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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


Canadian Lottery Scheme Using Fake USPS Checks


APWU Questions and Answers on USPS Shared Services


Court To USPS: Retire Not Fire Postal Veteran With PTSD


Bogus USPS Early Out / Buyout Letter Making The Rounds


PMG Potter and USPS Executives Focus On 2008


USPS Threatening To Discipline Employees Over Failure to Pay Local Tax ??


Postal Worker Gets 2 Years for Stealing Over $400,000 In Money Orders


USPS Seeking Info On Automatic Vending Machine Manufacturing


Veterans Preference and the U.S. Postal Service


Supreme Court to Hear Postal Worker’s Retaliation Case


USPS Reports $5.4 Billion Deficit for FY 2007


Appeals Court Overturns Postal Worker’s Conviction for Theft


Fired Postal Worker Featured in Push to Expand Reservist Job Rights


USPS Workforce Size and Employment Categories, 1986-2006


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


Letter Carriers Ratify New 5-Year Contract


USPS Offering Cash Prizes in Automated Postal Center Sweepstakes


Postal Inspectors Sue USPS for Overtime Pay


APWU Questions USPS Medical Documentation Requirement for Absences of 3 Days or Less  


Arbitrator Awards $50,000 for Postal Inspectors Misconduct


USPS, Postmasters Reach Agreement on Pay Package


Notice: USPS Revised Rule for Conduct on Postal Property


Mail Handlers Awarded $13.8 Million for Casuals Violation


Company Tests Popcorn Vending Machine at NJ Postal Facility


"Kelly Girl" Arbitration Award to Cost USPS Nearly $20 Million


USPS BOG Chairman Gets Blue-Collar Name Tag


Postal Supervisor Fired For Rewarding Employees Non-Worked OT Loses Appeal


Court Excludes AMS Specialist Position From APWU Bargaining Unit


Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Strategy


USPS: Boston District's New Mystery Shopper Board Game


USPS Performance Scores at Record Levels


USPS Seeks Private Companies For New Priority Mail Care Package Program


Former USPS Contractor Nabbed in NJ Postmasters Scheme


Postal Employees Cry Foul Over Alleged USPS Privacy Violations


Photo: Semi-Automated Postal Robotic Delivery Vehicle


USPS Deployment of Automated Postal Centers Put On Hold


USPS Seeks Vendors for Postal Package Processing System


Video: USPS Infomercial


Postal Supervisor’s Retaliation Lawsuit Dismissed


Video: NALC Branch #709: Reno Picket Against Contracting Out


New CSRS, FERS Retirement System Goes Online in 2008


NALC, NRLCA Presidents Debunk PMG Letter Justifying Contracting Out Mail Delivery


PMG: USPS Strongly Opposes the 'Mail Delivery and Protection Act'


Photo: Postal Window Clerk and A Very Strange Mail Package


OSHA partnership helps reduce ergonomic injuries at USPS


USPS Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire Website Launched


Court Affirms Enforcement of Unfair Labor Charges Against USPS


Senator Collins Introduces Postal Resolution Reaffirming Protections of Sealed Mail


NAPUS: Is Mail Service at Risk?


USPS Awards Contract to Protect Employee Personnel Records


NALC Young: It’s time to stop the ‘run amok’ OIG


Postal Service Awards $874.6 Million Contract for Flat Sequencing System


Unofficial Transcript of NALC Rap Session


Recent EEOC Decisions Involving Postal Employees


Postal Employees Know Your Rights  


Postal Worker Fired After Second Violation of USPS Zero Tolerance Policy


Postal Employees Should Think Twice Before Appealing Case to MSPB

Kenneth Jones vs. US Postal Service, illustrates why postal employees should think twice before appealing their discipline to the Merit Systems Protection Board. 


New Book: Beware of Cat: And Other Encounters of a Letter Carrier

Postal Worker Fired After Second Violation of USPS Zero Tolerance Policy

Bush Plan Would Cut Tax-Free Employer-Provided Health Insurance

MSPB Overturns Postal Worker’s Removal for $45,000 Stamp Stock Shortage

Postage Rate Hike in 2008?

Postal Service: ‘Intelligent Mail’ Fully Operational By 2009

Video: Signed, Sealed and Delivered-  Labor Struggle in the Post Office

USPS: New Postal Law-The Financial Impact

Can Bush Open Mail Without Warrant?

 Former Postal Worker Charged in FEHB Scheme to Defraud USPS and NALC

Un-Merry Christmas
Postal Service Terminates Disabled Iraq War Veteran for Unacceptable Attendance

Letter to the Editor - Mismanagement at Royal Oak Carrier Unit

FedEx and DOT at Stalemate in Dispute Over Disclosure of Postal Contract Data -

USPS, APWU Reach $5.3 Million Agreement in Anthrax Travel Grievance

 Postal Worker Fired for Refusing to Work on DBCS Machine

Postal Nurse Charged With Defrauding USPS

Five-Year Postal Employees Stats At a Glance

Big Win For APWU in MS-47 Maintenance Case - "Custodial Jobs Protected"

USPS to Sell Segway Scooters to General Public

Postal Worker Sues USPS – Denied Permission to Work Off-the-Clock?

USPS OIG Paper: Postal Officers Travel Expense Guidelines

USPS Mail Processing Facility Faces $44,250 in Fines for Safety Violations

Man Pleads Guilty in Kickback Scheme to Pay Postal OWCP Specialist

Postal Worker Injured in Iraq Wins Job Back Under USERRA

USPS to Conduct Search for Sex Offenders on Postal Payroll

Postal Supervisor Fired for Rewarding Employees With Non-Worked Overtime Pay

May 31, 2008

Two Accused of Defrauding Postal Service
Bobbie Jean Sinko and Matthew E. English are named in a 38-count indictment that alleges that Sinko, a bulk mail technician at the Mt. Pleasant post office; and English, the owner of English Direct Mail Services in Mt. Pleasant, conspired to defraud the Postal Service of more than $1,000, U.S,. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy announced Friday. |  

Three Texas postal employees charged for theft, delay of mail

Vandals damage postal vehicles

Express Delivery Saves Postmaster


May 30, 2008

OPM suspends contract for electronic retirement system

Under the contract, Hewitt would create a database that would allow employees to view their work history and salary, calculate different annuity scenarios, and process their retirement online. The move came just days before OPM was scheduled to launch wave two of the retirement project for employees at the U. S. Postal Service. OPM Press Release  |


28-Year Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty In Loan-Sharking Case

A longtime letter carrier for the Postal Service, who the feds say has cousins with ties to the Philadelphia mob, copped a plea in federal court yesterday to conspiracy and loan- sharking.|


USPS's dispute with Eagan, Dakota County over mail-sorting facility escalates

Postal worker saves man

May 29, 2008

USPS Targets Large Shippers; Signs DHL Pact

The U.S Postal Service is expected to announce a slate of large express freight contracts in August after being allowed to bid for commercial contracts for the first time. USPS is expected to take an enhanced role in a U.S. express delivery market being shaken up by restructuring efforts at DHL Express USA and the impact of rising fuel prices. |


Postal Worker's Time-Off Scam

Police said Arlene Moscat told her bosses at the Jackson Heights Post Office that her mother had been hospitalized at a Bronx hospital and she needed a few days off to take care of her. To back up her tale, Moscat gave the bosses a note on hospital letterhead, signed by a doctor. Law enforcement sources said Moscat admitted she pulled the scam to get a few days off. Moscat was charged with petit larceny and falsifying business records. |


Two Postal Workers Indicted For Delaying Mail
Postal workers leave stamp on bone marrow registry
Fundraising By Mail - Good Luck

U.S. Bank Selected for Purchasing and Voyager Cards

May 28, 2008

High Gas Prices Affecting US Postal Service
Man Accused of Shooting Postman Headed To Court

Mail Scattered as Postal Worker is Killed in Auto Accident

Deutsche Post, USPS sign cooperation agreement
Post office drying mail from air crash

May 27, 2008

Supreme Court Rules For Postal Worker in Age Discrimination Case - Supreme Court said Tuesday that a major anti-age bias law protects federal employees who faced retaliation after complaining about discrimination. The court ruled 6-3 that a U.S. Postal Service employee may pursue her lawsuit under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The case involves Myrna Gomez-Perez, a postal worker in Puerto Rico who alleged she was being discriminated against because of her age. Gomez-Perez, who was then 45, said that after she filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, she suffered a "series of reprisals" from her supervisors. Archive: Background on Postal Worker’s Retaliation Case |


NY Senator Intervenes To Expedite Sale of Post Office Building

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Postal Service to expedite an agreement with Cappelli Enterprises on the sale of the post-office building and relocation of its operations elsewhere downtown. New York's senior senator says the Postal Service's financial demands "puts the project in jeopardy." The Postal Service's requests of $15 million for the building, relocation and other associated costs are too high, said Joseph Apicella, executive vice president of Cappelli Enterprises.|


USPS won't appeal court decision in  white powder case

Print is still effective in the Web age


May 26, 2008

Indiana: Miami postal services to be suspended
Alford sees rural mail route as getaway

ZIP codes plentiful in Campton Hills


May 25, 2008

Everyone pays when post offices lose money

Contract mail carrier dies in crash

Postal Service gathers mail scattered by crash

Oak Creek to get huge new mail center

Aripeka's postal heritage, open for business

APWU: Convention Childcare Program Cancelled

Postal worker finds lost badge

May 23, 2008

Colorado Postal Worker Wins $200,000 In Discrimination Suit

An employee in the Valmont Butte branch of the U.S. Postal Service has been awarded $200,000 in damages in U.S. District Court after a jury found his boss harassed him and discriminated against him because he’s African-American. |


‘Time is running out’ for rehired annuitant bill

Lawmakers have all but doomed chances for a bill to pass that would allow rehired federal retirees to earn both their full salaries and pensions. The rehired annuitant bill was already facing opposition from leading federal unions, a lack of enthusiasm from Congress’ Democratic leadership, and a legislative calendar shortened by this fall’s election. APWU supported legislation |


Tax Obligations of USPS Employees

Regrettably, the USPS has recently received a number of notifications from federal, state and local taxing authorities indicating that an increasing percentage of our employees have some type of income tax delinquency. For example, the Internal Revenue Service (and several other federal agencies) have issued Federal Tax Levies and Salary Offsets against approximately 8,000 of our employees. To have this many employees with a balance owed is more than just an issue between the IRS and an individual. When USPS employees are viewed as being non-compliant with the proper payments of their federal taxes, it impacts the public’s confidence in our abilities to conduct our assigned mission of delivering the mail.  |


APWU Summary of OSHA’s Denver Ergonomic Evaluation Report (PDF) - The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Strategic Partnership Program has released their Ergonomic Verification Report for the Denver P&DC's Ergonomic Risk Reduction Process. The Verification Team visited the Denver site on Oct. 25-27, 2007. The overall evaluation of the process as it is functioning at the Denver P&DC was overwhelmingly positive.  |


Feds Arrest Man After Attack On New Mexico Postmaster
38 years after his wounding in Vietnam, postal worker gets his Purple Heart

Former mail carrier sentenced in mail thefts
Iowa attorney general sues direct-mail operator
APWU: Support for Mail Network Protection Act Tops 100

May 22, 2008

Postal Service serves customers with cost-saving measures

A 25-year postal veteran (and letter carrier) responds "to the scathing attack by Robert R. Schrum in his May 9 commentary "Postal Service gives licking to average patron." Schrum, of the Lexington Institute in Virginia, chastised the service for the rate increase that went into effect May 12. He blamed the increase on the "sweetheart deals" obtained by bulk mailers and the postal labor unions. "| Comments (55)


Postal workers respond to East Pittsburgh closing

Postal privilege: Mailbox monopoly should be canceled

USPS direct mail site to focus on small businesses

Postal Bulletin 5/22/08 Issue

Postal worker witnesses midday shooting, bullet hits mail truck

May 21, 2008

Study: Ethanol Vehicles for USPS Burn More Gas, Get Fewer Miles - The U.S. Postal Service purchased more than 30,000 ethanol-capable trucks and minivans from 1999 to 2005, making it the biggest American buyer of alternative-fuel vehicles. Gasoline consumption jumped by more than 1.5 million gallons as a result. The trucks, derived from Ford Motor Co.'s Explorer sport- utility vehicle, had bigger engines than Jeeps from the former Chrysler Corp. they replaced. A Postal Service study found the new vehicles got as much as 29 percent fewer miles to the gallon. Mail carriers used the corn-based fuel in just 1,000 of them because there weren't enough places to buy it. Going Postal: With Flex-Fuel Trucks, Postal Service Burns MORE Gas |

Postmaster General Embraces Change
PMG John Potter told more than 3,000 people attending the National Postal Forum to look beyond the current economic downturn and continue to transition mail into the 21st Century. Potter spoke about new technologies that are providing these solutions - Intelligent Mail Barcode and the Flat Sequencing System (FSS). FSS is new technology that will speed the sorting and delivery of large envelopes, catalogs and magazines, quadrupling productivity. FSS machines also will be able to read the Intelligent Mail Barcode, allowing mailers and the Postal Service to track mail throughout the sortation process, improving service and reducing costs to mailers and consumers. |


Colorado Postal Worker Gets Probation for Showing Genitals to Co-Workers

 A postal employee who showed his genitals to two women employees at the Avon Post Office was sentenced to probation and community service Monday.  |

Postal employees not happy about working in the Tenderloin

Teen Gets Prison Time for Postal Carrier's Shooting

Siemens Wins $245 Million Order from USPS for 550 Mail Sorting Systems

Postal Service Reinforces Commitment to Greener Future

$1,000 reward offered for info on post office break-in Gets USPS Extension

Postal hours prompt objections

Towns trying to get post offices


May 20, 2008

Ex-postal worker gets prison for disability benefits fraud
A former U.S. Postal Service employee who was convicted of lying about a back problem to get disability benefits will spend a year in federal prison. Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull on Monday sentenced Karis Anne Blank to one year and a day in prison and ordered her to pay $37,462 restitution. The term allows Blank to qualify for a shorter term for good behavior. The sentence was at the low end of the guideline range of a year to 18 months.  |

APWU: Ask a Working Woman’ Survey

Maintenance Delays Post Office Opening

Raising the bar at USPS

USPS PG Potter eyes Web as competition

Castalian Springs post office fights its way back to normal

Eagan to ask for help on Postal Service relocation issues

May 19, 2008

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

But  slams all Labor Union Officers in its decision - Letter Carrier David Noble filed a lawsuit against NALC President William H. Young, President Emeritus Vincent R. Sombrotto, and 10 other former NALC officers. The suit, filed in February,1994 alleged that the officers breached their fiduciary duties under federal law by accepting in-town expenses, convention per diem payments, and FICA reimbursements. An Appeals Court reversed in part and vacated in part. The other interesting part of this opinion are the comments found at the end which states: "Thanks to the court’s decision, pilfering union chieftains should sleep more easily tonight."   |


NALC : Young Urges Congress to Bolster Financial Status of Postal Service (PDF)

USPS putting the brakes on bites

Postal Service needs to 'lighten up'

Action needed in mail service

Mailing rate hikes pinch small magazines, thanks to Time Warner

Earth Class Mail Invited by PRC to Participate in a Hearing on the Future of USPS

May 18, 2008

Police investigate teens' midday beating of postal carrier
"Six male teenagers initiated the attack on the carrier, police said. The offenders were dressed similarly, with white T-shirts, and all were 14 to 19 years old, Kathy Lucas said. "The motive, and even police agree on this, is the potential of playing the knockout game... where somebody 'sucker punches' an individual to see whose punch knocks out the person," Lucas said. A mail carrier for more than 15 years, Greg Nelson took off work the rest of last week as well as this week. He had bruises on his head and face, and severe bruises on his lower half of his back. |

Parcel shipping: USPS set to go the "first mile"

More than three decades of delivery

Marshall post office to be renamed in honor of postmaster

Sen. Coleman fights to save Halma P.O.

Keeping postal workers safe

Internet pushes some corner mailboxes out of business

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman

May 17, 2008

Postal Service Selects First-Ever Vice President of Sustainability

Postmaster General Jack Potter has selected Sam Pulcrano as the Postal Service’s first-ever vice president of Sustainability. The Postal Service has a complex eco-system that includes mail processing, transportation, retail, delivery, buildings, equipment, supplies, services and almost 700,000 dedicated people who tie it all together. “In his new role, Pulcrano will be responsible for unifying USPS sustainability efforts across every function and in every location as we pursue a single vision with a common focus,” Potter said.|


APWU Wins in Private-Sector Campaigns

The APWU reached a tentative agreement May 15 on a “first contract” for approximately 120 workers at the Cincinnati Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center (MTESC). If they ratify the contract in a vote on May 28, workers at the private-sector operation will receive a 10 percent wage increase in July — their first raise in six years. |


GA.: First Black Mail Carrier Retires
Atlanta Post Office replaces antique mailboxes
Houston leads nation in postal carrier dog bites

'It was life or death,' mauled carrier says


May 16, 2008

Video: Postal Workers Protest Terrorism On The Job

"On May 2, 2008, over 100 San Francisco postal workers protested harassment, intimidation and terrorism by postal supervisor Ron Malig. This protest was not the first against growing threats against postal workers on the job." Supervisor Responds-Says He has Been called Retarded|


Former Postal Service carrier gets probation in mail thefts
Postal service to close REC in East Pittsburgh

Postal worker shot with pellet

Police: Man attacks mailman with garden spade


May 15, 2008

 USPS Denies Request For Overtime and Benefits Data

The postal service is the only public employer that refused to release benefit information, citing a federal open-records exemption that permits withholding "personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Does the Postal Service know how much it pays employees? |


Giant Asian Beetles Seized at Pennsylvania Post Office

The parcel arrived from Taiwan to a postal facility in Mohnton, Pa., The contents were labeled as toys, gifts and jellies, but the Postmaster suspected the box contained live organisms instead and notified authorities. CBP agriculture specialists directed postal inspectors to properly secure the package and deliver it to CBP authorities in Philadelphia. |


Postal Service to close Selma Remote Encoding Center | 400 to Lose Jobs

Sen. Webb wants Purple Heart stamp re-issued as Forever Stamp

Postal Service buys building in Moreno Valley for automation equipment


May 14, 2008

APWU: E! Television Series Is Offensive to Postal Workers

In a crass display of sensationalism, E! Entertainment Television is broadcasting a series titled Going Postal: 15 Shocking Acts of Violence.“ The title of the series is an affront to more than 700,000 hard-working postal employees who are stigmatized by the cruel stereotype that suggests that postal workers are violent sociopaths,” APWU President William Burrus wrote in a letter to Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast [PDF], which owns E! “Of course, statistics show that postal employees are no more likely to engage in acts of violence than the public at large,” the union president said. Burrus asked Roberts to stop broadcasting and promoting the series. |


Post Offices in Halma, Minn., and Pisek, N.D., Head For Closure The manager for nearly all post offices in northwestern Minnesota and northeastern North Dakota said offices in two area small towns will be suspended and eventually shut down because there aren't qualified employees to run them. Halma residents decry loss of post office |


Olympian turned mail carrier calls 911 on barking dog, owner

U.S. Postal officials have launched an investigation after an eight-time Olympic gold medalist who works as a mail carrier called 911 last week from inside her mail truck, where she was hiding from a screaming woman and her dog. |


USPS sticking with repositionable notes

Opinion: Why the US Postal Service Always Loses Money!

APWU: Another Dozen Reps Sign On to Mail Network Protection Act

May 13, 2008

100,000 Pieces Of Undelivered Mail Found At Postal Worker's Home

"Although they are still checking, most of the mail appears to be of no value such as fliers and other first-class mail. No charges have been brought yet against employee, whose name has not been released pending an investigation." |

Labor Department wants more info from union officials
Unions should be required to make public more details of their internal finances, the Labor Department said Thursday as it proposed new changes to union disclosure forms. Unions are required every year to file financial disclosure forms with the Labor Department. But federal officials are proposing a more detailed form, and penalizing small unions who get into trouble with the law by prohibiting them from filing a simple form." The administration is showing once again that it would rather spend its time on a witch hunt aimed at unions than on advancing the interests of workers," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said in a statement. FR Doc E8-10151|

Postal truck flips over in Connecticut
NAPUS Urges Congress to Safeguard Universal Service

May 12, 2008

Postal Worker Admits To Counterfeiting Scheme

"A 12-year U.S. Postal Service employee has admitted taking part in a scheme to accept counterfeit $20 bills over-the-counter from her boyfriend in exchange for postal money orders and cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says." According to court records the postal window clerk accepted at least 37 counterfeit $20 dollar bills ($740) in exchange for money orders and cash.  Although the postal clerk initially denied accepting the counterfeit bills, she later admitted it after being interviewed at home by Postal Inspectors. |


Bulk mailers enjoy increase in business when postal rates rise

While increasing postage rates coincide with a steep decline in the use of first-class mail, standard or bulk mail is enjoying a surge of popularity, especially with direct marketers. Nearly a third of the Postal Service’s revenue comes from direct mail — in 2007, it accounted for $22.8 billion of the agency’s $75 billion income. The use of first-class postage has declined since 1999, but the number of standard-mail pieces has grown by a little more than 20 percent. Bulk mailers get discounts, you get pricier stamps |


May 11, 2008

Postal Worker Mauled by Pit Bull While Delivering Mail

Postal Service refuses to be licked


May 10, 2008

Good Question: Why Not Stop Saturday Mail?

With the U.S. Postal Service reporting a second quarter net loss of $707 million, and first class stamps about to rise to 42 cents, cost cutting is on the mind of the executives, and of WCCO-TV viewers. The Postal Service handled more than 51 billion pieces of mail in the second quarter, and the entire distribution system has been designed to distribute that load over six days. "It would make it very difficult. Right now, our Monday's volume is usually our heaviest volume day, so if we didn't have Saturday delivery, then it would be Monday and Tuesday that would be extremely heavy," said Larson. It's possible it would take a letter carrier 12 hours to finish a Monday route with six days of work being crunched into five. |


Postal Service looks to expand package returns service with major carriers
Youths Deliver Punch To Mail Carrier  |  6 teens beat, rob mail carrier
Attack injures letter carrier
My 13-Ounce Dilemma
Postal Service relents, says Healdsburg P.O. can stay

Power of the penny a sticky topic

PO Box vs. Mailbox, which is the better choice for the environment?

Postal carrier glad to be alive

Accidental stamp collector decides Forever stamps are way to go as postage rates rise

May 9, 2008

APWU: Postal Reform Act Is No Endorsement of Privatization
The passage of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act in December 2006 did not change the fundamental mission of the Postal Service, an APWU leader testified on Capitol Hill, and should not be perceived as justification for privatizing the nation’s mail system or eliminating its obligation to provide service to all Americans. “The U.S. Postal Service, Post-PAEA: What’s Next?” |

USPS Workforce Size and Employment Categories, 1987-2007

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Report :This report provides data from the past two decades on the size of the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS's) workforce, the number of persons employed by USPS by employment categories, and the number of persons employed by USPS under time-limited contracts. It also analyzes the most salient aspects of these employment data. USPS employs nearly 786,000 persons. Although USPS's workforce size has changed relatively little from 20 years ago, it has dropped 12% in the past decade. The number of career employees declined 8.8% since 1987; however, the number of non-career employees increased 106.5%. Clerks, who staff retail counters at post offices and manually sort mail, dropped more than 31% since 1987. Rural mail delivery carriers, in contrast, grew 84.9%; and building and equipment maintenance personnel and vehicle maintenance personnel grew 28.7% and 14.9%, respectively. |


McAllen, TX postal worker indicted on mail theft charges
Want to Buy Stamps at the Post Office? Good Luck.

Do not call, do not spam, do not mail
Postal Service gives licking to average patron
Wounded mail carrier to be released from hospital
FedEx holder sues board over contractor problems

Social Security Checks Go Missing

May 8, 2008

Postal Worker Awarded $382,500 In Discrimination Case

(Des Moines,  Iowa) A federal jury has awarded a black woman more than $380000 in her racial discrimination lawsuit against the US Postal Service. Sheryl Rogers, a former night shift mail sorter at the Des Moines Post Office, testified during the trial that the harassment included chants of racial epithets by her co-workers. |


Postal Bulletin 5/08/08 Issue

Boulder Creek mail carrier arrested for stealing from customers

Mail delivery within Chicago shows improvement

Retired New Hampshire District Manager may run for governor

May 7, 2008

USPS Reports Second Quarter Loss of $707 Million; Economic Slowdown Cited - Despite cost-cutting measures, the U.S. Postal Service ended the second quarter with a net loss of $707 million, driven by a continued decline in mail volume resulting from the current national economic climate. The Postal Service also continues to focus on reducing costs and increasing efficiency. For example, workhours have been reduced by more than 18 million in the first two quarters of the year compared to similar periods in 2007. |


US Virgin Island delegate requests investigation by USPS OIG

US Virgin Islands, Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen has asked the US Postal Service’s Inspector General, David Williams to investigate the unacceptable level of USPS mail service in the territory. In a letter co-signed with the Chairman of the Congressional House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service and District of Columbia, Rep. Danny Davis, Christensen asked for the investigation; and a return of the practice of the US Virgin Islands processing of its own mail, instead of USVI mail being sent to Puerto Rico to be processed. |


Atlantic City, Belcoville post offices make top-10 historic sites endangered list

Retirement Planning Hits Perfect Storm

No more free post office boxes

May 6, 2008

Fighting Junk Mail via 'Do Not Mail' Lists: Devilish Details and Front Groups
New post office causes traffic mess
Man Accused Of Stealing Mail From Boxes

FERS and Social Security: Answers to Common Questions

May 5, 2008

USPS OIG Audit: Homeless People Living In Unsecured Postal Equipment (PDF) - "The San Francisco P & DC is leasing an unsecured parking lot near the facility and improperly storing Postal Service owned and leased trailers and mail transport equipment in the lot, thereby placing these assets at an increased risk of loss. Postal Employees "indicated transient or homeless people were using the lot, sleeping in Postal Service trailers, and using Postal Service equipment to improve their encampments. We concluded the unsecured conditions diminished the Postal Service's image, reputation and brand; presented a danger to public safety and security."  |


Battle Of the Brands
The largest player in the U.S. overnight package delivery business is attempting to increase its market share in the fast-delivery business next month. USPS is barely holding on to its 32% market share in the business, as FedEx and UPS continue to push the envelope at 31% and 25% market share, respectively. For the first time, shippers using Express Mail, Priority Mail, and several other parcel services will be able to get lower rates for large- and medium-volume contracts, according to the agency. Will UPS and FedEx need to cut their prices further to compete with the USPS?
Postal Service Launching Competitive Expedited Mail Prices |

Postal worker gets 5 months for fraudulent jury service

A federal judge has sentenced a former postal worker to five months in prison for fraudulently claiming to be on jury duty for 184 days total on two occasions and collecting nearly $39,000 in pay from the U.S. Postal Service.|


APWU: Upgrade Records to Be Updated May 16

APWU: Court Upholds Unfair Labor Charge Against USPS

Postal Service offers troop support advice

How to lick higher postage prices

May 4, 2008

Man gets help following advise from postal employee

Postal Workers Break For Funeral of Co-Worker

Postal Service slow on mailbox delivery

Former postal clerk sentenced

Canada Post set to deliver fatal blow to rural mail service

Canada Post deems rural delivery unsafe

Price hike to factor in Postal Service revenue

Post office leaves taxpayer steaming

Postal worker faces animal cruelty charge

Family-Leave Plan Is Halved

Postal price hikes now an annual event
Mail Delivery Resumes in Vallejo Neighborhood

May 3, 2008

San Francisco Postal Workers Go Postal With Picket

Local postal carriers say there’s a guy working as a supervisor at the Bryant Annex Post Office in the Mission named Ron Malig who’s simply out of control. This postal boss, they allege, has long abused and discriminated against his underlings, behavior they describe as “obnoxious” from finding ways to punish fellow postal workers he dislikes to claiming certain colleagues are “disrespecting” him. |


Substitute Postal Carrier Admits to Stealing Checks to Pay Mortgage

Irving postal carrier who left dog at doorstep arrested for animal cruelty

eNAPUS: Postal Subcommittee Hearing and more (PDF)

Mailers lax on IMB compliance

May 2, 2008

Ex-postmaster pleads guilty to felony theft

The fastest mailman on skates

Psychiatric Evaluation Ordered for Former Mail Carrier/Sheriff in Mail Case

Postal service no longer leaves mail unattended

APWU: Volunteering for Obama in Indiana

Postmaster makes final delivery

Postal jobs scam?

Popular Cherry Creek North Post Office Closing

Fresno Mail Carrier Retires after 5 Decades

May 1, 2008

Postman saves wheelchair-bound senior from burning home

FTC Report: USPS Needs More Freedom and Less Protection

Postal Service Acquires 261,000-SF Center

TSP trading limits take effect May 1

Rule Calls for Upside Down Addressing

Man breaks postal rules by reusing old box

Unconscious driver crashes into Lincoln Park post office
FedEx wins reprieve in Senate bill

Post office “test mailers” needed

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