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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)

 

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) 

 

  LATEST POSTAL NEWS

The ‘us’ in USPS: New video showcases Postal Service employees

A new Postal Service video showcases employees and their dedication to the organization. The three-minute production, which was filmed recently in Santa Clarita, CA, will be shown at new employee orientations. It’s also been posted on Blue so other employees can see it. The video features a Window Clerk, Customer Service Supervisor, Postmaster and District Manager. (10/31/14)Comments (Count)

Senators Grassley and Harkin Call on USPS to Ensure All Absentee Ballots are Counted - “We must make all possible effort to ensure that every ballot receives a legible postmark between now and Election Day, next Tuesday, November 4,” said Grassley and Harkin. “  (10/31/14)Comments (Count)
Video: Postal problems at New Orleans high rise resolved after TV station intervenes - When the U.S. Postal Service stopped delivering packages to a New Orleans high-rise, some residents had a tough time getting their medicine. Brown, who's 65 and diabetic, explained how she would walk several blocks through busy intersections and in the weather to retrieve packages at the main post office (10/30/14)Comments (Count)

APWU: Questions and Answers on the 9,000 New Clerk Craft Jobs

The APWU and USPS have agreed to a set of Questions and Answers regarding the establishment of 9,000 new Clerk Craft jobs. The following questions and answers are provided for further clarification and guidance regarding the September 22, 2014 MOD Re: POStPlan Staffing of Offices, Filling of Assignments, PSE Usage and Conversions (POStPlan Staffing MOD), and the October 8, 2014 MOU Re: Pecking Order for Newly Created Positions in the POStPlan Installations (Pecking Order MOU). APWU, USPS Extend Memo on Filling Clerk Craft Residual Vacancies  (10/30/14)Comments (Count)

Video: Thief steals mail from cluster mailboxes in Southern California

Barber and his neighbors say they suspect the person who did this had a master key that only U.S. Postal Service mail carriers use, because the mailbox wasn’t forced open. (10/31/14)Comments (Count)

Florida Postal Worker arrested for allegedly selling pills out of mail truck

Florida city carrier assistant  is under arrest -- accused of dealing drugs out of her mail truck to  co-worker, a window distribution clerk. North Carolina letter carrier charged with selling drugs while on duty (10/30/14)Comments (Count)

Updated: Postal Worker killed in Illinois crash

a Rural Carrier Associate since 2012, was pronounced dead at the scene, The accident occurred about 12:35 p.m. in unincorporated Channahon Township, about 7 miles southwest of Joliet,  (10/30/14)

Video: APWU President Dimondstein says Don’t Let Postmaster General Put USPS in a Museum Postmaster General Donahoe is implementing one of the greatest threats to the public Postal Service to date,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein says in a new video.  (10/30/14)

Post Office to Berkeley: Drop Dead

The Postal Service has engaged with the City of Berkeley in the Section 106 process with the desire to reach a satisfactory agreement. It is unfortunate that we have been unable to reach such an agreement Rally to stop USPS sale of Berkeley Post Office scheduled for November 1st  (10/30/14) Comments (Count)

Video: Oregon postal worker takes action to put crooks behind bars

It was an act of bravery and quick thinking at the Medford post office when a postal worker put an end to fake money orders circulating around the state. (10/30/14)

Pennsylvania postal worker ejected from delivery vehicle in crash

A mailman sustained moderate injuries after being ejected from his delivery truck during a two-vehicle crash (10/30/14)

Tacoma mailman accused of sexually harassing women on his route

Tacoma police on Wednesday arrested a postal carrier accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching several women for years on his delivery route. (10/29/14)

USPS proposes to revise rules to involve communities more when relocating post offices - Under the proposed rule, the Postal Service will continue to notify communities and officials, and to solicit and consider input regarding proposals to relocate retail services or to add a new retail services facility. (10/29/14)

Postal Service begins expanding into 1500 Staples

When the Postal Service said in July that it was not going ahead with the Staples pilot, the APWU called the announcement a “ruse.” "This attempt at trickery shows that the 'Don't Buy Staples' movement is having an effect,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business.” It looks like Mr. Dimondstein was right. The Postal Service may have retreated from the pilot to put mini-post offices in 82 Staples, but it is going right ahead with expanding into 1,500 Staples, just under a different program. Within a few weeks, a sign like the one in the Second Avenue Staples store will be showing up in Staples across the country.(10/29/14)  

APWU: Plans Taking Shape for National Day of Action

Plans are taking shape for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, when members of the four postal unions and supporters will send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail.  (10/29/14)

Evansville, IN Postal Manager charged with stealing veterans prescription drugs - A grand jury in Indiana has indicted a Manager of District Operations (MDO) at the Evansville, Indiana Mail Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) on charges of stealing prescription pain medication addressed to veterans in Indiana and Kentucky. (10/29/14)

USPS OIG Report Reveals Wider Monitoring of Mail in U.S.

The audit found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization. Video: How the Postal Service is helping monitor snail mail  | Tracking the Postal Surveillance System(10/28/14)

Frenemies: UPS, FedEx & the Post Office

If you are anything like me, you may have thought to yourself, “If the Post Office goes under, I’ll just ship things via UPS/FedEx. What’s the big deal?”  (10/28/14)

APWU, USPS Settle Custodial Subcontracting Dispute

The APWU and Postal Service have reached an agreement that prohibits management from subcontracting cleaning services based on an employee’s voluntarily transfer from an office where USPS custodians are employed. (10/28/14)

Expect Mail Delays After Closure of USPS Mail Processing Center in Tucson, AZ

In a report, the office of the inspector general wrote that the service didn’t study how service would be affected, or adequately inform the public of its plans. Sarah Ninivaggi, a public relations representative with the Postal Service, said the closures will go ahead, but impact studies – including one on Cherrybell – will be conducted starting in January. Overnight Delivery To Come To An End with Postal Service Changes   (10/28/14)

USPS: Steps Postal Employees should take responding to customer complaints

There are several steps employees should take to address customer complaints about USPS products and services. “How we respond to our customers matters,” said Consumer and Industry Affairs VP Jim Nemec. “They deserve to have their concerns handled in an appropriate, professional and timely manner. This demonstrates we value their business.”  (10/28/14)

Video: Tireless Columbus, OH Postal Worker Retiring After 58 Years on the Job

Moses Jamison has worked with the US Postal Service in Columbus for 58 years. Jamison says in that time, he’s seen just about anything you can imagine being shipped.  (10/28/14)

Company files layoff notice for 261 employees at USPS Bolger Center in Maryland - Dolce International, the hospitality company that manages the U.S. Postal Service-owned conference center, filed notice of the layoffs on Oct 22nd. New management company at USPS Bolger conference center in Maryland (10/27/14)
GAO: U.S. Postal Service: Information on Recent Changes to Delivery Standards, Operations, and Performance - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) revised its delivery standards, which has generally increased delivery time for some First-Class Mail and Periodicals from 1 day to 2 days, notably by reducing mail with a 1-day standard. Carper: New GAO Report Finds Cuts to Operations, Service Delay Mail Delivery GAO: Montana mail service has suffered since 2011 cutbacks(10/27/14)

eNAPUS: Elections Really Matter!

With slightly more than a week before the November 4 Congressional elections, it is abundantly clear that political ground zero will be the fight to control the U.S. Senate.  (10/27/14)

NALC election results announced

The National Election Committee, appointed at the 2014 NALC Biennial Convention in Philadelphia to conduct the election of national officers of the NALC for four-year terms, has announced the results of the election. NALC President Fredric Rolando and Executive Vice President Timothy C. O’Malley were re-elected following the nationwide vote.  (10/27/14)

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APWU: Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period, New Leave Year

 

 

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October 31,  2014

Kentucky woman charged with breaking into PO boxes

 

October 30,  2014

Postal workers awarded for safe driving

Familiar Granville post office personality retires

Village Post Office (VPO) to Open in Henry County

 

October 29,  2014

Open season for USPS employees health benefits begins in November

North Carolina letter carrier charged with selling drugs while on duty

USPS Provides Holiday Shipping Tips and 2014 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Postal Service expects 14% surge in holiday deliveries

Ex-firefighter sentenced to two months in jail for racially charged attack on mailman

 

October 28,  2014

USPS: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Ohio: Postal LLV flipped on its side after being rear-ended

USPS Board Of Governors meeting on Nov. 14th open to public

USPS OIG investigating theft of Dayton mail by contracted truck driver

 

October 27,  2014

The USPS Studies Potential Income Growth Posed by 3D Printing

Iowa postmaster charged with stealing prescription drugs from mail

 

October 26,  2014

USPS Executive Q&A: Postal Service is operationally profitable but still needs Congress

- Jeff Williamson, chief human resource officer and executive vice president for the Postal Service, was in Madison recently where he met with commercial customers from some area businesses. He took time after the meeting to answer a few questions.   Comments (Count)

 

UPS might levy surcharges or turn away packages if retailers exceed holiday shipping quotas - UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.  Comments (Count)

 

Suspicious envelopes found at Florida Post Office

How FedEx is trying to save the business model that saved it millions

 

October 25,  2014

Photos: Letter carrier, wearing gloves and masks, delivers to apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer in New York

USPS Hiring in Washington State and Northern Idaho

Auditor warns of mail delays in Tucson
North Houston Post Office Burglarized

Campaigns look to more cost-effective direct mail options

 

October 24,  2014

Sale of Berkeley Post Office Rumored to Be in Escrow: City Initiates Lawsuit

California: The name of the purchaser is still secret, although there have been rumors that it is a Berkeley developer. Berkeley has not been informed by the USPS who the purchaser may be  Comments (Count)

 

Tennessee postal employee sentenced to prison for stealing meds from Vets

The mail handler stole thousands of dollars in medication from Armed Forces veterans throughout the region. The mail handler was also stealing items from parcels. In other 'people who are going to prison news' Three Houston Men Head to Prison for Robbery of Postal Vehicle - Inside man: The men pleaded guilty or found guilty for planning the robbery of a contract postal vehicle. The three men had received information that the vehicle contained more than $2 million in cash and valuables. NJ postal worker helps with second case against man charged with mailing fraudulent invoices to over 73,000 schools and colleges   Comments (Count)

 

Major postal centers hiring in Dakotas and Montana

Canada converts 100,000 customers to cluster boxes, only 4.9 million to go

Postal unions continue fight plant-closure battle in Kokomo, IN

Small post office in Washington State searching for new postmaster

Winter Fun and Global Wreath Forever Stamps Celebrate Holiday Mailings

Postal Service Truck Hits Woman in Wheelchair

 

 

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