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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
2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 3rd

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)

 

  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

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. 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)

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 Chairman(11/19/14)  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)

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 (11/19/14) 

PMG Donahoe, COO Brennan address employees in new video

For the first time in several years, the Postal Service has money to invest in its future, PMG Pat Donahoe says in his latest video message to employees Congress May Have One Month to Save the Postal Service  (11/18/14)  Comments (Count)

NALC files NLRB charge over USPS response to hacking

NALC may seek different or additional remedies than credit monitoring  (11/18/14)  Comments (Count)

NY Congressman Higgins Opposes Reduced USPS Service Standards

“The erosion of service standards is not only bad for customers, US businesses, and hardworking postal workers but it represents a huge step backward in an increasingly competitive delivery industry (11/18/14)  Comments (Count)

Watford City, ND Post Office overwhelmed and understaffed leading into holidays - With the holidays fast approaching, the local Watford City Post Office is feeling the pressure of trying to adequately meet the needs of their customers with an insufficient amount of staffing and an enormous amount of mail volume.  (11/18/14)

Video: USPS.com changes make it easier for customers to use

The Postal Service is changing usps.com to make it easier for customers to use. The changes include simplifying the website’s navigation tools to focus on its most popular pages — such as mailing and shipping,  (11/18/14) 

USPS 911 Policy may have caused critical delays in death of Oakland Postal Worker - (Oakland, CA) No one saw how Macasieb, was injured but coworkers later said they found him lying on his back, barely conscious. According to an internal postal service report, employees didn’t call 911 right away. They proceeded to contact several supervisors and managers who then alerted the onsite postal police department, who finally contacted 911. Details in the report show that up to 53 minutes elapsed from the time Macasieb was found to when emergency medical personnel were contacted. According to the USPS, this chain of events wasn’t a mistake. It was a policy.   (11/17/14)  Comments (Count)

Carper Questions Brennan’s Appointment as Postmaster General

In a statement lauding outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe for his service, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) at the same time questioned the choice of Postal Service COO Megan Brennan as Donahoe’s successor. Carper: If USPS Board of Governors nominees not confirmed soon=No quorum=No postal business -Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), spoke on the Senate floor urging his colleagues to confirm the critical nominations approved by the committee and waiting for consideration on the full Senate floor including five for the USPS Board Of governors and two for the PRC..  (11/13/14)  Comments (Count)

The Postmaster General Hangs Up His Mail Bag, With a Parting Shot at Congress - Donahoe says he believes it’s time for him to step aside, even if many of the initiatives that started on his watch are still in their early phases. But he’s just not sure he’s got the energy to keep going. “At a certain point in time, it’s time to go,” he says. “Some of these things may take three of four more years. I don’t know if I’ve got enough in the gas tank for three or four more years.”   (11/17/14)  Comments (Count)
APWU wins $4.8 million settlement in 'Call Center' case

Update: The $4.8 million settlement was part of nearly $20 million arbitration award. On November 12, 2014, APWU National settled the Call Center grievance for $4,800,000.00.  (11/13/14)  Comments (Count)

USPS awards UPS a $365 million contract for air transportation services

USPS awarded UPS Worldwide Forwarding, Inc., a subsidiary of United Parcel Service (UPS), a contract  for air transportation services, both within and outside the continental United States.. (11/16/14) 

Senator Sanders: New PMG pursued damaging proposals to cut services and eliminate jobs - “Despite increased revenues and some very positive trends, Postal Service management seems hell-bent on slowing down mail delivery which is a self-destructive path that could put it into a death spiral,” Sanders said.  (11/14/14)  Comments (Count)

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November 20,  2014

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

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

 

November 18,  2014

Mail Surveillance: The Time for Secrecy Has Passed

USPS worker braves cold temperatures in Louisville, KY

Video: Thieves steal mail from over 40 mailboxes in Lake Forest Park, WA

Video: South Carolina mail carrier saves fallen woman who was outside for 3 days

The UN Has Its Own Postal Service And You Can Buy Its Awesome Stamps

 

November 17,  2014

Texas letter carrier delivers soulful musical performances
Postal Service truck traffic destroying quality of life in Portland neighborhood
Understanding USPS Delivery Performance
USPS expects stronger holiday package growth than rivals

List of hacked government agencies grows: State Department, White House, NOAA & USPS

Remote Alaska post offices face reduced hours

New Canaan Post Office: Address Unknown

USPS OIG Audit Report on Contract Postal Units (PDF) -

Gunman tries to rob postal carrier in South Carolina

 

November 16,  2014

USPS holding first online career fair on November 19th

Interested job seekers can get a virtual leg up on others competing in today’s challenging job market by participating in the Postal Service’s first Online Career Fair 

 

New York Postal Worker pleads guilty to attempted eavesdropping on co-workers

Palo Alto customers are asking, 'What's wrong with USPS?

 

November 15,  2014

Postal Workers Stage Protest after denied entry to USPS Board public meeting

Approximately 250 postal workers and supporters protested loudly in the lobby of Postal Service headquarters after they were denied entry to a “public” meeting of the Board of Governors’ on Nov. 14. Video: Postal Workers to Board: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! || Postal Workers Cheer Postmaster General’s Resignation, Call for Moratorium on Closings  Comments (Count)

 

10 Hicksville, NY VMF postal employees in trouble after caught sleeping on job

Special Agents from the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG)  raided the Hicksville, NY Vehicle Maintenance Facility early Friday morning. The VMF has been under investigation since June 2013 after receiving a tip that night shift workers were sleeping on the job. archive: Postal Worker (VMF) killed while repairing USPS truck in Hicksville, New York   Comments (Count)

 

Contractor critically injured after accident at USPS distribution center in Indiana

Postal Service finds Columbus woman's missing ashes

USPS Employee Arrested for Allegedly Distributing Meth On-Duty

 

November 14,  2014

USPS Board of Governors Selects Megan Brennan as 74th Postmaster General and CEO - The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors today announced the appointment of Megan J. Brennan, the current chief operating officer of the Postal Service, as the 74th Postmaster General and CEO Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire February 2015 | NALC statement on PMG retirement; USPS 2014 financial report APWU President Mark Dimondstein Reacts to PMG retirement  Comments (Count)

USPS Reports Revenue Increase, Prefunding contributed to $5.5 Billion Loss in Fiscal Year 2014 - Due to a cyber-security intrusion that the U.S. Postal Service announced on Nov. 10, management and external auditors are currently reviewing significant financial applications to confirm that the incident did not compromise the financial data needed to file the Postal Service’s fiscal 2014 Form 10-K. NALC: Poised for Growth – A Look at USPS 2014 Financial Results U.S. Postal Service FY 2014 end of year financial results

Fayetteville police arrest postal worker for stealing mail

FedEx workers at Newark, New Jersey facility vote against joining union

Million mile mailman retires from the Logan USPS

Editorial: Stop helicopter-parenting the Postal Service

 

November 13,  2014

US Postal Service Poised to Make Devastating Cuts in Service – Postal Workers to Deliver Message – ‘Stop Delaying America’s Mail’ – At 150 Protests in 50 States - Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service. Photos: Stop Delaying America’s Mail rally | Video: Tulsa, OK Postal Workers protest |  Youngstown, OH || MI GOP State Sen. urges Congress to stop closure of Lansing || MI State Reps. Call for Halt   Comments (Count)

 

GAO report to Issa on USPS’s plans to manage size and cost of workforce

GAO was asked to examine USPS's plans to manage the size and cost of its workforce. This report discusses (1) actions USPS has taken since 2006 to reduce the size and cost of its workforce and the results of those actions, (2) the status of other options USPS has identified to reduce workforce costs, and (3) steps that USPS has taken to implement workforce planning.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS opens “Mega Passport Office” in former Long Beach, CA mail center

The U.S. Postal Service has opened a new “Mega Passport Office” at the former Long Beach Processing and Distribution Center.   Comments (Count)

 

House hearing will press Postal Service for more info on data breach

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. PR: The real question is how a data breach could go on for nearly a year (Jan-Aug) and no one noticed until Sept. So employees were not made aware of data breach for 11 months.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: 15 postal workers hospitalized after eating leftovers from Veterans Day potluck - More than a dozen postal workers in Charlotte were hospitalized Thursday morning after eating leftovers from a company potluck dinner to honor veteran co-workers. According to company officials, 15 people were rushed to the hospital from the Charlotte Logistics and Distribution Center around 6 a.m. Thursday morning. PR: Our office catered potlucks partially due to a letter carrier getting sick.

Battle for Darrell Issa’s gavel heats up

Video: Camera catches thief stealing package from home in Houston

Semi dumps thousands of pieces of mail on Youngstown street

Unions Fight Postal Service Plans To Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards

Postal worker rescues 15 live baby chicks from the mail after man 'pranks' ex-girlfriend

Expert: LaPorte mailbox bomb designed to kill

 

November 12,  2014

APWU: Reps. Cummings, Lynch Are Latest to Request Moratorium on USPS Service Cuts - Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) are the latest in a long list of members of Congress calling for a moratorium on reductions in postal service standards and the closure of mail processing plants.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated - U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees received a scare last month when the Office of Personnel Management reported their share of their health care premiums would skyrocket nearly 19 percent in 2015. USPS, however, said the reality is not so bad.   Comments (Count)

 

NALC: The Latest on Letters – the Surprising Facts on Mail Volume

If you were to take a quick guess, would you say the volume of letters delivered in the last quarter by the U.S. Postal Service has risen or fallen? More than likely, most Americans would say “fallen.”  And who can blame them?  Certain members of Congress would have the American public believe that letter volume is on a swift, accelerating decline.   Comments (Count)

 

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated November 7, 2014

USPS it appears can’t make up its mind about Wausau, Wisconsin P & DF moving date.   USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Suspends Telecommuting Following Massive Data Breach

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has suspended telecommuting for employees while it works to remediate a network intrusion Video: Postal Service Hacked: Local Workers Fed Up Comments (Count)

 

Senator Hoeven: USPS Needs to Reevaluate Closing the Minot Mail (ND) Processing Center -  The senator called on Donahoe to adopt the report’s recommendations, including making information about proposed changes public in affected communities.  Comments (Count)

 

Retiring Ohio mailman carried friendship along with the mail

Ohio man plans wife’s funeral while USPS searches for lost cremated remains

Amazon will have to share Sunday delivery with competitors this holiday

 

November 11,  2014

Ed Show: GOP policy attacks veterans who work at the U S Postal Service

The United States Postal Services hires the largest numbers of veterans, yet their future of these jobs could be in jeopardy due to Republican policy. Ed Schultz and President of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein discuss.   Comments (Count)

 

Another Congressman requests more info from USPS on cyber attack

It appears that USPS has left Members of Congress, unions, postal employees and customers in the dark on the cyber attack. In his letter , Congressman Elijah Cummings requested information about the scope of the cyber-attack, including the types of data breached, the number of employees and customers potentially affected, findings about vulnerabilities to computer systems, and data protection improvement measures taken since discovering the breach. Congressmen want answers on why USPS waited two months to tell victims of data breach | Video: Customers react to U.S. Postal Service data hack    Comments (Count)

 

USPS data breach does not affect postal employees Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

USPS expecting stronger package growth than rivals at Christmas

Mail Carrier trapped inside vehicle after getting rear-ended, flipped upside down

Teamsters step up union drive at FedEx Freight, Con-way

 

November 10,  2014

APWU files Labor charges against USPS over lack of info on security breach

The security breach in the Postal Service’s data systems that compromised personal information about postal employees, including all active and some retired workers, is a very troubling matter. While the Postal Service has been aware of the security problems for months, they kept you and your union leadership in the dark.  USPS: the intrusion compromised call  center data submitted by customers between Jan.1, 2014 and Aug 16, 2014- for both customers and employees, we are not aware of any evidence that any of the potentially compromised information has been used to engage in any malicious activity. USPS Q & A on cyber intrusion and employee data compromise -Why were employees not told of the breach immediately after it was discovered? Communicating the breach would have put the remediation actions in jeopardy. We are unaware of any evidence that any of the compromised employee information has been used to engage in any malicious activity or to enable identity theft crimes. note: The breach also includes some RETIREES and employees who left USPS. PMG video message to employees. Video: Postmaster General’s message to employees regarding the cyber incident - Ok, but what about “These files may have also included PII for employees who left the organization anytime from May 2012 to the present.” Do former USPS employees have to wait on the 2-5 day info in the mail? USPS Statement on Cyber Intrusion Incident -The Postal Service has recently learned of a cyber security intrusion into some of our information systems. We began investigating this incident as soon as we learned of it, and we are cooperating with the investigation, which is ongoing.  Comments (Count)

 

OIG: USPS did not evaluate all costs in Nonmachinable Outside Parcels Pilot Program with UPS - Our objective was to evaluate costs associated with the pilot program to process NMOs using an outside contractor. In the future, we plan to evaluate productivity and efficiencies associated with NMO processing   Comments (Count)

 

APWU-represented postal employees to receive 1-2.5 per cent pay raise Nov. 15

APWU-represented postal employees will receive an increase in their annual salaries effective Nov. 15, which will be reflected in paychecks dated Dec. 5.  Comments (Count)

 

Death of Missouri letter carrier whose body was found in lake ruled suicide

The Cape Girardeau and Bollinger County Major Case Squad announced Sunday afternoon the death of a man whose body was found in a lake Saturday was a suicide. Missouri postal worker’s body found in lake   Comments (Count)

 

USPS soliciting suppliers of cold packs for grocery delivery

Baltimore Postal Worker Convicted Of 7-Year OWCP & Food Stamp Fraud

Video: Mail truck plummets down embankment in Pennsylvania

Video: USPS truck spills its load, sending mail all across road in Detroit

Texas rehab clinic that treated postal workers being investigated for $$millions in health care fraud

 

November 9,  2014

USPS National Plan to change Postal Employees work schedules starting in January 2015 - The "Realignment" deals with three parts, changing service standards to end overnight and add a day for most first class mail, closing 82 more plants, and changes to mail processing.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS OIG seeking supplier to provide strategies for expanding postal banking services- In laying out potential plans of action and analyzing the pros and cons of each one, the OIG aims to inform the Postal Service and other stakeholders as they consider how to move forward. Comments (Count)

 

Video: Mail spews onto Arkansas highway

 

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