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Colorful Pay and Holiday Postal Calendar for 2013 (PDF)

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


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


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

USPS Management Proposing A New Retirement System

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


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



Senator McCaskill Aims for Responsible Postal Reform|


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


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

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)


PMG Responds to GAO Report On USPS Healthcare Plan

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


USPS Seeking National Contract for Rental, Leasing of Minivans & Cargo Vans

According to USPS: Presently, there are not sufficient capital funds to purchase new equipment.  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

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November 30, 2013

Investigators searching for man who robbed Pittsburgh post office at gunpoint

False Postal Delivery Leads to Home Invasion

USPS To Extend Saturday Retail Hours During December At Some Northern California POs

Couriers gear up for busiest time of the year

Postal Service decides it won't open a post office near Coral Reef Estates

USPS joins with bakers’ group to recover stolen trays


November 29, 2013

Oakland APWU Wins Over $1M For 24 Former USPS CFS Clerks In Historic Arbitration Award- The holiday season will be a lot merrier for 24 former Oakland, CA CFS postal clerks, thanks to an arbitrator’s decision. The ruling has given them portions of an award  – arguably one of the largest payouts to individuals in APWU history. Comments (Count)


Mon. Dec. 2nd -- National Day of Mourning for Tyson Jerome Barnette

Postal workers and our communities are angered and outraged at this senseless, unnecessary death. The next delivery day after the attack on Brother Barnette, 100% of letter carriers in the DC area were again delivering after dark Video: Police to retrace mailman’s route the night he was killed . Comments (Count)


USPS To Defer Implementation Of Full-Service IMb requirement and Move Forward on Rate Increase - Postal Service has chosen to defer the implementation date of the Full-Service IMb requirement (for access to automation rates) until a later date after 2014.  Comments (Count)


November 28, 2013

BMW crashes into post office, drives off

Schenectady mail delivery will resume after BB gun fired at letter carrier

Tennessee rural carrier pleads guilty to stealing veterans’ mail-order pain meds

Police have identified a suspect in pellet gun shooting of mail carrier


November 27, 2013

Congresswoman Norton Seeks Answers From PMG On Postal Employees Delivering Mail After Dark -Norton, in her letter, wrote, “I understand the financial challenges that USPS faces because of congressional failure to move a bill.  I also very much appreciate USPS’s determination to deliver mail in a timely fashion, especially during winter months, when darkness comes much earlier in the day.  However, I do not recall delivery after dark being as frequent in prior years. Inspector general to probe late mail delivery "The U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s office said Wednesday that it is launching an investigation into the shift in mail delivery to evening hours, a change that’s alarmed letter carriers and customers.The inspector general reported in July that the Postal Service’s use of overtime has soared since the number of letter carriers has shrunk with declining mail volume. Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  | Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010  Comments (Count)


Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

Earlier this year USPS modified the HAZMAT questions to include perfume that Window Clerks  (Sales and Service Associates) are required  to ask customers.  Let this article be a reminder to Window Clerks to ask all  of the HAZMAT questions. Comments (Count)


USPS wins appeal on San Francisco Single Room Occupancy hotel deliveries

A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Postal Service’s decision nearly five years ago to deliver mail to the front desk or a central collection box rather than to individual mailboxes at most of San Francisco’s 500 single-room-occupancy (SRO) hotels  Comments (Count)


East St. Louis Postal Supervisor Indicted For Stealing Packages

The indictment alleges that in March and April 2013, Emily, who was working as a supervisor in the East St. Louis Post Office, opened and stole mail packages. Comments (Count)


USPS decision to close Fernandina Beach, FL post office delayed

The closing of the downtown post office has been delayed until after the holidays, “pending review,” according to U.S. Postal representatives and an order from the PRC. The order claims that “justification for the closing (by the Postal Service) is unconfirmed.” Comments (Count)


Where you can get Harry Potter stamps - and where you can't

Postal Service sending workers from Nebraska to help out in western ND

USPS Confirms 2014 Direct Mail Promotions

Postal worker injured in Erie truck crash

November 26, 2013

Postal service halted in Schenectady neighborhood after BBs fired

Lawrence, KS mailman to retire after 43 years with USPS

How Washington Ruined Christmas

Amazon in talks to turn London Tube ticket offices into post offices

USPS OIG: Not All Flat Rates Are Equal


November 25, 2013

Alabama Postal Worker Sentenced to 10 Yrs. In Prison For Shooting At Co-Workers

 In June of this year, Darby pled guilty to attempted assault, discharging a firearm in furtherance of the attempted assault, and possession of a firearm in a federal facility   Comments (Count)

What Could Make the Postal Service Cool Again

Congress needs to step up delivery

A Peek at Amazon’s Contract with the Postal Service

USPS Responds to National Outrage Over Holiday Stamps

Postcards vs. the Future: 10 'endangered' travel items


November 24, 2013

Alaska Postal Manager arrested on charges of Child Porn

An Anchorage man arrested on charges of child sex abuse and the possession, distribution and production of child porn could face 13 felony counts under stricter sentencing rules that went into effect earlier this year. ( Comments (Count)


In War for Same-Day Delivery, Racing Madly to Go Last Mile


November 23, 2013

Video: Overnight mail taking 3 days after Pasco, WA changes

"Carriers are out on the street later and later because they have to wait longer and longer to get their mail before they can hit the street, we've got carriers out on the streets until 8PM some nights," Comments (Count)


Wild  deer crashes through window at Poplar Bluff, MO  Post Office

The Postal Service is Running Out of Stamps

Postal Service Bends Over Backwards for Amazon, While We Get Crummy Service


November 22, 2013

Ralph Nader Letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe have focused much of your energy on cutting jobs beyond normal attrition, closing needed facilities, selling off grand post office buildings, degrading services, and raising postage rates. Taken together, all of these “solutions” harm the USPS’s long term viability. And considering that the USPS’s operations have returned to profitability, more of these ill-conceived plans will bring the USPS to ruin.  Comments (Count)


NALC Retirement Community Opened to Mail Handler Retirees

See the attached letter from NALC President Fred Rolando regarding openings at the NALC retirement community located in Nalcrest, Florida  Comments (Count)


USPS signs 10 year agreement on new location for NY Peter Stuyvesant Post Office

USPS: Pittsburgh, PA NDC employees help co-worker find bone marrow match

NALC Retirement Community Opened to Mail Handler Retirees

Police looking into South Carolina post office break-in

CNN: Is Harry Potter stamp un-American?


November 21, 2013

PRC Approves USPS Request For Rate Increase; Implementation of Full Service IMb Remanded - The Commission determined that the rates proposed by the Postal Service are consistent with the law, provided that the Postal Service does not implement Full Service IMb requirements concurrently with the proposed increased rates Comments (Count)


U.S. Postal Inspection Service Wins Court Order to Protect Pennsylvania Businesses from Scam Artists Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today announced an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, supported by the Department of State, has resulted in a permanent injunction against a company that had been scamming businesses. Comments (Count)


USPS Implements New Program to Transform Way Mail Is Processed at Plants

An effort involving the collaboration of unions and management is underway at plants across the country to transform the way USPS processes the mail. It’s called Lean Mail Processing and includes a certification program.   Comments (Count)


Waterbury CT Postal Supervisor arrested for stealing package loaded with cocaine - a tracking device that had been secretly placed inside it, according to a federal complaint obtained Wednesday Comments (Count)

Veteran Says Postal Workers Have Stolen Medication

Postal Worker Attacked in Forest Hills

Video: $10,000 reward offered in Glendale CA post office burglary


November 20, 2013

USPS Announces $5 Billion Loss; Unions Point Out Actual $623 Million Operating Profit -The Postal Service has used its financial crisis to justify service changes which have affected Washington residents. The closure of mail processing in Everett, Olympia, and Pasco earlier this year have brought reports of delayed mail. The Postal Service plans to shutter mail processing in Tacoma and Wenatchee in February, 2014, and officially switch to a slower delivery schedule for first-class mail  Comments (Count)


USPS Western PA District Manager Robert Cintron named VP, Product Information

Don’t Worry About Obamacare – Feds’ Health Benefits Are Safe

Senator Reid: USPS to keep Sun Valley Post Office in Northern Nevada open

Video: Woman Hit By Mail Truck in Lathrup Village, MI

Detroit letter carrier carjacked at gunpoint

Postal employee sentenced to house arrest and probation for stealing from mail

Mysteries of the Amazon Deal: Why the Postal Service is skimming the cream on Sundays

Royal Mail's Flawed Sale Bodes Badly for the Post Office

What USPS's Rate Increase Means to Commercial Shippers


November 19, 2013

Video: Disabled woman endures lengthy fight to get her mail

"she solicited the help of the city of Independence.. She said that's when Postmaster Roland Tidmore proved to be obstinate. "He told me that the city didn't tell him what to do, that he chose where (my) mailbox went and that they pay the carriers by the minute and if it doesn't agree for them then they weren't going to do it," she recalled Tidmore telling her." I guess the Postmaster really showed this disabled woman who's boss.  Comments (Count)


Masked Gunmen Rob Mailman in North Philly

USPS issues Harry Potter limited-edition Forever stamp collection

USPS secretary admits to fraudulently collecting workers comp

Mail truck hit during Hollywood drive-by shooting

USPS Says No Overall Increase in Priority Mail Rates Ahead

Post Office Changes Frustrate Residents

Mail thieves striking post offices late at night

Harry Potter stamp riles Postal Service panel, traditional stamp collectors

Letter: Leave your light on for letter carrier's safety

Video: Long Island, NY Mail Carrier Robbed


November 18, 2013

Congress still hates the U.S. Postal Service

But the bigger problem is the enduring hostility to the USPS shown by many conservatives in Congress. It's because of them that the USPS has maxed out its statutory borrowing authority and faces an annual payment of $5.5 billion into a health fund for its future retirees. We examined the reasons for this congressional hostility last year. As we wrote at the time: "What could explain conservative hostility toward the U.S. Postal Service? "But what about the characteristics of the workforce? It's heavily and effectively unionized, for one thing. For another, over a long period, the post office has been a reliable steppingstone to the middle class for African American families. (Black workers make up about 11% of the USPS payroll, about twice their representation in the overall workforce.) Maybe some people just think these workers are expendable." The Real Reason the Postal Service’s Financial Outlook Is Ever So Slightly Improving Comments (Count)


Video: Mail carrier struck by van in Wentzville, MO

Video: Mystery surrounds Colusa Postal Worker’s death

A Post Office? Yeah, We've Got That
Postal Board Asks for Reform for Christmas

Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Valassis-USPS Deal

Postal Service partnering with Staples in another move with national retailers

Google and six other companies offer same-day delivery; Who is the winner


November 17, 2013

Postal pinch: Duo busted stealing air mail from JFK airport

Dead Tree Edition: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Funeral of Print Media


November 16, 2013

USPS investigating personal info found on PO Window Counters in Menlo Park, CA - Customers in Menlo Park were shocked at what they found on the counters at the local post office — social security numbers and other personal information on a pad of scratch paper  Comments (Count)


Video: Sticky mouse trap used in attempted mail theft

Rural Carrier Union Chief Sees the Future, and It’s EBay and Amazon


November 15, 2013

Despite Revenue Growth and Record Productivity, USPS Loses $5 Billion in 2013 Fiscal Year The U.S. Postal Service ended the 2013 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) with a net loss of $5 billion. This marks the 7th consecutive year in which the Postal Service incurred a net loss, highlighting the need to continue to capitalize on growth opportunities, reduce costs, and enact comprehensive legislation to provide a long-term solution to the agency’s financial challenges.

Senator Sanders Welcomes Postal Service Revenue Rebound | APWU President Dimondstein: ‘Don’t Believe the Type’ about USPS finances  | NALC: USPS made $600 million delivering mail in 2013 | .Postal Service still losing money, but no movement on legislation  Comments (Count)


2 postal employees charged with stealing or delaying mail shipments

Wreaths mark Royal Oak postal shooting anniversary

Contaminated packages discovered at Ukiah post office

La Salle postal carrier recalls years of service

Ohio Letter Carrier dies of apparent heart attack

Video: Missing California Postal Worker’s Body Found

Video: Several Seattle neighborhoods complain about missing mail

Letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

USPS says terms of Amazon deal won't be made public

Naches WA window clerk indicted for mail theft

The U.S. Postal Service, Amazon, and Me

November 14, 2013

Postal Reform Encounters Another Major Setback

Carper and Coburn will now work on a new bill, which they will offer in the form of a substitute amendment to the original bill, according to a committee aide. The chairman and ranking member will reschedule a markup after the Senate returns from the Thanksgiving recess.The aide said the amendment would address “concerns raised by members of the committee and stakeholder groups. Update: Facing Opposition to Harmful Postal Bill, Committee Cancels Another Mark-up - For the second time in as many weeks, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs cancelled their plans to advance the fundamentally flawed postal bill, S. 1486. Senate Committee schedules hearing on Nov 20th to markup Postal Reform Bill-S. 1486 - The bill was introduced by Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).   Comments (Count)


The Oxymoron at the Root of USPS's Woes

Is the U.S. Postal Service a business or a public service? Congress can't decide on the answer, and that indecision creates a fundamental problem for USPS, says noted postal commentator Leo Raymond. In the Postal Points newsletter for the Association of Marketing Service Providers, Raymond recently wrote about "an ongoing oxymoron that Congress, in its meddling ineptitude, continues to perpetuate: the Postal Service cannot be cast as a public service, with a 'universal service obligation,' while concurrently being told to be businesslike in its operations."  Comments (Count)


Wisconsin Postmaster fined $500 after theft of $5,332 in postal funds

Hunt quickly confessed to postal inspectors and repaid the loss before he was contacted by federal prosecutors, according to court documents. His dismissal resulted in the Mason post office operating on severely reduced hour   Comments (Count)


Roving dogs stop mail delivery in central Salinas neighborhood

Will ‘Harry Potter’ Stamps Succeed Where ‘The Simpsons’ Failed?

USPS 2014 Rate Hike to Impact Online Sellers

Video: Postal Inspector Say Wisconsin Man Used Mail To Get Revenge


November 13, 2013

Video: USPS says late mail delivery in Quincy, IL ‘not a normal occurrence’

United States Postal Service spokesperson Valerie Welsch said some residents did receive deliveries as late as 8 p.m. Tuesday night, but only because it was the day after a holiday.Welsch said truck arrival times were off that day, putting carriers behind. She said the USPS is making a lot of changes to the network that are causing truck arrival times to fluctuate. Mail carrier said the late deliveries were not just because of the holiday, and she said it’s been a trend for a while now  Comments (Count)


GOP Senators Reintroduce Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) reintroduced the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act .. The legislation would end the defined benefit pension portion of the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) for new federal government hires   Comments (Count)


NH Postmaster Helped Foil Plot by Former Postal Worker to kill JFK three years before his assassination - This is an overlooked article on my blog posted 4 days ago. Three years before that fateful day in Dallas 50 years ago, an assassination attempt on John F. Kennedy was thwarted by a New Hampshire postmaster, a small-town Florida patrolman and some quick investigative work by federal law enforcement officials Comments (Count)


The State of the Shrinking Postal Service Workforce

USPS spokeswomen Patricia Licata said in an email that the agency plans to deliver packages on Sundays using city carrier associates and rural carrier associates – part-time employees working variable schedules – rather than full-time staff. The agency will hire additional associates if the need warrants it, but there are no plans to convert these employees to full-time status, according to Licata  Comments (Count)


USPS to Award Contracts Worth Up To $252 Million For Management of Postal Facilities - URS today announced that it is one of three companies to be awarded an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to provide nationwide program management services for the USPS portfolio of facilities,  Comments (Count)

Former postal worker sentenced to diversion for indecent exposure

Mystery shrouds postal service deal with Amazon

Man steals money, runs over customer at Cobb post office

Carl Monday: Mail Dumping investigation

Yarmouth store owner hasn’t ‘given up’ in conflict with USPS

At this point, Amazon might as well just buy the Postal Service

The Unlikely Alliance That Ended Sunday Mail Delivery ... in 1912

Australian postal service introduces video stamp

$10K Reward For Information On Recent California Post Office Burglaries

Canada Post tests Sunday parcel delivery



November 12, 2013

Federal Budget update: The devil is always in the details

NALC - There may be an opportunity to include several positive components of a postal reform package into the budget conference, components the NALC would more than likely support.

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Postal Worker arrested after fight with Co-worker at USPS sorting center

A 26-year-old Detroit man was cited for non-aggravated assault after he got into a fight with a female coworker at about 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29.The two work at the United States Postal Service Sorting Center, 17500 Oakwood Blvd. When officers arrived, building management had the pair separated with the man in the office and the woman still on the work floor. According to several witnesses, the altercation started when the man confronted the woman about his missing coat and car keys just before lunch.  Comments (Count)


USPS Takes Stress Out of Holiday Shipping on Designing Spaces airing on Lifetime TV Popular Home improvement show Designing Spaces™ airing on Lifetime TV will feature the United States Postal Service® in a special “Getting Ready for the Holidays” edition.  Comments (Count)


Video: Postal clerk tips off Postal Inspector to victim being targeted by scam

Video: Postal Inspectors – They Stole Her Identity Twice!

Postal Service honors local vet who wasn’t seeking to be hero


November 11 2013

Amazon and USPS Now Delivering Packages on Sunday, Inc. is working with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages on Sunday, starting in the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service plan to roll out this service to a large portion of the U.S. population in 2014 including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix, to name a few. Senator Carper Statement on USPS/Amazon Announcement y | Letter carriers deliver, even on Sunday  | Amazon’s brilliant plan to rescue the Postal Service and disrupt the shipping industry  Comments (Count)


Pilot Program Puts Post Office Retail Counter in Staples Stores

The U.S. Postal Service and Staples are launching a pilot program to open post office retail counters at Staples locations, including in South San Francisco and San Jose, USPS officials said. Staples is the first retailer to take part in the USPS' Retail Partner Expansion Program, officials said. The next chapter in postal privatization: Post Offices inside of Staples  Comments (Count)


eBay Confuses and Irks Sellers with Holiday USPS Shipping Discount


November 10, 2013

Collection mailbox broken into at South Carolina Post Office


November 9, 2013

FSS Contractor Defrauded USPS, Whistleblower Says

A whistleblower is claiming that his former employer, Northrop Grumman, defrauded the U.S. Postal Service by providing it false information about the Flats Sequencing System. The ex-employee “alleges that the company violated the False Claims Act in a number of ways with respect to the FSS contract [and] alleges damage to the USPS in an amount of at least approximately $179 million annually, ”Whistleblower Allegations on How USPS was Defrauded in FSS Contract With Northrop Grumman  Comments (Count)


NALC: Between 1500-2000 CCAs Converted to Full-Time Career Status

the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2.  Comments (Count)


California post office burglary under investigation

Feds indict Kentucky man for postal burglary

Iowa City may ask USPS not to leave downtown


November 8, 2013

Letter carrier veterans— Their service never ended. Neither should yours

Of the 280,000 members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about 70,000 are veterans of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines or Coast Guard, including recent service in Iraq and Afghanistan   Comments (Count)


USPS: Retail associates must follow new money order procedures

Video: Woman Claims Letter Carrier To Blame For Dog’s Death

Flint letter carrier tells police she was robbed delivering mail
Postal Service announcing 2013 year-end financial results next Friday
How to Save The Incredible Shrinking Post Office
Virginia letter carrier guilty of opening mail
Time is Running Out to Save the Post Office

Silver Spring, MD Post Office may be losing customers due to location

Blockbuster to close remaining U.S. company-owned stores, DVD By Mail services


November 7, 2013

Newly-Elected APWU President Mark Dimondstein Issues Call For a ‘Grand Alliance’ -In an impassioned speech before more than 1,000 union members, the newly-elected president of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, issued a call for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service and to protect postal jobs.   Comments (Count)


Residents Complaints of Late mail delivery In Waco, TX Prompt USPS Review

some residents have complained that their mail is being delivered as much as six hours later than normal and other say they’re often receiving mail addressed to someone else. Mail delivery moving slow in some Ahwatukee, AZ areas | Mail carriers apologize for late delivery | Related link: Postal Workers complain of mail delivery delays at Conroe, TX post office  Comments (Count)


Postal Reform Hits a Snag
No discussion of the Postal Reform Act (PRA) took place at today's meeting of the Senate's Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee, complicating Chairman Tom Carper's original mission to pass legislation this year. Carper (D-DE) said the bill would be discussed at the committee's November 20 meeting instead, giving Ranking Member Tom Coburn's (R-OK) absence as part of the reason. Coburn was seeking treatment after having been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer.  Comments (Count)


Letter Carriers hurt in accidents work on recovery, warn of future injuries

At least 11 carriers have suffered accidents as outlined in the article since 1996. Some eventually went back to work, but others lost limbs or were permanently disabled.  Comments (Count)


Wausau man gets $40,000 settlement from US Postal Service

Florida Postal worker arrested on mail, credit card fraud charge

Postal Service offering $50,000 reward in robbery

Postal carrier robbed in Northeast Philadelphia

Vehicle hits post office building in WV

New Bedford woman assaults mail carrier for skipping her house

Open Season – 2013 benefits election opportunities available Nov. 11

Wisconsin Postal Worker Charged With Theft From Mail


November 6, 2013

Video: USPS CEO sees big opportunity in package deliveries

PMG Patrick Donahoe weighs in on budget woes.  Comments (Count)


Amid Capitol Turmoil, Postal Service Crisis Drags On

Ruth Y. Goldway, chairwoman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, which oversees the Postal Service, said some of the delay lies in the complexity of trying to reform so vast an agency. “It took about 10 years for Congress to pass the postal reform legislation it passed in 2006,” Ms. Goldway said. “It’s difficult to find a solution that pleases everyone.”  Comments (Count)


Pennsylvania mail carrier investigated for not delivering standard mail
A mail carrier at the Penn Hills Post Office is under investigation by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General for not delivering standard rate mail -- commonly called "junk mail" -- to residents for nearly two months.The carrier has not been publicly identified while the investigation continues. While some people may think the carrier was doing them a favor, Channel 4 Action News spoke with Penn Hills residents who said the employee should be disciplined, even though they are bombarded with junk mail and don't like receiving that material. Comments (Count)

Mississippi Postal Worker denies stealing mail 

Mail carrier killed after driving into concrete statue

Two historic post offices in Connecticut get gutted

USPS Announces Holiday Season Forecasts

USPS kicks off 2013 holiday season at Post Office In NYC

Idaho Postal Worker Sentenced for Misappropriating Postal Funds

USPS issues Gingerbread Houses Holiday Forever stamp

NW Iowa Man Charged With Postal Insurance Fraud


November 5, 2013

USPS City Carrier Assistants Uniform Program Not Without Issues

 The CCA uniform program has been very problematic. Maybe the program launch has been not quite as bad as the website rollout, but it is still with lots of issues. As a vendor, getting the CCA’s into uniforms has not been easy. There are plenty of CCA’s who have worked their 90 days but still can’t get their vouchers. Comments (Count)


USPS To Issue World War II Medal of Honor Stamps On Veterans Day
Postal Service is issuing the stamps depicting the Medals of Honor and including photographs of the living recipients on the stamp sheet as an appropriate way to recognize the living  Comments (Count)


San Francisco Sues Post Office Over Snail Mail Discrimination

Authorities looking for suspect in attack on Tacoma letter carrier

Video: Moving? Beware change of address sites

Man accused of hate crime after threatening mail carrier

OPM Chips Away at Retirement Backlog, Despite Shutdown


November 4, 2013

USPS's Own Words May Doom Its Rate Increases;

But trade associations from several mail-dependent industries contend that the losses came primarily from “electronic diversion and other trends that do not qualify as extraordinary or exceptional circumstances” that would allow the cap on price hikes to be breached. And the associations point to none other than the Postal Service’s own statements to prove their point. Comments (Count)


New postal union leader promises more aggressive defense of ‘public postal service' - At some point soon, someone might need to remind Mark Dimondstein that he asked for this.Taking over as president of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) during a time when the U.S. Postal Service is a financial wreck doesn’t sound like fun. He’ll be installed as president of the nation’s largest postal union, with almost 200,000 members, on Nov. 12 after winning an upset election last month. But the 30-year veteran of the Postal Service from Greensboro, N.C., didn’t unseat incumbent Cliff Guffey to have a good time. Dimondstein did it to protect union members from what he sees as the creeping privatization of postal services and to give the workers a union leadership that more aggressively defends their interests as management tries to dig out of an ever-sinking financial hole. Comments (Count)

Springfield, IL Postmaster Arrested on DUI Charges

eBay Offers Sellers Holiday Discount on USPS Shipping

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November 3, 2013

Senate Postal Reform Bill Delayed 'Indefinitely'

A second, Democratic aide involved in negotiations said the bill is suspended “indefinitely,” though the chairman still hopes to move on the bill before Thanksgiving. Democrats have expressed their desire to include more of the language from the bill that passed the Senate in the last session of Congress Democrats have doubts about Carper-Coburn's postal reform bill

A range of Senate Democrats – many from red states – have serious concerns about the U.S. Chamber’s bill to overhaul the U.S. Postal Service, adding a new impediment to Congress’s efforts to get legislation done. Carper remains hopeful that the committee can proceed with a markup on the bill later this month. But House Democrats and postal unions say the measure – and Donahoe and USPS in general – are too focused on cost-cutting, and not enough on growing the agency’s business opportunities.  Comments (Count)


Video: Murder-Suicide Suspected In Deaths Of Two Texas Postal Workers

Both victims appeared to have gunshot wounds and deputies found a pistol and a knife near the bodies, Adams said.  Comments (Count)


Michigan man threatens mail carrier for calling 911

The letter carrier was delivering mail when a woman who was arguing with Adastik yelled to call 911. As the letter carrier went to her vehicle to call, Adastik ran toward her, throwing his bicycle in front of her vehicle and trying to get in.“Adastik then began attempting to tear off the side mirrors before jumping into a mud puddle and laying down in front of the (vehicle),” he wrote. “Adastik then jumped up on the front bumper of the (vehicle) with a piece of concrete in his hand, and began yelling … he was a child molester and he was going to rape and kill her kids and that he was going to kill her,"  Comments (Count)


Tri-Citians see effects of mail handling changes

Santa Claus, Ind., post office releases special holiday postmark for Christmas season


November 2, 2013

Video: Police arrest 2 teens in attempted robbery of Florida mail carrier

North Carolina letter carrier injured in hit-and-run

Boy dressed as most convincing collection mailbox for Halloween

Former North Carolina postal clerk accused of stealing $16,000

La Salle postal carrier recalls years of service


November 1, 2013

U.S. Postal Service paid $122K to foot bill for temporary Aspen managers

Faced with high turnover and frequent vacancies in the top job at the Aspen post office, the U.S Postal Service has paid temporary managers here more than $122,000 in per diem benefits and reimbursements for rent, hotel rooms, airfare, cash advance fees and the use of private vehicles since 2003. Since 2003, the postal service has paid OICs in Aspen more than $45,000 in per diem payments and reimbursed them for more than $25,000 in hotel bills, nearly $31,000 in rent payments and almost $18,000 in mileage reimbursement for the use of privately owned vehicles.  Comments (Count)


Union Wins Call Center Pay Case; Clerks to Be Upgraded Two Levels

More than 1,100 employees hired at three Customer Care Centers pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Clerk Craft Jobs will be upgraded from Level 4, 5 and 6 to Level 6, 7 and 8. ”This was a 100% victory,” said Clerk Craft Director Rob Strunk. Comments (Count)


OIG Continues Investigation of Frewsburg, NY Postmaster for financial irregularities -The investigation by the Inspector General's Office on the allegation of financial irregularities reportedly involving Postmaster Donna Spencer started in July   Comments (Count)

Springfield postal worker attacked

Freistatt Loses Appeal for Post Office