Thursday, August 28, 2008

Postal Service May Squeeze Shippers

USPS may get more aggressive on price with UPS and FedEx
"... We estimate FedEx (ticker: FDX) generates $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion in annual revenue by flying virtually all Priority Mail that ships to zones five to eight. In its May quarter, FedEx reported average daily domestic airfreight (including Priority Mail) fell by nearly 15%, so clearly, FedEx is facing pressures in domestic airfreight outside of Priority Mail. Deteriorating volume trends could make USPS more aggressive in winning bids ..."   

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

AP report: USPS could see $2 billion loss this year

AP report: USPS could see $2 billion loss this year
"... The Associated Press reported yesterday that the US Postal Service could see a $2 billion loss this year as a result of “tough economic times.” According to the story, Postmaster General John Potter spoke about the many challenges the USPS faces, including high fuel costs


Teen girls charged in break-in at Brantingham Post Office

Teen girls charged in break-in at Brantingham Post Office
"... a window had been pushed in at the store and entry gained by the thieves, who then forced their way into a separate locked post office area. Beer, candy, soda, cash, and other items were taken. The total for damage and stolen items was approximately $4,000.


Air Mail

Smuggler pigeon locked up
"... A pigeon's behind bars after being caught smuggling drugs into a high security jail in Bosnia. The bird is a pet of one of the inmates and it's thought tiny bags containing heroin..."   

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Post office targets 350 street collection boxes in area for removal

Mail drop
"... It's about to get harder to mail a letter. Many of the familiar blue mailboxes in Central Maryland will be casualties of a U.S. Postal Service effort to become more efficient. ..."   

Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Issues...

PRC Issues Proposed Rulemaking for Periodic Reporting
"... “Congress enacted the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in an effort to enhance the transparency and accountability of the U.S. Postal Service,” said PRC Chairman Dan G. Blair. “These proposed regulations are in furtherance of those goals. They will provide the Commission with the information required to evaluate the Service’s compliance with the new regulatory and reform framework brought about by the Act. The Commission looks forward to public review and feedback on these proposed regulations.” ..."   


Ver - USPS Early Out Blue Books Received Postal Employee

August 26, 2008 - CSRS and FERS Voluntary Early Retirement Kit
Eligible FERS and CSRS employees should begin receiving the postal blue book today. The kit/package contains: SECTION 1 Required Forms and SECTION 2 VER General Information   

Relevance: Postal Employee

Monday, August 25, 2008

Historic Airmail reenactment

"... to commemorate the 90th anniversary of air mail service in the United States. The Fly-In theme will honor the pilots and airplanes of the early air mail service. ..."   

Other Resources:
  • U.S. Airmail Service - 90th Anniversary Fly-In
  • Antique Airplane Association
  • Air Mail Days Cover Cachet Store: Flown postal covers will be carried on these flights and will be available at the event. We are also making covers available for pre-purchase. Delivery for pre-purchased online orders will be after the event on Labor Day weekend, 2008.
  • Postal workers rally against Ottawa

    Postal workers rally against Ottawa
    "... Gayle Bossenberry, first national vice-president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said there’s been a lack of public consultation during the federal government’s strategic review. The union is worried the government is looking to deregulate the mail service, which could result in job losses. ..."   

    Stamp Collection Blog

    Ian's Stamp Collection
    "... sharing with you some of the stamps and covers ... I could remember that I started stamp collecting at the tender age of nine. One of my favourite school teachers gave me some used stamps, and I was so fasinated by these minute pieces of paper carrying all kinds of beautiful design.... and I was destined to walk along this joyful path..... I knew I would hold on to it..... Well, at this moment my collections are mainly on Malaysian, bird and frog stamps. I do venture a bit further into stamps from GB, China, Taiwan and Thailand. Other thematic topics I collect are dragonflies and flora. ..."   

    Note From The Postal Briefing: Great job on the Blog Ian. That is a beautiful stamp collection. Thanks for sharing it!

    Thursday, August 21, 2008

    Mark of the Eagle: Episode 1

    When a letter carrier discovers powerful forces lurking around the cubicles of an ordinary office building, he must find it in himself to overcome these forces and deliver... no matter what. Come back Monday August 25, 2008 for Mark of the Eagle:
    Episode 2!

    Other Sources:

    More USPS VER Offers Coming...

    Postal Service extends early retirement offers to 130,000
    "... Under the plan, announced Aug. 20, headquarters employees who meet minimum age and length-of-service restrictions will be able to retire without penalty. ..."   


    Post office offering early retirements
    "... Besides reducing staff, the Postal Service is seeking to consolidate or close mail handling facilities because of declining mail volume. The agency earlier had proposed having a private company operate its bulk mail centers across the country. This may not be easy; members of Congress often oppose the closing of offices, as do unions. ..."   

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008

    Postal Retirement and Military Retirement ...Combining the two

    "...With the Postal Service requesting Voluntary Early Retirement Authority, there have been many questions about combining military retirement and postal retirement. The big question is whether or not it is a good idea to do so or not. ..."   

    Social Security

    Tracking the Social Security Benefit increase
    "... likely to get the largest benefit increase in 25 years, estimating the boost at about 6 percent. That estimate was based on typical “core” inflation increases of 0.2 percent in July, August and September. ..."   

    Sunday, August 17, 2008

    NRLCA COLA effective August 30th will be $1497.00

    NRLCA COLA effective August 30th will be $1497.00
    "... COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT EFFECTIVE AUGUST 30, 2008 The Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) for July rose to 644.3. This is an increase of 37.7 points above the May 2007 base of 606.6. This represents a increase of $1497 per annum ..."   

    Saturday, August 16, 2008

    Stolen VA Prescription Drugs

    Pleas entered
    "... a former postal employee of stealing prescription drugs mailed by a veteran's hospital.


    Teen charged in attack on postal employee

    Teen charged in attack on postal employee
    "... The 41-year-old postal worker sustained broken ribs, abrasions and bruises in the attack, US Postal Inspector Yulanda Burns said ..."   

    Friday, August 15, 2008


    APWU and NPMHU postal employees will receive a Cost-Of-Living Adjustment of $1,477 and will be effective Aug. 30, 2008. The COLA will be in checks Pay Period 19-08 which is Sept 19, 2008. This equates to a 71-cent per hour increase ($56.80 per pay period).


    Thursday, August 14, 2008

    NALC Postal Employee COLA Update

    The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 0.5 percent in July, prior to seasonal adjustment. The July level of 216.304 (1982-84=100) was 6.2 percent higher than in July 2007. This equates to $1,498 annually for craft NALC postal employees covered under the National Contracts. The COLA will be effective the pay period beginning August 30 and received in checks on September 19. The new COLA is equivalent to 72 cents per hour ($57.60 per pay period).

    Latest CPI-W Release from the BLS

    CPI Reference:

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Improving The Image of Stamp Collecting
    "... the US Government itself, which doesn't do enough to spread the positive word of stamp collecting to its younger-age public. A number of countries, Denmark and Greece are perfect examples, spend time and money to promote stamps and collecting in the public school system. It shouldn't be a surprise to Americans that the international student body scores higher on geography tests due to the early introduction of the world's numerous stamp issues. ..."   

    Tuesday, August 5, 2008

    Intended anthrax target has doubts about probe

    Daschle has doubts about anthrax probe
    "... "Given their checkered past and the difficulty that they had in getting to this point -- the bungling of the Hatfill part of the investigation -- leads me to be very skeptical," the former South Dakota senator said. ..."   

    Monday, August 4, 2008

    Longest Held Post Office Box?

    "... In 1942 a young Todd County, MN farmer was called to serve his country in WWII. He held an auction to dispose of his property and headed to the county seat of Long Prairie. There he rented a Post Office Box in the modern new (built in 1937) Post Office, before he left for war. ..."   
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    Teamsters UPS Union Agreement

    UPS nears agreement with drivers, handlers
    "... a more than 4 percent increase in wages and benefits and places limits on forced overtime, Chicago-based Teamsters 710 Secretary-Treasurer Pat Flynn said earlier this week. It also "dramatically increases part-time workers' health and welfare coverage," he said. ..."   

    Sunday, August 3, 2008

    Postal service ends trash-can delivery

    specially marked trash can on the dock for recipients to pick up [mail]
    "... The peculiar but cherished method of moving the mail had been used since at least the 1950s, according to residents of Sutton Island, one of five islands that make up the town of Cranberry Isles. The island has no roads to speak of, which is why the odd system came to be. ..."   

    Meta Data: Past Practice Mail Delivery

    Anger, Distrust Linger at Anthrax Site

    Postal Workers Go Without Answers
    "... Like many who worked at the central mail-processing facility on Brentwood Road in Northeast Washington before October 2001, Dena Briscoe said she finds it difficult to enter the hulking red-brick building. ..."