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USPS Graphic: City letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. -This graphic covers the percentage of city letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. nationwide in FY 2014 (October to April)  Comments (Count)

 

New USPS OIG poster encourages postal employees to help with misconduct - The new poster encourages employees to help the Office of Inspector General (OIG)  

 

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)

 

USPS to assign duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians - According to USPS the National Recycling Program involves backhauling recyclables from Associate Offices (AOs) to its servicing Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).   Comments (Count)

DOL sues USPS on whistleblower retaliation against 35+ years postal worker

"The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions,  NDC managers referred to the more than

35 yrs BEM Maintenance employee variously as a disgruntled, drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist." .  Comments (Count) 

 

Appeals Court upholds firing of Postal Manager with 44 years of service

The proposed removal was based on charges including a failure to report an accident (dog bite) and multiple failures to perform assigned duties.  Comments (Count)  

USPS to resume consolidations next year for up to 82 facilities

The Postal Service will continue the network rationalization of its mail processing operations next year,  Comments (Count)

 

Editorial: USPS Gearing Up for Contract Talks

management is signaling probable targets for hard bargaining. On the bargaining table will likely be health benefits, pay, leave, holidays and work flexibility . Comments (Count)  

GAO: USPS conversion from door-to- door to less costly delivery could yield large savings  .Comments (Count)

 

USPS Fights Federal Agency and Foreign Business in latest Trademark cases USPS files petition to protect its brand and files protest against federal agency’s attempt to register “post office”  Comments (Count)

Editorial: Traps in the Pittman vs. USPS EEO Settlement

by Don Cheney - Buried in the Release are some severe consequences to be aware of  

 

30 Members of California House Delegation Urge PMG To Reject USPS-Staples Pilot Program -

 Staples Protest is not just about the jobs of postal workers; it’s saving middle-class jobs  Comments (Count)


OIG: USPS does not track sales or know how many historic properties it owns

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Appeals Court Upholds Demotion Of Postal Manager Claiming Whistleblower Retaliation   Comments (Count)

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

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Editorial: USPS New Night Rider Policy

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  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

160 House Members Urge USPS Plant Closure Moratorium

A large body of Members of the House of Representatives -- 160 strong -- today called upon House appropriations leaders to include in the stopgap funding bill a one-year moratorium on the closure of the 82 mail processing facilities that are slated for consolidation by USPS, beginning January 2015. The 82 plants are located in 37 states. (9/12/14) Comments (Count)

Postal Unions and 21st Century Coalition Send Joint Letter to Senate Committee
On September 9, 2014, the NPMHU, APWU, NALC and NRLCA, along with a business coalition that employs over 7.5 American workers in the mailing industry, wrote a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting that the Committee place language in the appropriations bill freezing for one year the USPS plan (January 2015) to consolidate or close 82 mail processing plants. Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? (9/11/14) Comments (Count)
USPS COO says 66 per cent of overnight delivery and service standards will be preserved - “Our future network will preserve approximately 66 percent of current overnight delivery volumes, and Overnight Service Standards will remain available to commercial mail properly prepared, containerized and entered by critical entry times.”  (9/11/14) Comments (Count)

Did USPS forget to tell business customers about switch to cluster mailboxes?

No next day delivery, or in this case no mail delivery for months, to some business owners in Old Town Bluffton. Concerned neighbors reached out to NEWS 3 to get some answers on why they haven’t received main since June.  (9/12/14)

Video: Strangest Things Sent In The Mail

Ripley disqualified 26 items (mostly because the post office bagged them as protection—complete with apology letters) = 13% of total. "We want to give a lot of credit to the U.S. Postal Service," Meyer said. "They delivered some very strange and sometimes very fragile items a long way with a 99 percent success rate."  (9/11/14)

Senator Casey Calls on PMG to Keep Erie, PA Mail Processing Facility Open

Senator Bob Casey  joined the Erie City and County Councils in urging  USPS to keep Erie, PA Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) open. The Erie City Council passed a resolution last week  and the Erie County Council passed a similar resolution this week in support of keeping the Erie P&DF open and fully operational.  (9/11/14) Comments (Count)

PMG Optimistic About Mailing Industry Opportunities Amid Stronger Economic Conditions - The Postal Service is currently enabling a smarter delivery system through technology investments that include geo-fencing — creating a digital address — for every delivery location in America, and providing letter carriers with greatly enhanced mobile delivery devices. These investments provide better delivery accuracy and visibility, and enable enhanced product and delivery offerings — such as package redirect and Priority Mail features that include free insurance, tracking and date-specified delivery. APWU: PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City (9/10/14) Comments (Count)

 

KUTV Video: PMG Pat Donahoe talks about future of the mail in Salt Lake City

Post Master General Patrick R. Donahoe stopped by the studio to talk about the future of mail and how Utah will play its part.  (9/10/14) Comments (Count)

Senate hearing scheduled for reappointment of USPS Board of Governors chairman- Mickey D. Barnett, whose term expired December 8, 2013, is the current chairman of the USPS Board of Governors. Barnett was first appointed to the USPS Board of Governors by President George W. Bush on Aug. 17, 2006.   (9/11/14) 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. The objective is to provide a new rolling chassis that will seamlessly mate with the existing body while capturing advances in vehicle technologies that have been developed in the last 20 years maintaining the existing vehicle payload requirement.   (9/9/14) Comments (Count)

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

A Government Executive analysis of postal estimates show the consolidation plan will result in a net job loss — jobs lost at each facility minus those being relocated to existing plants — of 7,320.  (9/8/14) Comments (Count)

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September 14, 2014

Rate Cut Has Shippers Switching To USPS

Man accused of flashing mail carrier in New Orleans City Park

FOIA request reveals sales for Inverted Jenny stamp fell well below expectations

Massachusetts letter carrier honored for rescuing truck driver in crash

Endangered Species Semipostal Stamp Bill Headed to the President for Signature

 

September 13, 2014

Cherrybell Post Office processing center to close in April

Kentucky postal worker sentenced to prison on federal drug and theft charges

Boca Raton, FL Letter Carrier Charged With Molesting Child

North Carolina town bans curbside mailboxes in historic district

Woman shoots at ex-boyfriend in Palestine post office

Alert postal carrier credited with saving woman's life

Post office finds woman's sister's remains

'Hooded Bandit' bank robbery suspect embezzled $122K from USPS as a window clerk in the '90s

 

September 12, 2014

Video: Postal customer spent 8 months trying to get his claim for missing mail approved

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries

Video: Postal Inspector’s Office investigating mysterious mailers

 

September 11, 2014

Drunk driver runs stop sign, hits postal carrier in Tennessee

Postal vehicle overturns on loose gravel

IRS Can Now Withdraw Money from Your TSP Account to Collect on Tax Debts

USPS Offering Reward After Armed Robbery In Hartford

Pennsylvania Postal Employee Charged with Stealing Cash, Gift Card from Mail

Dog attacks mailman in Springfield

Where have all the mailboxes gone?

 

September 10, 2014

USPS agrees to resume delivery to Brooklyn residents with low mail slots

USPS officials apologized for the unfortunate situation and guaranteed that the matter had been resolved. They stated that mail would be delivered to all residents in the community regardless of mail slot locations. Comments (Count)

 

Northrop Grumman Escapes False Claims Act Suit Over Botched $874M USPS FSS Order - A Virginia federal judge has agreed to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. of misleading the U.S. Postal Service and failing to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Arizona Postal worker saves woman from flooded vehicle

Monday morning, as the US postal carrier approached 17th & Treat, he saw it: a ferocious flood carrying a car.   Comments (Count)

 

OPM: Agencies can honor federal employees with flag who died in line of duty

The Office of Personnel management issued a final rule that will allow recognizing certain Federal civilian employees who die of injuries incurred in connection with their employment for their duty and sacrifice.

 

USPS Slashes Rates, But Can it Handle the Surge?

UPS and FedEx Rate Hikes Threaten Free Shipping and Lost Business

USPS: Postal facilities must fly Flags at half-staff on Patriots Day to remember 9/11

Canyon Post Office on Slow Road to Closure

Inspectors say kids are buying synthetic drugs online, receiving them by mail

Postal inspectors warn of 'mystery shopper scam'

 

September 09, 2014

Over 12,000 Post Offices receiving new equipment to improve package scanning - The Delivery Sortation System (DSS) allows offices and other delivery units to efficiently capture arrival at unit scans on packages, and it tells the operator which route the package belongs on.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS stops delivering to Brooklyn residents because “mailbox is not in guideline” The residents were told by their local carrier that the mail slots on their doors were too low and that they would need new doors or be forced to affix outside mailboxes on their homes or rails. The letter from the post office said their "mailbox is not in guideline of USPS."   Comments (Count)

 

Grand Jury declines to indict Letter Carrier charged with animal cruelty

A grand jury has declined to indict a North Texas mail carrier charged with animal cruelty after a pet dog on his route with injured and had to be euthanized.

 

Florida Rural Carrier Associate charged in missing mail case

Alabama rural carrier jailed after delivering mail under the influence

Ex-Idaho City Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Theft

USPS Denies Insurance Claim for Damaged Package

 

September 08, 2014

Carper, Coburn Call on Senate Appropriations Committee to Oppose Proposed Moratorium; Support Comprehensive Postal Reform - Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee late Friday to caution the Members about implementing a moratorium on postal facility closures and urge support for the bipartisan, comprehensive the Postal Reform Act of 2014, which was passed out of committee earlier this year.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS testing grocery deliveries in San Francisco

The two-month test, which began in August, is being conducted in San Francisco with Amazon. Customers can order groceries through the Amazon Fresh service and the Postal Service will deliver them early the next day, between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.  Comments (Count)

 

Northern California residents questioning USPS plan to move mail sorting to Oregon - the roughly 100 people who showed up for a recent town hall meeting in Eureka, CA thought the notion of Humboldt county mail being sorted in Medford, and then being sent right back to Humboldt for delivery, was not just inefficient but could have unforeseen consequences.  Comments (Count)

 

South Carolina Postal Worker’s 50-year career wins stamp of approval

When Otis Barr first joined the ranks of the U.S. Postal Service, ZIP codes were just a year old, first-class stamps were 5 cents and he was earning $2.64 an hour as a part-time flexible clerk in manual operations.  Comments (Count)

 

The Postal Service rolls the delivery dice

Congress’s plan to get nothing done

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in August

Mississippi father, son plead guilty on charge of  conspiracy to steal USPS equipment

Photo: A picture-perfect Post Office in Seaside, Florida

OIG: What is the number one idea you have to raise USPS revenue?

Direct Mail Remains Impactful

Inside the Retirement Community for Mail Carriers

 

September 07, 2014

USPS Graphic: City letter carriers returning after 5 p.m.

This graphic covers the percentage of city letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. nationwide in FY 2014 (October to April)   Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS Package Delivery Fail

USPS cutting rates to win e-commerce business

USPS's big delivery edge: no parking tickets

Knightdale, NC preps for switch to central mailboxes

AmazonFresh tries using the US Postal Service to deliver its groceries

 

September 06, 2014

Illinois Postal Workers save child from sexual predator

Peoria, IL Branch 31 letter carrier Cristy Perfetti, who has carried mail for 22 years, was returning from her route one day in May of 2013. As she parked her truck at the post office loading dock, she saw a disturbing scene. A man was walking with a 10-year-old boy through the post office parking lot, and the boy looked frightened and kept looking in her direction. Comments (Count)

 

Postal Unions Hold Joint Webinar on USPS Plant Consolidations

The four postal unions held a joint webinar on Aug. 28 for union members at the 82 sites where plants are scheduled for consolidation or closure beginning in January 2015. The occasion marked the first time the four unions have engaged in joint training at the national level. More than Half of Senate Now Backs Call to Stop USPS Consolidations || Connecticut Senators, APWU Denounce USPS Consolidations   Comments (Count)

 

Man wanted $50 and police in attempted robbery of North Carolina post office

 

September 05, 2014

USPS workshare partner expanding to East Coast with lease of 16,000 sq. ft mail center in Burlington, NJ - ODMS is part of USPS's Work Share Program, a program that provides mailers and presort bureaus with significant discounts for preparing mail according to strict USPS specifications. This involves physically trucking the mail across the country to its nearest Network Distribution Center (NDC) or Sectional Center Facility (SCF). This allows the mail to bypass many of the postal processing facilities,   Comments (Count)

 

One USPS Station Manager pleads guilty, another Station Manager sentenced in Bribe Scheme - Former USPS Station Manager pleaded guilty today to bribery in connection with a scheme to obtain U.S. Postal Service contracts in exchange for bribe payments. Another former USPS Station Manager was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the same bribery scheme.    Comments (Count)

 

Video: Mailman Parks In Handicap Spot

When a disabled Vietnam Vet was trying to get to a chiropractor appointment. When he got to the strip mall someone had already taken the handicap parking spot. But it wasn't a person who needed it--it was a postal worker picking up mail at The UPS Store.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS update on Napa and Vallejo delivery and retail operations

USPS to expand products eligible for free Package Pickup on September 7th

Amazon, U.S. mail test grocery deliveries around San Francisco

Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Postal Places: A look at USPS places across the country!

 

September 04, 2014

USPS Commits to Maintain Service Hours at 30 North Dakota Post Offices in the Bakken - Senator John Hoeven today said he has received a confirmation from Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will adhere to its commitment in April to maintain current service hours at 30 post offices in the Bakken region that were going to have their hours reduced.  Comments (Count)

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Backs Bid to Stop Postal Service Cuts

Reid added his signature to those of 50 other senators who signed a calling for a ban on Postal Service cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. .  Comments (Count)

 

Senator Finds Temporary Fix to Wainwright, AK Postal Problem, Pushes for Permanent Solution Now it's 52 Senators unhappy with USPS- In response to demands from U.S. Senator Mark Begich, USPS is stationing a temporary worker in Wainwright to re-open the local post office that has been closed for two weeks, depriving Wainwright residents of their regular deliveries of food, medicine, and mail. It is outrageous that USPS did not have a plan in place to make sure Wainwright’s post office remained open.” Wainwright, Alaska: Life Without the Post Office  Comments (Count)

 

USPS to start Sunday delivery of Amazon packages this week throughout California - The U.S. Postal Service will start Sunday home deliveries this week throughout Northern California, thanks to a special deal with Amazon [Financial terms of the Amazon/USPS partnership have not been disclosed]. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Frustrated for years by mail carrier, woman posts video to Facebook and gets results - A Northland woman says she was sick of trying to explain to people what she went through every day with her mailman, so she decided to record it.  Comments (Count)

New USPS OIG poster encourages postal employees to help with misconduct

USPS: Leased building to remedy Napa mail delivery issues after earthquake

Home Video Captures Package Thief Stealing Loot

Sister Act: Two NY Postmaster Reliefs sentenced to probation for stealing USPS funds

USPS updates Publication 553, Employee’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing, and Reporting Harassment

 

NALC: True cause of Postal Service challenges

 

September 03, 2014

Sen. Heitkamp Blasts USPS for breaking promise to keep full hours at rural Post Offices across North Dakota - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp slammed the U.S. Postal Service after it went back on its promise to keep more hours of operation at rural post offices across North Dakota.Heitkamp today called on the agency to reverse its destructive decision.  Comments (Count)

USPS to introduce more options for customers

Greenville: USPS changing home delivery methods

Man crashes car into post office

 

September 02, 2014

USPS seeks End-to-End Travel credit card solution

USPS End-to-End Solution Requirements include pre-trip approval, include mechanism where credit card limits can be automatically raised/decreased based on individual traveler's travel reservations   Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Priority Mail price reductions take effect Sept. 7

Priority Mail price reductions will take effect Sept. 7. USPS will reduce Priority Mail rates for high-volume mailers, as well as small businesses and others who ship online, effective Sept. 7. The changes, which USPS announced in July, are part of an ongoing push to attract customers and boost the Postal Service’s package business. Comments (Count)

 

EEOC Issues New Guide to Help Federal Agencies Advise Workers on Their Rights

Delaware Senator Says the Time is Now For Action on Postal Reform

USPS Employment Levels Have Stabilized

No rain on their parade but labor worries remain

 

September 01, 2014

NY Fire Department Lieutenant charged in connection with mail stolen from letter carrier at gunpoint A Brockport, NY Fire Department lieutenant is charged with theft of stolen mail, mail fraud, theft of public money, forgery of endorsement of treasury checks.... In 2013 a U.S. Postal Service carrier was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail to an apartment building in Brooklyn, NY.   Comments (Count)

 

CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary

Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed. 

 

First female letter carrier of Hazelton, PA looks back at 35 year career

‘Snail mail’ still kinda cool

 

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