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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's latest solution for aging Long Life Vehicles--keep body, replace frame

USPS would like to retain the best qualities of the current right hand drive long Life Vehicle (LLV) without having to redevelop what has been proven to work. The objective is to provide a new rolling chassis that will seamlessly mate with the existing body while capturing advances in vehicle technologies that have been developed in the last 20 years maintaining the existing vehicle payload requirement.   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 || 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)


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 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)



September 30, 2014

Nineteen postal workers were killed on the job in 2013

In 2013 57 federal employees were killed on the job, according to preliminary data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 54 in 2012 and 41 in 2011.  Comments (Count)


US Postal Management's Dysfunctional and Failing Culture

The “crisis” surrounding the Postal Service is in some ways much more complex than what has been reported in the broader media. In some ways, though it is very simply an attempt to eliminate a well paid unionized work force while privatizing an essential national communications network.  Comments (Count)


Betman named USPS VP and chief of staff

PMG Pat Donahoe has named Mitzi Betman vice president, Corporate Communications, and chief of staff.    Comments (Count)


Denver postal robbers get five years in federal prison

Quake damage, asbestos dust trap mail at Napa, CA post office

Canada: Edmonton postal workers may sell bus passes, report potholes

Customer churn a significant problem for USPS financial outlook

USPS Crowding Out Other Markets With New Initiatives?

With Berkeley set to change civic center zoning, USPS ponders lawsuit

AmazonFresh prepares to take on US east coast

Mail truck flips after crash

Video: Latest on USPS investigation into mysterious mailers

Video: California woman concerned over stolen packages at front door


September 29, 2014

Congresswoman Calls for USPS IG Review of mail delivery at Brooklyn Post Office - Velazquez is asking the IG to conduct an audit of the accuracy and timeliness of the mail delivery process at the Red Hook Post Office. Comments (Count)

Postmaster General says USPS issues ‘very fixable

Batman Honored by USPS to Celebrate 75 Years of the Timeless Super Hero

It's a Federal Crime to Dress Up as a Postal Worker If You're Not One

Pay, pensions, premiums. Going up!

Comic Con to Kick Off With Limited-Edition Batman Stamp


September 28, 2014

More info on ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’ and reemployment of retirees

There has been a lot of interest in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NALC and USPS regarding “Holiday Carrier Assistants.” The agreement allows USPS to reemploy retirees as “Holiday Carrier Assistants” during the four week December period as operationally necessary.   Comments (Count)


UK Postal Workers union barking mad at new dog treat called ‘Postman’s Leg’

POSTIES are barking mad after a dog bone called Postman’s Leg was launched in stores across Scotland. They say the natural beef bone, more than a foot long, is making fun of dog attacks on postal workers.   Comments (Count)


Forever Stamps: Not a Sexy Investment


September 27, 2014

Hopes dimming for postal service reform

Two years ago, lawmakers worked furiously to hammer out postal legislation, negotiating up to the very end of 2012’s super-size post-election session. But asked what the chances were for a deal this lame-duck session, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made a circle with his thumb and index finger and said: "Zero." “It’s over,” Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, added before lawmakers left Washington last week.  Comments (Count)


Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA)

Blue Wheels: Life of a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) - A writer becomes a carrier for the #USPS out of a long-held love for the mail. What she discovers are screams, threats, lies, labor violations, and dog attacks. a veteran of Afghanistan wife and young child had been in a car accident and were taken by ambulance to the hospital. His supervisor told him he could visit them, but he had to return to deliver the mail.  Comments (Count)


Video: USPS denies $200 insurance claim for package delivered to wrong address - USPS denies $200 lost package insurance claim after they delivered it to the wrong address. Their reason for denial to sender? "It was delivered." Comments (Count)


USPS retiree reflects on productive 36-year career as rural carrier

USPS investigating theft of Municipal Court’s mail from Post Office Box


September 26, 2014

Postal Service vows to move ahead with closures of Petaluma, Eureka plants

Despite harsh words from a congressman and pleas from dozens of residents and business owners, the Postal Service remains intent on closing two processing centers affecting the mail service of hundreds of thousands of North Coast residents. Comments (Count)


OIG: USPS unable to validate $$millions spent on travel related to detail assignments - This report presents the results of our self-initiated audit of the Management of Detail Assignments Follow-Up. Our objective was to follow up on the U.S. Postal Service’s progress in managing detail assignments, associated travel costs, and consistency of detail assignment policies OIG: USPS craft employees improperly authorized Highway Contract Routes Extra Trips  Comments (Count)


Indiana Postmaster Relief charged with embezzlement

A Postal Worker from Rockport, Indiana was charged with embezzlement following an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Office of Inspector General.  


USPS working with HHS Health IT to build system to access employees health records across platforms? Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes there are assets and methods outside of the medicine space that healthcare professionals could use to develop health IT systems  Comments (Count)


FDNY fires smoke eater who smacked black postal worker, used racial slur

Massachusetts Woman Sentenced for Mailing and Tweeting bomb, Anthrax and Death Threats

NALC: Overtime equitability test extended until December 31, 2014

Amazon's Grand Plan to Avoid Holiday Delivery Snafus Again

Michigan Democratic Party Endorses Staples Boycott

Bear blocks door delivery


September 25, 2014

Brooklyn mailman arrested for not delivering 40,000 pieces mail

Joseph Brucato was arrested Wednesday after investigators found more than one ton of undelivered mail in his home, locker and car,  Portland, OR postal worker accused of stealing mail and ID theft  Comments (Count)


USPS in Oregon and Texas hiring over 300 holiday temp employees

LAPD sergeant’s daughter gets to two years for killing postal worker in hit-and-run

Letter Carrier extinguishes house fire

Lakewood post office to close

Drone delivery: DHL 'parcelcopter' flies to German isle

Identity thieves find a new way to dupe victims-(putting  hold on mail


September 24, 2014

PMG Donahoe updates employees on grocery deliveries, Staples shipper program - Updated with video- National scanning rates recently reached 96 percent, an important milestone that PMG Pat Donahoe praises in his latest State of the Business video message to employees.  Comments (Count)


USPS ‘Post Plan’ update: Staffing will change at some Remotely Managed Post Offices - The type of employees who perform work in some Remotely Managed Post Offices (RMPOs) where hours have been adjusted through the Post Plan will change.  Comments (Count)


California Congressman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Mail Processing Facility Closures - Huffman: “I am frustrated at the Postal Service’s lack of transparency throughout this process, disregard for public input, and ambivalence to the impacts reduced service standards will have on local communities  Comments (Count)


USPS in Utah to hire 360 holiday temp employees and 40 city carrier assistants

In the coming weeks the U.S. Postal Service will hire approximately 400 employees to work at select Utah Post Offices; 360 of the positions are temporary for the holidays only, and 40 are year-long appointments. USPS hiring holiday help in Indiana  


USPS expanding market test on grocery delivery services

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. The Postal Service may also test other customized delivery windows as part of this market test   Comments (Count)


APWU: Teachers Union to Staples CEO: We’re Not Buying

Video: Senator Carper Addresses Senate on Importance of Postal Reform

Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City

US Virgin Islands Postal Clerk Convicted of Embezzling $30,000 from USPS


September 23, 2014

NALC and USPS new agreement allows hiring retirees to work as ‘Holiday Carrier Assistants’- The NALC and USPS have entered into the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Holiday Carrier Assistants – 2014 . This MOU allows the Postal Service to begin hiring retired employees that wish to work during the upcoming four week December period NALC and USPS agree to new joint route adjustment process Comments (Count)


Video: USPS issue with customer’s priority flat rate envelope

Customer claims she is within guidelines of shipping flat rate envelope


OIG: USPS misclassified $$$millions of operating expenses as training

potentially impacting the Postal Service’s ability to make informed financial decisions Comments (Count)


NLRB Orders USPS to Give APWU unredacted Info on HCR contractors

The Union, in the instant case, is entitled by contract to recapture work that has been contracted out to HCR contractors if that work can be performed for less in-house.  Comments (Count)


Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall -- or Do Both
Deadtree Edition - The 4.3% exigent increase that was implemented in January is the source of the unusual uncertainty. That surcharge is supposed to disappear after it yields the U.S. Postal Service an additional $3.2 billion, presumably in mid-2015.The three-judge panel considering an appeal of the exigency case seems unlikely either to eliminate the rate hike or to make it permanent, according to Stephen Kearney, executive director of the Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers. But based on the judges’ comments and questions during recent oral arguments, his reading of the tea leaves foresees a decent chance the judges will remand the case to the Postal Regulatory Commission with orders to revise it.  Comments (Count)

Wisconsin man charged after dispute with postal carrier over postage due


September 22, 2014

APWU Wins Major Victory on Staffing ‘POStPlan’ Post Offices

The ruling and MOU establish a minimum of 3,000 new Level 6 career jobs in six-hour offices and Level 18 offices. Positions in the six-hour offices must be staffed with full-time employees. The ruling and MOU also establish more than 6,000 new Level 6 non-career jobs in four-hour offices, to be filled by Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The union expects thousands of additional new career jobs to be created as the process unfolds. NAPUS: Decision is Reached on POStPlan Arbitration Clearly this will have an impact on PMRs in 4-hour RMPOs, vacant 6-hour RMPOs and 6-hour Postmaster positions in the future. Comments (Count)


NPMHU Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance The National Postal Mail Handlers Union has initiated a Step 4 grievance concerning violations arising from the Postal Service's plans to close or consolidate approximately 82 facilities starting in January 2015.  Comments (Count)


NLRB adopts get-tough remedy for USPS response to union information requests -The NLRB adopted a get-tough remedy last week involving information requests .


Cleveland USPS VMF manager gets 46 months in prison for taking bribes

The former manager of the U.S. Postal Service’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Cleveland was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for taking cash bribes in exchange for awarding business and contracts from the Postal Service 


USPS PS Form 3972, absence analysis, revised to reflect 2015 leave year

USPS: New Stamp ordering system deployed nationwide

Two Men Arrested After Picking Up 10-Pound Package of Pot at Post Office

Wish we could return this Bronx post office sale to sender

Postman gets six years for child molestation


September 21, 2014

Congressman confirms, USPS denies closure of downtown Texas post office

The U.S. Postal Service is planning to shut down the Downtown Bryan Post Office due to declining revenues, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, though his offices were not made aware of a timeline.But officials from Post Office Operations in Houston insist the office will remain open for now.The supervisor asked to see the letter given to The Eagle, and once handed to him refused to give back the letter, despite being asked to do so by a reporter twice. He also refused to give his name and title for the record, though he was wearing a name tag that identified him as Mark Kasner    Comments (Count)


FedEx warehouse workers in Canada join union in North America first

71-year-old part time postal worker not ready to quit working

Real estate appraiser says community mailboxes decrease home value

Bountiful, UT postal employee honored by postmaster general


September 20, 2014

Looks like Wilt Chamberlain is finally getting his stamp

USPS seeks employees for holiday ad campaign

Through Rain and Snow and Sleet, Should Nonprofits Back Up the USPS?

Retiring postmaster will miss seeing everyone


September 19, 2014

Video: Houston Postal worker rescued from flooded mail truck by co-worker

A letter carrier postal worker was stuck inside a mail truck in the middle of an intersection, with flood waters covering the tires of the vehicle and nearly reaching the hood. While numerous drivers passed her by, a fellow postal worker came to her aid.  Comments (Count)


Video: Union, along with community protest USPS relocating Florence, SC processing facility -“Having to move to Columbia and work and try to commute back to Florence would just not be reasonable…that’s just too far,” mentioned Nate Walker, State President for the American Postal Workers Union. "If you are a veteran who gets their medicine through the mail through the VA it's going to be delayed, if you are a lawyer who gets his check through the mail, it's going to be delayed. The Pee Dee deserves to get their mail on time just like Charleston, Columbia and Greenville,” added Isaac Nixon, President of the Florence APWU chapter.
California: APWU protests USPS mail processing plant relocation from Industry to Santa Ana - The union members, chanting that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wanted to “destroy” the postal service, said they came to send a message to Donahoe, who they say was supposed to tour the facility but canceled at the last minute.  Comments (Count)


Video: OSHA citation upheld finding USPS at fault in Missouri mailman’s heat death in 2012 - “The court found that the message to employees from top management down to supervisors was clear –heat is not an excuse for poor performance. This culture must change,” The Postal Service will pay a penalty of $70,000.  Comments (Count)


Video: Postal worker shot with BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia

Police say a female postal worker was delivering mail when she was shot twice with a BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia.  Comments (Count)


APWU: Maintenance Craft Defeats Improper Excessing

The APWU and USPS settled an important dispute, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced, stipulating that the Postal Service cannot declare an installation “non-maintenance capable” and use the designation to justify excessing Maintenance Craft employees  Comments (Count)


Video: Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes in Georgia


September 18, 2014

McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with PMG to discuss consolidation of Kentucky mail facilities - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah  Comments (Count)


Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

On Wednesday, September 18th,Stephanie Cooper, Eli – her one year old son, and Christopher Brown –their mailman, join “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to talk about how Christopher miraculously saved Eli’s life.


USPS Dispatching ‘Pink’ Vehicles to Help Sell One Billionth Breast Cancer Research Stamp - and to raise awareness - Since its inception in 1998, the semi-postal BCR stamp has raised more than $79 million for research from the sale of 975 million stamps sold. 


Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why

Last night, our U.S. Postal Service mail arrived at 6:30 pm. A few nights earlier, it arrived after 8 pm. Several WSB readers have e-mailed mentioning the same thing, and wondering why they’re getting deliveries so much later than before. Today, we have the answer. Comments (Count)


Louisiana Postal Employee busted for taking marijuana from packages

A seven-year city letter carrier  is behind bars after narcotics agents caught him removing  a large amount of marijuana from packages at the post office., The agents also found multiple weapons and thousands in cash at his home.  Comments (Count)


Video: Everett, WA Mailman caught on camera sideswiping car, driving off

For months an Everett, WA couple have been tangled in government red tape until local TV got involved and started to investigate.  Comments (Count)


Video: A Special Delivery for a Hero Mail Carrier

Postal Service cancels switch to cluster mailboxes in Lead-Deadwood, SD

Man hits Postal truck with BB gun, claims he was aiming for beer

Man upset about postage due faces disorderly conduct charge

Historically Speaking: Waiting for the mail

Ellen DeGeneres to honor postal hero Chris Brown today


FedEx to Increase Shipping Rates in January



September 17, 2014

NAPS Update: USPS Plant Moratorium Misses the Continuing Resolution Train

Hopes for a delay in the closure of 82 mail processing plants dimmed this week as Congressional lawmakers refrained from including the delay in a government catchall spending bill. NAPS joined with NAPUS in urging the PRC to reject USPS’s suggestion that the PRC, in assessing USPS costs, regard employee benefits as unnecessary and only required by law (9/18/14) Comments (Count) -

House resolution ignores provision addressing USPS consolidation plan -Lawmakers in the House debated the continuing resolution, which would fund agencies and avoid a government shutdown until Dec. 11, at length on Tuesday


NAPUS: USPS Strives to be Dominant Player in the Package Business

Donahoe said the agency is making good progress with its package business. He stressed the importance of competitive pricing. “Our people do a great job delivering,” he said. “We’ll be doing a lot of different things in the package world, but that’s what the market demands. We want to be ahead of it. We’ve got the network, people, product, visibility—everything to be the dominant player in that area. That will be our future.”


UPS hiring over 90,000 temp workers, adding thousands of vehicles, aircraft for Holiday delivery surge UPS faced criticism last Christmas when a surge in online shopping and a harsh winter caught the company off guard, leading to huge delays that frustrated customers and ran up costs. FedEx hiring more than 50,000 temporary workers for holiday season


Video: Mail store in Virginia leaves doors unlocked, letters and packages exposed -Boxes of packages and letters were in plain view of the strip mall’s busy sidewalk off of Manchester Boulevard. Normally, you need a key to get into a secure mailbox, but not on Tuesday. 


NY firefighter starts trial for allegedly racist road rage attack on postal worker

A Brooklyn judge is weighing whether a 300-pound New York City firefighter is a racist brute or merely a bully.


Kentucky Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic Threatening, Mail Theft, Menacing - A U.S. Postal Service employee from Greenville has been arrested for menacing, theft of mail matter and terroristic threatening.


USPS tests Spanish-language greeting cards

USPS: 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates


September 16, 2014

Cold case: Man pleads guilty in 1992 D.C. murder of postal worker

Prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 1992 shooting death of a DC mail carrier 


USPS Network Rationalization 24-Hour Mail Processing Plan

An overview of the new 24-hour mail processing plan    Comments (Count)


USPS one of top agencies with high reversal rates for dismissed EEOC discrimination complaints - In the equal employment opportunity (EEO) process for federal employees and applicants for federal employment, federal agencies initially process complaints of employment discrimination. In doing so, agencies may dismiss complaints without investigation on a variety of procedural grounds  Comments (Count)


NAPUS Works to Adjust to a Changing Postal Environment

Report from NAPUS 2014 national convention- The Postal Service is revamping Postmaster training. It will include a classroom, face-to-face component.  Comments (Count)


Court supervision ends for man who killed postal worker in 2001

USPS recruiting more city carrier assistants

APWU: $686 Cost-of-Living Raise in Paychecks Dated Sept. 26


September 15, 2014

USPS OIG seek suppliers for conducting neuroscience research

The Office of the (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service is requesting information via Federal Business Opportunities on suggested methodologies for conducting neuroscience research to understand the human response to and effectiveness of physical communications. Comments (Count)


APWU: Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee Appointed

With contract negotiations set to begin early next year, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced the names of union members who will serve on the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee  Comments (Count)


Farmington Post Office building gets cleaned up, charges dropped against postmaster

PRC: Protecting the public's interest: a model

Egypt's Suez Canal Stamp Features Panama Canal Instead

US Postal Services Confront Ever-Deepening Survival Abyss

St. Louis Mail Handlers Local President found guilty of embezzling over $40,000

Deputy Postmaster General delivers some answers about the postal service

Companies looking to same-day shipping to gain market share


September 14, 2014

UPDATED: USPS notified APWU and Mail Handlers of its plan for involuntary reassignments in January 2015 - Over 200 clerks and mail handlers may be excessed in  Pacific Area covering California and Hawaii. USPS notifies Local APWU of its plan to involuntary reassign Postal Clerks in January 2015 -" ...full-time clerks are going to be involuntarily reassigned (Excessed) from the craft and/or installation..." Comments (Count)


Residents say non-career postal carriers deliver more panic than mail

Flores acknowledges delivery failings because of reliance on backup carriers, not just at the complex, but everywhere.The problem, he said, is that the Postal Service has to hire non-career carriers to help fill gaps in staffing. Mail is delivered six days a week, but most carriers don’t work every day, he said. .  Comments (Count)


Video: USPS police dodge charger gets customized

Rate Cut Has Shippers Switching To USPS

Man accused of flashing mail carrier in New Orleans City Park

FOIA request reveals sales for Inverted Jenny stamp fell well below expectations

Massachusetts letter carrier honored for rescuing truck driver in crash

Endangered Species Semipostal Stamp Bill Headed to the President for Signature


September 13, 2014

Cherrybell Post Office processing center to close in April

Kentucky postal worker sentenced to prison on federal drug and theft charges

Boca Raton, FL Letter Carrier Charged With Molesting Child

North Carolina town bans curbside mailboxes in historic district

Woman shoots at ex-boyfriend in Palestine post office

Alert postal carrier credited with saving woman's life

Post office finds woman's sister's remains

'Hooded Bandit' bank robbery suspect embezzled $122K from USPS as a window clerk in the '90s


September 12, 2014

160 House Members Urge USPS Plant Closure Moratorium

A large body of Members of the House of Representatives -- 160 strong -- today called upon House appropriations leaders to include in the stopgap funding bill a one-year moratorium on the closure of the 82 mail processing facilities that are slated for consolidation by USPS, beginning January 2015. The 82 plants are located in 37 states. Comments (Count)


Did USPS forget to tell business customers about switch to cluster mailboxes?

No next day delivery, or in this case no mail delivery for months, to some business owners in Old Town Bluffton. Concerned neighbors reached out to NEWS 3 to get some answers on why they haven’t received main since June. 


Video: Postal customer spent 8 months trying to get his claim for missing mail approved

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries

Video: Postal Inspector’s Office investigating mysterious mailers


September 11, 2014

Postal Unions and 21st Century Coalition Send Joint Letter to Senate Committee
On September 9, 2014, the NPMHU, APWU, NALC and NRLCA, along with a business coalition that employs over 7.5 American workers in the mailing industry, wrote a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee requesting that the Committee place language in the appropriations bill freezing for one year the USPS plan (January 2015) to consolidate or close 82 mail processing plants. Why can’t Congress get anything done on postal reform? Comments (Count)


USPS COO says 66 per cent of overnight delivery and service standards will be preserved - “Our future network will preserve approximately 66 percent of current overnight delivery volumes, and Overnight Service Standards will remain available to commercial mail properly prepared, containerized and entered by critical entry times.”  Comments (Count)


Video: Strangest Things Sent In The Mail

Ripley disqualified 26 items (mostly because the post office bagged them as protection—complete with apology letters) = 13% of total. "We want to give a lot of credit to the U.S. Postal Service," Meyer said. "They delivered some very strange and sometimes very fragile items a long way with a 99 percent success rate."  


Senator Casey Calls on PMG to Keep Erie, PA Mail Processing Facility Open

Senator Bob Casey  joined the Erie City and County Councils in urging  USPS to keep Erie, PA Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) open. The Erie City Council passed a resolution last week  and the Erie County Council passed a similar resolution this week in support of keeping the Erie P&DF open and fully operational.   Comments (Count)


Senate hearing scheduled for reappointment of USPS Board of Governors chairman- Mickey D. Barnett, whose term expired December 8, 2013, is the current chairman of the USPS Board of Governors. Barnett was first appointed to the USPS Board of Governors by President George W. Bush on Aug. 17, 2006. Comments (Count)

Drunk driver runs stop sign, hits postal carrier in Tennessee

Postal vehicle overturns on loose gravel

IRS Can Now Withdraw Money from Your TSP Account to Collect on Tax Debts

USPS Offering Reward After Armed Robbery In Hartford

Pennsylvania Postal Employee Charged with Stealing Cash, Gift Card from Mail

Dog attacks mailman in Springfield

Where have all the mailboxes gone?


September 10, 2014

PMG Optimistic About Mailing Industry Opportunities Amid Stronger Economic Conditions - The Postal Service is currently enabling a smarter delivery system through technology investments that include geo-fencing — creating a digital address — for every delivery location in America, and providing letter carriers with greatly enhanced mobile delivery devices. These investments provide better delivery accuracy and visibility, and enable enhanced product and delivery offerings — such as package redirect and Priority Mail features that include free insurance, tracking and date-specified delivery. APWU: PMG ‘Wanted’ in Salt Lake City  Comments (Count)



KUTV Video: PMG Pat Donahoe talks about future of the mail in Salt Lake City

Post Master General Patrick R. Donahoe stopped by the studio to talk about the future of mail and how Utah will play its part.   Comments (Count)


USPS agrees to resume delivery to Brooklyn residents with low mail slots

USPS officials apologized for the unfortunate situation and guaranteed that the matter had been resolved. They stated that mail would be delivered to all residents in the community regardless of mail slot locations. Comments (Count)


Northrop Grumman Escapes False Claims Act Suit Over Botched $874M USPS FSS Order - A Virginia federal judge has agreed to dismiss a False Claims Act suit accusing Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. of misleading the U.S. Postal Service and failing to meet benchmarks in delivering mail-sorting machines worth $874 million.   Comments (Count)


Video: Arizona Postal worker saves woman from flooded vehicle

Monday morning, as the US postal carrier approached 17th & Treat, he saw it: a ferocious flood carrying a car.   Comments (Count)


OPM: Agencies can honor federal employees with flag who died in line of duty

The Office of Personnel management issued a final rule that will allow recognizing certain Federal civilian employees who die of injuries incurred in connection with their employment for their duty and sacrifice.


USPS Slashes Rates, But Can it Handle the Surge?

UPS and FedEx Rate Hikes Threaten Free Shipping and Lost Business

USPS: Postal facilities must fly Flags at half-staff on Patriots Day to remember 9/11

Canyon Post Office on Slow Road to Closure

Inspectors say kids are buying synthetic drugs online, receiving them by mail

Postal inspectors warn of 'mystery shopper scam'


September 09, 2014

USPS's latest solution for aging Long Life Vehicles--keep body, replace frame

USPS would like to retain the best qualities of the current right hand drive long Life Vehicle (LLV) without having to redevelop what has been proven to work. The objective is to provide a new rolling chassis that will seamlessly mate with the existing body while capturing advances in vehicle technologies that have been developed in the last 20 years maintaining the existing vehicle payload requirement.   Comments (Count)


Over 12,000 Post Offices receiving new equipment to improve package scanning - The Delivery Sortation System (DSS) allows offices and other delivery units to efficiently capture arrival at unit scans on packages, and it tells the operator which route the package belongs on.  Comments (Count)


USPS stops delivering to Brooklyn residents because “mailbox is not in guideline” The residents were told by their local carrier that the mail slots on their doors were too low and that they would need new doors or be forced to affix outside mailboxes on their homes or rails. The letter from the post office said their "mailbox is not in guideline of USPS."   Comments (Count)


Grand Jury declines to indict Letter Carrier charged with animal cruelty

A grand jury has declined to indict a North Texas mail carrier charged with animal cruelty after a pet dog on his route with injured and had to be euthanized.


Florida Rural Carrier Associate charged in missing mail case

Alabama rural carrier jailed after delivering mail under the influence

Ex-Idaho City Postmaster Pleads Guilty to Theft

USPS Denies Insurance Claim for Damaged Package


September 08, 2014

One Map to Show Where USPS Will Cut 7,000 Jobs

A Government Executive analysis of postal estimates show the consolidation plan will result in a net job loss — jobs lost at each facility minus those being relocated to existing plants — of 7,320.   Comments (Count)


Carper, Coburn Call on Senate Appropriations Committee to Oppose Proposed Moratorium; Support Comprehensive Postal Reform - Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Ranking Member Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) sent a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee late Friday to caution the Members about implementing a moratorium on postal facility closures and urge support for the bipartisan, comprehensive the Postal Reform Act of 2014, which was passed out of committee earlier this year.   Comments (Count)


USPS testing grocery deliveries in San Francisco

The two-month test, which began in August, is being conducted in San Francisco with Amazon. Customers can order groceries through the Amazon Fresh service and the Postal Service will deliver them early the next day, between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.  Comments (Count)


Northern California residents questioning USPS plan to move mail sorting to Oregon - the roughly 100 people who showed up for a recent town hall meeting in Eureka, CA thought the notion of Humboldt county mail being sorted in Medford, and then being sent right back to Humboldt for delivery, was not just inefficient but could have unforeseen consequences.  Comments (Count)


South Carolina Postal Worker’s 50-year career wins stamp of approval

When Otis Barr first joined the ranks of the U.S. Postal Service, ZIP codes were just a year old, first-class stamps were 5 cents and he was earning $2.64 an hour as a part-time flexible clerk in manual operations.  Comments (Count)


The Postal Service rolls the delivery dice

Congress’s plan to get nothing done

Retirement Claims Backlog Dips in August

Mississippi father, son plead guilty on charge of  conspiracy to steal USPS equipment

Photo: A picture-perfect Post Office in Seaside, Florida

OIG: What is the number one idea you have to raise USPS revenue?

Direct Mail Remains Impactful

Inside the Retirement Community for Mail Carriers


September 07, 2014

USPS Graphic: City letter carriers returning after 5 p.m.

This graphic covers the percentage of city letter carriers returning after 5 p.m. nationwide in FY 2014 (October to April)   Comments (Count)


Video: USPS Package Delivery Fail

USPS cutting rates to win e-commerce business

USPS's big delivery edge: no parking tickets

Knightdale, NC preps for switch to central mailboxes

AmazonFresh tries using the US Postal Service to deliver its groceries


September 06, 2014

Illinois Postal Workers save child from sexual predator

Peoria, IL Branch 31 letter carrier Cristy Perfetti, who has carried mail for 22 years, was returning from her route one day in May of 2013. As she parked her truck at the post office loading dock, she saw a disturbing scene. A man was walking with a 10-year-old boy through the post office parking lot, and the boy looked frightened and kept looking in her direction. Comments (Count)


Postal Unions Hold Joint Webinar on USPS Plant Consolidations

The four postal unions held a joint webinar on Aug. 28 for union members at the 82 sites where plants are scheduled for consolidation or closure beginning in January 2015. The occasion marked the first time the four unions have engaged in joint training at the national level. More than Half of Senate Now Backs Call to Stop USPS Consolidations || Connecticut Senators, APWU Denounce USPS Consolidations   Comments (Count)


Man wanted $50 and police in attempted robbery of North Carolina post office


September 05, 2014

USPS workshare partner expanding to East Coast with lease of 16,000 sq. ft mail center in Burlington, NJ - ODMS is part of USPS's Work Share Program, a program that provides mailers and presort bureaus with significant discounts for preparing mail according to strict USPS specifications. This involves physically trucking the mail across the country to its nearest Network Distribution Center (NDC) or Sectional Center Facility (SCF). This allows the mail to bypass many of the postal processing facilities,   Comments (Count)


One USPS Station Manager pleads guilty, another Station Manager sentenced in Bribe Scheme - Former USPS Station Manager pleaded guilty today to bribery in connection with a scheme to obtain U.S. Postal Service contracts in exchange for bribe payments. Another former USPS Station Manager was sentenced to 20 months in prison for the same bribery scheme.    Comments (Count)


Video: Mailman Parks In Handicap Spot

When a disabled Vietnam Vet was trying to get to a chiropractor appointment. When he got to the strip mall someone had already taken the handicap parking spot. But it wasn't a person who needed it--it was a postal worker picking up mail at The UPS Store.  Comments (Count)


USPS update on Napa and Vallejo delivery and retail operations

USPS to expand products eligible for free Package Pickup on September 7th

Amazon, U.S. mail test grocery deliveries around San Francisco

Heroic Greer postman invited to appear on Ellen DeGeneres Show

Postal Places: A look at USPS places across the country!


September 04, 2014

USPS Commits to Maintain Service Hours at 30 North Dakota Post Offices in the Bakken - Senator John Hoeven today said he has received a confirmation from Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will adhere to its commitment in April to maintain current service hours at 30 post offices in the Bakken region that were going to have their hours reduced.  Comments (Count)


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Backs Bid to Stop Postal Service Cuts

Reid added his signature to those of 50 other senators who signed a calling for a ban on Postal Service cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. .  Comments (Count)


Senator Finds Temporary Fix to Wainwright, AK Postal Problem, Pushes for Permanent Solution Now it's 52 Senators unhappy with USPS- In response to demands from U.S. Senator Mark Begich, USPS is stationing a temporary worker in Wainwright to re-open the local post office that has been closed for two weeks, depriving Wainwright residents of their regular deliveries of food, medicine, and mail. It is outrageous that USPS did not have a plan in place to make sure Wainwright’s post office remained open.” Wainwright, Alaska: Life Without the Post Office  Comments (Count)


USPS to start Sunday delivery of Amazon packages this week throughout California - The U.S. Postal Service will start Sunday home deliveries this week throughout Northern California, thanks to a special deal with Amazon [Financial terms of the Amazon/USPS partnership have not been disclosed]. Comments (Count)


Video: Frustrated for years by mail carrier, woman posts video to Facebook and gets results - A Northland woman says she was sick of trying to explain to people what she went through every day with her mailman, so she decided to record it.  Comments (Count)

New USPS OIG poster encourages postal employees to help with misconduct

USPS: Leased building to remedy Napa mail delivery issues after earthquake

Home Video Captures Package Thief Stealing Loot

Sister Act: Two NY Postmaster Reliefs sentenced to probation for stealing USPS funds

USPS updates Publication 553, Employee’s Guide to Understanding, Preventing, and Reporting Harassment


NALC: True cause of Postal Service challenges


September 03, 2014

Sen. Heitkamp Blasts USPS for breaking promise to keep full hours at rural Post Offices across North Dakota - U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp slammed the U.S. Postal Service after it went back on its promise to keep more hours of operation at rural post offices across North Dakota.Heitkamp today called on the agency to reverse its destructive decision.  Comments (Count)

USPS to introduce more options for customers

Greenville: USPS changing home delivery methods

Man crashes car into post office



September 02, 2014

USPS seeks End-to-End Travel credit card solution

USPS End-to-End Solution Requirements include pre-trip approval, include mechanism where credit card limits can be automatically raised/decreased based on individual traveler's travel reservations   Comments (Count)


USPS: Priority Mail price reductions take effect Sept. 7

Priority Mail price reductions will take effect Sept. 7. USPS will reduce Priority Mail rates for high-volume mailers, as well as small businesses and others who ship online, effective Sept. 7. The changes, which USPS announced in July, are part of an ongoing push to attract customers and boost the Postal Service’s package business. Comments (Count)


EEOC Issues New Guide to Help Federal Agencies Advise Workers on Their Rights

Delaware Senator Says the Time is Now For Action on Postal Reform

USPS Employment Levels Have Stabilized

No rain on their parade but labor worries remain


September 01, 2014

NY Fire Department Lieutenant charged in connection with mail stolen from letter carrier at gunpoint A Brockport, NY Fire Department lieutenant is charged with theft of stolen mail, mail fraud, theft of public money, forgery of endorsement of treasury checks.... In 2013 a U.S. Postal Service carrier was robbed at gunpoint while delivering mail to an apartment building in Brooklyn, NY.   Comments (Count)


CUPW: Canada Post $62 million profit proves cuts are unnecessary

Canada Post’s latest profits prove what postal workers have been saying all along: alternatives to cutting postal service should not be dismissed. 


First female letter carrier of Hazelton, PA looks back at 35 year career

‘Snail mail’ still kinda cool


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