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Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings
2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 3rd

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA)

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) .  Comments (Count)

 

US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex


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)

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: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “ The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  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)

 

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) 

 

  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

Video: Baby boy found abandoned in SW Houston post office lobby

A baby boy is now in Chilf Protection Service custody, after he was found in a post office lobby in southwest Houston, Texas.  (10/22/14) Comments (Count)

PMG discusses Election Mail, packages in latest video

“We can expect to see heavy volume right up until Election Day. So we’ve got to stay with it,” Donahoe says.  (10/22/14) Comments (Count)

Postal Inspectors video: Vehicle of Interest in the Tyson Barnette 2013 murder

The US Postal Inspection Service needs your help  (10/21/14)

APWU to Harvard President: Stop Staples Deal or Quit Board

The APWU has placed a full-page ad in The Harvard Crimson calling on Harvard University President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” from Staples board where she earns $300,000   (10/22/14) Comments (Count)

Postal, Federal Retirees to get 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for 2015

The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) affects payments to over 70 million federal, postal retirees, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients, or about one fifth of the country.    (10/22/14) Comments (Count)

Over 200 postal facilities to participate in new USPS National Recycling program Over 200 postal facilities to participate in new National Recycling program - USPS assigned duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians.  (10/21/14)

Raw video: Porch camera captures package theft

the suspect grabs the package and runs. The thief didn't even seem to notice the camera.  (10/21/14)

Staples probing possible payment card data breach

Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations in the Northeastern United States are currently dealing with a data breach.   (10/21/14) 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  (10/20/14) 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. (10/19/14) Comments (Count)

Idaho mother claims mail carrier won’t deliver medical supplies for terminally ill infant - KXLY contacted the post office and they said the mail carrier claims the landlord has a restraining order against him so he can't go near the property. (10/17/14) Comments (Count)
OPM final rule on Temporary Feds Health Care benefits exclude USPS non-career employees - OPM is issuing a final rule to modify eligibility for enrollment under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to certain temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees who are identified as full-time employees. This regulation will allow newly eligible Federal employees to enroll no later than January 2015. (10/17/14) Comments (Count)
Congresswoman asks PMG to reconsider plant consolidations of 82 facilities without public input The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter Norton sent to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe that asks him to reconsider the consolidation of more than 80 mail-processing centers in January 2015 that will delay First-Class and other mail delivery, without public input.  (10/17/14) Comments (Count)

Postal Unions Tell PMG, BOG: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.  (10/16/14) Comments (Count)

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October 22,  2014

Target Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Items until Dec 20th

Teens to prison for mail carrier assault

 

October 21,  2014

Postal Hero: Rural Carrier David Zimmerman, Shortsville, NY

Fumes from package at Humble Post Office send 7 workers to hospital

The election traffic jam in San Francisco mailboxes

Video: USPS Apologizes For Declaring Man Dead

Postal employees hope public pressure delays or blocks USPS plans to move Roanoke processing to Greensboro

 

 

October 20,  2014

Postal News: How to Get Away with Destroying America’s Heritage

Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door mail delivery

NPMHU: Postal Unions Call for National Day of Action

Post Office in Corpus Christi, TX Closed

West Virginia PMR sentenced for theft of postal funds

Stamps.com Aquires E-Commerce Software Company Shipworks

Royal Mail to recruit 19,000 people to help with Christmas rush

Ohio letter carrier helps injured woman

Sold American: An inventory of USPS disposed properties, 2009-2014

Postal clerks jobs uncertain after consolidation

USPS Proposing Relocation Of Marina Del Rey Branch Post Office

Dead Tree Edition: Google Loves Print, This We Know, For Its Guidelines Tell Us So

New City Having Trouble Getting Respect From USPS

Postal Retiree Pursues Lifelong Dream at 71

Ebola and your job description

Canada Post begins cutting mail delivery to homes

 

October 19,  2014

Famous Postal Workers

Village Post Office Coming to New Beaver

No traditional mailboxes for new subdivisions

Truck slams into Needham, MA post office

Animal control officers rescue mailman from menacing pit bull

USPS DMM Revision: Hold For Pickup Service Expanded to Additional Products

 

October 18,  2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 17, 2014

Suspicious package meant to steal mail

 

October 17,  2014

Video: Cops catch four suspected thieves in Albuquerque area mailbox vandalisms - Four suspects are behind bars in connection to a rash of mailbox vandalisms around the Albuquerque metro. USPS was replacing 10 cluster mailboxes a day in Albuquerque area.

 

Massachusetts Postal Worker charged with stealing over $2,500 from the mail

Overloaded electrical circuits sparks small fire at Muskogee, OK post office

Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City

Video: Postal Service Battles Illegal Drug Shipments

Two Ohio mail carriers facing mail theft charges

 

October 16,  2014

Postal workers take Canada Post to court to save home delivery

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is launching a constitutional challenge of Canada Post’s plan to axe door-to-door home mail delivery  Comments (Count)

 

Video: 30-second, $9K-theft caught on surveillance camera

Amazon hiring 80,000 seasonal employees for holiday this year

USPS: ELM Revision – Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)

 

October 15,  2014

Next in postal privatization: Goin Postal counters in 2,000 Walmarts

The Goin Postal pack-and-ship company has signed a deal to put small postal stores inside of 2,000 Walmarts. While the Postmaster General will probably say it's all about customer convenience, the deal represents yet another step in the privatization of the Postal Service. These postal stores, it should be noted, aren’t exactly the same as the mini-post offices that the Postal Service tried piloting in 82 Staples late last year. The Goin Postal stores are part of the USPS Approved Shippers program, which consists of stores that can also offer FedEx, UPS, DHL, and anything else they want. They make their profit by charging a fee on top of the USPS pricing.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Bay-Valley District Manager says he will 'Break' the Unions

Clerk duty assignments are being abolished and reposted on an unprecedented level in the history of our Local. It has been happening in the majority of our offices and throughout the Bay-Valley District... The culprit is District Manager Mark Martinez, who has taken it upon himself to micro-manage every Clerk in every Post Office.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS updates plan for involuntary reassignments in 2015

USPS notified APWU that an operational review has resulted in a reduction of the number of impacted full-time clerks in the Pacific Area . (Note: the list is subject to change )  Also the list for impacted employees in Tacoma, WA was omitted from the previous list of offices . 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 10, 2014 Comments (Count)

 

PMRs and PMR Annuitants Receive MOU Impact Notice

The notices let both the PMR and the PMR annuitants know that they could still be used in 2-hour offices if they chose to continue to be PMRs. Comments (Count)

 

Northern California resident warns of USPS consolidation impact on mail delivery times

Jacksonville USPS sorting facility to take on Gainesville mail

400 pieces of mail stolen from vehicle in Des Moines, Iowa

Why Mail Still Matters in Politics

Man claims Canada Post took four days to close unlocked mailbox

The Little Post Office That Could

 

October 14,  2014

The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.  Comments (Count)

 

Google’s shopping service charges membership fees

New Jersey mailman charged with theft in connection with stolen tax return checks

Meet the mailman who mapped Rio’s slums before Google could

Postal Inspectors: Don't Fall for 'I've Fallen' Device Scheme

 

October 13,  2014

USPS award contracts worth $37 million to update PARS, FSS and AFSM Systems - USPS awards Siemens Postal Parcel and Airport Logistics a contract to update the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS)  and a second company for the FSS and AFSM100.Comments (Count)

 

Fundraiser and donation page setup for Texas Letter Carrier Needing Heart Transplant - Friends and family are working to raise funds for am Army vet and letter carrier who desperately needs a heart transplant. 52-year-old Clement Raymond Smiley is in need of a heart transplant after battling congestive heart failure for the past four years, according to his family. A fundraiser is being organized for November 2nd.. Donations are also being accepted via the GoFundMe.com page that has been set up for the Smiley family. http://www.gofundme.com/f8vj00

 

Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Campaign to Dismantle the Post Office

The leaders of the Postal Service have made no secret of their plans for reforming the postal system. They have issued white papers, given speeches, presented “optimization” programs, and appeared before Congressional committees. The plans are clear: eliminate the layoff protections in union contracts; cut the career workforce by nearly half while tripling the number of non-career workers  Comments (Count)

 

Canada: Thieves break into community mailboxes

Thieves pried open a community mail box in West Kelowna Friday night, accessing several people’s personal information. Cst. Hall with West Kelowna RCMP said there have been at least 12 similar incidents in the Central Okanagan in the past three weeks. West Kelowna residents found opened mail scattered on the ground nearby Saturday morning Comments (Count)

 

USPS Hiring Automotive Technicians and City Carrier Assistants

The U.S. Postal Service is now actively seeking qualified applicants to fill Career City Carrier and Automotive Technician jobs, as well as a wide variety of temporary postal jobs in the Midland-Odessa area.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS seeks info for buying 10,000 Right Hand Drive vehicles

The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its existing fleet of light delivery vehicles.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal Worker thanks colleague for turning bad days into good ones

Helping endangered wildlife species one stamp at a time

Parcel set to deliver for doormen-deprived Manhattanite

The most expensive postal code in the U.S. - and nobody knows about it

Has public forgotten the tradition of Columbus Day?

USPS closes Benedict Post Office because of no contract

Getting to know a small-town postal worker

 

October 12,  2014

Postal Service calling on retired employees to help during holiday season

Officials with the United States Postal Service announced this week that retired city carriers can temporarily return to their jobs during the peak-mailing season. According to the USPS, retired employees can sign up for Holiday Term City Carrier Assistant positions beginning Dec. 6. Their positions will be for a four-week period ending Jan. 2.

 

OPM Medical Retirement: The Postal Worker of Today

By Robert R. McGill -  We love our local postal worker, but treat the greater macrocosm of the U.S. Postal System with disdain and dumbfounded desecration of shameless effrontery. But for all of the faults inherent in a system of Constitutional legitimacy, there are laws which continue to protect, and to provide a semblance of partiality in looking out for the best interests of the hurting U.S. Postal Worker.  Comments (Count)

 

Victim of money-order scam wants refund but USPS delaying payment

Joseph Hightower says U.S. postal investigators agree he got ripped off last year when he bought a $600 money order to pay his rent.  Comments (Count)

 

EEOC sues FedEx for discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing

Mail removed from earthquake damaged NAPA Post Office

Third Bush on the Right: USPS Grocery Deliveries Would Need Lots of TLC From Carriers

Will UPS Blow it Again This Christmas?

Postal worker who lost both legs in accident honored with party on 20th anniversary

 

October 11,  2014

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision along her FM 1300 route. Kentucky mailman injured in accident

 

Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days

The joy of snail mail

 

October 10,  2014

Chicago NALC Branch VP 'Not Guilty' of criminal charges from arrest at post office - The vice president of a Chicago NALC Branch 11 was cleared Friday of misdemeanor trespassing and resisting arrest when a Cook County judge found that he committed no crime when he visited a Norridge post office.  Comments (Count)

 

Court Rejects Mail Handlers Union Suit to Overturn Arbitrator's Decision

The arbitrator determined that improper notification and untimely response on the part of the union excused USPS’s failure to raise the issue of timeliness in its Step 3 response and, as a result, the grievance was not arbitrable.  The court agreed  Comments (Count)

 

More than 8,000 San Francisco ballot packs damaged in USPS sorting equipment

So far, the postal service has returned 5,456 damaged ballot packets to the elections department, and another 3,000 to 5,000 were expected to be returned on Friday Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days Comments (Count)

 

APWU: PMG Expands Staples Dirty Deal

The USPS and Staples are upping the ante as well: On Oct. 7 management notified the APWU that it plans to expand the program to all 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S.  Comments (Count)

 

NALC Endorses Issa Challenger and 25 Republican Candidates

NALC has released a VOTER GUIDE for its members. The challenger Dave Peiser is running against Rep. Darrell Issa in California's 49th Congressional District. While NALC has endorsed Peiser, they have also endorsed 25 Republicans. Comments (Count)

 

APWU President Mark Dimondstein calls for PMG Donahoe’s resignation

In an exclusive interview with POLITICO, Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000 member American Postal Workers Union, calls for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe  Comments (Count)

 

NAPUS: Vacant Part-time Post Office 6-Hour Offices To Be Posted

USPS Organizational Effectiveness has advised that the Postal Service is moving forward with postings concerning all vacant PTPO 6-hour offices from October 14th through October 29th

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

USPS OIG: Revenue Protection Rules (PDF)

Haz-mat investigating contents of suspicious package mailed to a business in Chattanooga, TN

Go Postal? - Why a job as a letter carrier may be the best you'd ever get

Kersey man retires from USPS with 30 years

South St. Louis post office closed after being set on fire

 

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