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Postal News - December 2005

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December 31, 2005 

Postal Service Debt-free, But Still Raising Rates?

Carolyn Mack is Decatur's first woman postal carrier to retire

Sioux City: District  Manager says postal workers' claims are speculation
Postage is in for a small change
e-NAPUS Newsletter: 2005 - Progress, Patience and Persistence (PDF)

Royal Mail faces battle as postal market is opened up


December 30, 2005  - Letter Carrier Charged with 18 Counts of Unemployment Fraud
(Massachusetts Attorney General) - In May 2004, Michael J. Boutchie applied for unemployment benefits from the DUA after being terminated from his position as a letter carrier for  USPS. In order to receive his unemployment benefits, Boutchie reported to the DUA each week that he was unemployed. Shortly after applying for unemployment, Boutchie began working for a roofing company, and continued to work there while receiving weekly unemployment benefits. Boutchie collected more than $8,000 in benefits while earning a salary of more than $12,000 with the roofing company. Boutchie was eventually reinstated as a letter carrier and subsequently attempted to collect back wages by submitting a form to the U.S. Postal Service falsely certifying that during his termination he did not have outside earnings from other employment |


December 30, 2005

Letter Carrier Loses Daughter, Grandmother in House Fire

Post office may move Bloomington processing to Indianapolis

Man Nabbed After Snatching Money From Post Office


December 30, 2005 - Postal workers want dust from floor tested for asbestos - A powdery substance at the Valley Junction post office in West Des Moines will be tested to alleviate fears of a handful of employees who think the dust is floating asbestos, a cancer-causing substance, said a U.S. Postal Service safety official. Some employees who work at the post office have said portions of the flooring in the back room, which contains asbestos, is flaking off in chunks the size of nickels and dimes. |


December 30, 2005 - House Panel to Hold Oversight  Hearing on USPS

According to Business Mailers Review via Postcom.org, "Look for Rep. Tom Davis, R-VA., to hold an oversight hearing on the Postal Service in the winter or early spring in the House Government Reform Committee. This oversight hearing is likely to look more closely at other issues, such as facility consolidation activities that are moving ahead quickly across the country or the issue of service standards, measurements of standards and communication of those measurements for various mail products." |


December 30, 2005 - Department of Labor Issues Comprehensive Regulations on USERRA - The new regulations issued 12/19/05 "provide comprehensive guidance on Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act  (USERRA) , which works to preserve the seniority, promotion, health care, pension and other benefits of our citizen soldiers when they return home to the jobs they left to serve our country," Labor Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement. USERRA Notification Poster which must be posted in all Postal facilities (pdf) |


December 30, 2005 - Town Hall Meeting in Las Cruces (NM) with USPS Officials Canceled - City officials met with Postal Service representatives two weeks ago to discuss numerous public complaints about slow mail delivery service.  Postal workers have also raised concerns about inadequate staffing to process mail at post offices throughout the United States.  From the meeting with Postal Service representatives, there was consensus that a town hall meeting was needed to allow the public to talk about problems and learn more about changes within the post office.


December 30, 2005

USPS Board of Governors to Meet January 10,2006

Can Of Deodorant Makes Car Crash Into Post Office

Postal workers will host awareness meeting about Sioux City postmark
OIC answers critics before leaving local postal position
Internet Sales Show Big Gains Over Holidays
UK Mail Market Opens Fully Jan. 1

Final Delivery
NY Congresswoman urges Postal Service to preserve Purple Heart stamp
Letter: Thanks for postal Santa Claus

Postal Service career ending after 36 years for Supervisor


December 29, 2005 - Postal Employees Adopt a Giving Spirit -Most people identify the U.S. Postal Service as the outfit that delivers mail and packages to their homes and businesses, but the U.S. Postal Service in Memphis has been doing more than just delivering mail for many years. One way they give back throughout the year and especially during this joyous season is through the Memphis City Schools Adopt-A-School program. Individual post offices around Memphis have special programs to help less-fortunate people in their communities but the entire Memphis Postal Service adopted Manor Lake Elementary School in Southwest Memphis several years ago. |


December 29, 2005 - Letter: Postal Service criticism unfair"The United States Postal Service is the greatest in the world! Why does this comic strip badmouth it in the name of being "conservative?"


December 29, 2005

Semis smash on icy highway, mail scattered

Cargo handler steals gift cards from mail at airport
Mugged by the mail
Crowbar mail smash and grab caught on tape


December 28, 2005 - USPS Ends 2005 With Remarkable Results

The results are in -- the U.S. Postal Service ended 2005 with a record sixth consecutive year of growth in productivity, wiped out its debt and delivered fifty percent more mail to 32 million more homes and businesses than it did 20 years ago while doing it at 1985 staffing levels. These results are highlighted in the just released 2005 Annual Report of the U.S. Postal Service.   |


USPS releases November 2005 Financial  & Operating Statement (pdf)  -"Total Mail Volume for November, FY 2006 was 111 million pieces or 0.6% over Same Period Last Year (SPLY). First-Class Mail volume was 323 million pieces or 3.8% under SPLY, while Standard Mail volumes at 455 million pieces or 5.0% over SPLY, continue to be positive primarily because of the increasing strength of direct marketing channels. Year-to-date, Total Mail Volume is 1.5% or 571 million pieces under SPLY. YTD, First-Class Mail volume is 3.7% less than SPLY generating $252 million or 4.1% less revenue than SPLY." |


December 28, 2005  - 'Consumer-directed' health plans attracting healthier feds- The Government Accountability Office's report (GAO-06-143) looked at the first consumer-directed plan offered among the 279 options in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program. That plan, provided through APWU, had about 9,500 enrollees in 2005.


December 28, 2005 - Bronx (NY) P&DC added to consolidation study  list

 As it stands now over 44 facilities will be subject to consolidation, or subject of AMP (Area Mail Processing) studies.) - "USPS notified APWU of its intent to conduct an AMP survey for the feasibility of consolidating certain mail processing operations."  |


December 28, 2005 - Postal ghosts of Christmases past - Before modern Christmas cards became fashionable, friends and relatives could send holiday greetings to anyone in the country for a few pennies, via postcard


December 28, 2005 - Editorial: Mail hikes - Mississippians, like all other U.S. Postal Service customers, will pay more for everyday mailings, starting Jan. 8, 2006.This time, the increase isn't driven by postal service losses or inefficiencies. It's the law. Nobody is what could be described as happy about the rate hike, but USPS isn't the only carrier increasing costs to consumers. UPS and FedEx also will raise rates next month. Many people long for the simplicity and cheapness of the day when stamps for first class mail costs only a few cents and the post office was a government department. The reality is that postal service changed with the demands of a nation moving into the age of technology   |

December 27, 2005 - Letter Carrier Among Airboaters Group Still Waiting for Katrina pay - After Hurricane Katrina struck, Jim Osborne used his airboat to save survivors stranded by the storm in the New Orleans area. The 47-year-old Port St. Lucie letter carrier navigated through debris to get to a church where he found an elderly woman who had waited days for help to arrive. He said he also burst into the attic of a water-ravaged house to find a family of six dead. But now Osborne finds himself part of a group of 30 airboaters who were promised pay for their rescue efforts by Tennessee-based Cat 5 Disaster Services, but haven't seen a dime. Osborne shelled out thousands of dollars to make the 1,600-mile round-trip journey. "I need to get some financial help from this," he said. Collectively, they are owed $600,000.  |

- Letter carrier ditches route for rescuer's role


December 27, 2005 -  Hundreds Respond to USPS' Request for Hours of Service Exemption - USPS submitted an application  to DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for exemption from the  hours-of-service (HOS) requirements . The request is on behalf of motor carriers that transport mail under contract for USPS. Majority of the 800 comments submitted  to FMCSA  oppose granting USPS' exemption request. The comments in favor of granting USPS' request were from employers of contract drivers. Public Citizen submitted comments stating, "The USPS application for exemption contains a serious flaw, which renders it procedurally defective." Michael Foster, Assistant Director, APWU Motor Vehicle Service, also submitted some strong comments against granting the USPS' request  The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Teamsters and others also voiced their concerns  |


December 27, 2005  - Editorial: Monopoly Blues
"In my little community in Silverado, CA, there is a tiny post office where we pick up our mail each weekday. There is no delivery—and, of course, no alternative for first class mail. The two or three people who work there are, unfortunately, quite often absent. I have no idea whether illness or something else keeps reducing their number but more often than not, recently the mail doesn’t get distributed until late in the afternoon. The USPS tells me they have to have the mail out at least by 5 PM but until about six months ago it used to be in our boxes by 10:30 AM or even earlier."  |


More than 25 U.S. Postal Service letter carriers gathered outside Cactus Postal Station, 2901 E. Greenway Rd., Dec. 15, to let the public know why snail mail is crawling slower than ever around the Valley, including some parts of Northeast Phoenix.December 26, 2005 - Mail problems can be resolved: Postal officials need residents' input -"A Christmas "miracle" came early last week for Russell Robbins. His mail was delivered at 5 p.m. Mr. Robbins, president of the Cheney Place Homeowners Association in northeast Paradise Valley, said last Thursday was one of the few times in more than a year that mail was delivered to his subdivision before 6 p.m. "We received our mail once at 3 p.m. and I asked the carrier if he was ill. He said he was doing the route in a different order, and that's why we received it early."  |
Carriers contest forced overtime


December 26, 2005  - Maryland Truck Driver Hauling Mail Killed In I-80 Accident - A postal truck driver from the Baltimore area was killed yesterday when his tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 80 in Warren County during a surprise ice storm that left many of New Jersey's highways like a giant hockey rink. Kewal S. Soos, 54, of Dundalk, Md., who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from his rig after the truck struck a guide rail on westbound Route 80 in Frelinghuysen Township, near Blairstown, State Police at Hope said. Soos, who was carrying a cargo of U.S. mail, lost control of the truck on the unsalted, ice-covered roadway just after 3:15 a.m., police said. The cargo was apparently undamaged, police said.


December 26, 2005

Profile: Louisiana Postmaster elected new president of NAPUS

Postal clerk puts his stamp on the town

Blue Grass postmaster ends 36-year career

Old-time post office facing retirement
Postal workers make Christmas a priority
Jewish Santa Made A Few Special Deliveries
Commentary - Postal Consumers: Be Wary of New 'Transformation Plan'
Mail carriers deliver Christmas wishes

Woman charged with using retired postal worker's identity

Card gets delivered, without any address

Disabled Postal Worker says public ignorant of her feline commitment
Santa's Special Delivery


December 24, 2005 - NAPUS Met with USPS Officials on Hiring Issues

This week NAPUS leaders met with USPS officials to discuss hiring issues facing Postmasters in many areas of the nation. In previous meetings between the two groups, USPS representatives said that Postal Headquarters had not directed a hiring freeze. NAPUS leaders said that the inability to fill vacant positions forced many Postmasters to perform craft duties in addition to the already increased workload of their normal duties. NAPUS also expressed concerns that the inconsistent hiring requirements in certain Areas and Districts caused an additional strain on the safety and health of employees, as well as negatively impacting customer service and the financial performance of the USPS. |


December 24, 2005  - A Little Praise For Postal Workers - The term "disgruntled postal worker" is a part of the American lexicon. While it might once have been true, we couldn't help but notice that some of our friendliest, most gracious encounters this Christmas season have come at the post office and with our mail carriers. Postal workers deserve a special salute for doing the heavy lifting this holiday season - with good cheer. Or the clerks at the 24-hour post office at Tampa International Airport, who cheerfully kept the line moving last Sunday night when they surely were dead tired from working so many long days. |


December 24, 2005

Postal workers won't slow down

A day in the life of postmaster Charlie Laffy
Postal worker keeps chuggin' with love of model trains


December 23, 2005 -Dallas Postal Worker Pleads Guilty in $580,0000 Embezzlement -

 A postal worker who serviced stamp vending machines has pleaded guilty in a $580,000 embezzlement investigation, prosecutors announced Friday. Joseph Charles Urso, pleaded guilty Thursday before U.S. District Judge to misappropriation of postal funds. The now-suspended postal worker faces a maximum 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Court records indicate Urso had been a service technician responsible for vending machines at certain post offices in Dallas since 1992.Prosecutors believe Urso for years embezzled by stealing funds collected from machines, instead of depositing all of the money. Urso also allegedly used postal forms to under-report the funds.  |


December 23, 2005 - A day in the life of the Blair Post Office


December 23, 2005 - Postal Worker's Failed Attempt to Collect $1 Million from Supervisor -

Conflict began when Supervisor sent letter warning of disciplinary action to Worker - A postal worker has been indicted for bankruptcy fraud after he claimed his boss owed him $1 million for violating his rights as a "self-ruling sovereign nation." After Gregory I. Armstrong's supervisor sent him a letter warning disciplinary action if Armstrong did not improve his attendance at work, Armstrong argued that he was a self-ruling sovereign whose "power to contract is unlimited." He then initiated involuntary bankruptcy proceedings against his supervisor, alleging that he had agreed to pay Armstrong $1 million for the unauthorized use of his name — which Armstrong had copyrighted. ." It was sort of nightmarish," said Odell Johnson, Armstrong's supervisor at the Postal Service center in Capitol Heights. "They were threatening to foreclose my home." Johnson said the bankruptcy proceedings were closed after it became clear that Armstrong is not his own country. |


December 23, 2005 - Amid variety of electronic communications, mailbox matter matters -"Young buyers view physical mail differently than their parents. They've grown up with computers, e-mail, cell phones and text messaging and hardly ever use mail to write personal letters or other correspondence. As a result, nearly all of the mail they receive has a commercial purpose. They look forward to receiving it and rely on it as a source of new products, services and other opportunities they might be interested in."  |


December 23, 2005 - UPS Packages Destroyed - "Earlier this week, we told you about a UPS truck that caught fire between Pocatello and Salt Lake City. Representatives say they're working individually with the customers whose packages were destroyed in the fire. Reporter Adam Rodriguez spoke with some customers who say that's not the case." Brown can't do anything for us anymore." Some customers said they sent the package through the United States Postal Service, with better results.


December 23, 2005- Judge tosses suit claiming unfair tactics citing Postal Reorganization Act
A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit that alleged Rodale Inc. used illegal marketing tactics. The suit alleged that the Emmaus publisher had a practice of sending unordered books to customers, then billing them, violating consumer protection laws. But U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond of Philadelphia dismissed the case this week on procedural grounds. Diamond ruled that the section of the Postal Reorganization Act cited in the suit does not give private individuals the right to sue. The Postal Reorganization Act sets conditions for sending unsolicited merchandise to consumers. The Federal Trade Commission would be the appropriate party to file such a suit, the Diamond concluded


December 23, 2005

NAPUS: White House Drops Lump of Coal in Postal Stocking (PDF)
APWU: Holiday-Timed Relief for 'Katrina' Families

Tribunal Hears UPS Complaint Against Canada

Stolen Balthasar recovered by mailman

Wal-Mart Stuck With $172M Lunch Tab


Stop the Presses: USPS Kills Favorable Story About Facility Targeted for Consolidation - Why would the Postal Service decide against publishing an internally prepared story about one of its most productive facilities? |


December 22, 2005 - Pushing the envelope: Holiday season keeps postal employees going full-tilt - The postman doesn't have time to ring twice these days because he is too busy delivering packages from those last-minute Christmas mailers. Wednesday and today are considered the busiest delivery days before Christmas for U.S. Postal Service letter carriers across the country. Monday was considered the busiest mailing day . |

- Processing center shifts into high gear during annual postal crush

- A most hectic postal day | Wednesday is busiest delivery day


December 22, 2005- Post office jobs will stay empty
Most of the manual sorting of third-class, bulk-rate business mail at the Main Post Office will be transferred to an automated facility in Akron, U.S. Postal Service officials announced Wednesday. The change will not lead to any job loss here, said Victor Dubina, a spokesman for the Postal Service. But there is virtually no chance now of filling vacant positions at the main post office. The main post office has 24 full-time positions that are not filled. Karen J. See, president of the Mansfield Area Local American Postal Workers Union, said workers were not pleased. "I'm disappointed because Mansfield has lost about 24 full-time jobs and up to 15 part-time jobs through attrition," she said. "That's got to have an impact on our community. These are good union jobs.


December 22, 200 - Running mailman has energy to burn -You may have seen him on his postal route, but then again, if you blinked, you may not have. Edward “Eddie” Loring runs his mail route most days. He said he has a lot of energy to dispel and uses his job as a letter carrier for the United States Post Office to do it. At various times of the year, Loring can been seen on just about any street on Nantucket pushing his mail cart by running behind it.  |


December 22, 2005- Mailman delivers peace
Last week, a group of students at the Haggerty School decided to reward mail carrier Steve Johnson for his attitude by picking him to be the recipient of the school's annual Peace Prize. "You can think of peacemaking on a big scale, but you can also think of it as what you do everyday, the little things," said parent Ben Mardell, who nominated Johnson for the award. "Little things [Johnson does] like saying, 'Hi' or 'I've got good mail for you today' that's what makes a change in the neighborhood." Seven years ago, the postal service tried to change his route. Outraged, neighbors began a petition which reached U.S. Sen. John Kerry's office. "The plan was to take Steve away from us," said Mardell. "So we mobilized."


December 22, 2005- Marshall Islands : Mail delivery falls from plane - THE Marshall Islands have been literally bombarded with air mail when a cargo door popped open on a Boeing 727 as it was taking off from the central Pacific state. Hundreds of kilos of letters and packages spilled from the Asia Pacific Airlines plane on Wednesday into people's backyards and a lagoon near Majuro International Airport. The airline carries mail on contract with the US Postal Service through Hawaii, Guam, Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia


December 22, 2005

Mail Carrier Saves Woman's Life

Disappearing TSP Dividends

Postal Bulletin 12/22/05 Issue
Postal client's honesty cancels out $5,550 stamp mix-up
2 men arrested in Arizona mailbox thefts
Statue Of Stolen Black Wise Man Found by Mailman

Retired mailman delivered poetry, too

Family tradition works out well for new postmaster

Bethlehem post office continues holiday tradition


December 21, 2005- Dozens affected by gas leak at Remote Encoding Center- At the U.S. Postal Service's Wichita (Kansas) Remote Encoding facility ,27 people today suffered minor irritation apparently because of a gas leak, officials said. Emergency dispatchers initially said that there were more than 50 possible patients, though none was seriously affected. The leak apparently came from a gas leak about two miles away; the facility's ventilation system brought the odors into the building, officials said. Employees complained of headaches, nausea and light-headedness, but a check of the building found no serious level of carbon monoxide, officials said. Of the 27 people treated for the symptoms, seven went to Wesley Medical Center to be further evaluated, but none was in serious condition, said Dean Crowley, an acting captain with Sedgwick County Emergency Medical Services.|

27 sickened by gas leak


December 21, 2005 -Postal Service Withholds Tumwater Article  

Manager worried of effect on transfer - A story praising the productivity of a Tumwater mail processing plant has been withheld from publication because it could have undermined the U.S. Postal Service efforts to transfer mail cancellation services to Tacoma. Clint Burelson, president of the American Postal Workers Union’s Olympia local, said the Postal Service had planned to run a story in an employee publication in December on productivity levels at the Tumwater plant, according to a hard copy of an e-mail Burelson received during the weekend. |

- Local APWU: Postal Service Suppresses Article Praising Olympia Workers

December 21, 2005- Gaylord mail processing operations survey under way - "An Area Mail Processing (AMP) Survey reviewing all operations was launched Tuesday at the Gaylord Post Office, which employs more than 100 people. “The survey is to look at improving efficiency throughout the postal service,” said Jim Mruk, manager of Public Affairs & Communications for the Great Lakes Area of the United States Postal Service (USPS). Mruk noted that five other AMP surveys are being conducted within the Great Lakes Area including one in Wisconsin, three in Illinois, and one in Indiana. Mruk also added that the USPS is doing similar studies across the country. The Gaylord AMP is the only survey conducted in the state of Michigan." In a letter dated Dec. 19, 2005, the USPS notified the APWU of its intent to conduct an AMP survey for the feasibility of consolidating certain mail processing operations at the following facilities: Gaylord (MI) Main Post Office into Traverse City (MI) P&DC .|

December 21, 2005 - Postal Worker dies in Kanner Highway crash
Shreds of black metal, twisted tires and a blizzard of mail rained down on Kanner Highway Tuesday afternoon when a full-size black Cadillac was slammed by two tractor-trailers, killing the female postal worker behind the wheel of the car and traumatizing witnesses.


December 21, 2005 - APWU: Updated Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) Available
The newly updated Joint Contract Interpretation Manual (JCIM) is now available. The 2005 JCIM update was agreed to by the parties on Nov. 30, 2005. The JCIM is intended to be a resource for the local administration of the National Agreement. Jointly prepared by the APWU and the USPS, the JCIM provides a mutually agreed to explanation of how to apply the contract to the issues addressed


December 21, 2005 - Mail Mastery at St. Paul Postal Distribution Center - The 1,220 people who work in the St. Paul postal distribution center aim to make holiday mail something you don't think about


December 21, 2005 - Postal workers picket to keep Sioux City's postmark - Members of the American Postal Workers Union Local 186 picketed in front of the Main Post Office in an effort to preserve Sioux City's postmark. Study Threatens Sioux City Postal Plant



December 21, 2005 -Postal Worker Charged with allowing bulk mail to pass for free released - An Anchorage postal worker, charged with theft and once accused of threatening his co-workers, has been released from jail and can spend Christmas with his parents as he awaits trial. Michael Sargent's attorney successfully argued he was not a danger to the community and should be released to his parents' custody. He is 47. They are both elderly. According to charging documents from the U.S. attorney's office, the 29-year postal employee didn't charge customers for about $400,000 in bulk mail shipments -- made of items such as business mailings and brochures -- because he said he wanted to bankrupt the United States Postal Service, in part because of a missed promotion.


December 21, 2005 - Postmaster receives probation in postal theft case
The former postmaster of the Riverton post office has been sentenced to two years probation on charges he stole thousands of dollars while on the job. Norman F. Burns, 41, of North Canton, was sentenced Tuesday for misappropriating U.S. Postal Service funds. He had pleaded guilty to the charge on September 27. Prosecutors said although Burns was postmaster at the Riverton office, he periodically substituted for postmasters from the Collinsville, Canton Center, Salisbury, West Simsbury and West Suffield Post Offices. Between January 2002 and June 17, 2003, he stole $4,548 in funds that he had collected from customers for box rents at those offices, according to court documents.


December 21, 2005

Morganville post office back in operation after auto accident | Car hits post office
Post office renovates despite plans to move

Companies Update Software to Support '06 Postal Rate Increase
New Preparation Requirements for Bundles of Mail on Pallets

Franklin, Maine Retired Postal Worker Answers What Claus Cannot


December 20, 2005- Patriotic Postal Carrier Decides To Resume Military Career
It is the busiest week of the year for the U.S. Postal service. But one longtime letter carrier has more than that on his mind. Bryan Martin has just re-enlisted in the military and heads off for training in January. We first met Bryan Martin last February. While he was on his mail route, he saved two people from a burning house. His wife says being a hero just comes naturally to him, now he wants to put those skills to work in the Army.


December 20, 2005 - Local APWU: Postal Service Suppresses Article Praising Olympia Workers
The Postal Service suppressed an article scheduled to appear in a Postal Service publication that praised the Olympia Processing & Distribution Facility for its ranking as the most productive plant in the entire nation for a plant of its size. The article was pulled at Postal Headquarters because a story praising the productivity of the workers at the Olympia Plant could potentially harm the Postal Service's efforts to transfer mail operations from Olympia to Tacoma. Currently, local, state, and congressional representatives, citizens and the unions are working together to oppose the transfer of the Olympia mail to Tacoma."
Postal Service withholds Tumwater article


December 20, 2005

Florida Mail-Haul Workers Join APWU  |

USPS Unveils 2006 Definitive Stamps
Hutch postal worker carries the weight of Christmas
A day of mailing mania at the main post office

Postal worker may have stolen checks
Busiest day no sweat for USPS
For many, e-mail not better than real mail
To Mr. Postman: Deliver da letter
Postal carrier suffers 'nasty bite' from pit bull

Wal-Mart is target of criminal probe over waste


December 19, 2005 -  Postal Service Won't Get Medicare Drug Subsidy - A request by the U.S. Postal Service for a Medicare prescription drug subsidy, projected to save postal customers at least $250 million annually, has been denied by the Bush administration. Officials decided that the Postal Service will not be allowed to receive a subsidy because it participates in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which is not taking the subsidy


December 19, 2005 -

Last-minute postal patrons hang tough in lengthy lines


Letter carrier Ed Gracia used a headlamp to help him read addresses and navigate darkened sidewalks as he finished delivering the mail in Normal Heights, a job that routinely takes him until 8 or 9 o'clock at night. The U.S. Postal Service has an on-time deadline of 5 p.m.December 18, 2005- Late mail deliveries have become common problem countywide -

It was 9:45 p.m. when Dave Acosta stepped out of the darkness onto the front porch of a North Park house and began stuffing letters through a slot in the front door. His footsteps startled the man inside, who burst from the house with a gun, thinking an intruder was trying to break in. A terrified Acosta explained that he was just the mailman trying to get his job done, according to a federal labor report of the incident obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune." Three years after Acosta's close call, nothing has changed  |



December 18, 2005

Benefit fund set up for postal worker killed in accident

Union officials worry postal business will move to Columbus

Letter carrier lauded for bringing joy to the blind

Mail flies through Santa Clarita facility

Postal thieves at work in Searcy
Monday predicted to be busy day for mailing
Oklahoma DA clears Lufkin postmaster

Postal Inspectors probe AmeriDebt Founder


December 17, 2005- "Don't Tip The Mailman" says USPS
"Don't tip the mailman," said Joseph Breckenridge, a spokesman for the USPS. "He's got a good job, makes a good living." If one neighbor gives the mailman money, and another doesn't, it creates the appearance that the tipper will receive favorable treatment, Breckenridge said. "Being government, we can't afford that kind of thing," he said. Still, it's not against the rules. Mail carriers aren't allowed to solicit holiday extras, but they're allowed to accept them. Small gifts - such as fruit preserves or candy - are appropriate, according to Breckenridge.  |

- NALC: Blockbuster Apologizes for Running anti-tipping ad against  carriers


December 17, 2005- New Postmaster Probably Like Old
"Brenda Holmes is back as Michigan City's postmaster. It's too early to tell if this is a new and improved Brenda Holmes after six months of temporary assignments at post offices around northwest Indiana, or if we're being saddled with the old model that was responsible for late night mail delivery and running employee morale into the ground"   |

December 17, 2005-Ship Till You Drop  -As online shopping goes gangbusters, so do the delivery companies charged with shipping the orders. Americans are expected to spend $18 billion on online purchases this year -- a 25 percent increase over last year -- meaning more and more shipping orders, especially around the holidays. And with Christmas just over a week away, places like FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service have all hands on deck to handle millions of letters and packages  |


December 17, 2005

Police investigating gun mailed to military PO box from Iraq
Post office demolished after the roof caves in

Dude, where's my postmark? Feds may pull Rockford's sorting site
Thieves cash in on mailboxes

Post office confiscates phony money orders


December 16, 2005 - Mailman by day, award-winning pimp by night
"For a decade, he has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, delivering mail and collecting paychecks as Matthew Thompkins. But on the streets, he was known as Knowledge. That's where authorities say Thompkins really made his name -- and his money -- running a stable of dozens of prostitutes, some as young as 13, whom he shuttled between Atlantic City, Las Vegas and New York to keep clients satisfied and the cops at bay."   |


December 16, 2005 - Mail Carrier Killed in Snowy Crash On the Job

A Wisconsin part-time postal carrier and mother of three died Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on her route. Patricia Ward was driving her car from the passenger side when the accident occurred, said Jim Stanley, a USPS spokesman for the Northland District. The Dodge Neon that Ward drove was not modified for driving from the passenger area. She had to lean over from where she sat to operate the car. Passenger-side driving is not illegal for mail carriers, and state statute exempts them from having to wear seat belts.   |

- WI postal carrier killed in crash


December 16, 2005 - Former Letter Carrier indicted on Charges of Stealing More Than $100,000 -A former letter carrier has been indicted on charges of stealing more than $100,000 worth of checks from the mail she delivered, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday. The indictment alleges that Kristen Nowack stole at least 50 checks from June to Aug. 19 while working for USPS.  |


December 16, 2005

GAO criticizes USPS ombudsman role

More charges for road rage suspect for killing USPS special agent

UPS employees in Minneapolis shootout

Mt. Ephraim Post Office Roof Collapses


December 15, 2005 - APWU: Ten More Facilities added to Consolidation Study list

As it stands now over 40 facilities will be subject to consolidation, or subject of AMP (Area Mail Processing) studies.) - "USPS notified APWU of its intent to conduct an AMP survey for the feasibility of consolidating certain mail processing operations at the following locations"  |

- Postal union seeks support in opposing facility's move


December 15, 2005 - Computer system taken in post office break-in
A burglar broke into the West Friendship Post Office early Wednesday and stole a computer system, postage printer and scanners that the postal service says have a lot of value to the government, but won't fetch much for the burglars. Without the passwords, "the computer has no use to anyone outside the post office," spokesman Frank J. Schissler said. "Maybe they thought that they could sell the computer's guts to a pawn shop, but its guts are not a basic PC system. It was specially designed for the Postal Service." Workers are manually applying postage until a new printer is delivered, and the lobby will not be open after-hours until building repairs are made


December 15, 2005 - NAPUS: 2006 National Rural Mail Count Option Election [PDF]- A national mail count will be conducted for 12 days beginning February 24 through March 9, 2006


December 15, 2005

Why the Union Opposes the Olympia Consolidation (pdf)

WI postal carrier killed in crash

CT Postmasters Installation Ceremony stirs controversy. ..well almost

GAO report on USPS purchasing changes (PDF)

Lawmakers announce bill to quickly put Rosa Parks on postage stamp

Postal Worker brings holiday joy to Post Office

Online banking stamping out stamps
Post Office Goes 'Back to Basics'
Opinion: US Mailboxes - an Endangered Species


December 15, 2005 - 2005: Financially, USPS' best year since '70s

"Talk of a "death spiral" at the U.S. Postal Service has been dropped, at least temporarily, in favor of refrains from "Happy Days are Here Again." The outlook for next year, however, doesn't appear as rosy. Many mailers are worried that rates may go up dramatically over the next two years. Rates are already set to go up by about 5.4 percent across the board in January -- at least in part to offset the cost of paying $3.1 billion into an escrow account. And the Postal Service said it will likely have to ask for another rate increase to go into effect in 2007."  |


December 15, 2005 - USPS to Offer Early Retirement to Katrina-Impacted Employees “The union has protested management’s refusal to bargain over this important matter.”  

 Katrina VER Information via NAPUS -The Postal Service has received approval from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) under its Voluntary Early Retirement Authority (VERA) to offer VER to career employees in the Louisiana and Mississippi Districts. The VER effective dates for full-time employees for this VER offer will be January 31, 2006, February 28, 2006 or March 31, 2006. The VER effective date for part-time employees (PTF and PTR) for this VER offer will be March 31, 2006.  |


December 15, 2005 - Case Study: US Postal Employees Self-Service Kiosks [pdf]

With over 500,000 employees without computers, how does an organization offer administrative services electronically? That was the challenge the Postal Service faced. To overcome it, the service has installed more than 600 self-service kiosks to give employees online access to human resources applications. note: Anyone using the self-service kiosk?   |


December 15, 2005 - Postal workers visit sick kids -Employees of the U.S. Postal Service in Charlotte visited children at Carolinas Medical Center on Tuesday


December 15, 2005

Web shortens lines, post office says

Postal worker, mother of 3, shot to death | Postal worker gunned down
$21,200 awarded in dog attack
Postal Problems

No easy solutions for Batavia post office
Letter Carrier Delivers Aid
Holiday mail crunch time approaching
2007 Will Be a Banner Year for Direct Marketers
Gov't Encouraging Seniors to Use Direct Deposit

Yearly Crunch Hits FedEx Hub


December 14, 2005- Ex-postal union official gets probation - The former secretary-treasurer  of NALC Branch 1977 was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation and 360 hours community service for embezzling more than $34,000. Chief U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson said Paul Himmelstein of Newark had repaid the union all the money and that played a part in handing down a sentence that did not include jail time.


December 14, 2005 - It's in the MAIL - 'One of the busiest places in Minot during the Christmas holiday season is the Minot Post Office.


December 14, 2005

Mail processing may move to Rochester
Postal Crunch

Mail carrier accused of stealing rare coins makes first court appearance

Beware of Post Office Mail Theft
Letter carriers hit the road early
O'Reilly falsely claims 'spiritual' Christmas stamps are no longer offered


December 13, 2005 - Postal Workers Arrested In Alleged DirecTV Scam -

 4 of 10  Workers arrested at Post Office- Agents of the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General and the state attorney's office pulled of an early-morning raid that netted three of 10 suspects. Agents returned midmorning to the postal facility to arrest another suspect, one of several managing supervisors taken down in the raid. Investigators said one of the workers, Edward DeSalle, was a legitimate DirecTV subscriber who manipulated the DirecTV sales process and requested extra boxes and authorization cards, then for a fee provided nine co-workers with the boxes.". The workers' time with the postal service ranged from 17 to 38 years.  |

- 10 Workers Accused of Stealing Service | Satellite Fraud and Piracy are Illegal

December 13, 2005 - Postal Employees continue tradition for local kids -(Hornell, NY) Everyone gets busy during the holiday season, and from time to time even Santa needs a little bit of help. One of his biggest helpers is Karen Young, a Hornell postal employee who has volunteered her time for the past 20 years to answer local letters to Santa. Every year post office employees donate money to be used for stamps and other supplies to make the Santa mailings possible.

December 13, 2005 - Loss of Members Puts USPS Board in Precarious Position -The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors has lost three members this year, putting pressure on the remaining presidential appointees to maintain the quorum needed to conduct postal business The White House has a search underway for nominees to the board, industry lobbyists and congressional aides said. The White House is looking at former members of Congress and corporate leaders as possible appointees and may consider bringing Robert F. Rider , whose term expired (12/9/05) and S. David Fineman, who finished his term on the board last year, back as short-term "recess" appointments that can be made without Senate confirmation, the lobbyists and Capitol Hill aides said.   |

December 13, 2005

USPS Donates $250 Thousand to Postal Employee Relief Fund

Post Office collects phone cards for soldiers

Marshall Islands, FSM, Lose US Domestic Mail Rates in January

Post office sought in St. Charles County

New Orleans mail takes long route home

It's the busiest time of the year for the USPS

Closed Red Bank post office will reopen, official says
Fake Postal Money Orders in Tucson
Mailers flock to post offices with holiday packages
Canadian postal workers worried of possible UPS fallout

December 12, 2005- Ask President Burrus
Question: Why are retirement annuities calculated using the “high-three” formula? Do you think the formula will ever be reduced to “high-two,” “high one,” or perhaps just the final year of employment? Question: Why does the pay-for-performance program apply only to EAS personnel? Shouldn’t the rank-and-file, many of whom make their supervisors look good, share in the wealth?

December 12, 2005 -  New man in charge at Troubled Eureka post office
Eureka Main Post Office has its third boss in three months. Dino Marsango, formerly the postmaster of the Pismo Beach Post Office, has taken the reins at an office that for the past several months has been the subject of much controversy. He takes over for Tony Carvelli, who took over in October for Ed Stoner, a post master who was put on administrative leave for undisclosed reasons. Stoner was relieved of the position following a visit to the office by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The controversy surrounding the office has to do with staffing levels and the flow of third-class mail, which at various times this year had been backlogged. At times, bulk mail was stored outside under a tarp.

December 12, 2005 - Woman driven to restore clerk to post office -A woman is going public with her displeasure about the Saxonville (Massachusetts) post office’s sporadic hours and lack of staff. Antoinette Burrill said this week she has collected about 70 signatures and plans to gather more as she pushes to get a second clerk restored to the Nicholas Road outpost. The office closes from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every weekday.  |


December 12, 2005

 Postal union seeks support in opposing facility's move

Yes, Arizona there was a Christmas

Post office's gift: service on Sunday
Tulsa's New Postmaster
Resolved postal-meter issue helps nonprofit service profit
Post packages now or pay the price

Santa's secretary

Survey: Convenient Returns Yield Edge

Government to privatize Philippine Postal Corp (Philpost)


December 11, 2005

Postal workers will preserve symbol of service

Postmaster provides personalized service

High mail volume in Nebraska

Maui: Family delivers in postal service
Post office makes holiday house calls

It's in the mail... really, it is


December 10, 2005 - Postal Worker accused of letting bulk mail pass through for free

An unhappy 29-year Anchorage postal employee may have put as much as $400,000 worth of bulk mail into the postal system without charging customers for it, according to charges filed with U.S. District Court. The employee, Michael Sargent, was charged Friday with stealing and disposing of public records. Sargent joked with co-workers that his best friend was "T.C.," or trash can, according to charging documents. He mentioned to a co-worker that he would like to see the Postal Service go bankrupt.   |


December 10, 2005 - USPS Briefs NAPUS on Implementation of the Delivery and Retail Standardization Process- Target areas for improvement in delivery operations include city and rural workload management, route inspections, total efficiency indicators and deliveries per hour compared to SPLY, and percent to standard for rural workhours.Retail standardization will emphasize improving LDC 45 window staffing efficiency by reacting to reductions in window transactions and revenue, and increases in alternate access growth revenue. Hiring and staffing needs in post offices will be a key agenda item at the NAPUS/USPS consultative meeting on December 20, 2006   |


December 10, 2005

e-NAPUS Newsletter: Sen. Bond Loosens Hold on S. 662 (PDF)

To avoid Christmas in July, mail on time
Baton Rouge mail operation expands
Streetside mail on way out
Murder suspect's mail monitored, lawyer says

Police arrest suspect in postal theft


December 9, 2005

Arizona: Mail delivery falls short - more pickets planned

Senator Clinton launches petition to save Purple Heart stamp
Holiday postal rush
Postal Service helps spread the love

Maydelle post office cancels extended holiday hours
Carriers will play Santa again Saturday

Still No Wine in the Mail, Months After a New Law

How a company cashed in on anthrax
EDITORIAL: Stamps and cents


December 8, 2005 - Bloomington P&DC added to AMP Study list -As it stands now over 26 facilities will be subject to consolidation, or subject of AMP (Area Mail Processing) studies.) - "USPS notified APWU of its intent to conduct an AMP survey for the feasibility of consolidating certain mail processing operations at Bloomington (IN) P&DC with Indianapolis (IN) P&DC."  |

- Moving postal service to Memphis a bad idea

- Consolidating Utica (NY) Mail to Syracuse could affect up to 60 jobs


December 8, 2005- Newspaper Groups Oppose Postal Service Discount for Time Inc. Mailer
The federal Postal Rate Commission (PRC) should block a deal that would give a big postage discount to a single large mailer, the Newspaper Association of America (NAA) and the National Newspaper Association (NNA) said Thursday. NNA and NAA are trying to derail a United States Postal Service (USPS) application to create special Standard -- or bulk -- mail rate discounts up to 3-cents per letter for Bookspan, a book-marketing partnership of Time Inc. and Bertelsmann AG. They also argue that the USPS "does not obtain any cost savings from the proposed arrangement."


December 8, 2005 -''Financial Concerns' Prompt OPM to Consider Dropping Postmasters Benefit Plan - the notice sent to the postmasters plan faulted the league for failure to comply with OPM directives, failure to adjudicate health claims in a timely and accurate manner and failure to ensure that the plan pays or denies claims properly. The notice said that OPM no longer considers the league or the postmasters plan "a viable contracting entity" for the federal health benefits program.To wait until only four days are left in the open season to announce something of this magnitude is just beyond belief," said Steve D. LeNoir, president of the National League of Postmasters, which sponsors the plan. "The timing is just terrible." LeNoir said OPM "felt we were not financially solvent." He said the plan had been working with OPM to address concerns "and we're surprised that they would not allow us to submit our compliance plan."   |

- OPM plans to drop Postmasters Benefit Plan from insurance offerings

December 8, 2005 - Postal Supervisor Charged With Stealing Post Office Funds - A Milford woman has been charged in U.S. District Court with embezzling U.S. Postal Service funds while serving as a supervisor at the Wayland Post Office since her appointment in October 1998. Sheryl E. Burr is accused of using a Postal Service merchant purchase authorization card to obtain goods for her own personal use in addition to those bought to use in supervisory duties. According to Postal Service Special Agent John Horgan, a number of transactions billed to the U.S. Postal Service by Burr attracted the attention of investigators. They included a vacuum cleaner and accessories valued at $960, three satellite radio systems worth $787, income tax preparation materials priced at $109 and a "Blue Tooth" mobile telephone headset for $63  |

December 8, 2005

Letter Carrier Saves Life 

Delivering more than the mail for 35 years
Man saves Postal Worker from dog attack

USPS Issues  Final Rule for Conduct on Postal Property

Transportation companies treating customers better online -- study

Decision on Otho post office still in the mail

APWU, Other Unions Rally for Workers Rights

Burrus: Good News on Mail Volume
Junk Mail Beats Spam Again in '05
Revenue, Pieces, and Weight by Classes of Mail, Quarter 4, 2005 (PDF)

Postal Bulletin 12/8 Issue: TSP Policy Change — Elimination of TSP Percentage Caps

APWU: Health Plan Open Season Ends Dec. 12

New 39-Cent Stamp on Sale Today

Thayer postal worker commended for service
Post Office's Operation Phone Card
Colorado: Semi Rear-Ends Postal Truck, Spills Mail on Road
Postal union fears shift of work to Memphis
NALC President Young: Kit Bond is holding up progress
Holiday season stress hitting postal workers
Fire in postal collection box destroys some mail

Mail carriers increasingly being attacked by dogs


December 7, 2005

Post office braces for rush of holiday mail
USPS says ship no later than Dec. 19

'First Class' act, U.S. Postal Service
USPS asks for HOS exemption
Pitney Bowes Wants to Tap $250B 'Mailstream' Marketplace


December 6, 2005 -USPS Ends Year in Black and Debt Free; Escrow Fund Looms
The U.S. Postal Service reported today it concluded fiscal 2005 with a net income of $1.4 billion on record revenues of $70 billion and record volume of 212 billion pieces of mail. "Financially, we are in the best position we've been since the 1970s," said Postmaster General John E. Potter at the December meeting of the Board of Governors. "Despite the strong financial and productivity records of recent years, we are facing a modest increase in postage rates in January." Although today's postal financial news is positive, Potter cautioned that the forecast for 2006 projects a surplus from operations, but coupled with an anticipated escrow requirement of $3.1 billion, the Postal Service will likely have a net deficiency approaching $2 billion |

Potter Cautious on FY06 Forecasts for USPS

Audited Financial Statements presentation given by CFO Dick Strasser to the BOG, and the

FY 2006 USPS appropriation request,  via PostCom.org


December 6, 2005 - Arizona: Postal Carriers Short on Staff
"Bob Hanson believes there is more to the problem than the holiday crunch. As president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1902, he claims the Postal Service refuses to hire career employees and that's hurting his letter carriers in Paradise Valley and other East Valley communities. "We've received complaints from carriers about working long hours, but the real concern is for safety. Imagine someone sitting in their house at 8 p.m. hearing their mailbox being rattled. They don't know it's just the mail carrier," Mr. Hanson said."  |
San Diego: Late mail leaves some residents in the dark


December 6, 2005 - USPS OIG Semiannual Report to Congress  

Highlights - Changes to the Mail Processing Network, Evaluation of Mail Processing Plants The Evolutionary Network Development (END) is the Postal Service’s network redesign strategy. New automated equipment that is being developed will sequence flats (large envelopes, magazines, and publications) in delivery order. This will eliminate manual sorting and thereby achieve savings. The Postal Service plans to field test this equipment in April 2006 with deployment scheduled to begin early in 2008. Controlling Costs in City Letter Carrier Operations - The Postal Service has two methods at its disposal to achieve this lower cost — convert some existing city routes to rural routes or establish new growth. The Postal Service is planning to redeploy the bottom 100 of the 800 underperforming APCs and more - full report   |


December 6, 2005 - Giving tree' transplanted from Barnegat Post Office - The U.S. Post Office is no longer going to allow the Food Pantry to place its "giving tree" in the Post Office lobby. The tree, also known as an angel tree, is a holiday staple, allowing local residents to contribute to children in need. People pluck off a little tag that may read, for example, "Boy, 8 years old," or "Girl, 10 years old," and then buy a gift accordingly. But officials at the local U.S. Post Office branch said that higher-ups are enforcing a long-standing rule this year. The rule prohibits solicitation, no matter how worthy the cause, on any part of U.S. Post Office property.


December 6, 2005 - Late mail leaves some residents in the dark  - Postal Workers Struggle With Long Shifts -Some San Diego residents are complaining that their mail doesn't arrive until well after dark, or worse: not at all |


December 6, 2005

Residents want to keep post office
Pit Bull mix attacks letter carrier
Rudolph, Ohio, offers special postmark again

Mail Tubs Need to be Returned

Canada: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor punches


December 5, 2005- Letter Carriers to Picket Missouri Offices Of Senator Bond to Protest Hold On Postal Reform Bill-Active and retired Missouri letter carriers will engage in informational picketing on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CST in four cities across the state to protest the action by Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.) that is blocking a U.S. Senate floor vote on bipartisan postal reform legislation aimed at improving universal mail delivery and curtailing future postage rate increases. |

- NALC President Young Urges Senator to Lift 'Hold' on Postal Reform Bill


December 5, 2005 -No downtime for USPS managers
U.S. Postal Service managers won industry honors in 2005 for their information security and privacy practices. Now they face new security challenges in issuing mandatory electronic identity cards to about 1 million employees and contractors and improving the postal agency’s business continuity and disaster recovery procedures. Both are tall orders, said Peter Myo Khin, USPS’ manager of corporate information security. Issuing
secure identity credentials will become mandatory by Oct. 27, 2006, under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12. Myo Khin said complying with HSPD-12 will be expensive for USPS, especially complying with its mandatory clearance process before issuing computer-readable identity cards. |


December 5, 2005 - My Letter to Santa Claus -  By Brian Thomason, Denver APWU Clerk Craft Director  - "My wish this year is that every child receives a Christmas gift from Santa. There have been many disasters in the world this year. There are still people missing in Sri Lanka. Some kid’s parents were washed out to sea. Will they still receive a gift? Here in our country we had all the horrific hurricanes and terrible tornadoes and storms. I am concerned about all of those children too. What kind of Christmas will they have with all the damage that occurred? Their homes lost, destroyed, flooded and un-inhabitable. These families must still be going thru a living hell! Santa, I work for the US Postal Service. I am going to try to help you with this task. I feel that because we sort and deliver so many of your Christmas gifts every year, that I consider all postal employees to be “Santa’s Elves |


December 5, 2005 - First female postmaster in Philadelphia started as carrier - In case you missed it, Nov. 18 was Postmaster Day in Philadelphia. Mayor Street proclaimed it in honor of the official installation that morning of the first female postmaster in Philadelphia history, who follows in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin. Judith L. Martin, 46, started in 1987 as a letter carrier in Hartford, Conn., Martin said she joined the post office as a letter carrier because of its job security. Within 18 months, she was an acting manager. She held three postmaster positions, then oversaw 84 other postmasters before becoming postmaster here in July. As postmaster of Philadelphia, she manages 62 stations, postal retail stores and branches in the 191 zip code. Her workforce delivers more than three million pieces of mail daily to 712,000 residences and businesses.


December 5, 2005  -Traffic World: Contract Driver against granting USPS HOS exemption -  As a government agency, the Postal Service is exempt from HOS rules, but its contractors are not. The agency has more than 5,000 contracts with motor carriers for moving mail. Without the change, Anderson said the Postal Service would be forced to redo some of its contracts, which are built around the old rules. "Existing contract awards were based on internal operating costs and rate structures determined by existing regulations, not the new rules," Anderson said. "Given the rigid time schedules of Postal Service mail processing operations, the revised rules would require more drivers and, in some cases, unique highway transportation operations in order for the mail to arrive/depart on time." One driver who said he drove for three years for a USPS contract carrier told the FMCSA that allowing the exemption would jeopardize highway safety. "We were paid only for the trips we ran, not for the down-time unloading, etc.," Steve Reeves wrote. "As a result, it was common to spend 12 hours (or more) of my day and be paid for only five or six. This encourages some mail drivers to hold down second jobs, and seldom do they (or their employer) faithfully track the hours as required." Reeves urged the FMCSA to make USPS operate like any other shipper |


December 5, 2005

Jamestown Post Office Achieves Prestigious OSHA "Star" Recognition

Postal Increase Will Speed The Decline of The Post Office

Spencerport postman delivers packages in a different way

USPS re-ups Nortel PEC Solutions for automated business mail system

Postal Worker's last day at work, first day of a new life
USPS E-Services
The Impact of Age, Generation, and Life Stage on Use of Mail and Media
Rates for FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery to Raise 3.9 Percent
UPS hands full in legal battles with their franchisees


December 4, 2005- The Snail in the Mail - Hundreds have signed their names, declaring that they've experienced a problem receiving promotional and sales fliers on time, and that they want it to stop. The regional managers of the Eureka Main Post Office, Congressman Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, and through him, the PMG have heard their complaints. The office has gone through four different postmasters since 2003. Eureka Postmaster Ed Stoner was put on administrative leave after having made statements to the media that there were no more delays in third-class. Some claim that the managers get bonus checks for keeping costs down. They say that may be the reason why the district management has not provided the Eureka P.O with the staffing it needs. San Francisco District Manager Scott Tucker dismissed the accusations.|

- Postal Workers, Officials differ on need for more clerks (9/23/05)


December 4, 2005 - USPS Service district raises $43,500 to fight cancer- The Mid-America District of the U.S. Postal Service issued a challenge to post offices in western Missouri and eastern Kansas during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The challenge was to sell 500,000 Breast Cancer Research stamps during October. The offices ended up selling more than 544,000.


December 4, 2005

Leak in gas line delays mail delivery

Busy Season For East Texas Post Offices
Boos For The Rate Increase

Senators weigh in on Las Cruces (NM) postal issues

West Michigan post offices expand services


December 3, 2005

Will postal insurance pay up if one of these items is damaged?

Postal Worker Rockin' John rockin' on
Plan to cut Olympia postmark advances
Post office closed due to mold
Letter carrier honored for helping 11-year-old girl

You've got (movies in the) mail


December 02, 2005 - Postal Network Redesign Could Boost Savings, But Cut Jobs NAPS Legislative Update - "For years the Postal Service has kept its plans for the realignment of the postal network under lock and key.   With declines in mail volume and increases in automation looming larger each year, postal network redesign may be the silver bullet that unleashes huge increases in processing and transportation efficiencies, producing billions of dollars in cost savings for the Postal Service.  Those savings could come through the elimination of “excess network capacity”, resulting in the closure or consolidation of potentially large numbers of processing and distribution facilities -- and the elimination of thousands of jobs. |


APWU: FSM 100 Machines Changes Will Reduce 900 Full-Time Positions " USPS has announced plans to retrofit approximately 200 FSM 100 machines, about one third of its inventory.  Flat mail that requires preparation will be integrated into the FSM 100 machine.  The retrofit is expected impact clerks and mail handlers.  The USPS anticipates a reduction of the work-hour equivalent of approximately 900 full-time positions, spread across both crafts, nationwide. A retrofit of the FSM 100, the Automated Tray Handling System eliminates the need to label flat tubs and to replace flat tubs once they are dispatched from the machine. The anticipated impact of this system will be a reduction of one mail processing clerk from each five-person crew that is currently used to operate an FSM 100.

- USPS  schedule for deploying:  Automatic Induction (pdf) |  AFSM/ATHS (pdf)


December 02, 2005 - NALC: Tell Rep. Flake NO to Privatization -

As you know H.R. 22, The Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act of 2005 passed the House by a vote of 410-20 on July 26th. The NALC e-Activists worked very hard to help pass Postal Reform, but also to defeat a number of anti-worker amendments. One of the amendments was offered by Congressman Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and would have required within the legislation a five-year privatization pilot program, specifically to study alternate means of delivery. In an October 25th letter to Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman James C. Miller III, Congressman Flake expresses his interest in pursuing privatization further and even asks for USPS help in doing so. |

NALC President Young Urges Senator to Lift 'Hold' on Postal Reform Bill


December 02, 2005 - USPS Seeks Waiver of Driving Safety Rule
 In an action that could have serious safety implications, the USPS has applied for an exemption from a Department of Transportation rule that limits the number of hours that drivers can spend at work. If the waiver is approved, Highway Contract Route (HCR) drivers would be permitted to drive more than 11 hours in a day and could be at work (driving and on standby) in excess of 14 hours. HCR drivers work for private mail-carriers under contract with the USPS |


December 02, 2005 - Special Postal Bulletin New Rates and Fees Effective January 8, 2006
This special issue of the Postal Bulletin contains information about the rate change, including resources for customers and employees, new rate and fee tables, and revised postage statements. Customers and employees can find additional information at


December 02, 2005 - Postal Service says New Orleans mail on the way
The Postal Service’s effort to recover and sanitize flood-damaged mail has been completed and that mail is now being delivered in the New Orleans metropolitan area, the U.S. Postal Service said in a news release Thursday. The Postal Service has worked with an environmental engineering firm to collect and inspect this mail. Mail that was intact with a legible address was isolated, dried and sanitized prior to delivery in New Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Cameron parishes.


December 02, 2005

Las Cruces Mail Complaints Reach Senator
e-NAPUS Newsletter: Thanksgiving Misgivings (PDF)

Postcom: How CD/DVDs Affect Letter Mail Automation

USPS: Standard Mail Strong Despite October Dip
Postal Service's New Catalog Request Card Service
Postal Service boxed in by holiday mail
Slow delivery on check of letter carrier's damage
31-Year USPS Veteran John Sadler Joins Bowe Bell + Howell
Flooded mail to be delivered soon

Madison postal clerk indicted

USPS Kicks Off Operation Santa Program

Detectives looking for post office bandit


December 01, 2005 - Protecting Parcel Post - Letter From Ralph Nader to PMG Potter
"I was recently surprised to discover that the "2005 Holiday Shipping and Mailing Guide" gives shipping deadlines for Global Priority Mail, Global Express Mail, Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail, and Express Mail, but not Parcel Post. It has also been brought to my attention that postal clerks are now being instructed not to mention the term "Parcel Post" to patrons. A clerk has even been suspended for making a patron aware of Parcel Post before trying to push them to use more expensive shipping options." |


December 01, 2005 - Masked Men Handcuffs Postal Worker to Sink , Steal Stamps
The Valhalla (NY) post office was robbed early this morning by two masked men who threatened a lone postal worker with a gun and left him handcuffed to a bathroom sink for more than an hour after taking an unknown amount of stamps from an office safe


December 01, 2005 - Sex Offender Arrested While Delivering Mail - "On Monday, neighbors noticed part-time postal carrier Kim Holbrook Daniel, delivering mail in street clothes and in a personal car, so they called police. "He apparently did not complete his route Monday and he was going back out in his own car the next day trying to complete the route," said Burke Swearingen, Homewood Police Chief. It turns out that Daniel was convicted in 1983 for a Texas burglary and attempted rape of a 12-year old. Although he did his time and registered in Pelham where he was living, he did not register in Homewood where he was working at the Snow Dr. Post Office."  |


December 01, 2005 - Postal workers get refresher in bulk - The U.S. Postal Service says it has retrained workers at the post office after a second time- sensitive mailing from a community group was misdirected and delayed


December 01, 2005 - NJ Mail Handler dies after being hit by minivan during walk home from work
Floyd Burzi, of Terrace Avenue, was on his way home from his job as a mail handler at the U.S. Postal Service Bulk Mail Center, in Secaucus, when he was hit at 3:11 a.m. by a Mercury Villager minivan driven by Rider Cedeno, 36, of Stuyvesant Avenue, police reports said


December 01, 2005

Woman marvels that cash she put in mail came back

Cleaner accused of stealing money orders at post office

Woman dies trying to pass rural carrier

League of Postmasters: Pay Variance Adjustments Announced

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