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USPS seeking Reduction in Force (RIF) Administrator

USPS created news position to develop and implement policies and procedures governing the conduct of all reduction-in-force activities  Comments (Count)


USPS to assign duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians - According to USPS the National Recycling Program involves backhauling recyclables from Associate Offices (AOs) to its servicing Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).   Comments (Count)

DOL sues USPS on whistleblower retaliation against 35+ years postal worker

"The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions,  NDC managers referred to the more than

35 yrs BEM Maintenance employee variously as a disgruntled, drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist." .  Comments (Count) 


Appeals Court upholds firing of Postal Manager with 44 years of service

The proposed removal was based on charges including a failure to report an accident (dog bite) and multiple failures to perform assigned duties.  Comments (Count)  

USPS to resume consolidations next year for up to 82 facilities

The Postal Service will continue the network rationalization of its mail processing operations next year,  Comments (Count)


Editorial: USPS Gearing Up for Contract Talks

management is signaling probable targets for hard bargaining. On the bargaining table will likely be health benefits, pay, leave, holidays and work flexibility . Comments (Count)  

GAO: USPS conversion from door-to- door to less costly delivery could yield large savings  .Comments (Count)


USPS Fights Federal Agency and Foreign Business in latest Trademark cases USPS files petition to protect its brand and files protest against federal agency’s attempt to register “post office”  Comments (Count)

Editorial: Traps in the Pittman vs. USPS EEO Settlement

by Don Cheney - Buried in the Release are some severe consequences to be aware of  


USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,

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30 Members of California House Delegation Urge PMG To Reject USPS-Staples Pilot Program -

 Staples Protest is not just about the jobs of postal workers; it’s saving middle-class jobs  Comments (Count)

OIG: USPS does not track sales or know how many historic properties it owns

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USPS lost over $1 billion with prefunding for Jan 2014; operations income $122 million without - . Comments (Count)
Appeals Court Upholds Demotion Of Postal Manager Claiming Whistleblower Retaliation   Comments (Count)

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

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Editorial: USPS New Night Rider Policy

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Old Cases, Not Recent Injuries, Are Driving Up USPS's Workers' Comp Costs

Most of the Postal Service's ballooning costs for workers' compensation result from injuries that are at least eight years old, according to a postal official."A majority of the workers’ compensation costs are attributed to employees who were injured prior to 2008," USPS spokesperson Darlene Casey wrote this week in a comment on Dead Tree Edition. PR note: The OIG report on Injured Postal Workers is not telling the entire story.   (8/31/14) Comments (Count)

NY Fire Department Lieutenant charged in connection with mail stolen from letter carrier at gunpoint A Brockport, NY Fire Department lieutenant is charged with theft of stolen mail, mail fraud, theft of public money, forgery of endorsement of treasury checks.... In 2013 a U.S. Postal Service carrier was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail to an apartment building in Brooklyn, NY.  (9/01/14) Comments (Count)

NALC Branch President Jim Falvey: Congress has created Postal Service crisis

While Congress is certainly key to a long-term solution to USPS woes, the current postal management is using a phony financial crisis to dismantle the largest, most efficient, reliable and affordable communications and delivery system in the world. (8/30/14)

Maine postmaster accuses employer of retaliation after death threats against her - An EAS-15  Postmaster, who has been on medical leave from the Postal Service since August 2013, claims in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor that instead of taking the threat against her more seriously, her supervisor became angry and “began to treat her in a hostile manner.” Mallard claims additional adverse employment action when the supervisor said her that 25 year career with the postal service was in jeopardy because of an administrative mistake she had made. He referred to Mallard's mistake as “falsification of timecards.”   (8/30/14)

To RIF or Not to RIF

Reduction in force is a term that frightens most federal workers. It means uncertainty, potential loss of a job, disruption, and usually more questions than answers. Buyouts are not what they used to be. When buyouts were first introduced in the 1994 Workforce Restructuring Act, employees were offered up to $25,000 to voluntarily leave..Twenty years later, buyouts are still $25,000, even though the amount should have increased to $39,300 to keep pace with inflation. (8/31/14) Comments (Count)

CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary

Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed.  (9/01/14)

NALC: Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year to be honored

Letter carriers who emptied burning buildings, rescued a boy from a predator, saved a heart attack victim or brightened holidays will be honored Sept. 10. (8/30/14)

Napa and Vallejo Postal Employees rally to deliver after California quake

Napa and Vallejo employees pulled together despite changes in routine, with no break in mail service for either community. The quake closed four Post Offices.  (8/29/14)

State of the Business: PMG reports on new initiatives

With more customers taking advantage of e-commerce, Donahoe says it is critical to scan and deliver each package accurately and on time. Customers today expect more real-time updates and faster delivery.  (8/28/14)

Video: Tennessee Mail Carrier Falls out of Truck, Truck Hits House

A mail carrier is recovering after falling out of her mail truck while delivering a package Wednesday afternoon.  (8/29/14)

Legal: Postal Inspectors 11-year battle for overtime pay ends after Supreme Court rejects petition - The Postal Inspectors alleged that the Postal Service failed to pay their proper wages for (i) hours they worked in excess of forty hours per week and (ii) hours they worked on duty assignments. The trial court found that the Postal Inspectors could not assert claims under the FLSA because they were governed by a different compensation standard. After 11 years it appears their 11 year battle is over.  PR note: Regular posting of postal news will resume next week  (8/28/14)
USPS OIG: Postal Service can’t find 35 leased trailers from the New Jersey Bulk Mail Center- The OIG has issued over 19 reports covering leased trailers from March 30, 2001, through September 28, 2009  (8/28/14)

Court rules FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors

Some 2,300 past and present FedEx drivers in California and 360 in Oregon are employees, not contractors, and are entitled to overtime and other benefits because of the extensive control the delivery company exercises over their work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.   (8/28/14)

Whistleblower Says Northrop Knew It Would Miss USPS Order Deadlines

A whistleblower shot back Monday at Northrop Grumman’s motion to dismiss a federal False Claims Act suit, saying the case contains genuine issues of fact and strong evidence that the company failed to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million to the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS manager of the automation division, Mark Guilfoil, testified that “at the time of, and prior to, the award of the production contract to Northrop Grumman no one at Northrop Grumman identified risks concerning ITC performance. (8/27/14)

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated August 21

The USPS plant consolidation schedule for 2015 was updated August 21, 2014  (8/26/14)

EEOC annual report on USPS workforce and complaint processing activities

The FY 2011 &2012 EEOC Annual Report presents work force profiles of the USPS and examines the agency’s EEO complaint processing activities.  (8/26/14) Comments (Count)

USPS post office in Sandy Hook, VA is inside village post office?

a Village Post Office AND US Post Office in the same building? The post office AND village post office share the same address within the Wood’s Sandy Hook store in Sandy Hook, VA. The postmaster earns over $51,000 per year and the postmaster relief earns $16.80 per hour.   (8/25/14) Comments (Count)

Largest Earthquake to Hit California Bay Area since 1989 damages Napa Post Office - California quake damages four Post Offices-The earthquake is the largest in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.The earthquake rocked the San Francisco-Oakland area, sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings. PR note: Regular posting of postal news will resume next week. Info: Assistance for Postal Employees affected by California earthquake in Napa & Solano Counties (8/25/14)

COLA Increases effective September 6, 2014

Pay date for COLAs - Sept. 26 for APWU: $686 (COLA) | |NALC: COLAs total $1,227  ||

Mail Handlers COLAs total $1,227  (8/22/14)

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September 02, 2014

Delaware Senator Says the Time is Now For Action on Postal Reform

USPS Employment Levels Have Stabilized

No rain on their parade but labor worries remain


September 01, 2014

First female letter carrier of Hazelton, PA looks back at 35 year career

‘Snail mail’ still kinda cool


August 31, 2014

Michigan Mail carrier ends postal career of delivering sunshine as much as the mail

Postal cutbacks deliver harsh blow to little Nemo


August 30, 2014

Video: Florida Mailman suffers laceration to head after grandmother crashes head-on

Former Ohio mailman linked to stolen credit cards


August 29, 2014

California Hot Rods Get Postal Service Stamp of Approval

Video: Colorado couple says USPS can’t stop package from circling back and forth

West Virginia letter carrier sentenced for selling drugs while on duty

Video: USPS hiring City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) Nationwide

Video: USPS Systems at Work

Will the U.S. Postal Service Be Broke Again in 4 Years?

Strike a blow for democracy - save Canyon's post office

Kroger Plus card links ex-mailman to stolen credit cards

Aurora couple says USPS can't stop package from circling back and forth

Wallingford: Postal workers fight for jobs


August 28, 2014

PRC Issues Regulations for USPS Market Tests of Experimental Products

San Francisco. post office evacuated in hazardous materials scare

Postal worker sent to hospital after vehicle rollover

Postal workers quarantined after unknown powder spill

More Colorado Pot Seized in the Mail, Report Says

Letter carrier busted for allegedly stealing cash, gift cards from mail

Last post: U.S. mail service winds down in Afghanistan

Editorial: Post office questions warrant answers

Postal worker sent to hospital after vehicle rollover in Niskayuna NY


August 27, 2014

Audit Finds USPS Isn't Backing Up Essential Data

Driver crashes through wall of Fairfield (MT) Post Office

Postal worker retires after 20 years

Why Postal Banking Won't Work

Village Post Office Concept Catching on in Southern Virginia

Elmira Letter Carrier Retires After 45 Years

Fox Still Working to Privatize the Post Office

Union says loss of Erie postal facility would end next day delivery


August 26, 2014

PRC seeking input on defining USPS’ other public services or activities

The Postal Regulatory Commission has established a Docket to invite public comments on the meaning of “other public services or activities” by the Postal Service 


Postal vans set on fire in Illinois

Video: Two Milwaukee female mail carriers, attacked while on the job

Animal Activists petition to stop USPS from selling Ringling Bros. circus stamps


August 25, 2014

Are USPS Changes Leading to More Work-Related Injuries?

Letter carriers and other postal employees have been saying for several years that changes at the Postal Service would lead to more job-related injuries. A new report suggests they may be right.    Comments (Count)


Lansing IL mailman will be missed

'Right at the top' : Forest City 's post office mural


August 24, 2014

Rural Carrier Pays  $75,765.28 For Workers' Comp Fraud as part of $232,346.94 In Court Ordered Fines and Restitution

Reader: Retirement fund law is killing postal service

Residents affected by rural post office changes

Skeletons: Postal workers of the past


August 23, 2014

How to Save the Postal Service and Boost the Savings Rate

With changes coming, Smith postmaster decides to retire


August 22, 2014

USPS finances for July continue to show profit without prefunding

USPS financial statement continues to show a financial loss ($353 million)  with the PAEA required pre-funding for retirees health benefits and a profit without ($60 million) for the month of July (10 month of the FY 2014).   Comments (Count)


20Stamps App – Turn Photo into Real US Postage

Here is an app I found looking for something else. It appears the app was launched in June of this year. 


USPS Truck Flips in Midland, TX

Video: Wrong-way driver dies after colliding with postal truck

Louisiana Postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash

USPS Sneek Peek: Stamps featuring Rudolph, Wilt Chamberlain, others coming this year


August 21, 2014

Deputy Postmaster General’s Visit to Vancouver, WA Draws Ire of Protesters

Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman drew the ire of dozens of postal workers and community allies when he visited Vancouver this morning. Carrying signs, picketing and chanting, the protesters massed at the entrance to the 2014 Mailers Conference at the Convention Center Hilton. “   Comments (Count)


PMG appoints 2 former USPS Board members and 2 others to stamp advisory committee - PMG Pat Donahoe has appointed four new members to the committee that helps him choose stamp subjects  Comments (Count)


USPS' Rate Reductions May Pose a Threat to UPS and FedEx's Market Share

My Plan to Replace the Postal Service's Truck Fleet

Texoma Postmasters Affected by Upcoming Postal Program

Former Waynesboro Postal Worker Sentenced for Failure to Deliver


August 20, 2014

Dear Colleague Letter Sent to All House Members Seeking Moratorium on Postal Closures - The primary message of an NPMHU-endorsed August 15, 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter by Congressman David Joyce sent to all House members is to Support the Preservation of First-Class Mail Delivery Standards. In response to the United States Postal Service’s plans to close 82 mail processing facilities throughout 37 states in January of 2015  NAPS send Letter to House Members supporting 1-year Moratorium on USPS closures Comments (Count)


Deputy PMG: USPS reports quarterly losses in the $2 billion range due to pre-funding How bad is the outlook for the Postal Service? Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general, doesn’t hesitate.    Comments (Count)


APWU: Bipartisan Group in House calling for moratorium on USPS cuts and closures - Tell Your Congressman: Sign the Letter! A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery.

NALC fights back against plant closures, consolidations

“This ill-conceived idea will do nothing but disrupt residential and business customers from receiving timely deliveries -- ultimately leading to more late deliveries and driving away business,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.   Comments (Count)


NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info on Staples Deal

USPS Guilty of Bad Faith, Unlawful Tactics - Shortly after the program got underway in October 2013, the APWU requested detailed information about the terms of the arrangement as well as correspondence between the USPS and Staples. The Postal Service claimed the union had failed to establish the relevance of the information it sought and said the APWU’s request was “overly broad” and “burdensome.” Management also asserted that much of the information was confidential.   (8/20/14) Comments (Count)  Staples Joins USPS’s Approved Shipper Program

Customers who currently use one of the 82 Staples locations for their mailing and shipping needs can continue to do so, just as they had done during the pilot. The transition into the Approved Shipper Program at these locations will have no effect on the product offerings or the convenience of being able to ship and mail on nights and weekends  (8/20/14) Comments (Count)


California Man Charged with Stealing Batteries from USPS Mail Trucks

Garcia stole vehicle batteries from U.S. Postal Service mail trucks parked at the U.S. Post Office in Selma.   Comments (Count)


Video shows Atlanta mail carrier throwing fragile package onto home’s doorstep

The video shows how one mail carrier delivered one package in Atlanta on Monday, when he might have thought no one would be watching. 


Mail Handlers, USPS reach agreement on bidding rights during probationary period

Video: DC Mail carrier says she was assaulted over missing mail, but police tell different story

Postal worker finds young man dead at East St. Louis home

Meet The Latest Uber For Home Delivery: Uber.

Mailman to the rescue

USPS: If postal employees have questions about ice bucket challenge

Mailman mugged in Lexington, KY neighborhood

With FedEx And UPS Rate Increases Looming, Shippers Explore Their Options

Staples Is Closing A Ton Of Stores



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