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Colorful Pay and Holiday Postal Calendar for 2014 (PDF)

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


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NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’- The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 . NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process Comments (Count)


Oakland APWU Local Strikes Back at Abusive Postal Supervisor

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


USPS gets approval for ‘customized delivery’ market test of groceries, other prepackaged goods - On September 23, 2014, the Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announcing its intent to conduct a market test of an experimental product called Customized Delivery. Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window.   Comments (Count)


Video: 15,000 postal service jobs could disappear

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


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


USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

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


USPS seeking Reduction in Force (RIF) Administrator

USPS created news position to develop and implement policies and procedures governing the conduct of all reduction-in-force activities  Comments (Count)


CBRE CEO also serves on Board of Staples

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


DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

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



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


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


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

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


Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

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

Inspector general to probe late mail delivery

 Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  |

Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010

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

USPS Management Proposing A New Retirement System

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


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



Senator McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform|


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


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


PMG Responds to GAO Report On USPS Healthcare Plan

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



December 31,  2014

Heading into 2015, USPS looks to tech to reshape model

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

Through rain, snow, sleet ... and bees

NALC: CDRAAP Route Adjustment Review Request Form now available

December 30,  2014

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

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


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

Feds charge Postal employee with issuing money order without payment

Postmaster's departure ends S. Indiana post office

USPS: Priority Packages Not Guaranteed to Arrive in Two Days


December 29,  2014

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

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


USPS Not Letting Go of Holiday Package Business

Police: Teen breaks in to South Norwalk CT Post Office

Tampa Police arrest postal worker for 2nd degree murder

Beloved Parsippany mailman making final deliveries

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

Postal Service will close 4 Wisconsin processing centers In 2015

December 28,  2014

How Obama Can Help Rescue the Postal Service Right Now

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


By Default or Design: The Demise of the Postal Service

December 27,  2014

Postal Truck Hits House in Osceola After Two Vehicle Accident

Who won the holiday shipping war this year?

Mailman victim of hit and run in Pennsylvania

French postal service developing drone for rural deliveries

Postal worker health fraud rises as mail volume falls

December 26,  2014

Video: Mail thief tries to escape on kayak

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


Evansville mail carrier pays it forward

Denver Post Opinion: USPS Needs a Major Fix

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

USPS Helps Santa Deliver Packages in Fort Worth

The worst community postal box contest

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


December 25,  2014

3 Hurt When Postal Service Truck Crashes With Vehicle On Highway

Football-sized dog keeps postal carriers from delivering mail

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

USPS Works Through Christmas Eve to Deliver Packages on Time



December 24,  2014

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

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


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


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

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


UPS, FedEx Cap Holiday Deliveries Amid Late Surge

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

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


December 23,  2014

USPS ‘Cyber Intrusion update’ leaves out former employees

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


Send a Letter. It’s Safer

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


USPS is setting new records as Christmas nears

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


Postal bike thief on South Beach faces special delivery to jail

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


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

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


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

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

Christmas season the Super Bowl of mail carriers

USPS Truck Overturned by Collision

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

December 22,  2014

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

Curbside mailboxes a thorn for some in historic district

December 21,  2014

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

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


Video: APWU Mark Dimondstein talks USPS changes scheduled for 2015

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


Amarillo Police investigating stolen mail from several post offices

Video: Postal workers fulfill kids’ letters to Santa

Drain cleaner causes HazMat scares at Portland PDX

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

North Platte: US postal workers to retire

Report: FBI's anthrax investigation was flawed



December 20,  2014

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


Residents are getting more nighttime visits from letter carriers

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


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

Man feels shortchanged over postal regs

USPS network operations in full force for the holidays

Behind the Scenes: USPS busy as Christmas nears

Package stolen off Roscoe Village porch


December 19,  2014

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

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


USPS confirms Postal Worker diagnosed with Tuberculosis

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


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

USPS sets records for package deliveries, online visits

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


December 18,  2014

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


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

Postal service pressed for impact study in advance of Petaluma closure

USPS truck flips, spills packages along Bay area roadway

Video: Expect more shipping delays from USPS starting next year

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


December 17,  2014

USPS moving ahead with plans to consolidate up to 82 mail processing facilities in 2015 -  This week the Postal Service said they will move ahead in 2015 with the next phase of its plan to consolidate up to 82 of its mail processing facilities. 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated December 12, 2014 Comments (Count)


APWU: Congress Fails to Act – Again

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


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

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


Criminals Go Postal, Target Mailboxes

Who Killed Cat Fancy Magazine?

The Postal Service is Crawling With Mail-Hoarding Newmans

FedEx, UPS and Postal Service Scramble to Cope With Holidays

Most Packages Safe Following Post Office Fire in Ohio

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

Post office pays for broken antique, but how much?


December 16,  2014

The Case for Postal Banking

Kevin Drum should do his homework. His blog post about postal banking reveals a fundamental lack of understanding about the needs of the “unbanked”  Comments (Count)


Postal workers overwhelmed by flood of Amazon Sunday deliveries

USPS is straining to keep up with the volume of packages being delivered on Sundays, with some carriers complaining of 12-hour days and weeks without a single day off. Comments (Count)


USPS Board Of Governors create emergency committee in absence of quorum requirement - The Board of Governors of the Postal Service has adopted a resolution regarding the exercise of those powers reserved to the Board upon the loss of a quorum of the Board.  Comments (Count)


Ex-Postal Worker sentenced in $1 million Tax Refund fraud scheme

Identity theft unfortunately has become the crime of choice given the availability or stolen or lost personal information. The letter carrier was convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail theft.  Comments (Count)


Postal worker fails to deliver more than 2500 pieces of mail

FedEx, UPS and Postal Service scramble to cope with peak holiday shipping days

USPS Halts Mail Delivery to Garden City Home for Weeks


December 15,  2014

Sen. Carper calls story on strong-arming his colleagues "hogwash"

“We did everything we could have thought of, but he idea of trying to put it into a bill of that nature, I don’t think that makes a whole lot of sense,” Carper said. How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus Lawmakers attempted a last-minute maneuver to include a major overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service in the spending bill that averted a government shutdown, but several Senate Democrats objected and stymied the effort. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del. tried to strong-arm members of his own party into adopting the plan, When the lawmakers at last week’s meeting told Carper it was too late to move forward with such a sweeping bill and said they should instead focus on preventing the facility closures Carper rejected the proposal. In fact, Carper said those who opposed him would bear the blame for the consolidations. Carper attempted to strengthen his position by threatening to allow the Postal Service to follow through on its plan to shutter 82 processing plants next year, which will lead to loss of at least 7,000 jobs and the relocation of even more.  NAPS: Carper and Coburn’s last ditch effort to push postal reform bill FAILS  | Omnibus spending bill retains 6-day delivery, but no provision to halt USPS plant closures  Comments (Count)


Video: Congresswoman Barbara Lee in Talks with USPS Over 911 Policy

Rep. Barbara Lee has spoken with leaders “at the highest level” of the USPS about a policy that instructs employees to first call security when they witness a medical emergency—not 911. Comments (Count)


Millions rush to the post office on the busiest postal day of the year

 With only 10 days to go until Christmas, millions of people across the nation are grabbing last minute gifts and are heading to the post office. USPS expects more than 640 million pieces of mail on Monday


Last year 607 million pieces of mail were delivered during the holiday season, reflecting an increase Video: USPS expects billions of pieces of mail during holidays Comments (Count)


New York Postal Worker Pilfers Credit Cards for Shopping Spree

Investigators determined that the postal worker intercepted the cards used to make the fraudulent transactions while employed as a City Carrier Assistant.


Video: California’s Lone River-Route Postal Carrier Says “It’s No Big Deal”

As Santa readies his reindeer, and U.S. postal carriers take to their feet and trucks, one person delivering the mail this holiday season will be dropping off packages by boat. Rick Stelzriedee signed on with the U.S. Postal Service as an independent contractor about two years ago  


NJ Highway Crash Sends FedEx Packages Flying 10 Days Before Christmas

A FedEx trailer flipped and ended up overturned on an Interstate 287 exit ramp in Mahwah, New Jersey, with parcels spilling onto the roadway in a giant pile,


Protesters storm Staples store, demand an end to postal contract

‘I’m just plain disgusted with the mail service': Akron woman’s ashes lost in mail

Driver [91] injures man [83] and kills his wife [74] in Post Office Parking Lot

Why Postal Service Officials Tossed and Turned All Nigh

USPS OIG: Which of these 3 options are you most interested in seeing the Postal Service pursue?

USPS OIG Audit Report: The Postal Service's Role as Infrastructure (PDF)

No Christmas Miracle Needed: USPS Working Overtime

USPS goes the extra mile to ensure packages are delivered -

Gonzalez will miss her customers

Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer statue stolen from California neighborhood

Local postal worker saves lives


December 14,  2014

USPS transferring letter carriers to work routes out of offices in nearby cities Mountain Lakes and six other municipalities in New Jersey will have postal carrier-route coverage transferred to offices in neighboring towns as the U.S. Postal Service consolidates operations.  Comments (Count)


The Post Office in Black and White, 1935-1944


December 13,  2014

APWU: Arbitrator Shyam Das awards USPS maintenance employees $8.64 million

18-year dispute over USPS "outsourcing" maintenance work settled. National Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that evidence presented in arbitration supports a finding maintenance bargaining unit employees had the skill and capability to install  cabling for the Local Area Network (LAN) services and the Associate Office Infrastructure (AOI) servers set up in the USPS Associate Offices. Comments (Count)


Video: USPS “Important Moments” holiday ad

USPS: ‘We’re ready for the rush,’ PMG says

Postal Service workers and rural communities fear post office closures


December 12,  2014

PRC denies NAPS request to open inquiry on plant consolidations and expected mail slowdown - The National Association of Postal Supervisors had requested the Postal Regulatory Commission to assess the impact of the Postal Service’s planned consolidation of 82 mail processing facilities, slated to begin in January 2015. Also from NAPS: NAPS: Carper and Coburn’s last ditch effort to push postal reform bill FAILS - The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill winding its way through Congress impacts the Postal Service in several ways.  Comments (Count)


Goldway says Senator Coburn behind delay in confirmation of postal nominees

It also was a disservice to readers to present a sensationalistic, simplistic view of the meaning of my replacement. There are substantial policy issues at play that could affect the future of the Postal Service. Goldway replaced as Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman  Comments (Count)


NLRB Charges Postal Service with Illegal Surveillance of Staples Protests

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has charged the USPS with illegally spying on postal employees while they protested outside a Staples store in Atlanta on March 4 and 9, 2014. “Respondent has been interfering with, restraining, and coercing employees in the exercise of the rights   Comments (Count)


Video: Southern California Mail Thefts Linked to Organized Crime

“Organizations that are doing it now are those old gangs that have been around for 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years,”  Comments (Count)


Millions rush to the post office on the busiest postal day of the year

 With only 10 days to go until Christmas, millions of people across the nation are grabbing last minute gifts and are heading to the post office. USPS expects more than 640 million pieces of mail on Monday -Last year 607 million pieces of mail were delivered during the holiday season, reflecting an increase Video: USPS expects billions of pieces of mail during holidays  Comments (Count)


Video: USPS investigating cause of stalled deliveries as complaints rise

Steve Harvey, Martha Stewart tout benefits of shipping with USPS for the holidays

Delivering for America: USPS remains vital to the American economy, society


December 11,  2014

OIG finds problems with USPS Amazon Sunday Delivery at 40 of 134 hubs

 [link corrected] Operational inefficiencies existed during Sunday parcel deliveries in scanning, sorting, vehicle loading, and using the DRT software in street delivery at 40 of 134 hubs we visited in four districts.  Comments (Count)


NPR: Here's Why Retailers Keep Sending You Catalog

Hammond, Langley sworn in as Postal Regulatory Commissioners

The TSP by the Numbers

Senate Gridlock Freezes Postal Service Board

SUV Hits Post Office in Cross Lanes

Man used bad checks to buy $58K worth of stamps

USPS holiday delivery totals displayed on Times Square billboards

Connecticut postal supervisor gets 3 years in prison for trafficking drugs stolen from mail

Postal Complaint: Damaged Dollhouse


December 10,  2014

Omnibus spending bill retains 6-day delivery, but no provision to halt USPS plant closures - The bipartisan omnibus spending bill retained language calling for six-day mail delivery service, language that has been part of such bills for more than 30 years. But bill ignored the plea from Congress, unions and others to delay closing/consolidation of 82 postal facilities starting in January 2015.  Comments (Count)


Video: Retired postal worker seeks $50K refund for health insurance overpayment - At this point it's unclear if anyone is responsible for refunding a retired post office worker, but she believes she overpaid tens of thousands of dollars and that she was over insured. She admits she should have better inspected her paycheck deductions, but still wants that money back. She is not alone.. alot of postal workers overpaid their health insurance after kids turned 21. Comments (Count)


Senate confirmed nominations of Hammond, Langley to PRC by voice votes

On December 9, 2014 the Senate confirmed nominations of Tony Hammond and Nanci E. Langley as Postal Regulatory Commissioners by voice votes. The PRC now has its required 5 members. The PRC should be in good shape. Hammond is a die-hard Republican and Nanci Langley was "instrumental in the development and enactment of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA)." The PRC chairman and vice-chairman are both Republicans. So there are 3 Republicans and 2 Democrats leading the PRC. Also, Senate failed to confirm the nomination of current USPS Board Of Governors Chairman Mickey Barnett by Monday deadline. As it stands now there are not enough members for a quorum in order to conduct postal business. Comments (Count)


Hoffa to Congress: Stop Bailout For UPS, Protect Retiree Benefits

Teamsters Call on Congress to Stop Special Exemption for Fortune 500 Company- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following statement from General President Jim Hoffa in response to reports that proposed pension reform legislation could be attached to the omnibus spending bill.  The proposed legislation that would result in a $2 billion bailout of United Parcel Service (UPS). Comments (Count)


USPS Handbook EL-312 Revision: Recruitment

USPS: Sunday success – expanded deliveries get results

Postal Service contractor faces embezzlement charge

Tennessee mail carrier indicted for misconduct, theft

Post office in Rudolph, Wisconsin, capitalizes on festive namesake to celebrate the holiday

Video: Stalled USPS deliveries disrupting eBay seller’s business

Letter carrier’s action aids injured woman on route

Man Accused of Attempting to Rob Vermont Post Office


December 9,  2014

Former USPS cyber security chief joins federal IT contractor

McGann retired from USPS  just eight days after it was announced a major cyber intrusion that potentially compromised the data of approximately 800,000 current and former employees.   Comments (Count)


Customer’s surveillance camera captures postal worker throwing package onto porch

California Postal unions host town hall meeting over Industry postal consolidation

Resident: Video shows mail carrier hit mailbox

Postal van driver injured in downtown collision

APWU: Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes

USPS and Blackhawk Network announce deal to sell gift cards at post offices

USPS May Seek a Rate Hike After All

48 jobs projected lost if Dakota Central postal facility closes

The Japanese Postal Service is Releasing Nintendo Yo-kai Watch Stamps


December 8,  2014

APWU Wins $56 Million Remedy for Postmasters Performing Craft Work

The APWU reached a $56 million settlement with the USPS on Dec. 5 to resolve a long-standing dispute over postmasters and supervisors in small offices performing bargaining unit work.     Comments (Count)


OIG recommendation to outsource mail processing operations would harm USPS and customers - Dr. Panzar finds that the Postal Service’s mail processing plays a vital role in ensuring the efficiency of the postal sector, even in the absence of economies of scale in mail processing. In other words, Dr. Panzar maintains that if the Postal Service abandons all mail processing and transportation of letters and flats, overall efficiency will decrease.  Comments (Count)


USPS customers can now use smartphones to buy stamps and postage labels

Postal Service customers can now use their smartphones to buy stamps and create printable domestic Priority Mail Flat-Rate postage labels   


Reward offered for armed robbery of mail carrier in Connecticut

Detroit Postal Worker says she stole mail out of ‘boredom’

Ralph Nader Talks With Mark Dimondstein About the Post Office

Digital SOS: How Technology Can Save the USPS

USPS Holiday Global Mailing and Shipping Dates

Mail volume surges as holidays near

USPS adds Sunday delivery in 22 Utah cities through Christmas, extended hours

Berkeley: Postal police remove protester tents


December 7,  2014

Business as usual for USPS on Dec 26

Mail Handlers Union - President Obama’s Executive Order only applies to “executive branch departments and agencies of the Federal Government.” President grants feds day after Christmas – will USPS follow suit with postal employees? Postal workers not included (in the Executive order (which is the same as previous years) allowing Feds an extra day off for Christmas. Several years ago APWU said it would address this issue in future rounds of bargaining. But USPS said  the cost  of closing the Postal Service for a day was estimated to be nearly $175 million.   (12/7/14)  Comments (Count)


USPS Top Compensated Execs list excludes Deputy PMG

The report was initially delayed to the USPS hacking incident. The report is also approximately 20-30 pages shorter than reports in previous years. The report does not include the full “Operating Statistics, ” “Financial History Summary” or “Trademarks” and more as in previous years.The report lists Top five (5) of USPS’s most highly compensated executive officers. USPS moving in right direction – operating revenues up 2nd second consecutive year   Comments (Count)


Open Letter to Postmaster General Select Megan J. Brennan

by Ronald Williams, Jr.- You must have the ability to see around corners. What will happen when mail slows down and facilities close? What will be the result of turning away existing customers? Surely inconvenient access will impact available services. Will small cuts lead to lacerations? Will you find a new competitive advantage when we lose revenue on a product?  Comments (Count)


‘Substantial Amount’ Of Mail Damaged In USPS Truck Fire While En Route From San Francisco To Los Angeles - Postal Service Truck Catches Fire On I-238 In Hayward, CA  


Video: Postal Worker's Christmas party for kids still going strong after 43 years

Christmas came early for some Milwaukee kids. Johnetta Borum was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin postal worker who wanted to help kids that may not receive gifts at Christmas time. Comments (Count)


Is U.S.P.S. a dead letter?

Photo: Letter Carriers delivering Christmas mail


December 6,  2014

President throws PRC Chair under the bus, WaPo misses the bus completely | Save the Post Office - the bogus travel issue was examined in a previous post back in February 2012. It was clear then, as it is now, that attacking Goldway for her travel expenses had nothing to do with the cost of her travels or whether or not her trips are appropriate or necessary. The attacks are about getting Goldway out of the way. Now they’ve finally succeeded.   Comments (Count)


Postal Vehicle Crashes Into Car, Pickup In Holly Hills

Postal Service again considering closure of New Orleans processing facility

Report: Tucson would lose $49M in postal consolidation

Berkeley: Postal police remove protester tents

Customer upset after careless USPS delivery


December 5,  2014

OIG says city carriers 48% of USPS expense needs new pay system similar to rural carriers In fiscal year (FY) 2013, the U.S. Postal Service paid $21.7 billion in carrier compensation — $15.5 billion for city carriers and $6.2 billion for rural carriers. Carriers represent about 48 percent of 491,000 career postal employees and are the largest personnel expense for the Postal Service.   Comments (Count)


Alaska: Savoonga post office faces intermittent closure until new postal worker is hired

NALC: Overtime equitability test extended

Letter carrier honored for saving senior citizen's life

USPS opens Coast's first Village Post Office

Video: California man receives mail 2 years late; mail carrier fired


USPS Implementing new ‘Local Operations Centers’ to help utilize technology

APWU: Terry Martinez Appointed Assistant Maintenance Craft Director

Thieves target mail boxes in Volusia County, FL neighborhoods

Buyer opts out of purchase of historic Berkeley Post Office

APWU: 2014 Convention Transcript Now Available

Postal service mistake or criminal act?

Illegal And Regulated Mailings


December 4,  2014

Senator Sanders: Don’t Destroy the U.S. Postal Service

Warning that the future of the U.S. Postal Service is at stake, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today called on managers of the mail system to back off plans to slow deliveries and eliminate as many as 15,000 jobs. Tester to Postal Service: Stop digging your own grave   Comments (Count)


Major civil rights coalition opposes USPS consolidation plans

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 national organizations committed to the protection and advancement of civil and human right. Because of the threat to many communities of the USPS consolidating offices and limiting service, potentially pushing individuals to private sources, we urge you to include language in any omnibus appropriations legislation or continuing resolution to ensure a moratorium on service standard changes and processing plant closings during Fiscal Year 2015. Coalition also says USPS BOG chairman & nominee Barnett was a lobbyist for payday lenders - possible conflict of interest  (Comments (Count)


More Cases of ‘Delayed Medical Treatment’ under USPS 911 policy

Employees at a postal processing plant in West Oakland have voiced concerns for years about a policy that they say prevents most workers from calling 911 in a medical emergency. They say the policy causes deadly delays when workers are injured on the job.   Comments (Count)


Goldway replaced as Postal Regulatory Commission Chairman

The U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has named a new acting chairman.Robert Taub (R) was named the new Chairman and Mark Acton  (R) the new Vice chairman. There are still 2 vacancies at the PRC. If the Senate fails to confirm vacancies on USPS Board of Governors and PRC by the end of the year both groups will be like the US Supreme Court, House and Senate -- under GOP control. One reader is doubtful about the Senate confirming nominees: "It's like football, we're down to the 2 minute warning, no timeouts left, we need a field goal to win, the best punter is injured  and the backup punter is none other than ....Darrell Issa."    Comments (Count)


After Postal Supervisor pleads guilty, brother gets prison for trafficking drugs stolen from mail - This matter stems from a federal investigation into the use of the mails to transport narcotics from Puerto Rico to the greater Waterbury, CT area.


California letter carrier charged with stealing cell phones from the mail

A Fremont, California letter carrier has been charged with stealing high-end cell phones, cell phone parts, a birthday card and a $50 gift card from the mail. . 


Video: Congress Reacts to TV report on USPS Sex Assaults

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R, Texas) says he wants answers about what he saw in a News4 I-Team investigation into reported sexual assaults inside the US Postal Service. . 


Video: Ohio Postal Worker Caught Throwing Mail Away

Photos have caught a central Ohio postal worker in the act. Pictures show an employee throwing mail into an east Columbus dumpster. 


December 3,  2014

UPS reverses policy on pregnant workers – Is USPS next?

By Don Cheney - UPS was forced to change its thinking on pregnant workers. The new female Postmaster General is likely to agree.    Comments (Count)


Postal Casual Employee fired following work-related injury at USPS facility

A U.S. Postal Service temporary non-career employee was terminated after being transported to a medical facility for treatment of a workplace injury. The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against the Postal Service on behalf of the employee at the Sharonville facility. The lawsuit seeks restoration of lost pay, benefits and removal of disciplinary action from file totaling approximately $9,000.   Comments (Cont)


Eight New York Postal Workers arrested for mail theft and drug charges

Eight United States Postal Service employees (3 career mail handlers and 5 non-career) at the Logistical and Distribution Priority Mail Processing Center in Bethpage, Long Island (“Bethpage L&DC”) were arrested last night and charged with theft of mail and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 129 pounds of marijuana over a six-month period.    Comments (Count)


Florida State Senator Introduces Bill to exempt rural letter carriers from wearing seat belts

Video: Waxhaw, NC residents complain about misdelivered mail

Video: Small town postal worker far exceeds her job description

Postal employee charged with stealing veterans prescription drugs from mail

Video: Man finds mail scattered in car wash

Video: Man barricaded in post office surrenders


December 2,  2014

USPS National Plan to Eliminate Tour 1 starting in January 2015: Oakland, CA

 Massive Job Abolishments, Job Repostings - The elimination of overnight single-piece First Class mail service in January, means Tour 1 mail processing clerk jobs nationwide are being abolished and moved to Tour 2 and Tour 3. Here is an example in Oakland CA.  Comments (Count)


Congress Could Soon Deliver the Postal Service Its Biggest Blow Yet

Congress has potentially found a new way to constrict USPS: hamstring the agency by taking away its ability to make any major decisions whatsoever.   Comments (Count)


USPS ‘Secure Destruction’ service helps businesses avoid undeliverable-as-addressed mail - USPS recently introduced a service to help reduce the more than 1.4 billion pieces of undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail returned each year. Secure Destruction, a USPS Blue Earth sustainability initiative, allows mailers to have letter-sized return-to-sender First-Class Mail captured and securely destroyed at postal facilities for no additional charge.  Comments (Count)


Mastiff (dog) escapes from Charlotte, NC home, attacks mailman - USPS says Christian Sparks, an 11-year postal veteran, suffered injuries from the bite and required more than 20 stitches. Sparks was treated at the hospital and later released.


USPS Collection Boxes Being Removed Around Coronado

The new postmaster general delivers a blow to the glass ceiling

USPS braces for holiday mail rush

USPS ‘Operation Santa’ program helps fulfill children’s holiday wishes

POStPlan Implementation: Just 1,600 post offices to go, but far from done


December 1,  2014

Senators Send Bipartisan Letter Demanding USPS postpone planned plant closings - Senators demand Postal Service delay consolidation of mail processing facilities after Inspector General’s report indicates lack of transparency, inadequate impact studies, failure to properly inform public NAPS: Mail Processing Consolidations Loom - As  Congress Begins Last Days of Lame Duck Session Lawmakers returned to Washington on Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with little likelihood of taking action on comprehensive postal reform legislation, but with the possibility of ordering the Postal Service to delay the consolidation of the 82 mail processing facilities Sen. Calls for delay on Consolidation of Four Ohio Mail Facilities - archive: NAPS Urges PRC to Open Inquiry into Plant Consolidations and Expected Mail Slowdown  Comments (Count)


Court finds date on USPS self-service kiosk label is not a postmark

The case presented the question of whether a postmark was sufficient proof of timely mailing to trigger Illinois’ limited mailbox rule.   Comments (Count)


Two Maryland Postal Workers suspected in theft of $9,500 in gift cards

Federal investigators said one of the employees has already admitted her role in the thefts and said she’d also served as a “lookout” for her colleague  


USPS: Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve But Most Will Close At Noon

Package theft in Brookline, MA up 64 percent over last year

USPS Board of Governors agenda for open meeting on December 5th

The Changing Makeup of the Letter Carrier's Mailbag

USPS Video: Behind the Scenes – It’s Our Season

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