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PMG Potter Names New Chief Postal Inspector And Finance VP


Arbitrator Reassigns Postal Supervisor For Violating Workplace Violence Policy


NALC Branch VP: Limited Duty Carriers Suffer The Ultimate Harm


Gamefly Accuses USPS Of Preferential Treatment For Netflix and Blockbuster


USPS Seeks Suppliers For Electric Vehicle Conversion of LLVs


USPS Seeking Contractor To Create New ID Cards For Postal Employees


USPS Cancels Associate Supervisor Program


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


Oakland APWU Urges Congress To Investigate The Postal Service


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


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


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


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


USPS OIG’S Review Of Postal Managers Unnecessary Purchases


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


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


USPS: Declining Mail Volume Leads to Route Adjustments


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


PRC Annual Report: Postal Execs Compensation


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


Postmaster, Supervisor Groups Reject Pay Freeze (PDF)


Tight Times Strain Postmasters


USPS, APWU Reach Tentative Agreement On Four-Day Workweeks


USPS Wants Commercial Outdoor Advertising On Its Property


USPS to Implement Two Tour Initiative Nationwide


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


PMG Urges Leaders of Employee Organizations To Work With USPS


Flashback: Postal 1992 VER Cost $1.01 Billion


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


Postmaster General Cautions of Perfect Economic Storm


Connecticut Congressman Presses Postal Service for Answers Regarding Meriden Route Changes


Appeals Court Upholds Firing Of Postal Carrier For Unsafe Driving  


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


Postal Manager Demoted Over Violation of NALC Contract?


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


NAPS Challenges USPS Network Plan, Questions USPS Outsourcing


USPS Posts $1.1 Billion Loss For Third Quarter


House Passes FERS Sick Leave Legislation


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


USPS Names Two Postal Execs To New VP Slots


USPS Releases Details Of Voluntary Early Retirement Offer


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


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


USPS Early Out Offer Excludes ETs - No Cash Incentives


PMG Potter Announces Reorganization At USPS Headquarters


House Committee Approves Study On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery


EEOC: Postal Worker Was Not Provided Smoke-Free Vehicle


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


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


Postal Service Selects First-Ever Vice President of Sustainability


Video: Postal Workers Protest Terrorism On The Job


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


OPM Submits Proposal To Create Short-Term Disability Insurance Program


To Err Is Not Human for Demoted Postal Supervisor


USPS Resolves Dispute With Unions Over Computer Security Rules


USPS Selects Former Halliburton Executive As New CIO


Big Pay Increases Approved For Top Postal Service Officers


USPS Retail Cost Cutting (PDF)


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


Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Strategy





July 31, 2009

NALC Charges USPS With Failure To Provide Mandatory Retirement Counseling For Latest VER Offer - The NALC has filed a national-level interpretive dispute with the Postal Service, charging it failed to provide mandatory retirement counseling prior to the June 19 irrevocable decision date for the latest Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) offer extended to letter carriers. This national-level grievance only applies to letter carriers who were in line for the second VER with the June 19 deadline. |Comments (63)


Stopping Saturday Mail Delivery Could Mean Layoffs for USPS
I can't say or guarantee that there wouldn't be layoffs," said Jordan Small, USPS acting vice president, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce, Postal Service and District of Columbia Subcommittee. Small added that he hoped personnel cuts could be made through attrition and the service's temporary workforce, which handles many of USPS' Saturday deliveries.   |Comments (108)


Burrus: Station closings, five day delivery are acts of surrender

Closing stations and branches and reducing mail delivery to five days per week “will unquestionably have a negative effect on the postal monopoly,” APWU President William Burrus told a House subcommittee at a hearing July 30. Such actions “will impede the Postal Service’s ability to compete” when the economy rebounds, he said. |Comments (67)



Text of Bill For Letter Carriers To Serve As Census Counters

To allow mail carriers to serve in temporary enumerator positions in connection with the 2010 decennial census.  ..shall not be required to perform any postal duties on a day on which such carrier is serving as an enumerator.  |Comments (36)


D-Day For Federal Workers Coming in September

It'll be sometime in September before federal workers and retirees learn the fate of a something-for-everyone package embedded in the Defense Authorization Bill. The wait is making some civil servants sick. Both literally and figuratively. They don't know whether to retire now, wait to see what happens or start burning up their use-it-or-lose-it sick leave'  |Comments (51)


House Subcommittee Hearing on USPS Testimony  |Comments (18)


Minnesota: Brainerd mail processing operations move to St. Cloud

Postal Service health is still a concern


July 30, 2009

NALC: Rolando Cautions Congress Against Harmful Changes by Postal Service - "Down-sizing to meet depression-level demand without considering the long-term impacts on the ability of the Postal Service to meet new demands when the economy recovers, would be short-sighted," Rolando told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia."  Burrus: Postal Decision-Makers Are Off the Mark   |Comments (62)


Union Calls for Campaign to Defeat Anti-Postal Worker Senate Bill

 APWU President William Burrus has called on APWU locals and state organizations to organize opposition to a Senate bill that contains a provision that would be devastating to postal workers. Because a vote on the bill is expected early next week, before the Senate adjourns for its August recess, local and state activists must move quickly, Burrus said. The national union will hold a teleconference for local and state leaders on Monday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m. EDT, to discuss the issue.  |Comments (95)


Postal Service to review 1,000 post offices for closure

The agency started its review earlier this year with approximately 3,200 post offices, and decided about 1,000 of them are “candidates for further review.” Postal managers say they will consider several factors in deciding whether to close those facilities: mail volume, proximity to other post offices, and the potential savings in labor and utility costs. NAPS VP said most of the Post offices under consideration are located in urban and developed suburban areas   USPS Has Marked These 677 Post Offices for Possible Closure or Consolidation | USPS VP Says Only 1,000 Post Offices Considered For Closure.  |Comments (32)


Fired postal worker arrested in Cheektowaga

Ex-letter carrier admits to stealing mail

Union Pres: Closures Would Betray Post Office's Service

Some post offices taking a lunch break

 USPS Targets Thousands of Branches for Closure

Delphos' first female mail carrier an 'inspiration'

Rising Postal Deficits Intensify Talks on Solution

Postal Service Active Employee Statistical Summary (PDF)

Going Postal: A Year of Junk Mail


July 29, 2009

APWU: Amendment to Senate Postal Bill Hurts Workers

[Joe] Lieberman, [Thomas] Carper Join Republicans to Support Changes
The amendment to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Funding Reform Act of 2009 (S. 1507), offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), would require any binding arbitration in the negotiation of postal contracts to take the financial health of the Postal Service into account. Under current law, arbitrators must consider the “comparability” of postal wages to employees in the private sector who perform similar work.
Senate panel blocks Postal bonuses | NALC: Mark-up of S. 1507 adds 'poison pill' amendment  |Comments (124)


Update: Senate Committee Approve Amendments To Postal Bill S 1507


APWU Urges Legislators to Reject Amendments to Senate Bill

Amendments offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) would require arbitrators to consider the financial health of the USPS when ruling on collective bargaining agreements, and an amendment submitted by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) would increase the share postal employees pay for healthcare coverage. NALC: Postal relief bill goes to Senate mark up after White House meeting - S. 1507 is being marked up in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on July 29.  In response, NALC mobilized its e-Activist network in 10 states to help fight off the amendments. Senate panel adds amendments to postal bill, delays final vote  |Comments (90)


APWU Slams Postal Service on BMC Name Change

In a letter to USPS management [PDF], APWU President William Burrus admonished the Postal Service for failing to officially notify the union that the Bulk Mail Center network has been renamed the Network Distribution Center network.  |Comments (23)


Kildee asks Postal Regulatory Commission to reconsider Flint mail sorting cuts
The Central Nervous System of Mail Delivery
Editorial: Bailout in the Mail
Postal Service says as many as 30 mail sorting jobs leaving Flint for Pontiac

Route change will separate long-time letter carrier from 'extended family'

Coal Run postmaster looks ahead to retirement

Singing postal workers from Richmond sent home on 'America's Got Talent'


July 28, 2009

USPS BOG Announce Agenda For Virtually Closed Meetings Next Week

Majority of BOG meetings have been closed to the public this year.  |Comments (51)


Postal Worker File FEC Complaint for Illegal Union PAC Money Laundering Scheme -I n October 2008, over two years after submitting the check to the NPMHU union, a stranger called Wakeman on an unrelated matter and informed him that she found his information on the Internet.  The stranger then suggested that he do a “Google” Internet search of his name.   After doing so, Mr. Wakeman was astounded to find his name disclosed as making a contribution to the NPMHU PAC in the exact amount of his annual NPMHU union membership dues – all without his knowledge.  |Comments (42)

GAO Adds Postal Service’s Financial Condition to “High-Risk” List

Key actions USPS could take include the following: 1.Reduce compensation and benefit costs through retirements: About 162,000 USPS employees are eligible to retire this year, which will increase to almost 300,000 within the next 4 years. • early retirements: About 150,000 USPS employees were recently offered voluntary early retirement, but less than 3 percent accepted. • lower benefit costs: USPS pays a higher percentage of employee health benefit premiums than other federal agencies (80 percent versus 72 percent, respectively). In addition, USPS pays 100 percent of employee life insurance premiums, while other federal agencies pay about 33 percent. Post office cited by GAO as a troubled agency  |Comments (103)


Postal Worker File FEC Complaint for Illegal Union PAC Money Laundering Scheme -I n October 2008, over two years after submitting the check to the NPMHU union, a stranger called Wakeman on an unrelated matter and informed him that she found his information on the Internet.  The stranger then suggested that he do a “Google” Internet search of his name.   After doing so, Mr. Wakeman was astounded to find his name disclosed as making a contribution to the NPMHU PAC in the exact amount of his annual NPMHU union membership dues – all without his knowledge.   |Comments (42)


USPS BOG Announce Agenda For Virtually Closed Meetings Next Week

Majority of BOG meetings have been closed to the public this year.   |Comments (51)


Postmaster pleads guilty to stealing more than $2,500

FedEx Ground Drivers Win Class-Action Status in Eight States

EBay seller pleads guilty to using $200,000 in counterfeit postage
National Healthcare Call-In Day July 28


July 27, 2009

OIG Blog: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?
Should the Postal Service be allowed to freely award employees for a job well done.  |


Senate committee will tackle Postal Service financial woes

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., introduced the retirement-related legislation, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will mark it up on Wednesday. According to his office, the bill would save the Postal Service $2.4 billion in 2009.

 | APWU: Quick Action Expected On Senate Bill to Ease USPS Financial Crisis   |


House Hearing To Examine USPS Plans On Station Closures And Delivery Route Changes - July 30 -The Postal Service’s recently proposed “Station and Branch Optimization and Consolidation Initiative” is designed to identify and take advantage of increased efficiency by consolidating the operations of some retail stations and branches into nearby postal facilities. In light of this proposal, the upcoming hearing is intended to provide a detailed examination of the proposed initiative. |


NALC Executive Council Receives Fiscal Update On USPS Operations
Postal Service mail volume has declined by some 13 percent this year through May as the recession has deepened. Despite the elimination of 36,000 career jobs over the past year, the USPS could lose $7 billion this year due to the economic meltdown and the onerous cost of pre-funding retiree health benefits, which this year will cost $5.4 billion.


USPS may shut down as many as 40 Brooklyn retail offices

The prime targets are 18 retail stations in storefronts around the borough, said Brooklyn American Postal Workers Union president Jim Musumeci. "It's totally unfair to the citizens of Brooklyn," said Musumeci, who added he was told by local postal officials the storefronts had been singled out of the list of 40. "It's especially unfair to seniors and the people that rely on public transportation to get their mail.   |


Confessions of a Former Station Manager: The Five Types of Bad Supervisors (PDF) - In your life’s work experience, you may feel these five bad supervisors are not exclusive to the Postal Service. You're right! These five exist in all businesses. So you may wonder, “What is a good supervisor like?” For me, I’d like to see someone who likes their job, is positive, reliable, and can handle pressure… because I give a lot of pressure. Those listed as being beyond rehabilitation, should be let go. We don’t need any crooks or marshmallows in the Postal Service. I don’t want my wallet stolen and don’t want to deliver my own dog letters. Supervisors need to be able to do the job. Before we RIF the good ones, we should weed the bad ones out. What do you think?  |


NAPS Negotiates Changes in RIF Avoidance Policies to Waive ASP Requirement for Phase Three Bidding by Impacted EAS Employees -The Postal Service has waived the requirement for the completion of the ASP program as a pre-qualifier for applying for initial level supervisory positions in Customer Services and Processing & Distribution. In addition to the change in requirements for application, the Postal Service has also modified the position requirements for these two positions as shown in the attachments.    |


Postal Worker Injured In Crash

Dozens of mail truck tires slashed in Flint

Woman accused of stealing 78 gift cards while working at post office
Post Office and Retail Postal Facility Closures: Overview and Issues for Congress
Postal Service's Future: Mail Change Marches On

Post offices stop accepting bulk mail

The Reality Check Is Not in the Mail

US on verge of closing anthrax probe after 8 years

Joseph Corbett Named CFO of USPS


July 26, 2009

Leak Delivers Smelly Gift to Mass. Ave. Post Office

Post office may close First Avenue facility in downtown Seattle

USPS Suffers as More People Use New-Fangled Electronic Mail

Quincy mail center won't close, some operations may move

Flooding turns ND elevator into post office


July 25, 2009

So Long, Snail Shells: Mail Volume Expected to Decline
The situation is so dire that the Postal Service, which is projecting a $6 billion shortfall by the end of September despite a recent postage rate increase, will go to Congress this month to seek emergency relief, looking to cut home mail delivery from six days a week to five. Already, the Postal Service has cut hours at hundreds of post offices across the country, including 56 of the Washington area's 386 outlets. It has consolidated routes, dropping 158 delivery routes locally, offered workers early retirement and imposed hiring and salary freezes. Still, said Postmaster General John E. Potter, the service is in "acute financial crisis."  |


USPS mulls delivery, office cuts to save itself


July 24, 2009

Sen. Carper Introduces Bill To Ease Financial Strain On The Postal Service - Sen. Carper introduced his “Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Funding Reform Act of 2009” to restructure the postal service’s retiree health payment schedule to produce significant cost savings over the next several years. The Carper bill also gives the postal service more borrowing authority to meet its financial obligations and get through this current fiscal year and next. eNAPUS  |


Postal Officials Ponder Emergency Rate Increases
Postal officials are spreading the word that they may seek emergency rate increases next year. Various scenarios have been bandied about, including one that would raise the price of the 44-cent First Class stamp to 50 cents and other rates by similar amounts.  |


FERS sick leave measure sinks in Senate

An amendment to the Defense authorization bill containing several federal employee benefits, including the FERS sick leave credit, was withdrawn Thursday. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., an outspoken critic of what he deems unnecessary federal spending.“ We’ve institutionalized sick leave. We’ve made it an entitlement,” he said, criticizing the expansion of benefits for employees he said already are paid better, enjoy better benefits and have more job security than most taxpayers.  FERS Flu Cure Yet to Come  |


Could the USPS Turn a jobless recovery into a job full recovery?

For mail to become a driver of small business growth, the Postal Service needs to rethink its whole process of pricing, accepting, and setting standards for the type of mail that would provide small business access to potential customers.  |


USPS Announces the Waiving of the ASP Requirement for Impacted Employees

Western Nassau Originating Operations moving to Mid-Island
Working Through Hard Times: First-class predicament

Shots Fired at Postal Worker
No decision yet on Otisfield collection box
Postal clerk helps save the day for fallen man
Winchester VA mail processing operations to be moved to Dulles
Fight strengthens against post office closure

Houston Leads in Postal Worker Dog Attacks

OIG: 2009 National Rural Mail Count Review (PDF)

OIG: Boston Airport Mail Center Outsourcing (PDF)

Workshop helps letter carriers cope with dog attacks

UPS Profit Falls 49%, as Downturn Cuts Demand

The evolution of the mailbox


July 23, 2009

Should Postal Employees Pay Their Bills By Mail?

From USPS mailbag: There’s nothing more frustrating than to hear co-workers say they pay their bills online. USPS employees need to understand the seriousness of the declining mail volume and step up to the challenge of using the mail as much as they possibly can. It’s a small price to pay for job security.  Patrick Curran, Hampstead, MD.   |


OIG: Postal Reform Act Forces USPS To Overfund Retiree Health Care By $$Billions - If the Postal Service continues the payment schedule required by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (the Act), our calculations indicate that the Postal Service could overfund its retiree health care liability by $13.2 billion by the end of fiscal year 2016. The Postal Service could pay on average $4.0 billion less each year from FYs 2009 to 2016 to prefund its retiree health benefits and still achieve the same level of funding anticipated under OPM’s assumptions. The net present value of the interest savings from the reduced payments is $5.95 billion.  Federal Times: A few billion here and there

CBO Issues Report On Financial Impact Of Postal Bill HR 22 -Congressional Budget Office estimates that the government’s payments for retirees’ health insurance premiums will be about $2.0 billion in 2009, $2.2 billion in 2010, and $2.5 billion in 2011. Thus, the legislation would increase spending from the on-budget PSRHBF by $6.7 billion over the 2009-2011 period. |


Former postmaster admits to stealing from 77 year old

Providence post office to close on Sundays
For Local APWU President  a 'Labor' of love on Holbrook cable

Mail Carrier Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud
NY Postal worker crashes vehicle, knocks out power to hundreds
Reading for Postal Policy

PRC: Live Broadcast Of Gamefly vs. USPS prehearing conference today at 10 a.m.


July 22, 2009

USPS: Mail Volume Continues To Decline

"Total mail volume this year is expected to drop to 175 billion pieces, as compared to a high of 213 billion pieces in 2006, according to Donahoe."  To increase delivery efficiency, Donahoe says USPS will continue to reduce the number of routes and move forward with other operational changes to help reduce costs." In another story: "The Pacific Area recently developed specialized training on using the Mail Processing Employee Scheduler, the Mail Processing Staffing Opportunity Model, the Run Plan Generator and overtime control techniques. Area staff then visited each district to train managers, supervisors and support staff how to use these efficiency tools."   |


Mistake on Hawaii's New Stamp

Beloved letter carrier's mail route changes, despite effort in Old Southeast

Lousy economy has a bright side: Less junk mail

Postal public forum to define workshare rates

Netflix Hartford Distribution Center Maintains Low Profile


July 21, 2009

Saving the 6th Day

The reduction of delivery days will clearly reduce postal costs although it is unclear whether it will be able to reduce the postal workforce fast enough to have the needed speedy cost relief given no-lay-off clauses in the Postal Service's union contracts. However it is not clear if eliminating the 6th day of delivery will save the Postal Service from increased competition and the economic downturn that has resulted in a cratering of mail volumes.   |Comments (50)


Workers campaign to save Dallas Main Post Office; officials say it's not being phased out - The Dallas Main Post Office, which employs 1,800 people at a sprawling facility along Interstate 30 just west of downtown, would seem to be too big to fail. But that is what some of its employees believe will happen. Urged by their union representatives, postal employees have initiated letters, phone calls and e-mails over the past several weeks to media representatives, elected officials and even local clergy warning of a quiet plan to phase out the plant.  |Comments (38)


USPS Stamp Advisory Committee Member Arrested

Postal Service Makes Woman Cry |Comments (4)

Postal Service axing 18 routes in the Springs  |Comments (4)

Priority Mail delivery nets huge pot bust in Newburgh
Postal inspectors targeting business mailers

Vegas-Area Post Offices On Chopping Block

Charlotte airport postal station eliminates service on Sundays
Tidal Wave Running A Little Late
Shipping Options for Residential Deliveries

PRC accepting comments on USPS request to close branches

July 20, 2009

USPS Planning To Implement Five-Day Delivery By Fiscal Year  2011
National League of Postmasters
- Strategies for FY 2010 include Network Distribution Centers, increased usage of Flat Sequencing, continued reduction in delivery routes, the consolidation of stations and branches, and further administrative reductions. The Postal Service hopes to implement 5-day delivery by FY 2011. If all of these strategies are implemented, the Postal Service projects a move back into black ink in FY 2012. PMG Briefs Management Associations, Unions  |Comments (131)


USPS OIG Brainstorm Ideas Part 2 With Poll

.".we’ve attempted to develop poll questions to highlight the common themes, and get your reaction as to the relative importance of these items." One of the poll themes: Cut management or supervisory positions.  |Comments (100)


PRC’s Federal Register Notice On USPS Plan To Close Stations And Branches

Texas postal employee under investigation for dumping mail
Health Premiums Could Slam Retirees
Postal workers track down lost gift card


July 19, 2009

Fired Local APWU President Wins His Job Back

Clint Burelson, the President of the Olympia Local of the American Postal Workers Union made a triumphant return to his job at the Olympia Post Office on 7/11/09 shortly after his unjust firing was rescinded by the Postal Service as part of a grievance settlement between the union and the Postal Service. A 7 day and 14 day suspension against Clint for his union activities were also rescinded.  |Comments (121)


 White House pressured to fix postal budget crisis

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee with jurisdiction over the USPS , said he agrees with the unions that the bill won't fix everything. He said that lawmakers are looking at other fixes proposed by the USPS, including ending weekend delivery service and consolidating post offices. The unions, however, have been skeptical of those plans, he said. Lynch warned against a government bailout for the Postal Service, calling it the "last, most extreme option."  |Comments (104)

Fewer people and businesses are going the postal route

Hortonville officials fear its post office on its last legs


July 18, 2009

Sculptor Sues Postal Service Over Stamp With Photo Of His Sculpture
Sacramento postal worker accused of stealing gift cards
Postal Worker Sent to Prison for Stealing Money from Cards

The USPS Swears It's Not Shutting Down the Dallas Main Post Office

Neither snow nor rain nor recession nor technology?


July 17, 2009

PMG Briefs Management Associations, Unions On Current Situation Facing USPS - Employees need to know that the Postal Service has already taken steps to bring our Health Benefits in line with the rest of the federal government by the agreements that were reached with the unions and management association in the last round of pay agreements by increasing the employee contribution by 1% each year. Although there has been much discussion of the change to five day delivery, and that the change must have congressional approval and a change to the current law, it now appears that Saturday would be the day that delivery would be eliminated. In a five-day proposal, retail units would remain open on Saturday to provide service to customers. |


For 63 years Post Office has been 88-year-old Flora's family

New Mexico: Local leaders upset over postal meeting
APWU Urges Quick Action on Healthcare Measure


July 16, 2009

Postal Unions Seek White House Intervention

The presidents of the four major postal unions have asked the White House to address the “deepening crisis” facing the Postal Service, asserting that “the Obama administration must intervene now to avoid both a political and economic train wreck.” Federal Times: The Disappearing USPS Union Letter | Letter (PDF) Excerpt: "Its top executives are now saying that the USPS will default on a $5.4 billion payment to prefund future retiree health benefits on September 30, 2009. And its government affairs representatives are now telling Congressional staff that the Postal Service may not be able to make payroll in October and will be forced to issue IOUs instead." |


Postal Workers Picket Post Office

In 2008, we saw 255 grievances and so far this year we have seen over 100,” said [Carlos} Rodriguez, referring to grievances filed by postal workers in Brownsville, Texas. “This is ridiculous, but one postal carrier was reprimanded for going to the restroom. He had to prove that he actually went to the restroom and that he wasn’t goofing off.  Brownsville Postal Workers Stage Protest - Dozens of post office workers were gathered outside the Brownsville post office Thursday afternoon protesting poor working conditions, harassment, and even wrongful terminations. The postal carriers blame poor management, especially their postmaster .  |


155 Postal Employees in Cleveland Assigned Too New Jobs, Some Up to 330 Miles Away-  Some were assigned as far away as Harrisburg, Pa., or Lexington, Ky. The Postal Service has forced some employees to take an early retirement, he said. But it still has to trim its work force -- as gently as possible. They have to be at their new jobs by Aug. 15. |


Richmond (VA) Postal Employees Sing On America's Got Talent

Some Richmond postal workers really "delivered" Tuesday night! "The Spiritual Harmonizers" performed on Tuesday night's episode of "America's Got Talent". The group is made up of current and former Richmond postal workers...ages 21 to 76! They started out harmonizing while working in the post office, then realized they should form a group.  |


GAO's List Of Some Underutilized USPS Facilities

Officials at USPS, which has authority to enter into enhanced use leases and sell real property and retain proceeds, said that the Postal Service prefers to sell or exchange unneeded property. Officials said that USPS’s authority provides the agency with a strong incentive to actively sell or exchange underutilized property that has a high value. Because of the relatively streamlined process to sell real property, compared to other agencies, and its ability to retain and use sales proceeds for any USPS purpose without further congressional action, it has little incentive to enter into EULs and rarely does so.   |


OIG Reviews Estimates of Postal Service’s Liability for Retiree Health Care Benefits - As we began working with the Hay Group model regarding the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund we identified an error. We notified the Hay Group and they acknowledged the error. The error was computational in nature and did not affect their overall conclusion, assumptions, or methodology. This results in lower projected annual payments for the Postal Service. Specifically, to reach the same OPM funding goal, the Postal Service would make payments of $1.57 billion per year. |


Clarification On Use of APWU FMLA Forms

In response to a letter from the Postal Service stating that the APWU’s FMLA forms are not equivalent to the Department of Labor’s FMLA forms, the union has written the Postal Service clarifying our position on the use of the forms.  |


H.R. 22: Inaction in the Senate

the Senate is not going to move forward on companion legislation to H.R. 22 until the Postal Service, OMB and OPM create a “legislative proposal.” Nevermind that there is already a legislative proposal, H.R. 22, which passed the House Oversight and Government Reform committee unanimously last week. The Senate wants a new one.  |


Postal worker advised drug trafficker about mailing dope, prosecutors say.

Money Orders and Imprinting Machine Missing After Ucon Post Office

Chicago Mail Handler charged in 2 more sex assaults

Rural postmaster charged with theft

New Castle Postal Meeting - Union collects 14,000 signatures

Blighted Farmington post office draws complaints

Man's best friend may follow post office to new home

Firms offer postal discounts

July 15, 2009

Postal Worker Fired For Excessive Use Of Military Leave Wins Partial Court Victory - Richard Erickson, a distribution Clerk was removed from his position for using excessive military leave. Erickson filed an MSPB appeal under USERRA, asserting that he was improperly removed because of his military service and requested reinstatement.  MSPB found that USPS violated USERRA by removing Erickson from his position but nevertheless denied him any relief. The AJ's decision was based on the determination that Erickson subsequently waived his reemployment rights under USERRA by abandoning his civilian employment in favor of a military career. The court found that Erickson did not use excessive military leave.   |

Bomb squad called over nose hair trimmer at post office

USPS Revenues: Falling Faster Than Expected

PRC Schedules Hearings For GameFly Discrimination Complaint Against USPS

NJ Congressman Blasts USPS On Plan To Close Station

Mail carrier saves three from fire

Cleveland Looks to Consolidate 16 Post Offices

Car, postal truck crash; 2 men injured

Open house will address post office consolidation

Round one to residents in mailbox dispute


July 14, 2009

Burrus Update: Changes and Challenges

In response to the staggering decline in mail volume, the Postal Service has implemented significant changes to the postal network, with more to come. Many of the changes have had an adverse impact on employees — including widespread excessing, the loss of the equivalent of 100,000 jobs in the last four years through attrition, and a significant reduction in the number of hours worked by part-time flexibles. And, as the USPS continues to face financial difficulties, management plans to make additional cuts to the postal network and to service.  |


USPS Prepares For Five-Day Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is drafting a plan for switching to five-day mail delivery — and for overcoming strong opposition to the idea from labor unions and Congress. An internal study group, composed of managers from across the Postal Service, has been working privately for three months to figure out the complicated logistical changes involved in switching to five-day mail delivery. Those include creating new schedules for the transportation network that moves mail across the country, for example, and major reductions in work hours for carriers and other employees.   |


Can This Life Ring Save the Postal Service?

A House committee has thrown the U.S. Postal Service a lifeline, but it won't be substantial enough to allow the agency to fully escape the financial quicksand pulling it under. Postmaster General John E. Potter says that while he is grateful for the relief the bill would provide, "it's quite simply not enough." Fact-checking Congress - USPS has said it won’t be able to make a required $2.3 billion payment into its retiree health care trust fund. But there’s never been any talk of missing payroll.  |


Will Postal Rates Decrease Next Year?

Small Town's only mail collection box could soon disappear

Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Big Scary Dogs

CT: Bridgeport Postal Clerk Pleads Guilty

Ohio: Canton Three post offices may be closed

Postal carrier sentenced for stealing mail to cash check


July 13, 2009

USPS OIG : Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service

The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis and needs to pursue every option it can to improve its net income. Pushing the Envelope thought it might be a good idea to ask for your thoughts. How do you think the Postal Service can save money or raise additional revenue?  |


Terrain is toughest part of Pittsburgh letter carriers' jobs

..many local carriers, weather and the occasional irate dog are mere annoyances compared to the terrain of Pittsburgh's hilltop communities. In addition to the steep grade that characterizes [Rene] St. John's route, there are homes that can be accessed only by walking up or down 40 to 50 wooden steps that snake along hillsides. |


Michigan: Union claims sorting switch will slow mail

Learn from Postal Service
Postman launches program to encourage letter writing
Missed Opportunities

Cutting post office hours will make bad situation even worse

OMG! E-mail, texts replacing art of letter writing


July 12, 2009

Is the Dallas Main Post Office about to close?

On Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at Mountain View College, the U S Postal Service held a Public Forum regarding the closing of the Main Post Office. There was only one problem, the public wasn’t there. They (the USPS) said they notified you. They said they sent out notices and posted the meeting time and place, but you chose not to come, because you just don’t care. Funny, the Mayor and the City Council didn’t know, until we notified them. The media didn’t know until we told them. |


Post Office in Downtown Milwaukee Removes Gay Pride Stamp Exhibit  - Maggi Cage was thrilled when she was asked to help set up a gay pride display in the lobby of Milwaukee's downtown post office. The display had lasted less than four hours. It was created the morning of June 1, the very day President Barack Obama proclaimed LGBT Pride Month in America, and came down that afternoon. Marge Oehlke, spokeswoman for USPS in the Milwaukee area, said she removed the material. "It did not fit our qualifications," she said. Cage smells intolerance at the post office.   |


Secrets of the post office

Feds Should Be Smarter About Closing Post Offices

Delivering Letters to Your Inbox

Feeling the squeeze
Dramatically Reduce Junk Mail in 3 Easy Steps
Postal worker to plead guilty to stealing $2,800 from Post Office


July 11, 2009

NALC: USPS Pushing Ahead On Five-Day Delivery Study

"On June 10, 2009, USPS informed NALC that it was conducting a study of the impact of switching to five-day delivery and developing an implementation plan. The study was to be completed in 60 days. USPS sought our “input” and our views on the issues such a change would raise and the “impact” it would have. On July 7, we attended a meeting in response to our letter. We received none of the information or data requested. We were told that there were a lot of experienced, knowledgeable people in the Postal Service who understood the issues, had determined to explore dropping Saturday delivery, would conduct meetings and polls, and expected the draft report in a few weeks. USPS told us they “understood our position.”  |


NAPUS Hotline for July 10

Severe Weather Topples Mail Truck

Will you lose your post office?

Cost cuts on tap for local mail deliveries


July 10, 2009

NAPUS “Intervenes” in USPS Facility Consolidation Initiative

On Tuesday, NAPUS “intervened” in the deliberations that Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is undertaking relating to the Postal Service’s “Station and Branch Optimization and Consolidation Initiative. In May, the Postal Service announced that it will be examining about 3,200 postal stations and branches for possible “closure or curtailment.” Depending on the outcome of the initial review, and the remaining 1,600 stations and branches may be evaluated for closure or curtailment. PRC Initiates Docket to Review USPS Retail Network Optimization Plan  |


House Panel Votes Relief For Postal Service

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted Friday to approve HR 22, which would save the U.S. Postal Service $2.3 billion this year in health care costs. The bill allows the Postal Service to pay health care premiums for its current retirees using a trust fund designated for future retirees. APWU: House Committee Approves HR 22  | NALC: H.R. 22 Fact Sheet  |


APWU Locals Busy Fighting Plant Consolidations
APWU locals around the country have been busy fighting the consolidation of Processing & Distribution Centers - even as the Postal Service announced it was considering consolidating more than 3,200 of the nation's larger stations and branches. Latest Consolidation List   |


The End of the Postal Service? (PDF)
Has postal reform hurt USPS? While the Board of Governors has described the Postal Service’s business model as broken, it has not specifically proposed a better model. It should do so, in the form of amendments to the crippling statutes, setting forth exactly how its “business” should be shaped. Its justification has been, “Why squander our political capital on legislative proposals that will be dead on arrival?” Or, “The unions won’t like it and we need to work with them; besides, they have the political clout.” Sounds superficially reasonable, and that’s what it is, superficial. It is a serious mistake."  |


U.S. Postal Service to Receive Alternative Fuel Vehicles

The U.S. Postal Service will conduct a one-for-one replacement of 6,500 vehicles with 1,000 E-85 ethanol-capable and 900 gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles to its delivery fleet, part of a vehicle purchase by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The balance of the GSA purchase for the Postal Service will be fuel-efficient, four-cylinder vehicles, which will replace aging vehicles at postal offices and facilities across the country.  |


Mail Carrier's Reunion With Baby Turns Emotional

A mail carrier who likely saved the life of a newborn girl was recognized Thursday by his co-workers and representatives from Franklin County Children Services.  |


IL: Durbin-sponsored legislation will keep mail processing center in Quincy

Mail carrier attacked by dog for third time

USPS goes open-source with tracking system

NJ: Surf City Officials want their collection boxes back

Postal Going: The U.S. Postal Service is Shrinking


July 9, 2009

NALC Intensifies Effort To Save 6-Day Delivery

NALC President Fred Rolando is making it clear to the Postal Service and to Congress that ending six-day mail delivery to American households is unacceptable and this union will fight it with all the energy and power it can muster. “Termination of six-day delivery would open the floodgates to all other delivery services in America to fill the void, resulting in a continual diminution of postal service, especially in the cost-effective areas of package and specialty delivery in which lies the economic future of the Postal Service,” Rolando said.  |


USPS BOG Votes To Close July 15, 2009 Meeting To Public

At its closed session meeting on June 23, 2009, the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service voted unanimously to close to public observation its meeting to be held on July 15, 2009, in Washington, DC via teleconference.  |


Bailing the Mail
Can government return profitability to the Postal Service? The federal government came to the rescue of America's financial institutions, the automobile industry and others. But is it capable of returning its own U.S. Postal Service to profitability, or to the point where it at least breaks even?   |


Video: Postal Vehicle Towed While On Delivery Route

A Sacramento tow company is at the center of an investigation for towing a US postal van loaded with mail. The tow truck driver claims the mail carrier had parked in a disabled spot. Sacramento police stopped the driver before the mail van was impounded. So far no citations have been issued, but police are still investigating whether any laws were broken.   |


Dude! Who Moved The Stamp Machine?

Plans for Cape Cod mail Consolidation detailed
Mail distribution center in Pembroke Pines to lose major role
CMOs slash marketing budgets in 2009, direct mail takes hit


July 8, 2009

Postal workers weigh in on the possibility of five-day mail delivery - I got several emails from postal workers across the country who suggested dropping a day of delivery would do little to fix the various inefficiencies in the mail system. A retired postal worker from Arkansas wrote: "There are problems that need to be corrected, but that should start not on the bottom but at the top. There are too many management types running around trying to be important...It is not the cost of stamps that is driving the USPS into the poor house, but the salaries of these poorly trained managers."   |


10 Postal Employees Charged In Drug Investigation

(Cleveland) Seven current or former U.S. Postal Service employees and another person are charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking. Three more employees were cited for marijuana possession during the investigation where OIG agents confiscated crack, PCP, prescription painkillers, marijuana and a loaded handgun. Agents said the drug deals occurred at the mail distribution center or were arranged while the employees were on the job.   |


Mailman accused of on-duty hit and run

A Tracy mailman may face prosecution for an alleged felony hit-and-run after a June 24 car crash in which the CHP identified him as the cause of the crash. Jay Alan Negus was delivering mail when he turned left a little too early causing another driver to veer off the two-lane street to avoid him, according to the CHP accident report. |


Could your Post Office be closing this fall?

750 local postal employees sign petition to protest consolidation

Postal carrier recovering from robbery shooting

Post offices chopping hours

Firework destroys US Mail


July 7, 2009

USPS FERS Annuity Estimates Fall Short

by Don Cheney - It came as no surprise to me that few postal employees accepted the latest voluntary early retirement offer, especially those under the new retirement system, FERS. The USPS does not have an automated system to easily calculate the FERS Special Retirement Supplement. With 150,000 potential retirements this year, it was too time-consuming for the staff at HRSSC to calculate it manually for those eligible. The USPS should ask themselves, why aren't they using modern computer techniques to estimate the FERS Special Retirement Supplement for each eligible in FERS between MRA and 62? Is it because they would prefer to do a RIF?  |


Lawmakers Question Plans of Postal Service To Cut Costs

Lawmakers from both parties are resisting the Postal Service’s attempts to end Saturday deliveries and close branches in order to make up its budget shortfall. In past years when it faced deficits, the USPS borrowed money from the Federal Financing Bank, but the agency doesn’t want to approach its $15 billion credit limit. The agency has borrowed nearly half of its limit and can only borrow up to $3 billion each year. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said that she’s concerned that a reduction in service would lead to a loss in customers.  |


Texas: Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to mail theft

Calif.: Postman Sentenced For Stealing Mail, Gift Cards

Long-time postal clerk retiring from Isanti office

Postal carrier is good Samaritan twice in one day
U.S. Postal Service: Stamped out?

$50G reward for North Jersey post office bandit
Mail Carrier Credited With Saving Man's Life

Workers lobby to save jobs and facilities in Jackson


July 6, 2009

Few Postal Employees Take Latest Early Retirement Offer

Fewer than 2 percent of U.S. Postal Service employees who were offered a chance at early retirement last month accepted the offer — far less than postal management expected. The Postal Service offered early retirement to 147,937 employees; they were required to make a decision by June 16, with their retirement beginning no later than July 31. Just 2,505 employees accepted the offer — about 1.7 percent.   |


Rolando Assumes Role As President Of NALC

 Fredric V. Rolando assumed the presidency of the 300,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) today, following the retirement of William H. Young after more than 6 1/2 years as head of the postal union. The new president began his postal career 31 years ago as a letter carrier in South Miami, Florida. Holder of a degree in criminology and psychology from Florida International University, he became active in the union because of what he said was the antagonistic way management treated letter carriers.  Fredric V. Rolando   |


PMG Announces New VP Assignments

PMG Jack Potter announced the selection of Steve Forte as the new senior vice president, Operations. Marc McCrery will be acting senior vice president, Strategy and Transition.  |


Does Federal Law Limit Post Office Consolidation?

The laws of economics say the U.S. Postal Service needs to reduce the number of post offices. But the laws of the United States may say otherwise. As USPS embarks on a study to determine which of approximately 3,000 large post offices can be eliminated, it is seeking the Postal Regulatory Commission's blessing on the legality of its efforts. It asked the PRC late Thursday to rule that consolidation of some of the large "stations and branches" (which are mostly in urban and suburban locations) does not violate that clause.   |


Postal workers picketing in front of downtown Jackson post office

Plan would close Cape Cod mail processing center

Missin’ the Machines

Plans to save mural from old post office

Mailman? Rapist? Or Both

Keeping it all in the family

June is a slow month for TSP


July 4, 2009

Postal Union: Curbside Delivery Might Eliminate Jobs

Their comments come in the wake of a “final notice” recently sent out to Edgecombe County residents by a carrier who ordered them to install curbside boxes “so there will be no delay in your mail’s delivery to your home.” Dave Bellware, president of Branch 1321 of the National Association of Letter Carriers representing those working Rocky Mount, said the carrier violated postal service regulations by demanding the curbside boxes. |


A Michael Jackson Stamp?

The Rev. Al Sharpton will use an appearance at a South Los Angeles church Sunday to ask that a U.S. postage stamp be issued honoring Michael Jackson and call for a national day of mourning for him. archive: Michael Jackson Semi-Postal Stamp?   |


Packages missing, postal probe in progress
Nashville's Downtown Arcade post office once bustled with activity
The Facts and Fallacies of Online Shipping Costs
Thanks to electronic communication, letter-writing is a dwindling art

Traffic Accident Claims Life Of Longtime Local Mail Carrier
Former postmaster sentenced in theft - The former Vanceboro postmaster told a federal judge Thursday she stole $4,616 in postal money to feed a gambling habit


July 3, 2009

 Listen Up Postal Workers: Don’t Let USPS Management Cut Your Throat

By Lisa Herrera -  There is so much disruption on the work room floor with management running amuck excessing from almost every office. Why would any postal worker expose themselves to being terminated? Management is out to cut 100 million work hours by the end of this September. They are only half way to reaching their devastating goal. So why do some workers stretch their necks to be cut by an uncaring indifferent management?  |

First-class carrier's move upsets Pennsylvania town
Consolidation fears loom in Flint
Should the Post Office go to five-day mail delivery?

Area cries foul over post office closings
Postal Service extends Idaho mail pilot contract


July 2, 2009

Letter Carrier Shot In Face Trying To Stop Robber

Kim Yates, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in Indianapolis, identified the wounded man as Robert Norman, 54, a letter carrier with 29 years of experience.  Norman was in stable condition Thursday .Video: Carrier 'Did What He Had To Do'  |


Senior VP of Operations Galligan Ends 39-Year Career

Bill Galligan, senior vice president of Operations since 2005, will retire at the end of this month, ending a career that began as a New Haven, CT, letter carrier in 1970.  |


Documented Work Stress Patterns Implemented and Enforced: A Thesis - How the Ongoing Violation of the Guiding Principles of the United States Postal Service is Creating a Toxic Work Environment


Man arrested after shooting at postal truck

Editorial: Postal predicament

Mail-sorting operations to move off Staten Island, officials told

Video: Post offices might be closing up shop

Postal employee Ron Skovron retires

MI : USPS targeting Jackson Distribution Center for possible closure

Postal Pick-Up Slip Lists Number for Sex Hotline

Chicago Mail Handler charged in sex attacks

Postal worker pleads guilty to tossing mail into dumpster


July 1, 2009

USPS Meets With APWU On Plan To Consolidate Or Close Stations - At a meeting at USPS Headquarters on June 23, the Postal Service briefed APWU Clerk Craft officers about plans to consolidate operations in large stations and branches. Managers also provided the union with an updated list of 3,243 stations and branches in Level-24-and-above installations that are being reviewed. At the briefing, postal officials said that 740 already had been identified as candidates for consolidation and/or closing. Residents start petitions as USPS plans national review on consolidating branches | 13 Post Office Branches On the Line in Connecticut  |


Gun-wielding post office robber kicks in back door, locks clerk in room - The robber kicked in the back door at 1 p.m., pointed the weapon and locked the lone employee in a back room, said Josh Shandler, a U.S. Postal Service inspector. The clerk wasn't injured, Shandler said.    |


What's your hurry? Grand Rapids-area post offices collect mail only once a day - This revelation comes as the U.S. Postal Service is streamlining its operations by collecting mail once a day from its local sites, city Postmaster Chris Tinkham said. Many people believed that dropping off their mail earlier in the day -- particularly at the main post office on Michigan -- meant it would be processed earlier. Postal Service bumps up collection times  |


Postal Carrier's Letter Ignites Complaints

A recent letter sent out by one postal carrier stated that residents needed to have their curbside mailbox put up “so there will be no delay in your mail’s delivery to your home.” The letter stated that due to the down economy, the postal service waited six months for the residents to comply with this request. It also stated that the curbside boxes would help the letter carrier deliver mail more efficiently. But Postmaster Julius Jones said the letter sent out by a carrier, which he did sign off on, miscommunicated the situation. |


Internet, e-mail cuts big into post office business

Postmaster retires after 27 years

Post offices stamp out stamp machines

South Carolina Carrier Robbed at Gunpoint

Ark-La-Tex post offices may close

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