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House passes budget targeting postal, federal workers

the House of Representatives approved a budget bill that targets the earned health and retirement benefits of postal and federal employees. Comments (Count)

 

APWU files National Dispute over USPS removing scheme qualifications

The APWU takes the position that the notification dated February 20,2015 is a unilateral action in violation of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS will no longer require ‘scheme qualifications’ on postal clerk bid duty assignments

This is due to the continuing reduction in mail volumes requiring manual scheme knowledge. Furthermore, eliminating scheme qualifications on Clerk bid duty assignments will reduce the substantial annual costs for scheme training. Comments (Count)

 

USPS, Shame on you!

Shame on you, Mr. Postmaster General  Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG evaluation of Window Retail Customer Service

Between FYs 2012 and 2013, an increasing number of customers expressed dissatisfaction with the service they receive at retail facilities.  Comments (Count)

 

ABM Security challenging USPS $250 million contracts awarded to Command Security Corporation - CSC’s record of integrity and business ethics should render the company ineligible for award of the USPS contract.  (FAA).  Comments (Count)

 

USPS seeks to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier - USPS is asking a federal court to review and set aside the final order of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)  Comments (Count)

 

USPS awards contract for maintenance management worth up to $450 million -The contract was awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (JLL), located in Chicago, IL. The initial contract is for a two (2)-year base period and up to four (4) – two (2) year renewal option periods. The initial contract is estimated at $45,000,000 per year

 

USPS Re-Issues Policy on Oakland Postal Employees Calling 911 in Emergency

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit had confirmed that the policy at the Oakland distribution facility does in fact dictate that in the event of a medical emergency, an employee must find a supervisor, who must contact the postal police and ask them to call 911.  Comments (Count)

 

Updated: Tuesday | April 21, 2015  

LATEST POSTAL NEWS

Flashback: APWU President Vows to End Non-Union Members “Free Ride”

The following articles by Former National APWU President William Burrus (2007) and Oakland California Local #78 President Fred Jacobs (2004) addressing the issue of non- members. NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing.(4/21/15) Comments (Count)

USPS continues major changes in plant consolidation schedule – Updated April 17

Approximately 40 facilities are still scheduled for closure/consolidation in June, July and September 2015.Approximately 19 facilities scheduled for consolidation or closure in July  & September 2015 have had their move dates changed to “To Be Determined” (TBD). Four (4) facilities move dates were take completely off the schedule (for now) USPS modified plant consolidations schedule for April 18th

Here is a partial list of facilities scheduled to close or consolidate starting April 18,2015.  || Video: USPS finalizing relocation of Florence mail processing center ||  Mail processing ends at U.S. Postal Service Kalamazoo distribution center (4/16/15) Comments (Count)

Fort Worth postal worker with gun arrested after ordering co-workers to ground

A letter carrier faces an aggravated assault charge after bringing a gun into the Riverside Post Office Monday morning and ordering co-workers to the ground, police officials say. (4/20/15) Comments (Count)

USPS: Mobile devices helping reduce customer wait times

Postal retail employees are continuing to use new mobile technology for routine transactions, reducing the amount of time many customers spend waiting in line. . (4/20/15) Comments (Count)

USPS puts Gyrocopter flying mailman on paid leave pending investigation

They told him he was on administrative leave pending investigation and to stay away. Pilot says postal officials are telling him not to talk to the media | Homeland Security chairman: Gyrocopter pilot was 'going postal' (4/17/15)  Comments (Count)

NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing.(4/19/15) Comments (Count)

Video: USPS postpones closing Erie mail center after Pittsburgh says they’re not ready

During this transition period, all Erie mail will be canceled in Pittsburgh, meaning that's where they get postmarked with the date, and where the stamps are invalidated. However all that mail will still need to return to Erie's E. 38th Street facility to be sorted before delivery.  (4/19/15) Comments (Count)

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims after Young v. UPS

This is an update to earlier posts on the UPS EEO pregnancy case that cited USPS policy: UPS throws USPS, APWU under the bus in pregnancy bias case before U.S. Supreme Court. (4/19/15) Comments (Count)

Senator Carper Convenes Bipartisan Briefing on Postal Service Finances

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a bipartisan briefing on the state of Postal Service finances Thursday afternoon. The briefing provided an important opportunity for all senators to hear from the U.S. Postal Service along with key oversight bodies,     (4/17/15) Comments (Count)

 

OPM releases “Workplace Flexibilities Handbook” for updated federal leave policies

In a Memorandum sent from Katherine Archuleta, Director, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to all Heads of Federal agencies, she explained the new “Modernizing Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent and Improve Productivity” and announced the release of a new handbook.   (4/16/15) Comments (Count)

Ex-Abington PA postal worker admits scamming customers via smartphone

A Pennsylvania postal worker pleaded guilty Thursday in Montgomery County Court to credit card fraud stemming from his now former employment at the U.S. Post Office in Abington.   (4/16/15) Comments (Count)

Gyrocopter flying mailman appeared in federal court wearing USPS jacket, released on own recognizance

A condition of his release was that he be monitored via GPS, but Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson ordered that he will be placed on home detention in Tampa. Hughes asked at court how he would be able to work if he is confined to his hours. Also, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) wants to make an example out of Doug Hughes. updated  (4/17/15)  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker arrested after landing gyrocopter on lawn of US Capitol

Mailman’s friend warned Secret Service about plan to land gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol lawn. Florida rural carrier was trying to deliver a protest. Video: Who Is Doug Hughes? Inside the Mind of the Mailman Who Flew to Washington | That Time the Postal Service Actually Used Gyrocopters To Deliver Mail (4/15/15) Comments (Count)

 

Chaffetz Plan to Fire Federal Workers With Big Tax Debts Fails in the House

Employees of the federal government dodged a bullet Wednesday, as the House failed to pass legislation that would require federal workers to be fired if they fail to pay their federal taxes. (4/15/15) Comments (Count)

USPS selects 15 prequalified suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)

The United States Postal Service issued a Request for Information and Prequalification/Sources Sought for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program. The purpose of the RFI was to inform prospective suppliers on the USPS’s preliminary/draft specifications and plans for acquisition of NGDV fleet replacements.15 Companies Bidding To Make Next-Generation U.S. Postal Service Vehicle.|  AMP Holding, Inc. Advances in the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a Prequalified Supplier  (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

Senator McCaskill to Senate Colleagues: Postpone Postal Closings

Without Congressional compromise, the Postal Service will continue to confront drastic changes to its operations, thereby slowing service to millions of Americans who rely on it.  (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

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April 21,  2015

Congresswoman told about Tucson postal consolidation's negative impacts

Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters
OIG Asks: What Do You Think of the New Package Sorter?
6 bizarre items mailed through the U.S. postal system
Report Seeks Overhaul of Postal Service Surveillance Program

Bill would eliminate lawmakers' 'free mail'

 

April 20,  2015

Camber Wins $210 Million USPS Software Engineering and Development Services Contract

USPS to stop delivery at West Virginia development due to poor roads

Mail delivery to end at Sportsman's Paradise

Homeland Security chairman: Gyrocopter pilot was 'going postal

What You Haven't Heard About the Maya Angelou Stamp

Meet the Worst Post Office in America

Bronx: Hunts Point postal problems continue

 

April 19,  2015

NLRB Invites Briefs on Nonmember Fees for Grievance Processing

Among the issues raised by the Board is whether parties and amici believe the Board should adopt a rule permitting unions to collect fees from nonmembers for grievance processing. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Knife-wielding man mistakes stamp kiosk for ATM, tries to rob woman inside post office

 

April 18,  2015

Animal shelter rescues baby chicks at Georgia post office

Mail processing ends at USPS distribution center in Oshtemo Township

 

April 17,  2015

Kentucky Rural Carrier Recognized as 'Super Hero'

USPS finalizing relocation of Florence processing center

Amazon Drones Could Deliver a Package in Under 30 Minutes for $1

News Flash: New Postal Rates Slated for May 31

 

April 16,  2015

Tractor trailer, mail truck collide in NC, two injured

'No more missing mail': Phelan residents protest post office on Tax Day

At conference closing, UN official says innovation key for future of postal sector

USPS Roanoke operations expected to begin move to Greensboro on Saturday

Reader's View: Postal workers have always given excellent service

On Tax Day, Members Spread the Word: Your Post Office Receives Zero Tax Dollars

Dayton tax filers upset USPS didn't stay open

 

April 15,  2015

USPS: Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Carrier Routes

USPS ELM Revision: Back Pay Limitations

USPS revises policy for employee evaluations

Video: Residents Upset after USPS tells them to fix vandalized mailbox

USPS promises neighborhood in Vancouver, WA its own mail carrier after years of misdelivery complaints

Postal worker on Survivor finds dream comes with nightmares

Dogs Bite Beaumont Postal Worker

Yo, Mailman, Bring Me a Flounder and a Dozen Roses

North Platte: Last Appeal Sent for Post Office Relocation

 

April 14,  2015

NALC: Fast Track is heating up this week on Capitol Hill

Congress comes back to Washington this week after its spring recess, both the House and the Senate are expected to begin consideration of Fast Track legislation. NAPS: Take Action! Tell Your House Lawmaker to VOTE NO on Federal Employee Tax bill  Comments (Count)

 

USPS promises neighborhood in Vancouver, WA its own mail carrier after years of misdelivery complaints

 Problem blamed on high turnover rate for new letter carriers. Letter Carriers make $15.68 an hour and many don’t last long. The turnover rate is about 33 percent.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS: Illinois postal employee rescues small children from fire

A neighbor’s house was on fire and two small children were inside. The mother was screaming, “My babies, my babies!”  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Members Eligible For Maintenance Craft’s AOI Remedy Identified

Maintenance Craft employees who are eligible for a monetary remedy in the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) arbitration award have been identified, Director Steve Raymer has announced. . Comments (Count)

 

USPS rebounding from financial crisis, but needs to do more to goose revenue

Postal Service preparing move to new Iowa City post office

Postal History: The Pony Express Was Short-Lived and Costly
New head of stamp services to be named soon

UN Postal Conference Aims to Begin Work on Global Strategy -

Detroit: Filing Taxes At The Last Minute? The Post Office Won't Be Waiting Up For You

Canada: Concerns raised about impact of centralized mailboxes across Sarnia

 

April 13,  2015

San Francisco Post Office Struggles Without Electronics As Tax Return Crush Swamps Lone Clerk

The solitary mail clerk working the morning shift was plunged back into the pre-computer 1970s, with no cash registers working, no electronic postage meters, no electronic scales, and all stamps were affixed painstakingly by hand. Comments (Count)

 

Postal Worker injured after mail truck overturns in South Carolina

Two people were taken to hospital following a Friday afternoon accident that led to an overturned mail truck.

 

Will Postal Uniforms Be Tres Chic at New York Fashion Week?

USPS OIG: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Rand Paul Loses a Vote...For Using the Post Office!

USPS OIG: We’re Just Askin’

USPS OIG Utilization of Postal Service Data by the Chief Human Resources Officer (PDF)

USPS OIG: Seamless Acceptance Implementation (PDF)

Communities and Postal Workers United Spring 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

 

April 12,  2015

Open Letter to the P.M.G of the United States

Today's PMGs call postal workers their most important asset while they disrupt their work and home lives with insane staffing plans that don't work time and again. All this they do while deliberately delaying the mail.  Comments (Count)

 

U.S. Postal Shredder (USPS): Damaged Catalogs Spark New Business Idea

Catalogs are being damaged so frequently in the mail that one company has turned the problem into a new business venture. “A recent project involving a national catalog brand showed that 23 percent of the catalogs received by our field agents arrived in poor condition,” a US Monitor press release said recently. The U.S. Postal Service’s Flat Sequencing System earned the nickname “Flats Shredding System” from postal workers because of its propensity to mangle magazines, catalogs, and other flat mail. FSS is not the only likely culprit for increased catalog damage, however. Thinner catalogs, more saddle stitching (using “staples”) rather than perfect binding, and lighter cover paper – all of which makes them more prone to being damaged in the mail than the big-book catalogs. Full mailboxes may also be a factor.Comments (Count)

 

Correct the Maya Angelou Stamp

Will stamp collecting endure as snail mail continues to dwindle?

 

April 11,  2015

Video: Mail Carrier Hailed As Hero For Helping Toddler

Wilkes-Barre police took custody of a toddler after finding the child alone inside an apartment.

 

USPS and Japan Post jointly issue ‘Gifts of Friendship’ Forever stamps

Postal Worker remains in critical condition after mail truck crash in Maryland

 

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