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USPS 911 Policy may have caused critical delays in death of Oakland Postal Worker - (Oakland, CA) No one saw how postal ckerj, was injured but coworkers later said they found him lying on his back, barely conscious.   Comments (Count)
Senator Sanders: New PMG pursued damaging proposals to cut services and eliminate jobs - “Despite increased revenues and some very positive trends, Postal Service management seems hell-bent on slowing down mail delivery    Comments (Count)

Carper Questions Brennan’s Appointment as Postmaster General

ISen. Tom Carper (D-DE)  questioned the choice of Postal Service COO Megan Brennan as Donahoe’s successor. Carper: If USPS Board of Governors nominees not confirmed soon=No quorum=No postal business  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Q & A on cyber intrusion and employee data compromise -Why were employees not told of the breach immediately after it was discovered? Comments (Count)

 

USPS National Plan to change Postal Employees work schedules starting in January 2015 - The "Realignment" deals with three parts, changing service standards to end overnight and add a day for most first class mail, closing 82 more plants, and changes to mail processing.  Comments (Count)

 

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 31, 2014

A lot of changes in this update of USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule. Some dates for closing plants have been moved up or back by several months Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period, New Leave Year

 

Famous Postal Workers- includes former heavyweight champion and Olympian

The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.  Comments (Count)

 

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA)

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) .  Comments (Count)

 

US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex


USPS's latest solution for aging Long Life Vehicles--keep body, replace frame

USPS would like to retain the best qualities of the current right hand drive long Life Vehicle (LLV) without having to redevelop what has been proven to work. (9/9/14) Comments (Count)

 

  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

USPS moving ahead with plans to consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities in 2015 -  This week the Postal Service said they will move ahead in 2015 with the next phase of its plan to consolidate up to 82 of its mail processing facilities. 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated December 12, 2014(12/17/14) Comments (Count)

Sen. Carper calls story on strong-arming his colleagues "hogwash"

We did everything we could have thought of, but he idea of trying to put it into a bill of that nature, I don’t think that makes a whole lot of sense,” Carper said. How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus Lawmakers attempted a last-minute maneuver to include a major overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown, but several Senate Democrats objected and stymied the effort. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. tried to strong-arm members of his own party into adopting the plan, When the lawmakers at last week’s meeting told Carper it was too late to move forward with such a sweeping bill and said they should instead focus on preventing the facility closures Carper rejected the proposal. In fact, Carper said those who opposed him would bear the blame for the consolidations. Carper attempted to strengthen his position by threatening to allow the Postal Service to follow through on its plan to shutter 82 processing plants next year, which will lead to loss of at least 7,000 jobs and the relocation of even more.  NAPS: Carper and Coburn’s last ditch effort to push postal reform bill FAILS  | Omnibus spending bill retains 6-day delivery, but no provision to halt USPS plant closures (12/15/14) Comments (Count)

The Case for Postal Banking

Kevin Drum should do his homework. His blog post about postal banking reveals a fundamental lack of understanding about the needs of the “unbanked” (12/16/14) Comments (Count)

Postal workers overwhelmed by flood of Amazon Sunday deliveries

USPS is straining to keep up with the volume of packages being delivered on Sundays, with some carriers complaining of 12-hour days and weeks without a single day off. (12/16/14) Comments (Count)

USPS Board Of Governors create emergency committee in absence of quorum requirement - The Board of Governors of the Postal Service has adopted a resolution regarding the exercise of those powers reserved to the Board upon the loss of a quorum of the Board. (12/16/14) Comments (Count)
Ex-Postal Worker sentenced in $1 million Tax Refund fraud scheme
Identity theft unfortunately has become the crime of choice given the availability or stolen or lost personal information. The letter carrier was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail theft.  (12/16/14) Comments (Count)

Video: Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Talks with USPS Over 911 Policy

Rep. Barbara Lee has spoken with leaders “at the highest level” of the USPS about a policy that instructs employees to first call security when they witness a medical emergency—not 911. (12/15/14) Comments (Count)

New York Postal Worker Pilfers Credit Cards for Shopping Spree

Investigators determined that the postal worker intercepted the cards used to make the fraudulent transactions while employed as a City Carrier Assistant. (12/15/14)

Video: California’s Lone River-Route Postal Carrier Says “It’s No Big Deal”

As Santa readies his reindeer, and U.S. postal carriers take to their feet and trucks, one person delivering the mail this holiday season will be dropping off packages by boat. Rick Stelzriedee signed on with the U.S. Postal Service as an independent contractor about two years ago (12/15/14)

NJ Highway Crash Sends FedEx Packages Flying 10 Days Before Christmas

A FedEx trailer flipped and ended up overturned on an Interstate 287 exit ramp in Mahwah, New Jersey, with parcels spilling onto the roadway in a giant pile, (12/15/14)

Millions rush to the post office on the busiest postal day of the year

 With only 10 days to go until Christmas, millions of people across the nation are grabbing last minute gifts and are heading to the post office. USPS expects more than 640 million pieces of mail on Monday

Last year 607 million pieces of mail were delivered during the holiday season, reflecting an increase Video: USPS expects billions of pieces of mail during holidays (12/15/14) Comments (Count)

APWU: Arbitrator Shyam Das awards USPS maintenance employees $8.64 million

18-year dispute over USPS "outsourcing" maintenance work settled. National Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that evidence presented in arbitration supports a finding maintenance bargaining unit employees had the skill and capability to install  cabling for the Local Area Network (LAN) services and the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) servers set up in the USPS Associate Offices.(12/13/14) Comments (Count)

USPS transferring letter carriers to work routes out of offices in nearby cities Mountain Lakes and six other municipalities in New Jersey will have postal carrier-route coverage transferred to offices in neighboring towns as the U.S. Postal Service consolidates operations. .(12/14/14) Comments (Count)

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December 17,  2014

Most Packages Safe Following Post Office Fire in Ohio

APWU: Custodian TL 5 Implementation Schedule (11/22/14)

Post office pays for broken antique, but how much?

 

December 16,  2014

Postal worker fails to deliver more than 2500 pieces of mail

FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days

USPS Halts Mail Delivery to Garden City Home for Weeks

 

December 15,  2014

Protesters storm Staples store, demand an end to postal contract

‘I’m just plain disgusted with the mail service': Akron woman’s ashes lost in mail

Driver [91] injures man [83] and kills his wife [74] in Post Office Parking Lot

Why Postal Service Officials Tossed and Turned All Nigh

USPS OIG: Which of these 3 options are you most interested in seeing the Postal Service pursue?

USPS OIG Audit Report: The Postal Service's Role as Infrastructure (PDF)

No Christmas Miracle Needed: USPS Working Overtime

USPS goes the extra mile to ensure packages are delivered -

Gonzalez will miss her customers

Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer statue stolen from California neighborhood

Local postal worker saves lives

 

December 14,  2014

The Post Office in Black and White, 1935-1944

 

December 13,  2014

Video: USPS “Important Moments” holiday ad

USPS: ‘We’re ready for the rush,’ PMG says

Postal Service workers and rural communities fear post office closures

 

December 12,  2014

PRC denies NAPS request to open inquiry on plant consolidations and expected mail slowdown - The National Association of Postal Supervisors had requested the Postal Regulatory Commission to assess the impact of the Postal Service’s planned consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities, slated to begin in January 2015. Also from NAPS: NAPS: Carper and Coburn’s last ditch effort to push postal reform bill FAILS - The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill winding its way through Congress impacts the Postal Service in several ways.  Comments (Count)

 

Goldway says Senator Coburn behind delay in confirmation of postal nominees

It also was a disservice to readers to present a sensationalistic, simplistic view of the meaning of my replacement. There are substantial policy issues at play that could affect the future of the Postal Service. Goldway replaced as Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman  Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Charges Postal Service with Illegal Surveillance of Staples Protests

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has charged the USPS with illegally spying on postal employees while they protested outside a Staples store in Atlanta on March 4 and 9, 2014. “Respondent has been interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of the rights   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Southern California Mail Thefts Linked to Organized Crime

“Organizations that are doing it now are those old gangs that have been around for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years,”  Comments (Count)

 

Millions rush to the post office on the busiest postal day of the year

 With only 10 days to go until Christmas, millions of people across the nation are grabbing last minute gifts and are heading to the post office. USPS expects more than 640 million pieces of mail on Monday -Last year 607 million pieces of mail were delivered during the holiday season, reflecting an increase Video: USPS expects billions of pieces of mail during holidays  Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS investigating cause of stalled deliveries as complaints rise

Steve Harvey, Martha Stewart tout benefits of shipping with USPS for the holidays

Delivering for America: USPS remains vital to the American economy, society

 

December 11,  2014

OIG finds problems with USPS Amazon Sunday Delivery at 40 of 134 hubs

 [link corrected] Operational inefficiencies existed during Sunday parcel deliveries in scanning, sorting, vehicle loading, and using the DRT software in street delivery at 40 of 134 hubs we visited in four districts.  Comments (Count)

 

NPR: Here's Why Retailers Keep Sending You Catalog

Hammond, Langley sworn in as Postal Regulatory Commissioners

The TSP by the Numbers

Senate Gridlock Freezes Postal Service Board

SUV Hits Post Office in Cross Lanes

Man used bad checks to buy $58K worth of stamps

USPS holiday delivery totals displayed on Times Square billboards

Connecticut postal supervisor gets 3 years in prison for trafficking drugs stolen from mail

Postal Complaint: Damaged Dollhouse

 

December 10,  2014

Omnibus spending bill retains 6-day delivery, but no provision to halt USPS plant closures - The bipartisan omnibus spending bill retained language calling for six-day mail delivery service, language that has been part of such bills for more than 30 years. But bill ignored the plea from Congress, unions and others to delay closing/consolidation of 82 postal facilities starting in January 2015.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Retired postal worker seeks $50K refund for health insurance overpayment - At this point it's unclear if anyone is responsible for refunding a retired post office worker, but she believes she overpaid tens of thousands of dollars and that she was over insured. She admits she should have better inspected her paycheck deductions, but still wants that money back. She is not alone.. alot of postal workers overpaid their health insurance after kids turned 21. Comments (Count)

 

Senate confirmed nominations of Hammond, Langley to PRC by voice votes

On December 9, 2014 the Senate confirmed nominations of Tony Hammond and Nanci E. Langley as Postal Regulatory Commissioners by voice votes. The PRC now has its required 5 members. The PRC should be in good shape. Hammond is a die-hard Republican and Nanci Langley was "instrumental in the development and enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA)." The PRC chairman and vice-chairman are both Republicans. So there are 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats leading the PRC. Also, Senate failed to confirm the nomination of current USPS Board Of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett by Monday deadline. As it stands now there are not enough members for a quorum in order to conduct postal business. Comments (Count)

 

Hoffa to Congress: Stop Bailout For UPS, Protect Retiree Benefits

Teamsters Call on Congress to Stop Special Exemption for Fortune 500 Company- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following statement from General President Jim Hoffa in response to reports that proposed pension reform legislation could be attached to the omnibus spending bill.  The proposed legislation that would result in a $2 billion bailout of United Parcel Service (UPS). Comments (Count)

 

USPS Handbook EL-312 Revision: Recruitment

USPS: Sunday success – expanded deliveries get results

Postal Service contractor faces embezzlement charge

Tennessee mail carrier indicted for misconduct, theft

Post office in Rudolph, Wisconsin, capitalizes on festive namesake to celebrate the holiday

Video: Stalled USPS deliveries disrupting eBay seller’s business

Letter carrier’s action aids injured woman on route

Man Accused of Attempting to Rob Vermont Post Office

 

December 9,  2014

Former USPS cyber security chief joins federal IT contractor

McGann retired from USPS  just eight days after it was announced a major cyber intrusion that potentially compromised the data of approximately 800,000 current and former employees.   Comments (Count)

 

Customer’s surveillance camera captures postal worker throwing package onto porch

California Postal unions host town hall meeting over Industry postal consolidation

Resident: Video shows mail carrier hit mailbox

Postal van driver injured in downtown collision

APWU: Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes

USPS and Blackhawk Network announce deal to sell gift cards at post offices

USPS May Seek a Rate Hike After All

48 jobs projected lost if Dakota Central postal facility closes

The Japanese Postal Service is Releasing Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Stamps

 

December 8,  2014

APWU Wins $56 Million Remedy for Postmasters Performing Craft Work

The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.     Comments (Count)

 

OIG recommendation to outsource mail processing operations would harm USPS and customers - Dr. Panzar finds that the Postal Service’s mail processing plays a vital role in ensuring the efficiency of the postal sector, even in the absence of economies of scale in mail processing. In other words, Dr. Panzar maintains that if the Postal Service abandons all mail processing and transportation of letters and flats, overall efficiency will decrease.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS customers can now use smartphones to buy stamps and postage labels

Postal Service customers can now use their smartphones to buy stamps and create printable domestic Priority Mail Flat-Rate postage labels   

 

Reward offered for armed robbery of mail carrier in Connecticut

Detroit Postal Worker says she stole mail out of ‘boredom’

Ralph Nader Talks With Mark Dimondstein About the Post Office

Digital SOS: How Technology Can Save the USPS

USPS Holiday Global Mailing and Shipping Dates

Mail volume surges as holidays near

USPS adds Sunday delivery in 22 Utah cities through Christmas, extended hours

Berkeley: Postal police remove protester tents

 

December 7,  2014

Business as usual for USPS on Dec 26

Mail Handlers Union - President Obama’s Executive Order only applies to “executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government.” President grants feds day after Christmas – will USPS follow suit with postal employees? Postal workers not included (in the Executive order (which is the same as previous years) allowing Feds an extra day off for Christmas. Several years ago APWU said it would address this issue in future rounds of bargaining. But USPS said  the cost  of closing the Postal Service for a day was estimated to be nearly $175 million.   (12/7/14)  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Top Compensated Execs list excludes Deputy PMG

The report was initially delayed to the USPS hacking incident. The report is also approximately 20-30 pages shorter than reports in previous years. The report does not include the full “Operating Statistics, ” “Financial History Summary” or “Trademarks” and more as in previous years.The report lists Top five (5) of USPS’s most highly compensated executive officers. USPS moving in right direction – operating revenues up 2nd second consecutive year   Comments (Count)

 

Open Letter to Postmaster General Select Megan J. Brennan

by Ronald Williams, Jr.- You must have the ability to see around corners. What will happen when mail slows down and facilities close? What will be the result of turning away existing customers? Surely inconvenient access will impact available services. Will small cuts lead to lacerations? Will you find a new competitive advantage when we lose revenue on a product?  Comments (Count)

 

‘Substantial Amount’ Of Mail Damaged In USPS Truck Fire While En Route From San Francisco To Los Angeles - Postal Service Truck Catches Fire On I-238 In Hayward, CA  

 

Video: Postal Worker's Christmas party for kids still going strong after 43 years

Christmas came early for some Milwaukee kids. Johnetta Borum was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin postal worker who wanted to help kids that may not receive gifts at Christmas time. Comments (Count)

 

Is U.S.P.S. a dead letter?

Photo: Letter Carriers delivering Christmas mail

 

December 6,  2014

President throws PRC Chair under the bus, WaPo misses the bus completely | Save the Post Office - the bogus travel issue was examined in a previous post back in February 2012. It was clear then, as it is now, that attacking Goldway for her travel expenses had nothing to do with the cost of her travels or whether or not her trips are appropriate or necessary. The attacks are about getting Goldway out of the way. Now they’ve finally succeeded.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Vehicle Crashes Into Car, Pickup In Holly Hills

Postal Service again considering closure of New Orleans processing facility

Report: Tucson would lose $49M in postal consolidation

Berkeley: Postal police remove protester tents

Customer upset after careless USPS delivery

 

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