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2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 31, 2014

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


APWU: Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period, New Leave Year


Famous Postal Workers- includes former heavyweight champion and Olympian

The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

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


Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

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

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


US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

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

NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’- The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 . NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process Comments (Count)

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

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


Video: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “ The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  Comments (Count)

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

A Government Executive analysis of postal estimates show the consolidation plan will result in a net job loss — jobs lost at each facility minus those being relocated to existing plants — of 7,320.  (9/8/14) Comments (Count)


USPS Graphic: City letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. -This graphic covers the percentage of city letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. nationwide in FY 2014 (October to April)  Comments (Count)



Video: The Secret Inside the Postal Service

It’s a story the U.S. Postal Service did not want us to tell you: Sexual assaults committed not just by customers and strangers, but by postal employees against other postal employees. (11/25/14)

After 68 Years, America’s Senior Letter Carrier Hangs Up His Satchel

“Rudy Tempesta, the longest-serving mailman in the United States. For 68 years, first in New York City, and since 1959 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina he’s been delivering good news and bad, checks and bills, letters and magazines, catalogs and packages. Rudy Tempesta had a decorated military career, flying 21 missions as a turret gunner in a B-24, often flying alongside the famed Tuskegee Airmen (11/25/14)

NAPS Urges PRC to Open Inquiry into Plant Consolidations and Expected Mail Slowdown - The National Association of Postal Supervisors has requested the Postal Regulatory Commission to assess the impact of the Postal Service’s planned consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities, slated to begin in January 2015. The consolidations are expected to slow down delivery of much of the nation’s mail  (11/25/14)  Comments (Count)

Video: Postal Robberies Skyrocketing

On the anniversary of the murder of a local postal carrier, the News4 I-Team shows a never before released list of crimes committed against postal employees, including a dramatic increase in robberies. The News4 I-Team obtained a nationwide list, never before released to the public, of more than 1,600 violent crimes against postal employees. We found robberies increased more than 300 percent between 2010 and 2013, some involving truckjackings, kidnappings and shootings. Tom Dodge with the grassroots organization Community and Postal Workers United told us, "Unfortunately, very expensive items are going through the mail now. Cell phones, computers, tablets, jewelry. (11/25/14)  Comments (Count)

APWU Demands Info on Emergency Procedures: 911 Call Delayed Up to 50 Minutes; Employee Dies - Director of Industrial Relations Tony D. McKinnon Sr. has asked the Postal Service to explain its protocols for providing emergency medical assistance after learning that a Bay Area postal employee lay dying for as much as 50 minutes before 911 was called. (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)

USPS Played Cat And Mouse With Cyber Attacker

Postal Service takes restrained, methodical approach to cyberattack. Was this the right strategy When US Postal Service (USPS) officials received word about a major network intrusion earlier this year, one of its first instructions was to take no immediate action. Equifax provides tips to help keep personal and financial info secure following data breaches - An identity thief may wait up to a year or even longer before using your personal information (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)

USPS Fiscal Year 2015 Integrated Financial Plan

The IFP includes a reduction of 5 million work hours, largely as a result of continued efforts to right-size the network and operating window to align with the current and projected mailing landscape, and ongoing PostPlan savings. However, these savings will not be sufficient to offset inflationary and other cost increases and our total expenses will grow in FY2015. (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)

NALC Legislative Update

Committee leadership taking shape for incoming Congress One of the first orders of business for lawmakers returning after the mid-term elections was voting on committee leadership posts for the 114th Congress. Those elections were held on Tuesday. With regard to committees of importance to the NALC, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) will no longer chair the Oversight Committee. Jason Chaffetz promises less personal Oversight  (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)

PMG Pat Donahoe’s Thanksgiving message to postal employees

The season is upon us when we take the time to reflect on the many things for which we are grateful: our family and friends; our co-workers; our jobs; our health and the freedoms we enjoy in America. (11/24/14)

New Postmaster General’s Goal: Act Like Private Sector

Ms. Brennan, who has spent nearly three decades at the agency since her yearlong stint as a letter carrier, is on deck to become the nation’s first woman postmaster general. She faces a tough challenge: transforming the Postal Service to meet the biggest financial challenges in its history, as Americans send fewer and fewer letters. New postal chief faces lots of turmoil as more cuts loom nationwide  (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)

USPS OIG says 31% of postal contract drivers did not always have a valid security clearance - According to Postal Service policy and contract terms, contract drivers must obtain a non-sensitive clearance, which must be renewed every 4 years. The CO plays an essential role in ensuring the Postal Service and suppliers comply with contract terms and conditions. The AO is responsible directly to the CO in administering the contracts so the Postal Service receives the best possible service and contract performance. According to contracting officials, the AOs are supposed to ensure contract drivers have the appropriate security clearance. In addition, the AOs must maintain security clearance files, including Postal Service Form 2025, Contract Personnel Questionnaire and notification from the SISC stating that it granted the security clearance. (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)
Ohio Letter Carrier with 55 yrs. service in serious condition after getting hit by car - Updated with video- A well-known Springfield postal worker who has walked the downtown delivery route for more than 30 years is in serious condition Monday after he was struck by a car last week  (11/24/14)  Comments (Count)

The Missouri Letter Carrier turned FedEx driver who sued and won

Letter Carrier thought working for FedEx was his ticket to a better life. It turned out to be anything but: His years as a driver for FedEx Ground ended with him filing for bankruptcy and taking the company to court. Gray is one of the thousands of FedEx drivers who have sued the company and won  (11/23/14)  Comments (Count)

NY letter carrier arrested for DWI after hitting postal truck at post office

A letter carrier was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated on Saturday in Utica, NY, police said. On Saturday, November 22 around 5:00 p.m., Utica Police Department officers were called to the Pitcher St. station of the U.S. Postal service for an accident.  (11/23/14)  Comments (Count)

OnTrac, USPS launch last-mile delivery service

Western regional parcel carrier OnTrac launched a delivery service in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that offers large-volume retailers a fourth major business-to-consumer option in a region covering 70 million consumers.  (11/22/14)  Comments (Count)

Video: OIG Audit – San Francisco postal distribution center ‘inefficient’ and ‘overstaffed’- A new audit from the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General says the San Francisco Processing and Distribution Center is inefficient and overstaffed. The report, released Thursday, calls for the center to drastically reduce work hours for hundreds of employees to save millions of dollars.  (11/21/14)  Comments (Count)
Letter Carrier Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Plotting Robbery of Postal Contract Driver - a former United Stated Postal Service employee, has been sentenced to federal prison for participating in a conspiracy that culminated in the robbery and shooting of a postal truck driver on December 20, 2013, in Conley, Ga   (11/21/14)  Comments (Count)

Americans Rate Postal Service Highest of 13 Major Agencies

While the U.S. Postal Service has recently withstood a barrage of negative attention, from getting hacked to announcing continued multibillion-dollar deficits, it enjoys the most positive image  (11/21/14)  Comments (Count)

 Carper voices concern on Brennan’s selection as PMG with only 4 of 9 USPS Governors -There are five vacancies on the USPS Board of Governors. By the end of this year it could possibly be EIGHT vacancies due to Senate inaction. Stephen Crawford and James Miller were originally nominated in 2012.  It has been nearly three years since the Board has seated all of its 9 members. PRC is facing the same dilemma.  (11/20/14)   Comments (Count)

APWU: New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach

New revelations about the security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems are raising additional concerns about this very troubling incident. Lawmaker: Delayed notification of postal hacking ‘doesn’t fly’| USPS Data Breach Timeline (11/20/14)  Comments (Count)

Does The USPS ‘Credit Monitoring Program’ provide enough protection for Postal Employees? On November 10, 2014, postal employees were notified of the USPS Data Breach. Now ten (10) days later postal employees are no closer  to finding out what happened, why it happened and why the two month delay (11/20/14)  Comments (Count)

Chief Information Security Officer to leave USPS for private sector

Charles "Chuck" McGann, Jr. USPS Manager, Corporate Information Security was responsible for overseeing the information security of one of the largest technology networks maintained by any organization in the world  (11/18/14)  Comments (Count)

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November 25,  2014

Video: Teens Suspected of Stealing Packages from Porches

Mail Truck catches fire in Puerto Rico

Video: USPS animation app can do amazing things to your neighborhood mailbox

Ex-Idaho City postmaster gets jail after ‘staggering breach of trust’


November 24,  2014

Buffalo: Postal Service regroups from mail disruption

National Trust Joins Lawsuit against USPS to save Berkeley Post Office

400 Danish Postal Employees Fired

Postal vehicle destroyed by fire in Tennessee

Game on – Internal holiday ‘playbook’ sent to postal employees

USPS: Holiday postmarks begin Nov. 29

Video: Snow Delays Mail Delivery in Hard Hit Areas, Across Western New York

U.S. Postal Service Holiday Ad Shows It’s Ready for Game Time

Online shopping spurs York's post offices to deliver on Sundays


November 23,  2014


Lufkin mail carrier shot, Dallas USPS investigating

Changes to Catastrophic Health Protection in 2015 Should Reassure Feds

Postal service investigating California mail thefts

Car Talk: Delivering mail hard on Scion’s brakes


November 22,  2014

U.S. mail about to get slower

Video: South Carolina Rural Letter Carrier Saves Woman’s Life

Man Wielding Baseball Bat Robs Postal Worker

House chairman says he will focus on mundane task of postal reform

Tucson Postman Recognized for Role in Flood Rescue

Clever mailboxes can be dangerous, Colorado authorities say


November 21,  2014

Woman Caught on Tape Stealing Package Delivered to South Philly Home

Drug traffickers target the post office

USPS Letters FROM Santa Program Keeps Children’s Holiday Spirit Alive

Open for business: New center will bring together USPS, entrepreneurs

Topeka postal employee indicted for stealing prescription drugs from US mail


November 20,  2014

Vigil planned for Maryland postal carrier slain last year delivering mail in the dark

Mail delivery disrupted throughout Buffalo area

Discover-ed: How Direct Mail Competes With Digital Marketing Channels

Tennessee letter carrier celebrates 50 years of service

OSHA UPDATE: New Reporting Requirements Start January 1

Judge blasts ex-postal worker for stealing pot from the mail

Ohio carrier injured in collision with SUV

Indictment: Kansas postal employee stole drugs from mail

Highway Contract Routes (HCR) Extra Trips in the Greater Indiana District


November 19,  2014

NPMHU: Updated Information on USPS Data Breach

The NPMHU continues to press the Postal Service for answers regarding the recent data breach affecting all postal employees and some postal retirees.  We have requested a meeting to determine what the Postal Service knew, when they knew it, and why the Unions and employees were not notified more promptly.  Postal Service ‘functioning normally’ after cyber breach, official says in testimony for hearing - the agency has yet to find evidence that hackers used the information for identity theft, according to the agency’s head of digital security. Issa did not mention that the hearing is also about mail covers House Oversight Hearing: Examining Data Security at the United States Postal Service - Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said the Postal Service knew about the hack in September, but waited until late October to confidentially brief the committee. House hearing will press Postal Service for more info on data breach NALC President congratulates incoming Oversight Chairman Chaffetz | Chaffetz succeeds Issa as House Oversight Committee ChairmanComments (Count)


Video: Police looking for thief who stole packages from USPS delivery van

Police are looking for a thief who reportedly stole packages from a United States Postal Service van Monday while the USPS employee was walking door-to-door


Video: Oklahoma news anchor sorts mail for a day

USPS Supervisor escorts carriers delivering to senior housing complex after alleged assault

Postal worker fights arctic air to keep mail on time

Alert postal worker credited for saving home on fire in Louisiana



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