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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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Video: Caring California Letter Carrier gets $500 from co-worker via TV show

Kevin Wonten wanted to pay it forward to his long-time friend Frank Betancourt. Both men are veteran letter carriers with the United State Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

 

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

 

USPS To Close Wichita Remote Encoding Center --797 employees affected

The U.S. Postal Service today announced the Wichita Remote Encoding Center (REC)  will close no sooner than September of 2013, as technology enhancements have made the need for RECs virtually obsolete.   Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS to Launch New Product Line of Apparel and Accessories

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

 

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

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

 

24 Senators Urge USPS not to take any action on eliminating Saturday mail delivery unless authorized by Congress - On February 15, 2013 24 members of the Senate wrote to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to express their concerns on USPS' intent to end Saturday mail delivery service in August and its legality.   Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS Announces Moratorium on DUO and POStPlan Implementation

Postal officials notified NAPUS that Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) implementations and Post Office closures will be suspended temporarily starting Monday, November 19 and continuing through Friday, January 4, 2013. Comments (Count)

 

 

USPS, NALC Sign Agreement to convert 6,000 PTF carriers to full time, hire 3,400 TEs  . Comments (Count)

 

USPS Management and Privatizers: Reading from the Same Script

 Congress must make Postal Service a priority |  

 

GOP Sets Postal Service On Fire and Demand They Put Themselves Out   |  

 

Arbitrator Orders Los Angeles District Manager to Apologize to Employees For Fired Abusive Supervisor - "Arbitrator goes after the Los Angeles District Manager for their lack of enforcing their own "ZERO TOLERANCE" policy. The district Manager has to now do a written apology to the employees at the Redondo Beach California Office."  |  

 

 

Postal Service Set to Default on Billions in Health Payments   |  

 

Congressman Issa Takes Aim At The USPS And Saturday Delivery   |    

 

New PMG Video To Employees explains how USPS will continue moving forward  - Donahoe tells employees that new service standards were instituted July 1. The new standards will allow the Postal Service to consolidate up to 140 network facilities, while still providing excellent service to customers. Updated with video.  |

Romney Working To Eliminate The US Postal Service

Mitt Romney and his economic advisors like Kevin Hassett have a clear message in how a Romney administration would address the US Postal Service. It’s fairly simple they would eliminate it. ” .|  

 

 

Editorial: Who is Stephen Crawford and How Will He Affect the Post Office?   |    

 

 

Issa targets six-day provision in appropriations bill  |  

 

Rural Carriers have a New contract - In an interest arbitration award dated July 3, 2012, the NRLCA and USPS finally have a new National Agreement, which is effective from November 21, 2010 through May 20, 2015.See Arbitration Award  |  

 

 

USPS Ends FY Second Quarter With $3.2 Billion Lost – YTD $6.5 Billion

The Postal Service continues to suffer from a severe lack of liquidity caused by over $25 billion of cumulative net losses in the past five fiscal years which included $21 billion of Congressionally-mandated payments for prefunding retiree health benefits NALC: USPS reports that pre-funding accounts for $6.2B of the $6.5B in red ink. |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2013

Postal Service may hurt its push for reform by antagonizing Congress

The Hill - Congress has long maintained that it has oversight over how frequently the Postal Service delivers the mail, and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s decision to move unilaterally rubbed some lawmakers – including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) – the wrong way. Observers both on and off Capitol Hill say the Postal Service’s approach didn’t win them any new friends at a key time, when the agency continues to push for broader postal legislation. A spokesman for the agency said this week that top USPS officials and the agency’s board of governors would discuss the agency’s next steps on Saturday delivery. If USPS decides to go ahead with its changes as planned, it could trigger a court challenge, according to observers on and off Capitol Hill.  Comments (Count)

 

Letter: Postal Service trying to break labor unions

The Postal Service is doing a lot of poor-mouthing about finances, but its administrators, at least in Buffalo, were happily voting themselves performance bonuses, among other things, at the time I left. The withdrawal of Saturday service is just an attempt to break the laborers’ unions in favor of the administrators’ unions. Yes, the postmasters and others have their own unions, and all of this is internecine warfare within the culture, with the customers, and public service, as the losers.     Comments (Count)

 

Video: Man Arrested for Firing on California Postal Worker With BB Gun

 

March 30, 2013

APWU Wins Huge Arbitration For Clerks in Small Offices

The ruling settles a long-simmering dispute about the amount of bargaining unit work postmasters and supervisors may perform in Level 18-and-below offices.  Comments (Count)

 

Freistatt Post Office Closes

Caddo post office not closing after survey

March 29, 2013

Postal Service Truck Struck by BBs in San Diego, CA

Pennsylvania has two new Village Post Offices

Not so good Friday in Freistatt: Post office closed on two days’ notice

Postal Service’s Congressional Fans Are Killing It

Feds: Consider injuries in Ohio postal sentencing

Review of USPS Mobile App

Postal Worker Struck By Car Driver in Flushing

Disgraced contract mail carrier accused of burying more mail

Mail truck catches fire; postal cargo is saved

Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers

Gus Yatron postal facility to lose 162 jobs

Postal Pain

Massachusetts postal contractor employee pleads guilty to mail theft — losses could total $1 million

 

March 28, 2013

PRC Issues Annual Compliance Determination Assessing USPS Performance

 In FY 2012, the Postal Service incurred losses of $15.9 billion: $11.1 billion was due to its Retiree HealthBenefits Fund expense, $2.4 billion resulted from a workers’ compensation liability adjustment, and $2.4 billion was attributed to operating loss under management control.

USPS Should Charge More Where It Can, Report  | USPS Compliance Report Calls for More Aggressive Pricing   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service Cancels Temporary 2% Salary Cap on POStPlan Promotions to EAS-18 Postmaster Positions As a result of consultations between the Postmaster associations and representatives at Postal Headquarters, the temporary 2% salary cap on POStPlan promotions to EAS-18 Postmaster positions has been lifted.  Comments (Count)

 

BJ’s Wholesale apologizes for flyer that ‘missed the mark'

NALC- The CEO of BJ’s Wholesale has sent a letter apologizing for a mailing that began hitting post offices across the country this week. The mailing was apparently intended to acquire new customers and contained some humor directed at letter carriers.  Comments (Count)

 

Google tiptoes into same-day local delivery service

The company is calling its Google Shopping Express service a "new experiment" that's in an "incredibly early days" phase. And you have to live in the San Francisco Bay Area to try it out.    Comments (Count)

 

Maryland Rural Carrier Gets Prison For Workers Comp Fraud

The rural carrier operated a salon, day spa and fitness center, first in Leonardown, Maryland and later in California, Maryland.. Minnesota Window Clerk indicted for stealing more than $10,000 from USPS   Comments (Count)

 

USPS Network Rationalization Update - March 28, 2013 - Webinar Presentation

Late yesterday afternoon, after the webinar ended, two sites were added to the acceleration list: Mid-Hudson and Brooklyn  Comments (Count)

 

NeighborhoodLIFT Program Helps Postal Worker Buy Home

Editorial: Postal officials address cost over customers

Officials Ask USPS to Halt Sale of La Jolla Post Office

Ask The Experts: Best time to retire || Reduced hours and high-3

USPS Pays $30 Claim For Package Lost 14 Months Ago, After TV Report

Video: USPS suspends mail delivery services for one Wichita neighborhood

 

 

March 27, 2013

Congressional Delegation "Outraged" USPS To Close Stamford, Wallingford Facilities Early "Closing these facilities will impact nearly 1,200 jobs, reneging on a promise to the employees and communities that these facilities would remain open during this year to allow enough time to reform the Postal Service and assess if these closures are fiscally prudent," a statement from the delegation said. In 'Dire Financial Condition,' USPS Speeds Up Wallingford Plant Closure   Comments (Count)

APWU Denounces USPS Plans To Accelerate Closure of Mail Processing Plants -“The APWU is outraged by USPS plans to accelerate the closure of 71 mail processing plants that were originally slated for possible consolidation in 2014,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. The USPS notified the APWU on March 26 that it would implement 53 consolidations this year that were originally scheduled for 2014. In January, the Postal Service said it would accelerate implementation of 18 other closures.   Senator Carper Statement on USPS Plans | USPS Accelerates Closures  At 53 Processing Plants | Oregon: USPS shutting Bend mail processing center |  Missouri: Cape mail processing center to close this year  Comments (Count)

Congress puts Postal Service in tough spot
OIC pocketed money, police say

PostalVision sets sights on Congress and younger Americans
USPS just wasted your money objecting to .mail top level domain
Liberate the U.S. Postal Service

 

March 26, 2013

Sen. Bernie Sanders calls on PMG to formerly withdraw his plan to eliminate Saturday delivery Citing a legal opinion by the Government Accountability Office, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday called on Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to withdraw his plan to stop Saturday mail delivery.    Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service Chases Competition, Tracking Packages and Workers

Labor Notes - If your neighborhood letter carrier seems more hurried than ever, please be understanding: her every step may now be tracked with a GPS device.A new program called IMD Wireless—already launched in some areas, and scheduled to roll out across the country by the end of 2013—uses Bluetooth-enabled cell phones to report carriers’ progress. The new “real-time scanners” were deployed first in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas. They are scheduled for all 67 postal districts in the U.S. by the end of the year.Comments (Count)

 

New York Letter Carrier assaulted --finishes route while bleeding

The 69-year-old victim sustained facial and head injuries while covering for a regular carrier who was on vacation. After the worker was assaulted, he continued his shift while bleeding and went to the hospital once his route ended to get stitched up. Authorities Search for Suspect In Alleged Bronx Postal Worker Attack - According to sources, the alleged attacker, who was wearing a ski mask, went through the carrier's pockets and mailbag but didn't find anything of value. U.S. Postal Inspection Service offering $25,000 reward    Comments (Count)

 

Hallmark Channel Announces TV Series About Elite Team of Lost Mail Detectives  - Hallmark under the title 'Dead Letters:' this series follows a quirky quartet of civil servants in the Dead Letter Office of the USPS who transform themselves into an elite team of lost mail detectives.  Comments (Count)

Ask The Experts: Unused sick leave and retirement

The Vanishing Buildings of the USPS

APWU: New Retirees Participate In Union’s First-Ever Telephone Town Hall

Bloomberg Businessweek delivers the bad news to USPS

Newspapers arriving late after shutdown of Topeka sorting center

Santa Rosa neighbors confused by post office's decision to stop home delivery

USPS OIG Audit Project: Patent Review

USPS OIG Blog: Mystery Shoppers: Measuring the Retail Customer Experience

USPS move of  2,584 PO Boxes from Steamboat Springs (CO) substation to downtown will save $100,000 yearly

 

March 25, 2013

After 5 months into FY 2013 USPS reports net loss of $2.5 billion - same time last year $5.7 billion - The US Postal Service filed its fifth month preliminary financial report of the 2013 fiscal year (unaudited) with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) . USPS reported a net operating loss of $838 million for the month of February 2013. Comments (Count)

 

Rep. Connolly's Letter to Editor of Washington Post

I read with dismay the March 20 editorial “Closed on Saturday,” which caricatured my views on U.S. Postal Service reform and, in effect, rendered the judgment that neither the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) nor the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is a “serious analyst” — since each conducted thorough reviews of the proposal to eliminate Saturday mail delivery but did not recommend “curtailing Saturday ­delivery.” Letter: A punishing mandate for the Postal Service Washington Post   Comments (Count)

 

UPS Contract Negotiations Focus on Supervisor Harassment and use of USPS

Hall and Hoffa also put the company on notice that no tentative agreement would be reached with UPS until supervisor harassment is addressed and there is consensus on restrictions on the use of the U.S. Postal Service. And at UPS Freight, there will be no agreement without addressing subcontracting, they said.“We will not tolerate UPS Freight subcontracting our work,” Hall said. “Until this issue is resolved, this contract will not be resolved either.”    Comments (Count)

 

Congressman at keep 6-day delivery rally: This Postmaster General Has Been A Disaster - Sunday is currently the only day U.S. Postal Services have off and what else did about 500 workers on their free day do, but rally to keep Saturday mail delivery. Postal Workers Rally to Save Saturday Mail Service -NALC held a day of action on Sunday, March 24, to mobilize public support for Saturday delivery service. “Our fight is about the cost of losing Saturday mail delivery and how it would affect people in each and every state,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. Video: New York  | Photos: Oregonians for 6-Day DeliveryPostal Workers United | Michigan Illinois | North Carolina | Missouri | California | Colorado| Kentucky | Wisconsin   Comments (Count)

Supercomputing, big data: The postal service's hidden cool factor

Belgian post office releases more than 500K chocolate-flavored stamp

Editorial: Postal Service confusion

Postal Service Cuts Past Red Tape To Save Turtles In Trouble

USPS marks grand opening of 200th Village Post Office

 

March 24, 2013

Senate votes to end mailing discounts for political parties

The Senate approved an amendment to the budget that would require political committees and campaigns to pay the full mailing price. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced the amendment, which passed by voice vote early Saturday morning. His amendment would end non-profit postal discount rates for political committees bringing at least $15 billion in revenue for the U.S. Postal Service each year. Coburn said his amendment was especially important since the U.S. Postal Service is losing more than $40 million a day.  Comments (Count)

 

John Nichols: A constitutional duty to defend Postal Service

No member of Congress who takes seriously their oath to uphold the Constitution can neglect the duty to preserve the U.S. Postal Service. Comments (Count)

 

Hallmark Cards delivers lobbying help to Saturday mail delivery supporters

Greeting card giant Hallmark Cards has registered its own in-house lobbyist as Congress battles over the future of Saturday mail delivery.  Comments (Count)

 

Congress Is Strong-Arming The Postal Service Into Bankruptcy Even Faster

Saturday Mail is Back...And it Will Sink the Postal Service

Saturday Mail Delivery: Safe For Now?

EDITORIAL: Handcuffing the USPS

PRC listed as one of best small federal agencies to work for

Historic La Jolla Post Office headed for closure and sale

Is the Plan to End Saturday Delivery DOA?

Bloomberg Businessweek expands non-postal delivery

 

March 23, 2013

New Orleans Postal Worker Charged With Theft

 

March 22, 2013

Video: Mail carrier shot in Columbus, Mississippi

Bed, Bath and Beyond sued over using zip codes to allegedly send unwanted junk mail

 

March 21, 2013

Coburn and Issa to USPS BOG: Use Your Authority to Proceed with Modified Six-Day Delivery Plans - Senator Tom Coburn, M.D., R-Okla., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote a joint letter today to the United States Postal Service Board of Governors advising them to resist political lobbying and utilize their legal authority to move forward with the modified six-day delivery plan announced on February 6, 2013 Comments (Count)

 

GAO Legal Opinion Refutes Postal Service Claim on Cutting 6-Day Delivery

The claim by the Postmaster General that the U.S. Postal Service has the right to cut its mail delivery schedule from six-to-five days “rests upon a faulty USPS premise” and there is no legislative authority from Congress allowing the change, the Government Accountability Office said today in a legal opinion requested by Congressman Gerald E. Connolly (VA-11). Congress wants Postal Service to keep Saturday delivery   Comments (Count)

 

APWU, USPS Reach Agreement On Non-Traditional Jobs in Finance, Bulk Mail Units The March 12, 2013, settlement stipulates that the number of NTFT duty assignments in Function 5 or Function 7 will be limited to the number of Clerk Craft part-time regulars (PTRs) and part-time flexibles (PTFs) working in those functional areas immediately prior to the date when they were converted to converted to full time, Aug. 27, 2011.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service puts blame on carriers in traffic ticket dispute

The U.S. Postal Service now says it will turn over the names of the mail carriers allegedly caught running red lights and speeding in school zones in suburban Cleveland. “The Postal Service does not intend to pay these fines,” Postal Service spokesman David Van Allen told Yahoo News in an email. “The Postal Service is in the process of providing the issuing authority with the names of the individual drivers driving the vehicles observed in the camera imaged violations so that the tickets may be issued directly to the individual drivers.”  Comments (Count)

 

NALC: Rallies Sunday to Preserve the Postal Service

Mail on fire after Postal Service 18-wheeler crashes along Florida interstate

APWU: Postal Service Protection Act Gains Co-sponsors

Group to rally in Duluth over Postal Service cuts

California: 7 Orange County. post offices to trim hours

Federal agencies abandon the US Postal Service

Like It or Not, the US Postal Service Isn't Going Away Anytime Soon

Delivering for America to rally for Saturday mail service

Study could reroute mail processing out of Columbia

City asks USPS to reconsider move

US Senate gives cold shoulder to five-day mail delivery plan
Parceling out old post offices

 

March 20, 2013

NAPUS: Lawmakers Acknowledge Congress Must Pass Sensible Postal Reform

On Tuesday morning, March 19, NAPUS members gathered in the Capitol Visitor Center auditorium. Director of Government Relations Bob Levi had arranged for five lawmakers to address Postmasters. Closing and consolidating facilities is misguided and undermines our history and standards of excellence,” he said. Grimm deemed the USPS indispensible—its dedication and level of service are unrivaled. And despite the Internet, the Postal Service still needs its brick-and-mortar presence.   Comments (Count)

 

APWU Fights USPS Abuse of PSEs in Small Offices

The Postal Service is abusing Postal Support Employees in small offices and systematically violating contractual restrictions governing PSEs, Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk has declared.   “And we intend to do something about it Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service Agrees to Meeting on Chelsea, NY Post Office Sale After Outcry

Chelsea residents will get to have their say on the sale of a local post office, after fears that the Postal Service would move forward on a plan to sell it without any public input. "While this meeting is technically open to the public, Borough President Stringer, my other colleagues and I have conveyed to USPS that this in no way meets the definition of a well-publicized public meeting and by itself is unacceptable," State Sen. Brad Hoylman wrote...The USPS originally revealed plans to sell Old Chelsea Station via a densely worded notice at the post office's entrance, without informing elected officials.   Comments (Count)

 

How Federal Workers Became the New Welfare Queens

The House Oversight Committee today signed off on a bill that would lead to the termination of any federal employee delinquent on federal taxes. With just the right amount of loopholes, the bill hits a conservative sweet spot: perceived abuse by government employees, the new "welfare queens." Introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the bill, H. R. 249, would require termination of any federal employee against whom the IRS has filed a lien.It applies, in short, to postal workers, employees of any executive branch agency, or any employee of the legislative branch. An almost identical bill passed the House last year, but died in the Senate. House Committee Approves a Pair of Bills Targeting Federal Tax Cheats   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Agencies Diversify to Fight Volume Decline

Research finds USPS, four other postal agencies saddled with large legacy costs USPS Ranks Last Among Postal Services Worldwide, Report Finds  Comments (Count)

USPS Delivered a Record Share of FedEx Ground Shipments

Between December 2012 and February 2013, the U.S. Postal Service delivered a record 35.6% of all FedEx Ground shipments.  The Postal Service delivery was provided as part of the FedEx SmartPost product which experienced a 26.4% growth in shipping volume during FedEx’s 3rd fiscal quarter that ran between December, 2012 and February, 2013. The following chart illustrates the growth in Postal Service delivered shipments as a share of FedEx Ground shipments. The Postal Service share of FedEx Ground deliveries has steadily grown over the past five years.  Comments (Count)

 

Congressman Rahall Meets with West Virginia Postmasters

Pennsylvania Acting Postmaster Charged with Misappropriating Funds, Stealing from Mail

The Post Office's biggest problem? Congress

 

March 19, 2013

Postal Service reform finds new life on Capitol Hill

The chance for major Postal Service reform may have some traction in Congress again. While issues like pre-funding future retirees' health care benefits and stopping Saturday delivery continue to stir debate, House leadership sees room for compromise and cooperation. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), the new chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census, said the problems plaguing the Postal Service exist outside of core party values. .Farenthold would also like to see curbside delivery and "cluster mailboxes" considered to improve delivery efficiency. Farenthold said if all the mailboxes for a neighborhood were in a single location, it would cut down on travel time for postal workers  Comments (Count)

 

NAPUS’ Message to Congress: ‘Get Out of the Way and Let Us Serve the Public’

Postal Cuts Hit Rural Illinois

Postal Service seeks to cut jobs at Columbia's processing center

Quad/Graphics and U.S. Postal Service Redefine the Digital Mail Experience

USPS Considers Change of Address For Three Manhattan, NY Stations

Postal Service looks to close five large New York City Post Offices

A day in the life of a U.S. Postal Service worker

APWU: PTF Hub Clerk Volunteers Will Receive Pay for Travel, Mileage

Video: Rally to save the postal service in Portland, Oregon

Don't Blame the Internet for the Post Office Blues

USPS Mail Recovery Center (MRC) auctions to go online

 

March 18, 2013

USPS's Options: a $14B Annual Loss or a $2B Annual Profit

DM News- U.S. Postal Service (USPS) CFO and EVP Joseph Corbett laid out the harrowing financial stakes the agency faces now and in the coming years during the “Financial Update” panel at the National Postal Forum (NPF) in San Francisco. Essentially, he said, if the USPS is given by Congress the autonomy it needs to adapt its five-year financial plan in full, the agency will make a “modest profit” of $2 billion per year over the next five years, paying its debt down by 2017. If the status quo remains, the USPS will lose $14 billion per year over the next five years.   Comments (Count)

 

Democrats press Postal Service on delivery savings

Two Democrats on Capitol Hill are blasting the U.S. Postal Service for pressing ahead with a plan to limit Saturday delivery without turning over figures on how much their plan would save.Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) say they have yet to receive savings estimates from the Postal Service, even though they asked the Postmaster General and the Postal Regulatory Commission more than six weeks ago. Lawmakers: USPS won't explain five day delivery savings claims | McCain criticizes CR for prohibiting Postal Service from switching to 5-day service    Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postal Workers Protest cuts in Saturday mail service, jobs at National Postal Forum Demonstrators gathered outside the National Postal Forum convention at Moscone Center in San Francisco Monday to protest a cut in Saturday mail service and a loss of jobs.   Comments (Count)

 

APWU Withdraws Subcontracting Lawsuit

The APWU has withdrawn a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Postal Service from subcontracting all Postal Vehicle Service routes in California until after the union’s grievance on the matter could be heard in arbitration. In response to the suit, the USPS agreed to postpone the subcontracting until after arbitration, which the union won.  Comments (Count)

 

Postmaster General Says Technology is Making Mail More Powerful

Technology and changing consumer expectations are helping to transform mail into an even more powerful communications channel, Postmaster General and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe told the nation’s largest annual gathering of mailing industry leaders today. PMG’s remarks to the National Postal Forum   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Vermont’s congressional delegation attend rally to support USPS

U.S. Postal Service plans to suspend Saturday delivery to cut mounting debt drew opposition from Vermont’s congressional delegation at a rally in South Burlington on Sunday. Comments (Count)

 

Think Tank sponsored by Pitney Bowes Has No credibility in its report

Burrus Journal- This report has no credibility and should not be taken seriously in addressing the changes occurring in the communications industry and postal finances. One can expect that legislators who do not believe in public service will quote liberally from this report as justification to deny positive reform that will sustain the Postal Service in a changing environment.  But the authors of the report have no credibility and their product should be discarded to the bins of irrelevancy.     Comments (Count)

 

Friends, coworkers mourn mail carrier side-swiped, killed

Postal workers ignore cold, protest closing of Martinsburg processing plant

Updated APWU Constitution Posted

2012 APWU Convention Transcript Now Available

Congressional Staffers Provide Insight into Current Postal Reform

Prefunding care is real postal cost - By Fredric Rolando

US Rep. Lynch pushes bill to aid US Postal Service

 

March 17, 2013

Missouri Postmaster seeking employees for five-day delivery system

The Independence Main Post Office in Missouri  is looking to hire an additional nine employees to set up a flexible staffing model for a five-day delivery system and a six-day delivery system of packages.  Comments (Count)

 

First Person Singular: Gregory Campbell, deputy chief inspector, U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Postal Service looking for workers in New Mexico

Postal pied piper bids residents on route adieu

 

March 16, 2013

Update: Congress will not vote on Senator Coburn’s Amendment To CR Striking Language for 6-day Delivery - Corker Strongly Disappointed Congress May Miss Opportunity to Give Flexibility to Postal Service & Save Taxpayer Money - Congress drags its feet on halting Saturday mail delivery – The Washington Post

Saturday Postal Pullback in Limbo - Congress Poised to Continue Six-Day Service Mandate, but Some Senators Look to Allow for Leeway" Congress will be hamstringing the Postal Service, hastening its demise and probably adding additional financial burdens to U.S. taxpayers" if it requires six-day-a-week service, said Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.). Mr. Corker, along with Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), has offered an amendment to drop the six-day service requirement. Senator Coburn Attaches Amendment to Bill Striking Requirement for 6-Day Delivery -  In February Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and  Tom Coburn M.D., R-Okla., sent a letter  to leaders of both chambers of Congress supporting the USPS modifying Saturday mail delivery. On March 13th, Coburn offered Amendment 68: "This amendment would strike the rider in the bill that requires 6-day mail delivery, thus allows the Postal Service to manage their own operation accordingly.  Comments (Count)

 

 If You Want Voters, Time to Try Mail-Only

Feds: Defendant in Postal Killings Planned Escape

Run For Congress Could Cost Postal Employee His Job

Pitney Bowes funds a study to privatize the Postal Service, could make billions off the plan

The postal union dilemma: Shrink to survive or corporatize

Postal Service Files Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Postal Petitioning Case

 

March 15, 2013

Will email kill the postal system?

Postal truck strikes vehicle for developmentally disabled in Bernardsville

New Mexico postal unit contractor pleads guilty to cashing checks payable to USPS

Post office backs away from curbside edict

USPS Finalizes Decision to Relocate Beverly Hills Post Office

 

March 14, 2013

Senate Mulls a Showdown on Saturday Mail Delivery

New York Times - Senate Measure Would Protect 6-Day Mail Service - A power struggle over the post office is growing, with the Senate considering a move to block a plan to end Saturday deliveries, even as the agency presses ahead. A provision to keep Saturday deliveries, being considered as part of a Senate budget resolution, is similar to legislation that the House passed last week, but it is unclear what Congress can do to compel the Postal Service to continue delivering mail six days a week. Several Congressional aides who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the Postal Service’s decision would make it difficult for the agency to get the changes it wants when Congress begins work on post office legislation later this year.   Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service Urged to Weigh Contracting Most Operations

The U.S. Postal Service should consider keeping door-to-door delivery while privatizing the rest of its operations, a panel led by former Government Accountability Office head David Walker found. The Postal Service, which lost $15.9 billion last year and maxed out its $15 billion debt limit, should consider expanding partnerships with the private sector, a report released today by a a National Academy of Public Administration panel said. The post office already partners with companies including FedEx Corp. and United Parcel Service Inc. Postal Experts Grateful for Review of Hybrid Public-Private Postal Concept  Comments (Count)

 

NPMHU To Join With NALC On March 24

 As outlined on its national web site, the National Association of Letter Carriers is coordinating a national day of action on March 24, 2013 to raise public awareness and to rally support to keep Saturday mail delivery.Comments (Count)

 

TSP Officials urging Federal Employees to avoid free iPhone app

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) officials are urging federal employees to steer clear of a new third-party application that may be phishing for personal information about their TSP government retirement accounts. .  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Ending The Postal Route

As the attack on the postal service and its workers is continuing B Media Collective catches up with some letter carriers see what they think.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS General Counsel Mary Anne Gibbons to retire

A member of the Executive Leadership Team, Gibbons joined USPS in 1985 as a labor law attorney. She was named to lead the Postal Service’s Law Department in 1999, making her the longest-serving USPS general counsel.  Comments (Count)

 

USPS suspends mail service to Syria

New Hampshire mail theft case connected to ID thefts

How do you feel about your post office?

2 Pit Bulls Attack Four People in Sioux Falls, Including a Postal Carrier

Moultrie: Postmaster says mail delays are temporary

Postal Inspection Service To Hold Shred Day Mach 16

Postal Worker injured in car accident in Waterford

Postal Service wants change in mail delivery for North Huntingdon developments

Snowball scofflaws take aim at post office again

 

March 13, 2013

Video: Retired Colorado Letter Carrier fights to prove he’s not dead to receive pension

 Jim Clarkson has spent the last six weeks trying to prove to Washington D.C. based bureaucrats he’s not dead. The 75-year-old’s deceased status caused him to lose his pension and some of his medical benefits. “I haven’t received the January, February or the March [pensions],” Clarkson said. “That’s three months pension that I haven’t received.”  Comments (Count)

 

Are Higher Postal Rates in Your Future?

DM News - Marketers should not be surprised at being hit with sharp increases in postal rates if Congress, postal unions, and regulators cannot agree on a self-sustaining survival plan for the USPS. The heads-up was delivered to DMA members yesterday by PRC general counsel Steven Sharfman. “It could be coming within the next 12 to 18 months,” Sharfman warned. “It's just that no one talks about it.” Sharfman foresees little urgency on the part of Congress to address postal reform legislation barring a major crisis, such as the USPS being unable to meet its payroll. His assessment is that the USPS can continue operations with funds on hand for another 12 months before any drastic action is taken—such as an unplanned rate increase.   Comments (Count)

 

Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, USPS reach agreement on pricing of worksharing discounts

The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers (ANM) has notified the Commission that ANM and the Postal Service have reached an agreement on standards for governing the relative pricing of worksharing discounts for nonprofit versus commercial Standard Mail in future cases.  Comments (Count)

Video: USPS, Congress debate Saturday mail delivery

USPS, Congress are squaring off over the plan to halt Saturday mail delivery  Comments (Count)

 

APWU: PSEs Have Rights When Issued Discipline

The APWU and USPS have reached an agreement that clarifies the rights of Postal Support Employees (PSEs) when discipline is issued, Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris has announced. In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), management has the right to discipline or remove PSEs for “just cause,” and PSEs have the right to file grievances protesting such discipline Comments (Count)

 

What are the USPS and CBRE up to? The case of the historic structure report on the Berkeley Post Office - Save The Post Office - The fire sale of the country’s post offices seems to be picking up speed. Whatever happens, one thing seems clear enough. Mr. [Richard] Blum [Sen. Feinstein's husband] is a master of disaster capitalism. Not only has he managed to make money off the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, he's also taken advantage of crises here at home. In 2009, CBRE secured a contract from the California Department of General Services to sell off $2 billion in office buildings the state wanted to privatize to help pay off its massive debt. (Fortunately, that deal was soon scuttled.) Now with the Postal Service in financial trouble, Mr. Blum is profiting off the privatization of the country's post offices. And that's how he'll be remembered in the history books about what happened to the United States Postal Service. Comments (Count)

 

Letter To The Editor: Sorting through postal service's routing fiasco

The announcement that the U.S. Postal "Service" is moving mail-sorting operations from Bakersfield to Santa Clarita comes as no surprise to those of us in eastern Kern. Each time we were told that our service would somehow "improve," and each time it went further downhill. I occasionally buy hobby items I can't find locally from a business in Baltimore. Tracking these parcels reveals that it usually takes them one day to cross the entire country, and up to three days to get from Santa Clarita to Mojave! Chicago still struggles to get overnight mail delivered   Comments (Count)

 

Denver Post Office to Hire 100+ Letter Carrier Assistants

Bravery under fire: New Hampshire supervisor saves man from burning vehicle

Anger, confusion over delay in delivery of Bellmawr sample ballots

Ricoh to Showcase Postal Optimization and Compliance Solutions at National Postal Forum 2013

Tales Of American Political History: The Birth Of The Postal Service

Ohio window clerk pleads no contest in USPS theft case
What is really killing the postal service?

Mailing a letter from Dallas' main post office just got a little more complicated

Maine: Man arrested after allegedly threatening to shoot up post office after flap over package

 

March 12, 2013

Postal workers protest “artificial” budget crisis at USPS

- Addressing federal workers today, the president of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Jeanette Dwyer, described the $16bn-a-year losses at USPS as an “artificially-constructed budget crisis”. She said 80% of the Postal Service losses since 2006 were caused by Congress requiring (in 2006) it to pre-fund 75 years worth of retiree benefits within a 10-year period. Allowing a more flexible payment schedule would bring it “back from the brink of destruction”, she suggested. Dwyer described calls for USPS to modernise, and warnings about the impact of Internet communications on US mail, as “ill-informed”, and criticised service cutbacks."  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Unions Agitate to Keep Delivering the Mail on Time and on Saturday

Labor Notes -The National Association of Letter Carriers is calling for a national day of action March 24 to save six-day delivery. Hundreds of actions, in every state, are being organized to persuade Congress, which must vote by March 27, to keep Saturday delivery. Find out here about events in your area.   Comments (Count)

 

PBS to Highlight 'Barefoot Mailman' Murals at West Palm Beach Post Office

Mourning the loss of 6-day delivery

USPS OIG: Should the USPS charge a set-up fee for new addresses?

Longtime Kirkland mail carrier retires, neighbors celebrate his 36 years

Postal Facility in SW Philadelphia Holds Anthrax Drill

Newbury Park post office relocation to save $139,000

New Hampshire mailman who allowed children to play in truck pleads guilty to assault charge
Explainer: How the USPS Closed Town and Country's Post Office Without Full Approval

Rep. Owens supports continuing Saturday mail deliveries

Mayor Asks Other Cities to Join Save-the-Post-Office Campaign

 

March 11, 2013

Rep. Lynch Introduces Postal Stabilization Act

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) introduced the Postal Service Stabilization Act (H.R. 961) on March 5, a measure that would enhance the financial viability of the USPS. The bill would require the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to recalculate the Postal Service’s pension liabilities to the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) using postal-specific salary and demographic assumptions. APWU Urges Lawmakers to Support Postal Service Protection Act   Comments (Count)

Newspaper industry to lobby to retain Saturday mail delivery

 Members of Congress are going to be hearing a lot from newspapers this week — not via their editorial pages but in person. There’s only one topic on the agenda: the U.S. Postal Service and its stated plans to eliminate many kinds of Saturday mail delivery later this year. The National Newspaper Association is coordinating the lobbying effort that will involve newspaper representatives from across the nation, including those in Nebraska like the Daily News. “It’s a business decision for us just like it’s a business decision for them (the postal service ” said Max Health, a postal consultant for the Publishing Group of America. “It’s not over until it’s over.” Issa says new USPS delivery schedule can go ahead   Comments (Count)),

 

Postal Workforce is Both Shrinking and Growing

Dead Tree Edition - The U.S. Postal Service added more than 4,000 jobs in February, but the postal workforce is actually shrinking. USPS’s payroll had 607,600 people in February, up 4,600 from January, according to data released by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. The Postal Service reports that it had 468,000 full-time employees in late February, a decline of almost 35,000 (7%) in one year. Half of the loss occurred after Jan. 1, spurred by early-retirement incentives for APWU-represented employees  Comments (Count)

 

Video: After Mail Center Closure Many Postal Workers May Be Relocated 85 Miles Away - the Bakersfield American Postal Workers Union met to discuss plans to keep the local plant open.  At risk are 200 sorting facility jobs and 55 clerk positions in Bakersfield.  Comments (Count)

 

Judge Refuses to Stay Long-Running Suit That Claims Postal Inspectors Misconduct  - Legal Times -Over the objection of the U.S. Justice Department, a federal trial judge in Washington has refused to put on hold a long-running dispute in which a businessman claims the government prosecuted him in retaliation for public remarks about the U.S. Postal Service.The businessman, William Moore, filed suit in 1991 following the government's unsuccessful prosecution of him on charges he participated in a fraud conspiracy regarding Postal Service contracts for mail-scanning equipment. Moore's civil complaint alleges, among other things, a First Amendment retaliatory prosecution claim. Moore's case has dragged on for years in part over a spat about whether a group of Postal Service inspectors are entitled to qualified immunity. Comments (Count)

USPS announces Stamps Now Pilot Program for large mailers

NALC TV commercial: “We the people”

March 24: A day to defend postal jobs

USPS Conducting Audit of CFS Consolidations

USPS responds to mail delays

David M. Abromowitz: A Post Office for the 21st Century: Universal High-Speed Broadband

Florida: Man shot and killed at Jacksonville post office

 

March 10, 2013

Residents vote on proposed reduction in window hours for Mullinville Post Office

 

March 09, 2013

Republicans: Postal Service has green light to end Saturday mail delivery

The Hill - The GOP's interpretation of language in a bill funding the government could set up a showdown with Senate Democrats. House Republican leaders believe the Postal Service has a green light to implement its reduction in Saturday service, even though a House-passed spending bill contains a provision requiring six-day delivery. “USPS has the authority to implement the modified Saturday delivery plan under current law and retains that authority if this provision were to be continued in its current form,” said Ali Ahmad, a spokesman for Issa, The provision is “vague,” Ahmad said, and the Postal Service is not eliminating a day of day of service but rather “altering what products are delivered on that day.”  Video: Issa on 3-6-2013-USPS has the authority.  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Caring California Letter Carrier gets $500 from co-worker via TV show

Kevin Wonten wanted to pay it forward to his long-time friend Frank Betancourt. Both men are veteran letter carriers with the United State Postal Service.   Comments (Count)

 

Former Minnesota postal worker pleads guilty to mail theft

Mailman saves mail during Jeep fire

 

March 08, 2013

Postal Employees Staffing Levels Increase... For Management

The complaints about USPS having "too many supervisors who supervise the supervision of supervisors" is nothing new. But the USPS's recent downsizing efforts have focused too heavily on unionized employees and not enough on USPS Headquarters Staffing who never "touch the mail".  
Is Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe Dooming the USPS?  Comments (Count)

 

NAPUS: POStPlan Implementation Update

  A 6-hour office will have a career Part-Time Postmaster – PTPM.  The replacement for non-scheduled days and other absences in these offices is a Postal Support Employee – PSE.   If a 6-hour office that is implemented into the POStPlan had a PMR as the ‘back-fill’ employee prior to implementation, they must:    Comments (Count)

 

Duluth, MN postal center gets reprieve until 2014

U.S. Postal Service officials have told workers at the Duluth mail-processing center that their jobs are safe at least until February 2014, ending concerns that it could close as early as July. A union official confirmed Friday that the Lincoln Park center, which had been on the chopping block for closure as early as this summer, will remain open with its roughly 110 employees staying on the job. USPS speeds up closures at Bakersfield P & DC| Colorado: Postal Service's Sundance location appears poised to shut down| Wisconsin: Union: Postal processing center to close soon  Comments (Count)

 

California Members Of Congress Reintroduce La Jolla Post Office Bill

This bill will allow communities like La Jolla to purchase their post office building, so that they can keep the post office services they enjoy or decide who occupies the space. Updated: Peters reintroduces bill ; supports pre-funding retiree health benefits Comments (Count)

 

 

OSHA Cites Maine, Michigan Facilities For Unsafe Working Conditions

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a citation to the Postal Service for unsafe working conditions at its Scarborough ME facility and fined the agency $27,500 on Feb. 1.   Comments (Count)

 

USPS wants to contact postal retirees to make them aware of content on "Keeping Posted" website - "The Postal Service wants to contact postal retirees to make them aware they can find on the Keeping Posted Web site up-to-date news and information about the organization, messages to retirees from the Postmaster General, as well as continuing federal retiree benefit information."  Comments (Count)

 

Post Office Buildings With Character, and Maybe a Sale Price

Preservationists Fight Postal Service Over Sales - “Unless the U.S. Postal Service establishes a clear, consistent process that follows federal preservation law when considering disposal of these buildings, a significant part of the nation’s architectural heritage will be at risk,” the trust said in a citation that placed historic post offices on its most endangered list. Legacy for Sale: Historic Post Offices on the Market  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Family says postal carrier sprayed 7-year-old girl with mace

Carrier tells police a different story - It all started when the 7-year-old  walked outside to get the mail. She didn't realize that her 8-month-old teacup Chihuahua/pug mix was right behind her. Comments (Count)

 

Federal Disability Retirement for the Federal and Postal Worker: Beyond being unable to perform useful and efficient service by Attorney Robert McGill - Federal Disability Retirement is a compensatory benefit available for all Federal and Postal employees under FERS or CSRS, who have a minimum of 18 months of Federal Service under FERS, or five (5) years of Federal Service under CSRS.  It is not a benefit which is widely advertised, and indeed, it is surprising how so many people believe it to be identical to Social Security Disability benefits.  Beyond a lack of knowing about the benefit itself, however, is the problem of understanding the legal criteria necessary to become eligible for Federal Disability Retirement benefits Comments (Count)

Do We Really Want to Live Without the Post Office?

Feds Seek Death Penalty in Tenn. Postal Shootings

Video: Alert California Letter Carrier Saves Elderly Woman’s Life

Deer Forever Stamped Postcard On Sale Starting Today

Postal Service attempting to fill 50 carrier positions in Buffalo and Rochester NY

Accomplice of thieving California postal worker takes deal

 

March 07, 2013

Update: Mailman allegedly offered foot massage to Trenton woman

The woman in the YouTube video that shows a U.S. postal worker in Trenton inviting her into his mail carrier van told The Trentonian he allegedly offered her money to let him rub her feet. “He said he had a lot of money and that I was beautiful,” the woman who declined to give her name said. “He said he wanted to see my feet and touch them.” Resident posts video of letter carrier and woman in back of postal vehicle -It’s unclear what exactly a local postal worker was doing in the back of a van with a woman who walked up to his van on Saturday, but it’s almost certainly not postal service work.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Postmaster General on Plan to Save USPS

USPS Savings Plan Not Enough: Patrick Donahoe, Postmaster General & CEO of the U.S. Postal Service, explains why he is urging prompt action from Congress to allow the agency to halt Saturday mail delivery  Comments (Count)

 

Lawmakers Propose Lower Cap on USPS Executive Pay

A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers has proposed a bill to lower the maximum compensation for U.S. Postal Service executives. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., authored the bill, which would reduce maximum pay to level II of the Executive Schedule, or $178,700. Currently, the maximum salary for Postal Service employees is level I -- or $199,700 -- the amount Cabinet-level secretaries earn.  Comments (Count)

 

Florida letter carrier dies after being hit by car

The letter carrier, who was not wearing his seatbelt, fell out of the open driver's side door, and the vehicle rolled on top of him, according to deputies Comments (Count)

 

USPS Facility Closures in 2013

The USPS has proposed closing a large number of processing facilities in an effort to cut costs and optimize their processing network to more closely align with the decreased volumes of mail.    Comments (Count)

 

More Than One Thousand 6-Hour Postmaster Vacancies Posted from March 5-20, 2013 - NAPUS: More than 1,000 career 6-Hour Postmaster vacancies have been posted, with first consideration being given to all career EAS postmasters, including A-E (EPM 51-55) postmasters.  Comments (Count)

Berkeley Councilman Proposes Email Tax To Fund Postal Service

Postal plant shutdown in Kentucky accelerated

Postal Service reverses mail policy in Picacho Hills

Brush with history: Postal mural delivered to town offices

Casual dress is the norm for many postal workers

USPS Dedicates Modern Art in America, 1913 — 1931 Forever Stamps

How The Dresher Post Office Closed Without Full Approval

Post Office moving Atlanta unclaimed mail auction online

 

March 06, 2013

Continuing Resolution Muddies USPS Plan to End Saturday Delivery

 “USPS has the authority to implement the modified Saturday delivery plan under current law and retains that authority if this provision were to be continued in its current form,” said Ali Ahmad, an Issa spokesman. Ahmad added that the planned change is not without precedent, as it is similar to other adjustments made to Saturday delivery since 1983, such as rate hikes and product changes. Video: Issa on 3-6-2013-USPS has the authority. A spokesman for the Postal Service did not directly state whether his agency shares Issa’s view, but said the Postal Service will not defy Congress.

 

House delivers rebuff to Postal Service plan for ending Saturday mail delivery Even though the U.S. Postal Service isn’t even mentioned in the stop-gap spending bill approved by the House this afternoon, the measure deals a blow to the agency’s hope of ending Saturday mail delivery this summer. For about 30 years, Congress has used annual appropriations bills to continue a ban on any reduction in mail. Senator Corker: Congress Needs to Stop Hamstringing the Postal Service U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., made the following statement today in reaction to reports that the House has added legislative language to the “CR” (continuing resolution spending bill to fund government) that would force the Postal Service to continue six-day delivery. Six-Day Mail Delivery Must Continue, House Says – NYTimes  Comments (Count)

 

Is Same-day Delivery Really Possible Nationwide

Postal employees accused of stealing mail

Paper greeting cards are better to get than digital correspondence

Man injured after crash with Postal Service semi in Brookfield

Virginia town welcomes two Village Post Offices (VPOs)

USPS launches pilot program for easier international mailing

 

March 05, 2013

Landmark Arbitration Award Reshapes California PVS Subcontracting

Arbitrator Goldberg rejected the USPS assertion that the Postal Service can overlook higher subcontracting costs when making outsourcing decisions. APWU Wins Motor Vehicle Subcontracting Case - The APWU has won an important arbitration case on subcontracting in the Motor Vehicle Craft that has important implications for the entire APWU, Motor Vehicle Craft Director Bob Pritchard announced on March 5.   Comments (Count)

 

Upsurge in February retirements causes backlog to balloon--Will It Affect Postal Retirees? The 20,374 retirement claims filed by federal employees in February is more than the number of claims filed in October, November and December of last year combined. OPM expected to receive 5,600 claims last month  Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service Spends Thousands On Cheesy Video Invitations

The Postal Service is hosting a reception with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe on March 18 at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco  Comments (Count)

 

House spending bill requires Saturday mail delivery

 The Hill - The new House GOP spending bill directs the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail six days a week, against the wishes of the nation’s postmaster general.A House Appropriations aide confirmed that the spending measure, which would fund the rest of fiscal 2013 and avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month, mandated that USPS continue six-day delivery. Congress has used the appropriations process to force USPS, which has lost billions of dollars in recent years, to continue Saturday delivery for roughly three decades.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: Rep. Schiff Discusses Postal Service Reform on MSNBC

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) discussed why they have set up the Postal Service to fail — so they can cherry-pick the profitable parts of the system. It’s all part of the attack on government. Comments (Count)

 

Postal Service ‘welcome kit’ raises questions

Washington Times - The White House has secretly questioned the U.S. Postal Service about whether its change of address “welcome kit” program used by tens of millions of Americans violates the federal Privacy Act. Despite telling The Washington Times that it had no such records, the White House Office of Management and Budget made inquiries into the Postal Service’s MoversSource program, which is managed under a 10-year, exclusive contract with Pitney Bowes Inc. subsidiary Imagitas, according to internal emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.  Comments (Count)

 

Marylanders support ending Saturday mail, but racial and regional divisions lurk.

Ex-postal worker gets two years in theft of credit card info

Van Strikes Postal Worker in New Canaan

Romeo postal worker charged with mail theft

Survey: E-tailers embrace same-day delivery, but U.S. shoppers shrug

Avondale Estates Beats Postal Service in Mailbox Battle
Let’s not go postal

 

March 04, 2013

How the Postal Service Is Being Gutted

Motley Fool - The simple truth is that the postal service is a fundamentally sound business, though not without its challenges. If you look closely, you'll see a concerted campaign to drive USPS out of business, despite the fact that it operates without government subsidies and, potentially, at a profit. It's being subjected to a politically manufactured crisis in order to ram through drastic change. But without the USPS, citizens will face much higher costs without better service. Below, I outline three common misconceptions about the USPS and explain why they're misleading. Comments (Count)

 

Mail Models: How letter carriers might save your grandma

Straightforwardly, a 17 percent reduction in the number of visits letter carriers make could lead to a 17 percent reduction in the number of lives they save, or about fifty-five deaths a year.For Pam Donato, it’s more than a numbers game. Because most people are off work and school on Saturday, she says, it’s the day when letter carriers are most likely to see and talk with the residents on their route. “I fear that not being there on Saturday will distance the family and household from us—they won’t see us,” Donato said. “If they don’t see us, and we don’t see them, we have lost the magical connection of one human being in the air space of another.”  Comments (Count)

 

Video: Say "Hello" to your letter carrier -- while you still can

Now, some in Congress advocate shutting local post offices and eliminating Saturday and door-to-door delivery. They would rather cut YOUR services than fix the problem Congress created. Dismantling the Postal Service is not the way to save it. Tell Congress: Don't cut Saturday mail. Deliver real reform.  Comments (Count)

 

Newspaper industry makes legal case against Valassis discount postal deal

The postage discount deal the U.S. Postal Service struck with the big direct mailer Valassis should not have been approved by regulators, the National Newspaper Association (NNA) argues in a brief filed March 4 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In a joint filing with ValPak Direct Marketing Systems and the Cox Enterprises-owned unit’s dealer association, NNA argues the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) failed to exercise its responsibility to “protect against unreasonable harm to the marketplace” and ignored the threat the deal poses for small businesses—including more than 200 small businesses. “The Postal Service has seriously diminished newspapers’ trust by initiating this special deal with one single company,” Baranczyk said     Comments (Count)

 

CT: Postal Service Considers Derby-Shelton Consolidation

Truck Dumps Mail All Over Philly area Roadway

USPS Parcel Post Changes Could Be Costly for Online Sellers

 

March 03, 2013

Bailout BS: Darrell Issa’s Misinformation Campaign about the Postal Retirement Funds  Issa’s taxpayer-funded website has things backwards.  It’s not that taxpayers may need to bail out the Postal Service.  Rather, the Postal Service, its workers, and its ratepayers have been bailing out the government for decades.  Now postal employees and customers are being repaid — with cuts to the workforce and cuts to service.  And that's no myth. Saving the Postal Service   Comments (Count)

 

Why are environmentally conscious senators fighting for junk mail?

Saturday without mail may affect votes

March 02, 2013

Cash-strapped postal service faces economic fallout from sequester

The Hill - Because USPS does not receive taxpayer dollars to fund its operations, the agency’s budget will not take the 9 percent hit that the sequester would take out of non-defense discretionary programs. But the Postal Service could still see its bottom line hurt if the automatic cuts prove to be a drag on the economy — as both the White House and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) project.   Comments (Count)

 

Video: USPS problems go back to 2006 law

In 2006, the Postal Service wasn’t in debt. It was making money and handling a record amount of mail. Some progressive reports have tried to make out the funding requirement as a poisoned pill pushed by small government Republicans intended on bankrupting the Postal Service, but two of the three co-sponsors were Democrats, including Henry Waxman of Los Angeles.  Comments (Count)

 

Schenectady man dead after Postal Service tractor trailer crash

Managing mail where there’s no street addresses
Congress has Munchausen by Proxy
Dismantling America’s Post Offices

 

March 01, 2013

GOP Sequester Alternative Targets Federal Pay, Benefits

A Republican lawmaker will propose an alternative to sequestration Thursday, putting off the across-the-board spending cuts with a plan that targets federal employees’ pay and benefits. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., drafted the bill -- the 2013 Sequester Replacement and Spending Reduction Act -- which includes provisions to extend the federal pay freeze through 2014 and increase current employees’ pension contributions by 2.3 percent over three years.   Comments (Count)

 

Editorial: Wait a second Mr. Postman: More than a Saturday problem

Casper Star-Tribune - It seems like Congress has done everything it can to ensure the postal service's failure. It has set a financial burden on it that no private-sector business would employ. And the losses the service continues to sustain, are -- in part -- accounting tricks.  Comments (Count)

 

Hamilton, NJ postal workers honored for saving life of supervisor

Wynn Mallard Jr. and Terrance Lyman were all smiles yesterday as their colleagues at the U.S. Postal Service facility on Route 130 and assorted dignitaries honored them for their heroic actions on an afternoon five months ago. But the crowd was assembled to recall a desperate scene: a coworker face-down and unresponsive, safety training put in action, 10 long minutes of CPR, and finally the arrival of emergency personnel. Video: Life-saving heroes honored by fellow postal workers   Comments (Count)

 

APWU: Support the Postal Service Protection Act

APWU President Cliff Guffey is urging postal employees to ask their U.S. senators and representative to support the Postal Service Protection Act." This legislation would go a long way toward solving the Postal Service’s financial crisis. It would make many of the planned cutbacks in service unnecessary, give postal employees a greater sense of security, and give the American people a Postal Service they can count on for the future..  Comments (Count)