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Website Displays Postal Employees Names, Salaries, Position, Date Hired And Work Facility


Postmaster Setting Unrealistic Expectations May Serve As Grounds To File EEO Complaint


USPS OIG’S Review Of Postal Managers Unnecessary Purchases


Statement of NALC President On Compliance with National Agreement - Let Let me make the following clear to one and all, including Postal Service management at headquarters and in the field, and all letter carriers, at every level in the union and in every post office: No one, at any level, has any authority to amend or violate the national contract, period. PMG Potter memo on honoring contract (PDF). It is up to each one of us to make sure that the changes we bring to the organization are changes for the better,” Potter recently wrote. Respecting and protecting the provisions of the collective-bargaining agreements will help us to do that  |


NALC: There Are No Plans To Eliminate Six-Day Delivery


USPS: Declining Mail Volume Leads to Route Adjustments


Report: Employment of Veterans in the U.S.  Postal Service - FY 2007


PRC Annual Report: Postal Execs Compensation


USPS Says It Needs To Eliminate 9,200 City Carrier Routes in FY 2009


Postmaster, Supervisor Groups Reject Pay Freeze (PDF)


Tight Times Strain Postmasters


USPS, APWU Reach Tentative Agreement On Four-Day Workweeks


USPS Wants Commercial Outdoor Advertising On Its Property


USPS to Implement Two Tour Initiative Nationwide


Re: Postal Employees Ordered to Stop Offering First-Class Mail


PMG Urges Leaders of Employee Organizations To Work With USPS


Flashback: Postal 1992 VER Cost $1.01 Billion


USPS To Launch Nationwide Program To Track Revenue Performance Of Window Clerks


Postmaster General Cautions of Perfect Economic Storm


Connecticut Congressman Presses Postal Service for Answers Regarding Meriden Route Changes


Appeals Court Upholds Firing Of Postal Carrier For Unsafe Driving  


GAO: New Delivery Performance Measures Could Enhance Postal Managers’ Pay for Performance Program


Postal Manager Demoted Over Violation of NALC Contract?


Postal Worker's Self-Defense Claim Can't Save Job


NAPS Challenges USPS Network Plan, Questions USPS Outsourcing


USPS Posts $1.1 Billion Loss For Third Quarter


House Passes FERS Sick Leave Legislation


GAO: Data Needed to Assess the Effectiveness of USPS Outsourcing |  Watchdogs question US Post Office outsourcing system


USPS Names Two Postal Execs To New VP Slots


USPS Releases Details Of Voluntary Early Retirement Offer


Burrus: Employees Would Be Best Served by Postponing Early-Out Decisions


NALC: Young Urges Congress to Reject Study for 5-Day Delivery


USPS Early Out Offer Excludes ETs - No Cash Incentives


PMG Potter Announces Reorganization At USPS Headquarters


House Committee Approves Study On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery


EEOC: Postal Worker Was Not Provided Smoke-Free Vehicle


ASFM-100 Work Awarded Back to Clerk Craft at Trenton P&DC


Court of Appeals Keeps Alive 14-Year-Old Lawsuit Against NALC


Postal Service Selects First-Ever Vice President of Sustainability


Video: Postal Workers Protest Terrorism On The Job


EEOC Rules USPS Must Process Class Action Complaint For Rehab Postal Employees


OPM Submits Proposal To Create Short-Term Disability Insurance Program


To Err Is Not Human for Demoted Postal Supervisor


USPS Resolves Dispute With Unions Over Computer Security Rules


USPS Selects Former Halliburton Executive As New CIO


Proposed FMLA Rule Changes Would Be Major Defeat For Workers


APWU: Proposed FMLA Regulations Threaten Medical Privacy, Other Protections


Bush Administration Seeking Changes To FMLA Regulations


USPS to Add Surcharge for Express Mail Delivery on Sundays and Holidays


Big Pay Increases Approved For Top Postal Service Officers


Letter: Expeditor dies after on the job fall in Denver parking lot


Postal Workforce Stats At A Glance


USPS Retail Cost Cutting (PDF)


Postal Watchdog Files Complaint Over USPS Elimination of Bound Printed Matter Rate -


Former Postal Public Affairs VP Jaffer Starts Own Consulting Business


Former Postmaster Wins Hostile Workplace Lawsuit - But No Money


USPS Wants To Automate Road Tests


Postal Service Updates Its Transformation Plan


EEOC: Postal Worker Has Claim For One-Time Incident of Discriminatory Harassment


Postal Worker Fails to Convince Appeals Court to Overturn APWU-USPS Settlement


Appeals Court: Evidence of Disability for Disability Retirement


NALC’S Young: Good Cop/Bad Cop - Right Here In The USPS


Rollout of PostalPEOPLE Initiative Completed


Mail Handler Fired After Threatening Behavior Towards Co-Workers


Court Upholds Postal Supervisor’s Demotion For Altering Time-Keeping Records


USPS Los Angeles District Gets Approval From OPM to Offer Early Outs


NALC’s Young Urges Support For Harkin Amendment to Labor-HHS Bill


APWU: Casual Issues Disputed At National Level (PDF)


Arbitrator Issues Award in Rural Carriers Contract Case

 click here to read the award (PDF)   | A Short Comparison of USPS Contracts With APWU, NPMHU, NALC and NRLCA  |


PRC Requests Help In Developing Report on Universal Postal Service And Postal Monopoly


Postal Service’s Oldest Employee Still Going Strong At 93


OIG Recommends USPS Increase Postal Employee's Benefit Costs


Court To USPS: Retire Not Fire Postal Veteran With PTSD


PMG Potter and USPS Executives Focus On 2008


USPS Seeking Info On Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing


Veterans Preference and the U.S. Postal Service


Fired Postal Worker Featured in Push to Expand Reservist Job Rights


Appeals Court Overturns Postal Worker’s Conviction for Theft


Fired Postal Worker Featured in Push to Expand Reservist Job Rights


USPS Responds to APWU Inquiry Regarding Absences of 3 Days or Less


Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Strategy





March 31, 2009

USPS Loss $658 Million In February 2009 (PDF)

USPS discloses that its unaudited February 2009 financial results is an estimated  net loss of $658 million. Year-to-date loss is $1.8 billion ($1.797). |


Judge: Unions’ Privacy Lawsuit May Proceed
 Postal workers won an important legal victory March 30, when a district court judge upheld the right of the APWU and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) to pursue a lawsuit against the Postal Service and the USPS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for “widespread and systematic intrusions” into the medical records of their members. |


USPS To Expand National Reassessment Process With New Pilot Program?? The Postal Service has announced it intends to expand the National Reassessment Process by implementing a Pilot Program for Limited Duty Modified Assignments. That should mean those who have not met their maximum medical improvement. It will be a "Pilot" program in 4 districts nationwide. USPS has set up a meeting with National on April 22 to discuss their intentions, which we all know is to reduce the workforce any way they can.  |


Postal Service to shift mail processing to Tampa; 59 jobs affected

USPS Cutting Management Positions, 70 in Indiana

Postal worker saves West Bloomfield resident from fire

Postal Service could've done without the designer stamps

Suspicious Package Injures Postal Worker

 USPS To issue 44-cent stamps featuring Simpsons

Union official: Local postal service slips

Mail Delivery Hampered in the Dakotas

Postal Regulatory Commission: Annual Compliance Determination (PDF)


March 30, 2009

APWU Urges Locals with DBCS Machines to File OSHA Complaints  -The APWU has sent a letter to local presidents in regard to ergonomic issues related to Delivery Bar Code Sorter (DBCS) operations. The purpose of this letter is to explain the attached information and the APWU’s intent to have multiple OSHA complaints simultaneously filed by locals with DBCS machines, nationwide. APWU has made many attempts to discuss and correct known ergonomic risks and hazards associated with the operations of the DBCS machines. Although we have had some success, the Postal Service continues to refuse to discuss identified ergonomic risks and hazards. Archive: PMG Potter Responds To Inquiry Sent By Lawmaker Regarding DBCS Machines  |


Bigger Buyouts = Fewer Employees
Currently the USPS is trying to lure 140,000 craft employees (and a smaller group of executives) to take early retirement. Many readers and listeners have suggested that the USPS could slim down drastically if would combine early outs with buyouts. Many retirement-age postal workers are hanging on, in hopes that the oft-rumored buyout will arrive. It could be a very, very long wait. |


APWU: Bill to Limit Postal Subcontracting Introduced in House

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced legislation in the House of Representatives on March 24 that would restrict USPS subcontracting. The Mail Protection Act (H.R. 1686), which is backed by the APWU, is modeled on a bill the Congressman introduced in November 2007. The bill would require the Postal Service to bargain with postal unions before engaging in significant subcontracting, and would require the USPS to submit to arbitration if management and the affected unions were unable to reach agreement.  |


USPS OIG Finds More Millions Wasted on FedEx Contract

The OIG found that USPS incurred over $50 million in unnecessary costs by the use of “expensive FedEx transportation to move mail that could have been moved on low-priced surface transportation or on less costly passenger airlines in three USPS areas (Southwest, Pacific and Western) . The OIG also concluded that USPS could save at least $267 million over a 10-year period. archive: USPS Wasted $17.8 Million on FedEx Contract  |


Postmaster admits to stealing funds from PO

PMG Speaks to NAPS at Annual LTS

A dying breed: the neighborhood mailbox

Mold forces rural Missouri post office to close

Post Office to the Poor: No Mail for You?

The Shrinking Post Office


March 29, 2009

USPS “Migration Plans”

The PMG plans to cut 100,000,000 work hours in 2009 so Area and District managers are running amuck with their so called “Migration Plans.” Throughout the United States, from Puerto Rico to Hawaii (and all parts in between) management has declared an excess of postal employees and is using the economy and the decline of mail as the excuse to implement, in full force, their Network downsizing. |


Texas: Rural Carrier Associate imprisoned for stealing identities from mail

Gas Station Employee Pleads Guilty To Embezzling Funds From USPS
Fixing a firm's troubles must start at the top

Neither Recession Nor Debt Nor Credit Crunch

No Postal Rate Increase Next Year?


March 28, 2009

NAPS Urges USPS to Cut Top Management Ranks

NAPS President Keating called upon the Postal Service to strip away top levels of management and take other cost-cutting moves, during testimony before a House subcommittee on Wednesday. "It is time that the Postal Service apply the same rigorous cost-cutting scrutiny to the numbers of its upper ranks as it is applying to middle and lower-management." |


Postal Worker calling it quits at age 79

Postal Worker Retires After 47 Years

Postal Service adjusts routes, cuts jobs
March Madness on Capitol Hill – Postal Style (PDF)
Alaska: Bypass mail center, workers may move to Denver, officials say


March 27, 2009

 Videos: House Subcommittee Hearing on Postal Finances

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 |

USPS Releases VERA Info, Fails to Notify Union

“I am extremely disappointed that the Postal Service neglected to give official notice of this information to the APWU,” said President William Burrus. “This is a violation of management’s obligation under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. "  |


Postal Worker Seriously Injured in Parma Accident

Comics for troops program hurt by postal rates

Maine Soldier/Postal Worker Killed In Iraq Is Being Honored In Baghdad
Study: Wilkes-Barre Mail Processing consolidation would save millions
Junk Mail Ban Adds to Postal Woes
Postal Service offers $100,000 reward for Minnesota bomb threats

Postal penalties? Nobody knows.
Connecticut letter carrier pleads guilty to theft
Postal inspectors investigating parcel tracking notices


March 26, 2009

Oakland APWU Urges Congress To Investigate The Postal Service

The methodical decline of the Postal Service has been primarily caused by a conspiracy involving special interest groups, Postal Service Headquarters, and some members of Congress, with the objective of privatizing the Postal Service. We have watched as Postal Service Headquarters pandered to large mailers to the detriment of the public, small businesses, non profit organizations, Postal Service employees, and the Postal Service itself. For years, management has falsified figures regarding the volume of mail processed and delivered at the Oakland Post Office P&DC bid cluster ; understaffed postal operations based on falsified figures; and used inept managers to run these operations. note: According to Oakland APWU President Fred Jacobs no response has been received as yet.  |


Arbitrator Rescinds APWU, USPS 2006 MOU Regarding Limited Duty Postal Employees - Arbitrator Das, ruling in an NALC grievance in which the APWU intervened, ordered the Postal Service to rescind changes agreed to by the APWU and the USPS in a 2006 MOU "Re: Limited Duty and Rehabilitation Assignments Within APWU Crafts Involving Workers from Other Crafts."  |

Should Potter get a bonus?

Potter earned a $130,000 bonus last year, even though the Postal Service posted a $3 billion loss. Potter said it was because the Postal Service met other goals, like customer satisfaction and workplace safety. But the bonus prompted some congressional criticism. Postmaster defends compensation, wants help on deficits- Potter said other perks come to $77,347, including $66,000 in security costs that the he argued should not be a part of the package. Chaffetz questions postmaster general's sweet home deal |


Finding the Postal Service's Yellow Brick Road

For anyone who's been paying attention, it should be clear by now that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is among the many other businesses that are suffering a world of hurt as a result of the nation's economic doldrums. The Postal Service, in its own inimitable way, has always tried to reassure its lords and masters that despite what happens elsewhere steps have been and are being taken to insulate the nation from any postal fiscal woes. Until today, that is.  |


Video: Rep. Mark Souder Breaks Down OGR Postal Subcommittee Hearing

Postal Bulletin: New Federal Income Tax Withholding Tables

Letter Mailers Want Same Postal Break as Catalogers
The Biggest Loser: the postal service

Teamsters respond to FedEx blackmail threat


March 25, 2009

Call for Help: Postal chief says agency crashing
Postal Service May Be Broke By The End of The Year-."Postmaster General John Potter said Wednesday the financially strapped U.S. Postal Service will run out of money this year without help from Congress.The only lingering question, Potter told a House subcommittee, is which bills will get paid and which will not. He did say ensuring the payment of workers' salaries comes first. But Potter also said other bills may have to wait. " In Special Delivery to Lawmakers, U.S. Postmaster Signals SOS |


PMG Potter Says Reducing Delivery From Six to Five Days Could Save USPS $3.5 Billion Annually - Excerpts of Postmaster General John Potter’s testimony (PDF) to House Subcommittee examining the US Postal service. "Adjusting the number of delivery days from six to five would have the net effect of returning to an average daily volume of six pieces per delivery. With the same volume spread over a five-day service week, our fixed network costs could be reduced by almost 17 percent. This level of potential savings is not possible within today’s constraints." NAPS: USPS to Face Tough Questions from Congress | Prepared Statements From Today's House Hearing |


Video: PMG Dodges CNN Reporter on Million $$ relocation costs  |

NALC: Postal workers latest victims of economic crisis   |

Winston-Salem Postal Worker Receives Million Mile Club Award

Boulder County post offices adjust to declining volumes


March 24, 2009

Postal Early Out (VER) Timeline (effective July 31, 2009)

ALL EMPLOYEES except Electronic Technicians (ET); Maintenance Mechanics, Mail Processing Equipment (MPE); Part-time Postmasters. |


Senator Snowe Calls on PMG To Consider Small Businesses When Reviewing Six Day Delivery Options - U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, sent a letter to John E. Potter, the Postmaster General urging him to consider the impact on small businesses of reducing USPS delivery week from six days to five. Snowe cited the potential negative consequences such an action could have on America’s roughly 27.2 million small businesses.  |


Postmaster General to face Congress over compensation

With the U.S. Postal Service headed for its third year with a multibillion-dollar deficit, Postmaster General John Potter will face tough questioning on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to explain the red ink as well as his compensation package.As last week's outrage over the American International Group executive bonus fiasco remains fresh in members' minds, House Oversight and Government Reform Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia Subcommittee Chairman Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., promised to grill Potter, saying "the huge increase in pay for Mr. Potter is incongruent with the post office's recent performance." Postal Service Cuts, Chief's Compensation Getting Closer Look   |


Sikh family gets apology after post office refuses to take passport photo of boy in turban "A Frisco father says his family's trip to the post office turned into an emotional experience after a postal worker refused to take his son's passport picture while the boy was wearing a turban." |


Former Postal Employee Sentenced To Prison For Opening Mail

Donahoe Interview: USPS and the Economic Gloom

Will Proposed S.F. Anti-Junk Mail Measure be Death Knell of Post Office?

Higher postage hits mailing services


March 23, 2009

NALC: Early Retirement Offer With No Incentives Will Cover City Carriers - The Postal Service has informed President Young that city letter carriers will be included in its new Voluntary Early Retirement offer. The timing for VER applications and deadline for action has not been set, but it will have the same terms as the 2008 “early out” program, Young said. That means there will be no financial incentives, and annuities will be reduced for those who take the offer. |


Postal Worker Charged With Stealing More Than $600,000 In Stamps -  Postal inspectors were led to Marvin Foster after starting an investigation into Kyle Mathias, who allegedly was selling Forever Stamps on eBay for less than their face value, the inspectors wrote in a sworn statement. Mathias has been charged with conspiring with Foster to sell the stolen stamps.  |


Photo:  leprechaun has taken me mail!

Postal worker hits 40 years

With a paintbrush, mail carrier delivers beauty from veranda to canvas

Several Central Texas’ New Deal Post Office murals mark their 70th anniversary

Mail Piece Redesign: Is the goal to reduce processing costs or mandate the use of envelopes?

USPS adjusting to changing times, down revenue

Recession Takes Toll On Direct Mail Ads


March 22, 2009

Website Displays Postal Employees Names, Salaries, Position, Date Hired And Work Facility   -  According to the website  is a "portal to public government data. ." |

City of Long Beach may oppose postal closure
More than a mailman to struggling customers

Armageddon for disgruntled postal workers


March 21, 2009

USPS Expects To Save More Than $100 Million Annually On Organizational Changes - The Postal Service is streamlining operations and improving efficiencies across the board in order to protect its ability to provide affordable, universal mail service. By modifying networks, consolidating functions and restructuring administrative and processing operations, the Postal Service is adapting to meet the evolving needs, demands and activities of its customers. |


Hands off Staten Island's Manor Road Post Office, Schumer tells USPS

Maine Postmaster pleads guilty, PMR Indicted For Theft Charges

Driver, 81, crashes into Plainfield Post Office

Postmaster General Gets Pay Bonus as Agency Falters

U.S. Postal Service plans retooling in face of downturn
Pepper spray prevents injury in dog attack on mail carrier

NAPS 2009 Legislative Issues Brief

Postmaster at the center of small-town life

APWU: Dispute Filed Over USPS Failure to Create Bargaining Unit Jobs at Greensboro HRSSC


March 20, 2009

USPS Closing Six Districts, Eliminating 1,400 EAS Positions And Offering Early Retirement - The Postal Service is closing 6 of the 80 district offices, eliminating 521 positions across the country and offering early retirement to nearly 150,000 employees nationwide (excluding Electronic Technicians, MPE Maintenance Mechanics, Part-time Postmasters) | New Hampshire Lawmakers Urge Postal Service to Keep NH/VT District Office Open  |


USPS Board Of Governors Announce Agenda For 3-Day Closed Meetings

Mail carrier aids fallen tree trimmer

Dog bites postal carrier near eye in Springfield

Postal Service to reissue Purple Heart stamp at 44 cents in May

Pay Protection for Mobilized Feds


March 19, 2009

USPS To ‘Outsource’ Change-of-Address Program?

The United States Postal Service (“USPS”) is seeking information from parties interested in engaging in a long-term relationship as Supplier and/or alliance partner with the USPS to implement innovative solutions to enable USPS to efficiently and effectively manage its change-of-address (COA) program. |


USPS To Announce District , EAS Staffing Changes On March 20th-

NAPS Headquarters was advised today that the announcements that we have been anticipating for some time on District changes will be made formally at 12:00 noon on Friday (tomorrow). |  


USPS Notifies National Mail Handlers Union Of Upcoming Changes To BMC Network - The Bulk Mail Centers '(BMCs) will be changed to Network Distribution Centers (NDCs), with three tiers of NDCs. Some of these NDCs will perform work currently performed at nearby Processing and Distribution Centers (P&DCs) and Surface Transfer Centers (STCs). |  


Is the Postmaster General Overpaid (PDF)?
Murray Comarow for the National Academy of Public Administration -....In this critical juncture in our national life, Congress should focus on keeping the Postal Service alive and healthy. The Board of Governors and former Comptroller General David Walker have testified that its basic business model is broken. Collapse or serious weakening of the Postal Service will result in further unemployment and bankruptcies of many postal-dependent businesses. Scoring political points on the back of a respected Postmaster General deflects the central issue that Congress has yet to confront. Just demanding a businesslike operation is empty rhetoric. Congress must give the Postal Service genuine and flexible authority to manage this vital national institution.” |


Flying through his route
Letter carrier has a few tricks to get through his daily eight-mile trek  |


Postal Supervisor charged with stealing $1,000 in fuel from USPS  "A maintenance supervisor at a U.S. Postal Service repair shop in Hicksville (NY)  coped with the high cost of gasoline by siphoning nearly $1,000 in fuel from post office delivery trucks, investigators said. |

Get Angry, Or Just Laugh

Losing Billions But Getting a Bonus (No, Not AIG)

Officials meet to save borough post office

Postal workers remember colleague struck by car

US Postal Service plans retooling in face of downturn


March 18, 2009

Woman Has Trouble Getting Insurance Money From USPS
Staten Island's postmark could become thing of past if mail is rerouted
Los Angeles: Neighborhood mailboxes being stamped out

Going Postal With the Economy

Users Paid to Receive Direct Mail Through Incentive-Based Social Network

March 17, 2009

Post office delays new stamps, cites economy

Economic woes are forcing the post office to delay release of several new postage stamps scheduled for this year. |


Postal carrier called a hero

NAPUS Action Guide for preventing the closing or consolidation of your PO (PDF)

Jury convicts former bulk mail technician  in postal fraud case

Alaskan Delegation Works With USPS on Bypass Mail

Reducing the Junk-Mail Footprint

Modernizing Mail

Proposed Rulemaking on Workshare Discount Rate Design Principles (PDF)

March 16, 2009

USPS Offering Another Early Out?

The APWU in Iowa is reporting that "USPS will be offering another Voluntary Early Out that will be effective July 31. Official notice of this VERA will be out next week." It is rumored that the notices will be sent out in April to bargaining and non-bargaining employees (with the exception of ETs and MPEs). Postmasters: Early Outs Again?  |


Postal Manager’s Demotion For Violating NALC Contract Upheld By Appeals Court- EAS-20 Manager was demoted based on a charge of failure to perform her duties in an effective manner. Ms. Vaughn failed to provide information to the union steward or to schedule "Formal A meetings" in the grievance process, as is required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. As a result of this failure, the grievances were taken to a higher level ("Step B") without management documentation and responses, ultimately leading to decisions and awards totaling nearly $28,000 in the union’s favor. |

FERS Flu Cure Puffing Along

Editorial: 'Closed, come back in an hour and 15'

Postcard Measures Delivery Speed

After 35 years, second-generation postmaster still delivers

Mail arrives late because carriers do multiple routes

March 15, 2009

Post Office Keeps Its Workers Coming Back

Edwin S. Oliver was 18 when he was hired as a temporary employee at the Manasquan Post Office, filling in for a letter carrier who had fallen and broken a rib. That was in 1954. Oliver is still on the job, working as a window clerk . Approximately 5,000 have been on the job since 1969 and 202 since 1959, according to employment records. The longest-serving postal employee, a window clerk in New York City, was hired in 1944, but recently took sick leave. The Postal Service has several employees who still are working well into their 80s and 90s, including a 90-year-old custodian in Queens and an 89-year-old letter carrier in Birmingham, Ala.  Postal Employee Stats by Age and Number of Postal Employees by Union Code |


March 14, 2009

USPS OIG To Conduct Survey of Postal Retail Work Hours

NAPUS Hotline - They [OIG] stated their objective is to determine whether retail managers are effectively managing work hours in relation to workload in an effort to reduce operating costs and improve customer service.   |


Illegal Immigrant Arrested While Delivering Mail

Ms. Rogers, who was doing contract postal delivery told the deputy that she was ill and had been letting her boyfriend, Parra-Reyes drive while she delivered the mail. A records check on Mr. Parra-Reyes indicated he had been deported twice before with one of those dates being in 2002 after being convicted of drug trafficking charges.   |


Video: Mail Changes Cause Controversy - Long drive, long lines, big inconvenience for postal customers in Pennsylvania  |

Is the Direct Mail Well Drying Up?
Online services deliver mail without the paper
USPS is proving to be strong rival in package market
2 injured when mail truck hits pickup truck on I-80

Syracuse mailmen stop theft of dog

Hattiesburg: Postal critics voice concern

Poke in the Eye From the USPS

California: Do Not Mail Registry Urged


March 13, 2009

USPS Abandons Plans to Outsource; Management to Revamp BMC Network

The Postal Service has abandoned plans to outsource the work performed at 21 Bulk Mail Centers, and instead will revamp the BMC network, the USPS Senior Vice President for Operations told the APWU on March 10. The change in strategy was prompted by the nation's financial crisis and the subsequent drop in the volume of flats.  |


NALC: What the #@&% Happened? (PDF)

The volume of mail has plummeted because Americans are building and buying fewer homes and the credit markets have seized up, unable to get running again in the current atmosphere of financial fear and mistrust. The bleak landscape facing these industries has created a nearly unprecedented crisis for the Postal Service. With the economy sinking into a deep recession, postal management responded with a rigorous campaign to cut costs. In FY 2008, it slashed more than 57 million work hours across all crafts, a 4 percent decline from a year earlier. While the USPS has not resorted to layoffs, nearly 30,000 career jobs were eliminated in 2008 through early-outs and attrition coupled with hiring freeze.  |


Iowa: Area postal service routes to change

Heavier Paper Can Save Money

Bill Re-Introduced to Create Purple Heart Forever Stamp


March 12, 2009

USPS: On-rolls and Paid Employee Stats (PDF)

Congressman calls for OIG probe of Canton/Akron consolidation plans
Editorial: Fat paycheck for U.S. postmaster general
Postal Clerk pleads guilty to stealing money orders
Intelligent Mail Readiness Alert
The USPS Still Matters
U.S. Postal Service investigation into Amazon continues
Rep. Backing Free Mail to the Military Act

Service shouldn't slip with the higher cost of a stamp

Postal worker dies in motorcycle crash at PO where he worked

Facilities optimization: balancing retail, delivery facility space against projected needs


March 11, 2009

APWU Detroit Local Sues Postal Service Over Improper Excessing, Involuntary Reassignment - Detroit APWU seeks to prevent the Postal Service from excessing and/or involuntarily re-assigning Clerk Craft employees without first returning the limited and light duty Letter Carriers to their own Craft. Even prior to the Postal Service’s actions, unsorted mail sometimes sat for a week or more in overflowing bins on plant floors. In some cases, such mail has been destroyed. The excessing and involuntary re-assignment of hundreds of Clerk Craft employees will exacerbate the problem with mail delays |


Mailers Council Defends PMG Potter's Pay
"Our members, who collectively represent more than 70% of all mail in this country, strongly support the compensation system created in 2006 for senior postal managers, including the individual who holds the office of Postmaster General of the United States. We want to state emphatically that Postmaster General Jack Potter has earned his salary and the incentive pay authorized by the Board of Governors."   |


Direct From Donahoe: Controlling Costs, Driving Revenue

In his latest video, DPMG and Chief Operating Officer Pat Donahoe reports the Postal Service is “moving in the right direction” in ongoing efforts to control costs and expand revenue. On the cost side, Donahoe focuses on progress in reducing overtime and the positive impact this is having on lowering costs.  |


Postal Service looks to cut jobs and hours

Mail delays likely as Postal Service cuts routes

Alleged post-office killer tried to cash stamps
Clerk: Postal changes will impact voting
Capitol Heights post office cuts hours
Through rain, sleet, snow — flood?


March 10, 2009

Confessions of a Former Station Manager Part 3 (PDF)
Guy Nohrenberg has written another article in his series of Confessions of a Former Station Manager. His latest article reports on the top ten things for letter carriers to do during these difficult times. Work with Integrity. "Yes. No cheating on anything. Management will be looking to cull out Letter Carriers like Cops in a Speedtrap. They actually get points for firing carriers and can be seen to be a more effective manager through the removal of carriers. This is my greatest Managerial Sin. I knew the contract and would spend more time disciplining carriers, moving them closer to the door, than motivating them and trying to understand their day".- Part 1 (PDF) | Part 2 (PDF)   |


Refinancing USPS Retiree Health Benefits( PDF) -
 National League of Postmasters - The battle to refinance retiree health benefits is in full swing on Capitol Hill. H.R. 22 has been introduced in the House and, to date, there is no Senate companion. There was some talk of trying to get this into the stimulus package, but that just didn’t work out for a variety of reasons. See H.R. 22 Cosponsors   |


Economic conditions also affect post offices  |

NALC: Brookfield Uniforms pledges to support EFCA  |

Post Office Betrays Tenderloin; Buys Mansions for Executives  |

Postal worker delivers fire warning to Plainwell residents

NALC Branch President  helps keep mail moving

Postage hike to hit direct mailers, publishers hard

March 9, 2009

Alarming cost of false alarms, anthrax hoaxes  |

Postal rate increase painful for Alaska  |

US Postal Service  and rising cost of stamps

Tiny Iowa Hill opens its mail just three days a week


March 8, 2009

Postal Hike to Favor Direct Mailers, Disadvantage Newspapers

An upcoming increase in postal rates could severely impact the delivery cost of newspaper Total Market Coverage products. The Newspaper Association of America warns that a May 11 United States Postal Service hike will favor direct mailers over newspapers.  |


Colorado Postal Carrier Faces Federal Investigation

A Loveland man accused of killing his former girlfriend’s cat also is the subject of a federal investigation in connection with his job as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. |


Calif.: Man Stabbed To Death At Clayton Post Office |
GA: Post office to cut jobs, move operations in Athens

Here's to mail carriers, in snow, sleet, hail...

Postal worker was first class for 29 years

PA: Portland post office scheduled to close


March 6, 2009

NY: USPS finds missing Social Security checks


March 5, 2009

The Postal Service bought this 8,400-square-foot South Carolina home so an employee could relocate.Postal Service Draws Criticism For $1.2 million Home Buy -

"At a time when the U.S. Postal Service says it is experiencing a financial crisis, it purchased a $1.2 million home from an employee so he could relocate, a CNN investigation has found. The Postal Service bought this 8,400-square-foot South Carolina home so an employee could relocate. The Postal Service bought this 8,400-square-foot South Carolina home so an employee could relocate. Postal Service spokesman Greg Frey said the home will be resold, as others have been." Video: Postal Service Buys Mansion | Postal Service bought S.C. mansion so Postmaster could make a voluntary transfer  photos and description of mansion |


NALC: Obama Budget Won’t Raise Postal Workers Benefit Contributions - President Young announced today that the Obama administration will not pursue a proposal to raise postal employees’ benefit contributions in the 2010 budget. Vice President Joseph Biden confirmed the action when he met with President Young at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting in Miami on Thursday. National League of Postmasters |


USPS: Clean Up the Byrd Droppings!

USPS Says Winning Share Amid Shipping Decline

Letter : Questions About Involuntary Reassignment   |

Ask President Burrus - Re: MVS Memo that has everyone outraged   |

Postal Service Mechanic Dies in Accident  |

J.P. Morgan and U.S. Postal Service Expand Cash Management Relationship
Congressman Jerry McNearney (D-Calif.) becomes 76th Co-Sponsor of H.R. 22

APWU: Ohio Members Lead Protests of Postal Service Consolidation Plans

Readers Digest Considering Restructuring or Bankruptcy

MS: Mail plan may cost Hattiesburg jobs


March 4, 2009

Commentary: There Are More Important Things To Worry About Than PMG's Pay - Gene Del Polito for Postcom - These are tough times. The economy has fallen off the ledge. And, to make matters worse, the Postal Service is facing the worst crisis it has ever faced since its founding by the new American republic. There have been staffing freezes, pay freezes, and employees have been told that even harder changes may still lie ahead. So, as humans often do when they get such unpleasant news, the search is on for someone to blame. Within postal circles, the one walking around with a target on his back is the person who is called Postmaster General.  |


OIC Pleads Guilty To Stealing Money Via Mail From Local Ministry |

USPS Preliminary Financial, Mail Volume Results For January 2009 (PDF)  |

Man sentenced to 13 years for assaulting postal worker

One last mail call for Duluth postal workers

Postcards looking like notice left forms popping up in mailboxes   |

Massive fire engulfs Ohio post office

Make it art, or at least comply with postal regulations

Temp letter carrier admits dumping mail, stealing medications
Direct Mail Spending Down in 2008 and Still Falling

APWU: Dispute Over VER and Severance Pay Appealed to Arbitration | Appeal (PDF)


March 3, 2009

Obama Blueprint Proposes Postal Employee Benefit Cuts

(eNAPUS Legislative Bulletin) President Obama released the outline of his Fiscal Year 2010 Budget. On page 126 of the 134-page document is a reference to the Postal Service that reads, “Realign USPS employee/employer benefit contributions.” The proposal projects a 5-year cost savings to the Federal government of approximately $4.2 billion, and a 10-year savings of about $9.5 billion. .. we are pushing for President Obama to revisit the Postal proposal in the interim. NAPUS and other postal employee groups have already communicated our displeasure to the White House and to Capitol Hill. Nevertheless, as it stands now, the proposal calls for USPS benefit contributions, on behalf of its employees, to be less than called for in existing union contracts and managerial consultative agreements. Obama Budget Would Cut Postal Worker Benefits for $9.4 Billion Savings | Tight Budget May Strain Obama, Union Friendship | NALC's Response |


PMG Potter Responds To Inquiry Sent By Lawmaker Regarding DBCS Machines  Copy of letters sent by Congressman Danny Davis and PMG John Potter's response..."With regard to existing DBCS equipment, we have taken necessary steps to ensure that the equipment is operated in a safe and hazard-free manner .We have established appropriate operational work methods including operator rotational guidelines, along with safety instructions and training material for all operators. We are also in the process of reviewing existing DBCS training material to identify any enhancements that could improve its effectiveness. Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment for our employees is a top priority for the Postal Service. |



March 2, 2009

Postal Service Employee Admits To Stealing From Agency

Ralph Sears worked in Administrative Services Engineering for the U.S. Postal Service facility in Merrifield from 2004 to 2007. During that time, he and others used agency credit cards to buy more than $20,000 in products and meals. In May 2004, Sears used a post office credit card to spend $2,165 at Sharper Image, according to his guilty plea. He bought a digital video camera, seven umbrellas, four air purifiers, two book lights, two fans and a portable light. In May 2005, he and another employee bought two 42-inch plasma televisions for $4,200. On Oct. 31, 2005, Sears and another employee  used Postal Service credit cards to buy two Billy Goat lawn vacuums, with accessories, totaling $2,229 on the credit cards, Sears admitted.  |


Mailman hangs up letter bag after 37 years on the rounds


March 1, 2009

Postmaster Setting Unrealistic Expectations May Serve As Grounds To File EEO Complaint -Much of the claimed harassment was the Hennessey, OK postmaster setting unrealistic expectations for the amount of time letter carrier had to prepare and complete delivery of her route, and repeated close monitoring and observation of her at the post office and on her route. The letter carrier claimed these unrealistic expectations forced her to walk at an uncomfortable pace, and skip lunch and breaks. When she did not meet the postmaster's expectations or engaged in allegedly time wasting activity, the postmaster allegedly kept up his intensive monitoring, pressured the letter carrier with comments, threatened her with corrective and disciplinary actions, and gave her a negative route evaluation.  |


Is it legal to send blood through the mail?

"A Chicago Man was Arrested last month for trying to send HIV-infected blood to President Obama through the U.S. postal system. According to reports published Friday, Saad Hussein has been charged with 'knowingly' mailing letters containing tainted 'blood, with the intent to kill or injure'—a violation of federal law. If you don't intend to kill or injure someone, can you send blood through the post?" (3/01) |


Postal Service, Museum in Dispute Over Photos

Postal Service Hiring in Mississippi

Bath County residents fight to keep rural post office

Photo: Post Office in Cashion Arizona


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