Monday, September 19, 2016

Casey: Postal service plays 'hard to get' on info

Casey: Postal service plays 'hard to get' on info

"...Feel frustrated by the U.S. Postal Service? Join the club. Sometimes, getting even basic information out of them is difficult ..."   

Reference: www.roanoke.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Security Officers Strike Monday at Office of the Inspector General for USPS in Eagan

Security Officers Strike Monday at Office of the Inspector General for USPS in Eagan

"...According to a statement from the Service Employees International Union, the security workers agreed on a contract before Labor Day but now accuse their employer of backing out and cutting their pay ..."   

Reference: kstp.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

In Pictures: Reasons to really love the U.S. Postal Service

8 reasons to really love the U.S. Postal Service

"...The postal service has received no taxpayer money since the 1980s, with the exception of some for the disabled and overseas clients ..."   

Reference: www.chron.com

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Watch for Buyout Strings

Watch for Buyout Strings

"...for five years following the effective date of your separation, you will be required to repay the full (pretax) amount of the incentive payment prior to your first day of employment. The direct rehiring restriction applies to quasi-governmental bodies such as the U.S. Postal Service..."   

Reference: www.fedweek.com

Friday, July 29, 2016

Can You Get Away with Mailing Cannabis Through the USPS?

Can You Get Away with Mailing Cannabis Through the USPS?

"...Though states can legalize marijuana possession under local law, possession for any reason outside limited research technically remains a federal crime, as does shipping cannabis through the mail. More than 200 federal laws protect the sanctity of the U.S. mail. These laws are enforced by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country. Postal inspectors are federal agents, mandated to safeguard the nation’s mail, including the people who move it and the customers who use it. On average, 1,000 suspects are arrested by postal inspectors each year for trafficking drugs and laundering drug money via the U.S mail ..."   

Reference: www.leafly.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Postal Service requests input on Roanoke consolidation

Postal Service requests input on Roanoke consolidation

"...Postal Service is reviewing the consolidation of the Roanoke mail processing facility. And now the agency's Office of Inspector General is asking postal customers for their input ..."   

Reference: www.wdbj7.com

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Postal Service Exposes Employees To Asbestos, Mold And ‘Sanitary Issues’

Postal Service Exposes Employees To Asbestos, Mold And ‘Sanitary Issues

"... Postal Service employees are exposed to asbestos, mold and other “sanitary issues” in agency buildings where birds and squirrels sometimes run amuck, which could result in nearly $19 million in fines, a government watchdog reported..."   

Reference: dailycaller.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Albany mailman has delivered for more than 54 years

Albany mailman has delivered for more than 54 years

"... When Charles “Sonny” Griner had hip replacement surgery a year and a half ago, he figured something out during the six weeks he lay around the house recuperating. “Those were the longest days of my life,” Griner, a United States Postal Service employee for 54 years in September, said as he and wife Carolyn reminisced about his career ..."   

Reference: www.albanyherald.com

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

House Committee Passes Two Postal Reform Bills

House Committee Passes Two Postal Reform Bills

"... There are several positive items included in the Postal Service Reform Act, including relief from the unjustified obligations for the Retiree Health Benefits Fund, integration of postal retirees into Medicare, and restoration, in part, of the exigent rate increase. The biggest drawback in the passed bill are unnecessary and detrimental changes to both residential and business door delivery ..."   

Reference: www.npmhu.org

Thursday, July 7, 2016

USPS flooded with false malware positives

USPS flooded with false malware positives

"... The U.S. Postal Service's system for handling IT security events is almost entirely reporting false positives for malware, and leaders have known about the problem but haven't fixed it, according to a recently released inspector general report ..."   

Reference: fcw.com

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Court orders Postal Service to justify lawfulness of three standard clauses

Court orders Postal Service to justify lawfulness of three standard clauses

"... summary judgment, the court instead found that several contract clauses were ambiguous, not supported by adequate consideration, and imposed an unreasonable burden on due process. Given the “great disparity in bargaining power” between the parties, and the contractor’s failure to receive anything in return for her concession, the court found that these clauses create a “contract of adhesion.” The clauses are contained in the Postal Service’s Terms and Conditions for Contract Delivery Service (CDS) contracts, and also appear in similar terms for Highway Contract Route (HCR) contracts. The first clause the court found unenforceable was section C.2.10, entitled “Usage of Postal Facilities.” At first blush, the clause seems inapplicable to any issue in the case, because it primarily concerns parking on postal premises ..."   

Reference: www.lexology.com

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Postal Service’s new stamp honors repeal of the Stamp Act 250 years ago


Postal Service’s new stamp honors repeal of the Stamp Act 250 years ago

Photo: usps.com
"... The Stamp Act, passed by Parliament in 1765, imposed a direct tax on American colonists that required them to purchase a stamp for printed materials like newspapers, contracts, and legal documents. Under a rallying cry of “No taxation without representation,” colonists joined together in protest and organized a boycott of English goods ..."   
Reference: www.boston.com

Friday, June 10, 2016

Postal service announces Ramadan eid stamps

Postal service announces Ramadan eid stamps

"... The United States Postal Service (USPS) has unveiled plans to roll out Eid stamps to recognize the holy month of Ramadan. The USPS will include the two most important festivals - or Eids-in the Islamic calendar: Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, at the First-Day-of-Issue ceremony for the new Eid Stamp ..."   

Reference: www.arabamericannews.com

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Postal Service Dismantles Suspicious Devices

Postal Service Dismantles Suspicious Devices

"...Then once investigators were able to search the home, they found evidence linked to the return address. It had been photocopied and then handwritten over. This discovery of the evidence made the case. In the suspect's residence, he had some ..."   

Reference: www.wfmynews2.com

Sunday, May 29, 2016

US Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show


US Postal Service Dedicates World Stamp Show

World Stamp Show Keepsake USPS.com
"...NEW YORK, May 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Forever Stamp Folio celebrating World Stamp Show-NY 2016, which opened today at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City and continues through June 4. The United States plays host to the sanctioned international stamp show only once every 10 years, the first since being held in Washington in 2006. ..."   
Reference: globenewswire.com

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Congressman Ted Lieu Calls For ‘Systemic Fix’ Of U.S. Postal Service

Congressman Ted Lieu Calls For ‘Systemic Fix’ Of U.S. Postal Service

"... Then there’s mail that’s late or never delivered. “I have overdue bills I have to pay. I’ve gotten envelopes that have been opened by other people in the building. It makes me feel like my privacy is being invaded,” Beaver added. Moreover, Beaver said he is sick of being ignored by people at his local post office ..."   
Reference: losangeles.cbslocal.com

Thursday, May 19, 2016

USPS Supervisors Are Doing Work Reserved for Unionized Employees, Costing Agency Millions

USPS Supervisors Are Doing Work Reserved for Unionized Employees, Costing Agency Millions

"... Postal Service is allowing salaried supervisors to conduct work set aside for union employees, according to a new report, forcing the agency to waste millions of dollars annually on unnecessary payments ..."   

Reference: www.govexec.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Our nation's drug problem is also a postal service problem

Our nation's drug problem is also a postal service problem

"... LegitScript, a group that works to make the internet pharmacy and health product sector safer and more transparent, found in a recent study that the USPS is the “carrier of choice for illegal online pharmacies.” Out of 29 test purchases from illegal online pharmacies, all 29 packages reached their intended destinations through the USPS. Not one package was detected and flagged by the Postal Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Protection, or any other agency responsible ..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

Turmoil in Postal Workforce

Survey Finds Turmoil in Postal Workforce

"... Survey Says: No Recognition for Good Work; Supervisors Don’t Care for Workers as People; Don’t Feel Job Is Important; Fellow Employees Not Committed to Doing Quality Work ..."   

Reference: www.insidesources.com

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mailbox Fishing: Thieves raiding mailboxes prompt Postal Service to take action

Thieves raiding Valley mailboxes prompt Postal Service to take action

"... Bloodworth spotted something fishy going on. It looked like someone was going fishing, but there was no stream or pond nearby. Bloodworth suspected the person was about to break into the big blue mailbox across the street from his Van Nuys home ..."   

Reference: www.dailynews.com

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Postal Service takes the security and sanctity of your mail seriously

Postal Service mandate impacts Downeast islands, former mail contractor

"... Stephen Doherty, a USPS spokesperson, said they're paying a contract price that includes the exclusive use of the cargo room. "The concern of the Postal Service is the security and sanctity of the mail, which remains the responsibility of the Postal Service until it is delivered," said Doherty ..."   

Reference: wgme.com

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tax Mailing Tips from U.S. Postal Service

Tax Mailing Tips from U.S. Postal Service

"... The post office asks that last-minute filers pay special attention to collection box pick-up times and Post Office retail hours on Monday, April 18. (Note: because of a April 15 holiday in D.C., Federal taxes are due April 18 this year.) ..."   

Reference: www.democratandchronicle.com

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

As USPS Lowers Postage, Variations Arise for Online Sellers

As USPS Lowers Postage, Variations Arise for Online Sellers

"... USPS Katina Fields explained how that was possible: "Retail First-Class Mail parcels are being lowered as part of the "exigent" rollback, due to a mandatory action required by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). This is a different product from the commercial First-Class Package Service "competitive" price category." ..."   

Reference: www.ecommercebytes.com

Monday, April 4, 2016

USPS Failed to Meet Service Targets in 2015, PRC Report Says

USPS Failed to Meet Service Targets in 2015, PRC Report Says

"... According to the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) Annual Compliance Determination Report (ACD), the Postal Service failed to meet the majority of service performance targets in fiscal year 2015. Service performance remains “substantially below their targets,” the March 28 report found. The Postal Service lowered service standards in January 2015 – but failed to meet even the degraded standards. The USPS failed to fix the problems identified in last year’s report, and in all but one case, performance results declined over the previous year’s results ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Consolidations in ‘Deferred Status’

Consolidations in ‘Deferred Status’

"... Management announced the deferral in response to an outcry from postal workers, residents of affected communities, and members of Congress. The Postal Service has been unable to meet even the lower mail delivery standards management implemented in January 2015, and complaints of severe delays have been widespread. In a March 18 letter, the Deputy Postmaster General said the USPS would update the “feasibility studies” it conducted on facilities targeted for closure before resuming any consolidations. Management had previously insisted it would rely on data from studies conducted several years ago, before service standards were changed and mail processing operations were reconfigured. ‘Not Enough’ “I appreciate the Postal Service’s decision to take a closer look at what plant closings and consolidations are doing to service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “But it’s not enough for management to update studies they conducted years ago. Given the new circumstances, it is essential that the Postal Service hold community meetings and solicit input from the public again,” he said. In contract neogitations, the union demanded a moratorium on plant closings and consolidations for the life of the contract, he pointed out, but the USPS hasn’t said how long the just-announced deferral will last ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Monday, March 21, 2016

Viewpoint: Meet the post office of the future

Viewpoint: Meet the post office of the future

"... Another development underway is Informed Delivery – a mobile app that provides customers with images of mail pieces they can expect to be delivered to their mailbox each day. It’s expected to available is every ZIP Code across the country in 2017 ..."   

Reference: www.bizjournals.com

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Postal Service apologizes for blood smeared mail delivery

USPS To New York Town: Hey, Sorry For Delivering Blood-Stained Mail

"... residents of one New York town found their mail had been altered in a more disturbing way: it was smeared with blood. The United States Postal Service issued an apology to residents of the town of Olean who complained about getting mail stained with blood, the Olean Times Herald reports ..."   

Reference: consumerist.com

US Postal Service Apologizes After Delivering Chemical-Soaked Mail to Brooklyn Park Home

US Postal Service Apologizes After Delivering Chemical-Soaked Mail to Brooklyn Park Home

"... says he received two packages last week that were soaked in a chemical, giving him a headache and a burning feeling on his hands. The U.S. Postal Service apologized and said another piece of mail that contained a fuel additive leaked onto Korzendorfer's packages ..."   

Reference: kstp.com

Friday, February 12, 2016

USPS Apologizes Sorry We Blocked Disabled Parking Spot

USPS Apologizes Sorry We Blocked Disabled Parking Spot

"... U.S. Olympic legend Amy Van Dyken just got a full-fledged apology from the U.S. Postal Service -- after a USPS truck blocked her from parking in a disabled spot at her neurologist's office..."   

Reference: www.tmz.com

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Latest Postal Service profit is an indication that mail service is adjusting to a modern world

Postal Service posts profit after holiday season

"... The mail service reported $1.3 billion in controllable income — that’s income that covers the service’s operational expenses but not large prepayments into a retiree health benefit fund — and $307 million in net income for the stretch spanning from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. Both of those numbers are up from the same period one year earlier ..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Monday, February 8, 2016

Postal inspectors intercept mailed drugs in Baraboo

Postal inspectors intercept mailed drugs in Baraboo

"... drug-related crimes. Authorities say two suspicious packages arrived at the Baraboo post office last week ..."   

Reference: www.washingtontimes.com

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sara Nussel: Postal Service is victim of union busting

Opinion

Sara Nussel: Postal Service is victim of union busting

"... The same corporate moguls who sent all of our manufacturing jobs to China and Mexico want to break the Postal Service. FedEx and UPS would love to get their hands on our postal system. You think mailing a letter costs a lot now? Hah! Just wait until it’s privatized ..."   

Reference: www.gainesville.com

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mailing marijuana money gets OK from Alaska Tax Division, Postal Service

Mailing marijuana money gets OK from Alaska Tax Division, Postal Service

"... Spanos also noted that marijuana sales are illegal federally, and wrote that he wasn’t familiar with the U.S. Postal Service’s stance on mailing marijuana cash. “The state can’t be responsible for the cash until we receive it,” Spanos wrote. So can businesses legally use the Postal Service to mail marijuana money to the state? “Yes,” Postal Service Alaska District spokesperson Ernie Swanson replied in an email. That position differs from the Postal Service’s stance on mailing marijuana advertisements, which it says remains illegal under federal law ..."   

Reference: www.adn.com

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tenets of a postal reform bill are transferring retirees to Medicare for health care

Lawmakers Agree on Urgent Need to Overhaul Postal Service

"... Both Carper, author of the 2015 Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency (iPOST) Act, and Brennan agreed the fundamental tenets of a postal reform bill are transferring retirees to Medicare for health care ..."   

Reference: www.govexec.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

$56 Million APWU Settlement: Initial Payment Disbursed for managers/supervisors performing clerk craft work

$56 Million Settlement: Initial Payment Disbursed

"...Eligible retirees have been receiving their settlements and that process should be completed with the last of the retirees expected to receive their payments in checks dated Jan. 30. The payments are a result of a “global settlement” of grievances protesting the performance of Clerk Craft duties by managers and supervisory personnel in Level 15, 16, and 18 offices in violation of contractual limits. Under the terms of the settlement, the APWU identified eligible employees, computed the amounts due to them, and provided the information to the Postal Service. However, there are rumors that some of the payments do not match the amounts the union submitted ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts

"... In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama is expected to propose throwing a lifeline to America's middle class. It could really use one. His ideas -- including tax increases for the wealthy and tax cuts for the middle class -- might or might not be the right ones. The Republicans that run Congress likely won't be amenable to many of them. But there should be little doubt that the middle class is in serious trouble ..."   

Reference: www.huffingtonpost.com

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Why have there been so many Post Office emergency suspensions since 2010?

'Emergency suspension' closes the doors to Nemo Post Office

"... It is not uncommon for the U.S. Postal Service to cite a lease dispute prior to notifying residents of an “emergency suspension,” as was the case in Nemo. In fact, a quick Internet search will pull up more than a dozen post offices where the exact same instance occurred. Most of those can be found on the first few pages of the search, most of those closed after 2010 and most of those have still not reopened. ..."   

Reference: www.yourglenrosetx.com

Monday, December 28, 2015

Postal Service Prioritizing Amazon Packages over Regular Mail?

Comments; Letters

Postal Service Prioritizing Amazon Packages over Regular Mail?

"... A USPS post office from a small town in Oregon contacted me regarding one of the packages. He told me that USPS is running 10 - 15 days behind on 1st class mail. He said USPS has been "slammed" by all of the packages this year and they simply haven't been able to keep up ..."   

Reference: www.ecommercebytes.com

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Amazon using LVIA for secret pilot program

Amazon using LVIA for secret pilot program

"... name: Aerosmith. According to sources, LVIA is among five airports Amazon is using to shuttle packages aboard cargo jets in what has become one of the industry's worst-kept secrets..."   

Reference: www.mcall.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Postal clerk sets gold standard for customer service

Postal clerk sets gold standard for customer service

"... In his 11 years at the St. Helena Post Office, Ortiz has won local fame for his courteous customer service. He said he grew up in the same house as his grandparents, who taught him to treat people with “dignity, respect and good manners.” ..."   

Reference: napavalleyregister.com

Sunday, December 20, 2015

US Postal Service prepares for busiest delivery day on Monday

US Postal Service prepares for busiest delivery day

"... But Monday is expected to be the busiest day yet. "December 21st is our busiest day for deliveries, and our carriers -- we plan all year for this, this is our season and we're ready for it," Taylor said ..."   

Reference: www.wcnc.com

Friday, December 18, 2015

How the DNC Just Sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ Campaign in One Devastating Move

How the DNC Just Sabotaged Bernie Sanders’ Campaign in One Devastating Move

"... As chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Debbie Wasserman Schultz has spent the last 8 months using her position to put a lid on Bernie Sanders’ momentum. And after what was arguably the biggest week of the Sanders campaign, she may have finally succeeded. ..."   

Reference: usuncut.com

Why would DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz want to harm Bernie Sanders' Campaign?

More Reading on Debbie Wasserman Schultz: 'was campaign co-chair for Hillary Clinton's 2008 unsuccessful run for President.'

Friday, December 11, 2015

Cuba and U.S. agree to re-establish direct postal services after 52 years

Cuba and U.S. agree to re-establish direct postal services after 52 years

"...Both delegations agreed to re-establish direct postal service between the two countries through the implementation of a Pilot Plan for the transportation of mail which will become effective within the next few weeks ..."   

Reference: bnonews.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service Will Start Emailing You Your Mail Each Morning

The U.S. Postal Service Will Start Emailing You Your Mail Each Morning

"... Individuals who are registered on My USPS, the postal service’s website, will be alerted every morning, except Sundays, through their digital inbox. It will let them know what mail they will receive that day ..."   

Reference: fortune.com

Friday, December 4, 2015

North Pole Cancellation (North Pole Postmark)


North Pole Cancellation (North Pole Postmark)

Free North Pole Postmark for your craft items
North Pole Postmark
"... cut, copy and paste the FREE 2015 North Pole Christmas Postmark and Cancellation for your Christmas letters and other Christmas craft ideas. Merry Christmas! Visit the 2015 North Pole Postmark site at: 2015 North Pole Postmark ..."   
Reference: rocket-city.us

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

1 Dead After USPS Semi Slams Into Bridge, Catches Fire

1 Dead After USPS Semi Slams Into Bridge, Catches Fire

"... Police say one person died after a United States Postal Service semi-truck slammed into bridge support beams and caught on fire ..."   

Reference: cbslocal.com

Monday, November 30, 2015

Postal Service does right by Black Eagle man

Postal Service does right by Black Eagle man

"... Which brings us to Steve Barton of Black Eagle. Barton stopped by the Tribune to show me an envelope the Postal Service delivered to his address, labeled Grandma and Grandpa, but without a stamp. The letter came from his school-age granddaughter, Rebecca Scholl of Jacksonville, Fl ..."   

Reference: www.greatfallstribune.com

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Post office opening mailing service center near airport

Post office opening mailing service center near airport

"... The U.S. Postal Service will kick off the holiday season by re-opening its express shipping and mailing service center on Monday at the Main Post Office near the Honolulu airport ..."   

Reference: khon2.com

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Snail mail: How Northlanders are forced to adjust to Postal Service slower delivery standards

Snail mail: How Northlanders are adjusting to Postal Service delays

"...Benson's papers, which are delivered by the US Postal Service, face delayed delivery times and pushed up deadlines which he says have cost him subscribers. "The Floodwood Forum has always been a Thursday paper, but because we can't get to the post office in time, it now has become a Friday paper and that affects not only our subscribers, but our advertisers," he said ...Nolan is leading a charge to stop what he calls "a plan doing away with overnight mail service." "We're replacing overnight service with 3, 4, 5 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 day service. That's not good for business," Rep. Nolan said ..."   

Reference: www.northlandsnewscenter.com

Friday, November 6, 2015

APWU Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge in Response to ‘Stay Survey’

APWU Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge in Response to ‘Stay Survey’

"... The APWU is discouraging Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from participating. Management is likely to use the results of the survey against union members in arbitration over the contract, Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon explained. The union also objects to the Postal Pulse survey, which is aimed at the entire workforce. The NLRB has ruled that employers may not “‘attempt to erode a union’s bargaining position by engaging in a direct effort to determine employee sentiment rather than discuss such matters solely with the union.” ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Postal service hostility may hasten obsolescence

Postal service hostility may hasten obsolescence

"... disabled and elderly impoverished folks who can’t afford the cost or fear putting up with the postal services hostility or can’t live with threats to have their mail services ended. If this mean-spirited and disrespectful worker is the new face of the postal service, then its obsolescence curve is steeper than their managers may believe ..."   

Reference: www.centralmaine.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Arbitrator Hammers USPS in Maintenance Staffing Case

Arbitrator Hammers USPS in Maintenance Staffing Case

"... He ruled that the Postal Service failed to meet its obligations under Article 19 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which requires management to furnish the union with specific information when it proposes changes to handbooks and manuals. “The Postal Service failed to introduce significant and detailed, first hand information that made clear the projected impact of the proposed changes on wages, hours, and working conditions at the time that the changes were developed and proposed or the actual impact of the changes on wages, hours, and working conditions based upon subsequent events,” he said ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

As Mail Processing Facility Closures and Consolidations Fail Public, Many Seek Return of Service and Facilities

Mail processing center closure impacting thousands

"... Many residents in the southeastern part of Idaho have been impacted by the closure since April 2015. It means delayed mail for a lot of residents. Bills, medication, and 2016 Presidential election ballots are all affected by this and can be part of the big delay ..."   

Reference: www.localnews8.com

U.S. Postal Service Seeks to Raise Commercial Shipping Prices

U.S. Postal Service Seeks to Raise Commercial Shipping Prices

"... requested to start in mid-January for packages that weigh under 1 pound, including for Parcel Select products, which are used by UPS, FedEx and Amazon.com Inc. Those companies drop packages off at the local post office, then trucks deliver the packages to residential doorsteps. Average revenue for USPS on these is about $1.74 ..."   

Reference: www.wsj.com

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tester Responds to Postal Service’s Delivery Performance

Tester Responds to Postal Service’s Delivery Performance

"... According to the GAO report, the USPS is failing to measure almost half of its mail for on-time delivery performance. Additionally, the Congressional watchdog’s report found that locations not being measured—mostly rural area..."   

Reference: kmmsam.com

Friday, October 9, 2015

Hmmm? Cluster boxes or 'return to sender'

Cluster boxes or 'return to sender'

"... homeowners there no longer have to worry about mail being marked return to sender -- it will now be delivered to the builder's headquarters in the subdivision. That arrangement will continue until the cluster boxes are installed in the subdivision ..."   

Reference: www.11alive.com

Monday, October 5, 2015

Battle brewing over USPS delivery times

Battle brewing over USPS delivery times

"... “Private trucking firms are willing to risk safety on the roads so they can squeeze a few extra hours of labor from already-overworked truck drivers,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “This is a dangerous proposal and regulators should reject it." ..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Obama's Postal Service nominees opposed by labor, civil rights groups

Obama's Postal Service nominees opposed by labor, civil rights groups

"... The groups oppose Mr. Miller, a former staffer for former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., nominated by Obama to a second term, on the grounds that he has spoken out in favor of privatizing the Postal Service in the past ..."   

Reference: www.washingtonexaminer.com

Friday, September 25, 2015

Postal Service Failed to Protect Personal Data in Mail Surveillance, Report Says

Postal Service Failed to Protect Personal Data in Mail Surveillance, Report Says

"... The information, which is collected as part of the Postal Service’s mail cover surveillance program, could potentially reveal personally identifiable information and compromise the privacy of the mail ..."   

Reference: www.nytimes.com

Friday, September 18, 2015

APWU Contract Negotiations Update

APWU Contract Negotiations Update

"...The timetable is hard to predict, but if mediation doesn’t result in an agreement soon, I expect that the USPS and the APWU will choose an arbitration panel and begin the initial arbitration hearings by mid-November. Interest arbitration takes time. In 2000, the last time we engaged in the process, it took 13 months to complete. In the meantime, the doors are open for further informal discussions with management. If we can reach a voluntary agreement that is principled and fair to postal workers and the public, we will do so. If not, arbitration will run its course ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Monday, September 7, 2015

Contract Negotiations Between U.S. Postal Service and APWU Remain at Standstill

Contract Negotiations Between U.S. Postal Service and Union Remain at Standstill

"... According APWU Erie President Joe Szocki, the company wants to create a new entry-level position at a lower wage with no benefits. Szocki says the company also wants a higher percentage of part time employees, which are changes that the union refuses to accept ..."   
Reference: www.erietvnews.com

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bernie Sanders to Postal Service: Relaxed mail standards ‘a disaster’

Bernie Sanders to Postal Service: Relaxed mail standards ‘a disaster’

"...Bernie Sanders said Wednesday that the Postal Service caused a “disaster that is negatively impacting Americans all over this country” when it shuttered more than 140 mail-sorting plants and slowed delivery times to cut costs ..."   

Reference: www.washingtonpost.com

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service's plan for profitability

The U.S. Postal Service's plan for profitability

"... The move with Amazon uses the Postal Service’s vast network of distribution routes with Amazon’s immense online retail presence and has resulted in double-digit growth for the Postal Service’s package business. ..."   

Reference: www.knoxnews.com

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Idaho woman gets probation for mailing loaded handgun that discharged at USPS distribution center

Idaho woman gets probation for mailing loaded handgun that discharged at USPS distribution center

"...While in transit, the package was processed in a distribution center in Springfield, Massachusetts. A United States Postal Service employee was holding the package when the revolver discharged. The employee was not seriously hurt, but did receive medical attention for ringing ears and sore hands, according to the release ..."   

Reference: www.idahostatesman.com

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Mail issues linger...

Mail issues linger in Northland

"...the delivery time of letters it handles appears to be falling behind the U.S. Postal Service’s new two-day local standard. Advertisement "You talk about frustrating," said James Linder, a local landlord who was hit with almost $400 in penalties ..."   

Reference: www.superiortelegram.com

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mail damaged in I-35 Postal Service truck accident

Mail damaged in I-35 Postal Service truck accident

"... The driver of the truck was not injured, according to a Postal Service news release. The truck contained mail tendered in Nevada and being transported to the mail processing and distribution facility in Des Moines. The majority of the first-class mail and priority mail items were severely damaged or destroyed, according to the release ..."   

Reference: www.desmoinesregister.com

Thursday, July 23, 2015

"Jenny" airplane face down stamp violated rule

Postal Service’s reprinting of the most famous stamp error in history had no legal review, broke its own rules

"... The report noted that USPS stamp policy clearly states that “Postal Service employees should refrain from intentionally creating philatelic rarities and does not include any exceptions” — even influence from the postmaster general. ..."   

Reference: www.santafenewmexican.com

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Postal Service Gets Low Marks for 2014 Performance

Postal Service Gets Low Marks for 2014 Performance

"...its poorest performances came in Standard Mail, where the Postal Service delivered on time only 86% of the time and undershot its goal by nearly five percentage points. Three-to-five day mail fell short of its mark by more than seven points with 88% of deliveries made within that incredibly flexible time frame..."   

Reference: www.dmnews.com

Friday, July 3, 2015

US postal worker hit woman in face in road-rage incident, police say

US postal worker hit woman in face in road-rage incident, police say

"...A Brevard County U.S. Postal Service employee was arrested Wednesday after police said he hit a 55-year-old woman in the face in a fit of road rage. The victim, who had three children in the car with her, told police that Danny ..."   

Reference: www.clickorlando.com

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Postal Service Auction Center

The U.S. Postal Service sends lost mail items to Atlanta to be claimed or auctioned online

"...When Blakeman inquired about filing a claim, he was told he had to wait 30 days. He did not have to wait long to find them. Around the same time the books should have arrived in Georgia, he said found them listed for sale online through Amazon. ..."   

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Is the Post Office Open on the 4th of July 2015?

Is the Post Office Open on the 4th of July 2015?

"...When it comes to federal holidays in the US, it can get confusing as to what is and isn’t open. This year that’s especially true with Independence Day because the 4th of July happens to land on a Saturday in 2015. Since most federal employees ..."   

Reference: www.savingadvice.com

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Federal appeals court upholds gun ban on Postal Service property

Federal appeals court upholds gun ban on Postal Service property

"...Circuit Judge David Ebel said the right to carry firearms does not apply to federal buildings such as post offices, and that while it was a “closer question” he would not second-guess the Postal Service’s extending the ban to its parking lots ..."   
Reference: www.rawstory.com

Thursday, June 25, 2015

This is what happens with a privatized postal service

British Postal Company Axes Door-to-Door Delivery

"...Royal Mail was fully privatized with the passage of the Postal Services Act of 2011. Whistl started providing delivery services in April 2012, but they delivered mail every other day, rather than daily like Royal Mail. There were many claims that Whistl failed to deliver parcels and packages properly. When the private equity firm LDC told the company it would discontinue investments due to the subpar service, Whistl promptly pulled the plug on door-to-door delivery...."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Limestone man arrested after getting pot via FedEx

Limestone man arrested after getting pot in the mail

"... Limestone County authorities said they arrested a man who was receiving a delivery of marijuana through Fedex. ..."   

Reference: www.waaytv.com

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Hazelwood postal 'casual' employees accused of stealing packages

Hazelwood postal employees accused of stealing packages

"... Howard and West were so-called “Christmas casual” employees, and worked at the Hazelwood facility from November 2014 to January, the indictment says. The indictment claims that a week after starting work, both were in a delivery truck, opening mail. Both are now unemployed. ..."   

Reference: www.stltoday.com

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Postal Service changes cost people who can’t afford it (Reader's view)

Reader's view: Postal Service changes cost people who can’t afford it

"... The representatives seem to think that all that involves is an extra day to get the mail through. No way! When you have done your mailing the same way forever it is hard to change habits. When your payment is delayed, what does the company do that has a set day to expect payment? It charges a late- payment fee. So then people who can least afford it are charged a late fee on top of everything else. ..."   

Reference: www.duluthnewstribune.com

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Indiana hiring for Rural Carrier Associate positions

U.S. Postal Service looking for 700 new hires

"... The salary for a rural carrier associate (RCA) is $16.65 an hour plus an equipment maintenance allowance. The employee may be required to use his or her personal vehicle. However, compensation will be provided. ..."   

Reference: wthitv.com

Friday, June 5, 2015

Postal Experiments: Testing the limits of the U.S. Postal Service

Postal Experiments

"...Having long been genuine admirers of the United States Postal Service (USPS), which gives amazingly reliable service especially compared with many other countries, our team of investigators decided to test the delivery limits of this immense system. We knew that an item, say, a saucepan, normally would be in a package because of USPS concerns of entanglement in their automated machinery. But what if the item were not wrapped? How patient are postal employees? How honest? How sentimental? In short, how eccentric a behavior on the part of the sender would still result in successful mail delivery? ..."   

Reference: www.improbable.com

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Report: Postal Service could make billions in banking business

Report: Postal Service could make billions in banking business

"... Congress has struggled to pass postal reform legislation in the past, even as in recent years the Postal Service racked up billions of dollars in losses. And there are no immediate plans in the current Congress to take up another measure, as the Postal Service’s finances has seen smaller losses. ..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Stolen Postal Vehicle Found

Fresno police searching for person who stole US Postal Service truck

"... Fresno police are still searching for the person that stole a U.S. Postal Service truck in Central Fresno on Friday afternoon. ..."   

Reference: abc30.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Congressional delegation would like to better understand how USPS intends to meet the timely mailing needs of customers

Northwest Lawmakers Speak Out Against Consolidations

"... “We would like to better understand how USPS intends to meet the timely needs of our constituents, if mail processing facility consolidations continue and service standard times are extended,” said the April 20 letter. The legislators also noted that moving forward with consolidations would hurt local businesses and eliminate middle class jobs. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), Sen. Ron Wyden (D), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D), Rep. Greg Walden (R), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D) and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D) signed the letter. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Sunday, May 3, 2015

OIG suggest ending real estate deal with CBRE

Postal Service urged to end deal with real estate broker

"... the inspector general said that it believes the Postal Service – which lost some $5 billion in the most recent fiscal year – could be overpaying by about $9.5 million a year on rent due to leases negotiated by CBRE. ..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Destructive Mail Processing Facility plant closures and consolidations slowing the mail

Postal workers' 'swift completion' of rounds hits a bump

"...A Postal Service fact sheet about the new standards, however, says they are delaying as much as 16 percent of first-class mail, which is a lot more than Donahoe said. Unions and members of Congress representing rural areas say the number is much higher. There are many anecdotal reports of delays. ..."   

Reference: www.norwichbulletin.com

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Why does USPS favor foreign shippers?

Why does USPS favor foreign shippers?

"...It is understandable that American companies sometimes lose in competition. What is not understandable, however, is when an American entity like the United States Postal Service creates a competitive advantage for foreign producers. ..."   

Reference: www.washingtonexaminer.com

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Postal Service continues to keep employees in the dark on 'long-term' mail processing facility plans

Postal service confirms some mail sorting will remain in Duluth

"...U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, a longtime critic of plans to close the Duluth facility, said in a news release Friday that “we welcome (the) decision to at least temporarily maintain some mail sorting in Duluth — and to keep workers in Duluth where they belong. ..."   

Reference: www.duluthnewstribune.com