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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 || Senators Carper, Coburn React to USPS Second Quarter Losses || NAPUS: Issa Postpones Committee Consideration of New Postal Bill  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)


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)


USPS Seeking National Contract for Rental, Leasing of Minivans & Cargo Vans

According to USPS: Presently, there are not sufficient capital funds to purchase new equipment.  Comments (Count)


USPS Loss For January 2013 $437 Million -- Year To Date loss for FY 2013 $1.7 billion -  USPS reported a net operating loss of $437 million for the month of January 2013.  Comments (Count)


USPS to Launch New Product Line of Apparel and Accessories

The agreement leverages Postal Service intellectual property by introducing the Rain Heat & Snow brand of apparel and accessory products.  Comments (Count)


USPS spending $2.2 million to send execs to National Postal Forum

Documents obtained by MacFarlane show the event will cost the agency approximately $2.2 million, including travel and $220,000 for exhibit space. Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference| The National Postal Forum Is NOT a Party | Lawmakers demanding answers over postal conference | Video from KTVU 2: :USPS conference   Comments (Count)



September 22, 2014

APWU Wins Major Victory on Staffing ‘POStPlan’ Post Offices

The ruling and MOU establish a minimum of 3,000 new Level 6 career jobs in six-hour offices and Level 18 offices. Positions in the six-hour offices must be staffed with full-time employees. The ruling and MOU also establish more than 6,000 new Level 6 non-career jobs in four-hour offices, to be filled by Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The union expects thousands of additional new career jobs to be created as the process unfolds. NAPUS: Decision is Reached on POStPlan Arbitration Clearly this will have an impact on PMRs in 4-hour RMPOs, vacant 6-hour RMPOs and 6-hour Postmaster positions in the future. Comments (Count)


NPMHU Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance The National Postal Mail Handlers Union has initiated a Step 4 grievance concerning violations arising from the Postal Service's plans to close or consolidate approximately 82 facilities starting in January 2015.  Comments (Count)


NLRB adopts get-tough remedy for USPS response to union information requests -The NLRB adopted a get-tough remedy last week involving information requests .


Cleveland USPS VMF manager gets 46 months in prison for taking bribes

The former manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service 


USPS PS Form 3972, absence analysis, revised to reflect 2015 leave year

USPS: New Stamp ordering system deployed nationwide

Two Men Arrested After Picking Up 10-Pound Package of Pot at Post Office

Wish we could return this Bronx post office sale to sender

Postman gets six years for child molestation


September 21, 2014

Congressman confirms, USPS denies closure of downtown Texas post office

The U.S. Postal Service is planning to shut down the Downtown Bryan Post Office due to declining revenues, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, though his offices were not made aware of a timeline.But officials from Post Office Operations in Houston insist the office will remain open for now.The supervisor asked to see the letter given to The Eagle, and once handed to him refused to give back the letter, despite being asked to do so by a reporter twice. He also refused to give his name and title for the record, though he was wearing a name tag that identified him as Mark Kasner    Comments (Count)


FedEx warehouse workers in Canada join union in North America first

71-year-old part time postal worker not ready to quit working

Real estate appraiser says community mailboxes decrease home value

Bountiful, UT postal employee honored by postmaster general


September 20, 2014

Looks like Wilt Chamberlain is finally getting his stamp

USPS seeks employees for holiday ad campaign

Through Rain and Snow and Sleet, Should Nonprofits Back Up the USPS?

Retiring postmaster will miss seeing everyone


September 19, 2014

Video: Houston Postal worker rescued from flooded mail truck by co-worker

A letter carrier postal worker was stuck inside a mail truck in the middle of an intersection, with flood waters covering the tires of the vehicle and nearly reaching the hood. While numerous drivers passed her by, a fellow postal worker came to her aid.  Comments (Count)


Video: Union, along with community protest USPS relocating Florence, SC processing facility -“Having to move to Columbia and work and try to commute back to Florence would just not be reasonable…that’s just too far,” mentioned Nate Walker, State President for the American Postal Workers Union. "If you are a veteran who gets their medicine through the mail through the VA it's going to be delayed, if you are a lawyer who gets his check through the mail, it's going to be delayed. The Pee Dee deserves to get their mail on time just like Charleston, Columbia and Greenville,” added Isaac Nixon, President of the Florence APWU chapter.
California: APWU protests USPS mail processing plant relocation from Industry to Santa Ana - The union members, chanting that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wanted to “destroy” the postal service, said they came to send a message to Donahoe, who they say was supposed to tour the facility but canceled at the last minute.  Comments (Count)


Video: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “The court found that the message to employees from top management down to supervisors was clear –heat is not an excuse for poor performance. This culture must change,” The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  Comments (Count)


Video: Postal worker shot with BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia

Police say a female postal worker was delivering mail when she was shot twice with a BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia.  Comments (Count)


APWU: Maintenance Craft Defeats Improper Excessing

The APWU and USPS settled an important dispute, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees  Comments (Count)


Video: Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes in Georgia


September 18, 2014

McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with PMG to discuss consolidation of Kentucky mail facilities - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah  Comments (Count)


Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

On Wednesday, September 18th,Stephanie Cooper, Eli – her one year old son, and Christopher Brown –their mailman, join “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Christopher miraculously saved Eli’s life.


USPS Dispatching ‘Pink’ Vehicles to Help Sell One Billionth Breast Cancer Research Stamp - and to raise awareness - Since its inception in 1998, the semi-postal BCR stamp has raised more than $79 million for research from the sale of 975 million stamps sold. 


Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why

Last night, our U.S. Postal Service mail arrived at 6:30 pm. A few nights earlier, it arrived after 8 pm. Several WSB readers have e-mailed mentioning the same thing, and wondering why they’re getting deliveries so much later than before. Today, we have the answer. Comments (Count)


Louisiana Postal Employee busted for taking marijuana from packages

A seven-year city letter carrier  is behind bars after narcotics agents caught him removing  a large amount of marijuana from packages at the post office., The agents also found multiple weapons and thousands in cash at his home.  Comments (Count)


Video: Everett, WA Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off

For months an Everett, WA couple have been tangled in government red tape until local TV got involved and started to investigate.  Comments (Count)


Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

Postal Service cancels switch to cluster mailboxes in Lead-Deadwood, SD

Man hits Postal truck with BB gun, claims he was aiming for beer

Man upset about postage due faces disorderly conduct charge

Historically Speaking: Waiting for the mail

Ellen DeGeneres to honor postal hero Chris Brown today


FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates in January



September 17, 2014

NAPS Update: USPS Plant Moratorium Misses the Continuing Resolution Train

Hopes for a delay in the closure of 82 mail processing plants dimmed this week as Congressional lawmakers refrained from including the delay in a government catchall spending bill. NAPS joined with NAPUS in urging the PRC to reject USPS’s suggestion that the PRC, in assessing USPS costs, regard employee benefits as unnecessary and only required by law (9/18/14) Comments (Count) -

House resolution ignores provision addressing USPS consolidation plan -Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday


NAPUS: USPS Strives to be Dominant Player in the Package Business

Donahoe said the agency is making good progress with its package business. He stressed the importance of competitive pricing. “Our people do a great job delivering,” he said. “We’ll be doing a lot of different things in the package world, but that’s what the market demands. We want to be ahead of it. We’ve got the network, people, product, visibility—everything to be the dominant player in that area. That will be our future.”


UPS hiring over 90,000 temp workers, adding thousands of vehicles, aircraft for Holiday delivery surge UPS faced criticism last Christmas when a surge in online shopping and a harsh winter caught the company off guard, leading to huge delays that frustrated customers and ran up costs. FedEx hiring more than 50,000 temporary workers for holiday season


Video: Mail store in Virginia leaves doors unlocked, letters and packages exposed -Boxes of packages and letters were in plain view of the strip mall’s busy sidewalk off of Manchester Boulevard. Normally, you need a key to get into a secure mailbox, but not on Tuesday. 


NY firefighter starts trial for allegedly racist road rage attack on postal worker

A Brooklyn judge is weighing whether a 300-pound New York City firefighter is a racist brute or merely a bully.


Kentucky Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic Threatening, Mail Theft, Menacing - A U.S. Postal Service employee from Greenville has been arrested for menacing, theft of mail matter and terroristic threatening.


USPS tests Spanish-language greeting cards

USPS: 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates


September 16, 2014

Cold case: Man pleads guilty in 1992 D.C. murder of postal worker

Prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1992 shooting death of a DC mail carrier 


USPS Network Rationalization 24-Hour Mail Processing Plan

An overview of the new 24-hour mail processing plan    Comments (Count)


USPS one of top agencies with high reversal rates for dismissed EEOC discrimination complaints - In the equal employment opportunity (EEO) process for federal employees and applicants for federal employment, federal agencies initially process complaints of employment discrimination. In doing so, agencies may dismiss complaints without investigation on a variety of procedural grounds  Comments (Count)


NAPUS Works to Adjust to a Changing Postal Environment

Report from NAPUS 2014 national convention- The Postal Service is revamping Postmaster training. It will include a classroom, face-to-face component.  Comments (Count)


Court supervision ends for man who killed postal worker in 2001

USPS recruiting more city carrier assistants

APWU: $686 Cost-of-Living Raise in Paychecks Dated Sept. 26


September 15, 2014

USPS OIG seek suppliers for conducting neuroscience research

The Office of the (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service is requesting information via Federal Business Opportunities on suggested methodologies for conducting neuroscience research to understand the human response to and effectiveness of physical communications. Comments (Count)


APWU: Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

With contract negotiations set to begin early next year, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee  Comments (Count)


Farmington Post Office building gets cleaned up, charges dropped against postmaster

PRC: Protecting the public's interest: a model

Egypt's Suez Canal Stamp Features Panama Canal Instead

US Postal Services Confront Ever-Deepening Survival Abyss

St. Louis Mail Handlers Local President found guilty of embezzling over $40,000

Deputy Postmaster General delivers some answers about the postal service

Companies looking to same-day shipping to gain market share


September 14, 2014

UPDATED: USPS notified APWU and Mail Handlers of its plan for involuntary reassignments in January 2015 - Over 200 clerks and mail handlers may be excessed in  Pacific Area covering California and Hawaii. USPS notifies Local APWU of its plan to involuntary reassign Postal Clerks in January 2015 -" ...full-time clerks are going to be involuntarily reassigned (Excessed) from the craft and/or installation..." Comments (Count)


Residents say non-career postal carriers deliver more panic than mail

Flores acknowledges delivery failings because of reliance on backup carriers, not just at the complex, but everywhere.The problem, he said, is that the Postal Service has to hire non-career carriers to help fill gaps in staffing. Mail is delivered six days a week, but most carriers don’t work every day, he said. .  Comments (Count)


Video: USPS police dodge charger gets customized

Rate Cut Has Shippers Switching To USPS

Man accused of flashing mail carrier in New Orleans City Park

FOIA request reveals sales for Inverted Jenny stamp fell well below expectations

Massachusetts letter carrier honored for rescuing truck driver in crash

Endangered Species Semipostal Stamp Bill Headed to the President for Signature


September 13, 2014

Cherrybell Post Office processing center to close in April

Kentucky postal worker sentenced to prison on federal drug and theft charges

Boca Raton, FL Letter Carrier Charged With Molesting Child

North Carolina town bans curbside mailboxes in historic district

Woman shoots at ex-boyfriend in Palestine post office

Alert postal carrier credited with saving woman's life

Post office finds woman's sister's remains

'Hooded Bandit' bank robbery suspect embezzled $122K from USPS as a window clerk in the '90s


September 12, 2014

160 House Members Urge USPS Plant Closure Moratorium

A large body of Members of the House of Representatives -- 160 strong -- today called upon House appropriations leaders to include in the stopgap funding bill a one-year moratorium on the closure of the 82 mail processing facilities that are slated for consolidation by USPS, beginning January 2015. The 82 plants are located in 37 states. Comments (Count)


Did USPS forget to tell business customers about switch to cluster mailboxes?

No next day delivery, or in this case no mail delivery for months, to some business owners in Old Town Bluffton. Concerned neighbors reached out to NEWS 3 to get some answers on why they haven’t received main since June. 


Video: Postal customer spent 8 months trying to get his claim for missing mail approved

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries

Video: Postal Inspector’s Office investigating mysterious mailers


September 11, 2014

Postal Unions and 21st Century Coalition Send Joint Letter to Senate Committee
On September 9, 2014, the NPMHU, APWU, NALC and NRLCA, along with a business coalition that employs over 7.5 American workers in the mailing industry, wrote a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting that the Committee place language in the appropriations bill freezing for one year the USPS plan (January 2015) to consolidate or close 82 mail processing plants. Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? Comments (Count)


USPS COO says 66 per cent of overnight delivery and service standards will be preserved - “Our future network will preserve approximately 66 percent of current overnight delivery volumes, and Overnight Service Standards will remain available to commercial mail properly prepared, containerized and entered by critical entry times.”  Comments (Count)


Video: Strangest Things Sent In The Mail

Ripley disqualified 26 items (mostly because the post office bagged them as protection—complete with apology letters) = 13% of total. "We want to give a lot of credit to the U.S. Postal Service," Meyer said. "They delivered some very strange and sometimes very fragile items a long way with a 99 percent success rate."  


Senator Casey Calls on PMG to Keep Erie, PA Mail Processing Facility Open

Senator Bob Casey  joined the Erie City and County Councils in urging  USPS to keep Erie, PA Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) open. The Erie City Council passed a resolution last week  and the Erie County Council passed a similar resolution this week in support of keeping the Erie P&DF open and fully operational.   Comments (Count)


Senate hearing scheduled for reappointment of USPS Board of Governors chairman- Mickey D. Barnett, whose term expired December 8, 2013, is the current chairman of the USPS Board of Governors. Barnett was first appointed to the USPS Board of Governors by President George W. Bush on Aug. 17, 2006. Comments (Count)

Drunk driver runs stop sign, hits postal carrier in Tennessee

Postal vehicle overturns on loose gravel

IRS Can Now Withdraw Money from Your TSP Account to Collect on Tax Debts

USPS Offering Reward After Armed Robbery In Hartford

Pennsylvania Postal Employee Charged with Stealing Cash, Gift Card from Mail

Dog attacks mailman in Springfield

Where have all the mailboxes gone?


September 10, 2014

PMG Optimistic About Mailing Industry Opportunities Amid Stronger Economic Conditions - The Postal Service is currently enabling a smarter delivery system through technology investments that include geo-fencing — creating a digital address — for every delivery location in America, and providing letter carriers with greatly enhanced mobile delivery devices. These investments provide better delivery accuracy and visibility, and enable enhanced product and delivery offerings — such as package redirect and Priority Mail features that include free insurance, tracking and date-specified delivery. APWU: PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City  Comments (Count)



KUTV Video: PMG Pat Donahoe talks about future of the mail in Salt Lake City

Post Master General Patrick R. Donahoe stopped by the studio to talk about the future of mail and how Utah will play its part.   Comments (Count)


USPS agrees to resume delivery to Brooklyn residents with low mail slots

USPS officials apologized for the unfortunate situation and guaranteed that the matter had been resolved. They stated that mail would be delivered to all residents in the community regardless of mail slot locations. Comments (Count)


Northrop Grumman Escapes False Claims Act Suit Over Botched $874M USPS FSS Order - A Virginia federal judge has agreed to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. of misleading the U.S. Postal Service and failing to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million.   Comments (Count)


Video: Arizona Postal worker saves woman from flooded vehicle

Monday morning, as the US postal carrier approached 17th & Treat, he saw it: a ferocious flood carrying a car.   Comments (Count)


OPM: Agencies can honor federal employees with flag who died in line of duty

The Office of Personnel management issued a final rule that will allow recognizing certain Federal civilian employees who die of injuries incurred in connection with their employment for their duty and sacrifice.


USPS Slashes Rates, But Can it Handle the Surge?

UPS and FedEx Rate Hikes Threaten Free Shipping and Lost Business

USPS: Postal facilities must fly Flags at half-staff on Patriots Day to remember 9/11

Canyon Post Office on Slow Road to Closure

Inspectors say kids are buying synthetic drugs online, receiving them by mail

Postal inspectors warn of 'mystery shopper scam'


September 09, 2014

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. The objective is to provide a new rolling chassis that will seamlessly mate with the existing body while capturing advances in vehicle technologies that have been developed in the last 20 years maintaining the existing vehicle payload requirement.   Comments (Count)


Over 12,000 Post Offices receiving new equipment to improve package scanning - The Delivery Sortation System (DSS) allows offices and other delivery units to efficiently capture arrival at unit scans on packages, and it tells the operator which route the package belongs on.  Comments (Count)


USPS stops delivering to Brooklyn residents because “mailbox is not in guideline” The residents were told by their local carrier that the mail slots on their doors were too low and that they would need new doors or be forced to affix outside mailboxes on their homes or rails. The letter from the post office said their "mailbox is not in guideline of USPS."   Comments (Count)


Grand Jury declines to indict Letter Carrier charged with animal cruelty

A grand jury has declined to indict a North Texas mail carrier charged with animal cruelty after a pet dog on his route with injured and had to be euthanized.


Florida Rural Carrier Associate charged in missing mail case

Alabama rural carrier jailed after delivering mail under the influence

Ex-Idaho City Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Theft

USPS Denies Insurance Claim for Damaged Package


September 08, 2014

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

A Government Executive analysis of postal estimates show the consolidation plan will result in a net job loss — jobs lost at each facility minus those being relocated to existing plants — of 7,320.   Comments (Count)


Carper, Coburn Call on Senate Appropriations Committee to Oppose Proposed Moratorium; Support Comprehensive Postal Reform - Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee late Friday to caution the Members about implementing a moratorium on postal facility closures and urge support for the bipartisan, comprehensive the Postal Reform Act of 2014, which was passed out of committee earlier this year.   Comments (Count)


USPS testing grocery deliveries in San Francisco

The two-month test, which began in August, is being conducted in San Francisco with Amazon. Customers can order groceries through the Amazon Fresh service and the Postal Service will deliver them early the next day, between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.  Comments (Count)


Northern California residents questioning USPS plan to move mail sorting to Oregon - the roughly 100 people who showed up for a recent town hall meeting in Eureka, CA thought the notion of Humboldt county mail being sorted in Medford, and then being sent right back to Humboldt for delivery, was not just inefficient but could have unforeseen consequences.  Comments (Count)


South Carolina Postal Worker’s 50-year career wins stamp of approval

When Otis Barr first joined the ranks of the U.S. Postal Service, ZIP codes were just a year old, first-class stamps were 5 cents and he was earning $2.64 an hour as a part-time flexible clerk in manual operations.  Comments (Count)


The Postal Service rolls the delivery dice

Congress’s plan to get nothing done

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in August

Mississippi father, son plead guilty on charge of  conspiracy to steal USPS equipment

Photo: A picture-perfect Post Office in Seaside, Florida

OIG: What is the number one idea you have to raise USPS revenue?

Direct Mail Remains Impactful

Inside the Retirement Community for Mail Carriers


September 07, 2014

USPS Graphic: City letter carriers returning after 5 p.m.

This graphic covers the percentage of city letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. nationwide in FY 2014 (October to April)   Comments (Count)


Video: USPS Package Delivery Fail

USPS cutting rates to win e-commerce business

USPS's big delivery edge: no parking tickets

Knightdale, NC preps for switch to central mailboxes

AmazonFresh tries using the US Postal Service to deliver its groceries


September 06, 2014

Illinois Postal Workers save child from sexual predator

Peoria, IL Branch 31 letter carrier Cristy Perfetti, who has carried mail for 22 years, was returning from her route one day in May of 2013. As she parked her truck at the post office loading dock, she saw a disturbing scene. A man was walking with a 10-year-old boy through the post office parking lot, and the boy looked frightened and kept looking in her direction. Comments (Count)


Postal Unions Hold Joint Webinar on USPS Plant Consolidations

The four postal unions held a joint webinar on Aug. 28 for union members at the 82 sites where plants are scheduled for consolidation or closure beginning in January 2015. The occasion marked the first time the four unions have engaged in joint training at the national level. More than Half of Senate Now Backs Call to Stop USPS Consolidations || Connecticut Senators, APWU Denounce USPS Consolidations   Comments (Count)


Man wanted $50 and police in attempted robbery of North Carolina post office


September 05, 2014

USPS workshare partner expanding to East Coast with lease of 16,000 sq. ft mail center in Burlington, NJ - ODMS is part of USPS's Work Share Program, a program that provides mailers and presort bureaus with significant discounts for preparing mail according to strict USPS specifications. This involves physically trucking the mail across the country to its nearest Network Distribution Center (NDC) or Sectional Center Facility (SCF). This allows the mail to bypass many of the postal processing facilities,   Comments (Count)


One USPS Station Manager pleads guilty, another Station Manager sentenced in Bribe Scheme - Former USPS Station Manager pleaded guilty today to bribery in connection with a scheme to obtain U.S. Postal Service contracts in exchange for bribe payments. Another former USPS Station Manager was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the same bribery scheme.    Comments (Count)


Video: Mailman Parks In Handicap Spot

When a disabled Vietnam Vet was trying to get to a chiropractor appointment. When he got to the strip mall someone had already taken the handicap parking spot. But it wasn't a person who needed it--it was a postal worker picking up mail at The UPS Store.  Comments (Count)


USPS update on Napa and Vallejo delivery and retail operations

USPS to expand products eligible for free Package Pickup on September 7th

Amazon, U.S. mail test grocery deliveries around San Francisco

Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Postal Places: A look at USPS places across the country!


September 04, 2014

USPS Commits to Maintain Service Hours at 30 North Dakota Post Offices in the Bakken - Senator John Hoeven today said he has received a confirmation from Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will adhere to its commitment in April to maintain current service hours at 30 post offices in the Bakken region that were going to have their hours reduced.  Comments (Count)


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Backs Bid to Stop Postal Service Cuts

Reid added his signature to those of 50 other senators who signed a calling for a ban on Postal Service cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. .  Comments (Count)


Senator Finds Temporary Fix to Wainwright, AK Postal Problem, Pushes for Permanent Solution Now it's 52 Senators unhappy with USPS- In response to demands from U.S. Senator Mark Begich, USPS is stationing a temporary worker in Wainwright to re-open the local post office that has been closed for two weeks, depriving Wainwright residents of their regular deliveries of food, medicine, and mail. It is outrageous that USPS did not have a plan in place to make sure Wainwright’s post office remained open.” Wainwright, Alaska: Life Without the Post Office  Comments (Count)


USPS to start Sunday delivery of Amazon packages this week throughout California - The U.S. Postal Service will start Sunday home deliveries this week throughout Northern California, thanks to a special deal with Amazon [Financial terms of the Amazon/USPS partnership have not been disclosed]. Comments (Count)


Video: Frustrated for years by mail carrier, woman posts video to Facebook and gets results - A Northland woman says she was sick of trying to explain to people what she went through every day with her mailman, so she decided to record it.  Comments (Count)

New USPS OIG poster encourages postal employees to help with misconduct

USPS: Leased building to remedy Napa mail delivery issues after earthquake

Home Video Captures Package Thief Stealing Loot

Sister Act: Two NY Postmaster Reliefs sentenced to probation for stealing USPS funds

USPS updates Publication 553, Employee’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing, and Reporting Harassment


NALC: True cause of Postal Service challenges


September 03, 2014

Sen. Heitkamp Blasts USPS for breaking promise to keep full hours at rural Post Offices across North Dakota - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp slammed the U.S. Postal Service after it went back on its promise to keep more hours of operation at rural post offices across North Dakota.Heitkamp today called on the agency to reverse its destructive decision.  Comments (Count)

USPS to introduce more options for customers

Greenville: USPS changing home delivery methods

Man crashes car into post office



September 02, 2014

USPS seeks End-to-End Travel credit card solution

USPS End-to-End Solution Requirements include pre-trip approval, include mechanism where credit card limits can be automatically raised/decreased based on individual traveler's travel reservations   Comments (Count)


USPS: Priority Mail price reductions take effect Sept. 7

Priority Mail price reductions will take effect Sept. 7. USPS will reduce Priority Mail rates for high-volume mailers, as well as small businesses and others who ship online, effective Sept. 7. The changes, which USPS announced in July, are part of an ongoing push to attract customers and boost the Postal Service’s package business. Comments (Count)


EEOC Issues New Guide to Help Federal Agencies Advise Workers on Their Rights

Delaware Senator Says the Time is Now For Action on Postal Reform

USPS Employment Levels Have Stabilized

No rain on their parade but labor worries remain


September 01, 2014

NY Fire Department Lieutenant charged in connection with mail stolen from letter carrier at gunpoint A Brockport, NY Fire Department lieutenant is charged with theft of stolen mail, mail fraud, theft of public money, forgery of endorsement of treasury checks.... In 2013 a U.S. Postal Service carrier was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail to an apartment building in Brooklyn, NY.   Comments (Count)


CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary

Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed. 


First female letter carrier of Hazelton, PA looks back at 35 year career

‘Snail mail’ still kinda cool


August 31, 2014

Old Cases, Not Recent Injuries, Are Driving Up USPS's Workers' Comp Costs

Most of the Postal Service's ballooning costs for workers' compensation result from injuries that are at least eight years old, according to a postal official."A majority of the workers’ compensation costs are attributed to employees who were injured prior to 2008," USPS spokesperson Darlene Casey wrote this week in a comment on Dead Tree Edition. PR note: The OIG report on Injured Postal Workers is not telling the entire story.   Comments (Count)


To RIF or Not to RIF

Reduction in force is a term that frightens most federal workers. It means uncertainty, potential loss of a job, disruption, and usually more questions than answers. Buyouts are not what they used to be. When buyouts were first introduced in the 1994 Workforce Restructuring Act, employees were offered up to $25,000 to voluntarily leave..Twenty years later, buyouts are still $25,000, even though the amount should have increased to $39,300 to keep pace with inflation.  Comments (Count)


Michigan Mail carrier ends postal career of delivering sunshine as much as the mail

Postal cutbacks deliver harsh blow to little Nemo


August 30, 2014

NALC Branch President Jim Falvey: Congress has created Postal Service crisis

While Congress is certainly key to a long-term solution to USPS woes, the current postal management is using a phony financial crisis to dismantle the largest, most efficient, reliable and affordable communications and delivery system in the world.


Maine postmaster accuses employer of retaliation after death threats against her - An EAS-15  Postmaster, who has been on medical leave from the Postal Service since August 2013, claims in the suit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Bangor that instead of taking the threat against her more seriously, her supervisor became angry and “began to treat her in a hostile manner.” Mallard claims additional adverse employment action when the supervisor said her that 25 year career with the postal service was in jeopardy because of an administrative mistake she had made. He referred to Mallard's mistake as “falsification of timecards.” 


NALC: Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year to be honored

Letter carriers who emptied burning buildings, rescued a boy from a predator, saved a heart attack victim or brightened holidays will be honored Sept. 10.


Video: Florida Mailman suffers laceration to head after grandmother crashes head-on

Former Ohio mailman linked to stolen credit cards


August 29, 2014

Napa and Vallejo Postal Employees rally to deliver after California quake

Napa and Vallejo employees pulled together despite changes in routine, with no break in mail service for either community. The quake closed four Post Offices.


Video: Tennessee Mail Carrier Falls out of Truck, Truck Hits House

A mail carrier is recovering after falling out of her mail truck while delivering a package Wednesday afternoon. 


California Hot Rods Get Postal Service Stamp of Approval

Video: Colorado couple says USPS can’t stop package from circling back and forth

West Virginia letter carrier sentenced for selling drugs while on duty

Video: USPS hiring City Carrier Assistants (CCAs) Nationwide

Video: USPS Systems at Work

Will the U.S. Postal Service Be Broke Again in 4 Years?

Strike a blow for democracy - save Canyon's post office

Kroger Plus card links ex-mailman to stolen credit cards

Aurora couple says USPS can't stop package from circling back and forth

Wallingford: Postal workers fight for jobs


August 28, 2014

State of the Business: PMG reports on new initiatives

With more customers taking advantage of e-commerce, Donahoe says it is critical to scan and deliver each package accurately and on time. Customers today expect more real-time updates and faster delivery. 


Legal: Postal Inspectors 11-year battle for overtime pay ends after Supreme Court rejects petition - The Postal Inspectors alleged that the Postal Service failed to pay their proper wages for (i) hours they worked in excess of forty hours per week and (ii) hours they worked on duty assignments. The trial court found that the Postal Inspectors could not assert claims under the FLSA because they were governed by a different compensation standard. After 11 years it appears their 11 year battle is over.  PR note: Regular posting of postal news will resume next week


USPS OIG: Postal Service can’t find 35 leased trailers from the New Jersey Bulk Mail Center- The OIG has issued over 19 reports covering leased trailers from March 30, 2001, through September 28, 2009 


Court rules FedEx Ground drivers are employees, not independent contractors

Some 2,300 past and present FedEx drivers in California and 360 in Oregon are employees, not contractors, and are entitled to overtime and other benefits because of the extensive control the delivery company exercises over their work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.


PRC Issues Regulations for USPS Market Tests of Experimental Products

San Francisco. post office evacuated in hazardous materials scare

Postal worker sent to hospital after vehicle rollover

Postal workers quarantined after unknown powder spill

More Colorado Pot Seized in the Mail, Report Says

Letter carrier busted for allegedly stealing cash, gift cards from mail

Last post: U.S. mail service winds down in Afghanistan

Editorial: Post office questions warrant answers

Postal worker sent to hospital after vehicle rollover in Niskayuna NY


August 27, 2014

Whistleblower Says Northrop Knew It Would Miss USPS Order Deadlines

A whistleblower shot back Monday at Northrop Grumman’s motion to dismiss a federal False Claims Act suit, saying the case contains genuine issues of fact and strong evidence that the company failed to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million to the U.S. Postal Service. The USPS manager of the automation division, Mark Guilfoil, testified that “at the time of, and prior to, the award of the production contract to Northrop Grumman no one at Northrop Grumman identified risks concerning ITC performance.

Audit Finds USPS Isn't Backing Up Essential Data

Driver crashes through wall of Fairfield (MT) Post Office

Postal worker retires after 20 years

Why Postal Banking Won't Work

Village Post Office Concept Catching on in Southern Virginia

Elmira Letter Carrier Retires After 45 Years

Fox Still Working to Privatize the Post Office

Union says loss of Erie postal facility would end next day delivery


August 26, 2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated August 21

The USPS plant consolidation schedule for 2015 was updated August 21, 2014 


EEOC annual report on USPS workforce and complaint processing activities

The FY 2011 &2012 EEOC Annual Report presents work force profiles of the USPS and examines the agency’s EEO complaint processing activities. Comments (Count)


PRC seeking input on defining USPS’ other public services or activities

The Postal Regulatory Commission has established a Docket to invite public comments on the meaning of “other public services or activities” by the Postal Service


Postal vans set on fire in Illinois

Video: Two Milwaukee female mail carriers, attacked while on the job

Animal Activists petition to stop USPS from selling Ringling Bros. circus stamps


August 25, 2014

USPS post office in Sandy Hook, VA is inside village post office?

a Village Post Office AND US Post Office in the same building? The post office AND village post office share the same address within the Wood’s Sandy Hook store in Sandy Hook, VA. The postmaster earns over $51,000 per year and the postmaster relief earns $16.80 per hour.  Comments (Count)


Largest Earthquake to Hit California Bay Area since 1989 damages Napa Post Office - California quake damages four Post Offices-The earthquake is the largest in the Bay Area since the magnitude 6.9 Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.The earthquake rocked the San Francisco-Oakland area, sent scores of people to hospitals, ignited fires, damaged multiple historic buildings. PR note: Regular posting of postal news will resume next week. Info: Assistance for Postal Employees affected by California earthquake in Napa & Solano Counties


Are USPS Changes Leading to More Work-Related Injuries?

Letter carriers and other postal employees have been saying for several years that changes at the Postal Service would lead to more job-related injuries. A new report suggests they may be right.    Comments (Count)


Lansing IL mailman will be missed

'Right at the top' : Forest City 's post office mural


August 24, 2014

Rural Carrier Pays  $75,765.28 For Workers' Comp Fraud as part of $232,346.94 In Court Ordered Fines and Restitution

Reader: Retirement fund law is killing postal service

Residents affected by rural post office changes

Skeletons: Postal workers of the past



August 23, 2014

How to Save the Postal Service and Boost the Savings Rate

With changes coming, Smith postmaster decides to retire


August 22, 2014

COLA Increases effective September 6, 2014

Pay date for COLAs - Sept. 26 for APWU: $686 (COLA) | |NALC: COLAs total $1,227  ||

Mail Handlers COLAs total $1,227  (8/22/14)


USPS finances for July continue to show profit without prefunding

USPS financial statement continues to show a financial loss ($353 million)  with the PAEA required pre-funding for retirees health benefits and a profit without ($60 million) for the month of July (10 month of the FY 2014).   Comments (Count)


20Stamps App – Turn Photo into Real US Postage

Here is an app I found looking for something else. It appears the app was launched in June of this year.


USPS Truck Flips in Midland, TX

Video: Wrong-way driver dies after colliding with postal truck

Louisiana Postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash

USPS Sneek Peek: Stamps featuring Rudolph, Wilt Chamberlain, others coming this year

August 21, 2014

Deputy Postmaster General’s Visit to Vancouver, WA Draws Ire of Protesters

Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman drew the ire of dozens of postal workers and community allies when he visited Vancouver this morning. Carrying signs, picketing and chanting, the protesters massed at the entrance to the 2014 Mailers Conference at the Convention Center Hilton. “   Comments (Count)


PMG appoints 2 former USPS Board members and 2 others to stamp advisory committee - PMG Pat Donahoe has appointed four new members to the committee that helps him choose stamp subjects  Comments (Count)


USPS' Rate Reductions May Pose a Threat to UPS and FedEx's Market Share

My Plan to Replace the Postal Service's Truck Fleet

Texoma Postmasters Affected by Upcoming Postal Program

Former Waynesboro Postal Worker Sentenced for Failure to Deliver

August 20, 2014

Dear Colleague Letter Sent to All House Members Seeking Moratorium on Postal Closures - The primary message of an NPMHU-endorsed August 15, 2014 “Dear Colleague” letter by Congressman David Joyce sent to all House members is to Support the Preservation of First-Class Mail Delivery Standards. In response to the United States Postal Service’s plans to close 82 mail processing facilities throughout 37 states in January of 2015  NAPS send Letter to House Members supporting 1-year Moratorium on USPS closures Comments (Count)


Deputy PMG: USPS reports quarterly losses in the $2 billion range due to pre-funding How bad is the outlook for the Postal Service? Ronald Stroman, deputy postmaster general, doesn’t hesitate.    Comments (Count)


APWU: Bipartisan Group in House calling for moratorium on USPS cuts and closures - Tell Your Congressman: Sign the Letter! A bipartisan group in the House of Representatives – five Republicans and five Democrats – has drafted a letter to leaders of the House Appropriations Committee calling for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery.

NALC fights back against plant closures, consolidations

“This ill-conceived idea will do nothing but disrupt residential and business customers from receiving timely deliveries -- ultimately leading to more late deliveries and driving away business,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said.   Comments (Count)


NLRB Orders Postal Service to Give APWU Info on Staples Deal

USPS Guilty of Bad Faith, Unlawful Tactics - Shortly after the program got underway in October 2013, the APWU requested detailed information about the terms of the arrangement as well as correspondence between the USPS and Staples. The Postal Service claimed the union had failed to establish the relevance of the information it sought and said the APWU’s request was “overly broad” and “burdensome.” Management also asserted that much of the information was confidential.   (8/20/14) Comments (Count)  Staples Joins USPS’s Approved Shipper Program

Customers who currently use one of the 82 Staples locations for their mailing and shipping needs can continue to do so, just as they had done during the pilot. The transition into the Approved Shipper Program at these locations will have no effect on the product offerings or the convenience of being able to ship and mail on nights and weekends  (8/20/14) Comments (Count)


California Man Charged with Stealing Batteries from USPS Mail Trucks

Garcia stole vehicle batteries from U.S. Postal Service mail trucks parked at the U.S. Post Office in Selma.   Comments (Count)


Video shows Atlanta mail carrier throwing fragile package onto home’s doorstep

The video shows how one mail carrier delivered one package in Atlanta on Monday, when he might have thought no one would be watching.


Mail Handlers, USPS reach agreement on bidding rights during probationary period

Video: DC Mail carrier says she was assaulted over missing mail, but police tell different story

Postal worker finds young man dead at East St. Louis home

Meet The Latest Uber For Home Delivery: Uber.

Mailman to the rescue

USPS: If postal employees have questions about ice bucket challenge

Mailman mugged in Lexington, KY neighborhood

With FedEx And UPS Rate Increases Looming, Shippers Explore Their Options

Staples Is Closing A Ton Of Stores


August 19, 2014

Postal Employees Have Free Speech Rights

I would like to commend the postal employees in Cape Girardeau, Missouri for speaking out on the delay of their customers’ First-Class Mail. Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims. Some of it was caused by the collection time of mail being moved up from 5 pm to 1:30 pm to allow for its transportation from Cape Girardeau to St. Louis. I find Vern Davidson’s quotes disturbing, “Postal Inspectors and OIG say, ‘We do not investigate service standard issues.’  Comments (Count)


USPS is moving more packages for its competitors UPS, FedEx

USPS is increasingly moving packages for its competitors, according to newly published numbers that underscore the Postal Service’s unique delivery capabilities. With FedEx And UPS Rate Increases Looming, Shippers Explore Their Options


Maine Postmaster Relief pleads guilty to stealing over $20,000 worth of mail and money orders - PMR made out money order in the name of a postal clerk, stole customers mail

Postal Inspectors ring twice to return $14 million to victims of Moneygram Scam

Video: South Carolina letter carrier saves baby's life

Van Crashes Into Post Office

Why we should bring back the Postal Banking system

Retired Mail Carrier Walking 300 Miles to Ease Hunger in Minnesota


August 18, 2014

Roanoke Postal Workers Plan Picket to make public aware of USPS New Delivery Standards - A an informational picket is planned outside Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office this week as a way to let the public know about coming proposed changes. Video: Picketers protest against post office consolidation in Roanoke  


Video Update: Postal Worker wanted to kill himself in front of supervisor -

The postal employee accused of bringing a gun to work Monday says he didn’t intend to hurt anyone but himself. Video Update: Postal Worker in custody after shot fired at Albuquerque New Mexico mail facility - He allegedly went after a supervisor with the firearm, but investigators said he missed. One employee who contacted News 13 on Monday says he saw it all happen and watched his co-workers wrestle the shooter to the ground when the gun was fired. Postal Inspector says the employee is a mechanic and that the one shot was fired shortly before 6 a.m. as the mechanic and other employees reported for work Monday morning. Comments (Count)


OIG: Should the Postal Service continue its consolidation plan?

the planned consolidations are likely to rankle some. At least one postal union has already come out strongly against the plan, saying it will degrade service and lead to mail delays. It intends to vigorously fight the closures. On the other hand, industry has generally supported Postal Service efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiencies, as long as service isn’t irreparably harmed.   Comments (Count)


Video: Texas Postal worker throws package across driveway of deputy constable - In a five-second video clip captured from Martin Garret’s home security cameras in Sienna Plantation, you kind of get the feeling the mail carrier caught on camera is not having a very good day. She walks up to the edge of his yard and throws a package on his concrete driveway 


New York mail carriers have armed Postal Inspectors as escorts after shootings

Four mail carriers who work in the area have armed escorts from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service accompanying them on their rounds Comments (Count)


Former CSAC member endorses Former PMG’s criticism of stamp program

Cary Brick, a former congressional staffer who left the committee last year, said in an Aug. 7 statement that he also fears marketing officials are having too much influence on stamp selections.   Comments (Count)


Customers take reduced hours at rural post offices in stride

Video: Third party sites charge outrageous fees for address changes


August 17, 2014

Tennessee mail carrier chosen to appear in new USPS TV commercial

Elections bring millions in direct-mail revenue to USPS


August 16, 2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated August 13

With the switch to 24-hour plant operations, most jobs in the gaining facilities will likely be reposted. Parking will be scarce during the tour overlaps. Maintenance people will have a big challenge keeping the machines running continuously and the floors clean.


Michigan rural mail carrier injured in nearly head-on collision

Video: California TV Station helps woman recover package stuck in mailing loop


August 15, 2014

USPS To Monitor Carriers street delivery thru Geo-Fence Technology (GPS) Starting September 30th- Geo-Fence Technology in Delivery Operations takes effect on September 30th. Carriers’ progress delivering their mail will be continuously monitored by GPS.  Comments (Count)

Mail theft up in San Antonio, Texas

Video: Texas Veteran’s mail delivery woes finally addressed

Residents shocked super mailbox in Calgary left wide open

Postal worker fired after caught dumping mail into Bond Hill dumpster

August 14, 2014

Video: Delaware letter carrier’s school-supply drive receives an A+

In addition to helping children with back-to-school items and a clothing drive in the spring, Hamlin gave away gloves and hats to kids he saw on his route during the winter months. Many of these items he got from his Facebook friends. Daryl Toombs, manager at the Lancaster Avenue post office Hamlin works out of, said these efforts show how the postal service is a community service organization – "either on the clock or off the clock." Mail carriers collect school supplies donated by residents in Charlotte, NC area   Comments (Count)


Video: Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims in Cape Girardeau, MO -  I pressed US Postal Service spokeswoman Stacy St. John for a reason as to why USPS does not think there's a problem here in Cape Girardeau. She told me they regret the workers in my story "damaged the integrity of their workforce. Rep. Jason Smith sent a letter to the Inspector General, asking why the worker was first told by the OIG to gather evidence last December. Then he had a different agent tell him last month to stop.  Comments (Count)


50 U.S. Senators Call for 1-Year Moratorium on USPS ‘Cuts and Plant Closures

Half of the U.S. Senate has called for a one-year moratorium on Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down mail delivery. Comments (Count)


APWU: It's Okay to Post Wanted Poster of PMG on Bulletin Boards

The poster features a picture of Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe and accuses him of “crimes against the public Postal Service.” Displaying the poster is considered “protected union activity” under federal law.  Comments (Count)


Dallas Company claims its secure locking mailboxes can provide safety Postal Vault Corporation and its branded product line Postal Vault secure locking mailboxes, based in Dallas, TX., can help ensure the safety of your mail and your identity Comments (Count)


Nebraska Postal Worker Sentenced to Probation, ordered to repay $3,961 for postal theft

USPS Apologizes for Denying Mail Deliveries to Israel

USPS, NALC Sign MOU on bidding during probationary period

USPS announces selection of Judy de Torok as Manager, Industry Engagement & Outreach

OSHA extends comment period on proposed rule to improve tracking of workplace injury and illnesses

Video: Kentucky Postal employee arrested on mail theft charges


August 13, 2014

Postmaster General sued after letter carrier reports alleged discrimination

A Texas letter carrier is suing over claims she was discriminated against in her position as a letter carrier and her employment was terminated after an injury on the job. She is also claiming retaliation after complaining about hostile work environment. The letter carrier  was off on sick leave for three (3) days and then she was told to report to work where she was made to sit in a room for eight hours a day  Comments (Count)


USPS official can’t deliver answers on move of Horsham, PA post office

When it came to answers about what a new facility would supply residents, council members were perturbed at USPS real estate specialist’s frequent “I don’t have that information.”  Comments (Count)


Portland Postal arrestees’ charges dropped

“I suspect the authorities dropped the charges because their persecution just emboldened us to further spotlight waste, fraud, and abuse at the people’s postal service,” said Rev. John Schwiebert. Schwiebert was one of the “postal protector” arrestees who were charged with “impeding a mail delivery vehicle” and “blocking a loading platform” in two separate protests against the dismantling and privatization of the US Postal Service.   Comments (Count)


Oklahoma Rural Carrier Killed, RCA injured in crash while delivering mail

A Ponca City rural mail carrier died of massive injuries at the scene of a two-vehicle collision Tuesday. A rural mail carrier associate was riding with her to learn the route suffered head and trunk internal injuries.   Comments (Count)


Video: Postmaster General blames Congress for $2 Billion loss

“The problem we face … is we are required by law to prefund retiree health benefits to the tune of about $5.7 billion a year. And we don’t have enough money to make that up right now. And that’s the bulk of the losses,” Donahoe said in a “Squawk Box” interview.  Comments (Count)


Video: The beleaguered check book of the U.S. Postal Service

UPS and FedEx invest in technology to meet soaring demand

Atlanta-area family loses $3,000 worth of wedding invites

Post office employee accused of hiding, throwing away mail


August 12, 2014

USPS Implements ‘Text Tracking’ to notify customers on delivery status of package - USPS Text Tracking is a new mechanism by which customers can be notified of the status of their package. There are currently two ways that customers can request Text Tracking.  Comments (Count)


Oklahoma Postal Worker attacked and stabbed while delivering mail

Officers say postal worker was on her postal route and walked up to the porch to deliver the mail.     Comments (Count)


USPIS: Solving 2013 murder of Maryland letter carrier is still a top priority

USPIS: $100,000 Reward- Solving the 2013 murder of the Maryland letter carrier, Tyson Jerome Barnette is still a top priority, according to a spokesperson for the Postal Inspection Service   Comments (Count)


APWU to Teachers, Parents: Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples

USPS: New counter displays promote Global Express Guaranteed

USPS: Tennessee letter carrier has 5,000 hours of sick leave

Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Murder Of Henning, TN Postal Workers


August 11, 2014

Issa on $2 Billion Postal Service Loss: Bailout Not the Answer

“The Postal Service’s latest reported loss illustrates the urgent need for postal reform to prevent a taxpayer funded bailout of the Postal Service,” said Chairman Issa.  (8/12/14) Comments (Count)


USPS Reports 2.0 Percent Revenue Increase, $2.0 Billion Loss in Quarter 3

The U.S. Postal Service ended the June 30, 2014, quarter with a net loss of $2.0 billion, compared to a net loss of $740 million for the same period last year. The Postal Service has recorded a loss in 21 of the last 23 quarters, the excepted quarters being the two in which Congress rescheduled the Retiree Health Benefits prefunding payments. APWU: The Postal Service’s Best-Kept Secret – It’s Making Money from Operations  |  NALC: Congress needs to preserve and strengthen USPS while fixing pre-funding  | Senator Carper Says USPS $2 billion lost shows its locked in ‘downward financial spiral’ | Exigency Pays Off for USPS in Q3   (8/11/14) Comments (Count)


USPS signs lease for 4th customer care center in Wichita, KS

The Customer Care Center employs approximately 250 employees, many of whom worked at the Remote Encoding Center.  Comments (Count)


Idaho Letter Carrier performs CPR on elderly customer

Amazon Opens First of Expected 15 'Sortation' Centers

Local USPS worker retires after three decades of service to city

Video: Postal truck driver in critical condition after driving off highway in Mississippi

Postal worker makes special delivery to children

After 45 Years, Willow Street Postman Earns USPS 2 Million Mile Award

Believe it: Ripley's contest gets weirdest stuff by mail


August 10, 2014

Rocky River Municipal Court in Ohio abandons USPS for more costly FedEx

The Rocky River Municipal Court is changing the way it mails court documents, saying it believes commercial carriers offer more dependable service than the U.S. Postal Service.   Comments (Count)


Consolidation of Florence, SC USPS center moves along despite opposition

To help stem the tide, the USPS is consolidating some of its centers, including plans for the R.N. Beck main post office in Florence.The USPS announced in 2011 that according to a study, it concluded that the Florence office would be a good case for consolidation. Wukela added that privatizing is dangerous because the duties of the mail aren’t motivated by profit margin.“What happens when the mail handler is a clerk working at some local retail establishment?” he said. “Where’s their loyalty? ... Prompt, safe and reliable delivery is that’s important. It’s a government function.”   Comments (Count)


Mail carriers collect school supplies donated by residents in Charlotte, NC area

Thanks to Channel 9’s partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, folks in the Charlotte area left school supplies at their mailboxes and their letter carriers picked them up as they delivered the mail.   Comments (Count)


Letter Carriers at Tropico station in Glendale, CA get change of address


August 9, 2014

Video: USPS suspends Ohio worker caught throwing mail into dumpster

 The fallout continues from in a local postal service scandal that caught a worker tossing mail into a dumpster in Bond Hill.The woman who threw away mail is suspended, USPS said in a statement. FOX19 also learned that she’s been with the postal service for less than 90 days. Video: Cincinnati Postal Worker Caught Tossing Mail Into Dumpster  Comments (Count)


Reminder: Postal Employees can be members of both Pittman, McConnell class action EEOC cases

East St. Louis postal supervisor sentenced to probation for stealing mail

Florida letter carrier who stashed mail in his house after being overwhelmed gets probation


August 8, 2014

USPS Honors Groundbreaking Singer Janis Joplin on Limited-Edition Forever Stamp

Four charged in nationwide ‘Grandparent Scam’

Mailman runs inside burning Commerce Twp. home trying to save pit bulls


August 7, 2014

Video: Mail in Cape Girardeau, MO is being intentionally delayed?

These men believe the first round of processing center closings led to an overwhelming amount of mail at the St. Louis Network Distribution Center, or NDC. So, they believe some of that mail got sent into basically a 24 hour no-man's land. It traveled to Cape Girardeau, then Park Hills, then back to Cape Girardeau, and back to St. Louis."And what that did was, that prevented that mail from being scanned into the postal mail stream," Walker explained. Comments (Count)


Is USPS hurting Its “Brand” by opening Village Post Office inside liquor store

The Postal Service Standards of Conduct, ELM 665.26, says “employees must not have or bring any container of beer, wine, or other intoxicating beverage into any Postal Service facility or premises, whether or not the container has been opened. Employees found to be violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.” Is there an exception for postal contract facilities?"  Comments (Count)


Photo: One of USPS biggest fans is actress Drew Barrymore

Today in 1912 a rural carrier used automobile to carry mail on route

Former Hawaii mailman sentenced to jail for theft

USPS: ELM Revision – Reduction In Grade for City Carriers and Mail Handlers

Postal workers continue fight keep Roanoke mail processing center

Postal Service needs leaders who are qualified

The Fire Sale of the Post Offices

Postal inspectors offer $10K reward for info in recent mailbox burglaries

Long-Lost Love Letters of WWII Finally in the Right Hands

Bill would provide veterans with extra sick leave

Amazon expands same-day delivery to six more cities

IG: USPS facility nearly 4 months late paying contractors

Two postal workers observed following suspicious package scare

Postal Service facility in CA sells for $6.8 million

NAD Asks Postal Service to Disclose Restrictions on Ads

NYPD says harmless package found at post office in Rosebank

Postal Service to issue wage garnishment rule, despite controversy


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