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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)

 

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)

 

New USPS OIG poster encourages postal employees to help with misconduct - The new poster encourages employees to help the Office of Inspector General (OIG)  

 

USPS seeking Reduction in Force (RIF) Administrator

USPS created news position to develop and implement policies and procedures governing the conduct of all reduction-in-force activities  Comments (Count)

 

USPS to assign duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians - According to USPS the National Recycling Program involves backhauling recyclables from Associate Offices (AOs) to its servicing Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC).   Comments (Count)

DOL sues USPS on whistleblower retaliation against 35+ years postal worker

"The Postal Service not only disciplined this long-term employee for reporting unsafe working conditions,  NDC managers referred to the more than

35 yrs BEM Maintenance employee variously as a disgruntled, drug user, dangerous, unstable, and “a terrorist." .  Comments (Count) 

 

Appeals Court upholds firing of Postal Manager with 44 years of service

The proposed removal was based on charges including a failure to report an accident (dog bite) and multiple failures to perform assigned duties.  Comments (Count)  

USPS to resume consolidations next year for up to 82 facilities

The Postal Service will continue the network rationalization of its mail processing operations next year,  Comments (Count)

 

Editorial: USPS Gearing Up for Contract Talks

management is signaling probable targets for hard bargaining. On the bargaining table will likely be health benefits, pay, leave, holidays and work flexibility . Comments (Count)  

GAO: USPS conversion from door-to- door to less costly delivery could yield large savings  .Comments (Count)

 

USPS Fights Federal Agency and Foreign Business in latest Trademark cases USPS files petition to protect its brand and files protest against federal agency’s attempt to register “post office”  Comments (Count)

Editorial: Traps in the Pittman vs. USPS EEO Settlement

by Don Cheney - Buried in the Release are some severe consequences to be aware of  

 

Appeals Court Upholds Demotion Of Postal Manager Claiming Whistleblower Retaliation   Comments (Count)

DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

 Comments (Count)


Editorial: USPS New Night Rider Policy

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  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

USPS Board of Governors decide not to seek rate hike for January 2015

The Postal Service Governors have decided to maintain current product and service prices and not seek a market dominant price change at this time.  (10/01/14) Comments (Count)

USPS seeking at least 2,000 trailers for mail transportation during holiday season - The United States Postal Service is seeking to procure an independent supply of outsourced trailers for the transportation of mail to cover peak season needs for mail transportation during the holiday mailing season. (10/01/14) Comments (Count)

Video: USPS AmazonFresh Deliveries -

The Postal Service began a test in the San Francisco area this past August to see if delivering packages in the early morning hours was feasible.  (10/01/14) Comments (Count)

Nineteen postal workers were killed on the job in 2013

In 2013 57 federal employees were killed on the job, according to preliminary data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 54 in 2012 and 41 in 2011.   (9/30/14) Comments (Count)

US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex than what has been reported in the broader media. In some ways, though it is very simply an attempt to eliminate a well paid unionized work force while privatizing an essential national communications network.  (9/30/14) Comments (Count)

Betman named USPS VP and chief of staff

PMG Pat Donahoe has named Mitzi Betman vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief of staff.    (9/30/14) Comments (Count)

Congresswoman Calls for USPS IG Review of mail delivery at Brooklyn Post Office - Velazquez is asking the IG to conduct an audit of the accuracy and timeliness of the mail delivery process at the Red Hook Post Office.  (9/29/14) Comments (Count)

More info on ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’ and reemployment of retirees

There has been a lot of interest in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NALC and USPS regarding “Holiday Carrier Assistants.” The agreement allows USPS to reemploy retirees as “Holiday Carrier Assistants” during the four week December period as operationally necessary.  (9/28/14) Comments (Count)

UK Postal Workers union barking mad at new dog treat called ‘Postman’s Leg’

POSTIES are barking mad after a dog bone called Postman’s Leg was launched in stores across Scotland. They say the natural beef bone, more than a foot long, is making fun of dog attacks on postal workers.  (9/28/14) Comments (Count)

Hopes dimming for postal service reform

Two years ago, lawmakers worked furiously to hammer out postal legislation, negotiating up to the very end of 2012’s super-size post-election session. But asked what the chances were for a deal this lame-duck session, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made a circle with his thumb and index finger and said: "Zero." “It’s over,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, added before lawmakers left Washington last week.  (9/27/14) Comments (Count)

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

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) - A writer becomes a carrier for the #USPS out of a long-held love for the mail. What she discovers are screams, threats, lies, labor violations, and dog attacks. a veteran of Afghanistan wife and young child had been in a car accident and were taken by ambulance to the hospital. His supervisor told him he could visit them, but he had to return to deliver the mail. (9/27/14) Comments (Count)

Video: USPS denies $200 insurance claim for package delivered to wrong address - USPS denies $200 lost package insurance claim after they delivered it to the wrong address. Their reason for denial to sender? "It was delivered."  (9/27/14) Comments (Count)

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October 2,  2014

Survey Shows Half of Americans Plan to Shop Online Earlier for Holiday Gifts

NALC: City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process (CDRAAP) guidelines now available

 

October 1,  2014

Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

USPS hiring over 170 for holiday season at three Ohio facilities

Retired Letter Carrier is one of the oldest workers in the country

Video: Driver hits postal worker outside Ohio post office

Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Routes

Two DeKalb postal employees retiring with decades of service

 

September 30, 2014

Denver postal robbers get five years in federal prison

Quake damage, asbestos dust trap mail at Napa, CA post office

Canada: Edmonton postal workers may sell bus passes, report potholes

Customer churn a significant problem for USPS financial outlook

USPS Crowding Out Other Markets With New Initiatives?

With Berkeley set to change civic center zoning, USPS ponders lawsuit

AmazonFresh prepares to take on US east coast

Mail truck flips after crash

Video: Latest on USPS investigation into mysterious mailers

Video: California woman concerned over stolen packages at front door

 

September 29, 2014

Postmaster General says USPS issues ‘very fixable

Batman Honored by USPS to Celebrate 75 Years of the Timeless Super Hero

It's a Federal Crime to Dress Up as a Postal Worker If You're Not One

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Comic Con to Kick Off With Limited-Edition Batman Stamp

 

September 28, 2014

Forever Stamps: Not a Sexy Investment

 

September 27, 2014

USPS retiree reflects on productive 36-year career as rural carrier

USPS investigating theft of Municipal Court’s mail from Post Office Box

 

September 26, 2014

Postal Service vows to move ahead with closures of Petaluma, Eureka plants

Despite harsh words from a congressman and pleas from dozens of residents and business owners, the Postal Service remains intent on closing two processing centers affecting the mail service of hundreds of thousands of North Coast residents. Comments (Count)

 

OIG: USPS unable to validate $$millions spent on travel related to detail assignments - This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of the Management of Detail Assignments Follow-Up. Our objective was to follow up on the U.S. Postal Service’s progress in managing detail assignments, associated travel costs, and consistency of detail assignment policies OIG: USPS craft employees improperly authorized Highway Contract Routes Extra Trips  Comments (Count)

 

Indiana Postmaster Relief charged with embezzlement

A Postal Worker from Rockport, Indiana was charged with embezzlement following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General.  

 

USPS working with HHS Health IT to build system to access employees health records across platforms? Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems  Comments (Count)

 

FDNY fires smoke eater who smacked black postal worker, used racial slur

Massachusetts Woman Sentenced for Mailing and Tweeting bomb, Anthrax and Death Threats

NALC: Overtime equitability test extended until December 31, 2014

Amazon's Grand Plan to Avoid Holiday Delivery Snafus Again

Michigan Democratic Party Endorses Staples Boycott

Bear blocks door delivery

 

September 25, 2014

Brooklyn mailman arrested for not delivering 40,000 pieces mail

Joseph Brucato was arrested Wednesday after investigators found more than one ton of undelivered mail in his home, locker and car,  Portland, OR postal worker accused of stealing mail and ID theft  Comments (Count)

 

USPS in Oregon and Texas hiring over 300 holiday temp employees

LAPD sergeant’s daughter gets to two years for killing postal worker in hit-and-run

Letter Carrier extinguishes house fire

Lakewood post office to close

Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle

Identity thieves find a new way to dupe victims-(putting  hold on mail

 

September 24, 2014

PMG Donahoe updates employees on grocery deliveries, Staples shipper program - Updated with video- National scanning rates recently reached 96 percent, an important milestone that PMG Pat Donahoe praises in his latest State of the Business video message to employees.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS ‘Post Plan’ update: Staffing will change at some Remotely Managed Post Offices - The type of employees who perform work in some Remotely Managed Post Offices (RMPOs) where hours have been adjusted through the Post Plan will change.  Comments (Count)

 

California Congressman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Mail Processing Facility Closures - Huffman: “I am frustrated at the Postal Service’s lack of transparency throughout this process, disregard for public input, and ambivalence to the impacts reduced service standards will have on local communities  Comments (Count)

 

USPS in Utah to hire 360 holiday temp employees and 40 city carrier assistants

In the coming weeks the U.S. Postal Service will hire approximately 400 employees to work at select Utah Post Offices; 360 of the positions are temporary for the holidays only, and 40 are year-long appointments. USPS hiring holiday help in Indiana  

 

USPS expanding market test on grocery delivery services

Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window. The Postal Service may also test other customized delivery windows as part of this market test   Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Teachers Union to Staples CEO: We’re Not Buying

Video: Senator Carper Addresses Senate on Importance of Postal Reform

Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City

US Virgin Islands Postal Clerk Convicted of Embezzling $30,000 from USPS

 

September 23, 2014

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 . This MOU allows the Postal Service to begin hiring retired employees that wish to work during the upcoming four week December period NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS issue with customer’s priority flat rate envelope

Customer claims she is within guidelines of shipping flat rate envelope

 

OIG: USPS misclassified $$$millions of operating expenses as training

potentially impacting the Postal Service’s ability to make informed financial decisions Comments (Count)

 

NLRB Orders USPS to Give APWU unredacted Info on HCR contractors

The Union, in the instant case, is entitled by contract to recapture work that has been contracted out to HCR contractors if that work can be performed for less in-house.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall -- or Do Both
Deadtree Edition - The 4.3% exigent increase that was implemented in January is the source of the unusual uncertainty. That surcharge is supposed to disappear after it yields the U.S. Postal Service an additional $3.2 billion, presumably in mid-2015.The three-judge panel considering an appeal of the exigency case seems unlikely either to eliminate the rate hike or to make it permanent, according to Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers. But based on the judges’ comments and questions during recent oral arguments, his reading of the tea leaves foresees a decent chance the judges will remand the case to the Postal Regulatory Commission with orders to revise it.  Comments (Count)

Wisconsin man charged after dispute with postal carrier over postage due

 

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