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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


USPS Los Angeles District Gets Approval From OPM to Offer Early Outs


NALC’s Young Urges Support For Harkin Amendment to Labor-HHS Bill


APWU: Casual Issues Disputed At National Level (PDF)


Arbitrator Issues Award in Rural Carriers Contract Case

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


PRC Requests Help In Developing Report on Universal Postal Service And Postal Monopoly


Postal Service’s Oldest Employee Still Going Strong At 93


OIG Recommends USPS Increase Postal Employee's Benefit Costs


Canadian Lottery Scheme Using Fake USPS Checks


APWU Questions and Answers on USPS Shared Services


Court To USPS: Retire Not Fire Postal Veteran With PTSD


Bogus USPS Early Out / Buyout Letter Making The Rounds


PMG Potter and USPS Executives Focus On 2008


USPS Threatening To Discipline Employees Over Failure to Pay Local Tax ??


Postal Worker Gets 2 Years for Stealing Over $400,000 In Money Orders


USPS Seeking Info On Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing


Veterans Preference and the U.S. Postal Service


Supreme Court to Hear Postal Worker’s Retaliation Case


USPS Reports $5.4 Billion Deficit for FY 2007


Appeals Court Overturns Postal Worker’s Conviction for Theft


Fired Postal Worker Featured in Push to Expand Reservist Job Rights


USPS Workforce Size and Employment Categories, 1986-2006


Appeals Court Overturns Postal Worker’s Conviction for Theft


Fired Postal Worker Featured in Push to Expand Reservist Job Rights


USPS Responds to APWU Inquiry Regarding Absences of 3 Days or Less


Letter Carriers Ratify New 5-Year Contract


USPS Offering Cash Prizes in Automated Postal Center Sweepstakes


Postal Inspectors Sue USPS for Overtime Pay


APWU Questions USPS Medical Documentation Requirement for Absences of 3 Days or Less  


Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Strategy





February 28, 2009

 Mailman Finds Delivery Route Altered by Recession

A mail carrier in Bradenton, Fla., says the effects of that shared experience are obvious along his delivery route, where familiar faces are disappearing. Mark Sinnen has been a letter carrier for 30 years, and he loves his job. The U.S. Postal Service emblem is tattooed on his upper thigh.  |


Mailer Sentenced For Conspiring With Postal Worker To Defraud USPS

(Michigan ) A Mt. Pleasant businessman will spend two years in a federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States Postal Service. The indictment alleged that Sinko, who was a bulk mail technician at the Mt. Pleasant post office, and English, the owner of English Direct Mail Services, conspired to defraud the postal service of hundreds of thousands of dollars, Berg said. Last year it was reported that "Sinko was also indicted on 12 additional charges of manipulating internal postal records to conceal the fraud |

APWU: Health Care Equity Act’ Introduced in the Senate

USPS puts three Houston post offices on sales block

Ohio: Armed Robber Holds Up Akron Mail Man

Michigan: Man Charged With Robbing Postal Worker

2009 Price-Change Stamps Unveiled

Potential cuts to Postal Service cause concern for election administrators

Postal Worker Charged With Theft

February 27, 2009

Legislation Introduced To Make It Easier To Rehire Federal Retirees

Connecticut Light and Power Payments Lost in Mail

Okla.: Cardin post office closing this week

Alabama: Contract postal worker charged with mail theft

Letter carrier hangs up mailbag

Mail carrier to retire after 28 years of walking routes


February 26, 2009

USPS OIG’S Review Of Postal Managers Unnecessary Purchases

 Employees have made purchases, primarily gifts and items for meetings, which we believe are imprudent and unnecessary during a time of severe economic uncertainty in the Postal Service. ....designer watches, high-definition televisions, gps navigational systems, video game consoles, camcorders, digital cameras, personal computers, printers, an espresso machine, and a TiVo system were given as employee awards. There were 183,208 award transactions and $43,633,292 recorded in eAwards for 183,208 career and non-career employees during FY 2008.  |


USPS OIG Audit: Controls Over Supervisor Leave (PDF)

Controls over manual processing of supervisors leave were insufficient to ensure
management approved the leave, recorded it in the TACS, and appropriately charged it to the supervisor’s leave balance. We confirmed the leave status of supervisors where there was a discrepancy between the work/leave status reported during IOCS testing and the information recorded in the TACS. Management did not put supervisor leave into the TACS for 46 out of 124 (37 percent) of the IOCS/TACS discrepancies we confirmed. In 24 of the 46 exceptions, leave slips were not on file, while in the other 22 exception cases, leave slips were on file but management did not enter the leave into the TACS.


USPS OIG Audit: Data Quality Issues with the City Carrier Street Time Study (PDF) - We found errors such as time data scans outside the normal carrier delivery hours, mismatched ZIP Codes and routes, incomplete volume and time pool data, and anomalies in dates and the number of days in which volume and time pool data were collected. The CCSTS survey data is more than 6 years old, as the Postal Service has not updated variability factors used in attributing city carrier street activity costs since the 2002 study. Since that time, there have been significant changes in city carrier street activities due to changes in the mail mix...  |

Changes In Store For Bulk Mail Center Network

The USPS has informed the NPMHU of changes that they intend to make to the existing BMC network. According to USPS Headquarters, they intend to move forward with a new network which will utilize the existing BMCs as “Network Distribution Centers” (NDCs) to more efficiently process and transport the mail. The plans shared with the Union thus far call for three tiers of BMCs (NDCs), with each tier having different responsibilities. Postal Service to Revamp Bulk Mail Center Network  At the same time, they have apparently shelved plans to outsource both the operation of those BMCs and a significant portion of their ground transportation network  |


OIG Audit: USPS Has Not Reduced Workhours Using Automated Postal Centers (PDF) - The APC Decision Analysis Report (DAR) states that the Postal Service could deploy APCs to retail space and other more convenient, less costly, non-Postal Service sites, and that reduced window clerk workhours at post offices resulting from customers’ use of APCs should produce savings. Despite these initial expectations, the Postal Service has not reduced workhours as envisioned. APC program officials stated that the Postal Service recently relocated underperforming APCs to more advantageous Postal Service locations and they believe APC usage will increase. However, there is currently no clear plan that includes deployment of APCs to non-Postal Service locations and capital funding has not been approved for additional APCs.   |


US Postal Service Picks Ad Agency  for $1 million Account

The account, which mandates communications with the media, general public, and postal employees, runs for two years with three additional one-year options. The account requires work on various strategic planning and counsel duties, crisis response support, and assistance of the USPS internal communications staff. It cites the 2001 anthrax attacks and natural disasters as examples of where crisis communications would be needed.  |


USPS Seeking Home-Based Independent Contractors For EEO Investigations

Postal Workers Picket to Save Plant   |

NYC mailman among 3 charged in tax refund scheme  |

Postman carrying a lighter bag   |

Postal Bulletin 2/26/09 Issue
Postal contractor pleads guilty to stealing mail
Former South Carolina Postal employee Indicted for Theft
Five Or Six Day Mail Delivery?

Downtown Houston post office up for sale 
Former Illinois carrier is suspect in undelivered mail

APWU: Pass H.R. 22 and the Employee Free Choice Act

APWU: 2008 Convention Transcript Now Available

Rep. Meeks Honors Queens Postal Worker for Saving Life

UPS Expands Territory for Early A.M. Delivery


February 25, 2009

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  |


USPS Cuts Post Office Hours, Upsetting Customers

Starting Monday, all post offices in will close at 5 p.m. Many post offices in Charlotte keep late hours, some open until 10 p.m., and employees and customers alike said the change be a real inconvenience. |


Will Netflix Dump the Red Envelope?

Reed Hastings mentioned it's a possibility,' said company spokesman Steve Swasey, referring to the company's founder and CEO. No more details were given, but Dow Jones reports the company recently surveyed subscribers about the possibility of an Internet streaming-only service for $9.99.  |


Rare but possible: Ads on postal boxes

Indeed, mail boxes would seem the ideal ad venue, located as they are on street corners all across America, some 280,000 of them. The challenge is in getting the U.S. Postal Service to greenlight a campaign, and it rarely does so. It prefers its boxes to stand out for people looking to mail a letter.   |


Going Postal Part 3: Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet …  |

Mail-pilfering postal worker gets house arrest, probation
APWU: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Forms
White Powder Scare Closes Mail Center Overnight

Fire closes Santa Cruz post office
Postal carriers help curb crime  |

Paying the Postal Service |


February 24, 2009

New Book: The Tainted Eagle, The Truth Behind The 1991 Tragedy at Royal Oak Michigan Post Office - by NALC steward Charlie Withers   |


USPS OIG: Preventing Workers' Compensation Fraud   |

Editorial: Saving Snail Mail Still Makes Sense   |

Contract Custodian Caught Stealing Postal Employee Incentive Gift Cards

Postal Service slights Tenderloin SRO dwellers

Dogs Maul Postal Carrier Over Weekend


February 23, 2009

Retired Letter Carrier: Postal Service woes are due to mismanagement

Reading the articles about petty behavior in the post office compels me to write. I am a retired letter carrier who remembers when all that was required was to deliver the correct mail into the correct receptacles. Customer service was of paramount concern. Employee safety was important. The ratio of management to workers was low. Then came the “new” and “improved” Postal Service. People who never performed the job suddenly knew how to improve the job. |

Postal carrier dies after falling on metal marker in Kalamazoo

A U.S. Postal Service worker died Sunday, two days after he fell and hit his head on a metal marker while delivering mail on the city's south side, police said.   |


NAPUS: USPS To Cut Pay Rate For Newly Hired Casuals

Need to Know: On February 13, 2009 Anthony J. Vegliante, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer notified by letter to the “field’ that the policy regarding casual rate of pay is being changed due to the current economic and business climate. The new casual appointments are to be now paid at a rate that is at least $1 less than the previously established rate of pay for each position within your facility.  |


Plan to cut 1 day of mail doesn't go far enough   |

Postal worker killed after falling on stake while on route   |

Credit card direct mail offer volume decline sees exception only with airlines, Wal-Mart

February 22, 2009

Postmaster General 's Pay To Be Probed

Congress will hold a hearing next month into why Postmaster General John E. Potter has gotten a nearly  40 percent pay raise since 2006 and was awarded a six-figure incentive bonus last year, even as the U.S. Postal Service faces a multibillion-dollar shortfall that threatens a day of mail delivery. The subcommittee on the federal work force, Postal Service and the District of Columbia will take up the issue at a hearing set for March 25. In addition to executive compensation, members will review the Postal Service's economic troubles and competitiveness, officials said.  |


NAPUS Takes Issue With PRC’s “Public Rep” Suggesting USPS Privatize Its Retail Offices - On February 12, 2009 NAPUS filed reply comments with the Postal Regulatory Commission in response to a document that the Commission Public Representative submitted in early February. In this February 2nd document, the Representative suggested that the USPS privatize “most of the Postal Service’s tens of thousands of retail offices…”. NAPUS questioned the wisdom of privatization, in which the PRC’s own analysis concluded that only $586 million would be saved with the closure of every small Post Office. |

The Mail Woes of a Mount Greenwood Letter Carrier

(Illinois) Lester Sexton once packed his U.S. Postal Service van to the roof each day with letters, cards in colorful envelopes, magazines, junk mail, out-of-town newspapers, government checks and virtually anything else that could be sent with a stamp. If Sexton covers just the floor of the van's cargo area these days, he's surprised.  |

2 Dogs Attack Mail Carrier

Wine drinkers seek right to home delivery

Post office cutbacks could hurt churches

February 21, 2009

USPS Reports Net Loss of $751 Million For January 2009

The text of the 8-K report filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on February 19, 2009 shows USPS has lost over $1.1 billion thus far in Fiscal Year 2009.  |


APWU Files Embezzlement Lawsuit Against Former Southern Regional Coordinator - According to the Houston Chronicle: Federal prosecutors have asked fraud investigators from the Labor Department and Postal Service to examine allegations that a former postal union official in Houston embezzled union funds. The union accuses its former regional coordinator, Frankie Sanders, of submitting thousands of dollars worth of receipts for non- existent hotel stays, including one in New Orleans that at the time was closed because of Hurricane Katrina damage.  |


No Fourth COLA For Postal Workers

There will be no fourth cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)  this period. NALC: "That's because there was no increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) between July 2008 and January 2009, based on figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) February 20."  |


Downtown, west Olympia post offices may consolidate

The Conde Nast Protection Acts?

Slideshow: Mail must get through

USPS sets Move Update error threshold at 30%


February 20, 2009

Utica postmaster attacked in robbery

Truck driver admits stealing, destroying mail
Brookline postal worker reportedly threatened at gunpoint
Carrier on mail route saves man's life
Neighbors battle postal service in Florida
$50K reward offer in mail carrier robbery
Postal Service Cutbacks Affect Post Deadlines

Postal career winding down

Why are hundreds of local P.O. boxes closing?

Residents' efforts get tiny Ferndale post office reopened in Orlando area

Settlement reached in postal job scam

Valpak Dubs Itself 'Original Consumer Stimulus Package'


February 19, 2009

Postmasters League President Calls For Action on Postal Bullies

By now most of you have heard that NAPS President Ted Keating presented the Postal service a letter asking for the removal of Western Area Vice President Sylvester Black and Dakotas District Manager Clem Felchle for remarks made during telecoms with their subordinates. This is a good time to address an even more serious problem that I’ve spoken about several times over the last few years. The management style embraced by many, many areas and districts throughout this country is sick. Mr. Black’s remarks are just a symptom of the ailment. Mr. Black’s remarks are the first that we are being forced to review publicly. Part of this style is to systematically berate, belittle and humiliate subordinates, including POOMs, Postmasters, and supervisors. We need to get rid of the bullies that are untrainable and replace them with real leaders. We deal effectively with people that make racial or sexual remarks; we need to do the same with the bullies. Like a cancer, this sick type of management has been festering and growing for years. I challenge Jack Potter and the Postal Service to walk the talk of Dignity and Respect.  |


Postal officials accused of threatening some managers, saying they should be executed - A national association of postal workers is demanding the removal of two high-level officials in Sioux Falls and Denver for what it considers “inappropriate and inflammatory remarks,” and the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service confirmed that it has launched a review of the matter. The Inspector General’s Office is doing a “workplace climate” assessment in the Postal Service’s Dakotas region.  See original letter from NAPS President  |


Panel Chair Has Window Into Postal Service
The subcommittee will also be looking into the disclosure this week that Postmaster General John E. Potter received a compensation and retirement package of more than $800,000 in 2008. "Given the losses the postal service is reporting and the downturn of the economy, that pay is not in line with performance, [Rep. Stephen] Lynch said.  |


Democratic Talk Radio’s 1st Labor Hero of the Year Award Given To APWU State President

Photo: Letter Carrier From Back In The Day

Video: GOP Rep. Issa Addresses NALC

California : Postal workers picket at Industry plant

Valassis: Layoffs Will Continue as It Reduces Newspaper Coupon  Business - "Basically, it’s a double whammy for newspapers from which they will never recover. The only winner here will be the U.S. Postal Service."


Driver that left  letter carrier with devastating injuries  gets five years in prison
Florida: Former Postal Worker Gets Probation In Mail Theft

Former Dale County postal worker pleads guilty to package theft

Greenwich postal worker caught with pot

Postal employee charged with destroying sample ballots
Old letters recall history of Lucky and his best friend, the postman

USPS Rate Hike Will Sock Small Parcel Shippers


February 18, 2009

FMLA Coordinators Requiring Employees To Release Medical Info to USPS Law Department - The Postal Service is soliciting medical releases for those employees that are required to partake in the 2nd and 3rd opinion process. In doing so, the FMLA Coordinators are requiring employees to release the “specified information” to the USPS Law Department.  |


Postal Electronic Technician Fired Over His Bad Attitude

The Postal Service issued a notice of proposed removal to the ET listing two grounds for the proposed action. First, the notice charged Mr. Saunders with “improper conduct,” and second, it charged him with “unsatisfactory performance.” In support of the improper conduct charge the Postal Service listed the events related to the failed exam at NCED and also accused Mr. Saunders of “lack of candor” during the pre-disciplinary interview. In support of the “unsatisfactory performance” charge the Postal Service alleged that Mr. Saunders purposely failed to complete the training which was required of him.   |


EEOC Class Action Pending For Postal Employees Placed Under USPS NRP - The case surrounds "All permanent rehabilitation employees and limited duty employees at the U.S. Postal Service who have been subjected to the National Reassessment Process (NRP) from May 5, 2006 to present, allegedly in violation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973."  |


Dispute Over USPS Two-Tour Initiative Appealed to Arbitration   |

Maine: No injuries in mail truck mishap

Texas: Beaumont Postal Employee indicted on charge of theft of mail

He claims an entire bag of mail was lost

Portsmouth postal workers fear for jobs
NAPS: A Case Where Congress Did Something Right ... Well Almost
Mail carrier recovering from Pit Bull attack

Where Are All The Mailboxes?

Quincy post office makes changes to deliver budget savings

USPS Smacks Nonprofit Mailers Again

Catalog Prospecting Rate? Not This Year


February 17, 2009

Postal Service Hits Back At Criticism of Postmaster's Pay
Postmaster General John E. Potter has come under criticism for his total 2008 compensation of nearly $800,000, but the agency's board of governors says the pay is less than what leaders of several other independent government agencies receive. And the amount is far below that given to CEOs in the private sector, even though compensation and benefit packages for postal service officers are required by law to be comparable to those given to private-sector employees doing similar work, the board of governors says. Postmaster to Country: Lick My Stamps!  | PMG's Pay Under Fire   |


APWU Leads Protests of Florida Consolidation Plans

USPS Initial Comments On PRC's Postal Monopoly Report (PDF)

USPS OIG Blog: Neighborhood Mail

No more home mail delivery to new developments

Postal workers deliver for coworker
South Kortright Post Office will close March 2
Letters: Close small postal facilities
New, more efficient mail routes could affect arrival time

For mail, the end of the line

Many tiny Idaho places with post offices no longer exist

Postal customers angered at early closing

Chattanooga: Snail mail losing race to e-mail


February 16, 2009

Americans Advocate Reduced Services To Help Postal Service
According to a recent Gallup poll: "When given a choice of three options for helping the U.S. Postal Service out of its financial difficulties, a majority of Americans prefer cutbacks in services - such as ending Saturday mail delivery and closing post office branches - to either government assistance or higher stamp prices. "  |


Opinion: Deliver Postal Reform

Hard economic times are revealing more clearly than ever that the U.S. Postal Service needs a comprehensive overhaul. The warning signs should compel Congress, the Postal Service and the service's employee unions to cooperate on reform to suit the modern market of electronic mail. Reform should have two aims: • Reduce the service's costs by cutting labor and benefit expenses, closing unneeded post offices and scaling back regular delivery to five days a week. House may consider resolution on USPS 6-day delivery  |


USPS changes holiday operations

...postal employees would usually be working in those closed offices putting up the P.O. box mail and collecting the mail deposited in the mail slots. Also, employees would be out collecting mail from businesses and those blue mail drop boxes. The U.S. Postal Service will no longer provide those services on holidays.  |


Postal Service To Conduct AMP Study At New York Mail Processing Facilities - On February 10, 2009, the Postal Service will begin two concurrent Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies between the Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn Processing and Distribution Facilities. The purpose of these studies is to see if it makes sense to consolidate some operations from Staten Island and Brooklyn into Queens, or from Staten Island and Queens into Brooklyn.   |


Postmaster General Got $800,000 in Pay, Perks |

Injured Postal Worker Loses Reinstatement  |

First Nail in the Coffin

Catholic editors wary of Postal Service changes

Mansfield postal workers hold informational picket

Federal Way letter carrier credited with saving woman's life

Correction: Minneapolis "Postal Clerk/204B" may have your Best Buy reward  |


February 15, 2009

Postal Worker Suing For Another Chance

Robert J. Cassotto was fired by the Torrington (CT.) Post Office and, in response, he is filing suit, claiming he was discriminated against, reprimanded without cause and retaliated against in the work place. Cassotto claims that, for 11 years, he has filed complaints with his superiors at the postal service and has been terminated twice before, only to receive his job back from an independent arbitrator who reviewed his case. Upon returning to work in May 2007, Cassotto said he was “treated like a prisoner of war” by supervisors and colleagues.  |


Postal workers seek help to keep work  |

Retiring postal worker credits respect for letter carrier for career  |

Mailman rescues woman after week trapped on own kitchen floor

A postage stamp hike - sealed with a kiss

NARFE Scores Legislative Win For Federal Retirees in Stimulus Package


February 14, 2009

Correction: Minneapolis "Postal Clerk/204B" may have your Best Buy reward

Postal Service can add sick to rain, snow and heat

APWU: PARS Software Grievance Resolved

FERS Sick Leave Bill Introduced

Mailing industry ponders its future after rate hike

eNAPUS: Stimulus Bill Makes Tracks for White House - USPS Left at Station (PDF)


February 13, 2009

APWU Denounces USPS Rate Proposal

APWU President William Burrus has denounced the postage increase proposed by the USPS Feb. 10, declaring, “The planned rate structure would continue the failed strategies that have brought the Postal Service to the brink of disaster.” “Once again the Postal Service is asking individual customers and small businesses to subsidize major mailers and mail pre-sorters,” Burrus said.   |


USPS volume down 22 percent in Tyler

Ex-postal officer gets probation for stealing

Attempts to Secure USPS Pre-Funding Relief Continue

Mail carriers to be recognized for on-duty acts of assistance


February 12, 2009

Mail Carrier Issued "Letter of Warning" for not cutting across lawn - A postal carrier in Depew, NY has been threatened with suspension because he failed to walk across snow-covered lawns while delivering mail one day last month, his union said.  |


Postal Service considers shifting some operations from Springfield to Hartford

More Lakeland Postal Jobs Threatened

Post office given 5-star award for services

Postal work may be shifted to Conn. site

ACMA to Mailers; You're Welcome

Is It Time for a Postal Service 2.0?

FedEx chief expects economy to improve in '09


February 11, 2009

NAPS President calls for removal of two senior postal officials

 NAPS President Ted Keating is requesting the immediate removal of Western Area Vice President  Sylvester Black and Dakotas District Manager Clem Felchle for inappropriate and inflammatory remarks on Telecons last week. Those remarks were: "Some managers ought to be taken out and executed."  NAPUS President Supports Removal of Senior Postal Officials | Zero Tolerance Letter (PDF)  | archive: USPS Code of Conduct Covers Everyone - Including Management  |  


APWU to Skip Publication of March/April Magazine

As a result of short-term financial difficulties, the APWU is canceling publication of the March/April 2009 edition of The American Postal Worker magazine. This is expected to be a one-time adjustment.   |


Early bird mail worm: $1,288 fee

Vendors at the Hunts Point wholesale food markets are going postal over news they must pay a hefty fee to pick up their mail early. The produce, fish and meat merchants have been picking up their mail at the post office early for more than 20 years - for free, said Lee Pakulsky, executive director of the Produce Association at the market." They had been granted a courtesy for a while to pick up their mail," said Postal Service spokesman George Flood. "But it's a premium service.  |


Louisiana  postal worker arrested for buying drugs at work

Detroit Mail Carrier Attacked by Dogs

UPS and USPS launch pilot returns service

Post Office ices longer hours

Give the ailing Postal Service more flexibility
Catalog Postal Rates To Rise 2.3%

Postal workers help woman, 92, avoid scam

Postal Service to conduct AMP study - on consolidating Utica, Binghamton into Syracuse (NY)


February 10, 2009

USPS: First Class Stamps To Increase Two Cents On May 11

The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11. The new prices are available at  |


Postal Worker Hero Loses His Job

A  postal carrier who saved a woman's life on his route last month lost his job at the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho  Post Office last week, due to a driving accident that occurred the same day as his heroic feat. The accident occurred less than an hour after Isaac called the police to report that an elderly woman hadn't retrieved her mail for the past few days and seemed unable to answer her door. Because of his call, the police discovered the woman had fallen in her home.. Update: USPS offers fired letter carrier  job as casual clerk  |

APWU Blasts USPS Response to Postal Financial Crisis
The challenges facing the Postal Service require a review of the entire postal network; simply cutting USPS-operated facilities and USPS employees is unfair and will not solve the Postal Service's financial crisis. The Postal Service has reduced postal work hours by more than 100 million hours over the last four years," he noted, "without a single adjustment in the billions of dollars lost to discounts and subcontracting. .  |


Long recession could stymie USPS struggle for solvency

The U.S. Postal Service is taking drastic steps to close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit, but experts and postal officials say even those actions might not keep the Postal Service solvent through what could be a long recession. The Postal Service plans to cut 100 million work hours this fiscal year.  |


Plugging in the Postal Service

 PRC Commissioner Ruth Goldway's op-ed piece - President Obama's energy plan calls for putting one million electric plug-in hybrid cars on the road by 2015. This ambitious goal could be accomplished more quickly if we invested in converting the largest civilian fleet in the United States — the 219,000 vehicles owned by the United States Postal Service — to electricity.   |


Expanding, Tweaking, and Rethinking FSS |

Failing to deliver? Postal service cutbacks have marketers, publishers worried
Zumbox creates an all-digital alternative to USPS
Postal carrier arrested, suspected of stealing mail
Earth Class Mail to sell business units
USPS OIG Blog: Returning Purchases Through the Postal Service

Asbestos Mesothelioma and the US Postal Service

Scarborough, ME: Philip was a vehicle service technician with the U S Postal Service, so he worked around asbestos. He can remember his hands filling with asbestos dust when he removed worn out brakes. But he didn't know about asbestos mesothelioma. |


February 9, 2009

Lawmaker To Re-Introduce FERS Sick Leave Bill

Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., is preparing to reintroduce a bill that would allow employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System to count unused sick leave as time toward their annuities.  Insurance or Entitlement?  |


NALC's Young: Saving Universal Service From An Economic Storm (PDF) - The Postal Service faces its most serious threat in more than 75 years. As the real economy has spiraled downward, so has the Postal Service’s core business. In recent months, mail volume has declined more rapidly than at any time since the 1930s. Even if we can avert a second Great Depression, saving the Postal Service now must be added to our to-do list for 2009. How’s that for a “Happy New Year!”? So saddle up, brothers and sisters—it’s going to be a very challenging year.  |


No Day Is a Good Day for No Mail

No one knows what day the Postal Service will drop if it goes to a five-day week, but this much is certain: Someone is going to get hurt. Whether that someone is magazine companies, direct marketers or coupon mailers will depend on the day. One of the things bandied about is dropping Saturday delivery. Americans love the U.S. Postal Service. One of the reasons is they react with the mail carrier on Saturday, and get to know the Postal Service," he said. "It could erode the brand equity and the [public's] view of the effectiveness of the mail.  |


Postal Workers Warn Kentuckians Of Peanut Recall
Postal delivery must match new reality

USPS cuts may affect local offices

Roth option may be coming to TSP

Postal workers rally to keep Industry facility open

Postal Processing In Tampa Will Cost More Than in Lakeland


February 8, 2009

Last mail call: Fixtures at post office call it quits after decades on job
Postal carrier honored with Million Mile Safe Driver Award

Congressman Lynch named chairman of Subcommittee on Federal Workforce


February 7, 2009

Falling numbers are adding up to Postal Service cuts

Rising tensions: This is is the worst I’ve seen things in a long time,” said Robert J. McLennan, president of the Buffalo branch of the NALC. “Many of our carriers hate coming into work every day, because they have to walk on the snow and ice, and also have to fight with management.”  McLennan said many managers have made unreasonable requests of mail carriers this winter, telling them to save time by walking across lawns covered with deep snow rather than using sidewalks. Some managers have gone out for days with individual carriers, watching and taking notes on their every move, including how fast the carrier walks, how much time the carrier takes for lunch, and how much time the carrier spends talking to customers, McLennan said. Mail volume is down. Managers are trying to cut costs and maximize every carrier’s route  |


Eight Minnesota Post offices receive letters with threat of bombings - Eight letters, all delivered sometime last week, were sent to postmasters, warning that bombs would be placed at their offices "as part of a succession of eight Post Office bombing incidents," according to a memo sent to post office employees. Postal workers shrug off bomb threats |


Missing East Bay Postal Worker Found  |

Snow Keeps Mailman Away For Week  |
Postal service announces plan for new bypass mail hubs

USPS tables plan to build Wisconsin plant
Public to have say on Wilkes-Barre move
Printers, ACMA Head Defend Five-Day Postal Delivery  |

RedPlum Switches From Cleveland Newspapers to Direct Mail  |

After 37 years of service, Nowicki retires from USPS

Last Mail Call

Letter carrier who slipped and hit head is doing better

Postal Employee guilty of stealing money from AMF


February 6, 2009

Mail Matters
No prominent lawmaker so far has urged Congress to bail it out. Yet by almost any criteria, the Postal Service has a better claim on federal support than Bear Stearns or General Motors. Let us hope that the incoming administration demonstrates a higher regard for the intentions of the founders by reaffirming the civic mandate of the Postal Service to promote the informed discussion of public affairs, a mandate that remains the most compelling justification for the monopoly privileges that the Postal Service has long enjoyed. |


 Mail Handler Missing From Oakland Postal Facility

(California) Shirley Ann Jones, 65, works as a mail handler on the late shift, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. She was last seen Thursday morning at 8 a.m., after her shift had ended. Later that day, at 8:45 p.m., she was reported missing, police said. Jones has worked as a mail handler for 40 years at the postal facility at 1675 7th St. in Oakland ( Bay-Valley District Headquarters). |


Thousands Rally for' Employee Free Choice' on Capitol Hill

Five-Time Winner, U.S. Postal Service Again Named 'Most Trusted'

USPS OKs two-way postage for reusable envelopes
Ex-postal worker accused of taking $111,000 Metro passes

Prison for mail carrier who stole checks on route
Three Men Arrested in 2008 Postal Truck Robbery
Wilkes-Barre wants postal operations to remain

Long Beach: Postal Service says study won't seal facility's fate

Wisconsin: Postal center delayed for Oak Creek

NPR Talk of the Nation: Interview With PMG Potter

Sarasota: Postal workers picket over proposed moving of processing facility

Republican Gallagher Named Chairperson of USPS BOG

February 5, 2009

Abandoning six-day mail delivery is unacceptable

by Senator Susan Collins - I have joined Senator Carper in supporting a two-year reprieve from the requirement to help the Postal Service weather the current economic crisis, but I think suspending payments for eight years would be a mistake. The USPS must be more proactive in addressing its long-term fiscal challenges, looking beyond short-term fixes, to address its budget shortfall. It must also provide more detailed financial information regarding the actions it plans to take to stabilize its budget. Eliminating six-day-a-week delivery should not be its first option but rather the last resort. PMG Outlines Actions to Ensure Long-Term Viability of USPS  |


Postal investigation of Amazon 'ongoing,' but details are scarce

Sarasota: Postal workers to protest job cuts and move

Special Deliverer

Mailman is a dog's best friend

Postal worker enjoys working with public

Bill would restore pension credits for returning federal workers

February 4, 2009

USPS Ends First Quarter With $384 Million Loss

The Postal Service ended its first quarter with a net loss of $384 million as the economic recession contributed to a 5.2 billion piece mail volume decline compared to the same period last year. The 9.3 percent volume drop marked the eighth consecutive quarter of accelerating volume declines. With no economic recovery expected for the remainder of FY 2009, the Postal Service projects volume for the year will be down by 12-15 billion pieces. USPS BOG Financial Update (PDF)  |


USPS: Area Staffing Reduction Driven by Worsening Economy
The Postal Service is in dire straits," said Great lakes Area VP Jo Ann Feindt. She explained the reduction in Area office staffing levels were being driving by worsening conditions in the economy, a projected mail volume decline of 15 billion pieces and a projected net financial loss in FY 2009 of $6 billion or more. "We could be out of cash by summer," she said.  |


NAPS To File Lawsuit Against USPS Over EAS Representation - NAPS Headquarters today requested our attorneys to prepare a lawsuit against the Postal Service on the representation of EAS employees. One issue behind the lawsuit is the denial of NAPS representation to our EAS employees at Shared Services in Greensboro |


Pilot Program Created To Amend Work Rules For Postal Vehicle Service Drivers -The USPS and the APWU signed a Memorandum of Understanding [PDF] on Jan. 15, 2009, creating a pilot program that will amend work rules governing Postal Vehicle Service drivers. The pilot program will experiment with alternative scheduling at a limited number of installations, and will continue at each location for a period of six months. Work may be combined with other crafts to create an 8-hour assignment.   |


USPS Continues Hiring Freeze

UPS To Test Parcel Return Service Using USPS

NALC Urges Carriers to Remain Steadfast in Face of Speculation (PDF)

NALC will vigorously resist any legislative attempt to slash the number of days of delivery  |


Ex-Postal Worker Gets Probation in Netflix Theft

Pit bulls attack Phoenix postal carrier

After DHL, Can the post office fill the void?

UPS freezes pay after volume drops

Winchester VA: Operations Could be Reduced at Post Office

Mail Carrier Finds Children Wandering Alone

Lakeland postal center may be moved

February 3, 2009

Chapter 11-Open Letter To Congress | New Book: Beyond Going Postal - This book provides an answer to the question: Why has there been so much violence in the U.S. Postal Service and what can be done to prevent it?  |


TSP weathers a bleak January - Only the G Fund posts positive returns during the first month of 2009.


Bridgeport, CT: Injunction on postal move denied

Postal Service Pushes the Envelope, Then Folds

Who in the world is Delmar? Thousands know Charlotte's eccentric Delmar Williams [a retired mail handler], and now he finally knows himself – and why he's so different


Postal Service seeks to weather economic storm

'Newman' weighs in on rumored Postal Service changes

PRC Chairman Blair Addresses Five-Day Delivery Prospect

Mailman charged with holding, snooping through letters

Weekend mail damaged in post office fire

How about some free printing?

February 2, 2009

An Open Letter to USPS Employees From PMG Jack Potter
As most of you have heard, I talked to Congress last week about the economic situation of the Postal Service. I told them we are in a financial crisis. I told them how it came about. Then I offered some proposals that could help us through a very difficult economy.  |


New Book: Beyond Going Postal - This book provides an answer to the question: Why has there been so much violence in the U.S. Postal Service and what can be done to prevent it?  |

Could shrinking the post office help newspapers?

Postal Worker arraigned for OWCP Fraud and Witness Tampering   |

Postman accused of opening almost 3,000 pieces of mail

Pittsburgh: Post office here has already cut back

Seattle post office boxes disappearing

Letter To the Editor: Charge "junk" mailers higher postal rate

February 1, 2009

USPS Requests Authorization To Offer Early Retirements For Remainder of Year - The Postal Service also wants to offer more early retirements beyond the 8,000 employees who have so far agreed to retire early. Potter said the Postal Service has asked the Office of Personnel Management for permission to offer more early retirements through the rest of the year. The Postal Service cut 26.9 million work hours in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and expects to meet a goal of cutting 100 million hours this fiscal year, Potter said. That would be twice the amount cut last year. Rumors that the Postal Service will not be able to cover its payroll costs later this year are an “exaggeration,” Potter said. He told Federal Times that the agency would first sink further into debt before letting that happen.   |

Special Delivery: Mail by Mule

Charlie Chamberlain is still delivering mail by mule train, three hours one-way, every day, to a small Indian reservation 3,000 feet down on the floor of the Grand canyon.  Everything they need in the town is brought by Charlie and his mules, from frozen French fries to Christmas Cards. |


Dogs' best friend, a retiring mail carrier, gets furry farewell

Some dogs were shivering in sweaters and boots in the 12-degree cold, but they wanted to say good-bye with a final bark to the mail carrier who usually delivered a biscuit or bone with the day's bills. On Saturday -- her last day -- Pat Marcotte was met on her route by more than 50 residents and two dozen dogs who gathered to send her off with applause and cheers.  |


Amazon target of mysterious postal investigation |

Some Zanesville postal work could be moved


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