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USPS Issues Primary Craft Determination: Mail Handlers to Perform Duties Associated with SPSS Operation Union received the Postal Service’s determination of craft jurisdiction for employees operating the Small Parcel Sorter System (SPSS)
Obama, GOP pushing cuts to Workers’ Comp for Federal and Postal Workers President Obama’s administration, with support from House Republicans, is pushing reductions to workers’ compensation for federal employees
Washington State Letter Carrier saves mail before truck goes up in flames A letter carrier saved the mail in her truck after it caught fire

Video: Mail Carrier delivers package by throwing it over 12 foot fence – TWICE!

The store was closed so the mail carrier decides to toss the package over a 12 ft. fence.

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


Updated: Monday | June 29, 2015  


APWU Takes PRC to Court Over Refusal to Enforce USPS Service Standards

The APWU has taken the Postal Regulatory Commission to court, challenging the commission’s decision to dismiss its complaint that the Postal Service is failing to meet service standards.  (6/29/15) Comments (Count)

USPS, DOL settle cases over heat hazards and retaliation of postal worker who called 911

USPS was seeking to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier and USPS settled case involving postal worker who called 911 and labeled a terrorist. . (6/28/15) Comments (Count)

USPS denies benefits to widow of Oakland postal worker who died after delayed 911 call

Attorney seeks compensation for the widow of postal worker, Samuel Macasieb, who died inside  USPS Oakland processing and distribution center after sustaining a head injury. (6/27/15) Comments (Count)


Federal-Postal Coalition Demand Immediate Communication and Long-Term Credit Monitoring on OPM Data Breach - The Federal-Postal Coalition sent a letter to President Obama today expressing disappointment with communication surrounding the breaches and asked for swift action to be taken to protect highly personal data Federal Union says OPM offered protections only to limited number of affected individuals (6/25/15) Comments (Count)

TISA: Another Secret Trade Deal Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers

The Senate on Tuesday voted to advance President Obama’s trade agenda, approving a measure to end debate on fast-track authority. APWU warned members about Another Secret Trade Deal that Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers. The Trade in Services Agreement (TISA)  (6/24/15) Comments (Count)

APWU: USPS Seeks to Derail Efforts to Restore Service Standards

The Postal Service has signaled it will try to derail a measure approved by the House Appropriations Committee on June 17 to restore postal service standards to the levels that were in place on July 1, 2012.  (6/24/15) Comments (Count)


FERS & CSRS Disability Retirement and the Postal Worker: Planning for Tomorrow’s Today

The golden days of yesteryear are gone. Time was, employment with the U.S. Postal Service was not merely another job, but a career that ensured job satisfaction, income security, and a sense of investment for the future. Then, technology and the promise of innovation arrived  (6/24/15) Comments (Count)


Addiction to pain meds led to 30-year Postal Manager’s mail theft charges

In January of last year, law enforcement officials began an investigation when they determined several packages containing prescription medication from the Veteran’s Administration were not being delivered to the intended recipient. The packages routed to several zip codes in Southern Indiana and Central Kentucky never made it to their destination.   (6/23/15) Comments (Count)


APWU: Old Ideas on Vacancies Die Hard

 It seems some old perceptions and misunderstandings die hard, even when confronted with clear and unambiguous facts. This applies not just to management types, who have a great deal of difficulty learning new things, but also to some arbitrators.   (6/23/15) Comments (Count)


OPM data breach affected 18 Million current, former and prospective federal employees

The personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management – more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged. APWU: OPM Announces Second Major Security Breach - The recent announcement by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of a second major breach of data on “current and former employees of the federal government whose records OPM manages” could affect many APWU members, said Retirees Department Director Judy Beard. OPM: Information About Second Data Breach  (6/22/15) Comments (Count)


Video: Man, 90, detained after gun threat at post office in Boca Raton Florida

A 90-year-old man is being evaluated at a hospital following a gun threat at the post office in unincorporated Boca Raton   (6/23/15) Comments (Count)

Gyrocopter flying mailman rejects plea deal

The Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the lawn of the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he’s rejected a plea offer  (6/22/15) Comments (Count)

Video: Tree falls on mail truck in Denver North Carolina, killing postal worker

A 43-year-old female rural mail carrier died Saturday afternoon in Denver when a large tree at Congressman Patrick Henry's home fell on her postal vehicle and pinned her inside.  Officials have identified the 10-year  rural carrier. North Carolina postal worker killed by tree was about to be a grandmother (6/20/15) Comments (Count)


Fired Postal Supervisor failed to convince Appeals Court his disability caused fight, settlement of MSPB case - New York postal supervisor was fired for improper conduct unbecoming a postal supervisor when he engaged in a physical altercation with his subordinate. In September 2014, approximately four years after the postal supervisor's first MSPB appeal was settled, he filed a second appeal with MSPB challenging his removal by claiming effects of his bipolar disorder created the situation of his removal..  (6/20/15) Comments (Count)


Postal insights sparking industry growth, PMG reports

The Postal Service’s strategic investment in scanning technology is helping to grow the mailing industry, PMG Megan Brennan reports in her latest “Business Focus” video message.  (6/19/15) Comments (Count)


APWU: USPS put plant consolidations in "To Be Determined" status but still sending mail to gaining facilities According to union officials at some of the losing facilities, they are being told that the TBD status is not stopping management from sending some mail to gaining facilities.(6/19/15) Comments (Count)






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June 29,  2015

U.S. Postal Service to Issue Paul Newman Forever Stamp

Priscilla Presley to Join PMG for dedication of new Elvis stamp on August 12

Video: Two USPS collection boxes pried open in Oklahoma City

Napa post office, cracked by earthquake, tops threatened buildings list
Washington's new postmaster confronts first tornado zone problem
NALC President Fred Rolando Letter: Tell Your Reps To Keep The Post Office


June 28,  2015

Maine mailboxes: Fun, funky and fortified


June 27,  2015

APWU Reaches Tentative Agreement for Private-Sector Drivers

Former Indiana Local APWU President pleads guilty to embezzlement of $58,598

Former Michigan NALC Branch Treasurer indicted on embezzlement charge

Federal employees' same-sex spouses already get benefits


June 26,  2015

USPS plant consolidations schedule updated June 26, 2015

The Postal Service's lagging performance hurts rural America

USPS mobile service unit (AKA "the taco truck") served as Keller's post office for 6 months

The TSP Quiz

Appeals court: No guns on post office property

Neola Post Office Struck by Vehicle

Magistrate rules Aspen postal worker threat to public safety

Australia Post slashes and burns jobs

OPM director survives congressional inquisition, for now


June 25,  2015

Postal Worker injured after head-on collision with SUV in Kentucky

U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post to Jointly Issue Ingrid Bergman Stamp

Video: Kentucky post office damaged in hit-and-run

Video: Mail Delivery back for community in Virginia after TV news report

USPS releases May 2015 financial statement

Suspended Aspen postal employee pleas not guilty to federal weapons charges

Same-Day Deliverer Expands in Chicago

U.S. Postal Service collects letters for athletes


June 24,  2015

Postal Regulatory Commission and the United States Postal Service Meet

Locker-tech companies try to solve apartment delivery hassles

‘Postman Bob’ Turns Out to Be His Wife’s Own Special Angel

Car Slams Into Tigard Post Office

Undeliverable mail hurts more than just the Postal Service, IG says

The stamp of a good marriage

Postal worker attacked by dog in Portland neighborhood speaks

The Postal Service Wants You to Bank at Your Post Office


June 23,  2015

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II calling for creation of World War I stamps

Postal worker accused of delivering mail intoxicated

Dog attack sends postal worker to hospital

Is Amazon Making a Mistake With Two New Delivery Methods?


June 22,  2015

U.S. Postal Service gets creative after floods

Royal Mail 'to send customers targeted junk mail'


June 21,  2015

USPS Grocery Delivery Coming to the Big Apple


June 20,  2015

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

Potholes contributed to crash that injured postal carrier

APWU hopes to nix the Office Depot acquisition

Notification deadline passes, feds exposed in OPM breaches still in dark

Woman hurt in postal vehicle crash

Boston man gets 29 years in jail for postal worker shooting

Let This Delightful Mailman Guide You Through Detroit's Racial Divide


June 19,  2015

USPS: Nation’s oldest catalog still going strong

Letter carrier and domestic violence victim disciplined for carrying Taser

Alabama carrier charged with taking bribes to deliver marijuana
Office Depot shareholders say 'yes' to Staples merge

Mailman held up by masked gunman
Family struggles with mailbox thief
Former Upper Peninsula USPS Worker Accused of Destroying Mail
Man Wearing US Postal Service Jacket Robs Bank
OPM's lack of transparency on cyber breach leaves feds frustrated, ill informed
Temple Post Office Gets New Postal Support Employee

Regulators: 'No jurisdiction' to overturn post office move


June 18,  2015

Obama, GOP revive Fast Track bill – House voting again today

Fast track was temporarily stalled in the House of Representatives last Friday but another vote will be held today.


New combined Postmaster organization to be called “United Postmasters and Managers of America”

Mailman bitten by pit bull in east Houston

Middletown man threatens postal worker by slapping truck


June 17,  2015

House Committee Approves Amendment To Restore Postal Service Standards

APWU: ‘An Important Step Forward’ 06/17/2015 – The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to restore postal service standards on June 17, in a bipartisan vote,  House Panel Backs Faster Mail, More USPS Facilities  Comments (Count)



USPS seeking suppliers to provide info, solutions on new ‘Sensor Technology for Mail Tracking’

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is considering new technology to track items as they move through the USPS network to allow for customers to view in real-time (or near real-time). . Comments (Count)



Three postal workers charged with Secret Santa scam to steal gifts

They were entrusted with facilitating a feel-good rite of Christmas: matching needy children with a Secret Santa through the United States Postal Service’s century-old Operation Santa program. But three Postal Service workers have been charged with filling their own stockings instead, in a plot revealed by a months long investigation that found the workers wrote letters in which they posed as children.

Photo: New York postal workers hired in 2013, more postal workers may be involved  Comments (Count)


Three postal workers charged with Secret Santa scam to steal gifts

They were entrusted with facilitating a feel-good rite of Christmas: matching needy children with a Secret Santa through the United States Postal Service’s century-old Operation Santa program. But three Postal Service workers have been charged with filling their own stockings instead, in a plot revealed by a months long investigation that found the workers wrote letters in which they posed as children.

Photo: New York postal workers hired in 2013, more postal workers may be involved  Comments (Count)



NALC: Successful results for ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ – almost 71 million pounds of food collected

The annual food drive of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) collected almost 71 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country, an impressive result made all the more necessary by the extreme weather experienced by much of the country  Comments (Count)



Former New York Postmaster Relief Sentenced For Theft Of Money Orders

Editorial: Why did USPS cover-up sex-harassment complaints?
Feds seek postal worker’s arrest after an alleged find of weapons

Video: Former postal supervisor investigated for mail theft strikes deal, may not serve jail time

Video: Frustrated residents commute for mail after post office shuts down



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