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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)

 

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)

 

Updated: Tuesday | July 28, 2015  

LATEST POSTAL NEWS

Senator McCaskill Requests Study of Rural Broadband and Postal Access

Senator looks to examine lack of access to broadband technology in rural areas, dependence on reliable postal service  (7/27/15) Comments (Count)

The true cost for restoring service standards and why the Postal Service can afford it

Unfortunately, the CBO, C21, and the media reports all seem to have misunderstood the amendment, and they are obfuscating the main issue — how much would it actually cost the Postal Service to comply with the Fattah amendment? The amendment would simply require undoing what has happened since the beginning of the year, when the interim standards ended, and the cost would not be anything like $1 or $2 billion. As the following discussion explains, the amendment would probably cost something like $50 million, and the Postal Service could easily afford it . (7/27/15) Comments (Count)

Senator Cory Booker Introduces Postal Innovation Act to Help Expand Cost-Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Technology USPS has long been a provider of critical communications services, yet needs to explore ways to keep pace with the changing needs of consumers. (7/26/15) Comments (Count)

Video: USPS testing package-sized mailboxes

Package delivery can be tricky – sometimes a box can’t be left without a signature and those dropped at the front door could be damaged by weather. (7/24/15) Comments (Count)

OIG’s Short Look at USPS $100 million Retail Systems Software (RSS) Business Transactions

The U.S. Postal Service is currently replacing its existing retail point of service software with Retail Systems Software (RSS). As of May 2015, the Postal Service has deployed RSS to about 3,400 of the 17,781 retail units. The Postal Service plans a complete nationwide deployment by May 2016.  (7/24/15) Comments (Count)

Antitrust group urges FTC to look closely at proposed Staples/Office Depot merger

The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) today issued a white paper.  The paper urges the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to carefully scrutinize the competitive impact of the proposed Staples/Office Depot merger.  (7/24/15) Comments (Count)

USPS: Some postal employees could be affected by both OPM cybersecurity incidents

The cybersecurity incidents announced recently by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could affect some Postal Service employees.   (7/23/15) Comments (Count)

Postal Inspector Supervisor pleads guilty to stealing Playboys, pills, drug trafficking

A U.S. supervisory postal inspector once named a federal employee of the year pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing mail containing prescription pills, jewelry, passports, collectible Playboy magazines and other items in San Jose.    (7/22/15) Comments (Count)

Rural Carrier arrested after trespassing, wearing resident’s high-heel boots

Dover police said they arrested a postal worker after a resident saw the trespasser in her home on a surveillance video walking through the house and wearing her woman's high heel boots.   (7/22/15) Comments (Count)

Video: Charlotte County VA Fed Up With Slow Mail Delivery

The sight of an empty mailbox in Charlotte Courthouse is more than just an inconvenience for businesses and citizens. It’s straining communication and commerce in the county, and now even public officials have had enough.    (7/22/15) Comments (Count)

USPS quashes plan to create the coolest post office in America

The U.S. Postal Service has declined a civic improvement group’s proposal to replace the Tieton Post Office’s facade with a giant mosaic resembling a historic postage stamp.    (7/22/15) Comments (Count)

Philly Letter Carrier Had Over 22,000 Pieces of Mail in His Car and Garage

The information that letter carrier was employed by the U.S. Postal Service between May 2014 and January 2015 when he obstructed the passage of approximately 22,500 pieces of mail.  22,500 Pieces Of 'Missing' Mail Finally Getting Delivered    (7/22/15) Comments (Count)

 

 

 

 

 

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July 28,  2015

Dog hit and killed by postal worker in family's driveway

Should residents be forced to remove brick, stone mailboxes?

People who mailed themselves in boxes

 

 

July 27,  2015

Video: Man says postal worker threw package out of delivery truck

Former Letter Carrier Convicted of Drug Trafficking and Bribery

Former Virginia Beach RCA pleads guilty to mail theft
There is hope for near-term exigent surcharge removal
Yonkers Post Office Fails With Mail

Forward with the Postal Service: Not so fast

Tieton Post Office mosaics project hits fundraising goal  |  Dear USPS: Please Say Yes

While Its Streaming Service Booms, Netflix Streamlines Old (Postal) Business

California: Napans rally to protest earth-quake damaged post office demolition plans

Nebraska Man Credits Postal Worker With Saving His Life
With $5,000 prize in the bag, Virginia Beach postal clerk chips in for a family visit

 

July 26,  2015

The rest of the story: Mail carriers lack air conditioning
Ben Franklin, postal purveyor

Working to save items from truckload of burned mail
Georgia letter carrier saves elderly woman's life
Man arrested in connection with $60,000 worth of pot found at post office
Gyrocopter trial: No regrets on turning down plea deal

Postal Vehicle Struck By Driver In Quechee
Alabama letter carrier puts out grease fire
The Future in Focus: NALC’s 2015 National Conference in Houston
Bernie Sanders rallies with federal workers for ‘$15 and a union’
Canton Postal Carrier Receives Hero Award

 

July 25,  2015

Video: Another Georgia USPS Mail Carrier Caught Throwing Package

8 Reasons Your Retirement Estimate May be Inaccurate

Letter finds woman 47 years after postmarked; why it got to her so late a mystery

Postal employee and wife arrested for fake doctors excuses

Video: Mold Closes Orwigsburg PA Post Office

 

July 24,  2015

Surveillance camera catches postal worker tossing package at DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ga home

Car crash temporarily closes Kismet Post Office

IG: Postal Service could generate millions by partnering with wellness services

 

July 23,  2015

Tractor-trailer fire damages, destroys mail headed to USPS plant in Iowa

Video: Postal Worker finds two bodies at Arizona home

'He saved my life' - Carrier Helps Postal Customer
Phenix City, AL Post Office without air conditioning for five weeks
Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects 10-month deal
Postal Inspectors Catch Company Behind Fraudulent Tax Property Bill Mailings
Downtown Flint post office will close, USPS confirms

 

July 22,  2015

USPS: Claims of privatization are false and misleading

USPS released the following statement regarding “Providing convenient customer access to postal products and services” and privatizing the Postal Service:  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Growing concern Fresno mail delivery may no longer be safe

There’s growing concern nationwide that mail delivery may no longer be safe. Mail delivery shouldn’t be stressful. But for one Fresno woman, it is.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: City Officials wants all door mail delivery switched to PO boxes

Video: Postal Workers prepare for long shift and changing temperatures

Letter carrier convicted of stealing from his union pleads guilty to mail theft

Mail carrier rescues injured Hope Hull man trapped for 10 days

Former Ohio postal worker pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $15,000
Postal Service broke its own rules by creating collectible stamp, IG says
Wisconsin 22-year postal worker charged with mail thefts
USPS botched plan to make money off the most famous stamp error in history, watchdog says

 

July 21,  2015

USPS new Delivery Management System (DMS) tracks location of letter carriers

Should a carrier deviate from his or her designated geographic zone during street delivery, an alert is sent to the supervisor in an email or text message.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU, USPS Reach Settlement On PSE Fingerprint Compensation, Costs

The APWU and the Postal Service signed an agreement on July 15, 2015, that will compensate Postal Support Employees (PSEs) for the time they spent and costs they incurred to obtain fingerprints for background investigations Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker’s car towed while getting mail for his delivery route

A South Boston mail carrier says the city’s policy on towing went too far after his car was removed while he was delivering mail.  (7/21/15) Comments (Count)

 

Feds Dodge GOP's Proposed Cut to Their Retirement Benefits

Video: USPS driver hits mailbox, drives away
Postal Service IG criticizes creation, distribution of upright Jenny panes

Tieton Post Office mosaic redo drive tops $40K

House Tour: From Post Office to First Class Home

Post office delays closing of Youngstown sorting facility

Fast Company: The Post Office in the Cloud

 

July 20,  2015

$1 billion to restore USPS service standards? Did the CBO get it wrong?

According to the CBO, in order to return to the earlier service standards, the Postal Service would need to add work hours, reopen facilities that have been closed or sold, and replace equipment it no longer owns. The CBO offers to provide Senator Carper with further details on the $1 billion price tag, but the letter itself does not explain how the number was arrived at. If you look at what’s happened over the past few months, the $1 billion doesn’t seem credible, and one wonders if the CBO has misunderstood what the amendment is all about. . Comments (Count)

 

OIG audit suggests USPS cybersecurity is not ready for primetime

This was a self-initiated audit to determine whether the structure, operations, and resourcing of the Postal Service’s cybersecurity functions align with best practices to support the enterprise. .Postal Service response to OIG cyber security audit Comments (Count)

 

Mail truck hits and kills toddler in New Jersey

A two-year-old is dead and two other pedestrians, including another child, are hurt after they were struck by a postal truck in New Jersey, authorities said.  .

 

Congresswomen Introduce bill to Stop All Tobacco Sales through USPS

Connecticut Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Elizabeth Esty today introduced the Stop Tobacco Sales to Youth Act of 2015.   Comments (Count)

 

Alaska: Post office addresses eagle attacks

Rolando: Preserve valuable U.S. Postal Service

Legislation could aid effort to save Michigan mail centers

 

July 19,  2015

Hillary Clinton Faces Unrest Among Organized Labor

Video: Drought Means Booming Business At Tiny Yosemite Post Office

Letter Carriers collect thousands of school supplies

Post office gives 'lifeline' to community 12 miles out to sea

 

July 18,  2015

Louisiana Mailman Falls Victim to Summer Heat

“You think you know your own body,” says Paul Newman/ Monroe Mailman. Extreme summer heat can take it’s toll quicker than you think. Especially if you work outside like mailman, Paul Newman, it almost took his life. Comments (Count)

 

on his route  Comments (Count)

 

If you are confined to a wheel chair you will not be able to get into the Xenia post office. USPS spokesman says, “If they aren’t happy with the service we provide at that location they are welcome to go to one of the nearby post offices that are handicap accessible,” Comments (Count)

 

Blind dog accused of threatening mail carriers

Smokey is a 15-pound blind dog labeled as a threat to United States Postal Service mail carriers in Galveston. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Questions surround veteran mailman’s suspicious death

Portland OR police say bullet holes found in USPS vehicle after shooting

Ex-letter carrier pleads guilty to delivering heroin in mail

Video: Breast-feeding incident at Janesville WI post office sparks plan for ‘nurse-in’

Hundreds of pieces of mail dumped in Baltimore County storm drain

 

July 17,  2015

Former Ohio postmaster charged with stealing over $57,000 from USPS and customers

The former postmaster of the Gates Mills Post Office was charged today with theft of property used by the U.S. Postal Servic Comments (Count)

 

Wyoming postal employee honored for prizefighting past

Florida: Pasco mailbox broken into; deputies warn ID theft possible

In wake of theft, Palm Desert post office reduces hours

 

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