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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)

 

ABM Security challenging USPS $250 million contracts awarded to Command Security Corporation - CSC’s record of integrity and business ethics should render the company ineligible for award of the USPS contract.  (FAA).  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)

 

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)

 

Updated: Sunday | April 19, 2015  

LATEST POSTAL NEWS

Video: USPS postpones closing Erie mail center after Pittsburgh says they’re not ready

During this transition period, all Erie mail will be canceled in Pittsburgh, meaning that's where they get postmarked with the date, and where the stamps are invalidated. However all that mail will still need to return to Erie's E. 38th Street facility to be sorted before delivery.  (4/19/15) Comments (Count)

Pregnancy Discrimination Claims after Young v. UPS

This is an update to earlier posts on the UPS EEO pregnancy case that cited USPS policy: UPS throws USPS, APWU under the bus in pregnancy bias case before U.S. Supreme Court. (4/19/15) Comments (Count)

Senator Carper Convenes Bipartisan Briefing on Postal Service Finances

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, convened a bipartisan briefing on the state of Postal Service finances Thursday afternoon. The briefing provided an important opportunity for all senators to hear from the U.S. Postal Service along with key oversight bodies,     (4/17/15) Comments (Count)

USPS modified plant consolidations schedule for April 18th

Here is a partial list of facilities scheduled to close or consolidate starting April 18,2015.  USPS continues major changes in plant consolidation schedule – Updated April 17 || Video: USPS finalizing relocation of Florence mail processing center ||  Mail processing ends at U.S. Postal Service Kalamazoo distribution center (4/16/15) Comments (Count)

OPM releases “Workplace Flexibilities Handbook” for updated federal leave policies

In a Memorandum sent from Katherine Archuleta, Director, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to all Heads of Federal agencies, she explained the new “Modernizing Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster Care to Recruit and Retain Talent and Improve Productivity” and announced the release of a new handbook.   (4/16/15) Comments (Count)

Ex-Abington PA postal worker admits scamming customers via smartphone

A Pennsylvania postal worker pleaded guilty Thursday in Montgomery County Court to credit card fraud stemming from his now former employment at the U.S. Post Office in Abington.   (4/16/15) Comments (Count)

Gyrocopter flying mailman appeared in federal court wearing USPS jacket, released on own recognizance

A condition of his release was that he be monitored via GPS, but Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson ordered that he will be placed on home detention in Tampa. Hughes asked at court how he would be able to work if he is confined to his hours. Also, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) wants to make an example out of Doug Hughes. updated  (4/17/15)  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal worker arrested after landing gyrocopter on lawn of US Capitol

Mailman’s friend warned Secret Service about plan to land gyrocopter on U.S. Capitol lawn. Florida rural carrier was trying to deliver a protest. Video: Who Is Doug Hughes? Inside the Mind of the Mailman Who Flew to Washington | That Time the Postal Service Actually Used Gyrocopters To Deliver Mail (4/15/15) Comments (Count)

 

Chaffetz Plan to Fire Federal Workers With Big Tax Debts Fails in the House

Employees of the federal government dodged a bullet Wednesday, as the House failed to pass legislation that would require federal workers to be fired if they fail to pay their federal taxes. (4/15/15) Comments (Count)

USPS selects 15 prequalified suppliers for Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV)

The United States Postal Service issued a Request for Information and Prequalification/Sources Sought for its Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Acquisition Program. The purpose of the RFI was to inform prospective suppliers on the USPS’s preliminary/draft specifications and plans for acquisition of NGDV fleet replacements.15 Companies Bidding To Make Next-Generation U.S. Postal Service Vehicle.|  AMP Holding, Inc. Advances in the USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a Prequalified Supplier  (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

Senator McCaskill to Senate Colleagues: Postpone Postal Closings

Without Congressional compromise, the Postal Service will continue to confront drastic changes to its operations, thereby slowing service to millions of Americans who rely on it.  (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

NALC: Fast Track is heating up this week on Capitol Hill

Congress comes back to Washington this week after its spring recess, both the House and the Senate are expected to begin consideration of Fast Track legislation. NAPS: Take Action! Tell Your House Lawmaker to VOTE NO on Federal Employee Tax bill (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

USPS promises neighborhood in Vancouver, WA its own mail carrier after years of misdelivery complaints

 Problem blamed on high turnover rate for new letter carriers. Letter Carriers make $15.68 an hour and many don’t last long. The turnover rate is about 33 percent.   (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

USPS: Illinois postal employee rescues small children from fire

A neighbor’s house was on fire and two small children were inside. The mother was screaming, “My babies, my babies!”  (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

APWU: Members Eligible For Maintenance Craft’s AOI Remedy Identified

Maintenance Craft employees who are eligible for a monetary remedy in the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) arbitration award have been identified, Director Steve Raymer has announced. .  (4/14/15) Comments (Count)

Open Letter to the P.M.G of the United States

Today's PMGs call postal workers their most important asset while they disrupt their work and home lives with insane staffing plans that don't work time and again. All this they do while deliberately delaying the mail. (4/12/15) Comments (Count)

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April 18,  2015

Animal shelter rescues baby chicks at Georgia post office

Mail processing ends at USPS distribution center in Oshtemo Township

 

April 17,  2015

Kentucky Rural Carrier Recognized as 'Super Hero'

USPS finalizing relocation of Florence processing center

Amazon Drones Could Deliver a Package in Under 30 Minutes for $1

News Flash: New Postal Rates Slated for May 31

 

April 16,  2015

Tractor trailer, mail truck collide in NC, two injured

'No more missing mail': Phelan residents protest post office on Tax Day

At conference closing, UN official says innovation key for future of postal sector

USPS Roanoke operations expected to begin move to Greensboro on Saturday

Reader's View: Postal workers have always given excellent service

On Tax Day, Members Spread the Word: Your Post Office Receives Zero Tax Dollars

Dayton tax filers upset USPS didn't stay open

 

April 15,  2015

USPS: Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Carrier Routes

USPS ELM Revision: Back Pay Limitations

USPS revises policy for employee evaluations

Video: Residents Upset after USPS tells them to fix vandalized mailbox

USPS promises neighborhood in Vancouver, WA its own mail carrier after years of misdelivery complaints

Postal worker on Survivor finds dream comes with nightmares

Dogs Bite Beaumont Postal Worker

Yo, Mailman, Bring Me a Flounder and a Dozen Roses

North Platte: Last Appeal Sent for Post Office Relocation

 

April 14,  2015

USPS rebounding from financial crisis, but needs to do more to goose revenue

Postal Service preparing move to new Iowa City post office

Postal History: The Pony Express Was Short-Lived and Costly
New head of stamp services to be named soon

UN Postal Conference Aims to Begin Work on Global Strategy -

Detroit: Filing Taxes At The Last Minute? The Post Office Won't Be Waiting Up For You

Canada: Concerns raised about impact of centralized mailboxes across Sarnia

 

April 13,  2015

San Francisco Post Office Struggles Without Electronics As Tax Return Crush Swamps Lone Clerk

The solitary mail clerk working the morning shift was plunged back into the pre-computer 1970s, with no cash registers working, no electronic postage meters, no electronic scales, and all stamps were affixed painstakingly by hand. Comments (Count)

 

Postal Worker injured after mail truck overturns in South Carolina

Two people were taken to hospital following a Friday afternoon accident that led to an overturned mail truck.

 

Will Postal Uniforms Be Tres Chic at New York Fashion Week?

USPS OIG: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

Rand Paul Loses a Vote...For Using the Post Office!

USPS OIG: We’re Just Askin’

USPS OIG Utilization of Postal Service Data by the Chief Human Resources Officer (PDF)

USPS OIG: Seamless Acceptance Implementation (PDF)

Communities and Postal Workers United Spring 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

 

April 12,  2015

U.S. Postal Shredder (USPS): Damaged Catalogs Spark New Business Idea

Catalogs are being damaged so frequently in the mail that one company has turned the problem into a new business venture. “A recent project involving a national catalog brand showed that 23 percent of the catalogs received by our field agents arrived in poor condition,” a US Monitor press release said recently. The U.S. Postal Service’s Flat Sequencing System earned the nickname “Flats Shredding System” from postal workers because of its propensity to mangle magazines, catalogs, and other flat mail. FSS is not the only likely culprit for increased catalog damage, however. Thinner catalogs, more saddle stitching (using “staples”) rather than perfect binding, and lighter cover paper – all of which makes them more prone to being damaged in the mail than the big-book catalogs. Full mailboxes may also be a factor.Comments (Count)

 

Correct the Maya Angelou Stamp

Will stamp collecting endure as snail mail continues to dwindle?

 

April 11,  2015

Video: Mail Carrier Hailed As Hero For Helping Toddler

Wilkes-Barre police took custody of a toddler after finding the child alone inside an apartment.

 

USPS and Japan Post jointly issue ‘Gifts of Friendship’ Forever stamps

Postal Worker remains in critical condition after mail truck crash in Maryland

 

April 10,  2015

USPS Posts More Major Changes to 2015 Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated April 10

For the second week in a row these changes affect a large group of postal facilities including Duluth P & DF, Toledo, OH, Cape Girardeau, MO , Erie PA, Gulfport MS   Paducah, KY, Augusta, GA (again),  Tulsa, OK and many more. Comments (Count)

 

APWU , USPS Settle Disputes on Use of Acting Supervisors

The APWU and USPS reached two pre-arbitration settlements on April 9, resolving disputes over the use of acting supervisors (204bs) in Bulk Mail Entry Units and in Office-in-Charge assignments Comments (Count)

 

Video: Why companies are racing for almost-instantaneous delivery

Another kind of tax: The Postal Service cuts back at a post office deep in the hood

Linns: Commission OKs Adding New Forever Stamps | PRC Approves New Forever Stamps (PDF) 

Squirrel hinders Duluth woman's mail delivery

 

April 9,  2015

VIDEO: USPS investigate missing mail for residents of some streets in Charlotte North Carolina

Becker contacted the Postal Service in Charlotte and told them that he had learned that the carrier who replaced Hinson may have dumped mail in a dumpster to lighten his load. But he was surprised that the USPS hasn’t contacted residents in the 10 days since to let them know that they might be missing some mail.  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Workers at Duluth, Toledo mail processing centers get reprieve

Postal Workers at Duluth Minnesota's mail processing center were informed Thursday that some mail sorting will remain in Duluth. Why the change in plans? Postal Service officials were not available to comment.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Worker Critically-Injured After Truck Overturns

The postal worker lost control of  his truck in Bowie, Maryland. The truck overturned and the worker was ejected. Comments (Count)

 

Texas Letter Carrier Convicted in Massive Stolen ID Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

A letter carrier in Houston was recruited by co-conspirator in October 2012  to aid and abet  6 other conspirators in carrying out their scheme.  Comments (Count)

 

 

Mail on Three Wheels – National Postal Museum

For more than a decade many U.S. letter carriers made their daily rounds in vehicles that could be immobilized by three inches of snow, tip over if driving around a corner more than 25 mph, caught in a wind gust, or even by large dogs jumping on them. By the 1950s The Post Office Department needed to get letter carriers off their feet and into vehicles in response to the growth of suburban areas across the country and the growing increase in mail volumes, including packages.  Comments (Count)

 

Tax Day reminders: Postal property regulations must be obeyed

USPS Sales Chief Wants Mail Promos to Begin on Schedule

U.S. liable in postal truck death of Dershowitz's sister-in-law

Video: Maya Angelou Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

Postal Service Won't Reissue Maya Angelou Stamp

California: 2 Charged in January’s Rancho Bernardo Post Office Heist

 

April 8,  2015

NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach. NLRB charges USPS with failing to bargain with NALC over cyber attack’s potential impact on letter carriers | Rural Carriers: NLRB Issues Complaint Against USPS Regarding Massive Data Breach  Comments (Count)

 

USPS maintenance mechanic charged with stealing 5 big screen TVs from Kansas City mail center

A  Kansas City, Kansas USPS maintenance mechanic was indicted on federal theft charges Wednesday. Comments (Count)

 

USPS introduces comprehensive training course for newly promoted supervisors

USPS has introduced a comprehensive training course for newly promoted supervisors, part of a broader effort to strengthen the postal workforce by helping employees hone their talents and skills. Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS revise plans to move Redding California CSMPC operations again

Plans to transfer a portion of the operation of Redding’s mail processing center have been revised again.

 

Drag-Racing Suspected in Crash that Injured Postal Worker

Descendants of Lee’s Surrender Dedicate Civil War Stamps 150 years to the Minute at Historic Appomattox Site

PRC Chief Robert Taub on the Near Future of the Postal Service

Audit shows mail delivery failed to keep up as Bakken, ND boomed
Man charged with sexually assaulting letter carrier

Postal Service wants a new high-tech, flexible fleet

Stolen Mail Case Affected Residents on 20 Different Wallingford Streets

Five Ways the Postal Service Could Save Money With Google Glass-Type Eyewear

Mailbox change for two streets riles Stanford officials

 

April 7,  2015

Update: USPS Elimination of Scheme requirements on Clerk bids is Modified (Slightly)

The USPS has doubled-down on abolishing scheme requirements on future clerk duty assignments. It made two minor concessions, however . The effective date was changed from March 7 to March 23, 2015 and existing duty assignments  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Your Post Office Gets Zero Tax Dollars

On April 15, APWU members will greet last-minute tax filers and reporters at post offices around the country with a message many of them haven’t heard before: The Postal Service gets zero tax dollars.Comments (Count)

 

Video: Only in Arizona will you find USPS mail delivery by mule

There’s no argument that the Grand Canyon is one of the most intriguing parts of the world, but very few know that tucked away in the area is a small tribe called the Havasupai tribe. Not only is this the smallest Indian nations in the United States, it’s also the only place in the nation where mail is delivered by mules.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Workers Memorial Day is April 28

In 2014, at least seven postal workers lost their lives on the job and tens of thousands more were sickened or injured. Four letter carriers were killed in motor vehicle accidents and falls. .Comments (Count)

 

FedEx set to compete in Europe with $4.8 Billion TNT Express bid

USPS: Maya Angelou Receives Stamping Ovation

Missouri rural mail carrier arrested on felony drug charge

Video: FedEx Driver Arrested on DUI with Injury Charge after Crash

Nonprofit Mailers: Counting the Days to 2015 Rates

USPS OIG Report on Augmented Reality and the Postal Service (PDF)

Heartly retires from Richfield post office

CCA pleads not guilty to 'deserted' Jennings MO  mail

 

April 6,  2015

USPS mail processing center in St Louis again cited by OSHA for fire extinguisher, electrical violations

"Employers that are cited for so many safety violations repeatedly demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health."   Comments (Count)

 

USPS mail center in Honolulu uses video monitor to engage employees

Alas, poor post office: Newsweek broods on the demise of the Postal Service

Are Postal Rates Headed Up, Down, Or All Around?

Protesters Urge Obama to require corporations with federal contracts to disclose political spending

In Cost-Cutting Move, Postal Service Scraps Most Next-Day Local Letter Delivery

Maya Angelou's new stamp uses a quote that may not be entirely hers

 

April 5,  2015

Video: Toddler struck, killed by Postal Service truck in Porterville California

 

April 4,  2015

Feds: CCA 'deserted' Jennings MO mail

Postal Worker Retires After 30 Years of Service

Rep argues Careywood post office appeal should carry on

Grand Rapids post office collection times to be earlier

Paducah processing center closing, USPS consolidating

Mayors do not want downtown Post Office to move

 

April 3,  2015

Major Changes in 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated April 3, 2015

USPS made last minute “public” changes some facilities; some facilities move dates that were changed just last week has changed again. Approximately TWENTY-ONE (21)  facilities have had their move dates changed to “To Be Determined” (TBD) or “Not Applicable” (N/A) and four (4) facilities move dates changed to an earlier or later date.  Comments (Count)

 

Michigan Postal Support Employee charged with embezzlement of $61,000

Postal Support Employee (PSE) at the Saline, Michigan Post Office, has been charged with misappropriation of  over $61,000 in postal funds.. The initial complaint ,filed back in January, contends Garrett stole the money between April-December 2014. In November 2014, postal officials noticed “irregularities” with bank deposits  Comments (Count)

 

USPS: From the top – Letter carrier donates roofs to neighbors in need

Pocatello, ID, Letter Carrier Brett Hochhalter regularly passes homes in need of repair on his route. At least once a year, he does something about it.  

 

Reality check: Visiting the mailbox still popular among many, poll finds

Gallup: Four in Ten Americans Look Forward to Checking Mail

USPS Kicks-Off National Card and Letter Writing Month with Cool Stamps

Ozarks: Post office consolidations slow delivery of Times

USPS Delays Parcel Price Increase, As Major Carriers Weigh Price-Through

USPS OIG Report on North Dakota Postal Service Operations (PDF)

 

April 2,  2015

PRC Releases Its Analysis of USPS Financial Health: Report Highlights Continuing Losses

USPS: Tools and resources available for retirement planning

Pedestrian Struck, Killed by USPS Tractor-Trailer on Long Island Expressway

Former Rural Carrier pleads guilty to stealing mail from Rogersville MO residents

USPS logs first operational profit in six years

Portland revives talks to move Pearl District post office, free 14 acres for development

Massachusetts mail carrier accused of stealing thousands along her routes gets one year probation

 

April 1,  2015

Postal Service exploring possible redesign of uniforms

The Postal Service is testing redesigned uniforms with a focus on evaluating the performance, functionality and safety features of various winter gear.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service cited for electrical hazards at Chicago mail facility

The U.S. Postal Service is facing more than $60,000 in fines after being cited by OSHA for electrical hazards at a distribution center in the North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS to consolidate over 30 postal plants in April - Offering Voluntary Early Retirement?

April will be a very busy month for USPS consolidating and/or closing facilities as part of its Network Rationalization Phase 2. USPS will allow employees at the CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO mail center to opt for retirement.  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: RMSS arbitration remedy settled for $2 million

Employees entitled to remedy are those Maintenance Craft employees who had their eligible MSS (RMSS) rating changed to ineligible on or about August of 2009.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS: ELM Revision – Recognition and Awards

Effective April 2, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising the Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) subchap­ter 490 to update information relevant to awards for noncareer employees.  

 

Video: Congressman Steve King delivers mail

U.S. Representative Steve King, is getting an inside look at the Mason City Post Office, and he’s joining in on the route as well. He was invited by Herb Copley, who is a letter carrier and the Vice President of the Iowa State  Comments (Count)

 

Mapping by mail – Project uses Post Offices to trace American history

Video: Legal notices go missing in Hancock County mail

Minnesota AG sues over deceptive magazine and newspaper “Renewal Notices”

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