. Call for Halt   Comments (Count)

 

GAO report to Issa on USPS’s plans to manage size and cost of workforce

GAO was asked to examine USPS's plans to manage the size and cost of its workforce. This report discusses (1) actions USPS has taken since 2006 to reduce the size and cost of its workforce and the results of those actions, (2) the status of other options USPS has identified to reduce workforce costs, and (3) steps that USPS has taken to implement workforce planning.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS opens “Mega Passport Office” in former Long Beach, CA mail center

The U.S. Postal Service has opened a new “Mega Passport Office” at the former Long Beach Processing and Distribution Center.   Comments (Count)

 

House hearing will press Postal Service for more info on data breach

Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said the Postal Service knew about the hack in September, but waited until late October to confidentially brief the committee. PR: The real question is how a data breach could go on for nearly a year (Jan-Aug) and no one noticed until Sept. So employees were not made aware of data breach for 11 months.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: 15 postal workers hospitalized after eating leftovers from Veterans Day potluck - More than a dozen postal workers in Charlotte were hospitalized Thursday morning after eating leftovers from a company potluck dinner to honor veteran co-workers. According to company officials, 15 people were rushed to the hospital from the Charlotte Logistics and Distribution Center around 6 a.m. Thursday morning. PR: Our office catered potlucks partially due to a letter carrier getting sick.

Battle for Darrell Issa’s gavel heats up

Video: Camera catches thief stealing package from home in Houston

Semi dumps thousands of pieces of mail on Youngstown street

Unions Fight Postal Service Plans To Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards

Postal worker rescues 15 live baby chicks from the mail after man 'pranks' ex-girlfriend

Expert: LaPorte mailbox bomb designed to kill

 

November 12,  2014

APWU: Reps. Cummings, Lynch Are Latest to Request Moratorium on USPS Service Cuts - Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) are the latest in a long list of members of Congress calling for a moratorium on reductions in postal service standards and the closure of mail processing plants.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated - U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees received a scare last month when the Office of Personnel Management reported their share of their health care premiums would skyrocket nearly 19 percent in 2015. USPS, however, said the reality is not so bad.   Comments (Count)

 

NALC: The Latest on Letters – the Surprising Facts on Mail Volume

If you were to take a quick guess, would you say the volume of letters delivered in the last quarter by the U.S. Postal Service has risen or fallen? More than likely, most Americans would say “fallen.”  And who can blame them?  Certain members of Congress would have the American public believe that letter volume is on a swift, accelerating decline.   Comments (Count)

 

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated November 7, 2014

USPS it appears can’t make up its mind about Wausau, Wisconsin P & DF moving date.   USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Data Breach

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended telecommuting for employees while it works to remediate a network intrusion Video: Postal Service Hacked: Local Workers Fed Up Comments (Count)

 

Senator Hoeven: USPS Needs to Reevaluate Closing the Minot Mail (ND) Processing Center -  The senator called on Donahoe to adopt the report’s recommendations, including making information about proposed changes public in affected communities.  Comments (Count)

 

Retiring Ohio mailman carried friendship along with the mail

Ohio man plans wife’s funeral while USPS searches for lost cremated remains

Amazon will have to share Sunday delivery with competitors this holiday

 

November 11,  2014

Ed Show: GOP policy attacks veterans who work at the U S Postal Service

The United States Postal Services hires the largest numbers of veterans, yet their future of these jobs could be in jeopardy due to Republican policy. Ed Schultz and President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein discuss.   Comments (Count)

 

Another Congressman requests more info from USPS on cyber attack

It appears that USPS has left Members of Congress, unions, postal employees and customers in the dark on the cyber attack. In his letter , Congressman Elijah Cummings requested information about the scope of the cyber-attack, including the types of data breached, the number of employees and customers potentially affected, findings about vulnerabilities to computer systems, and data protection improvement measures taken since discovering the breach. Congressmen want answers on why USPS waited two months to tell victims of data breach | Video: Customers react to U.S. Postal Service data hack    Comments (Count)

 

USPS data breach does not affect postal employees Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

USPS expecting stronger package growth than rivals at Christmas

Mail Carrier trapped inside vehicle after getting rear-ended, flipped upside down

Teamsters step up union drive at FedEx Freight, Con-way

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