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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)

 

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)

 

 

US Postal Service Might Be Just Fine Without a Chief Data Officer

The value of a government-owned postal service

Atlanta postal worker taps $400K prize in Georgia lottery

Postal Service change leads to delays in video disc mailings

 

March 12,  2015

Postal Pulse employee survey aims to strengthen USPS workplaces

The streamlined questions will yield better data that supervisors and managers can use to put employees’ feedback into action, Chief Human Resources Officer Jeff Williamson says in a new video about the Postal Pulse  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Worker Shot while delivering mail

Erie, PA - He was taken away on a stretcher to be treated at UPMC Hamot, with non-life threatening injuries.  Comments (Count)

 

 

The Real Cost of 'Amazon Sunday'

- Mail carriers are at the mercy of a brutal postal management looking to appease Amazon.With the enactment of what many postal employees have come to call “AmazonSunday,” a program offering Sunday package delivery for Amazon’s Prime customers, the United States Postal Service management began the compulsory seven-day workweek for its City Carrier Assistant workforce.The toxic work environment USPS management and Amazon Sundays created affected each and every CCA; the stress and strain of unrelenting work is wearing people thin.  Comments (Count)

 

Longwood tenants fed up with postal service problems

Harborton postmaster retires after  49 years of service

Couple upset about deaths of shipped baby chicks

 

March 11,  2015

Taking the oath : PMG thanks employees, family during installation

In addition to discussing the Postal Service’s future during her March 6 installation, PMG Megan Brennan thanked employees for their dedication. “Our employees do great work every day,” Brennan said. “They serve every community in America, visiting every business and residence, and they do so with deep pride in our mission.”

Video: Postal Service Swears in First Female Postmaster General

Megan Brennan was sworn in on Thursday, March, 6 2015 as the first female postmaster general at the Postal Service. Brennan received the honor in an installation ceremony in Washington D.C.  Postal Service must continue improving, PMG says during installation ceremony  (3/6/15) Comments (Count)

 

Senator Heitkamp Calls for Improved Rural Mail Service in Meeting with New Postmaster General

Heitkamp met with Megan J. Brennan, U.S. Postmaster General and United States Postal Service (USPS) Chief Executive Officer, who took over as head of the Postal Service last month. Heitkamp stressed to Brennan that she hopes the agency will bring a stronger focus to addressing the mail delivery, service, and postal worker challenges in rural areas like North Dakota.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU Contract Town Hall Call March 19

Mailing Groups Cautiously Optimistic New Postal Leadership Will Stop All the Fighting

Mail issues plague Lombard Road businesses in Illinois

Cupid and his friends at the post office are fighting back against flimflamming privatize

Police Searching For Two Suspects In Virginia Post Office Robbery

 

March 10,  2015

Video: Deaf woman says Port Orange FL post office discriminated against her

A deaf woman said a post office in Port Orange discriminated against her when staff members refused to communicate via writing. .    Comments (Count)

 

Ex-postal driver sentenced for stealing more than $1000 from mail

Women postmasters honored in Palmetto Heritage Festival

First women: From the beginning women have shaped USPS

Video: USPS Is Falling Down On Job, Residents of NY Town Sa

 

March 9,  2015

Postal Service to push for compromise reform bill  

But while Brennan's predecessor Patrick Donahoe advocated trimming the workforce by tens of thousands of employees, Brennan said the overall workforce size should be dictated by the amount of business the agency conducts and whether the agency can make it more efficient..Brennan said the agency has increased the number of non-career employees while advances in technology have allowed the Postal Service to use its existing workforce better.  Comments (Count)

 

Uptown Residents Petition to Improve Poor Post Office Package Delivery

Authorities: Dealers using Postal Service to ship drugs cross-country

Your Christmas gifts are changing the Postal Service

Australian government backs two-tier mail delivery service proposal -

Maryland postal employee alerts apartment residents to fire

Video: Thieves targeting cluster mailboxes in Davis CA using crow bar

Car runs into Belfair WA post office

 

March 8,  2015

Say goodbye to the lick-and-stick U.S. stamp
Postal history: Colonists sent letters by native American messengers, says new book

 

March 7,  2015

Connecticut postal worker charged with stealing money orders

Marking 50 Years Since Selma

 

March 6,  2015

Video: Postal Service Swears in First Female Postmaster General

Megan Brennan was sworn in on Thursday, March, 6 2015 as the first female postmaster general at the Postal Service. Brennan received the honor in an installation ceremony in Washington D.C.  Postal Service must continue improving, PMG says during installation ceremony   Comments (Count)

 

PRC Remands Proposed Price Adjustments to USPS

the Postal Regulatory Commission returned proposed rate adjustments for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services classes to the Postal Service to allow for modifications that comply with applicable legal requirements. Comments (Count)

 

American Postal Workers Union Assembles Team of Experts To Oppose Staples-Office Depot Merger

The union is urging the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to block a merger that it sees as monopolistic and unlawful. The union also will reach out to members of Congress and state and local officials to raise objections.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS restores ten mail handlers positions at Mansfield Oh post office

Galveston postal workers stop 90-year-old man from sending last of savings to scammer

Maine: Theft nets former East Vassalboro PMR 3 months in federal prison

Norfolk mail carrier accused of dumping mail four times

Mail theft in California town getting worse

Fight to save Stamford post office suffers another setback

USPS, rivals and mailers knock heads over alleged cross-subsidy of products

 

 

March 5,  2015

DOL wanted injunction against USPS to protect whistleblowers in all postal facilities

In a recent whistleblower lawsuit against USPS, the Department of Labor (DOL) had requested broad "injunctive relief, nationwide in scope, to vindicate the public interest in promoting safe workplaces and protecting those who dare to advocate for them." Postal Service employees and managers testified to a culture of hostility toward OSHA and its goals at both the Seattle P&DC and USPS Queen Anne District Office. A Senior Postal Manager told the casual employee involved in this case that “no one can touch us,” immediately following her threat to terminate the casual unless she retracted her OSHA complaint.  Comments (Count)

 

Transportation Companies Dominate List of Top U.S. Postal Service Suppliers in Fiscal Year 2014

Transportation contractors held five of the top 10 spots in the list of the agency’s Top 150 U.S. Postal Service Suppliers for fiscal year 2014. Federal Express Corporation was again the U.S. Postal Service’s largest contractor, a position it has held since 2002.  Comments (Count)

 

Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipients To be Recognized on Forever Stamp Sheet

Nonprofits Reel From Proposed Periodicals Postage Increases

The postman never rings at all at Queens apartment building

Hartland: Seven ZIP Codes for 15,000 People?

What We Lose With a Privatized Postal Service

Waggoner Post Office is Indefinitely Closed

Cold, Ice No Match for USPS Letter Carriers

Why Are We Still Calling Postal Workers 'Mailmen'?

 

March 4,  2015

Some areas of USPS.com website down today

The Postal Store page was unreachable for an unknown amount of time.

 

Oklahoma Postal Worker dies in two-car crash

A rural carrier in Ada, OK,  died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported. 

 

Mail truck overturns after being rear-ended in South Carolina

Postal Worker Sentenced for Stealing Mail

USPS unveils Dr. Maya Angelou forever stamp image

Customer drives into Alabama post office

 

March 3,  2015

APWU files Labor charge protesting USPS new ‘Postal Pulse’ employee survey

The APWU and USPS are facing off over management’s latest scheme: The Postal Pulse, a new employee opinion survey. “The APWU vehemently opposes Postal Pulse – and any other employee opinion survey – despite management notices that say otherwise,” said President Mark Dimondstein.   Comments (Count)

 

Senators reintroduce bill to strengthen postal managers appeal rights

Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) today reintroduced legislation to strengthen labor rights for American postal workers.  NAPS Applauds Introduction of Postal Employee Appeal Rights Legislation   Comments (Count)

 

Man follows mailman, steals package off doorstep — but contents were Diapers

Postal Worker says she hoarded, stole mail because it was too much to deliver

North Carolina letter carrier delivers hope to homeless veterans

Postal carrier retires after 39 years

Earth Class Mail, once a highly touted Oregon startup, files bankruptcy ahead of planned sale

Postage stamps to rise to $1 as part of Australia Post shake-up

Where is the Love from Low Fuel Prices?

 

March 2,  2015

Here’s What USPS Is Looking For In Its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle

In a presentation by USPS to prospective suppliers the next mail truck would need total cargo space of 330 to 400 cubic feet, a minimum clear floor space of 72" by 108", 76" of headroom, and a clear bulkhead passage that's 30" wide. USPS is requiring a larger vehicle to accommodate the growing parcel business. USPS: New delivery vehicles will be more efficient, CSO says  Comments (Count)

 

$60 Million Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed By Family Of Woman Killed By U.S. Postal Truck

 - OC Weekly - he surviving family of an elderly Trabuco Canyon woman run over and killed by a U.S. Postal truck in October 2013 has filed a $60 million wrongful death lawsuit . Mary Honda, 85, had been placing mail in her mailbox when postman ran over her "several times" and caused serious trauma, according to the lawsuit.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Tax payments burn, wedding ring safe in mail truck fire

At Auburn post office, money order request handled shabbily

 

March 1,  2015

USPS revising ‘Privacy’ rule to share postal workers employment , wage data with BLS for research

USPS is proposing to modify a General Privacy Act System of Records (SOR) to support the sharing of employment and wage data with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for their Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program.  Comments (Count)

 

200 postal jobs moving from Roanoke VA to Greensboro NC

Video: Taylor Ridge, IL post office armed robbery suspect in custody

 

February 28,  2015

USPS to replace Voice of the Employee survey with Postal Pulse program

USPS will soon introduce the Postal Pulse, a program that aims to improve postal workplaces by better engaging employees and leveraging their ideas and feedback. 

 

California postal workers sentenced in theft of 384 smartphones

USPS Tries to Keep Mail Relevant in a Digital Age

Mail carrier describes delivering mail in winter weather

 

February 27,  2015

U.S. Postal Service searching for the mail truck of the future

Federal Judge Dismisses Injured Postal Worker�s Claim

Man Using Postal Uniform To Steal Mail

Postal workers launch website to keep Ohio centers open

Aspen, Snowmass Village post offices in dire need of workers

Winter storm causes Postal Service delays in north Alabama

KC residents fed up with USPS for moving at snail's pace to reimburse them for damaged mailboxes

Reinventing the Postal Service

Snow damage closes Maine post office

He Tried to Deliver The Mail Through Snow. Honest: A Day's Work

A very special, and sluggish, delivery

Aspen, Snowmass Village post offices in dire need of workers

Postal carrier in Uncasville threw mail in the garbage

Postal Service IG wants more analytics muscle

Truck crashes into Yarmouth post office

 

February 26,  2015

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)  Comments (Count)

 

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated February 20, 2015

USPS repeats changes for Fayetteville, NC P & DC and Fayetteville, NC Annex consolidation schedule date “To Be Determined” (TBD) and Beaumont, TX from April to TBD.  Also included is the list of plants scheduled for closure /consolidation in April 2015. Comments (Count)

 

USPS reports $195 Million Operating Profit for January 2015 – YTD $1.325 Billion

First-Class Mail volume was up by 1.4 percent, Shipping & Packages volume was up by 5.4 percent, and Standard Mail volume was down by 3.3 percent (all compared to the same month last year).  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Re-Issues 911 Policy

As PostalReporter reported in January, USPS changed its 911 policy at the Oakland mail processing facility after an NBC Bay Area investigation exposed the rules that may have caused critical delays in a life and death situation. NBC Bay Area reports the story that aired February 25, 2015  Comments (Count)

 

Woman charged with battery after pushing postal worker for late mail

How this winter is challenging your mail carrier

Neighborhood frustrated after three months of no mail delivery

 

February 25,  2015

Did nerve gas sicken Orlando postal worker?

A former U.S. Postal Service supervisor who says he was exposed to toxic chemicals from a package at an Orlando facility in 2011 could lose his fight for answers at a hearing Thursday,

 

Postal Worker convicted of union embezzlement now charged with mail theft

A Westmoreland County postal worker previously convicted of union embezzlement is now charged with mail theft. 

 

The Root profiles pioneering mail carrier Mary Fields aka “Stagecoach Mary”

U.S. Postal Service investigates missing mail in Uncasville

Unusual parcel asks postal workers to snap pictures for art project

Newly hired Ohio letter carrier accused of using, selling drugs on the job

How Waffle House Could Replace Your Post Office

 

February 24,  2015

PRC Approves USPS First-Class Mail Price Adjustments

Today the Postal Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 2365­­­­­­ on Price Adjustments for First-Class Mail finding the Postal Service pricing proposals to be consistent with the Consumer Price Index. Comments (Count)

 

Another Baltimore Postal worker charged with delivering weed packages to same drug dealers

A CCA since 2014 was charged with bribery and participating in a pot-dealing conspiracy—the same conspiracy in which another 21 year city letter carrier, was charged last year. The city letter carrier worked at the same station where a postal manager was convicted last year of  bribery.   Comments (Count)

 

New York state and NYC sue United Parcel Service (UPS) for illegally shipping untaxed cigarettes

Legal battles over Berkeley’s main Post Office continue
Mail theft on the rise in one Seattle neighborhood

The dead letter office endures in the digital age

 

February 23,  2015

Determined South Dakota resident calls foul on Postal Service and wins

A well-researched complaint by a curious Newell resident could save her and some of her neighbors from paying a fee for getting mail. As a result of Anna Hermanson's diligence, the U.S. Postal Service has backtracked on a policy that required some Newell residents without mailboxes to rent a post office box. .  Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Some Mail Deliveries may be affected by winter storm in Dallas-Fort Worth area

U.S. Postal Service employees in facilities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan and Texas Panhandle areas affected by severe winter weather will be working around-the-clock to process and deliver mail. Video: Winter weather causes mail delays, injuries to 6 Nashville carriers  

 

What Postal Services Do People Value the Most?

The OIG has conducted a nationally representative quantitative survey on the relative value of some key services provided as part of the universal service obligation (USO).    Comments (Count)

 

Photo: Mail truck catches fire in Walnut Creek CA

Homestead man sues U.S. after being struck by mail truck

USPS: Maya Angelou to be honored on forever stamp

Postal Vehicle Catches Fire In Lexington, Kentucky

Retired postal worker can't get response from OPM or Congressman over pension

Napans 'bomb' post office with love

Kentucky: USPS hopes to make 'all' deliveries Monday

 

February 22,  2015

Video: Sluggish mail delivery angers Kentucky residents

USPS Vehicle Catches Fire in Sandwich MA

Post office not a game for those affected by cuts

USPS says road conditions have delayed 18,000 Louisville deliveries

Kathie Renken retires as Bakersfield postmaster

 

February 21,  2015

Postal service says Akron mail-sorting operation to close in April

How to deliver internal training videos to Postal Workers

Berkeley: Suits test whether postal service must follow some preservation laws

Alliance Objects to Nonprofit Postal Discrimination

Roof collapse closes post office in Massachusetts

Postal Carrier Accused of Throwing Out Mail in Connecticut

Newspapers to get postal decrease

 

February 20,  2015

DOL criminal enforcement actions against postal union officers

Former postal worker indicted

 

February 19,  2015

USPS, Shame on you!

Shame on you, Mr. Postmaster General, for doing everything you can to convince Congress and the media that we are a company on the verge of going broke, with an overpaid workforce and a “failing business model,” as you put it. Shame on you for trying to eliminate Saturday delivery, then agreeing to deliver parcels on Sunday, sending a mixed message to the public and our mailers. Shame on you for telling us on employee videos what a great job we’re doing, then trashing us to everyone else behind our backs.  Comments (Count)

 

Contract Negotiations Begin: At Opening Session, APWU Breaks with Tradition

Contract negotiations between the American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service got underway on Feb. 19 with a dramatic break with tradition. Joining the APWU at the opening session were actor-activist Danny Glover and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Danny Glover fights to save US Postal Service

U.S. Postal Workers gained a star partner in their fight to save the national mail carrying institution. Comments (Count)

 

Hackers scam California attorney out of $289,000 using USPS email address

The scam started with Feb. 9 email that appeared to be from the postal service, from an email address ending in usps.gov   Comments (Count)

 

Former rural carrier sentenced to probation for stealing credit cards from mail along his route

USPS Goof Gives Publishers a Break on Postal Rates

Truth about the Postal Service - by NALC President Rolando via The Dodgeville Chronicle

USPS travel cards to become safer, more secure

As temps go down, mail carriers layer up

Boca Raton: Postal employee bandits strike again

No mail for a week in one Amherst neighborhood

Southfield, MI residents report mail mystery

 

February 18,  2015

USPS and Postal Inspection Service team up to educate consumers about scams targeting older Americans

Mail theft continues to be a problem for neighborhoods with cluster mailboxes

Ukiah tries again to bring back post office mural

Former Pines postal facility up for sale

 

February 17,  2015

Tweets from the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers covering today’s MTAC meeting

Consumers not aware of postal service standards but do notice consistent delivery time each day
USPS COO Dave Williams says first class 3-5 day Q1 service performance down to 91.84%. 
Comments (Count)

 

Postal Workers and USPS to Open Contract Negotiations Thurs. Feb. 19

In a First, Union to Put Issues Such as Postal Banking, Expanded Hours and Additional Customer Services on the Bargaining Table  Comments (Count)

 

USPS looking for Postal Employees to appear in upcoming TV ad

Postal Service employees are invited to audition for a TV commercial that will debut in the spring. No prior acting experience is required. 

 

PMG names Linda Malone as USPS Network Operations VP

She will report to Chief Operating Officer David Williams, who previously held the position.

 

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated February 13, 2015  

USPS changes Fayetteville, NC P & DC and Fayetteville, NC Annex consolidation schedule date

 

Mail truck overturns in Arizona; neighbors say speed an issue

Lake Forest, Il mail theft investigation continues as second person reports problems

USPS OIG Phase 2 Audit: Postal Inspection Service Mail Covers Program

USPS may finally close Stewart plant in July

 

February 16,  2015

Postal Employee Salary Database Updated 2015

Postal Employees Names, Salaries, Position, Date Hired And Work Facility (2/16/15)

 

 

OIG White Paper: USPS financial condition, higher postage rates due to prefunding - Be Careful What You Assume: Postal Service closer to being fully funded, or potentially overfunded. In the past 8 years, the Postal Service’s financial condition has significantly worsened from making large prefunding payments for retiree health care. Postal Service customers were charged for increased postage, in part, because of these prefunding requirements. The Postal Service’s research and development and infrastructure maintenance were poorly funded because of its financial condition.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Employee Salary Database Updated 2015

Postal News Recap – February 16, 2015

New York: Postal carriers brave bitter cold to deliver

Posts or puzzles, mail carrier has a way with letters

Sale of Historic Princeton Post Office Moves Forward

 

February 15,  2015

USPS Struggles With Wave of New Hires

The U.S. Postal Service’s shift to a lower-paid workforce comes with a steep price. By the agency’s own admission, the hiring of more non-career employees has led to lower productivity, worse service, higher injury and turnover rates, and increased investment in new training programs. USPS has historically been staffed by long-serving employees, but currently 103,000-plus employees -- one of every six active postal workers -- has been with the agency less than a year. That's triple the newbie rate of just four years ago.  Comments (Count)

 

PMG Brennan delivers first video message

USPS will repurpose space to support its growing shipping services and invest in new package-sorting equipment and vehicles.  Comments (Count)

 

Congresswoman Kaptur statement on closing of Toledo USPS sorting facility

The Board of Governors of the Postal Service, and certain Members of Congress, are responsible for this latest blow to the Postal Service in our community and region. For too long, the Board has not been acting in our nation’s best interests. Many recent Board appointees hold private interests that conflict with the time-tested public service interests of the Postal Service mandate to deliver affordable universal service to all Americans equally.  Comments (Count)

 

South Bend USPS distribution center starting transition to consolidate with Fort Wayne's center

If you think walking in Boston is bad, try delivering mail there

GM, FCA Reportedly Interested In Making New US Postal Service Vehicle

Postal Workers Deliver Mail During Storm

 

February 14,  2015

San Jose Mailman Who Dumped Mail in Trash Resigns

Duluth postal center moves toward closure

Mounds neighborhood could lose mail delivery due to treacherous roads

 

February 13,  2015

USPS network outage causing possible security and financial problems for postal clerks - USPS reported earlier today that some Post Offices are experiencing system outages. But USPS is facing a much bigger problem if POS systems are out in most of the post offices.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS says network back to normal after outage

The U.S. Postal Service says it’s fixed the electronic glitch that had disrupted some services

 

USPS network outage affecting some post offices

Some Postal Service information technology applications continue to be non-functional today following yesterday’s unplanned network outage.  eBay Sellers Concerned Over USPS National Outage  Comments (Count)

 

First Class Mail Taking Days Longer

Postal routing makes Tamaroa water bills up to two weeks late

Video: U.S. Postal Museum Features Stories of Slave-Carried Mail

Postal Worker Helps Save Man's Life

Postal Workers Stage Ongoing Protest at Antioch Staples

San Jose Postal Worker trashed Mail

The push for postal banking is headed to the bargaining table

Section 106, Protective Covenants, and Sale of Historic Post Offices

Postal Inspection Service Mail Covers Program Phase 2

 

February 12,  2015

64 National Organizations Launch ‘Grand Alliance’ to Save Our Public Postal Service - On Feb. 12, 2015, more than 60 national organizations joined forces to launch A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service. The debut of the Alliance included the premiere of a video featuring actor-activist Danny Glover, the creation of a new website, and many messages on social media. NALC joins ‘Grand Alliance’ to Save Our Public Postal Service Comments (Count)

 

USPS Contracting Officer and Contractor Charged with Bribery Scheme in Connection with Awarding of Mail Delivery Contracts - A former U.S. Postal Service contracting officer, along with a mail delivery contractor, were indicted today for engaging in a scheme to defraud the Postal Service through bribery and kickbacks in connection with the awarding of contracts to deliver the mail.    Comments (Count)

 

U. S. Senate in no hurry to fill 6 vacancies on USPS Board of Governors

In December 2014 ,Senator Tom Carper urged his colleagues to confirm all USPS BOG nominations. Now there are 6 vacancies and 2 members serving with expired terms.  Comments (Count)

 

Man charged with stealing, crashing unlocked Postal Service truck in Barrow

New Zealand Post cuts deliveries to three days a week

U.S. Postal Service to seek bids on next delivery vehicle

 

February 11,  2015

APWU: MVS Continues the Fight for Administrative, Technical Jobs

The union is pursuing our demand that management create at least 60 new administrative and technical duty assignments in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft, as required by the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Four years after signing the CBA, the USPS still has not created the positions. Comments (Count)

 

Customers upset with area post office for unpredictable midday closures

Several customers in the Northland are angry after learning a post office is closing during the day, in the middle of listed hours.

 

Zero tolerance: USPS promotes threat-free workplace

The Postal Service is committed to fostering a positive and safe work environment that’s free of threats, fear and violence for every employee.  Comments (Count)

 

Two postal workers robbed at gunpoint

Two postal workers say they were robbed early Wednesday morning at a United States Postal Service processing center.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal pioneer: Jackie Strange, first woman DPMG, dies

Anthem data breach: Some members’ personal information compromised

Mail delivery halted at apartment complex over security issue

Snow banks create challenges for mail carriers

North Dakota: In-Town Mail Delivery Begins With 45 cluster mail boxes

Snow piles affecting mail delivery

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Seeing Double: Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile

Can the Postal Service still cling to the hope that people want paper bills?

Woman claims postal worker ran over dog and kept driving

 

February 10,  2015

Former NALC steward’s defamation suit claims postmaster, supervisors compared him to violent people - A Bolingbrook, Illinois postal worker (also a former NALC  steward) has filed a lawsuit claiming four USPS management officials “disparaged him with libelous comparisons to violent people.”   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Worker charged with misappropriation of postal funds

Video: Express Mail packages at the heart of work-from-home scam

USPS: Year of the Ram Forever Stamp Celebrates Lunar New Year

Beating of letter carrier prompts Springfield City Council committee meeting

Battered but operating: Burlington NC Post Office scarred after accident

USPS Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Congressional Submission (PDF)

 

February 9,  2015

Senator Carper says USPS $1.1 billion profit shows “urgent” need for postal reform - Update: Oops! An alert reader caught what is apparently a typo in Sen. Carper's statement.  From Carper's statement: U.S. Postal Service lost $754 *billion* in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015   Today’s financial report shows that even a prosperous package delivery service and record holiday delivery season can’t bring the U.S. Postal Service out of its downward financial spiral.

USPS revenues rises 4.3 percent – $754 million net loss recorded during first quarter - The Postal Service ended fiscal 2015’s first quarter (Oct. 1-Dec. 31, 2014) with a 4.3 percent increase in operating revenue compared to the same period one year earlier. NALC: USPS FY Quarter 1 ends with $1.1 billion operating profit , $7 billion in cash ||  (2/06/15) Comments (Count)

 

Senate schedules hearing February 11th to examine GAO’s 2015 High Risk List

 In 2013 GAO recommended:  USPS needs to continue taking action to reduce costs related to its operations, workforce, and facilities as well as increase revenues  Comments (Count)

 

Missouri postal worker hit by car in December dies

The Kirkwood postal worker who was hit by a car on Dec. 30 has died. Friends of Wilson-Mueller say she had been wearing her post office jacket and blue pants, and left work in the dark. Dozens of postal workers at the office on Taylor park on the street because there is no lot designated for them.  Comments (Count)

 

New Orleans postal worker pleads guilty to tax fraud

Bloomfield PA Post Office Robber Gets Prison Sentence

USPS seeks information for new delivery vehicle

USPS Cost Cutting Ain't Cuttin' It, Mailers Group Says

The Bill is (Still) in the Mail

Video: Mailboxes blown up in Indiana; detectives looking for those responsible

New Marriage Between Your Post Office and Amazon - Makes Life Hell for Workers

Bixby Knolls Post Office Closing

 

February 8,  2015

Thieves crack Canada Post ‘superboxes’ in Surrey BC

Video: Postal Service investigates mail tossed into ravine

Historic Plant City post office discontinued, headed for sale

Long Island residents angered with mail delays due to snowfall

Mystic mail carrier sees no obstacles in mountains of snow

 

February 7,  2015

U.S. Mail Truck in Detroit Possibly Involved in Hit-and-Run

 

February 6,  2015

Mail delays detrimental, Tucson business leaders say

Tucson business leaders said they are experiencing significant delays in mail delivery since the U.S. Postal Service changed its service standards Jan. 5. New Bill Would Stop Mail Slowdown, Reinstate Service Standards || The check's in the mail: Postal delays concern Rock County treasurer   Comments (Count)

 

National Mail Handlers Union President John Hegarty announces retirement

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, National President John Hegarty delivered his 26th and final report to the attendees of the Semi-Annual Meeting of the Local Unions (SAMLU). Comments (Count)

 

Pocatello postal workers face “involuntary reassignment”

The initial report on employee impacts at Pocatello CSMPC processing center was 57 craft, 5 management. Salt Lake City would gain 26 craft positions, 8 management. These figures may have changed since last year. Comments (Count)

 

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated February 6, 2015

Norfolk couple finds trash bags of mail in ravine

Thief speeds off in Kansas City postal carrier’s mail van

Suspects in beating of Springfield MA mail carrier to be prosecuted by state — not feds

 

February 5,  2015

Rep. DeLauro Introduces Legislation to Reinstate Overnight Delivery Standards

The bipartisan legislation would reinstate overnight postal delivery service and prevent the Postal Service (USPS) from operating under the current, weaker delivery standards. The elimination of overnight delivery has already resulted in slower mail delivery for millions of Americans. Comments (Count)

 

UPS and FedEx raise surcharges prompting some to take a look at USPS

Oregon letter carrier’s meth habit led to 30,000 pieces of stolen mail

USPS highway contract route driver charged with stealing cash from mail

Two Connecticut residents sentenced in postal money order fraud scheme

USPS continues to reduce rural post office hours

Man pinned between vehicle and post office

Postal RCA accused of stealing thousands in cash, gift cards along mail routes

 

February 4,  2015

PMG Megan Brennan announces Executive Leadership Team , Organizational Structure - PMG Megan Brennan has announced her Executive Leadership Team (ELT), aiming to continue the Postal Service’s momentum by making few changes to the lineup.

the United States Postal Service announced the appointment of David E. Williams to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Williams succeeds Megan J. Brennan. Since July 2010, Mr. Williams served as Vice President, Network Operations, PMG Brennan delivers first video message  Comments (Count)

 

Postmaster General: USPS seeks revenue sources beyond regular mail, package delivery - So what is the agency doing? ;“We’re testing grocery delivery in San Francisco,” Brennan said  “We’re also delivering water, cases of water in Manhattan and the boroughs” of New York City. Brennan supports delivering mail five days a week and packages seven days a week.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS designed a 37—cent stamp featuring a photo of the Washington, D.C., memorial covered in snow. When USPS released the stamp, in 2002, it paid $1,500 to a retired Marine whose photograph of the memorial they used, but did not compensate the sculptor. 

 

Mail carrier working in back of truck knocked unconscious after getting rear-ended - A mail carrier on a delivery run was left unconscious and taken to the hospital after her postal truck was hit from behind by a car driven by a Plainfield man  Comments (Count)

 

Court docs: Hidden cameras show postal worker thefts

USPS to honor Robert Robinson Taylor on the 38th Black Heritage stamp

Thieves Targeting Mailboxes For W-2s, So They Can Steal Tax Refunds

USPS suspends operations at Abbyville Post Office pending repairs

Postal Worker retires after 26 years

 

February 3,  2015

NALC: Obama’s FY 2016 Budget embraces outdated, misguided postal policies of former PMG Donahoe - With the release of its FY 2016 budget proposal today, the Obama administration once again has embraced an outdated philosophy that the Postal Service can and should cut its way to prosperity by targeting services.While the NALC sees progress in the administration moving away from immediately ending six-day delivery and ensuring its continuation for 2016, we are disappointed that the administration has embraced an arbitrary volume trigger to eliminate a day of delivery.  Comments (Count)

 

No Speedy Delivery for Letter to PMG Brennan  - Poor Express Mail service delayed delivery of a critical letter from three former members of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee to Postmaster General Megan Brennan. The letter was presented to the post office in Clayton, N.Y., on Jan. 31, was promptly entered into the mailstream, and was guaranteed to be delivered by 3 p.m. Feb. 2 to Brennan’s office at L’Enfant Plaza in Washington. But, according to USPS tracking information supplied by Cary Brick, who posted the letter, it didn’t get Brennan’s office until sometime Feb. 3  . Despite the USPS guaranteed delivery, the letter did not arrive at a Dulles postal facility outside Washington until Feb. 3. Brick said he was stunned by the late delivery of his letter. He was given a $19.99 refund when he went to the Clayton Post Office to pick up his mail. An Open Letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan - But we feel strongly about the direction a few of its managers at and above the stamp subject selection and design level are pushing the stamp program. They are doing a disservice to the respect enjoyed by an institution that touches every American every day in their own homes and neighborhoods.   Comments (Count)

 

Politics delaying consolidation of Florence mail processing plant

Staples, Office Depot in advanced talks to merge

UPS revamps holiday plan with peak surcharges, fewer drivers

A postmaster has the last word on POStPlan

TBS Seinfeld marathon focuses on Newman during “Thank a Mailman Day”

Where have all the blue mailboxes gone?

Houston: Two Plead Guilty in Mail Theft Cases

Abilene Post Office Accepting Applications for CCAs

San Antonio: USPS Addresses Neighborhood Mail Mishaps

USPS OIG: Ideas on the Doorstep

 

 

 

February 2,  2015

Megan Brennan 74th Postmaster General of the United States

Outlining key themes in a letter to employees today, Postmaster General Brennan said she would seek to advance transformative strategies that invest in the future of the Postal Service and shape growth opportunities for the organization and the industries it serves. Statement by APWU President on New Postmaster General Megan Brennan  Comments (Count)

 

Postal facility set to close

Mail carrier quits, dumps mail in gas station trash can

Mail carriers fight their way through the snowy roads

Post Office Plays Key Role in Meth Drug Bust

Will Direct Mail Morph Into the Internet of Postal Things?

USPS Accepting Job Applications in Indy

Car Crashes Into to Post Office in Torrance CA

The U.S. Postal Service is throwing a Hail Mary: Same-day delivery

Maybeury West Virginia Post Office temporarily closed after fire

TX: Stolen Mail Causes Outrage Among Residents

Mail seem slow? Postal service change is likely the cause

 

February 1,  2015

ABM Security challenging USPS $250 million contracts awarded to Command Security Corporation - CSC’s record of integrity and business ethics should render the company ineligible for award of the USPS contract.  (FAA).  Comments (Count)

Sour Lake, Texas post office damaged by fire - homeless man's fire may be to blame

Mail Thefts Rampant on Key Peninsula

Privatization won’t improve your mail service or costs

Embarrass, MN Post Office closed for repairs

 

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