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USPS seeks to overturn OSHA citation, penalties in heat-related death of Missouri letter carrier - USPS is asking a federal court to review and set aside the final order of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC)  Comments (Count)

 

USPS awards contract for maintenance management worth up to $450 million -The contract was awarded to Jones Lang LaSalle Americas (JLL), located in Chicago, IL. The initial contract is for a two (2)-year base period and up to four (4) – two (2) year renewal option periods. The initial contract is estimated at $45,000,000 per year

 

USPS Re-Issues Policy on Oakland Postal Employees Calling 911 in Emergency

The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit had confirmed that the policy at the Oakland distribution facility does in fact dictate that in the event of a medical emergency, an employee must find a supervisor, who must contact the postal police and ask them to call 911.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS explanation of the Network Rationalization Service Standard Impacts . Video: USPS to Begin Cuts in Service Monday  Comments (Count)
USPS closing bulk of plants starting in April 2015, postal employees retiring on VER in January - USPS changed dates for nearly all plants scheduled for closure in 2015. There are no plants closing in January. The plants that were closing in January 2015 were changed for April 2015 or later in the year. USPS is also changing the 24-hour operations clock in January 2015.  Comments (Count)

USPS moving ahead with plans to consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities in 2015 -  This week the Postal Service said they will move ahead in 2015 with the next phase of its plan to consolidate up to 82 of its mail processing facilities. 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated December 12, 2014 Comments (Count)

 

USPS 911 Policy may have caused critical delays in death of Oakland Postal Worker - (Oakland, CA) No one saw how postal ckerj, was injured but coworkers later said they found him lying on his back, barely conscious.   Comments (Count)
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    Comments (Count)

USPS OIG: Security clearances for postal contract drivers - 31% of postal contract drivers did not always have a valid security clearance  Comments (Count)


Carper Questions Brennan’s Appointment as Postmaster General

ISen. Tom Carper (D-DE)  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  Comments (Count)

 

USPS Q & A on cyber intrusion and employee data compromise -Why were employees not told of the breach immediately after it was discovered? Comments (Count)

 

Famous Postal Workers- includes former heavyweight champion and Olympian

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

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

 

  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

New House Resolution Takes Aim at Delayed Mail

- Just weeks into the 114th Congress, a new bipartisan coalition of eight U.S. representatives is taking a stand for prompt, reliable mail service.   (1/28/15) Comments (Count)

Retired postal worker gives a different view of outgoing PMG Patrick Donahoe

As some one who actually knows Pat Donahoe personally, and worked with him several years in the late 80s and early 90s, I can say with certainty that you are completely mistaken about Mr. Donahoe’s abilities to run this organization  (1/27/15) Comments (Count)

USPS suspends mail delivery, retail operations in several states due to Winter Storm Juno - The line of impact includes facilities from the New Jersey shore all the way to Maine’s Downeast region, and includes the cities of New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford and Portland. Postal Service ends one-day storm shut down  (1/27/15)
Letter Carrier wounds Postal Worker wife, kills Postal Supervisor in murder-suicide - On January 24, 2015,  at 7:00 PM the Stanislaus County sheriff’s dispatch received a call from a male who said he had shot two people. The male immediately hung up the phone.   (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

Senator Stabenow Introduces Measure to Stop U.S. Postal Service Facilities

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today introduced an amendment that would stop the U.S. Postal Service from continuing the closure of facilities for two years, preventing delays in services that will impact Michigan families and small businesses  Senator McCaskill: If USPS is privatized Rural America will pay a very heavy price  (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

USPS files to increase some Shipping Prices

With affordable shipping options and improved tracking, the Postal Service hopes to attract new business customers and become their delivery platform of choice. In FY 2014, Postal Service Shipping and Package Services volume grew by 300 million pieces, an increase of 8.1 percent over the previous year.  (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

With a ‘Golden Parachute’ in Hand, Donahoe Opposes Retirement for Young Workers - When Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe retires at the end of the week, he’ll get a retirement package of more than $4 million. Not bad for a “civil servant.” But in his controversial farewell address to reporters at the National Press Club on Jan. 6, Donahoe made clear that he doesn’t think the union’s newest members deserve any postal retirement at all.  (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

Special delivery: Congresswoman, a postal retiree, praises USPS

Congresswoman started USPS career as a letter carrier and later worked in human resources management - Many Postal Service retirees begin new careers after leaving USPS, and Brenda Lawrence is no different — although her new job is unique. Lawrence took office this month as U.S. House of Representatives member.   (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

Video: The Police Force Behind the USPS

The List‘s Brien McElhatten discovered a little known police force that keep it all running smoothly and safely. (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

Flashback: USPS saves the day in rollout of Social Security Act

As with the Affordable Care Act, the Social Security Act’s rollout had been anything but smooth. The newly created Social Security Board had faced the daunting task of enrolling 26 million workers in less than a year—without the benefit of computers. But the board persevered and turned to another government agency that ended up saving the day—the U.S. Postal Service.  (1/26/15) Comments (Count)

Former Maryland Postal Employee sentenced for stealing over 20,000 pieces of mail - Letter carrier also stole USPS property along with passports, credit cards, gift cards, jewelry and much more.   (1/24/15) Comments (Count)

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated January 23, 2015

List of postal facilities that have completed mail moves and consolidations.  There are date changes for de-activation of some facilities.   (1/23/15) Comments (Count)

The Postal Service Emerges as Shipping Powerhouse for Small Businesses 

The other week I was reading an article about how shipping carriers fared over the holidays. FedEx and United Parcel Service were mentioned, but noticeably absent was the U.S. Postal Service.   (1/22/15) Comments (Count)

Americans spend $103 billion a year on predatory lenders. Postal banking could change that - Nearly 17 million American adults live in households where no one has a checking account; more than 50 million more have a checking account, but also have to rely on things like payday lenders  (1/22/15) Comments (Count)
NAPUS, LEAGUE OF POSTMASTERS PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION MOVES FORWARD - The proposed consolidation of NAPUS and the League of Postmasters has progressed to written submission for the new organization with a new name. (1/23/15)

PMG Donahoe's farewell reflects on the past — and looks to the future

In his final State of the Business video, PMG Pat Donahoe praises employees for their performance during the holidays and thanks them for their dedication. 1/22/15) Comments (Count)

Peals of laughter: USPS runs rings around The Onion

Who says the Postal Service doesn’t have a sense of humor?  1/22/15) Comments (Count)

Infographic: The USPS Long Life Vehicle

Considering the amount of wear and tear these trucks endure, the LLV really is an amazing testament to the durability of American engineering. USPS seeking suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) The purpose of this RFI is to inform prospective suppliers on the USPS’s preliminary/draft specifications and plans for acquisition of NGDV fleet replacements (1/20/15) Comments (Count)

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated January 20, 2015

USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation Phase II-2015. List of postal facilities that have completed mail moves and consolidations. (1/20/15)

USPS testing next generation mailbox

The Postal Service is testing new, larger mailbox designs that can handle more than 70 percent of the packages sent through the mail. (1/20/15) Comments (Count)

Postal Unions, Allies Launch ‘Campaign for Postal Banking’

A coalition of consumer organizations, financial reform groups, faith-based organizations and workers’ representatives – including the APWU and the other postal unions – announced the formation of the Campaign for Postal Banking on Jan. 19. The coalition is calling on the U.S. Postal Service to expand access to affordable financial services. (1/19/15) Comments (Count)

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January 28,  2015

Man hit by postal truck in Delaware dies of injuries

Video: Truck loaded with mail crashes on Virginia highway, driver charged

Video: Man’s fruit package rots after being delivered late by postal service

Video: Mail carriers enjoy rare day off thanks to Blizzard of 2015

 

January 27,  2015

California Postal Worker injured in 4-vehicle crash

USPS: On alert – Timely information helps customers during bad weather

Madison postal worker sentenced for stealing mail

Iowa Postmaster Admits Stealing VA Medication from Veteran

 

January 26,  2015

Chattanooga, TN letter carrier celebrates 50 years of service

Postal worker keeps Crossville woman from falling victim to scam

Catalogs, After Years of Declines, Are Revamped for Changing Times

Postal carrier Charlie hangs up mail bag, parks truck

USPS OIG: Efficiency Review of the Chicago Network Distribution Center (PDF

UK: Post Office Launches Offensive on Banking Industry

China's Postal Bank Said to Plan $1 Billion Pre-IPO Sale

How Canada Post is Picking Locations for Community Mailboxes in London

Unfair burden hurts profitable Postal Service

Missoula post office alters delivery standards, could delay mail

New mailbox setup an issue for proposed south Forsyth subdivision

Postal Worker sentenced to probation for stealing $20 from mail

 

January 25,  2015

UPS Prepared Too Well for Holiday Rush and Paid the Price

 

January 24,  2015

Postal Inspectors, police still searching for suspects in beating of Springfield, MA mail carrier

Armed robbery reported at Taylor Ridge, IL Post Office

Paris, TX Postal Truck Lost in Fire

The USPS claims the historic Berkeley Post Office is no longer for sale

USPS considers raising international rates

North East mail carrier honored for aiding sick man

 

January 23,  2015

Postal Service 1st quarter financial results release date announced

USPS Board of Governors Temporary Emergency Committee to meet Feb. 6

Elk Grove, CA cluster mailbox break-ins on upswing

Hashknife Pony Express keeps history alive with mail delivery

Postal Service sues to create new product for DVD mailings

Postal worker arrested for stockpiling mail at girlfriend’s home

NALC and USPS settle case over maximization

USPS: Grateful Dead shows mail is alive

New Jersey motorist blinded by sun crashes into LLV injuring letter carrier

Army Vet mailing Christmas money to son in Air Force claims postal worker stole $150

Postal worker receives surprise retirement party from tenants

 

January 22,  2015

Carrollton man steamed after USPS carrier throws package

Benton, KS post office remains closed for safety concerns

"Gone With the Mail?" Postal Museum Readies Mail Industry Saga

USPS ditches local overnight letter delivery, considers closing Rock Springs processing plant

Former postal worker pleads guilty to stealing VA medicine packages

USPS: It all adds up – Unused sick leave helps CSRS and FERS retirees

NALC: House and Senate lawmakers introduce pay-increase legislation

Postal Worker to Compete on Survivor TV Show

What the Latest USPS Rate Hike Means for Magazines

Tireless Sleepy Eye Postal Workers Retiring

New mailbox has Hibbing residents going postal

Snow nor rain nor biting dogs prevent 50 year celebration for letter carrier

Mail Carrier Attacked by Youths in Springfield, MA

San Diego post office robbed

Severe Weather Affects Some Texas Mail Deliveries

Wisconsin postal worker pleads not guilty to dumping campaign mail

NY Town's Property Tax Bills Get Lost in the Mail

Iowa postal worker expected to plead guilty

 

January 21,  2015

USPS revises Rehabilitation Program- Handbook EL-505, Injury Compensation

Ex-postal worker ‘got lazy,’ failed to deliver 1,000 pieces of mail

New sick leave plan may spotlight fed benefits

Brooklyn residents get mail delivery back

Mail theft causes more serious crimes, including identity theft

J.C. Penney is resurrecting its ‘Big Book’ mail order catalog

 

January 20,  2015

Local-to-local mail delivery now takes two days instead of one

Monhegan postal service is more than mail, islanders say

2015 Proposed Postal Price Increases

Brace yourselves: Congress preps civil service reform

Video: Thieves waiting for packages left on your doorstep

The Way We Were…and Are Not

Disabled Seymour resident petitions for post office access

Familiar White Postal Service Trucks Too Small For Increasing Amount Of Parcels Being Mailed

Woman admitted stealing money from Coffeeville, AL post office

USPS has cut short an agency review it was conducting for wide-ranging strategic communications assistance

 

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