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


PMG Urges Leaders of Employee Organizations To Work With USPS


Flashback: Postal 1992 VER Cost $1.01 Billion


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


Postmaster General Cautions of Perfect Economic Storm


Connecticut Congressman Presses Postal Service for Answers Regarding Meriden Route Changes


Appeals Court Upholds Firing Of Postal Carrier For Unsafe Driving  


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


Postal Manager Demoted Over Violation of NALC Contract?


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


NAPS Challenges USPS Network Plan, Questions USPS Outsourcing


USPS Posts $1.1 Billion Loss For Third Quarter


House Passes FERS Sick Leave Legislation


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


USPS Names Two Postal Execs To New VP Slots


USPS Releases Details Of Voluntary Early Retirement Offer


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


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


USPS Early Out Offer Excludes ETs - No Cash Incentives


PMG Potter Announces Reorganization At USPS Headquarters


House Committee Approves Study On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery


EEOC: Postal Worker Was Not Provided Smoke-Free Vehicle


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


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


Postal Service Selects First-Ever Vice President of Sustainability


Video: Postal Workers Protest Terrorism On The Job


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


OPM Submits Proposal To Create Short-Term Disability Insurance Program


To Err Is Not Human for Demoted Postal Supervisor


USPS Resolves Dispute With Unions Over Computer Security Rules


USPS Selects Former Halliburton Executive As New CIO


Proposed FMLA Rule Changes Would Be Major Defeat For Workers


APWU: Proposed FMLA Regulations Threaten Medical Privacy, Other Protections


Bush Administration Seeking Changes To FMLA Regulations


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


Big Pay Increases Approved For Top Postal Service Officers


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


Postal Workforce Stats At A Glance


USPS Retail Cost Cutting (PDF)


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


Former Postal Public Affairs VP Jaffer Starts Own Consulting Business


Former Postmaster Wins Hostile Workplace Lawsuit - But No Money


USPS Wants To Automate Road Tests


Postal Service Updates Its Transformation Plan


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


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


Appeals Court: Evidence of Disability for Disability Retirement


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


Rollout of PostalPEOPLE Initiative Completed


Mail Handler Fired After Threatening Behavior Towards Co-Workers


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


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


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


APWU: Casual Issues Disputed At National Level (PDF)


Arbitrator Issues Award in Rural Carriers Contract Case

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


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


Postal Service’s Oldest Employee Still Going Strong At 93


OIG Recommends USPS Increase Postal Employee's Benefit Costs


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


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


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


Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Strategy


USPS: Boston District's New Mystery Shopper Board Game



Photo: Semi-Automated Postal Robotic Delivery Vehicle





October 31, 2008

NALC Responds To Florida Republican's "Stealing Votes" Claims

NALC President Bill Young sent a letter to the Republican Party of Broward County, Florida, angered over groundless claims made by party officials that Republican ballots aren't safe being mailed through the Postal Service. One official was quoted by The Sun-Sentinel newspaper: “It is a shame that we cannot trust the postal people,” and that, “These people are stealing votes from us.” Upon investigating, NALC determined these comments came from the claims of a single voter who said that an unidentified postal clerk mishandled his absentee ballot. Young's response: "You owe every postal employee in South Florida – some 20,000 workers in all – an apology." Postal Workers Demand Apology From GOP | Sun-Sentinel article | President Young's letter |


Postal Service Money Orders Get Makeover

New Postmaster of Boston is Sworn In

October 30, 2008

Craft Jurisdiction for Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Awarded To Mail Handlers - the mail handler craft has been determined to be the primary craft to perform most of the work associated with this piece of equipment. In particular, the duties performed at the Automated Bundle Sorting Unit (ABSU), the preparation stations, the dolly maker, the dolly induction unit, as well as the removal of mail containers from the FSS machine and the movement of containers between parts of the FSS, have all been assigned to the mail handler craft.   |


Postmaster, Supervisor Groups Reject Pay Freeze (PDF)

we cannot agree to either forego or defer the upcoming NPA payouts scheduled for January 2009. The attorneys with whom we have consulted on this issue believe that the Postal Service does not have the right to demand that we  re-open pay consultations or change the pay agreement in any way - Postmasters League President Speaks Out On Pay Raises - While the management associations are committed to helping the Postal Service find its way out of the predicament in which it finds itself, taking a pay raise away from Postmasters and supervisors is not the right thing to do. It is the position of Naps, Napus, and the League that the U.S. Code prevents the Postal Service from unilaterally opening pay consultations, and we have informed Postal Headquarters of our opinion. I absolutely don’t foresee Postmasters and supervisors giving up their raises. NAPS and Postmaster Organizations Say “No” to Pay Concessions Minutes of Meeting Between USPS HQ and Postal Management Associations  |


Postmaster General Gives Performance the Stamp of Approval

We're working very hard to match our use of resources, which is largely labor, to the lower volumes that we have. . . . As an example, last Friday we signed an agreement with the National Association of Letter Carriers that will enable the Postal Service in an expeditious way to adjust routes to better reflect the lower workload that's out there right now.Does the Postal Service need all of the people it employs? We are reducing our use of overtime. We are reducing our use of non-career [part-time] employees. We are reducing the work hours that our flexible employees work, and we are restructuring the work to utilize less work hours. I'm not planning on any [layoffs].  |


PRC Chairman Predicts 5% Rate Hike for 2009

Dan G. Blair, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, offers his educated prognostication: “It appears that the average increase for each class of mail will be approximately 5%. The actual rate cap will depend upon the behavior of the monthly CPI (Consumer Price Index) between now and December. |


APWU: New Jersey BMC Workers Rally Against Privatization

Ex-postal worker gets five months in prison

Postal carrier pleads guilty to federal charges

USPS Delivers on Consumer Reports Next-Day Mail Challenge

Video From USPS Law Department explaining Weingarten Rights (wmv)

USPS to begin planning for AC street delivery

Former postmaster pleads guilty to theft of funds

Feds probe West Virginia post office
Earth Class Mail, Swiss Post Partner for Online Postal Mail Service


October 29, 2008

APWU: USPS Proposed ELM Revisions On Processing Leave Requests For FMLA Appealed to Arbitration (PDF) - (ELM Revision: Processing Requests for Leave Under FMLA) The proposed revisions to subchapters 512 and 513 involve completion of PS Form 3971 through the Interactive Voice Response system (IVR) and the Enterprise Resource Management System (eRMD). Proposed changes to subchapter 515 involve the forwarding of documentation related to a request for FMLA to the FMLA Coordinator. The APWU's position is that Article 10, Section 2.A. of the CBA prohibits changes to ELM Chapter 510 that affect wages, hours or working conditions for the life of the Agreement.  It is the APWU's position that, employees are permitted to complete their PS-Form 3971 (Leave Request) and submit any required documentation upon returning to work to the Employer (supervisor) at their work section, at the postal facility where employed. New FMLA Rules Should Arrive Soon  |


Financial crisis has some feds delaying retirement  |  

USPS: 'Read, Respond, Recycle' Mail

Ex-postal supervisor will face embezzlement charges  |  

It’s not “junk mail,” but recycle it anyway
Texas letter carrier admits to mail theft


October 28, 2008

Tight Times Strain Postmasters

Federal Times- Postmasters across the country are facing the fallout from tight budgets and hiring freezes. Charles Mapa, who heads an association of postmasters, said many postmasters are short of employees and haven’t been able to hire new mail handlers, letter carriers and other employees. many postmasters are personally sorting and delivering mail, helping members of the public, and in some cases, mopping the floors in between managerial duties, Mapa wrote in an article in the October issue of the Postmasters Advocate.. This all adds up to extremely long hours that are burning out postmasters, Mapa said.,“I’m doing the job of two clerks, a postmaster and a supervisor at this time,” said Charlie, a postmaster at a small office in central Florida, who asked to have his last name and location withheld for fear of reprisals. ” |


eNAPUS Legislative and Political Newsletter

NALC Branch charges Postal Service with violating NLRAct

Postal Service Weathers Rain, Sleet, Snow -- But Perhaps Not Lean Times

Postal Service Looks to Cut 40,000 Jobs in First Layoff in History

Big postage increases ahead for magazines?

Postal officer gets probation in assault case

Cap One, USPS still in NSA dispute


October 27, 2008

New Jersey Rally scheduled to Protest Privatization of BMCs |  

For voters by mail, campaign is history

Mail Handler Can't Sell $800,000 Home Facing Foreclosure  |  

October 26, 2008

 First-Ever Layoffs Loom at Postal Service

by Seattle APWU VP David Yao - Cost pressures are having other effects. Most of the sorting and processing of mail already occurs between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. But, without notice to the affected unions, postal plant managers have been told to plan for ending day shift operations. If implemented, this would force thousands of clerks  and mailhandlers out of the more desirable day-shift assignments. The elimination of daytime jobs would disrupt the family lives and the physical health of those displaced, mostly high-seniority workers. APWU President Bill Burrus has speculated that this action is partly aimed at pushing them to retire.  |  


Why did the post office throw the clock out the window?

Over the past two years, as part of a program to modernize and standardize the appearance of the nation's 37,000 post offices, the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly removing the clocks from customer waiting areas. This is said to be the agency's way of solving the problem of customer exasperation at having to wait in long lines. But USPS spokesman Gerry McKiernan said it is because  "they were mostly in places where we want to put signage, so people can see what products are available."   WP: Okay, but why remove the clocks?  if you're redesigning the whole place anyway, why not just move the clock? Gerry: Why do you need a clock? People have wristwatches.  |  


Creation of BMC Task Force to Defend Mail Handler Work at the BMCs (PDF)

Postal workers search for missing co-worker


October 25, 2008

NALC: Moratorium On "Contracting Out" Extended For Remainder of Contract - However, the duration of this agreement is also subject to the parties implementation of the October 22, 2008, Memorandum of Understanding, Re: Interim Alternate Route Adjustment Process (PDF) . Therefore, if the Postal Service continues to experience mail volume declines so as to invoke the fifth paragraph of that MOU, and the parties are unable to agree to a new process or use again the process described in that MOU by June 30, 2009 or June 30, 2010, this agreement shall terminate and be of no effect.  |  


Postal Carriers Test Drive Electric Vehicles

The T3s come with compartments attached to the vehicle for mail storage, and a trailer can be attached as well. It has a range of 40 miles with a maximum speed of 12 miles per hour and maximum load of 450 pounds. Mark Strong, Sun City postmaster, said the test drives in the retirement communities are two of four sites in Arizona where the T3s will be driven.  |  


The Two Tour Initiative

by Bill Lewis, President APWU Trenton Local - Management intends to implement these changes in January 2009. There is no doubt in my mind with the consolidation of tours that there will be excessing to the needs of the installation and there will clearly be excessing to the needs of the section. It seems to me that management has no intentions on honoring the CBA, which requires a 6 (six) month notification to the Union on excessing to the needs of the section. In total, management's plans will result in 52 clerks not having a duty assignment. |  


When business is down, kick the customers

Teen shot mail carrier with paintball, cops say

In Defense of That Daily Visitor, Unsolicited Mail

Spokane: Postal Service may be facing layoffs

Postal employee captured after wild I-95 chase

Rural mail theft not unusual

Callicoon Center postmaster arrested

Residents not receiving mail in El Paso neighborhood


October 24, 2008

Private-Firm Mailbox Access Poses Dangers: Rand Study

Allowing private companies to compete with the U.S. Postal Service could create benefits for some consumers, but it also raises concerns about how to adequately track and police crimes that happen through the mail,” said Lois Davis, senior policy researcher at Rand. In December, the Postal Regulatory Commission is set to report to Congress about the USPS’s mail monopoly and universal service. Rand Study  |  


Harvey letter carrier delivers mail with police escort

A police officer stood watch Thursday as a U.S. letter carrier returned to her route in south suburban Harvey, where a neighborhood has gone without door-to-door delivery since the carrier evaded gunfire two weeks ago.  |  


Former Parachute postal worker gets probation on drug charge

Death of the SCF (Part 2)

Postal Bulletin 10/23/08 Issue


October 23, 2008

USPS Headquarters to Reduce Complement
USPS is facing one of the most difficult challenges in its history. There has been a continual decline in First-Class Mail volumes over the past decade. The current economic downturn has led to an even greater decline in volume with the loss of more than 9 billion pieces this past year alone. All Headquarters Officers have identified opportunities to streamline staffing by matching current workforce with the workload. As a result, complement in all Headquarters and Headquarters-related units has been reduced - some vacant positions have been eliminated, while other occupied positions are impacted. Starting this week, employees occupying impacted positions will be notified and given information and guidance.


Most Dangerous Block in U.S.? Mail Delivery Halted

'Mail Angel' Comes to the Rescue After Woman Falls

Job Seekers Turn to Government

Shooting report in Harvey shuts down mail delivery

Alert mail carrier discovers body of Metamora woman

Letter Threatens Chase Bank CEO

Postal Service Adds Express Mail Hold for Pickup to

Businesses feel sting from Post Office cutbacks

Junction City Residents Demand Mailbox

October 22, 2008

USPS, APWU Reach Tentative Agreement On Four-Day Workweeks

Employees who go on a modified workweek will work 10 hours a day straight time, and will receive penalty pay when they work more than 10 hours in a shift. Employees who want overtime may from time to time work a five-day schedule, but will forfeit their “third day off” in such weeks. Some employees who work the four-day schedule will not necessarily have the third day off consecutively with the other two.   |  


Burrus: An Open Letter to the PMG
The Plan Isn’t Working ... the current USPS business plan is not working and cannot be expected to work in the future. There must be an acknowledgement that subcontracting, outsourcing, work-hour reductions, workshare discounts, and an unhealthy level of cooperation with major mailers and their agents have been ineffective. The long-term effect is to make your most highly compensated employees (postal workers) less productive, while making your lower-paid employees (contract employees) more productive.  |  


Powder-laced letters mailed to banks in 9 cities


October 21, 2008

Ask President Burrus: Incentives To Employees Offered  Early Outs

The union's effort to require the payment of an incentive to employees who opt to retire early will not be resolved in the near future, as it is expected that we will be forced to refer the issue to an arbitrator for a final ruling. We have requested that all employees who retire early be provided severance pay, as required by the contract, and, if we prevail, employees who retire under the VER offer will receive payment. Other offers are pending, and it is expected that additional opportunities for early retirement will be offered in the near future. Budget shortfalls of $5 billion in Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 will continue to put pressure on the Postal Service to reduce the workforce.  |  


APWU: Penalty Overtime, Casual Exception Periods Set

Post Office Protest in Shell Knob

Thieves break into Postal truck, stealing uniforms and mail

Layoffs at the Direct Marketing Association

Death of the SCF

Feds investigate Truckee's lost letters

Elderly person crashes into post office

Five New York Postal Service Facilities Join EPA's Performance Track Program

Postmaster arrested for DUI again

Canada: Postal workers vote in favor of strike


October 20, 2008

PMG Names Replacement For USPS Chief Postal Inspector

PMG Potter has named William Gilligan as Acting Chief Postal Inspector to replace Al Lazaroff, who retires Nov. 3. Lazaroff retired  "after being questioned by ABC News about his travel expenses and gambling habits."  |  


USPS Wants Commercial Outdoor Advertising On Its Property

The USPS owns or leases approximately 35,000 properties and facilities throughout the United States that it wishes maximize the value of by being considered for use as commercial outdoor advertising signboards, billboards and displays. The USPS is seeking to contract with a commercial outdoor advertising management firm (the “Manager”) with the experience and capability of marketing and managing a large number of commercial outdoor advertising sites.  |  


USPS Saves $5 Million Annually With Transportation Consolidation - Since deploying a transportation optimization system two years ago, the United States Postal Service has saved $10 million through consolidating delivery trips.  


Senior citizens say their mail goes astray

Frederick's post office upholds USPS culture of diversity


October 19, 2008

Postal Service Cutbacks Could Affect Customers

The Postal Service estimates that nearly 57,000 clerks, and about 16,000 mail handlers and supervisory employees are eligible. It projects that 6,496 clerks, 1,552 mail handlers, and 693 supervisors will accept the offer. What cutbacks could mean to post offices customers is curtailed hours and longer lines, although Raymond V. Daiutolo Sr., a public affairs and corporate communications representative of the postal service, insists lines in the post office are no worse or better than the local supermarket or bank.   |Comments (73


Mail Carriers On Python Patrol In South Florida

Postal carrier arrested

October 18, 2008

Postal Employee Pleads Guilty To Making Threats Against Supervisor

 Samuel Davis Kemp ,of Roanoke, pled guilty Thursday in the US District Court to charges that he threatened and interfered with a PostalSupervisor while he was engaged in his official duties. At the time of the incident, Kemp was employed as a mail handler at USPS Processing and Distribution Center in Roanoke, VA.  |Comments (35) 


2009 APWU Health Plan: Live Life Well!

Postal Workers Indicted for Stealing

New Hampshire Postal Clerk Convicted Of Stealing Mail
Woman guilty of letting pit bull attack mailman

Business owners upset with late mail

Mail carrier charged with taking ATM cards
UPS to raising rates by 5.9 percent on average


October 17, 2008

USPS Chief Postal Inspector  Retires in Wake of ABC News Investigation -Two weeks after being questioned by ABC News about his travel expenses and gambling habits Alexander Lazaroff, the head of the US Postal Service's Inspection Service, abruptly announced his retirement. According to ABC news Lazaroff gambled at a casino during a conference he arranged at a nearby resort. The Inspector General investigation of Lazaroff followed complaints from his own inspectors to Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) that the chief inspector squandered postal service money to arrange travel to resorts and other locations near casinos.   |Comments (162) 

Pit bull owner guilty in dog's mail carrier attack
10 year Postal Service employee charged with fraud and theft
FEMA likely to use former postal encoding center for disaster relief
Two postal workers thrilled to be named grand marshals of their town's event

October 16, 2008

NALC President Young Assails GOP Ad Suggesting Carriers Are Possible Sexual Predators - Young today assailed a television ad attacking Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire that suggests that U.S. Postal Service letter carriers are possible sexual predators endangering the lives of children on the street. The television ad, being run by the Republican Governors Association in support of GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, shows a man walking a dog, and then a letter carrier (with satchel and mail), leering at young children near an ice cream truck, while in the audio background a woman depicting a mother warns that some convicted sex offenders have not properly registered with law enforcement agencies during the Gregoire administration. see video ad |  


 USPS Planning Major Changes for Delivery (PDF)
 NALC Branch 709 - Strategies/Tactics -FY 2009 Route Structure Proposed Strategy -Evaluate Routes and make Adjustments by Removing Casing / Office Duties from as Many Routes as Possible Creating Separate Caser and Deliverer Assignments  |  


USPS OIG: Grievance Settlement and Arbitration Award Payments (PDF)

This report presents the results of our self-initiated review of U.S. Postal Service grievance settlement and arbitration award payments. Our objective was to determine whether selected grievances should have been resolved prior to monetary settlements or arbitration awards. The review focused on the 10 highest paid grievance settlements or arbitration awards for fiscal year (FY) 2007, which totaled $43.4 million and represented 27 percent of all payments in FY 2007 ($161.2 million). We could not determine the associated grievance costs for steward time, arbitrator costs, and labor relations staff salaries for each of the 10 grievances. Management did not attribute these costs to each grievance because they did not believe it was necessary or cost-effective. Management did, however, capture these costs monthly and as year-to-date annual figures, which were $115.7 million in FY 2007. |  


APWU: Retirees to Get Big Cost-of-Living Raise

Fire Official Accused of Assaulting Postal Worker

USPS: Keep the Mail Monopoly

Postal employees to barbecue for charity

Fuel stolen from mail trucks in New Hampshire


October 15, 2008

USPS OIG Launches  "Pushing the Envelope" Blog | OIG Blog   |  

USPS OIG Audit Report: Assessment of REC Consolidation Process

USPS OIG Audit Report: Delayed Mail at the North Texas P&DC (PDF)

Postal service to work with city on island mail


October 14, 2008

APWU: Discussions Continue With USPS On Implementation of 10-4 Workweek - Discussions continue on the implementation of the 10-4 workweek, which would allow employees to work four 10-hour days each week. However, the national union does not intend to facilitate the elimination of Tour 2 by allowing management to use 10-4 workweeks to reduce the work schedule to two tours.  |  


USPS to Implement Two Tour Initiative Nationwide

The entire nation is expected to move to a 2 tour operation, while still protecting service. Given the continued workload decline and recent RPG scenarios, the NYMA agrees with moving towards a 2 tour operation because of the economies of scale that it would provide. The first step in this process is moving to a 2 8-hour tour automation operation (AFSM and APPS/SPBS operations to follow). For the month of October, the weekly RPG telecons will be focused on your efforts to make this move. Every plant needs to be progressing on this initiative along the following timeline |  


Postal Service Eliminates 87 Collection Points in Chattanooga
Chattanooga used to have 652 collection boxes on its streets, explained Beth Barnett, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service's Tennessee district. But over the past six months, 87 of those boxes - or about 13 percent  have been pulled because officials determined they had not been used enough. "If the volume of mail is not sufficient, then we'll take up the collection box," Ms. Barnett said.


Postal Supervisor Accused Of Stealing $14,000 From NAPS

The National Association of Postal Supervisors' local president in Columbus (Georgia) had decided to step down, and he wanted to check the books before passing the mantle. That meant a visit to Battle, who had been the group's secretary and treasurer since the group was formed in 1989.. What he and the incoming president found, police claim, was at least $14,000 gone from the group's checking account. Local leaders then held a meeting with their members, who decided to press charges against Battle, the report states.|  


Mail carrier catches children burning cat

Galveston mayor issues plea for post offices to reopen

Mare Island residents: Post office's closing 'a loss'

A US-Filipino Retiree's Tale


October 13, 2008

Post office is out to lunch

It's a loaded question, but it begs to be asked: is the U.S. Postal Service deliberately courting outrage among its customers? How else to explain the newest changes to the hours of operation of three local substation/satellites of the Broad Street, Red Bank facility? |  


Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Anthrax

White powder scares cost law enforcement time, money

Postal carriers deserve more protection


October 12, 2008

Next Step For USPS: Layoffs?
 Federal Times - Will there be layoffs at the U.S. Postal Service? That’s the buzz among the agency’s 670,000 workers as signs grow that the agency is sliding further into financial trouble. The Postal Service has already extended early-retirement offers to more than 156,000 postal workers — roughly 20 percent of its work force. And the postmaster general, John Potter, told the largest postal union that the agency has identified as many as 16,000 employees who can be laid off without the need for collective bargaining because they lack seniority.  |


The postman always rings nice


October 11, 2008

Over 3,000 Postal Workers Take Early Out In First Round
The U.S. Postal Service has accepted more than 3,000 voluntary early retirements as part of the first of three rounds of cutbacks extended to 156,000 workers across the country. As of Friday, 3,685 mail handlers, clerks and low-level supervisors in processing plants and at retail windows across the country had accepted the first buyout offer made to 72,000 eligible employees, said Greg Frey, a postal service spokesman. |


Rattlesnake In Mailbox Bites Contract Carrier  |  


October 10, 2008

Postal Service One of Best Companies for Hispanics

Two PMRs admit taking postal funds

Postman accused of stealing, writing checks to pay bills

Pit bull owner on trial for attack on postal carrier

Masked man robs tiny Pennsylvania post office


October 9, 2008

NALC President Young Denounces Postal Management Video About Street-Only Work (PDF) - NALC will not accept any concept developed unilaterally by postal management developed outside the route inspection task force, much less a contract-violating "full-time street" concept like the one proposed by the Deputy Postmaster General. "I urge all members to remain calm," President Young said. "NALC is proceeding with the negotiations with the Postal Service through our task force and we expect to reach win-win solutions on the issues of route evaluations and inspections. |  


APWU Activists Work to 'Defend Our BMCs'
The APWU "Defend Our BMCs Committee," which was established to combat USPS attempts to privatize work at the nation's 21 Bulk Mail Centers, has made its first inroads into the legislative arena, meeting with aides to both of New Jersey's U.S. senators in early October. The committee was formed at a BMC Conference just prior to the National Convention in August, and held its first meeting, via teleconference, in late September. On Oct. 2, BMC committee members met with aides to New Jersey's U.S. Senators, Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg. |


Mail Handlers : USPS Faces Economic Difficulties
The National Office is hearing all kinds of stories from the membership and the Local Union officers, mostly concerning over-reactions to this drop in volume by local management, including threats to cut entire tours from an installation, to excess and/or abolish jobs, and to close down entire buildings. Another postal union even has indicated that layoffs might occur. Representatives of the NPMHU have met with officials at postal headquarters on these issues, and they assure us that there are no blanket orders to eliminate tours, or to take any drastic action if it does not make business sense. Layoffs, moreover, would be absolutely a last resort.


W.Va. post offices adjusting hours during economic crisis

Citing tough financial times, the United States Postal Service has already cut back retail hours at more than a fourth of West Virginia post offices and more changes are expected. Closing, lunch and opening hours have been changed by up to an hour at 179 post offices around the state, said David Walton, a postal service spokesman. |


Two Longtime Texas Postal Clerks Arrested After Falsifying Financial Reports

Postal Bulletin 10/09/08 Issue

Health Premiums: You Really Want The Truth?

Sartell, MN woman charged with three counts of mail theft


October 8, 2008

22 Philly Postal Workers Share $10.2 Million Lottery Prize

the group includes mail handlers, clerks and one supervisor. They all work in the same area and pooled their lottery money for years until they hit the big one this past weekend.   |  


Kentucky postal worker indicted on theft charges

Two Houston mail carriers charged in federal indictments

Mail carrier airlifted to hospital after collision

Postal worker alerts woman in burning house

Postmaster Gets 17 1/2 Years For Plot To Kill Ex-wife  |


October 7, 2008

To Endorse Or Not

Mike Causey: Where you stand, especially in politics, depends on where you sit! Case in point, yesterday's column. The subject: Political endorsements by federal-postal unions. In this case, the president of the American Postal Workers Union, one of the biggest, strongly advised members who NOT to vote for. We got a batch of e-mails on both sides of the endorsement issues. The majority were from people who don't like it when unions of federal or postal workers make political endorsements. Some identified themselves as union members, but most were not.   |


DM Hiring Cuts Seen for Remainder of Year

Dog attack stops mail deliveries

Arizona City residents win fight for street delivery of mail

Texas Postal worker indicted for mail theft

Shiny new post office isn't so shiny

APWU: Nine More U.S. Reps Co-Sponsor Mail Network Protection Act


October 6, 2008

At the Postal Service, Talk of Layoffs
Here's another sad sign of our economic times: Never before has the U.S. Postal Service laid off workers. Now, it's a real possibility. "For the first time in history, that is being considered," said Gerald McKiernan, a USPS spokesman. Already, the Postal Service is not hiring because it simply doesn't move as much mail as it once did. E-mail has taken an increasing amount of its business. McKiernan says mail volume dropped 11 percent in fiscal 2008, which ended Tuesday. That resulted in the service spending $2.3 billion more than it took in. 

Burrus: Very Few APWU-Represented Employees Will Face Layoffs

"Let me be clear: The possibility that the Postal Service may exercise its authority to layoff career employees is real, but it would affect very few APWU-represented employees. The 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement guarantees that each employee who is employed in the regular work force as of Nov. 20, 2006, “shall be protected henceforth against any involuntary layoff or force reduction during the term of this Agreement.   |

Playing Political Hardball  |
Pilot program offers Milwaukee postal carriers safe havens  |
Mailing Our Way to Solvency


October 5, 2008

Military seeing increase in mail

After 33 years, 'Smitty' retires from USPS

After 24 years, McGeehan mailing in retirement


October 4, 2008

Mail Carriers Disciplined For Not Finishing Routes In Eight Hours
Meriden, CT - Mail carriers are being singled out by the Meriden Post Office for disciplinary action because they can't finish their expanded routes in the allotted eight hours.  |  

Postal worker goes beyond call of duty

Illinois Postal Worker to plead guilty in money order kiting scheme
First Circuit bars suit alleging Postal Worker stole campaign mail

October 3, 2008

Congressman Asks Boston Postal Managers For Explanation Of Outsourcing Vehicle Maintenance Work - Expressing concern about the outsourcing of maintenance and repair work on postal vehicles, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) wrote to the USPS Boston District Manager and asked for an explanation of USPS policy. Rep. Lynch wrote the letter in response to complaints from Boston Metro Area Local Motor Vehicle Services Craft President Bill Weaver. In a letter to Postmaster General John E. Potter, [PDF] Weaver outlined concerns about the security of the mail, the lack of training of subcontractors, and the cost of subcontracting, as compared with assigning the maintenance and repair work to postal employees.  |


APWU: Dispute Over Notification to Locals of Subcontracting Appealed to Arbitration -The APWU has appealed to national-level arbitration a dispute over the Postal Service's obligation pursuant to Article 32, Section 1.C., of the National Agreement, to furnish the Union at the local level notification of subcontracting of bargaining unit work within their respective installations. |


Jury convicts ex-postal worker of fraud

Crash victim Linwood postal worker

Researcher says evidence shows website compromised

USPS outsourcing public relations
2 men rob Texas Post Office


October 2, 2008

USPS Testing Three-Wheeler To Replace Some Delivery Vehicles  - Potter said USPS has as a goal reducing energy use 30 percent by 2015. On display at the event were alternative-fuel vehicles, including the T3, a three-wheeler that runs solely on electricity for less than a penny a mile. It's being tested in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona as a possible replacement for some traditional fuel delivery vehicles. Potter said USPS has identified 2,000 delivery routes that can be made walking routes, and is looking at adding to our bicycle routes.   |


Atlanta's Mail Carriers Hit by Gas Shortage

Before he can even begin his route, Stanley Whitney feels the bite of the gas shortage nawing at his nerves. He looks at his gas gauge near empty. For Whitney, instead of mail stops, it's gas stops. Many stations near Whitney's Dekalb post office are still out of gas. The owners courtesy call when they're in stock. But there are no favorites, no preferential treatment not even for the mailman.  |


USPS Vision 2013 Letter (PDF) | Vision 2013 (PDF) | Overview (PDF)

Post office features drive-thru convenience

After 33 years, Craigville Postmaster says goodbye


October 1, 2008

NALC President Cautions Postal Service On Slashing Delivery Costs Outside Contract - NALC is committed to working with the Postal Service to find ways to deal with the difficult circumstances facing us.” However, he cautioned the Postal Service from launching unilateral initiatives to slash delivery costs outside the parameters set by the National Agreement. “Our union is deeply engaged in efforts to find win-win solutions for the parties; we will act responsibly, but we will not accept management dictates that violate our rights,” Young said.  |


VER Timeline Released for Postmaster and other EAS

Mail carriers to bring drugs in anthrax attack

Postal worker attacked with hammer over man

Message From PMG Potter

PMG Kicks Off Year-Long Conservation Campaign

1 Detroit post office closed; hours cut in two others   |

Postman? Wait a minute, cops say, he's a Potman  |

Former mail carrier accused of Seinfeld-like act  |

Jury watches video of ex-postal worker  |

Eight-vehicle crash kills postal worker

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