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NALC and USPS Agree to Modified Interim Alternate Route Adjustment Process (PDF):


MSPB Affirms Firing Of Postal Worker With No Prior Discipline For Irregular Attendance


Oakland APWU Urges Congress To Investigate The Postal Service


PMG Potter Says Reducing Delivery From Six to Five Days Could Save USPS $3.5 Billion Annually


USPS Closing Six Districts, Eliminating 1,400 EAS Positions And Offering Early Retirement


USPS To ‘Outsource’ Change-of-Address Program?


Postmaster Setting Unrealistic Expectations May Serve As Grounds To File EEO Complaint


USPS OIG’S Review Of Postal Managers Unnecessary Purchases


Statement of NALC President On Compliance with National Agreement - Let Let me make the following clear to one and all, including Postal Service management at headquarters and in the field, and all letter carriers, at every level in the union and in every post office: No one, at any level, has any authority to amend or violate the national contract, period. PMG Potter memo on honoring contract (PDF). It is up to each one of us to make sure that the changes we bring to the organization are changes for the better,” Potter recently wrote. Respecting and protecting the provisions of the collective-bargaining agreements will help us to do that  |


NALC: There Are No Plans To Eliminate Six-Day Delivery


USPS: Declining Mail Volume Leads to Route Adjustments


Report: Employment of Veterans in the U.S.  Postal Service - FY 2007


PRC Annual Report: Postal Execs Compensation


USPS Says It Needs To Eliminate 9,200 City Carrier Routes in FY 2009


Postmaster, Supervisor Groups Reject Pay Freeze (PDF)


Tight Times Strain Postmasters


USPS, APWU Reach Tentative Agreement On Four-Day Workweeks


USPS Wants Commercial Outdoor Advertising On Its Property


USPS to Implement Two Tour Initiative Nationwide


Re: Postal Employees Ordered to Stop Offering First-Class Mail


PMG Urges Leaders of Employee Organizations To Work With USPS


Flashback: Postal 1992 VER Cost $1.01 Billion


USPS To Launch Nationwide Program To Track Revenue Performance Of Window Clerks


Postmaster General Cautions of Perfect Economic Storm


Connecticut Congressman Presses Postal Service for Answers Regarding Meriden Route Changes


Appeals Court Upholds Firing Of Postal Carrier For Unsafe Driving  


GAO: New Delivery Performance Measures Could Enhance Postal Managers’ Pay for Performance Program


Postal Manager Demoted Over Violation of NALC Contract?


Postal Worker's Self-Defense Claim Can't Save Job


NAPS Challenges USPS Network Plan, Questions USPS Outsourcing


USPS Posts $1.1 Billion Loss For Third Quarter


House Passes FERS Sick Leave Legislation


GAO: Data Needed to Assess the Effectiveness of USPS Outsourcing |  Watchdogs question US Post Office outsourcing system


USPS Names Two Postal Execs To New VP Slots


USPS Releases Details Of Voluntary Early Retirement Offer


Burrus: Employees Would Be Best Served by Postponing Early-Out Decisions


NALC: Young Urges Congress to Reject Study for 5-Day Delivery


USPS Early Out Offer Excludes ETs - No Cash Incentives


PMG Potter Announces Reorganization At USPS Headquarters


House Committee Approves Study On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery


EEOC: Postal Worker Was Not Provided Smoke-Free Vehicle


ASFM-100 Work Awarded Back to Clerk Craft at Trenton P&DC


Court of Appeals Keeps Alive 14-Year-Old Lawsuit Against NALC


Postal Service Selects First-Ever Vice President of Sustainability


Video: Postal Workers Protest Terrorism On The Job


EEOC Rules USPS Must Process Class Action Complaint For Rehab Postal Employees


OPM Submits Proposal To Create Short-Term Disability Insurance Program


To Err Is Not Human for Demoted Postal Supervisor


USPS Resolves Dispute With Unions Over Computer Security Rules


USPS Selects Former Halliburton Executive As New CIO


Proposed FMLA Rule Changes Would Be Major Defeat For Workers


APWU: Proposed FMLA Regulations Threaten Medical Privacy, Other Protections


Bush Administration Seeking Changes To FMLA Regulations


USPS to Add Surcharge for Express Mail Delivery on Sundays and Holidays


Big Pay Increases Approved For Top Postal Service Officers


Letter: Expeditor dies after on the job fall in Denver parking lot


Postal Workforce Stats At A Glance


USPS Retail Cost Cutting (PDF)


Postal Watchdog Files Complaint Over USPS Elimination of Bound Printed Matter Rate -


Former Postal Public Affairs VP Jaffer Starts Own Consulting Business


Former Postmaster Wins Hostile Workplace Lawsuit - But No Money


USPS Wants To Automate Road Tests


Postal Service Updates Its Transformation Plan


EEOC: Postal Worker Has Claim For One-Time Incident of Discriminatory Harassment


Postal Worker Fails to Convince Appeals Court to Overturn APWU-USPS Settlement


Appeals Court: Evidence of Disability for Disability Retirement


NALC’S Young: Good Cop/Bad Cop - Right Here In The USPS


Rollout of PostalPEOPLE Initiative Completed


Mail Handler Fired After Threatening Behavior Towards Co-Workers


Court Upholds Postal Supervisor’s Demotion For Altering Time-Keeping Records


APWU: Casual Issues Disputed At National Level (PDF)


 click here to read the award (PDF)   | A Short Comparison of USPS Contracts With APWU, NPMHU, NALC and NRLCA  |


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April 30, 2009

 Burrus: What's Wrong ... And What Can Be Done

The faltering economy is to blame for the severe loss of mail volume that threatens the foundation of the Postal Service. If the financial condition declines to such an extent that the Postal Service is unable to meet its obligations, the entire network will be in jeopardy. Employee paychecks are no different than electricity and transportation expenses and thousands of other obligations. The biweekly payroll costs the USPS approximately $2 billion. If the bills and obligations exceed the revenue and USPS borrowing authority, the options are limited: Someone does not get paid. The state of the postal service: You've got (no) mail   | Comments (92)


USPS: Clerks Excessed Into Carrier Craft Can Be Terminated If They Fail Driver Training - "The training requirements are contained in the EL- 804, Safe Driver Program. This training is given once the clerk is officially placed into the carrier position and a Form 50 is processed. Failure to successfully complete the training can result in termination of Postal employment. "   | Comments (105)


Postal Workers COLA May Be ZERO Again ?

After the second month of the six-month measuring period, and assuming the adjustment were based on the March index, the sixth COLA under the 2006 National Agreement and the Operating Services Agreement would be zero.   |


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Former Letter Carrier sentenced for attempted robbery

A former mail carrier at a U.S. Post Office branch on Tallevast Road, Peak told deputies during his arrest, “I’ve never done something so stupid before. I just needed $50. I have a good job, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.   | Comments (33)


Postal Service may close New Castle PA mail center
Catalog Tracker: Mailings Scarce in February, E-mails Up

Staten Island Residents Sound-Off On USPS Plan At Public Hearing

A day in the life of Santa Monica Letter Carrier

Mail carriers aim to collect 1 million pounds of food

Postal worker's call prevents house fire

Letter carriers ask community to help 'stamp out hunger'

Jobs won't leave even if mail is sorted off Staten Island, postal workers told

IOWA: Bondurant sees end to post office impasse

USPS to hold public meeting in Arizona City

New Castle mail processing center under scrutiny by USPS

Postal carriers honored for safe driving

VA: Tiny Bath County post office will keep its doors


April 29, 2009

Chicago will have last 24-hour post office in U.S.

Soon Chicago will be the only city in the nation with full 24-hour postal service. New York's main post office plans on closing its overnight windows on May 9."Just about anything you can do at the counter, you can do at the automated postal center," said George Flood, spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in the Manhattan area. He said the weak economy is to blame for shrinking hours of service at Farley as well as 10 other New York post offices.  |


25 chicks left at post office rescued
Letter : A novel way for Postal Service to cut costs
Mail Carrier Indicted On Mail Theft Charges
Letter carrier/robber sentenced
Residents grumble about North Port post office
Queens mail could get rerouted to Brooklyn
New Slim-Jim Standards to Kick In May 11
Don't close main Palm Beach post office, callers tell mayor


April 28, 2009

Another Delay for Intelligent Mail?

Court Favors APWU In Latest Round of AMS  Dispute

Mail Carrier Indicted On Mail Theft Charges

Swine Flu Guide for Federal Workers

Postal Service interested in selling historic Palm Beach post office

Soho: A Proposed Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Macon man sentenced in beating of mail carrier

Hopkinsville Postal Worker Sentenced in Federal Court

Brazoria: Post office robberies connected

Air Force postal workers deliver pieces of home through mail

Postal Service software wins award

Letter carrier/robber sentenced


April 27, 2009

The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave
The Postal Service cannot ignore the $1.4 billion spent on sick leave last year and recognizes that the best person to do the job is the person hired for it rather than a replacement. The Postal Service identified approximately 35,000 employees in 2008 with 20 or more unscheduled absences. That means 5 percent of its employees have nearly one absence for every paycheck! What is the impact on morale to the other 640,026 career employees? Is there something the Postal Service can do to reduce the number of unscheduled absences? We’d like to know how you feel about these issues.


APWU: Senate to Consider Legislation Giving Sick Leave Credit to FERS Retirees -The legislation would credit postal and federal workers with unused sick leave when determining the amount of their FERS annuity. Currently, only employees covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) receive credit for unused sick leave. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has found that FERS employees approaching retirement use significantly more sick leave than CSRS employees.   |

Push for public access to New Deal murals found in Philly Post Office

Four seriously injured in crash with postal truck


April 26, 2009

Oakland APWU May Sue USPS Over Improper Involuntary Reassignments - Management waited until Monday, April 20 at 11:00 p.m. to advise a number of employees of the specific detail of reassignment.  The employees were given in some cases less than a week in which to report to new locations. Many of these individuals are being required to report as far away as Sacramento and Fresno and other locations, which will require them to move themselves and their families . The current agreement specifically provides that employees are entitled to not less than 60 days advance notice of such relocation.  |


Appeals Court Overturns MSPB Decision To Uphold Postal Worker’s Removal - Mr. Cunningham served as a Mail Handler.  On February 11, 2007, Mr. Cunningham and another Postal Service worker were involved in a physical altercation on postal property after work. After an investigation, Mr. Cunningham was issued a Notice of Proposed Removal based on charges of Improper Conduct/Violation of Zero Tolerance Policy. Because the MSPB Board erred in overturning a demeanor-based credibility finding by the Administrative Judge, the court reversed the decision |


Liberating the Postal Service (PDF)

Commentary by A. Lee Fritschler, former Chairman of PRC: "Government bailouts of high profile private corporations have obscured the fact that one of the largest government enterprises, the U.S. Postal Service, is also in dire financial straits. Its requests for immediate relief, however, should be turned into long term, and long overdue, reforms that will strengthen a great national institution for the future."  |


Federal Court Orders Postal Service To Reconsider Mailing of Illegal Animal Fighting Magazines - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to reconsider whether the mailing of certain animal fighting magazines should be banned by the Postal Service because they violate the federal Animal Welfare Act.  |


Tulsa leaders fight for post office

Postal service truck hits sheriff’s deputy
Elko: Debate over mail delivery continues
Man attempts to rob South Bend mail carrier
Former postal employee indicted for workers comp fraud


April 25, 2009

Murray Comarow, former executive Director of the President’s Commission on Postal Organization, responds via Postcom to the article Going Postal - The Imminent Death of the U.S. Postal Service?


As volume of mail decreases, Postal Service drops collection boxes

PRC: A Word From the Chairman

NAPUS Hotline


April 24, 2009

USPS Seeks Suppliers For Electric Vehicle Conversion of LLVs

The USPS is actively evaluating various alternative vehicle technologies for the eventual replacement of our fleet of delivery vehicles. One technology with a good potential is an all-electric drive train. The majority of our vehicles have a route length of less than 20 miles and park overnight for approximately 16 hours daily.   |


Post office's blue boxes not safe at night
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service tells The Watchdog that those blue collection boxes outside post offices are no longer safe to use at night. Why? People are "using a device to pull letters back out of the collection box," spokeswoman Amanda McMurrey said. "Postal inspectors advise that if customers miss the last posted collection time on the blue collection box, they should consider waiting to deposit the mail until the next day or go into the post office to deposit the mail," she said.  |


Gamefly Accuses USPS Of Preferential Treatment For Netflix and Blockbuster  GameFly has asked the Postal Service to give GameFly’s DVD mailers processing on terms and conditions comparable to the terms and conditions offered to two larger DVD mailers, Blockbuster and Netflix. The Postal Service has not done so.    |


Florida Rep. Calls for GAO Audit on Closing Polk Mail Center  |

City Wanted Post Office Building for Free - or for a Fee

Will Vehicle Cuts Really Help USPS?  |

Three local businesses open USPS kiosks

April 23, 2009

Federal Times: More Bad Numbers Ahead For USPS

- The Postal Service’s board of governors is meeting early next month to discuss, among other things, the financial results from the second quarter of 2009. There’s not much optimism about the numbers, considering USPS lost $384 million in the first quarter, which is traditionally the strongest of the year |


USPS ‘Clarifies’ Some Early-Retirement Deadlines

The Postal Service has informed the APWU that the deadline for eligible employees who wish to apply for Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) effective June 30 or July 31 is June 19.  |


 Rural Carriers To Fight USPS Standard Mail 'Summer Sale'

Reportedly the NRLCA is of the opinion that after having their contract mail piece counts expanded already by the Postal Service, any additional mail volume will not result in any additional rural letter carrier compensation.   |


APWU: Twenty-Two More U.S. Reps Sign Up as Co-Sponsors of H.R. 22

APWU: Our Battles Over 'Tour Compression' Initiatives

Detroit: Postal Service offers reward in letter carrier robbery

Postal worker accused of stealing 'breakup book'

Make Your Mailbox 'Greener' With Tips From Pitney Bowes

USPS Marks Earth Day With Green Initiatives

Feds to end some newspaper, magazine subscriptions

USPS Unveils Further Details on 'Summer Sale'  |
Letter carrier charged with theft of mail

Mail Monster: Carrier Rifles Through Mail, Pockets Anything With Monetary Value


April 22, 2009

Chrysler Pushing New Minivans For USPS

Chrysler is celebrating Earth Day today by unveiling the first four of what will be a fleet of 250 battery-powered minivans for the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS will be using the vans for a variety of duties at locations around the country – including daily home delivery. The vans themselves are based on the concept Town and Country EV that was unveiled last Fall by Chrysler. However, because of the duty cycle used by the Postal Service, which generally amounts to only about 18-20 miles per day on a fixed route, these vehicles are being built without the range extender seen on the concept. Chrysler Debuts All-Electric Minivan   |



USPS Taps Optimization Software to Slash Transportation Costs

Generating more efficient mail routes helps the post office reduce fuel use by 615,000 gallons per year.  |


Rural carrier killed in crash with farm tractor

Authorities say Muncie trio makes mail theft a family affair

Letter carrier charged with theft of mail
Postal workers awarded for safety records

Detroit Letter Carrier Robbed at Gunpoint  

New Jersey postal worker accused of using stolen credit card info to steal $7,500


April 21, 2009

To Save the Postal Service, Congress Must Approve H.R. 22
A new PowerPoint slide show about H.R. 22, a bill of critical importance to anyone concerned about the Postal Service, is now available to local, state, and national officers for use at union meetings. The slide show explains the significance of H.R. 22 in staving off a financial collapse of the USPS. “We hope union activists will use the slide show to inform rank-and-file members about the legislation,” said APWU President William Burrus. “This bill is essential to the viability of the Postal Service — and to our jobs.   |


USPS To Reduce Fleet by 10,000 Vehicles
According to Donahoe, the year-end goal is to remove 10,000 vehicles from the existing fleet of 220,000 vehicles. This will involve transferring some 3,000 right-hand drive vehicles to rural routes, redistributing under-utilized vehicles to where they are needed, and selling surplus vehicles. Area and district offices also will re-evaluate their needs for administrative vehicles and share resources.   |


APWU Initiates Dispute Over USPS Failure to Furnish Notice of Changes to PS Form 1723   |

BookSwim: Netflix for books

Putting Off Retirement

April 20, 2009

USPS Seeking Contractor To Create New ID Cards For Postal Employees - All Postal Service career employees will be issued a uniform identification and access card that may be interoperable with Postal Service physical access control systems (PACS) depending on the PACS type. It will be the official identification of the Postal Service and allow for entry to all Postal Service facilities (based on an employee’s access needs)  |


 Don’t sweat EEOC complaint after discipline if you can prove process was fair - Kent Neely, who is black, worked for the U.S. Postal Service handling mail. Neely, however, struggled with attendance; he was late or absent 83 times one year. When he was warned he could be terminated if his attendance didn’t improve, he filed a discrimination complaint, alleging his female supervisors were harassing him because he turned down their romantic overtures.


APWU-Led Consolidation Protests Gather Steam, Gain Public Support  |

Changes coming for Lafayette's mail delivery  |

Mail carrier signs, seals and delivers 50 years of service |

The Postal Service's Green Initiatives

Postal contract worker accused of theft

Post Office Robbers Caught

Mail Bans, Postal Woes

New Deal art filled post offices

Postal Service offering $50,000 reward for info about Jacksonville robbery attempt


April 19, 2009

Going Postal - The Imminent Death of the U.S. Postal Service?

For all its inability to stay in tune with changing consumer trends, technology advances, a warming planet and a deep economic crisis, the leadership of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) might as well have given all their mail carriers Hummers to drive on their appointed rounds in recent years. As it turns out, the USPS and Hummer’s parent company, General Motors, have a lot in common these days. A better idea would be to recognize the failure of USPS senior management, and do to it, for far more justifiable reasons, what the White House has recently done to the senior management of General Motors: Change it.The ever-optimistic USPS senior management, starting with Postmaster General Potter, continues to make hallucinatory predictions that mail volumes will magically recover once the economy recovers.1 It is hard to find any industry expert outside of the USPS management or its union leaders who agree with Potter’s math, or the logic underlying it.   |


Lysander Spooner and the United States Postal Monopoly

State lawmakers keeping postal workers busy and mailbags brimming


April 18, 2009

WV Congressman Working to Maintain Six-Day Mail Service

Norristown man held for trial in beating, robbery of postal carrier

UPS, DHL end negotiations over $1 billion contract


April 17, 2009

USPS Cancels Associate Supervisor Program

On April 10, 2009 Susan M. LaChance, Vice President Employee Development & Diversity, USPS notified the Managers, Human Resources, Area that the Associate Supervisor Program (ASP) is being canceled because of the current business conditions.   |


One of the Oldest Mail Carriers In The Country To Receive Award - At 83 years old, Rudy Tempesta is the oldest active letter carrier in North Carolina and one of the oldest in the country, and on Tuesday will be recognized for a unique accomplishment very rarely given to octogenarians: no motor vehicle accidents in 60 years.   |


Postal Worker threw away mail because it was printed on inferior paper - Glen Helmer was arrested Thursday morning and charged with destroying mail he was supposed to be delivering. According to the criminal complaint Helmer admitted to throwing away bulk mail circulars. Helmer told special agents, “I was just trying to save money on gas and brakes. Somebody’s got to look out for me.”
OIG investigation utilized local NRLCA president with investigation?? District Court Affidavit, Complaint/Helmer  |


The Limitations of USPS Delivery Confirmation 

Rep. Buchanan calls for review of plan to cut local postal jobs 

Netflix Subscribers See Red Over Cracked Blu-ray Discs  |
Rural carrier dies in accident
Post office robber, assailant sentenced
APWU Local Shows Support For H.R. 22 at New York City Rally

Sconset post office a victim of budget cuts

Mail Collection Box Stolen On Tax Day


April 16, 2009

Commentary: First-Class Inefficiency

The postal service is a textbook example of a monopoly that, because of a lack of competitive pressures, faces little incentive to minimize costs and thus continues to operate at inefficient levels.   |



SF City Attorney Threatens Discrimination Lawsuit Against USPS

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sent a formal letter of demand to the U.S. Attorney’s office outlining his intent to file suit against the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) “for unconstitutionally depriving tenants of single room occupancy hotels, equal and adequate mail delivery in San Francisco.” |


Postal Employee And Conspirator Indicted In Scheme To Steal Stamps Worth Over $682,000 - The indictment alleges that from June 2008 through March 2009, Foster stole “bricks” and “coils” of stamps from the post office, which he provided to Mathias and others to sell. Mathias sold the stamps through an account he set up on EBay.  |


James A. Farley Post Office to close 24-hour window

NY Postal Union Protests Cutbacks and Closings

Tulsa postal protest battles closure

Cash, Please: Postal Service decided against local automated centers

Postal officials confirm they'll cut 26 jobs on Staten Island


April 15, 2009

APWU: 'Summer Sale’ Will Discount Our Future

In response to declining mail volume and deteriorating financial circumstances, the Postal Service has announced plans for new price incentives for major mailers. The Summer Sale follows on the heels of another discount bonanza, the Saturation Mail Incentive Program, which proposes a rebate of 2.2 to 4 cents per piece on “incremental business” during the 12-month period beginning May 11.I am sure the officials and shareholders at Pitney Bowes, National City Bank, LL Bean, and other major mailers appreciate the savings generated by reduced postage, but the United States Postal Service is the loser. Perhaps they will nominate PMG Potter for Man of the Year; but I nominate him for _______________. You fill in the blank. USPS: New Incentive Program for Saturation Mailers |  Postcom Runs Numbers for Summer Postage Discount Program  |


Editorial: Last-minute filers will find post offices closed tonight
U.S. Postal Service gets a thumbs down for not staying open late tonight. Blame the economy. As in the private sector, the federal government is keeping closer tabs on overtime. But cutting back on service must be weighed against consumer complaints.  Late Tax Returns, Angry Tax Payers After Post Office Closes Tax Day lines dwindle at post office  |  


NALC: Voluntary Retirement Update  |

USPS Signs 68,000-SF Lease in Las Vegas

USPS plans to test the LTL market

Despite rally, Postal Service planning to move some processing off Staten Island


April 14, 2009

Summer Postal Rate Rollback May Make Big Mailers Big Winners

 "If a proposed test rollback of mail rates this summer goes through, listen for the sound of corks popping in Plano, TX. That’s because J.C Penney Co., which makes its headquarters there, was the biggest mailer during summer 2008, and stands to reap the largest benefit. While the details of the program are still being worked out, discounts are expected to be between 20% and 30%. Mailers Like Postal Discount Idea, Balk at Timing | Catalog Mailers Like Mailing Discount, Probably Won’t Use It "  |


Postal Service users face bulk mail delays

Video: Effort to stop junk mail meets resistance

Nashville man convicted of robbing postal worker

USPS Delivers a New Discount

E-filing of taxes takes strain off postal service


April 13, 2009

Ask President Burrus: Did the Postal Service really give our payroll records to the newspapers? I have spoken with headquarters-level postal officials and have been assured that management has no relationship with the sponsors of the Web sites and has not released salary information for the purpose of having it published on the Internet.   |


Pacific Grove Postman Still Delivering At 78

Vince Interrante started with the Postal Service 30 years ago this month after a 27-year hitch in the Navy. He had served aboard a destroyer, worked as a defense attaché at the American Embassy in Rome and did two tours of duty in Vietnam as a Navy Seabee.   |  


Stamped Over Relocation Program  |

Trade Mag Meeting hears about postal problems in the upcoming year

USPS changes insurance claims processing

Some post offices will stay open late to accept tax returns Post Offices Won’t Stay Open Until Midnight On Tax Day  |


April 12, 2009

Pinehurst post office hours cause emotional mail storm   |


April 11, 2009

Spam Replacing Postal Junk Mail?   |

NAPUS Hotline Update   |

Texas RCA Imprisoned For Stealing Identities From The Mail  |

Washington: Postal Service names new Olympia postmaster


April 10, 2009

 USPS Playing 'Let's Make a Deal'
"To counteract it's declining revenues, the U.S. Postal Service is rolling out incentives to certain organizations that increase the number of items they mail. Postal officials are reportedly working on a "Summer Sale" program to encourage businesses and non-profit groups to send more direct mail, catalogs, and other Standard-class mail this summer. Sources say it would offer rebates of 20% to 30% for mailers that increase their Standard mail during July, August, and September of this year." USPS Proposes 'Summer Sale' For Many Standard Mailers   |


 Your Next Bank: The Postal Service?

The cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, looking for new sources of revenue to make up for declining mail volume, is considering banking services - already a common line of business for postal services in Europe.  |


Fowl Play? Michigan Mail Carriers Dealing With Aggressive Turkeys -"As soon as they see us, they're after us," he said. "They're not afraid of humans." Four mail carriers have been chased by the turkeys, according to Kiehborth."  |


Postal workers protest move to process Saturday mail in Pontiac   |

Fixing the Financial Woes of the Post Office   |

Richard Wright Immortalized on Postage

Reservists Pay Safety Net   |

Valpak Franchises Opening Up

Ex-Postal Worker Facing 10 Years

Mail Shenanigans in District 4 - "Nancy Navarro's campaign is alleging that a supervisor of a Silver Spring post office branch has been blocking their direct mail in the special election."  |


April 9, 2009

Two USPS VPs Announce Retirements - USPS Names 4 New VPS

Tony Pajunas, who has served as vice president, Network Operations, since 2006, will retire in May. Kathleen (Kathy) Ainsworth, who was named vice president, Retail Operations, in February, 2008, will retire in July after 34 years of service. New VPs via Vincent DeVito is the new vice president, controller; Anthony Morrow will serve as acting vice president, Finance and Planning and Tim Healy is the new vice president of Retail Products and Services and Jordan Small assumes the expanded role of vice president of Delivery and Post Office Operations. Updated:  USPS Names Two New Acting Vice Presidents  |


Post office praises hero   |

Postmaster indicted in theft of $106,500   |
USPS: New rules for insurance claims

Postal carrier to be tried on 9 charges

Postal Worker to Face Federal Charges


April 8, 2009

NALC and USPS Agree to Modified Interim Alternate Route Adjustment Process (PDF): The NALC and the Postal Service have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement on a Modified Interim Alternate Route Adjustment Process for 2009. Jointly issued details regarding each provision of the Agreement will follow. Federal Times: Postal Service to slash carrier routes | NALC Bulletin   |


Columnist: Can't deliver a good defense for junk mail

'Postal positions' ads won't deliver on promises of a job
Lakeland Mail Center: No Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Snow
Senators Ask Postal Service to Reconsider Closing Charleston REC
Postal consolidation faces stiff opposition


April 7, 2009

Postal Service Looks To Consolidate City Carrier Routes

The U.S. Postal Service could reach an agreement with one of its largest unions as early as this week to consolidate letter carrier routes in the face of dropping mail volume, according to Postmaster General John Potter. The Postal Service is negotiating with the National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents more than 214,000 city letter carriers. It would merge some of the routes in the city delivery networks, a move that will reduce the total number of routes but won’t impact universal service. |


USPS: Organizational Changes And VERA Timelines Updated  

USPS has released an updated timetable for employees affected by the recently announced staffing reductions and district closings and for those who are considering the Postal Service’s voluntary early retirement (VER) offer.  |


Pay-for-performance faces new scrutiny

Federal agencies are shaping their responses to a request by Democratic lawmakers that the Obama administration suspend the implementation of all federal pay-for-performance systems pending a review...Paul Weatherhead, a program manager at the U.S. Postal Service who has analyzed that agency's pay for performance system, said it would be a mistake to dismantle it during the review because data and experience would be lost.   |


Small post offices: A dying breed?

A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service said last week that no post offices, however small, are scheduled to be closed. But, spokesman Tom Gaynor said, neither are any cost-saving measures "off the table," including consolidation and closings.  |Comments (39) 

Postal worker arrested on mail theft charges
Post office to cut operating hours at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Union resists USPS plan to cut hours at Cleveland Hopkins airport post office
U.S. Rep. Salazar backs effort to save post offices
Dog attack suspends mail

Postal sector feeling the pinch, but financial crisis not all doom and gloom

Postal union leaders propose solutions to save service, jobs

APWU: Postal Nurses' Interest Arbitration Hearings Conclude

H.R. 22: APWU Asks Members to Contact Congress

USPS refusing To deliver postcard they say is obscene


April 6, 2009

Virginia: 30 postal workers picket to save Winchester jobs   |

USPS: Smiles, Frowns, Upside Downs   |
NPR: Postal Deficit Grounds Wilderness Mail  |

Mail used to come on Sunday   |

Gibsonville mail carrier hits 30-year mark


April 5, 2009

Flats Sequencing Hits Some Bumps
"Declining mail volume, budget cuts, and equipment problems are forcing the U.S. Postal Service to rework its plans for the Flats Sequencing System. The deployment schedule for Phase I of the system has been pushed back a couple of months, while the coverage area for the 100 machines has been expanded. Those machines will go instead to about a dozen locations that will be added to Phase I, according to one source."  |


MSPB Affirms Firing Of Postal Worker With No Prior Discipline For Irregular Attendance - On May 30, 2008, the appellant filed a Board appeal challenging his removal. After holding the appellant’s requested hearing, the administrative judge issued an initial decision affirming the removal. She found that the agency proved its charge, i and that the penalty of removal was reasonable and promoted the efficiency of the service. In her analysis of the penalty, the administrative judge referred to testimony from the deciding official that she had considered the appellant’s 14-day suspension in making her penalty determination. The administrative judge found that the deciding official’s consideration of the appellant’s prior disciplinary record was consistent. The 14-day suspension was removed in arbitration.   |


NAPUS: PRC Monitoring USPS Post Office Suspension Process

the PRC has taken a significant interest in “temporary emergency” Post Office suspensions. For years, NAPUS Post Office Closing and Consolidations Chairman Betty Eickler has found that the USPS has abused the “temporary emergency” post office suspensions process to circumvent the due process protections afforded to local communities when the USPS elects to commence a post office closing.  |


Music Video: Here Comes The Mailman Bringing A Letter Full of Tears

Postal Worker's purse stolen while working    |

Delivering the Mail Moment   |


April 4, 2009

Postal Financial Reform and Beyond, By Stephen Musacco   |

Rhode Island: Postal Service to trim 30 jobs across region   |

NAPUS Hotline: VERA, Privacy of Public Records....   |

Tulsa postal closure defies customer survey results

A legendary mailman's final day


April 3, 2009

APWU Local President Warns Postal Clerks About Falsification Of PO Box Distribution Time - by Stephen Lysaght, President, East Bay Area Local #47.  I encourage any member required to falsify the time by which all committed mail is distributed to report it to your Shop Steward or the Union Office. Supervisors and managers should be held accountable and punished for fraud, just as any bargaining unit employee would be.  |


USPS on the lookout for Protestors mailed teabags  |

USPS to kick off market test for less-than-truckload network  | '


April 2, 2009

Postal Service Closing Three REC Centers, Eliminating 1,490 Jobs - The US Postal Service says it's closing three mail processing centers and eliminating approximately 1490 jobs in (Charleston) West Virginia, (Fort Wayne) Indiana and (Glendale) Arizona. Centers in Wichita, Kan., and Salt Lake City will remain open. The cuts will save approximately $4.9 million.  Postal Service closing Glendale coding center | Charleston Center | Fort Wayne Encoding Center   |


USPS Agrees To Make Changes in Timeline For District Consolidations and EAS Impacts - An agreement was reached on 04/02/09 with the USPS to make changes in the timeline for District consolidations and other EAS impacts. USPS Agrees to Slow Down District Consolidations | USPS Revised timeline (PDF)  |


Woman charged with punching out New York Postal Worker  |

The Next Postal Rate Hike: Less Than 1%?

It's Time For Another Postal Product Epiphany (Business Reply Mail)

Postal Service plans to cut Idaho backcountry airman's route

Study: Relocation of mail sorting would save $1.5 million

Woman charged in S. Minn. post office bomb threats

Postcard Mailed In 1950s Finally Arrives

TSP funds come back to life in March

APWU Members Urged to Join Marrow Donor Program

Politically Direct: Economic Pinch Impacts USPS

Postal workers honored

Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to theft


April 1, 2009

House Approves Bill To Give Sick-Leave Credit to FERS Retirees - The House of Representatives approved legislation on April 1 that would give employees covered by the Federal Employees’ Retirement System (FERS) credit for unused sick leave when calculating their retirement benefits. The Federal Retirement Reform Act of 2009 (H.R. 1804), introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-NY), was approved by a voice vote.  |


San Francisco Passes First ‘Do Not Mail’ Resolution in Nation

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling on California to create a Do Not Mail Registry giving its citizens the choice to stop receiving unwanted junk mail. Though non-binding, the resolution represents the first time American lawmakers have withstood pressure from the direct mail industry and the U.S. Postal Service to side with the majority of Americans.  Workers and Small Business Oppose San Francisco's Job-Killing Do Not Mail Proposal  |


 Awarding Winning Postmaster Indicted for Stealing $42,374

The former PM was the first female president of the city's Chamber of Commerce. In 1999 she received the "I Believe I Can Fly" award for outstanding performance as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service. In 2000 she was named Woman of the Year by Missouri Business and Professional Women.  |


Albany post office paying $10K a month for storage

The U.S. Postal Service has paid $10,000 a month for years to store old equipment in a building it leases  in Albany, Oregon. Initially, carriers worked out of the building at 2995 Ferry St. S.W. after advanced sorting machines were installed around 2000. Soon after, however, the entire operation closed down. Since then, the building has been used only for storage, said Ron Anderson, the customer relations coordinator in charge of the Portland Postal District. |


Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty To Delaying, Opening Mail

Payson postmaster charged with DUI

Move plans on hold for Milton mail carriers

Postal Service reschedules public hearing on potential consolidation

Small Parcel Shippers Shocked by USPS Rate Hike

Opinion: Congress must let Postal Service change
Three Manhattan Post Offices Could Close This Year
Postal Service Confirms Closure of Lakeland Processing Center
Letters’ link soon to be lost?

Iowa Post Office to Close its Doors

She's going fishing: rural postal carrier to retire

Elko: Delivery not delayed by changes
State employee information lost in the mail


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