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Former APWU National Officer Found Guilty For Theft Of Union Funds  |


Rural carriers reject USPS proposal for wage freeze, benefits cuts  .|


NALC: USPS News Release On Contract Negotiations Is Full Of Spin And Distortions - and distortions aimed at influencing public opinion. NALC wants its members to know that we are responding to press inquiries regarding the USPS release    |



PMG Potter To Retire Effective December 3, 2010

 After nearly 10 years as U.S. Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service, John E. Potter today announced that he will retire on Dec. 3, after 32 years of service. The Governors of the Postal Service named Patrick R. Donahoe, currently Deputy Postmaster General and Chief Operating Officer, to succeed Potter |


Postal Service Echoes Enron Abuses  - The need for reform at the top and a complete overhaul of the current USPS culture is evident when you look at the scandals revealed recently, including the Bob Bernstock scandal in July,  |


PMG Potter: Give U.S. Postal Service The Freedom To Compete  |


USPS Has Too Many Supervisors And Too Many Employees, Congressman Says -"The Post Office has 200,000 people who should be retiring," Rep. Darrell Issa said in a speech Wednesday to The Heritage Foundation. USPS had 568,301 employees at the end of August. "When I say retiring I mean we don’t need them. But let’s bear in mind it’s just not the guy at the post office; it’s the thousands of people who are doing maintenance at post offices that we don’t need to have so many of."   |


Former Oklahoma Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $642,808 From Bulk Mail Customers    |


Senator Collins: OIG Audit Shows Stunning Evidence Of Excessive Postal Execs Perks - The U.S. Postal Service pays 100 percent of health insurance premiums for 835 of its top employees, an expensive perk that occurs at no other federal agency, . Archive: Postal Execs Compensation & Perks Reported Last Year |  Audit: Ex-Postal Service execs return as private contractors, make more money  | Ex-postal executives return for high-pay contracts  |



GOP Rep. Darrell Issa: Time for another government bailout

Postal employees have incentives for holding tight to negotiating positions.  NALC responds to recent media attacks on postal workers   |


Postmaster General Addresses Need for Fundamental Change |  


OIG Says USPS Overfunded Its FERS Retirement Obligations By $6.8 Billion  |  



Postal Service's History of Seeking Five-Day Delivery to Cure Financial Woes



Top USPS Attorney Says They Are Two Sets Of Rules Governing Use Of Postal Equipment - Replace a broken USPS - Letter to the Editor of the Washington Times by Wayne L. Johnson, Commander, Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (retired) |


Appeals Court Uphold Removal of Postal Manager For Falsifying Timecard


Board Of Governors Chairman Remarks On USPS Need To Act Like A Business    |


Arbitrator Limits Abusive Postal Supervisor’s Contact With Carriers   |Comments


USPS Attendance Control Crackdown 2010 - Letter sent out from Area VP to District Managers |


If There Is No Work For Postal Clerks, Why Are Supervisors, Carriers Doing It?

By Stephen Lysaght, President, APWU East Bay Area Local   |


October 3, 2010

Postal Workers Lawsuit Requesting Class Action Charging USPS With Labor Violations Is Denied

 A federal judge in Texarkana (TX) denied a request to certify a civil suit filed by seven U.S. Postal Service mail carriers as a class action lawsuit. The suit alleged the carriers had been forced to work more than 40 hours per week without overtime compensation, had timecards altered to their detriment by a supervisor, been forced to work through lunch to complete their routes and been required to work off the clock. USPS argued that it does try to build in a thirty-minute lunch break into City Carrier routes although there is no guarantee a particular city carrier will get the break  Archive: Postal Workers Lawsuit On Labor Violations Covers 5 States |


Former Tanacross, AK postal worker accused of theft


December 31,  2010

It Check's not in the mail for Postal Service

"If things had gone according to plan, postage stamps would cost 2 cents more the day after New Year's. But things aren't exactly going according to plan these days for the U.S. Postal Service, whose business has gone from booming to blown-to-bits in a few short years. Just listen to Postal Service spokesman Greg Frey, a 30-year veteran in Washington, as he explains what's at stake for the venerable agency, which got its start under Benjamin Franklin in 1775: "We have extreme liquidity issues, and in spite of our best efforts to cut costs," Frey said, pausing, "we just are struggling here."   |


Letter Carrier Virgil McClain ends 45 years with U.S. Postal Service

On Jan. 2, 1966, John Virgil McClain made his first postal delivery. At the time, he was just glad to have a job after serving for five years in the U.S. Navy. Nearly 45 years to the day later, he has delivered on every local route and touched the lives of many Upper Deerfield residents and co-workers eager to wish him well upon his retirement from the U.S. Postal Service. |


Burglary suspects arrested after tip from mailman

Damaged, returned cards blamed on cheap envelopes

Man charged with setting fire at post office

Six attacks on letter carriers reported in Chicago
Iowa Rural Carrier Dies In Collision
Lunchtime closure at post office prompts complaints
Preston post office loses lease, will suspend


December 30,  2010

Audit: Postal Service not always justifying mailing discounts

The U.S. Postal Service has frequently failed to justify millions of dollars worth of "workshare discounts" given to mailers for efficiency reasons and other grounds, a newly released audit by the USPS inspector general has found. USPS OIG: Workshare Discounts Exceeding Avoided Costs (PDF)  |


Postal Worker Loses Lawsuit Claiming USPS Violated Privacy Act And Fraud On the Court - The following is PostalReporter's summary of several cases relating to the same issue.  Darrell Coburn sued the United States Postal Service claiming that the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, was violated when records from the file on his administrative complaint of discrimination were disclosed internally to several management employees. USPS was seeking evidence of a management employee representing a craft employee which is against postal policy. After a bench trial the district court found that the Postal Service did not make any unauthorized disclosure and entered judgment against Coburn. Coburn appealed to the Court of Appeals which upheld the District Court's decision. Coburn filed again arguing that the Postal Service committed fraud by submitting an alleged "bogus" document to the court. |


USPS Seeking Suppliers For Next Generation Retail Software System

This software will be utilized across all of the retail Point of Sale platforms. USPS is seeking Software, Software Maintenance, Software Support, and Help Desk Support across the continental United States.  |  


USPS Challenges NALC Arbitration Award – Court Sends Case Back to Arbitrator  - USPS filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to vacate part of an  arbitration decision awarding damages to NALC for Overtime violations. The grievance initially covered 22 days of OT violations but the arbitrator awarded NALC 8 months and 22 days of damages. USPS argued that the "award is not within the arbitrator's authority as defined by the parties' collective bargaining agreement."  |


Union chief blasts new postal delivery scheme used in Brookline, MA
"The president of the union representing Brookline's letter carriers criticized the cutting of Post Office routes as part of a new automated mail-sorting effort that has led to complaints about late mail delivery. Robert A. Lind, president of Branch 34 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said the implementation of the new flat-sized mail sorting process - and a cut of a dozen mail routes in town - was a purely budget-based decision, and letter carriers are struggling to keep up." Delays caused by elimination of 12 carrier routes | Budget crunching  |


Postal Worker Fights Backs With USPS for paid leave after organ transplant

Following a successful transplant in October 2009, McKinney said she was expecting to take 30 days off from her job as a maintenance employee at the Eastgate postal branch. But the postal service would only agree to 14 days, even though her union contract with the American Postal Workers Union allowed for up to six weeks. McKinney fought back with letters and calls. 6News also contacted the postal service on her behalf. Eventually, her employer admitted to making an error and paid her full time off. |


NAPUS: Suspension of Postmaster Convention Leave to Continue

California: Napa postal worker pleads not guilty to theft
USPS driver dies after flatbed trailer hits truck
Ending Denominated Stamps -
Courier, Express and Postal Observer

Post Office delays leave seasonal residents News-less

Alabama Postal Employee Indicted For Stealing Mail

2011 Prices For USPS Shipping Services Begin Jan. 2

Minnesota Postal Employee indicted for stealing cash, gift cards from mail

Lake Peekskill NY post office robbed at gunpoint
Henning Residents Anxious for Arrest in Postal Workers' Murders


December 29,  2010

APWU: USPS Announces Changes To Mystery Shopper Program

The Mystery Shopper program has been misused, abused, and violated in so many ways,” he said. “We can go forward now demonstrating our professionalism.” The Mystery Shopper program, which was recently renamed the Retail Customer Experience Program, has been a source of contention between the union and management since its inception. The program relies on management designees posing as customers and scoring retail clerks based on adherence to the script.

USPS Announces Changes to Mystery Shopper Program - NAPUS - The Postal Service has announced changes to the Retail Customer Experience Program (RCE), previously known as the Mystery Shopper Program, which will begin in January, 2011.  |


OSHA proposes $238,000 in fines against USPS for electrical hazards at Shrewsbury, MA. mail processing facility

OSHA’s inspection, which began June 29 in response to a worker complaint, found that unqualified employees at the Shrewsbury location were allowed to work on and test energized electrical circuits and equipment. In addition, electrical equipment had not been de-energized prior to maintenance being performed, and employees were not supplied with insulated tools and equipment.  OSHA Proposes $80,000 In Fines Against USPS in Duluth, GA For Repeat And Serious Safety Violations |

All first-class stamps to be 'forever' from now on

Houston: METRO train collides with postal truck
Oklahoma City post office robbery suspect surrenders

New York: Long Island mail delivery back on track
'Slick' mail thieves cash in

December 28,  2010

USPS Retirements and Staffing Changes Captured Readers' Attention in 2010
Criticism of the U.S. Postal Service's abundance of supervisors, problems with its retirement process, and possible shifts in its workforce were among the items of greatest interest to Dead Tree Edition readers this year.  |

USPS Reports $456 Million Net Loss For November

The US Postal Service yesterday filed with PRC its second month preliminary financial report of the 2011 fiscal year (unaudited) . USPS reported a net loss of $456 million for the month of November. This same period last year saw a $255 million net loss. In October USPS saw a net profit of $283 Million. After two months USPS reports a net loss of $173 million for Fiscal Year 2011 (same time last year it was $476 million. full report  |


National Public Radio Audio: Lost Mail Is Auctioned Off At Center In Atlanta
Loudoun County Postal Worker Robbed At Gunpoint

Man Robs Downtown Oklahoma City Post Office

Mail Delivery Sporadic on North Fork as Snow Foils Postal Workers

USPS OIG: So how was your holiday with the USPS?

Two longtime postal workers are retiring

December 27,  2010

Oldest postal retirees get most costly of payouts
More than 100 U.S. Postal Service employees over 90 years old are collecting workers compensation - a fact one U.S. senator calls troubling, arguing that workers ought to be moved to retirement rolls from which payouts would be less expensive. At the Postal Service, more than 1,000 employees currently receiving workers compensation benefits are 80 years or older," Sen. Collins) said. Incredibly, 132 of these individuals are 90 years of age and older and there are three who are 98. |

South Jersey/Delaware: Mail delivery suspended

December 26,  2010

For this holiday season, I wish you the simple peace of the Penland Post Office

Saginaw-to-Pontiac mail processing move smells fishy

Ho, ho, ho, it's Santa with a mailbag
Postal Service 'Santa' Delivers Last-Minute Gift

From Smithsonian National Postal Museum - "Did you know that many Christmas stamps depict only a small portion of the larger painting they’re inspired by? See the full works of art behind the stamps in the online exhibition The Art of the Christmas Stamp, co-created with the National Gallery of Art."


December 25,  2010

Mail Carrier Rights His Wrong

A mail carrier hoped an act of goodwill would make a family's holiday a little easier. He thought he was letting a neighbor accept a package for Blancato's family to save them a trip to the post office. Instead, a thief wrongfully signed for and kept a package, and suddenly a kind-hearted move landed a carrier in some trouble. |


My Very Important USPS Package is Doing Laps Around New York City

 A piece of registered mail left Hong Kong on December 7th, and is on its way to Michael in Manhattan. While it has reached the correct city, tracking information shows that the envelope is currently doing laps from Queens to Manhattan.  |


Neither Christmas Day Nor Threat Of Snow Stopped One Greensboro Letter Carrier

Web Sales - Who Delivers?

Missouri Postal Worker Dons Santa Suit for Deliveries
Oshkosh's first female letter carrier taking a walk on the retirement side
Postal carrier to retire after 40 years helping to make holidays bright
Few stragglers hit post office on Christmas Eve
Last deliveries made with typical kindness

Tech boom diminishes holiday letter-writing tradition


December 24,  2010

Davenport Postal Worker Remains in Serious Condition

Zumbox Raises $9.7 Million More For Paperless Postal System



December 23,  2010

Postal Carrier Runs His Route

Towanda, P.A. - One Towanda postal carrier likes to make sure neighbors get their mail as quickly as possible. Mark Savage clocks into work at the Towanda Post Office  at 7:30 in the morning where he gets his mail and packages sorted and loaded into his truck. By 10:30, he is off making his rounds. However, Savage is not your average postal carrier. When he delivers mail, he runs. When Savage runs out of his packages or letters, he just comes right back to his truck, fills up his mail bag and continues his route. Savage has been working for the Postal Service for twenty-six years. "It is something different, it's fun, I enjoy it. It's just the way I did it. It just comes natural, I like it," said Mark Savage. |


Oak Ridge postal workers deliver more than the mail

Rain-weary workers grin and bear wet week

New York: Huntington Station named busiest ZIP Code

Bettendorf postal worker seriously injured after being struck by van

Negotiated Service Agreement Background Information (PDF)

Are stamps getting thinner?

USPS Mailboxes: Altering delivery requires consent

Credit card offers are back

My Mailbox Overrunneth (With Junk Mail)

Record volume for mail packages

Postal worker honored for actions

Mail delivery may be impacted today in some Orange County areas hit by flooding


December 22,  2010

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Rewards Credit Cards Fuel Mail Volume Increase

Helping Hallmark Greet Season After Season
What postal workers are allowed to accept as holiday gifts


December 21,  2010

USPS Delivery Unit Program Implementation Scheduled for Jan. 3, 2011

USPS Rolls Out Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) Nationwide |


eNAPUS: House Committee Under New Management

and Impact of Tax Bill on Postmasters - When Congress convenes on January 5, the Committee that has jurisdiction over postal and federal employee issues will be under the stewardship of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). No surprise, since he has not been shy about his ascendancy. While it is anticipated that he will focus his attention on federal agency oversight, he has expressed strong views about postal operations, the size of the Postal workforce, employee benefits, and infrastructure. Who Will Lead Postal Reform in the House?  |


APWU: Contract Negotiations to Continue During Holiday Week

Contract negotiations with the Postal Service are ongoing and will continue during the week between Christmas and New Years, APWU President Cliff Guffey said on Dec. 21. Following a bargaining session with Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.    |


Letter carrier attacked by Pit Bull

U.S. Postal Service to Expand Simplified Addressing for Businesses

Soon the government check won't be in the mail

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Can the Postal Service Do Direct Mail for Itself?

Company owner accused of buying stolen postal property

Mailers group objects to PRC ruling on rates
Postal worker saves Clay, OH woman
A personal stamp on holiday traditions
US mail swells to 800M items on busiest day


December 20,  2010

 APWU Issues Clarification On Types Of NRP Grievances Held Pending Outcome At National Level - There have been inquiries regarding which cases should be held in abeyance pending the outcome of Step 4 disputes relating to the National Reassessment Process (NRP). |


Postman forgives bank robber who shot him in face

A postman who walked into a bank robbery in Indianapolis back in 2009 has forgiven the robber who shot him in the face. Postal worker Bob Norman told a federal judge he suffered permanent injuries after he was wounded. |


Video: Shifting future for U.S. Postal Service

"NALC President Fredric V. Rolando appeared on CNN this weekend in the final segment of 'State of the Union with Candy Crowley.' The two chatted about the future of the Postal Service in the Internet Age." |


USPS contractors say they don't have enough trucks to run all the mail

Postal Service Contractors are scrambling to deliver all the mail before Christmas - Every year at Christmas, the Post Office schedules extra runs for their local highway contractors. Last year, they had to cancel many of those runs, but this year, contractors say they've added so many they can't keep up with all the mail. Postal Service expecting its busiest day of the year | U.S. Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day  |


DYMO Endicia and USPS Offer Shippers More Services, Deeper Discounts



December 19,  2010

Some Postal Managers Refusing To Accept USPS, APWU Freeze On Excessing Agreement

- "USPS Management Message Confirms Excessing Moratorium" - APWU Union officials in locales where managers are balking at implementing the moratorium on excessing that was announced on Dec. 15 will be pleased to see a message from a headquarters-level manager notifying Area-level officials of the agreement.   |


Best Christmas Stamps

Un-Intelligent Mail: Another Bungled Postal Regulation
Icy waters won't stop tugboat from delivering U.S. mail
Going postal on Christmas: Internet sales spur deluge of packages
Fort Smith Postal Workers Protest Potential Consolidation



December 18,  2010

The Postman Always Pings Twice Op Ed column by Mike Ravnitzky

Well, is it a post office or isn't it? Addressing a closure: What's in a name?
Speedy delivery, or safety first?
Where Santa is never ‘addressee unknown’


December 17,  2010

President Obama and NALC President Rolando Meet

President Rolando had the opportunity to raise the issue of U.S. Postal Service finances and how to address the challenges facing the Postal Service and letter carriers.  |


USPS Updates Its Regulations For Conduct On Postal Property

The U.S. Postal Service is updating its regulations concerning Conduct on Postal Property (COPP) to correct or eliminate outdated citations. One is on  "Gambling" -  "Participating in games for money or other personal property, the operation of gambling devices, the conduct of a lottery or pool, or the selling or purchasing of lottery tickets, is prohibited on postal premises."  |


APWU Encourages Members to Use DOL Forms For FMLA Leave Requests

The APWU is encouraging members to use Department of Labor forms when requesting Family & Medical Leave, while the union pursues a dispute with the Postal Service over employees’ right to use APWU forms or other equivalent documentation. note: USPS was refusing to accept APWU FMLA forms  |


Update on the USPS's Flats Sequencing System

As of last month there were 75 FSS machines installed completely, with four additional FSS machines in various stages of installation, says Rosa Fulton, executive director of FSS for the USPS. Twenty-eight FSS are now operational. The remaining 21 FSS machines will be installed by May. Once all the machines are operational in June, Fulton says, Phase 1 of the program—which accounts for about 30% of the total flat volume--will be complete. Phase 2 is another matter, however. |


Ex-postal worker gets house arrest, probation in mail theft

The letter carrier worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 15 years before leaving in 2005 while under investigation for missing mail. When she was placed on leave, she took two master keys and emptied several mail collection boxes. Today, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara sentenced her to five years of probation, with six months of house arrest. |


U.S. Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day

Postal Workers Find a New Way to Deliver for the Holidays
Columbus casual employee accused of stealing 'bright, colored envelopes'
Post offices expecting last-minute holiday rush
Irked Over Trash at Long Island Post Office
Holiday Deliveries Offer Easy Pickings for Thieves

Mail Carriers: Snow is a Challenge

South Dakota: Yankton plans to close post office

Alexandria wants more information on plan to move mail operation to Shreveport


December 16,  2010

Retired Postal Manager Says USPS Should Quit Playing Politics With Oshkosh - Green Bay Consolidation -  I am a retired Postal Manager with 25 years of management experience. About two years ago, a study was begun concerning moving Mail Processing operations from Green Bay to Oshkosh.... the USPS is losing record amounts of revenue, volume is down and the Postal Service is trying to tell the people that moving Oshkosh to Green Bay will be profitable and more efficient. ... why can't you quit playing politics and do what is right for efficiency and service. The customers of the Oshkosh and Green Bay area deserve the truth and the best postal service possible.  |

USPS To Offer ‘Critical Mail’ Product Starting January 2011

USPS Announces All 2011 Commemoratives Will Be Forever Stamps

Columbus Post Office to Close Its Doors

USPS Delay Means Smaller Price Increases for Mailers

Technology increasingly competing with traditional Christmas cards

USPS San Francisco District Financial Operations Audit (PDF)

Letter carriers bundle up to brave cold

APWU: Best Organized Locals Named

How will the 1.8% increase affect Bulk Rates?
Sad Santa Letters Tell of Economic Woes, USPS Says

Snowy side streets may have led to mail truck fire | | Video

Lease dispute puts future of Millville Post Office in limbo

Stamford postmaster to retire after 32 years

Mail Recovery Center Holds Auction

Family makes plea after postal worker's death

Increased Competition in the US Parcel Market - Courier, Express, and Postal Observer


December 15,  2010

USPS: FSS Celebrates Third Anniversary With Record Efficiency, Savings

FSS technology also has helped the Northern Virginia District reduce costs. The district has eliminated 150 letter carrier routes, reduced letter carriers’ base delivery time by more than 400,000 hours each year and lowered rural carriers’ delivery time by more than 75,000 hours annually. Reducing routes produced additional savings by making it possible to reassign long life vehicles to rural carrier routes.   |


APWU, USPS Announce Freeze on Excessing While Contract Talks Continue

The freeze will remain in effect as long as bargaining continues, and will apply to excessing outside of a craft or installation.” Such excessing was imminent in hundreds of locations, and would have affected thousands of employees. The excessing will be halted at all sites while bargaining goes on, the union president said.  |


Sun City woman gets lost cash back from mailman

Florida: More than 10,000 toys collected during letter carrier toy drive
Fort Worth man sentenced to 15 years in prison in mail-stealing scheme


December 14,  2010

USPS VP Position Downgraded, New COO Gets $25,000 Relocation Pay

Stephen M. Kearney, Senior Vice President, Customer Relations, has retained his position, but by virtue of a realignment of his duties effective December 8, 2010, he is no longer an executive officer. New COO Megan Brennan will receive a payment of $25,000 to help cover relocation costs. |


Wisconsin Letter Carrier surprises woman with nude delivery

It wasn't a special delivery, but it sure was an unwanted one. A mail carrier from the Whitefish Bay post office is taken off his route and is being investigated for lewd and disturbing behavior while delivering the mail.  note: working on problem of comments number not showing |


ELM Revision: Provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act
Effective immediately, Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Subchapter 510, Leave, and Part 865, Return to Duty After Absence for Medical Reasons, are revised to reflect changes in Postal Service™ policies related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Significant changes have been made.

Many Post Offices Will Be Closing At Noon On Christmas, New Year’s Eve

Mailman hit by pellet fired from air rifle

'The Biggest Loser' 11th season will feature Portland letter carrier & daughter

Busiest post office days not as busy lately
Post offices tout self-service units during their busiest season

USPS OIG Blog Poll: What is the greatest revenue leakage risk the Postal Service faces?
Postal Workers Battle the Cold


December 13,  2010

From The USPS, Without Love

Forbes: Our nation's postal service must finally focus on the customer to survive. The first goal of any organization--business, government agency, non-profit--is to make sure it is serving its customers. But is this the case with USPS? Long lines, poor service and byzantine rules characterize most Americans' experience with their local Post Offices. Moreover, the USPS has the power to fix these breakdowns--all it has to do is integrate basic business process techniques. .  |


1 Million Packages Per Day: eBay Sellers Pick Up The Pace Using USPS Services

Companies brace for holiday shipment spike

Mailman's collection seals idea for museum

James Ruschak: Putting a stamp on a career


December 12,  2010

NARFE seeks tax relief for CSRS employees

Under the controversial tax cut plan the White House and congressional Republicans struck last week, the Making Work Pay tax credit would expire and be replaced by a 2 percent reduction in payroll taxes most workers pay into Social Security. But CSRS employees do not pay into, nor receive benefits from, Social Security, and would not benefit from such a reduction. The Making Work Pay credit was passed as part of the stimulus bill and was worth up to $400 for individuals and $800 for married taxpayers filing joint returns. APWU Urges House To Extend ‘Tax Holiday’ To CSRS Employees | NALC Asks Congress For Inclusion Of CSRS Employees To Payroll Tax Holiday |


Postage Rates Could Rise 1.8% As USPS Wins Rate

Dead Tree Edition - Postal rates for the majority of mail are likely to rise about 1.8% early next year because the Postal Regulatory Commission has sided mostly with the U.S. Postal Service in a dispute over price caps. Determining exactly what will happen to First-Class, Standard, and Periodicals rates as a result of the PRC’s complex ruling, issued late Friday, is a bit difficult to discern.  |


NAPUS President: Washington Post Editorial Misdiagnosed Cause Of USPS Challenges - In a letter to the editor of  the Washington Post,  Robert Rapoza, President of the National Association of Postmasters (NAPUS) wrote: The “Failure to deliver” editorial misdiagnosed the cause of the Postal Service’s challenges and suggested treatment that makes matters worse. Senator Carper Responds To Washington Post’s Editorial On USPS   |


IRS Reporting Requirements of Attorney Fees, Back Pay, or Wages

USPS issued the following notice to ensure that Postal Employees are aware of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) income reporting requirements when attorney fees, back or wages  are awarded.  |


Colorado Post Office Robbed At Gunpoint By Stinky Bandit

An unknown male, approximately 6 feet tall and approximately 200 pounds, wearing a black hoodie, black pants and an orange and black bandana, entered the post office and robbed a Postal Worker at gunpoint. The suspect then fled out the rear of the business complex.   |


Slain postal worker laid to rest
Pennsylvania: Postal Worker seriously injured in crash with pick-up truck

FBI Tries to Delay Release of Anthrax Attack Report



December 11,  2010

Lawmakers Urge Postal Service to Keep Texarkana Mail Facility Open
Postal Service and APWU still at the table

Heroic Staten Island mail carriers honored for rescue efforts at blaze site

For many in Massachusetts, it’s a postal disservice

USPS reports thousands of NE Ohio Christmas cards won't reach loved ones

Postal worker and former hostage honored


December 10,  2010

Questions Raised About New USPS Chief Information Officer?

Questions have been raised about Burgoyne's ability to operate one of the largest technology networks worldwide, given his lack of IT experience. In addition to the mammoth intranet, the agency's IT assets include applications that control payroll for one of the nation's largest workforces and millions of payments to suppliers. Union representatives declined to comment. ..huh? USPS Headquarters  New Organizational chart  |


Here's How the Postal Service Can Get Back Its Pension and Benefits Overpayments - Those who are urging Congress to reform the Postal Service's pension and retiree-benefits overpayments would do well to drop the word “give” and instead learn a new one: “invest”. The suspicion in Congress is that money given to the Postal Service (even if, as in these cases, it's money that rightfully belongs to USPS) would just be poured down a rathole. What Congressman will stick his neck out for something that could be mislabeled a “Postal Service bailout” if he’s afraid of having to explain in a few years why USPS is in trouble again?  |


Appeals Court Keeps Florida Letter Carrier’s Age Discrimination Suit Alive -

Retaliation also claimed in lawsuit (3 letter of warnings in less than  2 months) - Comerford has been employed by USPS as a carrier for over 25 years. Comerford was working in Tallahassee, Florida when he  “traded” jobs with another carrier. The other carrier’s “trade” was approved, but the Postmaster in Bradenton disapproved Comerford's “trade” request. The reason given was that Comerford had “insufficient sick leave.” Comerford 's complaint alleged  that he was turned down for the transfer based on his age (50). The Court of Appeals granted Comerford's age discrimination appeal and the case has been remanded back to the District court.  note: Is age 50 considered "old"??   |


Reward in Postal Worker Shooting Increased to $50,000

Lufkin postal employees want answers, few delivered

Holiday mailing season is in full swing

Blizzard of holiday deliveries has postal service scrambling

Why the USPS Lags the Rest

USPS Inspector General follows the money

Mail carrier's passenger's side driving is a factor in damages

Texarkana: Postal Service to hold public meeting on future of center


December 9,  2010

A Bailout for the U.S. Postal Service?

The U.S. Postal Service, blocked by Congress, unions, and regulators from making tough business decisions, may need a bailout next year.  |


Developing a Flat Mail Distribution Network
Residents blast Wichita Falls postal proposal
West Virginia: Residents upset at prospect of losing post office
North Syracuse keeps fighting to save village post office
Concerns grow over Zanesville postal center consolidation
Keep Saturday mail delivery
Cathay ND post office closes indefinitely

Animal shelter's year-end fund-raiser lost in the mail


December 8,  2010

Postmaster General Announces Executive Leadership Team

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe today announced the top executives who will work directly with him in creating a more profitable, nimble U.S. Postal Service, able to compete aggressively in the marketplace and provide exemplary customer service.   |


New postal boss wants "profitable, nimble" service

The new boss at the U.S. Postal Service said his first hellos this week, telling the rank and file he wants to build a more profitable, nimble organization that tries to win more of the competitive package business.  |


UPS to Require Photo IDs For Shipping Packages At All Retail Locations

UPS is now requiring photo identification from customers shipping packages at retail locations around the world, a month after explosives made it on to one of the company's planes.  UPS customer centers have required government-issued photo identification since 2005. Will this new requirement give USPS more business?  |


Louisiana: Public meeting set tonight on proposed move of Alexandria postal operations
Search continues for mailman's killer


December 7,  2010

 NALC: Washington Post Gets The Postal Crisis Wrong Again

This morning’s Washington Post has done it again. For the fourth time this year, they have offered an editorial on the Postal Service’s financial problems that is remarkable in its ability to get even the most basic facts wrong. We have corrected the editors in published letters and we have met with the editorial writers. Yet the paper refuses to learn and appears to accept postal management’s bogus talking points with an utter lack of skepticism. These are fundamental failings for so-called journalists.       APWU: Recent Washington Post Editorial Riddled With Inaccuracies | Postal Supervisors Respond To Washington Post Editorial  | Editorial: The Postal Service's failure to deliver needed reforms - At the moment, postal unions are lobbying Congress to release USPS from its requirement to pre-fund about $5 billion in retiree health benefits, which might enable USPS to meet union contract demands and balance its books - temporarily. Congress must say no. Pre-funding is the only leverage lawmakers have to force a long-term solution. Management has already cut costs about as much as current law allows. If unions can't or won't contribute more to the postal service's long-term viability, then Congress must pass a law allowing labor arbitrators to shape agreements that will. The postal crisis is an opportunity for both the new Republican majority in the House and President Obama to show that they have heard the voters' cry for more cost-effective government - and that they intend to deliver it.  |


Demoted Postal Manager Appeals Part-Time Status to MSPB

A former Postal Manager is attempting to circumvent the seniority provisions of the APWU National Agreement. The Postal Employee filed an appeal of the Postal Service's action removing her from the position of EAS-19 Manager Customer Services. At issue was whether the agreement provided for a full-time position, as the Postal Employee claimed, or a part-time flexible position, with irregular hours and at different positions, as USPS claimed. USPS also claimed that the Postal Employee’s construction of the agreement would require it to violate the applicable collective bargaining agreement (CBA).  |


Maryland Postmaster Gets 9 Months in Prison for Stealing Stamps

Ennis called the Charles County Sheriff's Office and reported that he had been alone in the postal office that afternoon when a man carrying a gun entered the building, demanded that he open the safe and then ordered Ennis to get into the bathroom and close the door. Ennis told the sheriff and the postal inspector that a green box in the safe containing over $50,000 in postal stamp stock was stolen. A postal audit concluded that the amount of stamp stock stolen from the safe was $57,989.40 and Ennis lied about the robber. |


Fort Smith AR Postal Study Could Lead to Consolidation
California: Ex-postal worker gets six months in prescription case
Ohio: Akron mail carrier robbed while making delivery


December 6,  2010

Miami-Dade mail carrier fatally wounded in robbery; suspect on the run

A mail carrier serving his daily route was fatally wounded by a gunman Monday afternoon in north Miami-Dade, police said. The carried was identified by the U.S. Postal Service as Bruce Parton, 60, a full-time carrier from the Norland branch. "He was shot while on his Miami route this afternoon. No motive has been identified at this time," the postal service said in a statement. Search is on for mail carrier's killer  |


Open Letter to USPS Employees from PMG Pat Donahoe

In an open letter to all employees on his first official day in office, PMG Pat Donahoe defines core business strategies that will guide the organization to become “a profitable, nimble Postal Service that competes for customers and has a well-defined and valued role in an increasingly digital world.”  |


APWU, USPS Continue Bargaining Over  New Contract

Negotiators for the APWU and the USPS met again on Monday, Dec. 6, in an effort to hammer out a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Discussions are slated to continue on Dec. 7.   |


Four Louisiana Postal Employees Indicted On Charges Of Opening Mail

USPS Board Of Governors To Meet In Closed Session Dec. 7

Postal Clerk Honored for 42 Years of Service


December 5,  2010

USPS job cuts barely dent $49B payroll

As the U.S. Postal Service keeps racking up massive losses, top executives regularly tout their success in cutting employee work hours. But those cuts so far aren't paying off in cash savings, according to figures from the agency's latest annual report.   |


Postmaster General Potter, a Bronx native, helped keep mail moving for 32 years - His career in the mail trade roughly parallels his father Richard - who began as a Manhattan letter carrier and became a senior executive - "a living encyclopedia of the post office," his son fondly remembers. The PMG-in-Waiting launched his career in 1978 as a $6.97-an-hour distribution clerk in Westchester, tediously keying zip codes into a sorting machine at the rate of one letter a second." It's a good thing I moved up because I don't think I was that good at that job," Potter told The News. "I really did not like that job at all.  |

MSPB Questions Disparate Treatment of Postal Worker in Marijuana Case At Training Center - The appellant was employed by the agency as a Building Equipment Mechanic at the agency’s Miami, Florida, P & DC. The appellant petitioned for review of an initial decision that affirmed his removal on a charge of improper conduct, i.e., possessing and consuming an illicit substance (marijuana) while attending a training course in Norman, OK. The appellant was 1 of 5 USPS employees who the agency’s Office of Inspector General found had used marijuana on the grounds of the hotel at the training facility.  |

New EEOC Regulations Protects Employees From Discrimination Based On Genetic Information - The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued final regulations protects job applicants, current and former employees, labor union members, and apprentices and trainees from discrimination based on their genetic information.   |


Blind woman can't get mail delivered to her house

USPS said “it's too dangerous for their employees to come up the road because it's too steep,” Rose Marie said. “But it's not too dangerous for me to walk?” Rose Marie cites two factors in her request to have mail delivered to the end of her driveway. Not only is she legally blind, but she frequently spends long periods of time as the sole occupant of the house.  | >


U.S. Postal Service Tips for a Simpler Shipping Season

USPS Career Reassignment Opportunities In Pittsburgh

Editorial: Congressman Petri's call for postal audit appropriate

Congress introduces another bill to fix USPS money woes

Mail carrier allegedly bitten by spider; expert is skeptical

Dead letters? Wait, does Santa text?

Do You Still Send Christmas Cards?


December 4,  2010

Two Colorado Post Offices drop passport services due to staffing shortages The Breckenridge office suspended passport services indefinitely after losing two of its seven staffers fairly suddenly in the third week of November. With a staffing shortage and a holiday mail rush looking to top that of last year, post office officials said Breckenridge had to cut the service to keep up. The Dillon post office stopped offering passport services permanently as of Oct. 1 due to staffing reductions. “It just came down to, we just don't have enough staff anymore to do it,” Dillon postmaster Rick Sprague said.   |


Detroit Mail Handler Union President Accused Of Stealing

The former President of National Postal Mail Handlers, Local 307 (located in Detroit, MI), initially   confessed to stealing over $4,000.00 . "However Kister went to federal court this week to try and get his confession thrown out. His lawyer said Kister was not read his rights, so the confession should not be considered." |


New Mail Carrier Crashes Into Garage on 1st Day

OPM updates sick leave policy

Solutions for survival are Postal Service's high priority

Congress introduces another bill to fix USPS money woes

Mail delivery times later than usual

USPS study gets fiery crowd reaction


December 3,  2010

One of the Oldest Mail Carriers In US Still Delivering At 83

Delivering A Good Image: His name is Herbie Berman. He is 83, the oldest mailman in Greater Boston, one of the oldest in the United States, with 50 years on the job. US Postal Service officials said there is one carrier in North Carolina who is 84, though they weren’t sure of any others  |


Alabama Postal Workers, Contractors Plead Guilty To Mail Theft

The two who entered guilty pleas today are among eight people indicted separately in September on charges of stealing or otherwise interfering with the U.S. mail. Six of those eight have now pleaded guilty, and one was admitted to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Pre-trial Diversion Program. . |


PRC Seeks Input on Improving Postal Laws of the United States

Alabama Postal Workers, Contractors Plead Guilty To Mail Theft

FedEx Ground To Increase Shipping Rates

Village Still Fighting for Post Office
Mail delivery times later than usual
Solutions for survival are Postal Service's high priority

USPS study gets fiery crowd reaction

PRC OIG Semiannual Report to Congress (not much to report) (PDF


December 2,  2010

Summary of Testimony At Senate Subcommittee Hearing on USPS
Donahoe: We have the ability to contract out rural routes if there is no contract agreement. We currently are at an impasse. We're keeping the door open. Labor costs would have to be reduced greatly for the Postal Service to be at break-even. There really isn't any place else to reduce postal costs significantly. Right now about 35% of retail revenues are conducted outside the post office. We're looking at contracting out more services to retail stores. OPM Statement At Senate Subcommittee Hearing On USPS Retirement Overpayments | NAPUS President Urges Congressional Panel to Fix Pension Overpayment  |  Statement of Pat Donahoe, Postmaster General/CEO | Postmasters President Opposes Making It Easier To Close Small Rural Post Offices | Donahoe outlines the future at USPS | New Postal chief pushes Saturday delivery cuts | Postal Service embraces reform legislation  |


APWU Negotiations Over New Contract Ongoing Throughout Weekend

Contract negotiations between the APWU and the USPS continued Thursday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 3, and union representatives will be meeting over the weekend, APWU President Cliff Guffey said Friday afternoon.  APWU Contract Talks Extended Again  |


 USPS Seeking Suppliers For Next Generation Handheld Scanners

USPS is seeking innovative solutions for its Next Generation of Handheld Data Acquisition device and software. The current device does not employ wireless technology and only communicates when cradled. The data collection occurs as delivery operations personnel deliver mail, scan barcodes, collect signatures, and provide proof of delivery.  |


Senator Susan Collins Introduces Postal Reform Bill

Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation to help the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regain its financial footing as it adapts to the era of increasingly digital communications. The “U.S. Postal Service Improvements Act of 2010” would help the USPS achieve financial stability and future cost savings without undermining customer service. Congress introduces another bill to fix USPS money woes


New Restrictions On Free Post Office Box Service

by Don Cheney- The Postal Service is adding new restrictions for free Post Office Box Service that would eliminate almost everyone’s eligibility.  #3 is why most recipients in rural areas don’t have carrier delivery to start with, eg. unimproved or poorly maintained roadways, unsafe conditions, or other conditions that preclude extension of carrier delivery.  ”Other conditions” would encompass nearly everyone not excluded elsewhere.  |


Incoming Postmaster General Donahoe Tells Senate Customers Come First

The incoming postmaster general told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday that one of his highest priorities would be to improve the customer experience, making the Postal Service “leaner, faster and smarter” in the years ahead. Deputy Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe, who will become the nation’s 73rd postmaster general on Monday, said he is looking at all the ways the Postal Service deals with its customers. “Every interaction with us,” he said, “with a carrier, a clerk, at a kiosk, at a contracted desk or online must be a great one.”  |


It’s Not a 'Bailout': APWU Blasts Deficit Commission Proposals

“The Postal Service’s financial problems are the direct result of the onerous prefunding requirements of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006. In fact, without the prefunding mandate, the USPS would have experienced a surplus of $3.7 billion in Fiscal Years 2007-2009, despite the worst recession in 80 years,” he said. Guffey also objected to commission proposals to allow the Postal Service to close small offices that are unable to sustain a positive cash flow and to permit the agency to shift to five-day mail delivery.  |


Actor-Comedian Steve Carell plans NBC comedy Based on Days As Mail Carrier -  NBC has bought a half-hour, single-camera project from the actor-comedian Steve Carrell based on his early days working as a mail carrier in Littleton, Massachusetts. Carell will write the comedy, tentatively titled The Post-Graduate Project. |


Downtown Grand Rapids post office sends notice of possible layoff to 60 employees

Consolidation worries postal workers
Man who attacked carrier with cup of coffee to undergo competency evaluation  


December 1,  2010

USPS Says Postal Employees Wages And Benefits Will Become More Costly Over the Next 10 Yrs. - USPS released its "2010 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations"  yesterday. In the report USPS states that postal employees wages and benefits will become more costly over the next 10 years.  According to USPS," Wages and benefits account for 80 percent of Postal Service costs, and work hours will also become more costly due to rising benefits costs. But the report also states: " Delivery is the largest postal operation, accounting for approximately 47.4 percent of salary and benefit expenses." While the Postal Service has collaborated with its unions to structure reasonable compensation options, and has been negotiating since September with two of the four largest postal employee unions federal statutes hamper its ability to craft a market-based benefits package. USPS also reported: during calendar year 2009 the following persons received compensation in the amounts listed in excess of the rate for level 1 of the Executive Schedule.   |


UPS Mail Innovations Opens State-of-the-Art Processing Center Near Phoenix - USPS has awarded UPS a $280 Million four-year contract for  "air transportation and terminal handling services in support of a nationwide air transportation network."  The day after USPS awarded the contract, UPS issued this press release on opening a new state of the art mail processing center: UPS Mail Innovations handles the pick-up, processing and sorting of its customers' outbound mail pieces weighing less than one pound and applies postage before delivering the pieces to the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery   |


Letter Carriers and Mail Handlers Get Wage Increase

The last general wage increase under the 2006 National Agreement for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) became effective on November 20, 2010.|


Senate Panel Holds Hearing Tomorrow To Find Solutions To USPS Woes

Finding Solutions to the Challenges Facing the U.S. Postal Service. Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security |


APWU Contract Talks Extended Again -The APWU and Postal Service will continue contract negotiations, and have agreed to extend the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement for a third time, APWU President Cliff Guffey announced Dec. 1


Luring charges dropped against suspended Bangor PA Postmaster

The Bangor postmaster accused of drunkenly harassing women and girls has applied for a first-time offender program after prosecutors dropped the most serious charges against him. The Postmaster initially faced charges of harassment and luring a child into a motor vehicle after a day of reported bizarre behavior on Oct. 21, 2009. |


Mark Acton Elected PRC Vice Chairman