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USPS 2012 Calendar (PDF)  

- Here is a colorful USPS  2012  calendar created by Jimmy Edwards of the APWU Bloomington, IL Area Local #228. The calendar lists paydays, pay periods and holidays.

 

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Delayed Retirements, Rising Overtime Bedevil USPS Finances -Deadtree Edition  |

 

Postmasters Continue Discussions with USPS on VER and Incentives for Retirement Eligible Employees | NAPS to Return to Pay Talks With USPS  |

 

House Dem calls for firing postmaster general; blames Obama, GOP Congress

The Hill- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Monday afternoon called on the the Obama administration to fire Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe | Video: Congressman: PMG Plan For USPS Means Americans Underserved" |

 

OPM Announce Changes in Life Insurance Premiums

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is announcing changes in premiums for certain Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) categories. These include changes to premiums for Option B (most age bands), Option C (all age bands), and Post-Retirement Basic Insurance (for annuitants only). |

 

Cash-strapped USPS still owes retired PMG Potter more than $800,000

 

 Video: Senator Tester Says Postal Execs Should Not Receive Outlandish Salaries and Benefits for their work |

 

 

CRS Report: Common Questions About Post Office Closures

This report addresses common questions about the closure of post offices.    |  

 

First Village Post Office Debuts in Washington State

Marketplace:  The U.S. Postal Service launches the first of its money-saving village post offices in a tiny town in Washington State. Red's Hop N' Market is Malone's one-stop shop for coffee, cigarettes, beer, socks and pickled sausages. DailyKos: They're Coming for Your Post Office  |

 

 

Editorial: Postal Service Keeps Employees Disciplinary Records Forever

USPS Labor Relations keeps a reference copy of an employee’s disciplinary action for the employee’s entire career. Don’t believe it? THEY DO. See the USPS Privacy Act Notice of June 17, 2011. Labor Relation’s reference copies are never purged regardless of the disposition of the discipline.  |  

 

Goldway: USPS May Be Closing Post Offices Without Notifying PRC As Law Requires  |

 

USPS Settles Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit Filed For Disabled Veterans - USPS settled the case by agreeing to pay over $11 million to class members and other administrative costs.  |

GOP 2012 Presidential hopeful Pawlenty calls for privatizing USPS

Pawlenty suggested we apply what he called "The 'Google' Test." Pawlenty believes private companies UPS and Fedex offer same services as USPS Courier Express & Postal  Observer  |

 

Goldway: USPS May Be Closing Post Offices Without Notifying PRC As Law Requires  |

 

IRS Identifies Postal Employee Organizations that have lost Tax-Exempt Status

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Five Postal Supervisors Indicted For Taking Bribes and Lap dances

One supervisor "accepted thousands of dollars in drinks and lap dances at a local strip club, over $8,000 in free work done on a truck belonging to Plumb’s grandson, and a $3,000 paver patio installed in Plumb’s backyard. In addition, on a weekly basis, Plumb used the services of a prostitute paid for by the private contractor. Plumb also accepted Levitra pills supplied by the contractor."  |

 

USPS To Record Daily Activities Of Carriers For Use In Upcoming NALC Contract Talks - USPS notified NALC that it will use cameras to record  time spent on office tasks starting today.  |  

 

 

USPS Proposed Rule To Amend Regulations for Post Office Closing-Consolidating Process - This proposed rule would amend postal regulations to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation process PRC Releases List Of Suspended U.S. Post Offices  |

 

PMG Announces Seven USPS Districts Eliminated, Executive Ranks Reduced - About 7,500 positions will be eliminated across the organization through the redesign that also includes the closing of seven district offices and offers limited financial incentives to those who meet specific qualifications. VER Offering for 2011 Organizational Redesign |  $20,000 Special Incentive Offer FAQs  |

 

PRC Issues Advisory Opinion On Ending Saturday Delivery

The Commission stands ready to provide further assistance as the deliberations progress. Senator Carper Reacts to PRC Opinion | Senator Susan Collins Statement |  PMG Reacts To PRC Decision On Five-Day Mail Delivery | |

 

 

Call For Action: Urge President Obama To Appoint Democrat To PRC  |

 

Oversight Hearing To Scrutinize APWU Tentative Contract

 

PMG Expresses Regret For Comparing Postmasters To Maytag Repair Man  |

 

Postal Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices

Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. I Ruling on Shuttered Post Offices Expected Soon  | APWU Denounces Post Office Closure Plans |

 

PMG Plans To Streamline Management, Match Workforce To Workload   |

 

USPS To Cut 7,500 Positions, 10 Districts, 2,000 Postmasters

The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports on Twitter that Postmaster General Pat Donahoe plans to cut about 7,500 jobs and about 2,000 postmasters, or the people responsible for running post offices.  Incoming postmaster general promises cuts  |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 31,  2011

Postal employees honored for 225 years of cumulative service

'Didn't miss a beat' After 42 years, metro-east postal carrier is stepping aside

Slated Wyoming Post Office closures squeeze rural residents

USPS says Bentonville Post Office will close | Tiny town's faithful fear post office closure

The postman – and the memories he carries – fading

 Why Mail Matters: It Drove the Decline of Newt Gingrich in Iowa | Gingrich Hit Hard by Iowa Mailers

 

December 30,  2011

The RAOI Advisory Opinion: A Transformative Moment or a Bump in the Road?
Save the Post Office- the Postal Service apparently fell victim to its own “crisis narrative” and rushed the whole business.  It revised the discontinuance procedures to make it faster and easier to close post offices, initiated closure studies on thousands of post offices rather than waiting to hear the Advisory Opinion, violated its own procedural regulations in conducting public hearings, and closed hundreds of post offices apart from the RAOI, thereby provoking a loud public outcry and a couple of hundred of appeals to deal with as well. Now the Postal Service has painted itself into a corner.  It’s in the middle — actually near the end — of the process of discontinuing over three thousand post offices on the RAOI list.  Were it not for the moratorium, the Postal Service would probably be issuing Final Determinations right now.  |

 

Occupy the Post Office? Tucson Postal Workers, Supporters, Fight Back
Huffington Post- It is unclear exactly how many jobs would be lost in Tucson if the mail processing center closes. According to the Arizona Daily Star, 147 postal jobs would be eliminated, but the direct impact to the local economy would be in the neighborhood of 288 jobs; in the pre-event publicity, protest organizers -- including union leaders -- estimated the local job loss to be closer to 400. Nationwide, the plant closures would result in loss of 35,000 postal worker jobs. Postal Workers, Customers in Bakersfield speak out about service cuts    |

 

Postal workers, District Manager speak out on possible closing of center

Fox Valley postal workers will know as soon as late February whether the area’s local processing center on Commons Drive will permanently close. If this is the case, more than 200 workers would be laid off, making it the first time a U.S. Postal Service employee has been let go because of consolidation, said Central Illinois USPS District Manager Peter Alan.   |

 

Verizon Credit Card Charge Creates Impetus for Paying Bills By Mail

Interestingly enough, Verizon does not propose to charge customers that pay by mail, use other forms of electronic payment, or pay in-person at a Verizon retail store.   As expected, the charge has raised a significant outcry in the blogosphere and has generated the suggestion on a CNET message board that every Verizon customer should mail in a check to them rather than paying online, in order to shut down their bill processing. Update:  Verizon backtracks on plan for $2 online bill payments fee    |

 

2011: USPS News Link Year in Photos

PRC Remands Determination to Close Gepp Post Office (PDF)

Man accused of spitting in Portland postal clerk’s face
Attendees at meeting line up to support Toledo plant
USPS Puts GoPost Website Up
Verizon to charge $2 'convenience fee' for online bill payments
Postal Service Justice: Off-duty postal worker follows mail thieves

Fredric Rolando: Issa misleads on Postal Service

USPS future plans criticized by Western Oregon residents and DeFazio

USPS Announces Competitive Post Office Box Service Fees

Thousands across the nation did not receive their Christmas packages in time

 

December 29,  2011

2006 Postal Reform Law Continues to Drive Up USPS Net Losses For FY 2012

USPS expenses for the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit Fund (PSRHBF) rose $101.8% ($925 million compared to $458 million for the same time last year). The year to date total for the 2006 Postal Reform required law stands at $1.850 Billion. |

Postal workers rally against possible Waterloo plant closure

 

December 28,  2011

USPS’s Quasi-Moratorium On Post Office Closings

Letter to APWU: This letter responds to your inquiry concerning the impact of the Postal Service's December 13 announcement to delay the closing of any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012 on those  Area Mail Processing (AMPs) where a decision to consolidate has been made. Please be advised that, for the following seventeen (17) sites, as implementation of the consolidation has begun, the implementation will continue:    |

 

Editorial: Pray for the Postal Service

Philip F. Rubio via Save The Post Office - The U.S. Postal Service today is most definitely not a dying entity as some popular fables have it, but it is under attack like never before. Even with the worst recession in 80 years and a significant drop in mail volume, the Postal Service has managed to earn a revenue surplus of $611 million dollars over the last four years.  Unfortunately, the prefund requirement turned those profits into deficits, forcing the Postal Service to look for drastic cuts in service to keep from going bankrupt. Six months ago, you rarely saw or heard the above argument made in op-ed pieces, articles, or news reports in the mainstream media.  Now it’s not only common to see and hear those kinds of arguments, but many media outlets even express sympathy for that point of view.  What changed?   |

 

25 Predictions for the U.S. Courier, Express and Postal Market for 2012

With the end of the year at hand, the Courier Express and Postal Observer brings out its crystal ball and makes its predictions for 2012.  |

 

Collins: PRC Opinion On PO Closures Increases Urgency To Pass Postal Reform - “The Commission’s unanimous findings support my and many of my colleagues’ skepticism about the wisdom of mass postal closures without a more thoughtful, transparent, and data-driven process,” said Senator Collins. “Fortunately, such a process is included in the 21st Century Postal Reform Act, which I authored along with Senators Lieberman, Carper and Brown" US regulators savage post office closure plan    |

 

Postal picket in Toledo

USPS: Fix it or nix it?

House Passage of HR 2309 Likely in 2012

New online tool revolutionizes bill paying

FedEx upset, embarrassed as YouTube video goes viral

Week in Review: Tis the Season

Congressman Can't Send Christmas Greetings, Commission Rules

Mail Delivery: Are There Unnecessary Steps?

Editorial: What Brown couldn't do for Denver

Post office still vital for the masses

Postal Service cuts 'pound foolish'

Postal justice: Clerk pursues mail thieves

 

December 27,  2011

USPS Staffing Cuts Are Not Created Equal

This comes while USPS Postmaster General, Senior Management Officials and USPS Media Spokespeople continuously go before the media and explain how the mail volume has drastically declined over the past 5 years and speak of gloom and doom and the further decline in mail volumes in the future. Meanwhile, there were/are 796 more Senior Level Managers who make more money than the average employee at USPS Headquarters than in 1997. Why is this? Why the need for more of them? Why isn't this being discussed?   |

 

USPS To Market Test First Class Tracer

USPS will test a new product called First Class Tracer in a limited market area. The product will enable customers to follow their greeting cards, postcards, and personal and business letters as they travel through the mail processing system.  |

 

Island jury delivers $125G verdict to letter carrier

Small newspapers anxiously eye USPS

Special delivery: The dying art of letter-writing

The Post Office as State-Business Hybrid

The Decline and Fall of the U.S. Postal Service

 

December 26,  2011

Congressman Introduces Rural Postal Service Preservation Act

Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-AL-04) issued the following statement “As the postal service looks for reform and cost-cutting solutions, I believe rural Americans should not be singled out for postal cuts. To make sure that does not happen, I’ve introduced legislation that would ensure rural delivery continues and directs the postal service not to target rural postal employees for buy-out retirements."    |

 

Postal union officials blame fiscal woes on management

Fire Burns Verdi Post Office 

NH: Boscawen residents fight for post office

 

December 25,  2011

Merger of Oshkosh, Green Bay mail facilities to continue despite union calls of a 'disaster'

 

December 24,  2011

Unbinding the Nation: America and the Post Office

What kind of nation won't fund a post office?

The Postal Service is Fighting for Its Life and Should Be Saved

Postal workers make special deliveries to troubled kids

Editorial: Unleash the USPS eagle

Postal Service Cuts Worry Kitchen-Table Entrepreneurs

Sioux City letter carriers adjust after mail center closure

Detroit: 4th postal worker pleads guilty in kickback scheme

 

December 23,  2011

Manhattan post office overrun by rats

so if you don't get any presents this year now you know why.. A post office in Manhattan is fighting a rat infestation leaving chewed boxes and envelopes that carries any item found edible, by both human and rodent taste. Packages found deliverable despite their outside damage of visible gnawing and gaping holes are showing up in the hands of their recipients as mere shells.   |

 

Sen. Carper Issues Statement on USPS Proposal to Close Hares Corner Facility

Sheriff: Postman burglarized decorated veteran's home

People crowd local post office in last-minute shipping rush

Letter carrier shot with BB gun

Postal carrier linked to burglary suspects

 

December 22,  2011

Video: House Republicans Cave on Payroll Tax Cut Extension

PR note: To borrow some recent words written by Congressman Darrell Issa on Twitter: House GOP folded like a "cheap suit" on tax deal. The comments about folding like a cheap suit were directed at PMG Patrick Donahoe after USPS agreed to put post office closures on hold for 5 months. Two days ago the House GOP rejected 2-month payroll tax cut. But after pressure from all sides of the political arena, " House Speaker John Boehner announced today that Republicans have decided to accept a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut, preventing a hike in taxes just nine days before the tax break expires for 160 million Americans.".   |

 

Letter Carrier gets ok to wear Santa Suit after uproar

Bellevue postal worker Bob McLean will be allowed to wear his full Santa Claus outfit when he delivers the mail on Saturday – Christmas Eve – following a resolution of the issue with management of the U.S. Postal Service.  Video: Letter Carrier Still Fighting to keep Santa suit on -For more than a decade now, letter carrier Bob McLean has driven around Bellevue each holiday season, delivering a little Christmas cheer while wearing a full Santa getup for two or three days. But this year, a local grinch complained to the U.S. Postal Service, and McLean has been banned from bringing his alter ego to work this year. Monday, naughty or nice, McLean put on the suit anyway. His customers were happy to see it.   |

 

Season of uncertainty: postal workers worry about future of USPS

Suspect sought in postal employee robbery

The Postal Ties That Bind

 

December 21,  2011

Cash-Strapped USPS Turns to Deliveries After Dark

You may have noticed someone lurking around your street after normal business hours. No need for alarm. It’s just your postal carrier. The U.S. Postal Service is delivering mail after dark as a way to cut down on its debt, reports CBS 2′s Maurice Dubois. In the last few years, the Postal Service has consolidated 500 routes in the Tri-State Area. The Post Office forces have seen their already long routes grow even longer, forcing them to work into the night under what some say are dangerous conditions.. |

 

USPS To Test New Electric Vehicles

This month, USPS will begin testing 10 Navistar eStar electric step vans. This test, part of the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded through the Department of Energy, is led by Engineering Systems with support from Safety, Delivery and Vehicles Category Management Center.The new 2-ton vehicles will be tested in three locations: Los Angeles, CA (five vehicles), Manhattan, NY (three vehicles) and Fairfax, VA (two vehicles).  |

 

Former Iowa Postal Clerk Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Misaddressed Rebate Checks - The former distribution clerk admitted that he removed mail containing Menards rebate checks that has been misaddressed and were supposed to be returned to sender. He then converted the five rebate checks to his own use, in the total amount of $577.48.  |

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

 

December 20,  2011

House GOP rejects 2-month payroll tax cut

Temper Tantrum on Capitol Hill - Congress lurched toward Grinch-like gridlock on Tuesday as the Republican-controlled House rejected a two-month extension of Social Security tax cuts that President Barack Obama said was "the only viable way" to prevent a drop in take-home pay for 160 million workers on Jan. 1.   |

 

Oregonians Occupy Their Post Offices in Response to Threat of Rural Closures

In response to the United States Postal Service’s threat to close rural post offices in communities hardest hit by the economic crisis, 17 Oregon communities are Occupying their Post Offices on Monday. Carrying Christmas cards, cookies and gifts of appreciation to their postal workers, local Occupiers will raise awareness about the impending closures and collect petition signatures asking Congress to reform laws that have caused the unnecessary funding crisis within the Postal Service.  (12/20) |

 

Frederick, MD Plant Closure slows mail, residents say

A story concerning more problems in Frederick, MD Plant Closing in the USPS Baltimore District. One month has passed since Frederick's Tilco Drive mail processing center was absorbed by a Baltimore sorting plant, and USPS customers in the county say they have felt the effects of the switch. The consolidation of the plants means that mail sent locally from Frederick now travels to Baltimore to be sorted before being delivered in the county. Frederick County residents say the change has caused their mail to arrive much later in the day or not at all on some occasions. Some people say time-sensitive mail has arrived at their homes days or weeks late Bovard: U.S. mail: Slow and slower   |

 

USPS Ranked #1 in Performance Among the World’s Top 20 Postal Services

OSC conducts advanced research and helps private and government organizations achieve key strategic objectives. The review ranks USPS, Japan Post, Australia Post, Korea Post and Deutsche Post in its top five. USPS earned the premier ranking due to its high operating efficiency and public trust in its performance. |

 

Week in Review: The Plot Thickens

Exigency Rate Case Order Published (PDF)

Long lines ahead at post office

The end of email?

USPS Enhances Online Service in Spanish and Chinese

Postal offices weather Christmas crunch

Post Office plays Santa to needy children

 

December 19,  2011

Congress grants USPS 8-Month Extension on Pre-Funding Payment

We are pleased that the action taken by Congress and the president once again prevents the Postal Service from defaulting on the $5.5 billion payment to prefund retiree health benefits,” USPS spokesman David Partenheimer said Monday. “We hope this latest deferral gives Congress time to pass comprehensive legislation to address this and other critical issues to help the Postal Service return to profitability.” The bill also mandates that the Postal Service continue delivering mail six days a week — an annual provision in the spending bill. Those orders could change, however, if a push to deliver mail just five days a week is included as part of postal reform proposals expected to be considered by the House and Senate next year.  NALC: Congress postpones USPS pre-funding payment for 8-months |

 

 

PMG Thanks Employees For Maintaining Focus On The Business

In his annual holiday message, the PMG thanks employees for their hard work and dedication in 2011 ― a year filled with much attention from Congress, the media and the mailing industry. With so much public interest, Donahoe acknowledged that there were many distractions, as well as mixed messages from different sources. |

 

Postal Service Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days are this Week

Fewer holiday cards sent by snail mail
UPS Does Not Necessarily Win If The Postal Service Fails

 

December 18,  2011

Wanted: New Postmaster General; Must Be Able To Kiss 535 Backsides Simultaneously - Dead Tree Edition - Rep. Dennis Ross indicated a few days ago that Donahoe should be fired – apparently for bowing to pressure from 20 senators and agreeing to a mostly meaningless moratorium on the closing of postal facilities. The Republican subcommittee chairman’s attack comes less than two weeks after Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio said the PMG should be canned for trying to save money by lowering the Postal Service’s delivery standards.  |

 

Memphis: Trucks stuck for hours waiting to unload Christmas mail

Dozens of mail trucks were stuck in South Memphis for hours Saturday afternoon with nowhere to unload. The holiday rush nearly doubled the mail coming through at the Memphis United States Postal Service processing center. David Walton with the USPS said the closure of three West Tennessee post offices in January were not to blame for the long line. MD: Post Office Closure Causing Backups |

 

USPS District Manager Brutally Attacked In Pontiac, Mi

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a man who brutally attacked a U.S. Postal Service manager in Pontiac Thursday. There was nothing taken from the victim who is a new district manager for the U.S. Postal Service. Police Investigate Postal Service Manager Attack |

 

USPS carrier not allowed to deliver while wearing Santa suit

Bellevue Reporter - For more than a decade now, letter carrier Bob McLean has driven around Bellevue each holiday season, delivering a little Christmas cheer while wearing a full Santa getup for two or three days. But this year, a local grinch complained to the U.S. Postal Service, and McLean has been banned from bringing his alter ego to work this year. |

 

New Link: PostOfficeFreak.com

Video: America's Disappearing Post Offices

Postal Workers Protest Processing Center Shutdowns

Cartoon: Postal Service slower service

Feds' pay, pensions safe in payroll tax cut extension

Editorial: First-class frustration

Letter: Postal Service saddled with funding mandates
Editorial: Canceled - Congress can save Postal Service from extinction  

Rural Alaskans worry costs will skyrocket if bypass mail disappears

 

December 17,  2011

Oregon post office robbed at gun point

 

December 16,  2011

USPS, Two Postal Unions Extend Contract Talks Again Until January 20, 2012

The Postal Service and two of its major unions have agreed to extend separate labor contract negotiations until Jan. 20, 2012. Contracts with the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO (NALC) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) expired at midnight Sun., Nov. 20, 2011. The extension will allow the parties to continue to work on the important economic, health care, workplace and other contractual issues being discussed. |

 

Congressman Ross Says Firing PMG May Have To Be First Step

  PMG is trying to delay an deflect.  First Brac management change may have to start at the top   |

 

USPS Agrees To Eliminate Dual Appointments Of Rural Carriers and Postal Support Employees After several months of discussion with the APWU, postal management has agreed to eliminate the use of “dually appointed” Rural Carrier Associates and Postal Support Employees (PSEs). In accordance with a letter dated Dec. 7 [PDF], the dual appointments will end no later than Jan. 13, 2012.  |

 

Senator Akaka Introduces Postal Investment Act of 2011

Provisions included in the bill may be offered as amendments to the Committee-passed bill, S. 1789, when the the legislation is considered next year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has indicated that postal relief legislation is a high priority and will be taken up in early 2012.  |

 

Video: Too Big to Mail

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart  |

 

Postal Supervisor Arrested at PO On Drug Charge

A postal worker was arrested Thursday on drug possession charges for allegedly receiving painkillers without a prescription through the mail.   |

 

Contract Talks Extension Between USPS and NALC, Mail Handlers Ends Today  NALC | NPMHU |  |

Canada: Snail mail vital to entrepreneurs

Postal center shutdown plan causes outrage

 It's busy season at the Postal Service

 

December 15,  2011

USPS: We Can't Pay Retiree Prepayment Even If Delayed

The Hill - The U.S. Postal Service would see a required prepayment for retiree health care pushed back until August under the government spending measure that could soon be considered by Congress. But a spokesman for the struggling agency reiterated on Thursday that USPS will not be able to pay its $5.5 billion health care bill, even if it is pushed back to Aug. 1.   |

 

Postal Service 'crisis' overblown

Cape Cod Online - Now, because the USPS has a "universal service obligation," unlike UPS or FedEX, it's apples and oranges to compare the post office to private companies that have no obligation to provide universal service at low cost. Like most businesses, private carriers can charge whatever they want. Not so with the P.O. Hypocritically, it was the Bush administration-led Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 that precipitated this "crisis" Letters: The Future of America's Post Offices   |

 

Despite Moratorium on Postal Closings, USPS to Hold Public Hearing for Bronx, NY PO - Following yesterday’s announcement  by the Postal Service of a moratorium on postal closing until May 2012, the Postal Service will continue to hold a hearing to close the Hunts Point Post Office in the Bronx on Thursday, December 15, 2011. USPS To Hold Public Hearing For Closing PO in  East Bremerton, WA PO Dec 21 |

 

USPS to simplify pricing policy that offers 7,600 domestic options

USPS Mailing Changes Won’t Impact Most Mailers

Mail driver pepper sprayed, punched in face

Businesses fret about reliance on mail amid Postal Service cutbacks

Pennsylvania Postmaster Relief Found Guilty Of Misappropriating $2,600 In USPS Funds

 

 

December 14,  2011

House Republicans Attack Postal and Federal Retirement Benefits

APWU - The House of Representatives voted 243-193 on Dec. 13 to pass the so-called “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011,” which would cut take-home pay for postal and federal workers by increasing their contributions to the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The bill also would slash unemployment benefits, place unreasonable burdens on unemployed workers, and cut vital healthcare programs.  |

 

Who will deliver the USPS from its "bogus financial crisis"?

Philip Rubio for the Guardian  - The USPS is the victim of an invented crisis. The 2006 Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act forced the postal service to unnecessarily prefund its retiree health benefits 75 years into the future at the rate of $5.5bn a year over a ten-year span .Don't blame the salaries of postal workers: their selection by high exam scores, training and accountability, plus good wages and benefits has produced high productivity and a low quit rate. The postal workforce has, in fact, shrunk from nearly 800,000 in 1999 to 560,000 today. Most of those job cuts had to do with increased automation, but many have come at the price of service – despite the post office's original constitutional mandate. Picture a homeowner whose bank suddenly demands its mortgage paid in full not in 30 but in three years, with the homeowner reduced to desperate but futile measures of selling off furniture and appliances to avoid foreclosure. Video of PMG: What is the future of the Postal Service?  |

 

Outbox Wants to Revolutionize U.S. Mail

Inc.com - As the U.S. Postal Service announced a controversial plan to make snail mail even slower (first class would take two to three days instead of one), several start-ups are looking to make getting mail easier–and faster. One of them, Austin-based Outbox has received $2.2 million in funding. The weeks-old company, which was founded in October by Evan Baehr and William Davis, two 2011 Harvard Business School graduates, plans to digitize postal mail and deliver it to your tablet. The service would be free, with mail opened, scanned, and stored in a digital mailbox users could then tag, search and archive.  |

 

Closing of Village Post Office Ok'd

Cyberspace or USPS? How Will You Send Your Holiday Cards and Gifts?

E-Mail Inventor: Use Technology to Overhaul USPS

Austin: USPS Sells Downtown Post Office

Postal Service's Future Beyond 2013 Cloudy Due to Severe Capital Constraints

Mississippi postal worker guilty of mail theft

 

 

December 13,  2011

Senators Announce USPS Agreement To Delay Postal Facility Closures For 5 Months - Press Release  - Moratorium would protect good-paying jobs while Congress works to enact comprehensive postal reform legislation - USPS To Delay Post Office Closings for 5 Months

The U.S. Postal Service, in response to a request made by multiple U.S. Senators, has agreed to delay the closing or consolidation of any Post Office or mail processing facility until May 15, 2012. Senator Carper Statement on USPS Decision | Statement of Congressmen Issa And Ross On USPS Moratorium | APWU: USPS Announces Moratorium | Postal Service Declares Moratorium - Save the Post Office | Post Office Closure Causing Backups  |

 

NALC: Extension of payroll tax holiday should not be paid for on backs of federal workforce - NALC e-Activist Network -As the House of Representatives prepares for a final vote on the payroll tax holiday extension later today (12/13) the Republican majority has once again turned to federal employees to foot the bill for it. NALC has weighed in over and over with Congress on the inappropriateness of treating federal workers as the cash cow or “pay-for” for programs that most Americans are able to enjoy. NALC fully supports the extension of the payroll tax holiday while the economy continues to struggle, but certainly not on the backs of the federal workforce.  |

 

APWU: Arbitration Hearing Begins on Schedules of New Full-Timers

An arbitration hearing began on Dec. 13, 2011, on the first two of several disputes that arose when management incorrectly implemented new provisions of the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The disputes involve the placement of newly converted full-time employees into non-traditional schedules, and the denial of retreats rights to Clerk Craft employees on posted Non-Traditional Full-Time (NTFT) duty assignments in their former installations. |

 

New York Congressman Introduces Legislation to Help Stop USPS Layoffs and Service Reductions - Congressman Maurice Hinchey has joined several of his U.S. House colleagues in introducing the Postal Service Protection Act – legislation designed to alleviate the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) immediate financial crisis and prevent the layoff of thousands of USPS employees nationwide.  |

 

Postmaster General Talks Sustainability in Durban While Promoting Junk Mail Back Home - Donahoe talked in an international media roundtable that was hosted by the International Post Corporation (IPC) and the South African Post Office. He mentioned some of the Postal Service’s green initiatives and announced that “this is a powerful story and makes the business case for sustainability.” He only forgot to mention that the Postal Service is mainly making money from delivering junk mail and is losing billions of dollars a year. It is a powerful story, but not on how you succeed when you are sustainable, but probably more on how you lose when you aren’t.   |

 

Dallas office workers want answers to missing mail mystery

Mail carrier helps save woman from burning home

Longer routes for mail carriers

PRC Chairman Send Letter To Congress (PDF)

 

 

December 12,  2011

OIG Audit Finds Problems with application of criteria used by USPS To Select Post Office Closures -

 USPS OIG issues audit report "Postal Service-Operated Retail Facilities Discontinuance Program. "Handbook PO-101 expanded the authorization to initiate discontinuance studies from Postal Service Headquarters (HQ) management (top-down approach), aligned procedures for all Postal Service-operated retail facilities, and added factors to consider for identifying retail offices for the discontinuance study. However, due to data inaccuracies or incomplete information, we found inconsistent application of the criteria for selection of facilities for discontinuance studies."  |

 

 

USPS hopes for another deferral on mandatory payment

The U.S. Postal Service hopes to receive another deferral this week from Congress on a multibillion-dollar payment to prefund retirees' health benefit.  |

 

Opinion: Building a 21st-century postal service
by Senators  Collins, Carper, Brown and Lieberman via Politico - The situation is dire but not hopeless. With the right tools and action from Congress and the Obama administration, the Postal Service can reform, right-size and modernize. Nearly 150,000 postal workers are at or near retirement. Our goal is to encourage roughly 100,000 of them to retire. The Postal Service estimates this would save about $8 billion a year.In addition, our bill would help save the Postal Service, and the federal government, money by reforming the federal workers’ compensation program — of which 40 percent of all claimants are postal workers — in a humane manner.  |

 

The real cause of the Postal Service's troubles
Gainesville Sun - It is time to clear up any misunderstanding about what happened to the U.S. Postal Service.The service's presentation to residents of the 326/344 ZIP code areas was so sloppy it claimed that getting rid of 235 employees would save $5 million a year.So let's summarize: Zero dollars in employee savings plus negative $2.5 million in additional transportation costs. A fifth-grader can figure out there is no savings at all. The Postal Service plots its own demise   |

 

Meriden carrier union leader still has hope for Postal Service

Derry store's postal kiosk a 1st in New England

 

December 11,  2011

Delayed Retirements, Rising Overtime Bedevil USPS Finances

Deadtree Edition - One barrier to cost cutting is a slowing attrition rate. In the Postal Service’s latest employee statistical report, released yesterday, the number of full-time employees had declined by fewer than 13,000 in the past 12 months, versus more than 17,000 in the previous year. Postmaster General Pat Donahoe has indicated that the USPS workforce needs to shrink by about 35,000 employees annually to reach its ideal size of 425,000 in 2015. Overtime so far this year is dramatically higher for city carriers, mailhandlers, and supervisors.  |

 

APWU local president to public: Sorry for lack of service at  post offices

Biloxi Sun Herald - we no longer have employees to staff the windows at your local Post Office. When I visit Post Offices along the Coast, I rarely see more than one employee serving the public at any given time. This makes for longer waits to our customers, who are generally on their lunch periods, trying to take care of their business during that time. This action by the USPS seems to be the next step toward dismantling the U.S. Postal Service  |

 

Good reason to save the post office

Gerald Ensley: If USPS perishes, many jobs will, too

 

December 10,  2011

Postal Service plant closures will be 'a mess'

"The downsizing or the demise of the postal service, it's going to be a mess and it's going to be a mess for a long time," said John Zodrow, a retired Denver attorney and former Postal Service arbitrator who wrote a book about its labor relations. "It's a huge undertaking."  |

 

Over 4,000 In Socorro, Texas fight to save post office

EL Paso Times - Socorro Mayor Trini Lopez and more than 4,000 people want to keep their post office open, and they are ready to fight. On Friday, Lopez and a group of Socorro residents met with postal representatives in San Antonio and submitted 4,600 signatures in favor of keeping the post office open. Tense Forum on Fate of Dallas's Main Post Office    |

 

The Case for Consolidation: Overview of the Postal Service's Request for an Advisory Opinion

California Congressman Calls On PMG To Keep Mail Processing Facility Open In Stockton

Oregon: Protests voiced over cuts proposed for post offices

 

December 9,  2011

Parade of USPS Service Cuts Ignite Congressional Outrage (PDF)

NAPUS - Within weeks of taking the reins of the Postal Service, PMG Donahoe announced his intention to decrease customer access to full service retail facilities by closing “low-performing” post offices (aka small and rural post offices); as the year went on, the USPS amplified its drumbeat for eliminating six-day mail delivery; and, this week – in the midst of the holiday mailing season – the Postal Service dished out another service slice, reduce delivery service standards. Senators Seek to Stop USPS Cutbacks  |

 

Postmasters Continue Discussions with USPS on VER and Incentives for Retirement Eligible Employees - Presidents of both Postmaster organizations continue to meet with postal leaders to request the establishment of a RIF-avoidance process that offers VER’s and incentives (including adding years of service) for retirement eligible employees. Every effort is being made to get this issue resolved by the end of this year. NAPS to Return to Pay Talks With USPS  |

 

Large group of Senate Democrats seeks to stop postal service cutbacks
The Hill -A group of 18 Senate Democrats have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) asking for Congress to postpone the Postal Service’s action. They are requesting that congressional leaders add language to appropriations legislation that would prevent the Postal Service from consolidating area mail processing centers and rural post offices for the next six months.  |

 

Senator Tester: Delay Postal Service closures for six months

New York Congressman Introduces Bill to Preserve Postal Services, Cut Costs

Senators Seek to Stop USPS Cutbacks

Saved: A complete list of POs removed From RAOI

Will the Postal Service Save Email from the Grave?

 

December 8,  2011

Cash-strapped Postal Service paying $Millions in rent for unused building

My Fox Boston - -Their 20-year lease for the 19,000-square-foot building  in Winthrop, MA shows they started renting the building in 1999. In all, they are on the hook for $3.7 million in rent over the life of the lease. Aside from two small subleases, the building has remained vacant. Those subleases, only one of which is still in place, netted the USPS just $98,400. The Postal Service could have gotten out of the lease after five months, but chose instead to sign on for 20 years.   |

 

 

70 grievances filed against USPS Redondo Beach Management For Hostile Workplace - Easy Reader News - Many carriers have continued to deliver mail well after dark and sometimes as late as 10 p.m. in the wake of a round of consolidations that reduced the number of routes in Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach from 113 to 85. As a result, carriers now have lengthier routes and more deliveries to make." We need help,” a carrier said. “I don’t know where we are going to get it from.  Somebody in Washington D.C. must  like FedEx or something, because they are destroying the Post Office.”  |

 

 

Editorial: A business undone by Congress
Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot - In the past year, Congress has had time to ponder the content of school lunches, to bemoan the demise of the incandescent light bulb, to grandstand on the national debt and motto, to decry government regulations hampering economic activity. Yet it has all but ignored the pleas from the postal service, a self-sustaining organization being crushed under the weight of a 2006 law passed by - you guessed it - Congress. Editorial: Postal Service bites nose to spite face | Editorial: Rooting for USPS to find a sustainable business plan  | It's Imperative for USPS to Meet Delivery Standards  |

 

The Public Be Damned: Using the Amtrak Script to Kill the Post Office

Huffington Post - If the conversation about the end of the U.S. Postal Service sounds familiar, it's not just because we've heard variations of it since 1970, when the old Post Office Department became a separate business. It's also because the destruction of mail delivery closely parallels the wrecking of American passenger rail. Apparently the Congress has it in for quasi-public institutions with work forces composed disproportionately of African-Americans. 

 

Chicago: Postal workers rally against proposed cuts

Cuts to U.S. Postal Service to include next-day, Saturday delivery
Postal worker released from hospital following pellet gun shot

Pitney Bowes expresses patience with USPS financial dilemma

 

December 7,  2011

Postal Workers Behaving Badly

Washington Post -Most of the 574,000 employees of the U.S. Postal Service complete their appointed rounds and quickly move envelopes and packages to final destinations. But some postal workers steal mail, burn it, hoard it or claim thousands of dollars in fraudulent workers compensation claims, according to a new watchdog report. |

 

USPS changes: How they’ll affect the 2012 campaign
Slate - Campaign consultants who specialize in direct mail might not admit it, but some of them are surely thrilling at the latest U.S. Postal Service cutbacks to first-class service. For years, their challenge was getting a quick look from a voter who might also be juggling freshly arrived love letters, holiday cards, or bank statements. The swift disappearance of most bills and handwritten envelopes from what mailers call “the postal stream” over the last decade has abruptly improved the odds.  |

 

Editorial: USPS Financial Crisis, Self Inflicted?

by Mike Nodine - The United States Postal Service is being stolen from its intended purpose and mission to primary provide a service to individual American Citizens. Those in charge of USPS, including Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, intend to “repurpose” the US Postal Service as a quasi-Government entity with its primary focus to provide First Class Service to commercial mass-mailers at Second Class Mail postage rates often below operational costs. It appears the primary goal of their plans is to ensure the commercial for-profit mailing businesses can preserve, maintain and maximize their profit margins at the expense of individual American Citizens who have, or at least once had, a Constitutional RIGHT to this Service. Manufactured Crisis About to Cripple the Post Office | Editorial: Stop the Postal Service’s ‘panic selling’  |

 

Politico says NALC warns of USPS 'death spiral'

Workers' comp reform has lawmakers crisscrossing partisan lines

 

December 6,  2011

USPS, Two Unions, Continue Negotiations to Midnight, Dec. 16

Updated! ..the contracts with the National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO (NALC) and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) expired at midnight Sunday, Nov. 20, the Postal Service and the two unions agreed to extend the negotiations deadline until midnight, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011.NALC contract talks extended again until Dec. 16th   |

 

USPS Mulls Moving Mail Processing To Burlington

The U.S. Postal Service is considering moving some of its mail processing from the White River Junction post office to facilities in Burlington and Manchester, N.H., but the move would probably not create more jobs in Burlington, spokesman Tom Rizzo said.  Wrong time to cut postal jobs, Sen. Sanders says  |

 

Nation Reacts to USPS Plans to Cut Service Standards and Reduce Networks

USPS Moves Forward its Ill-Advised Plan to Reduce Service Standards- A service-oriented business such as the USPS should not be cutting service in an effort to save money” said National President John Hegarty. “At such a critical time for the USPS and for the American economy generally, the Postal Service should be improving service and attempting everything in its power to grow the business rather than degrading service. This misguided action is the definition of “penny wise and pound foolish,” as it will simply drive more and more customers away, sending them to the internet, and to our competitors| Sen. Collins Blasts USPS Money-Saving Plan || The Postal Service Plots Its Own Demise | The Nation || Stop! The Poison-Pill that is Killing the Post Office.|| Who Killed the Postal Service? - The Atlantic ||What to Do When the Mailman Slows Your Business Down | Entrepreneur.com|| Farewell, first-class mail || Editorial: Junk mail- A plan to gut the USPS is wrong direction for U.S. || NY Metro APWU: Thursday’s Postal Closing Hearing for Bronx Stadium Post Office to be Flashpoint for Protest  |

 

Video: Major Cuts to USPS Spending, Staffing to May Take Effect in April 2012

PR Reader: "This could mean early retirements, possibly with an incentive, excessed people have nowhere to go."  Fox News Insider - "The effects will probably not be felt until early April of 2012, said Dave Williams, Vice President of Operations. In a press conference Monday, Williams said that there’s really no choice for the USPS – slashes in spending and staffing simply have to be done.“  |

 

Kucinich: USPS Privatization Plan Will Hurt Business, Workers and the Economy

The plan from Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe would make extreme cuts including the elimination of over 100,000 jobs, lengthening the delivery time for periodicals up to 9 days, and closing thousands of neighborhood post offices. “These draconian cuts were proposed under the false pretense that the Postal Service is headed towards bankruptcy. We could easily protect the Postal Service if Congress would address the agency’s overpayment into its Retiree Health Benefits program, and allow the USPS to generate revenue in other ways that take advantage of their existing infrastructure and dedicated workers.” Corridore Says USPS Cuts to Hurt Economy |

 

USPS to file Proposal to lower service standards

"The proposed changes to service standards will allow for significant consolidation of the postal network in terms of facilities, processing equipment, vehicles and employee workforce and will generate projected net annual savings of approximately $2.1 billion." This is part of the overall savings expected from the network optimization initiative, which is projected to save up to $3 billion by 2015. Senator Carper Responds | APWU: USPS Plan Will Hasten Demise Of a Still-Vital Institution |

NALC: Reduced delivery standards will harm USPS  |

 

New Yorkers stamping feet over Postal Service's drastic cutback plans

Netflix will be doomed by USPS cuts

December 5,  2011

House Dem calls for firing postmaster general; blames Obama, GOP Congress

The Hill- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) on Monday afternoon called on the the Obama administration to fire Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe in light of Donahoe's announced plan for drastic service reductions at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)."This guy, this so-called postmaster general, should be fired because of a lack of any imagination or initiative," an angry DeFazio said on the House floor. "He's proposing the death knell for the great United States Postal Service." Video: Congressman: PMG Plan For USPS Means Americans Underserved" |

 

Magazines Gird for USPS Nixing Saturday Delivery 

Ad Age - Weeklies That Try to Reach Subscribers Before Weekend Would Have Even More Problems Staying Timely -Other magazines aren't waiting to see what Congress lets the Postal Service do. Bloomberg Businessweek has been developing an alternate delivery system since last year, when it began using newspaper carriers in Philadelphia. Today newspaper carriers deliver some 200,000 of the magazine's roughly 900,000 subscription.  |

 

Who Should Be The Next Celebrity Stamp?

NPR -"The U.S. Postal Service has waived its rule banning someone from being honored on a stamp until he or she has been dead for at least five years. Host Scott Simon reports the Postal Service has received thousands of nominations from the public for new stamps to honor more recent celebrities, ranging from Billy Graham to Lady Gaga." They hope that putting popular, current faces on postage stamps might make more Americans eager to buy stamps and send mail in an envelope."  |

 

Postal union honors man who tried to keep post office open

Top 10 things every fed should know before retiring

Week in Review: More news, more of the same

Arbitration between the USPS and NRLCA Begins Today

USPS to close 12 Capital Region Branches

 

December 4,  2011

What were you thinking, Mr. President? Obama nominates Hammond to the PRC

On Friday the White House announced that President Obama was nominating Tony Hammond as the fifth commissioner on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). No offense to Mr. Hammond, but that’s probably not good news for communities trying to save their post office or processing plant, and it’s not good news for postal workers either. With a Republican-dominated PRC, [ until 2016]  it’s hard to imagine many appeals on post office closures winning a “remand” decision.  It’s been hard enough getting a victory with two Democrats and two Republicans.  Of the last twenty decisions, just two were remanded, and only Chairman Goldway has issued dissents from decisions to affirm the closing. Importance of PRC Appointments | Precedent Provides Hints about how PRC Will Rule on USPS Service Changes  |

 

The Junking of the Postal Service
New York Times - “The post office is in the final stage of decaying into total irrelevance,” ..The fact is that the primary beneficiary of the United States Postal Service today is arguably the advertisers whose leaflets and catalogs flood our mailboxes. In fact, to compensate for projected declines in “real” mail, the Postal Service has been aggressively promoting the use of new services for advertisers like Every Door Direct.. “One could argue that the real customer of the Postal Service is now the direct mailer; it is a channel for advertising,”   |

USPS Proposing to Close 3 Congressional Post Offices

DC Postal Robberies May Be Connected

Attack on postal worker lands man behind bars

 

December 3,  2011

Postal workers aren't 'excess' to be jettisoned to cut costs

Don't you love the euphemisms that employers substitute for the word "layoffs"? Instead of saying, "We're firing you and ending your livelihood," they "downsize," "right-size" or "maximize efficiencies." They all mean the same thing: Employees are screwed. |

 

President Obama Names Republican Tony Hammond to PRC

- Tony Hammond served on the Postal Regulatory Commission and its predecessor agency, the Postal Rate Commission, from August 1, 2002 to October 7, 2011. Earlier this year, APWU Region Coordinator Omar Gonzalez urged postal employees to call upon President Obama to appoint a Democrat to the Postal Regulatory Commission. President Obama has appointed 3 Republicans to the PRC. The PRC is now composed of Two Republicans and Two Democrats.  |

 

USPS in need of 90 Rural Carriers Associates in the South Carolina

Dallas City Officials Write Letter to PMG About Loss of Dallas Postmark and Potential Closures

Alaska Delegation Refutes USPS Inspector General Bypass Mail Report

 

December 2,  2011

Update: USPS Denies Its Selling Advertising On Trucks

 DM  News - In spite of several media reports indicating that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is in a partnership with Colorado-based advertiser Lighted Promotions to sell advertising on up to 17,000 postal freight delivery trucks in 11 states nationwide, a USPS spokesperson told Direct Marketing News on Dec. 2 that no such arrangement exists. In a follow-up interview, Partenheimer said that Lighted Promotions “has been providing ad space on some trucks owned by contractors" which he said are not owned by the Postal Service  USPS Selling Advertising on Trucks in Pilot Program -As part of a pilot program, USPS and advertising partner, Denver-based Lighted Promotions  -- which installs lighted outdoor ads on big rigs -- have sold ads on the back of up to 17,000 USPS freight trucks in 11 states.  |

 

USPS to Limit Next-Day Delivery of 1st Class Mail
 CNN - the USPS will announce on Monday a cost-savings proposal that will change its national standard for First Class mail delivery. Postal officials say the changes will help make the mail processing system more efficient. The proposed rules are not a surprise. The postal service asked for public comment in September on "eliminating the expectation of overnight service" for first class mail. But it could have a major impact on customers, especially those who still use the mail to pay their bills. archive: USPS Proposal to Revise Service Standards for First-Class Mail, Periodicals and Standard Mail   |

 

PRC Issues Order Denying Postmasters Complaint Over Management Of Post Offices NAPUS -Effective December 1, 2011, this change will allow the Postal Service to convert a Post Office into, or replace it with, another type of USPS-operated retail facility (including changing it to a station or branch). The change would also make it possible to change the staffing of a Post Office such that it is staffed only part-time by a Postmaster, or not staffed by a Postmaster at all, but rather by another type of USPS employee  Postmasters To Manage More Than One Post Office In Changes To USPS Manuals - Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Part 113, Definitions, is revised to clarify that a postmaster may be responsible for the management of more than one Post Office™ facility, and that the postmaster may assign duties to subordinate personnel, including when the postmaster is not physically present.  |

 

Postal Worker Opens Fire Inside Alabama Mail Processing Facility
A worker carried two guns into a mail processing room in a post office in Alabama's capital city at the beginning of his evening shift and fired several shots, sending co-workers scrambling but leaving no one hurt, officials said Friday. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, Clark Morris, said the man showed up for work and began firing shots about 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Montgomery. Shots fired at Alabama Post Office, no injuries - CBS News - Postal  Mail Handler Charged in Postal Shooting  .   |

 

USPS FAQ For 2012 Domestic and International Mailing Services Price Change

USPS released the following “Frequently Asked Questions” on Prices Changes effective January 22,2012.  |

 

FOIA: Voting Records of USPS Board of Governors (PDF)

Proposed USPS Kalispell closure plan draws a crowd

Tulsans air concerns about center's proposed closing

Postal worker robbed, locked in truck in Northwest D.C.

 

December 1,  2011

USPS promises to fix “unacceptable” flats processing delays

Post & Parcel - US Postal Service executives resolved to fix problems in their periodicals processing yesterday, as mailers pressed their concerns about significant delays. On-time performance levels for one-to-two day periodicals delivery have slumped to as low as 44% this year as USPS expanded its use of automated flats sequencing systems (FSS) as a way of improving efficiency in processing flats immediately prior to delivery. USPS has now deployed a number of specialist teams – “Tiger Teams” – to investigate problems at the FSS locations, and put in place corrective measures in areas like mail preparation and maintenance procedures.  |

 

Congressman Issa’s Vista office evacuated after bomb scare

U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released the following statement about a phone call and suspicious item left outside the Vista, California, 49thCongressional District Office earlier today.   |

 

What a difference a day makes: The Postal Service slows down the mail

The cumulative effect of everything that the Postal Service wants to do — close half the nation’s post offices, consolidate half (or more) of the processing facilities, eliminate Saturday delivery, shrink the workforce by 220,000 — will end up doing a lot more than “relaxing” the service standards.  It will turn the country’s postal system into something only a Third-World country could be proud of.  It will be an ignominious chapter in the history of one of the country’s greatest institutions. USPS will no longer deliver mail using In-Home-Date windows  |

 

Postal Service Will Introduce Parcel Lockers December 6

Yesterday at MTAC, The Postal Service announced that it will begin beta-testing parcel lockers with a brandname gopost in Northern Virginia on December 6.   The beta test will include 25 sites when it goes live. When the test begins, the Postal Service joins Amazon in testing parcel lockers for delivering parcels to individual consumers.  |

 

APWU-Supported Workers’ Compensation Bill Passes House

The bill (H.R. 2465 [PDF]) would raise benefits for funeral expenses (to $6,000) and compensation for facial disfigurement (to $50,0000); these benefits have not been increased since 1949. The bill also would streamline the claims process for workers who sustain a traumatic injury in an armed-conflict zone; permit physician assistants and nurse practitioners to certify disability for traumatic injuries, and label injuries sustained due to terrorism as “war-risk hazards.” House approves workers' comp reforms -The House on Tuesday passed a bipartisan bill that would overhaul federal workers' compensation programs for the first time in almost 40 years and make it easier to catch cheats.   |

 

Two Alabama Postal Employees Indicted for Stealing, Delaying and Destroying Mail

USPS Celebrates Louisiana’s Bicentennial On 2012 Forever Stamp

USPS: Village Post Office Numbers Growing

Postal workers, patrons oppose closing Reno mail center

San Jose: Man who caused post office shutdown was jogger in unusual gear

Former Virginia Postmaster Free On Bond