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USPS Seeks Private Companies For New Priority Mail Care Package Program


Former USPS Contractor Nabbed in NJ Postmasters Scheme


Postal Employees Cry Foul Over Alleged USPS Privacy Violations


Photo: Semi-Automated Postal Robotic Delivery Vehicle


USPS Deployment of Automated Postal Centers Put On Hold


USPS Seeks Vendors for Postal Package Processing System


Video: USPS Infomercial


Postal Supervisor’s Retaliation Lawsuit Dismissed


Video: NALC Branch #709: Reno Picket Against Contracting Out


New CSRS, FERS Retirement System Goes Online in 2008


NALC, NRLCA Presidents Debunk PMG Letter Justifying Contracting Out Mail Delivery


PMG: USPS Strongly Opposes the 'Mail Delivery and Protection Act'


Photo: Postal Window Clerk and A Very Strange Mail Package


OSHA partnership helps reduce ergonomic injuries at USPS


USPS Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire Website Launched


Court Affirms Enforcement of Unfair Labor Charges Against USPS


Senator Collins Introduces Postal Resolution Reaffirming Protections of Sealed Mail


NAPUS: Is Mail Service at Risk?


USPS Awards Contract to Protect Employee Personnel Records


NALC Young: It’s time to stop the ‘run amok’ OIG


Postal Service Awards $874.6 Million Contract for Flat Sequencing System


Unofficial Transcript of NALC Rap Session


Recent EEOC Decisions Involving Postal Employees


Postal Employees Know Your Rights  


Postal Worker Fired After Second Violation of USPS Zero Tolerance Policy


Postal Employees Should Think Twice Before Appealing Case to MSPB

Kenneth Jones vs. US Postal Service, illustrates why postal employees should think twice before appealing their discipline to the Merit Systems Protection Board. 


New Book: Beware of Cat: And Other Encounters of a Letter Carrier

Postal Worker Fired After Second Violation of USPS Zero Tolerance Policy

Bush Plan Would Cut Tax-Free Employer-Provided Health Insurance

MSPB Overturns Postal Worker’s Removal for $45,000 Stamp Stock Shortage

Postage Rate Hike in 2008?

Postal Service: ‘Intelligent Mail’ Fully Operational By 2009

Video: Signed, Sealed and Delivered-  Labor Struggle in the Post Office

NPMHU Sues USPS, APWU To Overturn RI-399 Arbitration Award

USPS: New Postal Law-The Financial Impact

Can Bush Open Mail Without Warrant?

 Former Postal Worker Charged in FEHB Scheme to Defraud USPS and NALC

Un-Merry Christmas
Postal Service Terminates Disabled Iraq War Veteran for Unacceptable Attendance

Letter to the Editor - Mismanagement at Royal Oak Carrier Unit

FedEx and DOT at Stalemate in Dispute Over Disclosure of Postal Contract Data -

USPS, APWU Reach $5.3 Million Agreement in Anthrax Travel Grievance

 Postal Worker Fired for Refusing to Work on DBCS Machine

Postal Nurse Charged With Defrauding USPS

Five-Year Postal Employees Stats At a Glance

Big Win For APWU in MS-47 Maintenance Case - "Custodial Jobs Protected"

Emery Agrees to Pay $10 Million for Submitting Fraudulent Billings to USPS -

USPS to Sell Segway Scooters to General Public

 Former Postmaster jailed for stealing over $50k

Postal Worker Sues USPS – Denied Permission to Work Off-the-Clock?

USPS OIG Paper: Postal Officers Travel Expense Guidelines

USPS Mail Processing Facility Faces $44,250 in Fines for Safety Violations

 USPS and GE Sign New Six-Year $100M Contract for Semi-Trailers

Man Pleads Guilty in Kickback Scheme to Pay Postal OWCP Specialist

APWU Initiates Dispute Over Changes to USPS Computer Security Rules

Postal Worker Injured in Iraq Wins Job Back Under USERRA

USPS to Conduct Search for Sex Offenders on Postal Payroll

Postal Supervisor Fired for Rewarding Employees With Non-Worked Overtime Pay

 Reader Raises Concern Over USPS Revised Emergency Salary Authorization Policy

 USPS OIG Audit Report: Pasadena P & DC Consolidation

MSPB Upholds Removal of Postal Worker Videotaped Abusing FMLA

USPS to remove stamp machines by 2010

Postal Service Plans for More Than $1 Billion in Cost Reductions  

 Carrier Fired for Gambling Signed Last Chance Agreement

Mystery Shopper Evaluations Should Not Be Used to Discipline Window Clerks -

 National Dispute Initiated Over USPS’ Improper Use of Casuals

APWU: Olympia, Tacoma and Everett Mail May Move to Seattle

Postal Service Lists 139 Facilities As Potential Candidates for Consolidation

Postal Worker Fired for Violating USPS Zero Tolerance Policy

Court Backs USPS in Stamp Trademark Lawsuit

 Letter - Postal Workers Injured on Duty Should Know Their Rights

 USPS Migrating Personnel Info to PostalPEOPLE System

Driving Postal Vehicle Without Seatbelt May Get You Fired

 USPS Dragnet Continues to Sweep Up Injured Workers

Supreme Court Revives Postal Worker's Discrimination Suit

Number of Active Postal Employees by Age, Years of Service (PDF)

Trenton APWU Excessing Update, Custodian Exam for Clerks

Federal Court Overturns Letter Carrier Removal for Breach of Last Chance Agreement

Postal Window Clerks Protect Your Jobs

USPS releases April 2006 Financial and Operating Statements

North Carolina Postmaster Reassigned After Assault Complaint

Postal Mail Handlers in Talks to Stay With AFL-CIO

NIOSH Reports on DBCS at Denver Postal Facility

USPS Proposing to Contract Out Postal Vehicle Service

Federal Court Affirms USPS FMLA Return-To-Work Policy


Whoa…An Interesting Supreme Court Case Involving USPS



August 31, 2007-

Mass: Former postmaster pleads guilty to embezzlement

Mailer pros need to step up for the industry

Calif: Benicia post office robbed
Post Office's Purple Hearts

Mail delivery source of confusion

Neighborhood honors retiring letter carrier
Fake Money Order Scheme cost Banks and USPS more than $200,000

Contract Carrier Pleads Guilty To Embezzlement

August 30, 2007-

Arbitrator Awards $50,000 for Postal Inspectors Misconduct

 The following are excerpts from an arbitration award [via] that documents abuse of a clerk by postal inspectors in Clifton, AZ. The Union grieved under Article 2 and 17 of the National Agreement and got $50,000.00 in damages. APWU was represented by Steve Zamanakos, National Business Agent, Denver Region. The arbitrator ruled that the Inspectors violated "Art. 2.1 & Postal Bulletin 21826: their conduct on May 27, 1999 created a hostile work environment for the Grievant. They also violated Art. 17.3, the MOU, a Step 4 Decision, & Inspection Service protocols by denying the Grievant representation. [Postal Inspector }Dent violated ELM provisions when he interjected himself into the [OWCP] CA-1 process. The Agency failed to adequately supervise the Inspectors, failed to cooperate with the Union during the grievance process and failed to investigate the Grievant’s sexual harassment claim in violation of Postal Bulletin 21826."  |


USPS, Postmasters Reach Agreement on Pay Package

"A Postmaster’s pay will increase by the percentage earned through the Pay-for-Performance Program. The change to the minimums and maximums of all EAS grades will be 2% for FY08 and FY09, and 2.25% for FY10 and FY11. This is significant in light of the fact that the Postal Service is mandated to operate under the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The average increase to a Postmaster’s pay last year was about 5%. The raise to the minimum in EAS grades was the first in about 10 years. From 2008 through 2011, the Postal Service’s contribution to a Postmaster’s Federal Employee Health Benefit Program will be reduced by 1% per year. This is in line with the reductions experienced by craft employees through their contracts negotiated this year." Details of Pay Package |


Witness claims postal carrier shot dog

Authorities are trying to find out who shot Jack the Chihuahua. A witness told Greer police that a U.S. Postal mail carrier shot the dog outside the Greer residence on Tuesday, according to a police report of the incident. From the way that the neighbor described it, he basically pulled out an air rifle or a BB gun of some kind and just shot at the dog until my dog started yelping," said Tiffany Gorseth." |


Postal Bulletin 8/30/ 2007 Issue 

USPS Bay-Valley District to Honor Postal Employees Awarded Purple Heart

Chiropractic Malpractice Postage Stamp Approved by USPS
Control your dogs first for front-door mail
Post office says 'ZIP!' and it's goodbye, Linda

Letter carrier bitten by dog

Postal Employee Gets 25 years for fatal DUI
Postal Window Clerk Charlie Stout, more than meets the eye
Post office renamed after influential former postmaster

August 29, 2007-

Mail carrier adds lifesaver to resume

Photo: Old Rural Postal Delivery Wagon

Stupak, officials discuss postal issues

Survey: Baby boomers the biggest 'junk mail' target

Postal lines get longer

August 28, 2007-

Notice: USPS Revised Rule for Conduct on Postal Property

The Postal Service is amending two provisions in title 39, Code of Federal Regulations, to correct an outdated citation to a superseded Executive Order. No employee while on property owned or leased by the Postal Service or the United States or while on duty, shall participate in any gambling activity, including the operation of a gambling device, in conducting or acting as an agent for a lottery or pool, in conducting a game for money or property, or in selling or purchasing a numbers slip or ticket.  |


Carrier's Address is Big Source of Clinton's Campaign Cash

A letter carrier  lives in a modest house that is listed as the address as one of the biggest sources of campaign donations to Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY).The six members of the Paw family have donated a total of $200,000 to Democratic candidates since 2005 according to election records. The donations closely track donations made by a wealthy New York businessman in the apparel industry who once listed the Paw home as his address according to the Wall Street Journal. Wall Street Journal omitted key information in article  |


Man threatened to shoot his Postal Worker wife inside PO

 A Davidsville man was jailed after he allegedly threatened to open fire at the Boswell post office when his wife, an employee there, said she was divorcing him, authorities said. In a criminal complaint, Conemaugh Township police said James M. Stevanus, 39, of South Main Street, became angry when Michelle Stevanus told him she was filing for divorce. Stevanus threatened his wife and her co-workers Thursday, saying he would take a gun to the post office and “take you all out.”  |


Postmaster Hears Delivery Complaints

Distressed residents falling under an ongoing request by Postmaster Tim Sullivan to install curbside mailboxes were able to discuss one-on-one their concerns at the Fredonia Village Board meeting Monday. Residents questioned the reasoning, authority, and manner in which the change was ordered. “I don’t stand to gain, or the post office doesn’t stand to gain very much, if anything, economically by implementing this,” Sullivan said. “I went as a safety issue.   |


Postal machine chomps tax bills

According to Poughkeepsie City School District officials, an unknown number of this year's school tax bills were damaged or destroyed by sorting ma-chines at the Poughkeepsie Post Office. This is the second year in a row the post office's machinery has jammed up on the city district's tax bills, Wilson said. Tom Gaynor, spokesman for the New York Metro Area U.S. Postal Service, said the problem with the tax bill mailer is thickness. "The envelopes are very thin," he said. "The fact they are so thin may be a problem. |


Postal clerk wants to spill secret

Hurdles ahead for federal pay boost, tax cut
Rural carrier rescues elderly customer
Company introduces mail back sharps program

August 27, 2007-

Carried Away

Book will highlight unusual stories from Letter Carriers Across America. Letter Carrier Kate Drury and former mail carrier Lois McNutty are collecting offbeat stories , cartoons and photos of unusual mailboxes from letter carriers for a book. According to the website: "We need your stories. We are the only people who still visit each house in America every work day. We observe neighborhoods, talk with customers, and perform our job in all kinds of weather. We have a unique view of life in the United States and each of us has a story or two to share. Proceeds will go to PERF - Postal Employee Relief Fund - which benefits Postal Workers in times of natural disasters."  |


California Cities Respond To Dog Attacks

At least two cities in Southern California - Torrance and Redondo Beach - are reviewing their laws governing vicious dogs following this week's brutal mauling of a Torrance letter carrier by a pit bull. Both cities will soon conduct hearings into violent incidents involving pit bulls; in Redondo Beach a "potentially dangerous dog hearing" that's open to the public is set for Monday at City Hall. Meanwhile, fellow employees of letter carrier Moon Choi, whose condition is improving although he remains hospitalized, held a blood drive Friday at the main Torrance post office."   |


Retired Postal Worker Opens Contract Station in City Hall

(Texas) It is now possible to mail packages and letters in the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center. Ken Richards of Little Elm will be running the city hall Contract Postal Unit. He retired after working for the post office for 39 and one-half years and decided that he had to have a job again. |


NPR: Population in Flux Redefines New Orleans - On New Orleans' devastated east side, postal worker Michele McMillan is the area's informal census taker, ambassador and welcome wagon.


Flight 93 postmark available on Sept. 11
Woman wins disabled access at NYC Post Office
Bird droppings stop mail on Capitol Hill

August 26, 2007-

You've got mail!

Six million people know the experience: You order a DVD from the Netflix website and a day or two later it appears in a red paper envelope. You watch the movie, mail it back, and soon another disc arrives. This cycle happens in America 20 times every second and 1.6 million times every day, making Netflix, the movie-rental company, a veritable postal service within the postal service.   |


 Alabama Letter Carrier Celebrates 50 Years On The Job

At 74 years old, he's still going about his appointed downtown rounds. Recently, friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Midtown Post Office to congratulate Williams for all his service. He is credited with introducing the nationwide letter carriers' food drive to the Mobile area about 13 years ago, postal officials said.   |


This mailman delivers it all: Letters or punches

Mural contest sends first-class package to old post office

August 25, 2007-

Fatal Attraction Costs Letter Carrier Her Job

Victoria Shaffer, a letter carrier was issued a notice of removal for  threatening to kill her co-worker/former married lover. The co-worker called the Postal Inspection Service while on his route, reporting that Shaffer had threatened him. He stated: After a 1 ½ year relationship things got ugly today on my route. Vicky [Shaffer] parked behind my truck at 4th and Clark. When I got out of my truck and turned around, she grabbed my shirt, kissed me, and said, “why did you do it?”[2] I replied, “I don’t know.” She said, “I don’t understand.” I said, “I don’t either,” and turned around and walked away. She got in her car and left. A few minutes later she pulled up to the curb, rolled down the window and said, “Next time I’ll put a bullet in your head.” Shaffer filed a gender discrimination suit against the Postmaster General. According to federal court documents the case was recently dismissed.  |


Postal workers stole mail from North Texas P & DC, officials say

Frisco postal customers who have complained about stolen gift certificates, opened greeting cards and missing checks could soon see the arrests of those responsible. U.S. Postal Service investigators say three postal workers stole mail at the North Texas processing and distribution center in Coppell.  |


Neighborhood Protests Loss of Home Mail Delivery

The Windy Hill community is petitioning the U.S. Post Office to reconsider pulling home mail delivery to nearly 600 homes and businesses because of dog attacks. Earlier this month cluster boxes were installed at several locations making home mail boxes useless.  |


Another APWU Secretary-Treasurer charged with embezzling Union funds

(Alabama) The FBI arrested Bridgett Cardall Hooks, 35, Thursday, and unsealed an Aug. 15 indictment alleging she extracted the money from the account of the American Postal Workers’ Union, Local 332, during a period of 14 months when she was the union’s secretary/treasurer. According to the indictment, Hooks wrote herself checks from the union checking account and made improper purchases and withdrawals with her union debit card between Oct. 31, 2005 and Dec. 3, 2006. The total amount of money believed to be embezzled is $10,820.17.  |


Postal Contractor Sought for Back Wages

A small trucking firm awarded multimillion contracts with the U.S. Postal Service owes its drivers nearly $1.4 million in back wages, the Labor Department said this week. Alan Berman Trucking, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., is accused of pay violations on at least eight government contracts worth $10 million to haul mail for post offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, the agency said. DOL Press Release  |


CA: Postal facility likely will face hurdle in Aliso Viejo

Local DHL center faces federal labor complaint

NY: Residents protest lack of delivery
Heavy rains affect Illinois post offices
City's postmaster got results as dedicated straight-shooter

Letter: Postal Service needs more efficiency

Rubber band man fights on

August 24, 2007-

FedEx, UPS Increase Donations to Democrats

UPS Spent Nearly $1.2M Lobbying

NALC Ratification Update
Pottsburg residents deliver hundreds of protest petitions to USPS

Pelham Post Office avoids eviction; will stay at present site for now

August 23, 2007-

Stamp Machines In Post Offices Head for Dump

Stamp vending machines in post offices across the nation are going the way of the 5-cent post card. By Sept. 15, the machines will be gone. Lesley Corban, information officer for the Postal Service in Lakeland, said Thursday the machines are headed for the scrap heap because they break down often and are costly to maintain. "It really is not going to be that much of a change. About 600 Postal Service vending machine technicians are being reassigned as the machines go offline; 400 of them will be eligible for retirement by 2010, USPS spokesman Gary Sawtelle said. USPS To Remove All Stamp Vending Machines in Western Area by September 2008  |


Torrance mail carrier in fair condition after dog attack
"A Torrance mail carrier who was mauled by a pit bull while on his route is recovering from his injuries, hospital officials said Wednesday. Moon Choi was bitten in the face Tuesday by a pit bull named Chucky who jumped over a 4-foot-high fence when Choi came to deliver the mail at a home in the 700 block of Amapola Street. Rich Maher, a postal service spokesman, told the Daily Breeze on Tuesday that Choi had gone through reconstructive surgery." - Carrier in intensive care after horrific pit bull attack | Another mail carrier is recovering from a dog attack: Police Dog's Attack On Postman Baffles Department |


Postal Nurses Vote to Merge with APWU

In an overwhelming vote of 51 to 9, on Aug. 17 the National Postal Professional Nurses (NPPN) voted “YES,” in favor of merging with the American Postal Workers Union. Pursuant to the APWU Constitution, the nurses will become a part of the Support Services Division. The NPPN has had collective bargaining agreements with the USPS since 1978, with its latest contract expiring on Aug. 17. The APWU will represent the NPPN at negotiations, which are set to begin Sept. 18. |


Million-dollar stamp heist

It took Edwin Cherry a lifetime to amass his collection of thousands of stamps that could be worth more than $1 million, according to his family. Less than two weeks after his death, it is gone. According to a profile interview with Cherry published on Sept. 23, 1999 in The Yuma Daily Sun, he was a former U.S. Postal Service employee who commemorated American history through his collection.   |


Police arrest postal worker for stealing mail

Police have taken a Albuquerque, NM U.S. Postal Service employee Andrew Barka into custody after finding stolen mail at his Rio Rancho home. Police swarmed the man's home around 8 a.m. Wednesday, and found what they expected, three stolen cars, but that is when the local investigation turned into a federal investigation. Investigators removed several boxes full of mail, and Federal Investigators confirm stolen credit and debit cards were found in Barka's home  |


Valassis Deal Weighs It Down

Valassis Communications Inc. sells coupons, but it may be Valassis's shares taking a big discount if it doesn't show payoffs from a recent acquisition. Buying direct marketer Advo Inc. -- a lengthy, contentious purchase that closed in March -- was supposed to broaden Valassis's coupon business as a price war with competitors and shrinking newspaper sales eroded profits. But Advo's business turned out to be weaker than expected, and the early disappointing results, coupled with the deal's hefty price tag, have weighed on Valassis's shares. The company's market capitalization has been sliced in half over the past year to less than $500 million.  |


With second chance, Buffalo lands NRLCA convention

Mansfield-area mail carriers are back in action

Postal worker needs help
Willow Post Office to be relocated from mobile home

Postal Service CTO Otto to retire
Postal Service delivers $22 million networking contract to AT&T


August 22, 2007-

Ask President Burrus - Organizing Casuals

"Given that our national union agreed to make casuals a permanent part of our workforce and this decision was ratified by those voted for the contract, when are we going to start pushing to make them members of the bargaining unit? In light of the fact that the National Association of Letter Carriers’ tentative agreement will convert casuals to TEs, I am deferring making a final decision on organizing casuals until we can discuss the option of negotiating their conversion to TEs." |


Postmaster takes 'queue' from customer comments

 Mail carrier saluted for going step beyond
Feds: Contract Custodian stole mail at post office  |

Calif.: Dog mauls mail carrier in Torrance neighborhood


August 21, 2007-

We're Sorry, Mr. Postal Union Thug
Rush Limbaugh Responds to Letter From NALC President Young - Rush says," I   love getting letters from union thugs. I just do." He also said,  "It's amazing how many letter carriers today do not believe William Young, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers." NALC: Who Should Be President? (PDF) |


Mail Handlers Awarded $13.8 Million for Casuals Violation

On October 23, 2006 Arbitrator Philip Tamoush awarded $12,799,200.00 to Mail Handlers in Phoenix, AZ and $100, 800.00 to NPMHU Local #320 for lost union dues. Mail Handlers received payment from the ‘casual in lieu of’ settlement agreement on August 10, 2007 (Pay Period 16) .  |


Company Tests Popcorn Vending Machine at NJ Postal Facility - Pop N Go, Inc. announced the test of its popcorn vending machine program with the U.S Postal Service at their South New Jersey Processing and Distribution Center. Frank Collepardi, President of Franco’s Snacks, stated, “We service over 1,000 employees in this center and based on the response to Pop N Go’s popcorn machine we are looking forward to expanding into many other facilities.” Personnel from other postal centers are planning to visit this South Jersey location so they can witness the popularity of the Pop N Go machine.  |


Mail carrier is shot in face while on delivery route

Police say a 14-year-old pulled the trigger.  "He was in a truck delivering mail to a post boxes on the roadway, and while he was doing so felt a stinging sensation in his cheek looked up, didn't know what it was, saw some blood dripping down," Captain Dennis McBride of Ferguson Police says. A bullet or pellet is now lodged in the carrier's nasal canal, he's resting while police and postal inspectors are investigating the crime and try to find out why someone was shooting at the mail truck. The 52-year-old postal carrier told News 4 that he's had the same postal route for 17 years and never had any problems.   |


Postal Worker Dies In Southwest Missouri Floodwaters

A postal worker in Laclede County is dead after his delivery truck was swept off a bridge by rushing floodwaters. Sheriff Richard Wrinkle says U.S. Postal Service officials became concerned after 51-year-old Steve Allee of Stoutland didn't return from his rural route Monday afternoon. Searchers found Allee's body more than a mile downstream from his vehicle and the bridge.  |


USPS withdraws plans for San Juan mail processing facility

 U.S. Postal Service officials announced Monday that they have scrapped plans for a proposed nine-acre mail processing facility near the city's northern gateway, following two weeks of heated opposition from residents and city leaders. The Postal Service will now focus on a 26-acre parcel of land in Aliso Viejo at 50 Liberty Road, Maher said. |


Post office flooded in Mansfield

Denver: USPS asks for help in stopping stamp selling scheme
Many have affinity for ZIP codes
LETTERS: Postal delivery

Three post offices closed

Master of his Domain

To Compete With E-Mail Greetings, Funny Cards Try to Be Topical


August 20, 2007-

Man marks his 56th year as a mail carrier

Post Office to remove 33 mailboxes

Pit bull dog attack leads to 4-hour surgery for mail carrier

Post office employee was more than happy to help


August 19, 2007-

Route of Recovery

Letter Carrier Charles McCann was set to retire shortly after Hurricane Katrina, but returned instead to deliver mail to the entire Lower 9th Ward. "Who else is going to know these streets?" he said. From the un-air-conditioned cab of his clackety mail truck, McCann measures New Orleans' recovery not by Sheetrock sold or coats of fresh paint applied, but by envelopes delivered and mailboxes erected.  |


Photo: Rhino Dressed in Postal Carrier Uniform

Mailman goes above and beyond

Post office keeps pace with the times  

Postal  unions pitch vote-by-mail to top elections officers

Post Office renamed in honor of Carrier killed in auto accident on route


August 18, 2007-

"Kelly Girl" Arbitration Award to Cost USPS Nearly $20 Million

The Phoenix Metro Area Local has just received the arbitration award regarding the “Kelly Girl” case. An arbitrator has awarded the Phoenix Metro Area Local APWU nearly $20 million ($19,717,431.00 plus $128,142.74 in lost union dues). Arbitrator Henderson ruled the Employer violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement when it hired over 200 “Kelly Girl” employees to work at the Phoenix Telephone Center in April 1996. The Center remained open for just over 3 years. The APWU argued the Telephone Center should have been staffed by Level 6 Phoenix Clerks. The arbitrator agreed with the Union. Payout not to exceed $9,694 will be made individually to 2034 Clerks.  |


NALC Branch 34: Story on Carrier Route Adjustments Was Wrong

 This letter written by Robert Lind, NALC Branch 34 President in direct response to the recent article, “Mail Route Shuffle. " Management may control the data inputted and the end result but not the actual delivery of the mail. After all, it’s the letter carrier who is faced with the task of providing service to our local patrons. The dismantled Arlington letter carrier route’s delivery time has now been disbursed amongst the remaining Arlington routes. Those in postal management responsible for this smoke and mirrors facade may look like heroes on paper but it’s the overburdened carrier routes and customers that pay the ultimate price. Management’s bonuses should be paid out as penalties to those adversely impacted by this charade of supposed necessary changes."   |


Former Kansas City APWU Treasurer Sentenced for Embezzling From Union

 William Kendrick of Grandview was sentenced today to five years probation and six months home detention for embezzling from the American Postal Workers Union Local No. 238 in Kansas City, Kan. Kendrick also was ordered to repay the $26,235.94 he took from the union. Kendrick, who was the local’s treasurer from April 2003 through August 2004, pleaded guilty in May to one count of embezzlement. He admitted that he and the local’s president, Dwayne Giles co-signed checks from the union’s checking account payable to Kendrick. They also made payments to Kansas Payment Center to satisfy child support owed by Giles. Giles has pleaded guilty [ to embezzling over $11,000 ] and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 1.  |


Customers Will Miss Letter Carrier Lorene

Veterans challenge plan to name post office for Iraq war soldier


August 17, 2007-

Faulty refund process may cost USPS $500,000   |

Another Omaha Postal Worker Is Threatened With A Gun  |
Early morning fire destroys Postal Worker's home
Mail carrier finds body at house in Brooklyn

Alpine postmaster receives top honor by national organization


August 16, 2007-

USPS BOG Chairman Gets Blue-Collar Name Tag

At the Aug. 8 meeting of the United States Postal Service board of governors, chairman James C. Miller III was back at the podium wearing a blue uniform shirt similar to those worn by Postal Service workers. But something was different this time. He was sporting an employee name tag, which he had not been able to get from Postmaster General John E. "Jack" Potter previously. "A New York team came through," Miller explained, as he showed off his name tag inscribed "Jim."  |


Postal Supervisor Saves Clerk's Life With Heimlich Maneuver

Maria Lemos, 45, was honored Wednesday by the office of Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, for using the Heimlich maneuver on a co-worker who was choking. On May 31, Lemos was at work as a postal supervisor in Huntington Park when she found clerk Latisha Keyes gasping for air. She did not realize Keyes was choking until the woman clutched at her arm and started changing color. ". An 18-year postal worker, Lemos grabbed the other woman and started applying the Heimlich maneuver as she had seen in the movie "Miss Congeniality."|


PRC Proposes Ratemaking Regulations
The Postal Regulatory Commission has published proposed regulations to implement a modern ratemaking and classification system for market-dominant and competitive mail products." The commission’s goal is to make this new system of rate adjustment advantageous for all stakeholders, enabling the Postal Service to price its own products, ensuring the lawfulness of competitive rates, providing increased transparency, and maintaining universal service at affordable rates,” the document said. “Fulfilling these objectives requires that competing interests be carefully balanced.  Order Proposing Regulations to Establish System of Ratemaking (PDF)   |


Postal Worker Faces Mail Fraud Charges

A 10-Year postal worker in Bladen County is in jail on charges of mail fraud.45-year-old Brenda Lewis worked at the post office in Clarkton. Authorities say she stole personal information, medications and even graduation money from envelopes. Lewis was initially arrested on embezzlement charges, but was arrested again when law enforcement found stolen drugs at her home. Lewis is in the Bladen County jail on a more than $1 million bond and is facing local and federal charges. |


180 Flint postal jobs could move to Pontiac  |

Private Companies Would Stamp out the Post Office  |

APWU: Latest COLA Will Yield $686 Annual Increase

Postal Worker Injured in Hit and Run Accident

Rural Carrier Honored for 50 Years of Service
Postal Bulletin 8/16/07 Issue

Mail delivered by horse, buggy to mark anniversary


August 15, 2007-

Mexico to upgrade shoddy mail service with USPS help

The Mexican government signed an agreement with the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday aimed at improving Mexico's notoriously inefficient mail agency. Transportation Secretary Luis Tellez said the Mexican Postal Service, or Sepomex, has been neglected for years, while the USPS is "an example of modernity, efficiency and quality." USPS Press Release  |


Ask President Burrus: APWU Health Plan
When I first read that the USPS will pay 95 percent of healthcare premiums for APWU-represented employees enrolled in the APWU Health Plan, I thought, “What a smart move.” I loved the ingenuity. As I read further, I became disappointed to learn it was for only the APWU Consumer Driven Plan. I also thought this was in violation of the resolution we passed recently in Philadelphia.  |


Family says letter carrier saved man's life | Letter carrier  to the rescue

Porch steps will stop the mail |

Cremated Human Remains Found in Mailbox |

AFL-CIO President Salutes APWU For Work on ‘Solidarity’ Campaign

Lease dispute may leave Pelham without a post office


August 14, 2007-

USPS Evaluate Responses to Postal Unions Request for Information

 Seeking suppliers who are experts in Statistics - The supplier will provide the U.S. Postal Service Law Department professional services to evaluate Postal Service responses to requests for information from postal unions to determine (a) the frequency that the Postal Services receives such requests (b) the mean and median lengths of time for supervisors/managers to respond to requests; (c) the completeness of responses; and (d) related matters as may be requests. The supplier will also determine, if possible, why responses take more than 14 days in some instances. The supplier will also provide professional services to evaluate the Postal Service responses to determine (a) the number of such requests; (b) how often such requests are satisfied (i.e., granted or not granted); and (c) related matters as may be request. The services will consist of consultation, analysis, a written report and /or testimony before judges and /or arbitrators.  |


Capistrano officials don't want postal facility

Mail carriers don't pick up her outgoing mail


August 13, 2007-

Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Strategy

FSS will reduce city carrier work load by 85 per cent.  Three-fourths of city carrier volume is flats, most City Carriers spend 2 hours in office and 6 hours on street with 30 minute fixed office time break. FSS will reduce office time and increase street time. The Memorandum of Understanding included in the USPS, NALC proposed contract agreement states "FSS Implementation that stipulates that once FSS is fully implemented in a delivery unit, management will determine the methods to estimate the impact of FSS and adjust routes accordingly." See video of FSS in action, photos, deployment and other information. |


Worker complaints up at post office in Virginia
The work environment at the Harry J. Parrish Post Office in Manassas has disintegrated, according to carriers, clerks and union representatives. And they don't want to take it anymore. Their anger stems primarily from what they see as a hostile work environment in which confrontational supervisors and an overly demanding postmaster have intimidated and bullied a large percentage of the work force. "There are impossible deadlines being forced upon carriers and clerks each day, causing many to skip lunch and regular breaks to avoid reprimand. "I [Former carrier Matt Wright] told a supervisor before I left that in a year in Iraq, I was treated with more respect and dignity than when I was at the post office," Wright said.  |


Ex-postal worker admits defrauding workers' comp out of $392000

- A former New York U.S. postal worker admitted in federal court this morning that he defrauded the federal government out of $392,000 in workers' compensation payments over the past 16 years. David P. VanDeusen, 56, pleaded guilty to fraud in obtaining workers' comp benefits. VanDeusen went out on workers' comp in 1991 with a back injury he says he suffered on the loading dock at the U.S. Postal Service's distribution center on Taft Road. To collect workers' comp, he had to sign a form every year saying he was not collecting income from another job or a business he owned. He admitted in court that he falsely claimed he had no other income. |


Granny Going Postal  |

Mailboxes at center of controversy in Darlington  |

Sidak to address FTC regarding USPS  |


August 12, 2007-

Court Excludes AMS Specialist Position From APWU Bargaining Unit

NAPS - "On August 7, 2007, the US District Court of the District of Columbia granted the USPS motion for summary judgment based on the NLRB’s clarification decision excluding the AMS Specialist position from the bargaining unit.In short, the court ruled that the February 2007 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Award (that the AMS Specialist position is excluded from the bargaining unit) supersedes (based on “Superior Authority”) the arbitrator’s placement of the position and therefore makes that decision unenforceable."  |


Postal Supervisor Fired For Rewarding Employees Non-Worked OT Loses Appeal

 The Postal Service charged the supervisor with giving employees credit for time not worked in order to reward them for their speed and efficiency. The second charge also related to the Supervisor’s actions regarding time and attendance records, both his own and those of his subordinate employees. Whelan was also charged with improper access of the Times and Attendance Control System (TACS) in order to add or manipulate the clock rings of letter carriers by using the passwords of two supervisors. Although an administrative judge reduced the removal to a demotion, MSPB reversed the decision and sustained the initial removal. The Federal Court  upheld MSPB's decision.  |


Presidential Hopefuls Respond to NALC Questionnaire (PDF)

NALC Asks Members "Who Should BE President" “This election will be important for all Americans but especially for letter carriers,” NALC President Bill Young said. “The Postal Service continues to face serious challenges, and we cannot leave to chance the political leadership that will either help our employer face the future or hamper our efforts to survive and thrive in the 21st century.” To help assess the presidential contenders. To help assess the presidential contenders, the NALC Legislative and Political Department in late May sent a questionnaire to all declared Republican and Democratic candidates -- at the time, 10 Republicans and seven Democrats. The questionnaire noted that candidates' responses to the questions "will weigh substantially in considering NALC support." |


"Dirty Birds" Stop Mail Delivery in Southeast DC

Bird droppings are everywhere -- on the sidewalk, on garbage cans, even the solar lights in front yards are covered. Residents said their stretch of Potomac Avenue in one part of Southeast D.C. is filthy. Aimee Mavragis said it has to be a health hazard. And it seems the U.S. Postal Service agrees. Last week, mail stopped coming to homes there. Mavragis said her postal carrier told neighbors it's because all the droppings on the sidewalk are unhealthy.   |


Illinois: Dongola Postmaster killed in motorcycle accident

Now and Then : Backwoods post office delivered more than mail

Cracking the mail market

Congress may give workers more time off

August 11, 2007-

Post Offices Hit  By New Breed of Identity Theft

Automated Postal Centers targeted by credit card thieves- Armed with at least 27 stolen credit-card numbers, federal prosecutors say, Artem Danilov, Stephan Melkonyan and Karapet Kankanian fraudulently purchased more than 3,200 books of stamps worth nearly $24,000 from Seattle-area post offices in just more than a week. A federal grand jury Thursday charged the men with an assortment of crimes. The illegal stamp-buying scheme appears to be a novel breed of identity theft, one that blends high-tech thievery, online commerce and the retro currency of the U.S. mail. Customers used to be able to buy dozens of books of stamps per transaction from the automated postage machines, but the Postal Service has since limited the number to try to fight such fraud. The Postal Service has uncovered illegal stamp-buying schemes in Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Colorado.  |


Postal Service: Our building is not for sale

Postmaster enjoys his job
Little mail carrier gets his wish

USPS Stamp News: ‘Flags of Our Nation’ Stamps Unfurled

Gilbert Post Office evacuation turns into a fishy story

Post office delivers despite fire damage

Postal carriers come to rescue

August 10, 2007-

Editorial: USPS Rolls Over to Union - Again

by Charles Guy - Apparently, the Postal Service would prefer to cave in to union demands rather than confront the long-term challenges of its burgeoning labor costs. USPS also capitulated earlier this year in its negotiations with the American Postal Workers Union, its largest union. By all accounts, the NALC achieved a major coup for its member. Meanwhile, the Postal Service has reportedly proposed in its negotiations with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association (NRLCA), to establish a locality-based pay system, under which carrier pay would vary based on their geographic location.  |


Former Postmaster In Trouble With the Feds

(Missouri) The U.S. Attorney's Office says 57-year-old Janet Elliott of Humphreys, the town's former postmaster, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to a charge of fraudulently issuing money orders. Elliott admitted that, from Sept. 27, 2003, through Sept. 7, 2006, she issued 185 money orders without having paid the full amount of money for them. Elliott generally issued personal money orders to pay creditors, household bills. The total loss incurred by the U.S. Postal Service during the three years Elliott fraudulently issued money orders was $21,442. In addition to those 185 money orders, which were for Elliott’s benefit or for her mother’s benefit, Elliott reported 103 customers’ money orders late.   |


Letter Carrier finds $685 on route - Turns Money Over to Police

(Wisconsin) Kathy Schroeder, a U.S. Postal Service carrier for 13 years, saw "some dollars" near some bushes near a walkway on Friday. Schroeder said she did not count the money, which was later learned to be $685.Schroeder took the money to the Delafield Police Department. |


Wasp woes halt mail

Residents in Oceola Township's LakeShore Pointe subdivision were buzzing once they found out their mail service was suspended after their carrier was stung for the second time in a week in their community by a yellow jacket wasp. |


Woman Says USPS Won't Send Package to Officer

An Aurora woman said the United States Post Office has failed her daughter, who is serving in the Persian Gulf, because attempts to send a care package have ended in frustration. Natalie Plotkin claimed she got no help and rude treatment when she tried, more than once, to send the care package out to her naval officer daughter overseas. |


Photo: Post Office Tioga West Virginia

Postal Workers Brave the Heat

Five Million Dollar Contract Awarded for New LWR Post Office

Hundreds without mail after post truck stolen

What's in a name?

Postman aids seniors

Last call for post office at Elizabeth
Teen Arraigned In Vermont Mailbox Bomb Case

FedEx contract delivery lawsuit could cost $630 million


August 09, 2007-

USPS: Boston District's New Mystery Shopper Board Game

the Boston district’s retail team has developed a creative twist to boost its Mystery Shopper scores. The district recently launched a contest based on Monopoly ...Retail associates who participate in the contest collect game points based on their mystery shop score. “This will help employees understand that excellent customer service is the object of the game,” District Manager Charles Lynch said. “The only way to win is to pass Go, which happens when the clerk earns 100 percent on a mystery shop.” When the contest ends on Sept. 30, the retail area with the most points wins a trophy, a gift certificate and complimentary coffee and doughnuts — not as big a deal as buying Park Place, but worth the effort.   |


Postal Carrier Back On Job

 A mailman fired a year ago for refusing to deliver to a Jackson couple is back on the job. An arbitrator reinstated letter carrier John Boehmke, without back pay, but with his 11-year seniority in tact. Arbitrator said Boehmke, the Jackson post office management and customer Pete Varga were all "partially at fault." Postal managers in Jackson condone discarding some third-class mail and delaying some deliveries of first-class mail, and told Boehmke to hold Varga's mail while the complaint was addressed, a violation of policy.  |


Chicago Mail Delivery- 'Most improved' - But Still Worst

Since the Sun-Times reported that people in 38 of 50 wards had complained about mail to their aldermen, the Postal Service says it: Hired, trained and assigned 246 new letter carriers; Overhauled about 63 percent of its letter processing machines; Had postal inspectors walk all 2,464 city delivery routes and corrected more than 143,000 address discrepancies; Launched community advisory committees at post offices in neighborhoods with the most trouble.  |


Proposed San Juan Capistrano mail processing center met with opposition

Premium Forwarding Service changed from experimental to permanent

Gardnerville resident named National Postmaster of the Year

Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Heat!

Tucson mail carrier gets 1 year in prison for theft

Rate hikes spur transpromo use

Presidential task force assessing import safety tours USPS facility near O'Hare


August 08, 2007-

Who's to Blame for Mail Delivery Problems ?

District postal manager points finger at city, city councilors and postal employees - In explaining mail delivery problems in Rio Rancho at a town hall meeting Tuesday morning, Albuquerque district postal manager Victor Benavides blamed Boniello personally and the city in general for approving confusing street names and subdivisions without proper infrastructure. But Benavides also had other arguments to explain the mix-ups. He blamed both a lack of training and employees he could not fire. While he did not give details on what training was needed and who was responsible for providing it, he was clear on difficulties he said the post office unions place on dismissing employees. Benavides said, "When you work in a government business like we do, it takes an act of Congress to get rid of someone."  |


USPS Performance Scores at Record Levels

Reports Net Loss of $659 Million for Third Quarter - National on-time performance scores for the delivery of First-Class Mail were at all-time highs in the third quarter of fiscal year 2007 for all three of the categories the Postal Service tracks. Also during today’s Board of Governors meeting, Chief Financial Officer H. Glen Walker said revenue for the third quarter totaled $18.4 billion, up 2.9 percent from the same period last year. Expenses for the quarter totaled $19.1 billion, including $878 million that is attributable to the implementation of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, signed into law the end of last year. The result was a $659 million net loss for the third quarter. Overall mail volume still up despite rate increase   |


NALC: Agreement ballots in the mail
Ballots were placed in the mailstream beginning August 6 to 217,505 NALC active letter carrier members in good standing as of April 13, 2007 and must be received by the Ballot Committee by 11:59 p.m. on August 27 in order to be counted.  |


Former Scheller postmaster pleads guilty in federal court

Dogs rout delivery of mail to 639 addresses
Tasley Post Office robbed

Dyker Heights Carrier Aids Elderly Ladies

Postal worker rescues woman, contains fire

Good Question: Why do stamp prices keep rising?
Contractor allegedly stole gift cards from mail

Another mail carrier threatened in Omaha
'Mailing it in' for 30 years
Postal Service extends Relm Wireless contract
Postal Service right to delay Wyandanch project

August 07, 2007-

Postal Service destroys millions of letters to try to stop scams

Some of your mail may have disappeared -- not at the hands of thieves but at the hands of law enforcement. Since 1994, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service has destroyed more than 20 million pieces of mail, a practice that continues. The service hopes it’s protecting people from getting scammed. We've been working with Customs to seize suspicious letters coming through borders to the United States mail stream,” said Postal Inspector Dan Taylor. It's all in an effort to protect people from foreign lottery scams aimed at stealing thousands of dollars.  |


Photos: Oklahoma Postal employees honored

Postal Service frustrates  |

Postal worker facing charges  |
Dog bite leads to 4-hour surgery for mail carrier |

Former 27-Year postmaster admits drug offense |

Postal Employee suspended for alleged off-the-job theft  |

August 06, 2007-

Postal Manager Gives Life-Saving Gift To Postal Clerk

Diagnosed with kidney disease at age 18, Postal Clerk Debbie Pastor's condition gradually worsened over the years until last year, at 54, she needed dialysis and, as soon as possible, a kidney transplant. Her boss at the U.S. Postal Service in Jamestown, Randy Sherrick offered her one of his kidneys after a June 2006 meeting. Sherrick said he has always taken a ‘‘people-first’’ approach as manager. ‘‘You can make decisions that are tough and business-like but at the end of the day, people are all that matters. The best resources are humans, not machines.’’ |


Former California Postal Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Mail Theft (PDF)

A former California [SF] Bulk Mail Center (BMC) Supervisor pled guilty in U. S. District Court to one count of Theft of Mail on May 8, 2007. The investigation by Office of Inspector General (OIG) Special Agents began last year after postal managers discovered 10 to 12 opened boxes with missing contents. The parcels were received in an open condition from the California BMC. OIG video surveillance showed the BMC supervisor stealing electronic items from the mail. In searches of the supervisor’s residence, Special Agents recovered hundreds of electronic items determined to be stolen from the mail. The estimated retail value of the items recovered is approximately $40,000.   |


Mail jobs may leave Flint site

(Michigan) Workers, politicos decry shift to Pontiac facility - Nearly 150 Flint postal jobs could head south under a plan revealed to local employees. The proposal by the U.S. Postal Service calls for up to 148 clerk, maintenance and mail handler jobs to move to a new processing center slated to open in May in Pontiac. The new $224-million facility in Pontiac will consolidate mail from Genesee County all the way to northern metropolitan Detroit, though some local mail officials question how much money the proposed arrangement will save. Don Kister, president of National Mail Handlers Local 307, which represents about 60 workers at the Flint center, said the decision to keep a Royal Oak center in a rented space that costs more than $1 million a year erases any savings. |


Rural postal route a tall job

The Upside of Double-Dipping

New Mexico: A post for managing mail

PRC, Senate postal subcommittee discuss service standards


August 05, 2007-

Postal Districts Added to Phase Two of National Reassessment Process

The Postal Service continues to implement Phase 2 of the National Reassessment Process (NRP) in USPS Districts across the country. There is no set schedule that establishes a date when a particular District will begin Phase 2. Every USPS District should have already implemented Phase 1 of the NRP, which is the “information-gathering” phase. When a District completes this initial phase, they contact Postal Service Headquarters to seek approval to move forward into Phase 2, which is the “interview and decision-making phase.”  |


Letter carriers thank returning vets

Giant quilt promoting suicide awareness hanging at Gurnee PO
New USPS Policy Means The Camden Herald Not Being Delivered On Time

USPS: "Too dangerous to deliver mail in Sahuarita"
'Pops' Earns Special Delivery

August 04, 2007-

USPS To Remove All Stamp Vending Machines in Western Area by September 2008

USPS notified APWU on August 2, 2007 of its intent to remove all stamp vending machines within the Western Area by September 2008. The removal of the stamp vending machines will impact Clerk and Maintenance craft employees who service the machines.  |


NALC's Young: Where we stand on contracting out legislation

 I have asked Congress through my testimony both in the House and in the Senate to pause on any floor action until the close of the 6 month moratorium on outsourcing related to the Article 32 Committee. I believe at that time NALC will be in a much better position to offer our guidance on whether a legislative fix is needed or not, and if so, what it should entail. In the meantime, I ask you as activists to continue to educate your members of Congress on the dangers associated with contracting out and encourage them to co-sponsor H.Res 282 and S. 1457.   |


ID Theft Ring Used COA Forms to Scam Stars

Suspect in letter carrier's shooting to be charged as adult

Postal Inspectors Bust Credit Card Fraud Ring

Sandy's postal prankster

APWU: IT/ASC, Operating Services Contracts Signed
Direct Mail Boosts Online Commerce | Also: White Paper on Package Research PDF | White Paper on Catalog Research PDF

A brave whistleblower | Ronald Williams Jr.'s Continuous Gripes Against USPS

August 03, 2007-

USPS Seeks Private Companies For New Priority Mail Care Package Program

 "The United States Postal Service is seeking information on beginning a Priority Mail Service Care Package program that would allow customers to send selected items to military personnel, college students, campers, the elderly, and others. These Care Packages will be supplied, packed, and shipped by interested companies, and target marketed to military personnel, students, campers, and their families via the U.S. Postal Service web site ("   |


Ex-postal worker gets 8-day sentence in theft
Postal service considering options for mail delivery in some Waco areas

Commentary: Postal regulation reform may need a second look

USPS’s workgroups to improve service, measurement

Testimony from yesterday's Senate Committee hearings

USPS’s Cochrane: Soft package marketplace will recover

APWU: Union Members to Question Presidential Candidates

He delivered more than the mail

August 02, 2007-

Lawsuit Over Personal Data Brings Out Postal Workers

More than 100 want restitution - Four days after a Seattle law firm accused the U.S. Postal Service of selling the personal information of employees without consent, more than 100 postal workers have come forward saying they want restitution. But for now, postal employees just have to "sit tight," said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro. The firm filed the lawsuit Monday, and it's not likely to go before a judge for certification until fall. If it's determined that the Postal Service has violated federal privacy policies, all postal employees could be compensated for so-called "junk mail" that shows up in their mailboxes with the Postal Service logo on it. Postal Employees Cry Foul Over Alleged USPS Privacy Violations |


USPS looks to union to help curb costs and avoid contracting

The U.S. Postal Service is asking for the cooperation of its unions in holding down costs if it is to avoid contracting out work, Postmaster General John Potter said last week. “The only way we’re going to be successful … is to have all 700,000 people in the Postal Service begin to focus on revenue,” Potter said at a July 19 hearing on postal outsourcing held by the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the Postal Service.  While postal unions and some congressional Democrats remain opposed to almost any outsourcing, Potter said postal managers, when asked to cut costs, need the discretion to outsource functions.   |


Postal Regulator Tells Congress of Failures in Consolidation Planning

 "In a rush to redesign its nationwide network of facilities, the Postal Service acted on several misguided and poorly rationalized assumptions, a Postal Regulatory Commission official told Congress in late July. In testimony before a House of Representatives subcommittee, John D. Wailer also cited a lack of consistency in how proposed consolidations are reviewed; a failure to develop criteria for approval or disapproval of proposed consolidations; a failure to seek public input; and "severe tardiness and errors in analysis in post-consolidation reviews."   |


Postal Service Targets Southern California Land for New Mail Processing Center - The United States Postal Service is interested in purchasing 75 acres in San Juan to build a 15 acre mail processing facility in an area targeted by city leaders for possible open space acquisition. The postal service wants to construct a 418,000-square-foot facility, along with a 375 stall parking lot, according to a memorandum from Bill Huber, a city consultant. Operations at the facility would take place around the clock, with 300 employees on site and at least 200 truck deliveries taking place daily, the memorandum said. San Juan Capistrano is a city located in southern Orange County, California, located approximately 23 miles southeast of Downtown Santa Ana.   |


Postmaster accused of discarding mail

(Ohio) 133 pieces in trash were undeliverable, she said -After a substitute postmaster took over last winter, some people in Harrisburg began to notice that they weren’t getting all their mail. Federal agents say it’s because she was throwing it away, and now she’s in trouble with the U.S. government. Elizabeth T. Simonian, 49, is accused in federal court of pitching mail into the trash at the post office in May. Some of her customers say she was fed up with the way the mail was addressed. Simonian told postal agents she threw away only mail that was not deliverable or that had been left at the post office with no forwarding address. |


Ex-mail carrier charged with postal theft in Beaver County

Postal Carrier held at gun point | Man attempts to rob postal worker

NALC Postal Record: Contract accord features wage hikes, job protections (PDF)   |

Postal Bulletin 8/02/07 Issue
Controversial Wyandanch post office weighed in DC

Service standards workgroup to make recommendations to USPS

Ex-postal worker on probation for failing to deliver mail
Teen arrested in letter carrier shooting
Stake in safety has earned steak for postal workers

Residents must move mailboxes to ground level

Norwich residents upset post office telling them to move mailboxes
Catalogers turn to postcards

Mailbox bombs rattle a Washington County borough
Clifton marks anniversary of rural mail route

Fire In Postal Service Truck In Windham Destroys Some Mail

Senate Subcommittee Hearing: Are Postal Customers Getting What They Paid For?

August 01, 2007-

Return to Sender: Mail Scattered on Interstate
Atlanta: "There was an absolute mess on a crowded metro interstate. Thousands of pieces of mail and unopened credit card applications with names and addresses in plain view were scattered all over Spaghetti Junction. A contractor hauling undelivered junk mail from the North Metro Post Office facility in Duluth overturned, spilling envelopes everywhere. The credit card applications were never delivered to the addressee, but they sat on the side of the interstate unattended for at least a couple of hours. Channel 2's John Bachman spoke with the post office spokesman. He told us the mail was all junk mail and had no value." |


USPS OIG Report: Color-Coding of Standard Mail at the Mobile P & DC

The Postal Service cannot ensure the timely processing, dispatching, and delivery of Standard Mail if it is not properly colorcoded. Additionally, the Postal Service cannot readily track service standards to ensure compliance. Without a date and time on the tag, the Postal Service cannot determine whether employees processed Standard Mail using the first in, first out (FIFO) method. In addition, when an operation does not meet its clearance time, facility managers cannot determine what role the arrival time played. Also Area Mail Processing Initiation Process  |


Former NJ Postmaster pleads guilty in theft

Charles Lynch, 56, became the city’s postmaster in 1991, after 19 years with the Postal Service. Part of his duties were to monitor the inventories and keep accounts and records of stamps and money in three stamp vending machines — two at the Absecon post office and one at The Store’s machine in Galloway Township. He admitted in court Tuesday that in the first half of 2005, he entered false entries into the accounts and records of stamps put in The Store. The loss to the post office was more than $30,000 but less than $70,000, he said.  |


Former USPS Contractor Nabbed in NJ Postmasters Scheme

Letter carrier wounded by shotgun pellets

Lessons Learned from a Visit to the Nation’s Largest Post Office

Eagan Postal facility remains on track

Hayward Postal Worker Attacked By Pit Bull

Postal worker hangs up mailbag after 40-plus years

U.S. Postal Inspectors post reward for mailbox explosion info

No plans to expand crowded Tahoe Vista post office

Sauer found perfect job as postmaster

Postal inspector and letter carrier testify in SF Politician's case

Free Flow of Information at Risk

Perfect Postage Fills the Niche for the Growing Demand of Designer Wedding Postage

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