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Colorful Pay and Holiday Postal Calendar for 2014 (PDF)

Thanks to Jim Edwards, Bloomington IL Area APWU Local 228 for sharing calendar with PostalReporter readers. The easy to read colorful calendar shows paydates, pay periods and holidays.


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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)


Oakland APWU Local Strikes Back at Abusive Postal Supervisor

The APWU Oakland Local #78 took the unusual step of launching an office-wide petition against Tour 1 Postal Supervisor. The petition, which has more than 100 signatures, details years of unacceptable conduct.  Comments (Count)


USPS gets approval for ‘customized delivery’ market test of groceries, other prepackaged goods - On September 23, 2014, the Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announcing its intent to conduct a market test of an experimental product called Customized Delivery. 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.   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: 15,000 postal service jobs could disappear

Republican attack against the United States Postal Service grows, as the do-nothing Congress down make your mail delivery significantly slower. Ed Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders discuss Comments (Count)


Issa Postal Reform bill discussion allows residents to pay ‘fee’ to continue door to door delivery - National Association of Postal Supervisors - The draft also permits the Postal Service to reduce the delivery of first class mail to five days per week. Requires the Postal Service to deliver of packages six days per week until December 31, 2018. Obama administration’s 2015 Budget Policy recommendations for USPS updated 4-22-14  - Issa Prepares Postal Reform "Lite" - Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA), chair of the House oversight committee, is drafting a new stripped-down postal bill that he says tracks the Obama Administration’s primary proposals for overhauling the Postal Service.  (It doesn’t, at least not entirely.)  Comments (Count)


USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances ||  Comments (Count)


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)


CBRE CEO also serves on Board of Staples

Buried in the story is an interesting fact that no one seems to have noted before: CBRE CEO Robert Sulentic also serves on the board of Staples, a position for which he received $300,000 in 2011. “Asked whether he had played a role in the retailer’s USPS pilot program, a USPS spokesperson answered that the program ‘was solicited publicly through a [Request for Proposals].’  CBRE answered, ‘Mr. Sulentic is not involved in the day-to-day management of Staples,’ and referred questions regarding Staples’ programs to Staples   Comments (Count)


DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

 In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor  sued USPS for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington P&DC. The DOL notification included an “admonishment to refrain from destroying documents or records that might be requested by OSHA. The DOL is accusing USPS for failing to preserve the records as required.  Comments (Count)



Michigan Letter Carrier Attacked By Armed Robbers While Delivering Mail at 7:15 pm - Clarification: Police say 7:15pm, news media cite 7:20pm as the time of robbery. The postal worker told police he was walking back to his mail truck when he was approached by a man who then brandished a handgun.  According to police, the gunman forced the worker to the ground and took the vehicle’s keys so he could open the rear door to the mail truck  San Francisco Mail carrier robbed  Comments (Count)


Senator Schumer to propose end to restrictions on shipping alcohol through USPS- The end of the law would generate an estimated $225 million of increased annual revenue and benefit the 12,090 postal-service jobs in upstate New York.  Comments (Count)


(Pittman) Edmond Walker Class Action EEO Against USPS Settled for $17.25 million

current and former employees in permanent rehabilitation assignments during the period March 24, 2000 to December 31, 2012.   Comments (Count)


Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

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Congresswoman Norton Seeks Answers From PMG On Postal Employees Delivering Mail After Dark -

Inspector general to probe late mail delivery

 Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  |

Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010

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USPS OIG Some N.J. mail carriers told to report for work during Superstorm Sandy A report by the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general on the service’s hurricane response said managers at that post office told employees they must report for work on the day the massive, devastating storm hit, despite the fact that the facility was within a mandatory evacuation zone.But the floodwaters rose quickly, trapping several employees at the facility and requiring rescue by the Coast Guard. Comments (Count)

USPS Management Proposing A New Retirement System

Under the Postal Reorganization Act, the Postal Service is obligated to provide wages and benefits comparable to those provided in the private sector. However, Postal Service management believes that the FERS system is more costly and does not compare to retirement benefits provided in the private sector.   Comments (Count)


PMG Tells Senate: USPS in Midst of Financial Disaster, Liquidity Remains Dangerously Low financial condition is so precarious, and the legislative process is so uncertain, we’ve reached the point that we have to consider price increases above the rate of inflation,” said Donahoe. In Senate Testimony, Guffey Blasts Carper-Coburn Postal Reform Bill |



Senator McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform|


NALC: Few surprises in first of two hearings on S. 1486   Comments (Count)


GAO: USPS Proposed Health Plan Could Improve Financial Condition, but Impact on Medicare and Other Issues Should Be Weighed before Approval The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) would likely realize large financial gains from its proposed health care plan, primarily by increasing retirees’ use of Medicare. Some elements of USPS’s proposal would add uncertainties that could reduce funds available for its employees’ and retirees’ future health care. GAO: USPS Healthcare Plan Would Hurt Medicare, Postal Worker s |USPS Plan to Pull Out of Fed Health Benefits Could Cost Postal Workers USPS Plan: Make Medicare Pay Our Bills  Comments (Count)


PMG Responds to GAO Report On USPS Healthcare Plan

Post and Pa rcel - Without addressing the cost issue in a responsible way, the Postal Service may be unable to afford to provide health care benefits to retirees. Our proposal assures that we will.    Comments (Count)



January 19,  2015

USPS seeking supplier to provide Parcel Dimensional Scanner (PDS)

USPS is pursuing an initiative to identity revenue discrepancies for shortpaid and underpaid packages.Comments (Count)


Not so distressed at the Postal Service - Timothy O’Malley, Executive VP for the NALC

US Postal Service asks for nearly maximum rate increase possible for periodicals

Deciding the future of the US Postal Service

January 18,  2015

Postal Service withholds information about Tacoma mail carrier charged with assault, harassment


January 17,  2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders proposes legislation for a two year moratorium on Postal Service cuts - U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) yesterday proposed legislation to impose a two-year moratorium on U.S. Postal Service plans to eliminate up to 15,000 decent-paying jobs, close more mail-sorting plants and end overnight delivery of first-class mail and periodicals. Comments (Count)


Senator Feinstein's Husband Stands To Profit From USPS Real Estate Deals

A love letter: The U.S. Postal Service delivers under tough conditions

Mail just got slower; here's how it matters

January 16,  2015

USPS updates notifications to APWU and Mail Handlers on involuntary reassignments in 2015 - USPS has updated notifications to APWU and NPMHU of its intent to involuntarily reassign Clerks, Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Service (MVS) and Mail Handlers in the Pacific Area  Comments (Count)


PMG Donahoe: ‘Stop Staples’ Campaign is Taking a Toll

Outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe made headlines when he blamed postal unions and big mailers for the Postal Service’s problems in a recent farewell address, but he made a few other surprising comments as well.  Comments (Count)


USPS Employee Resource Management VP Fernandez to retire

Employee Resource Management VP Fernandez to complete 37-year career


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


Coalition looking to spread awareness of Postal Service consolidations

Former Postal Employee Indicted on Identity Theft, Fraud Charges

USPS More Forthcoming, but Post Office's Future Still Up in the Air

Rolando Responds to 'Fixing The Post Office' Opinion Column

Kansas postal worker indicted for theft of mail


January 15,  2015

USPS Raising Rates, Imposing New FSS Rules, And Perhaps Inviting a Legal Challenge - Deadtree Edition Only the Postal Service's Board of Governors can file for a rate change, but Congress has failed to fill so many positions on the board that it no longer has a quorum. Until more governors are approved, a Temporary Emergency Committee of the remaining governors is acting in place of the board. A legal challenge to the emergency committee's authority to raise rates might delay implementation, if not block them altogether. It would be a sweet irony if the inaction of Congress -- where a majority of members seem OK with jacking up the postage paid by business mailers -- blocked USPS from rate increases that would fall disproportionately on business and institutional mailers.

USPS files request with PRC to increase prices for Mailing Services products

USPS filed notice Jan. 15 with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of a price increase for Mailing Services products based upon Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap authority. Postal Service Files Market Dominant Price Change - Proposes an Additional $0.9 Billion in Annualized Contributions  Comments (Count)


Issa’s portrait to be replaced with photos of postal workers

House committee rooms are typically adorned with portraits of former chairmen. But former Oversig ht Chairman Darrell Issa’s portrait will be stashed away in a conference room, away from public view.  Comments (Count)


President Obama Updates Federal Leave Policies for Childbirth, Adoption and Foster care - Obama’s Memorandum is “bringing the federal government’s paid leave policies closer in line with those of industry-leading companies” that will ensure that “most federal employees have access to at least 6 weeks of paid sick leave when a new child arrives by allowing new parents to advance sick leave. Comments (Count)


Postal Service change leaves some Portland boxes empty

Washington Postmaster retires after 34 years

Shots Fired at Little Rock Postal Worker, 16-Year-Old Arrested

Congressman Nolan: Stop Consolidation of Mail Processing Center in Duluth

Mail carrier charged in political flier dumping

Residents Of Brooklyn Building Upset Fuming After Change Of Address Leaves Them With No Mail

New oversight chairman's first act?: Removing Issa's portrait

Postal Inspection Service Offering Reward For Information In Indiana Post Office Burglary


January 14,  2015

Workplace Harassment Still a Major Problem Experts Tell EEOC at Meeting

USPS November 2014 results: $689 million YTD operating profit

Gas leak prompts evacuation at Toledo Main Post Office

January 13,  2015

APWU: USPS Service Cuts Disrupt Postal Workers’ Lives

When postal officials lowered “service standards” on Jan. 5, they didn’t just slow down America’s mail: They set in motion a process that is causing serious disruption in the lives of thousands of hard-working postal employees. As management reconfigures mail processing, they are also causing massive reassignments and shift changes for workers.  Comments (Count)


USPS Network Rationalization Phase 2 FAQS for Mailers

How much mail will be delivered overnight once Phase 2 is implemented? Current estimates indicate approximately 25% of the Single Piece First-Class Mail volume is expected to be delivered overnight. Overall 13%.  Comments (Count)



USPS will find talent in unlikely places through employee engagement. When the personnel are afforded two-way communication to complete the feedback loop, craft and management, will better understand the impacts on the job, and connect it to profitability, and morale. Time to fix whatever needs fixing deep inside liteblue, then spin, and construct the perfect spider web resilient enough to take down the biggest competitor.   Comments (Count)


OPM says security glitch on web portal exposed some retirees personal info

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management confirmed that a web site glitch exposed some retirees’ personal information to other retirees Monday Comments (Count)


Postal Service worker ID’d as suspect in Lake Forest mail theft investigation

Former Indiana APWU local president faces embezzlement charge

Special interests deliver obstacles to fixing the Postal Service

CPI rate increase looks likely as exigent rate increase comes to an end

Postal master keys lost, customers urged to check mail daily

Ruth Goldway: Postal Service cuts ill-considered

USPS Board of Governors Temporary Emergency Committee changed January 7th meeting

UPS Store Opens in 'Postal Desert'

New US Postal Service standards to add delivery time to mail

McCoy: Trouble ahead for the post office



January 12,  2015

APWU: New MOU to Create Hundreds of Career Jobs in Level 4 POStPlan Offices - The specific numbers and offices have not yet been identified, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in announcing the Dec. 31, 2014, agreement,  Comments (Count)


USPS Corporate Communications VP Mitzi Betman to retire on Friday

Mitzi Betman is retiring from USPS after almost 34 years. Her last day will be Friday, Jan. 16.  Comments (Count)


Sunday deliveries bring changes and challenges to United States Postal workers - During the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday season, the US Postal Service partnered with Amazon to bring customers deliveries all 7 days of the week. After seeing a lot of success, the practice is continuing into 2015.But for those in the postal business, it’s a big change from everything they’ve ever known. .  Comments (Count)


Shrewsbury postal workers say their lives are in limbo

Fayetteville postal workers protest downtown facility closure

Postal Worker (PSE) to be sentenced after pleading guilty to mail theft

6 Bethpage postal workers plead not guilty in marijuana case

Hillsdale residents will see no changes with USPS Consolidation plan

How the new service standards may slow down much more mail than the USPS is saying

You Won't Believe What This Fortune Teller Predicts for Publishing in 2015!

41 years ago: Postal Service should modernize

Oneida man arrested for robbing postal carrier


January 11,  2015

Did USPS OIG Agents go too far by setting Up Sham Fishing Trip, posing as rehab specialist to catch letter carrier on OWCP? - A federal judge in Portland, OR chided government agents Friday for running a series of elaborate ruses to catch a U.S. mail carrier they accuse of fraudulently obtaining workers' compensation benefits. Agents went so far as to set up a phony business to lure their target into a 7 ½ -hour deep-sea fishing expedition. They also duped the letter carrier into an interview with an undercover agent posing as a vocational rehabilitation specialist. The letter carrier's lawyer said, "This was not a valid undercover operation. his is the government lying about who they were." The Assistant U.S. Attorney described the methods, however sneaky, as legal and constitutional. . Comments (Count)


USPS OIG: Suitability of Rail Transportation Suggest It is Time to Use Rail Again

January 10  2015

NALC: Door delivery resolution reintroduced in House

The resolution will be identical to H.Res. 711, which was introduced last August during the 113th Congress and which ended up with 75 sponsors from both parties. Reps. Davis, King, and Joyce Re-Introduce Resolution to Ensure Door Delivery of Mail  Comments (Count)


California postal worker offers to pay back alleged embezzlement of $9,500

Mailers Just Don’t Get It?!?! Joe Schick Responds to the Departing PMG


January 09  2015

OIG: Postal Service, Customers Would Suffer if Mail Processing Were Privatized

 A little-noticed OIG report bolsters the union’s position that mail processing plants are crucial to Postal Service operations and should not be privatized.  Comments (Count)


USPS Service Standards Map effective January 1, 2015

Customers can enter their own ZIP Code and see that the blue overnight area is gone. The blue area shrunk in half after 2012. Now it is completely gone. 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated January 9, 2015  Comments (Count)


Man killed in head-on crash with USPS Truck in Huntington Park, CA

Update: Over 3,000 pieces of mail found deceased letter carrier's former property

Video: Saving the U.S. Postal Service – The Ed Show

Man’s Identity Stolen When Mail Is Fraudulently Forwarded

Letter Carrier ejected from vehicle in two-car crash

Bel Air MD mail carrier retires after 40 years

USPS Data Breach Was For Profit – ‘Health Files’ Fetch Handsome Figures

Massachusetts postal workers brace for job cuts

Postal worker pleads guilty to outburst at beauty salon

Jackman postal worker rescues two horses

Bel Air MD mail carrier retires after 40 years

Postal Service just misses recovering cash scammed from elderly man


January 08  2015

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)


Anchorage postal worker trying to “impress” employer gets probation for throwing away mail

Video: Letter Carriers Brave Below Zero Temps

Odor forces change in post office lobby hours


January 07  2015

6-day resolution re-introduced as Congress convenes

The 114th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and in the House of Representatives, Reps. Sam Graves (R-MO) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) wasted no time in renewing their commitment to preserving six-day mail delivery by quickly introducing H.Res. 12. Comments (Count)


OPM seeks auto-enrollment of some federal employees, retirees into Health Care Program - OPM seeks auto-enrollment of federal employees, retirees failing to make an enrollment election in Federal Employees Health Plan (FEHB) during a certain time frame.  Comments (Count)


Video: Houston USPS workers not getting paid on time

Employees of a mail processing facility at the center of customer complaints say mail delivery isn’t the only being delayed   Comments (Count)


Video: Postal truck involved in 3-car crash

The impact of the crash flipped the mail truck on its side and ripped out the engine. 


USPS Expands Same-Day Deliveries to DC

EEOC to Probe Persistent Problem of ‘Workplace Harassment’ at Jan. 14 public meeting

Attack, robbery of postal truck driver gets two men nearly 20 years in prison

New Postal Service Delivery Standards May Slow Payments to Collectors

Postal workers intercept 19-pound shipment of pot


D.C. man fights USPS over lost pair of $677 shoes


January 06  2015

PMG blames unions and mailers for USPS’ stalled progress

In his farewell speech at the National Press Club PMG suggested that union and mailer groups’ “shortsightedness and myopia” have impeded efforts in Congress to modernize USPS .PMG also said “In today’s world, does it really make sense to offer the promise of a government pension to a 22-year-old who is just entering the workforce? And how reliable is that promise?”   APWU President Reacts to PMG’s Remarks at National Press Club and his ‘Verbal Attack’ on APWU - PMG: Unfortunately, the APWU approach is to try to keep all of our transactions in Post Offices.It’s an example of the arrow, near-sighted view winning over the broader, long-term strategy. Unfortunately, it’s now tougher for us to find retail partners. APWU: Donahoe has outsourced work and sent its customers to private companies such as Staples, which uses poorly paid and largely untrained workers. The APWU has opposed the no-bid deal with Staples and cuts in service, and for this Donahoe calls us “narrow-minded.” Postmaster General addresses National Press Club for the last time -Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe was the featured speaker at the January 6, 2015 National Press Club Newsmakers news conference in Washington, DC. Speaking to reporters collectively for the last time prior to his retirement, Donahoe praised postal employees for their hard-work and accomplishments   Comments (Count)


U.S. Postal Service Delivers Record Holiday Season

The U.S. Postal Service exceeded its holiday delivery projections this season, delivering approximately 524 million packages in December  Comments (Count)


USPS Awards Two Contracts Worth Up to $250 Million for Company to provide security services

Missouri postal worker in critical condition after being hit by car

Working in the cold: Follow Eau Claire employees who brave bitter conditions

Man injured after crashing into Hammond post office

Michiganders can expect mail delays from planned closures, postal unions warn

Postal Service Announces RIF Effective Date Change, Career PTF Assignment Option for Remaining Impacted POStPlan Postmasters


January 05  2015

APWU: Dimondstein Statement on USPS Lowering Mail Delivery Service Standards This Week - Beginning this week, these questions will be asked by millions of Americans who will wonder why their prescription drugs, their church bulletin, their paycheck, and other important correspondence haven’t been delivered.  Comments (Count)


OIG: Could flexible workplace policies help USPS adapt to its new environment? The Postal Service is focused on workforce flexibility, using lower paid employees to supplement its career workforce. It should also focus on workplace flexibility policies that improve work-life balance. Comments (Count)


Former CBS reporter sues USPS and others over claims of hacking computer

Funeral Service Held for Texas Postal Worker Killed in Fishing Accident

Postal Regulatory Commission designates Tony Hammond as Vice Chairman

PA: Longtime Erie Postal Worker Says Farewell After 37 Years

NALC Rolando: The wrong fix for the U.S. Postal Service

Dead Tree Edition: Ten Words That Summarize What Happened to Publishing in 2014


January 04  2015

Mail truck catches fire on I-80 in Pennsylvania
Mail delivery changes leave some subdivisions in a bind


January 03  2015

USPS explanation of the Network Rationalization Service Standard Impacts reported several days ago that as it stands now most of the plants are scheduled for closure/consolidation starting in April and not January 2015. In fact, there are no plants scheduled for closure in January 2015. USPS has now confirmed what reported several days ago.USPS had already started the process of closure/consolidations of plants. Video: USPS to Begin Cuts in Service Monday  Comments (Count)


Postmaster theft trial continued to February


Rural letter carrier writes book of experiences


January 02  2015

Hackers may have postal employees’ OWCP medical records dating back to 1980

Potential victims include current and former postal employees who filed injury compensation claims between November 1980 and August 2012. USPS data breach also affected workers comp files of 485,000 postal workers - USPS data breach affected bank and medical information of nearly a million current and former postal workers injured on the job  Comments (Count)


Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to Discuss Challenges Facing USPS at National Press Club - On Jan. 5, the United States Postal Service will lower standards for mail delivery across the nation. Mail will take longer to reach its final destination. Comments (Count)


82-year-old Lansing postman retires

Postal Driver Celebrates 88th Birthday

Welcome to 2015: The year ahead will bring new PMG, other milestones

Branson, MO postal worker charged with forging mail-in subscriptions to get back at co-worker

TSP Falls in December, With Most Funds in the Red

Red flags raised in north Forsyth over mailbox shift Cluster setup not ready, yet service stopped

Where have all the blue boxes gone?

Video: 1,000 baseball, football cards lost in mail – USPS won’t pay insurance

Burglars hit Gold Bar,WA Post Office twice over holidays, loot PO Boxes


January 01  2015

Video: USPS Personnel Files Litter Street Near Plant Fire in Ohio

Documents found contained what appears to be the names, addresses and social security numbers from personnel files of Postal Employees. Cleanup Crews Remove Debris From Burned Post Office Comments (Count)


Berkeley renews fight to preserve historic post office

Postal Service Ramps Up Address Quality Monitoring

Driver, 74, cited after smashing into post office


December 31,  2014

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)


Heading into 2015, USPS looks to tech to reshape model

Old mail found on a deceased U.S. Postal Service employee’s former propert

Through rain, snow, sleet ... and bees

NALC: CDRAAP Route Adjustment Review Request Form now available


Heading into 2015, USPS looks to tech to reshape model

Old mail found on a deceased U.S. Postal Service employee’s former propert

Through rain, snow, sleet ... and bees

NALC: CDRAAP Route Adjustment Review Request Form now available

December 30,  2014

The U.S. Parcel -- uh, Postal -- Service Presents Its Wish List to Congress

DeadTree Edition - The U.S. Postal Service presented a long wish list to Congress today, along with a subliminal message. “Despite challenging marketplace conditions, an inflexible business model imposed by federal law and financial issues caused by legislative constraints, the Postal Service is moving forward with a lot of momentum,” Mickey D. Barnett and Postmaster General Pat Donahoe wrote in a joint letter appearing in the agency’s annual report to Congress. Translation: “Hey, Congress, the Postal Service is scrambling to keep its head above water because you’ve created a helluva mess. Now could you get off your butts and do something more useful than naming post offices?” Comments (Count)


Maryland City Carrier Assistant (CCA) sentenced to prison for delivering drugs and accepting bribes - Former letter carrier was sentenced for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, and a bribery conspiracy. US Attorney says "Corruption of Letter Carriers a “Significant Vulnerability” for Postal Service."  Comments (Count)

Feds charge Postal employee with issuing money order without payment

Postmaster's departure ends S. Indiana post office

USPS: Priority Packages Not Guaranteed to Arrive in Two Days


December 29,  2014

NAPUS: When Congress returns federal retirement benefits could be at risk

when the 114th Congress convenes on January 5, a number of pivotal issues will dominate first few months of the year that may target the postal and federal workforce.  Comments (Count)


USPS Not Letting Go of Holiday Package Business

Police: Teen breaks in to South Norwalk CT Post Office

Tampa Police arrest postal worker for 2nd degree murder

Beloved Parsippany mailman making final deliveries

Video: Postal worker replenishes money stolen from boy’s lost wallet

Postal Service will close 4 Wisconsin processing centers In 2015

December 28,  2014

How Obama Can Help Rescue the Postal Service Right Now

The U.S. Postal Service is going out of business, partly because of mismanagement. As a functioning business, its board of directors would have been replaced years ago.The Postal Service has been reeling from threats to its financial stability. The Board of Governors sets budgets, pricing and policy for the Postal Service. Despite six years of a Democratic president, Republicans have held for years the majority of the board’s occupied slots. As a result, the reaction to diminished physical mail traffic and an unworkable retirement funding mandate from Congress (the Postal Service must pre-fund its retirement benefits 75 years out, a demand placed on no other federal agency or private business) has been mostly about job and service cuts.  Comments (Count)


By Default or Design: The Demise of the Postal Service

December 27,  2014

Postal Truck Hits House in Osceola After Two Vehicle Accident

Who won the holiday shipping war this year?

Mailman victim of hit and run in Pennsylvania

French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

Postal worker health fraud rises as mail volume falls

December 26,  2014

Video: Mail thief tries to escape on kayak

Police said it started when the pair ditched a stolen car full of stolen mail in a driveway in Sammamish early Christmas Eve morning.  Comments (Count)


Evansville mail carrier pays it forward

Denver Post Opinion: USPS Needs a Major Fix

South Dakota letter carrier honored for assisting elderly woman who fell, broke hip

USPS Helps Santa Deliver Packages in Fort Worth

The worst community postal box contest

Still didn't get those presents in the mail? One carrier delivering on Christmas Day


December 25,  2014

3 Hurt When Postal Service Truck Crashes With Vehicle On Highway

Football-sized dog keeps postal carriers from delivering mail

The Last Christmas for the USPS? It Doesn't Have to Be

USPS Works Through Christmas Eve to Deliver Packages on Time



December 24,  2014

U.S. Postal Service eyes e-commerce to offset declining mail

Facing a slump in the mail it had been delivering since the days of America’s Revolutionary War, in 2012 the U.S. Postal Service began aggressively targeting e-commerce and lapsed customers as the way to salvage its declining business. “The USPS plans to spend more than $10 billion over the next four years on a new fleet of vehicles.  Comments (Count)


USPS Board of Governors aka ‘Temporary Emergency Committee’ to hold teleconference January 7th - The USPS Board of Governors aka ‘USPS Temporary Emergency Committee’ is moving right along with handling the Postal Service’s business. . Comments (Count)


Photos: We Got This! Postal Workers have a handle on sorting packages

This time of year, the U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in Scarborough, Maine is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week


UPS, FedEx Cap Holiday Deliveries Amid Late Surge

PRC Denies Postal Service Request to Create a Round-Trip Mailer (PDF)

'I've Been Blessed', Says Retiring Calera Postmaster


December 23,  2014

USPS ‘Cyber Intrusion update’ leaves out former employees

In a new video, CHRO Jeff Williamson updates employees on the recent cyber intrusion into some USPS information systems.  Comments (Count)


Send a Letter. It’s Safer

The Postal Service gets slammed for reasons that are not only unfair but terribly naïve. It is dismissed as financially troubled – a claim that is not really true, since the service is alone in having the absurd.   Comments (Count)


USPS is setting new records as Christmas nears

The Postal Service delivered a record 28.3 million packages Dec. 22, surpassing the previous milestone — 27.9 million deliveries — set one week earlier. Postal Carrier Brings Mail, Holiday Cheer to Old Forge || Christmas season the Super Bowl of mail carriers  Comments (Count)


Postal bike thief on South Beach faces special delivery to jail

Miami Beach is one of the last places in the United States where carriers still use bicycles to deliver mail. So when the bright yellow two-wheeler of postal carrier Richard Williams went missing, along with a satchel of undelivered mail, police and postal inspectors didn’t treat it like a prank


Video: Victims say Stolen Christmas Presents May Be "Inside Job"

A San Diego-based U.S. Navy sailor and his wife believe the Grinch who stole their Christmas surprise works for the U.S. Postal Service.  Comments (Count)


USPIS offers $5,000 reward in assault of mail carrier in Pottstown, PA

New iPod touch 6th generation coming soon: USPS buys 5th generation for PO

Christmas season the Super Bowl of mail carriers

USPS Truck Overturned by Collision

Video: Driver chases FedEx truck down highway that was losing Christmas packages out of back doors

December 22,  2014

Senator Carper says Postal Reform should be a Top Priority for 114th Congress - “Because of Congress’ inability to come to a consensus on postal reform legislation this year, the Postal Service’s fate continues to twist in the wind.  Customers and other stakeholders are now left with uncertainty about what the future holds for the Postal Service. Unfortunately, the Senate made that uncertainty even worse with our failure to consider the nominees for the Postal Board of Governors.  Comments (Count)


The Impact of Plant Closures: Beyond the Postal Sphere | APWU

Most of these groups don’t realize that they will also take a big hit if service standards are lowered and 82 mail processing plants are shuttered. ... they have been told over and over that the USPS is broke and must make cuts. The Postal Service doesn’t dare tell members of the communities how they will be adversely affected. Who is going to tell the truth? We have to. We have to reach our community and tell them the facts!  Comments (Count)


Video: Package with 200 dead rats prompts evacuation of Florida post office

A West Palm Beach post office and the surrounding area were evacuated Friday night because of a suspicious package, police said. The man who received the package said it contained 200 dehydrated and preserved rats.  Comments (Count)


Video: Rush of holiday packages means more work for postal workers, police

The United States Postal Service spent Sunday delivering millions of packages, despite it being a day when the post office is typically closed. “Convenience for our customers is the most important thing, so we’ve expanded our hours in December. Video: Mail carriers embrace the holiday rush with Sunday deliveries || USPS network operations in full force for the holidays  Comments (Count)


Video: A Test for UPS: One Day, 34 Million Packages

United Parcel Service Inc. all year has been focused on one day above the rest: Monday Dec. 22, when it will deliver 34 million packages, more than any other in its history. It is a big test for the delivery giant after last year snafu.  Comments (Count)


Mail delivery problems persist on Shelter Island NY
How the Postal Service uses tech for your holiday stamps
UPS worker spots thief stealing USPS package

Curbside mailboxes a thorn for some in historic district

December 21,  2014

Part-time rural carriers claim they’re treated like ‘junk mail’

Toby Holder has worked as a part-time, rural carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Killeen. But the contract he signed with USPS turned out to be more than a part-time job, he said, as budget constraints and short staffing created an atmosphere of mistreatment, unsafe conditions and pay issues.  . Comments (Count)


Video: APWU Mark Dimondstein talks USPS changes scheduled for 2015

Mark Dimondstein, President American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO, talked about U.S. Postal Service changes scheduled for 2015 which would not only affect delivery but and lead to the reduction of 7,000 jobs.


Amarillo Police investigating stolen mail from several post offices

Video: Postal workers fulfill kids’ letters to Santa

Drain cleaner causes HazMat scares at Portland PDX

Ashuelot PO Remains Closed More Than 6 Months After Drunk Driver Crashed Into Building

North Platte: US postal workers to retire

Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed



December 20,  2014

USPS Phase 2 Network Rationalization FAQs includes some answers to service standards, VER, RIFs - As previously reported USPS is moving ahead with Phase 2 Network Rationalization starting in January 2015. USPS quietly made this announcement last week. USPS estimates that approximately 20% of First Class Mail volumes will be delivered overnight and  80% in 2 or 3 days.  Comments (Count)


Residents are getting more nighttime visits from letter carriers

Some people have reported problems including mail that was delivered to the wrong address, or mail delivered as late as 10 p.m. Neighbors said they missed bills — but did get demands for late payment. Comments (Count)


Staples Finds Malware in POS systems; 1.16 Million payment cards affected

Man feels shortchanged over postal regs

USPS network operations in full force for the holidays

Behind the Scenes: USPS busy as Christmas nears

Package stolen off Roscoe Village porch


December 19,  2014

USPS workers comp employees medical and bank records may have been compromised - On November 10, 2014 USPS said workers compensation records of postal employees may have been compromised. On November 20, 2014 APWU said ” Apparently, information regarding OWCP records that were shared with the Department of Labor exposed medical records, bank account and routing information for tens of thousands of employees and retirees. Now over a month later USPS has yet to notify workers' comp postal employees of the breach????

Family members of USPS workers comp employees may be affected by data breach.  Comments (Count)


USPS confirms Postal Worker diagnosed with Tuberculosis

A spokesperson with the U.S. Postal Service has confirmed a Victoria postal worker has contracted tuberculosis. The employee worked at the James Moody Station off of Sam Houston Drive.  Comments (Count)


Lance Armstrong co-defendants agree to pay $500,000 as part settlement in USPS case

USPS sets records for package deliveries, online visits

Alabama Clerk Sentenced to Prison For Role In Tax Refund Fraud using corrupt letter carrier


December 18,  2014

OIG: USPS security lapses on 'Tracking and Reporting System' could result in hackers gaining access When standards or system controls are not implemented in accordance with security hardening standards, systems can be at risk for accidental or intentional unauthorized use, modification, or disclosure of sensitive data. Therefore, we estimated data at risk of about $137 million for 161 million records containing sensitive information that are processed daily through the PTR system. OIG: USPS Capital District’s security controls for data lacks protection from hackers      Comments (Count)


Another post office gets annexed: North Platte to relocate from downtown to industrial tract

Postal service pressed for impact study in advance of Petaluma closure

USPS truck flips, spills packages along Bay area roadway

Video: Expect more shipping delays from USPS starting next year

Video: ‘Parcel Pirates’ Following Delivery Trucks, Stealing Packages


December 17,  2014

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)


APWU: Congress Fails to Act – Again

Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions Video: APWU President Dimondstein on The Ed Show   Comments (Count)


Postal Worker pleads guilty to stealing ‘Victoria Secret’ coupons from the mail

The Niagara Falls, New York city carrier assistant (cca) was charged with stealing at least 15 Victoria Secret coupons out of the mail.


Criminals Go Postal, Target Mailboxes

Who Killed Cat Fancy Magazine?

The Postal Service is Crawling With Mail-Hoarding Newmans

FedEx, UPS and Postal Service Scramble to Cope With Holidays

Most Packages Safe Following Post Office Fire in Ohio

APWU: Custodian TL 5 Implementation Schedule (11/22/14)

Post office pays for broken antique, but how much?


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