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APWU: Behind the Scenes, Corporations Influence USPS Policy

Many of the most significant changes that have negatively affected the Clerk Craft and the Postal Service are the result of recommendations made by a little-known group that operates behind the scenes at USPS headquarters – the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, or MTAC  (5/17/15)   Comments (Count).

 

House Oversight Chairman requests info on assets, revenue for USPS “package delivery” products

GOP Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz seeks information from USPS about competitive product assets, revenue, service performance and other materials. Comments (Count)

 

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 | May 26, 2015  

LATEST POSTAL NEWS

USPS notifies APWU on updates to AMP consolidations and excessing

USPS Pacific Area notified APWU that it has canceled Involuntary Reassignments (excessing) in the Bay Valley and San Diego Districts .USPS Northeast Area also notified APWU of the moratorium on Area Mail Processing (AMP) consolidations for 5 events in Connecticut, New York and Massachusetts  (5/25/15)   Comments (Count).

An Unbelievable Story from a Former Postal Support Employee (PSE)

Although paid 20 hrs for 88 hours of work--This is far from a lack of work issue. This is all about reprisals and covering up Budgets, Securities and Falsified records to save their own a..es.   (5/25/15)   Comments (Count).

Video: PennySaver lays off workers, shuts down after 50 years without notice

PennySaver USA was acquired by OpenGate Capital in September 2013. Hundreds of PennySaver employees were told Friday they were out of a job — and without any notice. (5/25/15)   Comments (Count).

USPS puts nearly all plants scheduled for consolidation or closure on hold

USPS announced major changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation schedule in its Friday update. USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations from a scheduled move date to "To Be Determined." (5/22/15)   Comments (Count).

 

Is USPS suspending plant consolidations/closures?

***Update: Several Postal Employees respond to "rumor" on USPS plant consolidation - PostalReporter received an unverified "rumor" that USPS has placed a nationwide hold on plant closures a later date. As reported earlier, Senator Tom Carper is holding a roundtable today on rural postal issues. If the rumor is true it may be reported during this meeting. We will see...Remember this is only a rumor.   (5/18/15)   Comments (Count).

 

USPS settles NLRB complaint over data breach

In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach.  (5/23/15)   Comments (Count).

 

 Postal Disability Retirement: Overcoming the bias against Psychiatric Conditions

by Attorney Robert McGill - For Postal employees, the distinction between physical disabilities and psychiatric conditions often provokes greater concern, because Postal work is considered to be systemically “physical” in nature, and thus a resulting bias prevails because there is an expectation that proof of a more stringent “nexus” between one’s medical condition and the impact upon the positional elements is required.  Is there, then, greater difficulty in proving a psychiatric component in preparing, formulating and filing for Federal Disability Retirement benefits, when it comes to Postal employees?  (5/23/15)   Comments (Count).

 

New bill exempts Florida Rural Carriers from wearing seat belts while delivering mail

The state’s law requiring motorists to wear seat belts included limited exemptions. Greg Evers’ bill (SB 160) made an exemption for rural letter carriers  (5/23/15)   Comments (Count).

 

LGBT Postal Employees New Online Network

It is an opportunity to network with other LGBT employees as well as find support, news, resources, information about Postal LGBT policies, and LGBT philately.   (5/23/15)  

 

Video: One dead, 1 critical and 1500 USPS packages lost in fiery Portland OR crash

The fiery crash Wednesday that killed one man and critically injured a mail truck driver destroyed the vast majority of packages inside the truck. Video: Good Samaritans save postal trucker on fire in deadly NE Portland crash (5/22/15)    Comments (Count).

 

Is Check-Cashing Coming to a Post Office Near You?

APWU: A report by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released May 21 outlines the next steps for implementing postal banking, in which post offices would offer basic financial services – providing affordable banking transactions to every zip code in the US NALC statement on OIG’s report regarding USPS financial services||  USPS OIG: The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services (5/21/15)   Comments (Count).

 

APWU: Contract Talks Extended, to Focus on Economic Package

The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract. USPS, APWU extend contract talks, Negotiations with NRLCA reach impasse (5/21/15)   Comments (Count).

Man high on drugs hijacks postal vehicle after claiming mail carrier poisoned his whiskey

The postal employee, Landon Kucharski told officers he had parked his vehicle and exited it to make a door delivery. Kucharski stated he was confronted by Sage who claimed his whiskey was poisoned by Kucharski. .  (5/21/15)   Comments (Count).

Gyrocopter flying mailman faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison

Florida mail carrier indicted on Federal Charges For Flying Gyrocopter to U.S. Capitol Grounds. Doug Hughes Faces Up to 9 1/2 Years in Prison for Six Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses .  (5/21/15)   Comments (Count).

 

Senator Heitkamp Co-Hosts Discussion to Address Postal Needs of Rural America

Heitkamp co-hosted today’s roundtable discussion with Committee Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE), and Committee members Jon Tester (D-MT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). Focusing on Rural Postal Issues, Senator McCaskill Co-Hosts Roundtable || Senator Tester hosts roundtable on postal delivery in rural America (5/19/15)   Comments (Count).

UPS agrees to pay Feds $25 million over allegations of falsifying ‘Next Day Air’ delivery times

The settlement announced today resolves allegations that from 2004 to 2014, UPS engaged in practices that concealed its failure to comply with its delivery guarantees, thereby depriving federal customers of the ability to request refunds for the late delivery of packages.  (5/19/15)   Comments (Count).

USPS Launches Watch Us Deliver Campaign

The United States Postal Service launched an integrated marketing campaign today called “Watch Us Deliver,” which highlights recent improvements to Priority Mail™ l  (5/19/15)   Comments (Count).

Two Postal Employees charged with stealing $1.6 million in U.S. Treasury checks

Four individuals, including two PSE mail processing clerks employed at the Providence Processing and Distribution Center, have been charged for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to steal U.S. Treasury checks from the mail  (5/19/15)   Comments (Count).

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May 26,  2015

USPS introduces new site for postal employees to manage their health

Woman fatally hit by mail truck in Brooklyn

Boston: Long-awaited postal service move remains on hold despite Olympics push

USPS Extends Convenience of Forever Stamps to Mailing Postcards and Letters Needing Additional Postage

Mail carriers work hard to deliver mail

Postal Service Reduces Hours in Mount Washington

May 2015 Postal Inspection Service Forfeiture List (PDF)

New Delivery Vehicles Used by New Zealand Post

 

May 25,  2015

Suspect in Illinois Post Office robbery faces several firearms charge

 

May 24,  2015

Roswell, NM man in jail after terrorizing mail carrier

Two Texas Postal Workers under investigation over selling lists of mail-in voters

 

May 23,  2015

USPS charge customers new rates before May 31st effective date

 

May 22,  2015

Medal of Honor Recipients to Dedicate Vietnam War Stamps on Memorial Day

New Jersey Postal Worker Charged With Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Two Virginia postal clerks face charges of stealing money orders

 

May 21,  2015

Amazon Prime Now to offer one-hour delivery from local stores in Manhattan NY

Video: Good Samaritans save postal trucker on fire in deadly NE Portland crash

USPS to simplify 20 extra services, effective May 31

 

May 20,  2015

Video: Oklahoma mail carrier caught on tape tossing package

Lance Armstrong: USPS wanted sponsorship of team despite allegations of doping

Postal worker credited in arrest of man charged in Concord bank robbery

Queens postal worker busted for allegedly dumping 2,000 pieces of mail

Congressman Introduces bill to add Gender Equality-Focused Stock under TSP

New USPS Dog Attack List Rekindles Dallas Pit Bull Debate

Video: Mail theft ignored by Postal Service costs Florida woman $1,000

 

May 19,  2015

The USPS Facility That Deciphers Your Illegible Writing

Canada Post Refuses to Release Info About Delivery Complaints

New CMO Says Postal Service Has Data Act Together

U.S. lawmakers from Oregon decry mail processing center closures

Springfield mail processing operations on track to start leaving in July

Singapore's postal service reinvents itself for the digital age

Video: USPS warns Inola, OK neighbors to fix street or lose mail delivery

Talladega, AL police, US Postal Service investigating mail that turned up in dumpster

DM Readers Sound Off on the Digital Postal Service

 

May 18,  2015

Virginia Postal Clerk is the Talk of His Town

The Pound post office clerk trekked two-and-a-half miles to work that morning so he could open up and serve customers. Comments (Count)

 

Postmaster General promotes mail, digital technology at National Postal Forum

Senate Committee to hold roundtable on rural postal issues

Linns: Rate increase delay hits USPS hard

Postal Service Issues Limited Edition Missing Children Stamps

USPS Flag reminder: Always treat U.S. flags with respect

Postmaster pass-down

For Danny Glover, standing with postal workers is personal

Royal Mail to Deliver Bad News on Profits

Midstate mail carrier turns into a life-saver for one older woman

Tampa joins 'I Stand with Postal Workers' national day of action

 

May 17,  2015

APWU: Behind the Scenes, Corporations Influence USPS Policy

Many of the most significant changes that have negatively affected the Clerk Craft and the Postal Service are the result of recommendations made by a little-known group that operates behind the scenes at USPS headquarters – the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee, or MTAC PMG’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) Receives USPS Partnership for Growth Award (5/17/15)   Comments (Count).

 

Video: Police investigating incident that led to short standoff with postal worker

Crash damages Fort Walton Beach FL Post Office

County avoids legal fight with Postal Service over scales

Downtown Milwaukee post office being sold for $12.8 million

Dozens sickened at NJ postal annex amid report of sweet odor

How a drug dealer's IP was found out by package tracking

 

May 16,  2015

USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated May 15, 2015

Video: A post office may close due to 1980s TV star’s bankruptcy

Houston jury convicts former Postal Supervisor of stealing more than $76,000 from USPS

 

May 15,  2015

USPS introduces eight-week Management Essentials training for new Postal Managers

The eight-week Management Essentials course is required for new managers in processing, maintenance and customer service operations.     Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service must do better job in serving rural areas

Rep. Richmond and Mayor Landrieu fight planned shutdown of New Orleans mail processing facility

Writer: Mail carriers not to blame for faulty mail delivery

Ohio Postal Worker killed in crash

Video: Two Virginia mail carriers get probation for dumping over 2,000 pieces of mail

 

May 14,  2015

House Oversight Chairman requests info on assets, revenue for USPS “package delivery” products

GOP Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz seeks information from USPS about competitive product assets, revenue, service performance and other materials. Comments (Count)

 

First-Class Mail Delivery Slows in First Months of the Year

Newly-released figures from the U.S. Postal Service show drops in on-time delivery for first-class stamped mail for the first three months of this year,   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service Releases Top Dog Attack Rankings by City

To kick-off next week as National Dog Bite Prevention Week, the U.S. Postal Service released its top 30 dog attack city rankings and offered tips to reduce dog attacks to letter carriers.   Comments (Count)

 

Former postmaster gets probation in mail theft case

Lee County letter carrier food drive nets 401,478 pounds

Australia Post hands lifeline to ailing rural and remote post offices

Mail carriers are in Million Mile Club

Hackers posing as USPS to get private information

Seven Totally Bizarre and Effective Things You Can Send Your Enemies as Revenge

Canada: Letter carriers left out in the cold

Crash propels mail truck into house

Video: Florida mail carrier discovers apparent murder-suicide

Brookline MA Man Faces Charges After Threatening to Shoot Mail Carrier

Wal-Mart challenges Amazon with unlimited shipping service for $50 per year

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