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Colorful Pay and Holiday Postal Calendar for 2014 (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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USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances || Senators Carper, Coburn React to USPS Second Quarter Losses || NAPUS: Issa Postpones Committee Consideration of New Postal Bill  Comments (Count)


Issa Postal Reform bill discussion allows residents to pay ‘fee’ to continue door to door delivery - National Association of Postal Supervisors - The draft also permits the Postal Service to reduce the delivery of first class mail to five days per week. Requires the Postal Service to deliver of packages six days per week until December 31, 2018. Obama administration’s 2015 Budget Policy recommendations for USPS updated 4-22-14  - Issa Prepares Postal Reform "Lite" - Rep. Darrell Issa (D-CA), chair of the House oversight committee, is drafting a new stripped-down postal bill that he says tracks the Obama Administration’s primary proposals for overhauling the Postal Service.  (It doesn’t, at least not entirely.)  Comments (Count)


USPS Records FY 2014 Second Quarter Loss of $1.9 Billion

Some comments in recent news reports suggest that all we need from Congress is help with restructuring our retiree health benefit plan,” said Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Our liabilities exceed our assets by $42 billion and we have a need for more than $10 billion to invest in new delivery vehicles, package sortation equipment, and other deferred investments. USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year - So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service? | NALC Rolando: Results reconfirm the steady improvement in USPS’ finances ||  Comments (Count)


CBRE CEO also serves on Board of Staples

Buried in the story is an interesting fact that no one seems to have noted before: CBRE CEO Robert Sulentic also serves on the board of Staples, a position for which he received $300,000 in 2011. “Asked whether he had played a role in the retailer’s USPS pilot program, a USPS spokesperson answered that the program ‘was solicited publicly through a [Request for Proposals].’  CBRE answered, ‘Mr. Sulentic is not involved in the day-to-day management of Staples,’ and referred questions regarding Staples’ programs to Staples   Comments (Count)


DOL Accuses USPS of Destroying Evidence in Whistleblower Case

 In 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor  sued USPS for retaliating against a Safety Specialist at the Seattle, Washington P&DC. The DOL notification included an “admonishment to refrain from destroying documents or records that might be requested by OSHA. The DOL is accusing USPS for failing to preserve the records as required.  Comments (Count)



Michigan Letter Carrier Attacked By Armed Robbers While Delivering Mail at 7:15 pm - Clarification: Police say 7:15pm, news media cite 7:20pm as the time of robbery. The postal worker told police he was walking back to his mail truck when he was approached by a man who then brandished a handgun.  According to police, the gunman forced the worker to the ground and took the vehicle’s keys so he could open the rear door to the mail truck  San Francisco Mail carrier robbed  Comments (Count)


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)


(Pittman) Edmond Walker Class Action EEO Against USPS Settled for $17.25 million

current and former employees in permanent rehabilitation assignments during the period March 24, 2000 to December 31, 2012.   Comments (Count)


Postal Clerks Suspended For Not Asking Hazmat Question About Perfume?

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Congresswoman Norton Seeks Answers From PMG On Postal Employees Delivering Mail After Dark -

Inspector general to probe late mail delivery

 Lose a Life to Save a Dollar’  |

Video: USPS Criticized Over Third Mailman Murder Since 2010

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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)


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)



October 31,  2014

Former USPS exec say postal financial and liquidity crisis is over for now

The Postal Service no longer frets about “the exact number of days” of cash balance it has on hand, he said. Instead, Kearney noted, “The compelling reason for reform voiced by USPS management has changed from we’re about to run out of cash to we need about $5 billion to update our truck fleet by 2017.”  Comments (Count)


Video: No mail in Santa Clara, CA neighborhood blamed on USPS overtime cuts

Retired postal worker wanted to know where's her mail. Letter carrier order off the street with mailbag still partially full. Some carriers claim it's due to the new no overtime policy. USPS said it is just a misunderstanding between the carrier and supervisor.  Comments (Count)


The ‘us’ in USPS: New video showcases Postal Service employees

A new Postal Service video showcases employees and their dedication to the organization. The three-minute production, which was filmed recently in Santa Clarita, CA, will be shown at new employee orientations. It’s also been posted on Blue so other employees can see it. The video features a Window Clerk, Customer Service Supervisor, Postmaster and District Manager. Comments (Count)


Don’t Forget: Tuesday is Election Day!

If right-wing extremists take over both houses of Congress, then Social Security and Medicare will be direct targets of the majority in both the House and Senate. And if anti-worker, anti-retiree governors take over state houses, then pensions are at risk, as well. Do you know your voting place so that you can prevent that from happening?  Comments (Count)


Senators Grassley and Harkin Call on USPS to Ensure All Absentee Ballots are Counted - “We must make all possible effort to ensure that every ballot receives a legible postmark between now and Election Day, next Tuesday, November 4,” said Grassley and Harkin. “ Comments (Count)


Video: Thief steals mail from cluster mailboxes in Southern California

Barber and his neighbors say they suspect the person who did this had a master key that only U.S. Postal Service mail carriers use, because the mailbox wasn’t forced open. Video: Thieves target South Austin community’s mailboxes Comments (Count)


NSA, Move Over: The Postal Service is America's New Privacy Problem

Kentucky woman charged with breaking into PO boxes


October 30,  2014

Video: Postal problems at New Orleans high rise resolved after TV station intervenes - When the U.S. Postal Service stopped delivering packages to a New Orleans high-rise, some residents had a tough time getting their medicine. Brown, who's 65 and diabetic, explained how she would walk several blocks through busy intersections and in the weather to retrieve packages at the main post office Comments (Count)


APWU: Questions and Answers on the 9,000 New Clerk Craft Jobs

The APWU and USPS have agreed to a set of Questions and Answers regarding the establishment of 9,000 new Clerk Craft jobs. The following questions and answers are provided for further clarification and guidance regarding the September 22, 2014 MOD Re: POStPlan Staffing of Offices, Filling of Assignments, PSE Usage and Conversions (POStPlan Staffing MOD), and the October 8, 2014 MOU Re: Pecking Order for Newly Created Positions in the POStPlan Installations (Pecking Order MOU). APWU, USPS Extend Memo on Filling Clerk Craft Residual Vacancies  Comments (Count)


Updated: Postal Worker killed in Illinois crash

a Rural Carrier Associate since 2012, was pronounced dead at the scene, The accident occurred about 12:35 p.m. in unincorporated Channahon Township, about 7 miles southwest of Joliet, 


Video: APWU President Dimondstein says Don’t Let Postmaster General Put USPS in a Museum Postmaster General Donahoe is implementing one of the greatest threats to the public Postal Service to date,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein says in a new video. 


Post Office to Berkeley: Drop Dead

The Postal Service has engaged with the City of Berkeley in the Section 106 process with the desire to reach a satisfactory agreement. It is unfortunate that we have been unable to reach such an agreement Rally to stop USPS sale of Berkeley Post Office scheduled for November 1st   Comments (Count)


Florida Postal Worker arrested for allegedly selling pills out of mail truck

Florida city carrier assistant  is under arrest -- accused of dealing drugs out of her mail truck to  co-worker, a window distribution clerk. North Carolina letter carrier charged with selling drugs while on duty  Comments (Count)


Video: Oregon postal worker takes action to put crooks behind bars

It was an act of bravery and quick thinking at the Medford post office when a postal worker put an end to fake money orders circulating around the state.


Pennsylvania postal worker ejected from delivery vehicle in crash

A mailman sustained moderate injuries after being ejected from his delivery truck during a two-vehicle crash


Postal workers awarded for safe driving

Familiar Granville post office personality retires

Village Post Office (VPO) to Open in Henry County



October 29,  2014

Tacoma mailman accused of sexually harassing women on his route

Tacoma police on Wednesday arrested a postal carrier accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching several women for years on his delivery route.


USPS proposes to revise rules to involve communities more when relocating post offices - Under the proposed rule, the Postal Service will continue to notify communities and officials, and to solicit and consider input regarding proposals to relocate retail services or to add a new retail services facility.


Postal Service begins expanding into 1500 Staples

When the Postal Service said in July that it was not going ahead with the Staples pilot, the APWU called the announcement a “ruse.” "This attempt at trickery shows that the 'Don't Buy Staples' movement is having an effect,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “We intend to keep up the pressure until Staples gets out of the mail business.” It looks like Mr. Dimondstein was right. The Postal Service may have retreated from the pilot to put mini-post offices in 82 Staples, but it is going right ahead with expanding into 1,500 Staples, just under a different program. Within a few weeks, a sign like the one in the Second Avenue Staples store will be showing up in Staples across the country.


APWU: Plans Taking Shape for National Day of Action

Plans are taking shape for a National Day of Action on Nov. 14, when members of the four postal unions and supporters will send a powerful message to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governor’s: Stop Delaying America’s Mail. 


Evansville, IN Postal Manager charged with stealing veterans prescription drugs - A grand jury in Indiana has indicted a Manager of District Operations (MDO) at the Evansville, Indiana Mail Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) on charges of stealing prescription pain medication addressed to veterans in Indiana and Kentucky.

Open season for USPS employees health benefits begins in November

North Carolina letter carrier charged with selling drugs while on duty

USPS Provides Holiday Shipping Tips and 2014 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Postal Service expects 14% surge in holiday deliveries

Ex-firefighter sentenced to two months in jail for racially charged attack on mailman


October 28,  2014

USPS OIG Report Reveals Wider Monitoring of Mail in U.S.

The audit found that in many cases the Postal Service approved requests to monitor an individual’s mail without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization. Video: How the Postal Service is helping monitor snail mail  | Tracking the Postal Surveillance System


Frenemies: UPS, FedEx & the Post Office

If you are anything like me, you may have thought to yourself, “If the Post Office goes under, I’ll just ship things via UPS/FedEx. What’s the big deal?” 


APWU, USPS Settle Custodial Subcontracting Dispute

The APWU and Postal Service have reached an agreement that prohibits management from subcontracting cleaning services based on an employee’s voluntarily transfer from an office where USPS custodians are employed.


Expect Mail Delays After Closure of USPS Mail Processing Center in Tucson, AZ

In a report, the office of the inspector general wrote that the service didn’t study how service would be affected, or adequately inform the public of its plans. Sarah Ninivaggi, a public relations representative with the Postal Service, said the closures will go ahead, but impact studies – including one on Cherrybell – will be conducted starting in January. Overnight Delivery To Come To An End with Postal Service Changes  


Video: Tireless Columbus, OH Postal Worker Retiring After 58 Years on the Job

Moses Jamison has worked with the US Postal Service in Columbus for 58 years. Jamison says in that time, he’s seen just about anything you can imagine being shipped. 


USPS: Steps Postal Employees should take responding to customer complaints

There are several steps employees should take to address customer complaints about USPS products and services. “How we respond to our customers matters,” said Consumer and Industry Affairs VP Jim Nemec. “They deserve to have their concerns handled in an appropriate, professional and timely manner. This demonstrates we value their business.”


USPS: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Ohio: Postal LLV flipped on its side after being rear-ended

USPS Board Of Governors meeting on Nov. 14th open to public

USPS OIG investigating theft of Dayton mail by contracted truck driver


October 27,  2014

GAO: U.S. Postal Service: Information on Recent Changes to Delivery Standards, Operations, and Performance - The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) revised its delivery standards, which has generally increased delivery time for some First-Class Mail and Periodicals from 1 day to 2 days, notably by reducing mail with a 1-day standard. Carper: New GAO Report Finds Cuts to Operations, Service Delay Mail DeliverySenator Tester statement on GAO Postal Service report GAO: Montana mail service has suffered since 2011 cutbacks


Company files layoff notice for 261 employees at USPS Bolger Center in Maryland - Dolce International, the hospitality company that manages the U.S. Postal Service-owned conference center, filed notice of the layoffs on Oct 22nd. New management company at USPS Bolger conference center in Maryland


eNAPUS: Elections Really Matter!

With slightly more than a week before the November 4 Congressional elections, it is abundantly clear that political ground zero will be the fight to control the U.S. Senate. 


NALC election results announced

The National Election Committee, appointed at the 2014 NALC Biennial Convention in Philadelphia to conduct the election of national officers of the NALC for four-year terms, has announced the results of the election. NALC President Fredric Rolando and Executive Vice President Timothy C. O’Malley were re-elected following the nationwide vote. 


The USPS Studies Potential Income Growth Posed by 3D Printing

Iowa postmaster charged with stealing prescription drugs from mail


October 26,  2014

USPS Executive Q&A: Postal Service is operationally profitable but still needs Congress

- Jeff Williamson, chief human resource officer and executive vice president for the Postal Service, was in Madison recently where he met with commercial customers from some area businesses. He took time after the meeting to answer a few questions.   Comments (Count)


UPS might levy surcharges or turn away packages if retailers exceed holiday shipping quotas - UPS might levy surcharges or even turn away some holiday shipments this year if retailers surprise the delivery giant by dropping off more packages than they had planned.  Comments (Count)


Suspicious envelopes found at Florida Post Office

How FedEx is trying to save the business model that saved it millions


October 25,  2014

Photos: Letter carrier, wearing gloves and masks, delivers to apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer in New York

USPS Hiring in Washington State and Northern Idaho

Auditor warns of mail delays in Tucson
North Houston Post Office Burglarized

Campaigns look to more cost-effective direct mail options


October 24,  2014

Sale of Berkeley Post Office Rumored to Be in Escrow: City Initiates Lawsuit

California: The name of the purchaser is still secret, although there have been rumors that it is a Berkeley developer. Berkeley has not been informed by the USPS who the purchaser may be  Comments (Count)


Tennessee postal employee sentenced to prison for stealing meds from Vets

The mail handler stole thousands of dollars in medication from Armed Forces veterans throughout the region. The mail handler was also stealing items from parcels. In other 'people who are going to prison news' Three Houston Men Head to Prison for Robbery of Postal Vehicle - Inside man: The men pleaded guilty or found guilty for planning the robbery of a contract postal vehicle. The three men had received information that the vehicle contained more than $2 million in cash and valuables. NJ postal worker helps with second case against man charged with mailing fraudulent invoices to over 73,000 schools and colleges   Comments (Count)


Major postal centers hiring in Dakotas and Montana

Canada converts 100,000 customers to cluster boxes, only 4.9 million to go

Postal unions continue fight plant-closure battle in Kokomo, IN

Small post office in Washington State searching for new postmaster

Winter Fun and Global Wreath Forever Stamps Celebrate Holiday Mailings

Postal Service Truck Hits Woman in Wheelchair


October 23,  2014

USPS gets approval for ‘customized delivery’ market test of groceries, other prepackaged goods - On September 23, 2014, the Postal Service filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announcing its intent to conduct a market test of an experimental product called Customized Delivery. Customized Delivery is a package delivery service offering that will provide customers with delivery of groceries and other prepackaged goods, primarily during a 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. delivery window.   Comments (Count)


FMLA confidentiality provisions supersede OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements In a recent decision, the Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission held that the confidentiality provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) supersede OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements Comments (Count)


Video: Mail theft in Denver caught on camera

Police have arrested a woman who is believed to have been stealing mail in the Highlands area 


Pennsylvania postmaster sentenced for stealing mail, money

USPS: Customers should know the facts about COA services

Pit bull breaks through screen door, attacks female postal worker in Chicago suburb

Postmaster General Wins Dubious Publishing Honor

Final Coburn 'Wastebook' Hits Postal Service

Shandon residents say issues with the mail have gotten out of control

Iowa post office building at risk of collapse after construction accident


October 22,  2014

Updated with video: PMG discusses Election Mail, packages in latest video

“We can expect to see heavy volume right up until Election Day. So we’ve got to stay with it,” Donahoe says.  Comments (Count)


Video: Baby boy found abandoned in SW Houston post office lobby

A baby boy is now in Child Protection Service custody, after he was found in a post office lobby in southwest Houston, Texas.  Comments (Count)


Postal, Federal Retirees to get 1.7% cost-of-living adjustment for 2015

The annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) affects payments to over 70 million federal, postal retirees, disabled veterans and Social Security recipients, or about one fifth of the country.    Comments (Count)


APWU to Harvard President: Stop Staples Deal or Quit Board

The APWU has placed a full-page ad in The Harvard Crimson calling on Harvard University President Drew Faust “to do the right thing or resign.” from Staples board where she earns $300,000    Comments (Count)


USPS Photo: 1.2 billion miles driven by letter carriers, truck drivers each year

Postal Clerk pleads guilty to stealing prescription drugs from mail, burglarizing post office

Postal Employees urged to report suspected contract fraud to USPS OIG

Target Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Items until Dec 20th

Teens to prison for mail carrier assault


October 21,  2014

Postal Inspectors video: Vehicle of Interest in the Tyson Barnette 2013 murder

The US Postal Inspection Service needs your help 


Over 200 postal facilities to participate in new USPS National Recycling program Over 200 postal facilities to participate in new National Recycling program - USPS assigned duties of National Recycling Program to mail handlers, custodians.  


Raw video: Porch camera captures package theft

the suspect grabs the package and runs. The thief didn't even seem to notice the camera.


Staples probing possible payment card data breach

Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations in the Northeastern United States are currently dealing with a data breach.   Comments (Count)


Postal Hero: Rural Carrier David Zimmerman, Shortsville, NY

Fumes from package at Humble Post Office send 7 workers to hospital

The election traffic jam in San Francisco mailboxes

Video: USPS Apologizes For Declaring Man Dead

Postal employees hope public pressure delays or blocks USPS plans to move Roanoke processing to Greensboro


October 20,  2014

Video: 15,000 postal service jobs could disappear

Republican attack against the United States Postal Service grows, as the do-nothing Congress down make your mail delivery significantly slower. Ed Schultz and Sen. Bernie Sanders discuss Comments (Count)


Postal News: How to Get Away with Destroying America’s Heritage

Canada Post begins phasing out door-to-door mail delivery

NPMHU: Postal Unions Call for National Day of Action

Post Office in Corpus Christi, TX Closed

West Virginia PMR sentenced for theft of postal funds Aquires E-Commerce Software Company Shipworks

Royal Mail to recruit 19,000 people to help with Christmas rush

Ohio letter carrier helps injured woman

Sold American: An inventory of USPS disposed properties, 2009-2014

Postal clerks jobs uncertain after consolidation

USPS Proposing Relocation Of Marina Del Rey Branch Post Office

Dead Tree Edition: Google Loves Print, This We Know, For Its Guidelines Tell Us So

New City Having Trouble Getting Respect From USPS

Postal Retiree Pursues Lifelong Dream at 71

Ebola and your job description

Canada Post begins cutting mail delivery to homes


October 19,  2014

Oakland APWU Local Strikes Back at Abusive Postal Supervisor

The APWU Oakland Local #78 took the unusual step of launching an office-wide petition against Tour 1 Postal Supervisor. The petition, which has more than 100 signatures, details years of unacceptable conduct.  Comments (Count)


Famous Postal Workers

Village Post Office Coming to New Beaver

No traditional mailboxes for new subdivisions

Truck slams into Needham, MA post office

Animal control officers rescue mailman from menacing pit bull

USPS DMM Revision: Hold For Pickup Service Expanded to Additional Products


October 18,  2014

2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 17, 2014

Suspicious package meant to steal mail



October 17,  2014

Idaho mother claims mail carrier won’t deliver medical supplies for terminally ill infant - KXLY contacted the post office and they said the mail carrier claims the landlord has a restraining order against him so he can't go near the property.  Comments (Count)


OPM final rule on Temporary Feds Health Care benefits exclude USPS non-career employees - OPM is issuing a final rule to modify eligibility for enrollment under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to certain temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees who are identified as full-time employees. This regulation will allow newly eligible Federal employees to enroll no later than January 2015.  Comments (Count)


Congresswoman asks PMG to reconsider plant consolidations of 82 facilities without public input The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today released a letter Norton sent to United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe that asks him to reconsider the consolidation of more than 80 mail-processing centers in January 2015 that will delay First-Class and other mail delivery, without public input.  Comments (Count)


Video: Cops catch four suspected thieves in Albuquerque area mailbox vandalisms - Four suspects are behind bars in connection to a rash of mailbox vandalisms around the Albuquerque metro. USPS was replacing 10 cluster mailboxes a day in Albuquerque area.


Massachusetts Postal Worker charged with stealing over $2,500 from the mail

Overloaded electrical circuits sparks small fire at Muskogee, OK post office

Amazon Confirms It Will Deliver Fresh Groceries in New York City

Video: Postal Service Battles Illegal Drug Shipments

Two Ohio mail carriers facing mail theft charges


October 16,  2014

Postal Unions Tell PMG, BOG: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

“The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said.   Comments (Count)


Postal workers take Canada Post to court to save home delivery

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is launching a constitutional challenge of Canada Post’s plan to axe door-to-door home mail delivery  Comments (Count)


Video: 30-second, $9K-theft caught on surveillance camera

Amazon hiring 80,000 seasonal employees for holiday this year

USPS: ELM Revision – Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)


October 15,  2014

Next in postal privatization: Goin Postal counters in 2,000 Walmarts

The Goin Postal pack-and-ship company has signed a deal to put small postal stores inside of 2,000 Walmarts. While the Postmaster General will probably say it's all about customer convenience, the deal represents yet another step in the privatization of the Postal Service. These postal stores, it should be noted, aren’t exactly the same as the mini-post offices that the Postal Service tried piloting in 82 Staples late last year. The Goin Postal stores are part of the USPS Approved Shippers program, which consists of stores that can also offer FedEx, UPS, DHL, and anything else they want. They make their profit by charging a fee on top of the USPS pricing.  Comments (Count)


USPS Bay-Valley District Manager says he will 'Break' the Unions

Clerk duty assignments are being abolished and reposted on an unprecedented level in the history of our Local. It has been happening in the majority of our offices and throughout the Bay-Valley District... The culprit is District Manager Mark Martinez, who has taken it upon himself to micro-manage every Clerk in every Post Office.  Comments (Count)


USPS updates plan for involuntary reassignments in 2015

USPS notified APWU that an operational review has resulted in a reduction of the number of impacted full-time clerks in the Pacific Area . (Note: the list is subject to change )  Also the list for impacted employees in Tacoma, WA was omitted from the previous list of offices . 2015 USPS Plant Consolidation Schedule Updated October 10, 2014 Comments (Count)


PMRs and PMR Annuitants Receive MOU Impact Notice

The notices let both the PMR and the PMR annuitants know that they could still be used in 2-hour offices if they chose to continue to be PMRs. Comments (Count)


Northern California resident warns of USPS consolidation impact on mail delivery times

Jacksonville USPS sorting facility to take on Gainesville mail

400 pieces of mail stolen from vehicle in Des Moines, Iowa

Why Mail Still Matters in Politics

Man claims Canada Post took four days to close unlocked mailbox

The Little Post Office That Could


October 14,  2014

The Postal Service’s Union-Busting Law Firm

With negotiations for a new contract set to begin on Feb. 19, 2015, it’s worth noting that in the past, when talks have ended in arbitration, the USPS has used the anti-union law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius to represent management’s interests.  Comments (Count)


Google’s shopping service charges membership fees

New Jersey mailman charged with theft in connection with stolen tax return checks

Meet the mailman who mapped Rio’s slums before Google could

Postal Inspectors: Don't Fall for 'I've Fallen' Device Scheme


October 13,  2014

USPS award contracts worth $37 million to update PARS, FSS and AFSM Systems - USPS awards Siemens Postal Parcel and Airport Logistics a contract to update the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS)  and a second company for the FSS and AFSM100.Comments (Count)


Fundraiser and donation page setup for Texas Letter Carrier Needing Heart Transplant - Friends and family are working to raise funds for am Army vet and letter carrier who desperately needs a heart transplant. 52-year-old Clement Raymond Smiley is in need of a heart transplant after battling congestive heart failure for the past four years, according to his family. A fundraiser is being organized for November 2nd.. Donations are also being accepted via the page that has been set up for the Smiley family.


Invisible Hands: The Businessmen’s Campaign to Dismantle the Post Office

The leaders of the Postal Service have made no secret of their plans for reforming the postal system. They have issued white papers, given speeches, presented “optimization” programs, and appeared before Congressional committees. The plans are clear: eliminate the layoff protections in union contracts; cut the career workforce by nearly half while tripling the number of non-career workers  Comments (Count)


Canada: Thieves break into community mailboxes

Thieves pried open a community mail box in West Kelowna Friday night, accessing several people’s personal information. Cst. Hall with West Kelowna RCMP said there have been at least 12 similar incidents in the Central Okanagan in the past three weeks. West Kelowna residents found opened mail scattered on the ground nearby Saturday morning Comments (Count)


USPS Hiring Automotive Technicians and City Carrier Assistants

The U.S. Postal Service is now actively seeking qualified applicants to fill Career City Carrier and Automotive Technician jobs, as well as a wide variety of temporary postal jobs in the Midland-Odessa area.  Comments (Count)


USPS seeks info for buying 10,000 Right Hand Drive vehicles

The United States Postal Service is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to evaluate the possibility of purchasing a new commercially available Right Hand Drive vehicle to supplement its existing fleet of light delivery vehicles.  Comments (Count)


Video: Postal Worker thanks colleague for turning bad days into good ones

Helping endangered wildlife species one stamp at a time

Parcel set to deliver for doormen-deprived Manhattanite

The most expensive postal code in the U.S. - and nobody knows about it

Has public forgotten the tradition of Columbus Day?

USPS closes Benedict Post Office because of no contract

Getting to know a small-town postal worker



October 12,  2014

Postal Service calling on retired employees to help during holiday season

Officials with the United States Postal Service announced this week that retired city carriers can temporarily return to their jobs during the peak-mailing season. According to the USPS, retired employees can sign up for Holiday Term City Carrier Assistant positions beginning Dec. 6. Their positions will be for a four-week period ending Jan. 2.


OPM Medical Retirement: The Postal Worker of Today

By Robert R. McGill -  We love our local postal worker, but treat the greater macrocosm of the U.S. Postal System with disdain and dumbfounded desecration of shameless effrontery. But for all of the faults inherent in a system of Constitutional legitimacy, there are laws which continue to protect, and to provide a semblance of partiality in looking out for the best interests of the hurting U.S. Postal Worker.  Comments (Count)


Victim of money-order scam wants refund but USPS delaying payment

Joseph Hightower says U.S. postal investigators agree he got ripped off last year when he bought a $600 money order to pay his rent.  Comments (Count)


EEOC sues FedEx for discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing

Mail removed from earthquake damaged NAPA Post Office

Third Bush on the Right: USPS Grocery Deliveries Would Need Lots of TLC From Carriers

Will UPS Blow it Again This Christmas?

Postal worker who lost both legs in accident honored with party on 20th anniversary


October 11,  2014

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker

Two months from her scheduled retirement, a rural postal worker was killed Tuesday in a two-vehicle collision along her FM 1300 route. Kentucky mailman injured in accident


Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days

The joy of snail mail


October 10,  2014

Chicago NALC Branch VP 'Not Guilty' of criminal charges from arrest at post office - The vice president of a Chicago NALC Branch 11 was cleared Friday of misdemeanor trespassing and resisting arrest when a Cook County judge found that he committed no crime when he visited a Norridge post office.  Comments (Count)


Court Rejects Mail Handlers Union Suit to Overturn Arbitrator's Decision

The arbitrator determined that improper notification and untimely response on the part of the union excused USPS’s failure to raise the issue of timeliness in its Step 3 response and, as a result, the grievance was not arbitrable.  The court agreed  Comments (Count)


More than 8,000 San Francisco ballot packs damaged in USPS sorting equipment

So far, the postal service has returned 5,456 damaged ballot packets to the elections department, and another 3,000 to 5,000 were expected to be returned on Friday Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days Comments (Count)


APWU: PMG Expands Staples Dirty Deal

The USPS and Staples are upping the ante as well: On Oct. 7 management notified the APWU that it plans to expand the program to all 1,500 Staples stores in the U.S.  Comments (Count)


NALC Endorses Issa Challenger and 25 Republican Candidates

NALC has released a VOTER GUIDE for its members. The challenger Dave Peiser is running against Rep. Darrell Issa in California's 49th Congressional District. While NALC has endorsed Peiser, they have also endorsed 25 Republicans. Comments (Count)


APWU President Mark Dimondstein calls for PMG Donahoe’s resignation

In an exclusive interview with POLITICO, Mark Dimondstein, president of the 200,000 member American Postal Workers Union, calls for the resignation of Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe  Comments (Count)


NAPUS: Vacant Part-time Post Office 6-Hour Offices To Be Posted

USPS Organizational Effectiveness has advised that the Postal Service is moving forward with postings concerning all vacant PTPO 6-hour offices from October 14th through October 29th

Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

USPS OIG: Revenue Protection Rules (PDF)

Haz-mat investigating contents of suspicious package mailed to a business in Chattanooga, TN

Go Postal? - Why a job as a letter carrier may be the best you'd ever get

Kersey man retires from USPS with 30 years

South St. Louis post office closed after being set on fire


October 9,  2014

APWU: Remedy for Violations of PSE Cap – Conversions, Not Terminations!

The APWU and USPS have settled a dispute over the proper remedy for violations of contractual limits on the number of PSEs that can be on the rolls at any given time. APWU: ‘Pecking Order’ Set for Filling New Positions in POStPlan Offices   Comments (Count)


Video: USPS replacing 10 cluster mailboxes a day in Albuquerque area

Vandals and thieves are keeping the United States Postal Service very busy around the metro area. Crews are struggling to keep up with the dozens of cluster mailboxes they’re being forced to replace each week.  Comments (Count)


Feds Should Keep an Eye on the Race to Replace Darrell Issa

[Postal and ] Federal employees following the mid-term congressional races should tune into another contest that could more directly affect their pay and jobs: The campaign to become the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Comments (Count)


Postal Worker killed while repairing USPS truck in Hicksville, New York

Police say David Zimmerly was fixing the truck at the postal service’s maintenance facility Rhode Island Postal employee taken to hospital after forklift accident Comments (Count)


Giant Eagle executive nominated to USPS board of governors

President Obama nominated David S. Shapira, executive chairman of Giant Eagle, ( (retail grocery store chain),to the board of governors of the United States Postal Service, the White House announced on Wednesday  Comments (Count)


Couple sentenced for stealing more than 50,000 pieces of mail in 80 Texas cities - According to court record, from December 2013 until March 2014, the defendants conspired to steal U.S. mail and other Government property by breaking into U.S. Post Offices and blue mail receptacle boxes located outside of post offices   Comments (Count)


Mail stolen from letter carrier’s vehicle in Pittsburgh PA

Mail was stolen from a letter carrier’s personal vehicle that had its rear windshield and a side window broken Wednesday afternoon  Comments (Count)


McGowan replaced as USPS stamp chief; Tackett new acting manager

Video: Vandals blow up Racine Wisconsin mailboxes

Maryland Postal Worker Indicted For Workers Compensation Fraud


October 8,  2014

OIG: USPS did not complete service standard impacts or inform stakeholders for Phase 2 - The Postal Service has not analyzed the impact of planned service standard changes or informed stakeholders of the changes related to Phase 2 consolidations. Comments (Count)


Video: $50K Reward Offered For Info On Postal Carrier Robbery in Miami

“They pointed a gun at her head and demanded the key then they took off running in the opposite direction,” said U.S. Postal Inspector Blad Rojo.  Comments (Count)


Berkeley City Council passes zoning overlay to limit use of post office up for sale - Last week, the Berkeley City Council approved a proposal, to establish more restrictive development standards in Berkeley’s civic center on nine parcels, including the historic post office at Allston Way and Milvia Street. The historic post office has been up for sale since 2012.  Comments (Count)


Gone Postal’ Director seeks mail carriers for film project

help us find Mail Carriers willing to have our director Jay film you on your route serving the people 


UPS taps new delivery tool: Other stores

UPS is testing out the use of neighborhood stores as backup pick-up spots to improve service and lower its costs amid stiffening competition.  Comments (Count)


Nine people arrested in ‘sticky-mailbox’ mail theft scheme

Postal and Federal employees were key to gay marriage court victories

New ZIP codes in Beaverton, Aloha create unexpected headaches

Video: Photo shows post office vehicle parked in handicap spot

Date set for USPS Lafayette plant closure

Mailers Sent By Koch Group Appear Designed to Misdirect Voters in Key U.S. Senate Race

PRC rule lays out USPS unfair competition complaint process


October 7,  2014

Postal employees’ health premiums will go up significantly more in 2015

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has announced the average premium rate for the 8.2 million people covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program will increase by 3.2 percent in 2015. 


Video: Kansas City boy recounts crash with postal truck that killed his 13-year-old best friend - Friends and family of a 13-year-old boy who died Saturday morning when a U.S. Post Service Mack tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was riding in held a candlelight vigil Monday night in his honor. Crash involving postal truck, car kills teen in Missouri -Driver of postal truck may face charges ) Comments (Count)


Video: Post office box holders say they were never notified by USPS about break-ins - The United States Postal Inspector’s Office s investigating a series of post office box break-ins at the Lake City Post Office Branch. One customer said he found out that his post office box was tampered with when he checked his mail last week.  Comments (Count)


Video: Postal worker attacked by dogs in Schenectady

West Unity Ohio Postal employee under investigation for financial irregularities

USPS mail carrier robbed at gunpoint in NW Miami-Dade

Letter carrier bitten by two dogs in Schenectady, NY

Cherrybell postal center can still be saved

OPM cuts retirement application backlog again

Death Penalty Sought for Postal Worker Slaying
Hefty Back Tax Bill For Scranton Postal Workers


October 6,  2014

USPS awarded  contracts to six companies for IT projects worth $30 million

San Rafael, CA postal workers don pink shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

USPS recommended mailing dates for troops overseas

Singapore Rolls Out Next-Gen Post Offices

Post office is going pink

The New, Improved Generation of Instant Delivery Services 

UK: Seven days a week for new Reading town centre post office

Australia Post records loss for the first time, considers changes to delivery schedules

“Irate” Boynton post office customer throws box at worker, police say

Philadelphia Postal Worker Charged with Stealing and Embezzling Over $28,000 From Post Office

California Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing 57 Vehicle Batteries from USPS Mail Trucks

Minnesota lawmakers and community rally to save Duluth postal center

Video: First Village Post Office opens at rural grocery store in South Mississippi

Video: Virginia Woman Says Money Stolen Out Of Birthday Card She Got In The Mail

Mailboxes are Slowly Disappearing

How the Postal Service put your change-of-address information at risk

Future Uncertain as Minnesota Letter Carriers Rally Today


October 5,  2014

Video: Postal Employees, Local Leaders Rally to Save Duluth, MN Mail Center

Duluth Postal Services employees and leaders from across Minnesota rallied against closing Duluth’s mail processing center Monday. Minnesota USPS service cuts deemed 'mindless,' 'nonsensical'  


Candidate asks court to hold 20-year lawsuit against NALC officers until results of election- In previous years the NALC election of National officers has been held without any fanfare. But this year a team of letter carriers led by David W. Noble called “NALC Clean Sweep 2014″ are vying to replicate what happened in the APWU National Election. Comments (Count)


USPS stops curbside mail delivery and wants cluster mailboxes installed

USPS stops curbside mail delivery and wants cluster mailboxes installed-After receiving mail for a week upon moving into the Maple Shade Estates development in July, his mail delivery suddenly stopped.  Comments (Count)


Postal customers, workers protest proposed changes
Ocala FL woman sends inmate boyfriend drug laced love letter


October 4,  2014

NALC President Emeritus Bill Young responds to video by Candidate David Noble - Former NALC president sets the record straight on presidential candidate's platform  Comments (Count)


Army mailrooms cutting down on ‘junk mail’

Around 1.5 billion pieces of official and personal mail are processed through military mail rooms annually, serving nearly 3 million service members and civilians Defense Department wide.   Comments (Count)


He’s the whole package – mailman and friend

A good mailman is like a crackerjack barber: You hope you die or leave town before they do. Alex Dang is a good mailman, except that, in retiring after 47 years with the Postal Service, he’s breaking hearts along the avenues, Comments (Count)


Video: Postal worker ‘laughs hysterically’ trying to run over person

A postal service worker has been arrested for trying to run over someone who was documenting the worker’s offensive behavior toward another person, Bellevue police said. Comments (Count)


Crash involving postal truck, car kills teen in Missouri

Driver of postal truck may face charges Comments (Count)

Video: From Your House To Grandma’s-How Mail Gets Sorted & Delivered

Boston: USPS says "no thank you" to $350 million for channel property

Raritan letter carrier recognized for life saving effort

American Stamp Dealers Association Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Jury convicts former Louisiana postal worker for stealing $275 in gift cards from mail


October 3,  2014

Jack Daniel Distillery petitions USPS for commemorative stamp to honor founder - Included with its petition is a letter signed by every member of Tennessee’s congressional delegation supporting the request.  Comments (Count)


USPS Delivers Teddy Bears for Kids in Crisis

The residents of the mountain community of Divide, CO, have purchased more than 160 teddy bears from their Post Office as a giftComments (Count)


USPS Mail Bins Crowd Sidewalks In New York Financial District

Suspect arrested in Arkansas Post office robbery

Honoring 50 Years of Service at Post Office

Marred Mailboxes Are Community Eyesores

Raritan letter carrier recognized for life saving effort

Congress's Research Arm Cites Retiree Fund as USPS's Undoing

Is Amazon Planning a Shipping Revolution?

Highway Contract Route Electronic Payment Process (PDF)

Dormant Advance Deposit Permit Accounts (PDF)

Management Alert – Manual Package Counting and Conversion Factors

Voyager Card Program for Highway Contract Routes - Pooling Policy Concerns and Related Overpayments (PDF)


October 2,  2014

USPS awards nearly $100 million in contracts for 4,000 Delivery Vehicles

USPS puts dent in replacing its aging delivery vehicles with the purchase of carrier route vehicles and body trucks. Comments (Count)


Wilt Chamberlain set to appear on Forever Stamp

Retirement Savings Funds Hit a September Slump

How to Avoid Costly Mistakes Filling Out Your TSP Forms

Colorado Man Wants to Bring Gun Into Post Office

Survey Shows Half of Americans Plan to Shop Online Earlier for Holiday Gifts

NALC: City Delivery Route Alternative Adjustment Process (CDRAAP) guidelines now available



October 1,  2014

USPS Board of Governors decide not to seek rate hike for January 2015

The Postal Service Governors have decided to maintain current product and service prices and not seek a market dominant price change at this time. Comments (Count)


USPS seeking at least 2,000 trailers for mail transportation during holiday season - The United States Postal Service is seeking to procure an independent supply of outsourced trailers for the transportation of mail to cover peak season needs for mail transportation during the holiday mailing season. Comments (Count)


Video: USPS AmazonFresh Deliveries

The Postal Service began a test in the San Francisco area this past August to see if delivering packages in the early morning hours was feasible.  Comments (Count)


Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

USPS hiring over 170 for holiday season at three Ohio facilities

Retired Letter Carrier is one of the oldest workers in the country

Video: Driver hits postal worker outside Ohio post office

Equipment Maintenance Allowance (EMA) Schedule for Rural Routes

Two DeKalb postal employees retiring with decades of service


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