Monday, September 29, 2008

Oil Drops 10 Percent as Bail-Out Fails

U.S. crude futures tumble, settle at $96.37 per barrel

U.S. crude futures tumble, settle at $96.37 per barrel
"...10 percent lower on Monday, tumbling on the failure of the U.S. House of Representatives to pass bailout legislation..."   
Reference: www.canada.com

Sunday, September 28, 2008

With revenues falling, the post office owes its future to stuff we throw out

To Postal Workers, No Mail Is ‘Junk’
"...Now comes another threat: consumers like Colleen Plimpton of Bethel, Conn. Earlier this year Plimpton became tired of the credit-card offers, catalogs and advertising fliers that clogged her mailbox. So in February she paid $20 to GreenDimes, a firm that helps consumers reduce their inflow of "junk mail" by contacting businesses on their behalf. "[Junk mailers] are cutting down trees willy-nilly, and that has got to stop," says Plimpton..."   
Reference: www.newsweek.com

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mail Volume Continues to Decline

Challenging Economic Conditions Continue to Reduce Mail Volume
"... the Postal Service reported today it expects to end the current fiscal year with a volume decline of nine billion pieces. The end-of-year financial results will be released in November. At today’s Board of Governors meeting, Postmaster General John Potter said the magnitude of the loss in mail requires the Postal Service to take steps now to shore up its business, which it is doing by reducing work hours. ..."   
Reference: www.usps.com

Dinosaurs and Your COLA

Dinosaurs and Your COLA
"... the G-fund made up of special U.S. Treasury securities. Whether they are prudent (cutting their losses) or panicky (buying high then selling low) is yet to be determined, but the potential ripple effect of the current crisis has some people worried unnecessarily..."   
Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Recycling truck loses mail along I-196

...turned out to be mail on its way to a recycling facility.
"... The mail turned out to be mail that was on its way to be recycled. U.S.P.S. Spokesperson, Gina Haisma, says, "It's not returnable, it's not deliverable as addressed. It could also include mail that was refused at point of delivery. So, all of that goes to be recycled. The company that does the recycling apparently lost part of the load."..."   
Reference: www.wzzm13.com

Postal Motorcycle Delivery

Righteous Ride
"... three-wheeled mail collection Indian motorcycle in Washington, D.C., in 1912. That's the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street. The motorcycle was used only on an experimental basis in DC...."   
Reference: yourpostalblog.blogspot.com

USPS PolicyNet

APWU Representatives Gain Access to USPS PolicyNet
"... PolicyNet is the portion of the Postal Service intranet (Blue) that contains handbooks, manuals, Management Instructions, publications, Memorandums of Policy, forms, posters, notices, Vehicle Modification Orders, and Vehicle Maintenance Bulletins. ..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

City's good faith purchase offer to Postal Service nixed

Postal Service rejects Aliso Viejo's offer to purchase land slated for mail distribution center
"... U.S. Postal Service's rejection letter comes just days after City mails offer to purchase the 25-acre site slated for a massive mail distribution center. City leaders say move suggests a lack of consideration for community's concerns..."   
Reference: www.pr-inside.com

Sunday, September 21, 2008

USPS Forwarding Service

REVENEW$
"... Winter is the peak season for Premium Forwarding Service (PFS), bringing new opportunities for revenue as snowbirds head to warmer climates and others prepare for their holiday travels. PFS is the perfect mailing service for anyone planning to be away from home for periods of two weeks and up to one year. Make sure your traveling customers know about the convenience and security of PFS. ..."   
Reference: www.usps.com

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Best Day to Retire for FERS and CSRS

Best Day to Retire for FERS and CSRS
"...Normally the best day to retire in any year is Dec. 31 for FERS employees and between Jan. 1 and 3rd for CSRS employee. Now, Tammy has figured out that for 2010 the best date for both groups will be Dec. 31!..."   
Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Thursday, September 18, 2008

U.S. postal worker part of gun-smuggling scheme, court told

U.S. postal worker part of gun-smuggling scheme, court told
"... Manitoba Hells Angels used snowmobiles, boats and even a corrupt American postal worker to smuggle high-powered guns across the Canada-U.S. border. ..."   
Reference: www.canada.com

Online Postal Service Aided Palin Hacker with Zip Code Information

Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy
"... after the password recovery was reenabled, it took seriously 45 mins on wikipedia and google to find the info, Birthday? 15 seconds on wikipedia, zip code? well she had always been from wasilla, and it only has 2 zip codes (thanks online postal service!)..."   
Reference: blog.wired.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Postal clerk faces 35 years after embezzlement plea

Postal clerk faces 35 years after embezzlement plea
"... A Sacramento postal clerk could face up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine after pleading guilty this week to embezzling more than $38,000 in U.S. postal funds ..."   
Reference: www.sacbee.com

GPS Mail Logger ...GPS Tracking Records Your Mail's Exact Location, Speed, And Altitude

Micro GPS Mail Logger...A First Of Its Kind For Tracking Delivery Inefficiencies
"... The GPS Mail Logger records the global position of your mail throughout the delivery process. Once you receive your mail, plug in the GPS Mail Logger's MicroSD card and find out where your mail has been in seconds. With time stamps and recorded downtime you can find out where your mail has been and if it was delayed or misrouted. With GPS you get your mail's exact satellite location, how fast it was traveling, and even its altitude throughout the delivery process. With this data, the GPS Mail Logger can help you evaluate your delivery company's effectiveness. ..."   
Reference: www.brickhousesecurity.com

Express Mail Waiver of Signature draws new customers

WAIVER OF SIGNATURE WAVES IN NEW BUSINESS
"... Since Aug. 14, if an Express Mail customer waives the signature requirement, a carrier no longer walks to the door to get a signature. After the carrier scans the piece and signs the 3849 “Sorry We Missed You” form, the item should be placed in the customer’s mail receptacle or other secure location.

The sender has assurance that items will be scanned and securely delivered without someone having to be there to accept it. That was a key draw for a large telecommunications firm now testing the service. If USPS meets 100 percent of its delivery commitments during the 30-day test, it will mean millions of dollars in new business that the Postal Service will have taken away from a courier company. ..."   

Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Congressman, Postal Workers Protest BMC Privatization

Congressman, Postal Workers Protest BMC Privatization
"... Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) joined more than 100 postal workers and their families at a press conference outside the Philadelphia Bulk Mail Center Sept. 12, protesting plans to privatize operations at the nation’s 21 BMCs. Outsourcing the work would hurt service and result in a loss of union jobs, they said. The Postal Service announced plans to subcontract work performed at the BMCs in January. ..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Sunday, September 14, 2008

House moves to stop black market sales of tobacco

House moves to stop black market sales of tobacco
"... require Internet and other remote sellers to verify the age and identity of purchasers to cut down on sales to minors. Delivery of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco through the U.S. Postal Service would be ended. ..."   
Reference: ap.google.com

Thursday, September 11, 2008

One fancy stamp collector

One fancy stamp collector
"... gave French President Nicolas Zarkozy, who is an avid stamp collector, proofs of the 2004 stamp issue ..."   
Reference: yourpostalblog.blogspot.com

Employees Should Reject VER

Early-Retirement Info Wrong, Burrus Tells Postal Service
"... APWU President William Burrus has notified the Postal Service of significant errors in information the USPS provided to employees eligible for Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), and has requested management’s “immediate attention to these matters” so that employees do not suffer irrevocable harm as a result. ..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

GreenDimes

Be the boss of your mailbox
Stamp Out Junk Mail
"... With GreenDimes, you can stop up to 90% of your junk mail - guaranteed. We work with you and the largest group of marketers and catalogs — over 4,500 and growing — to make sure you get only the mail you want. ..."   
Reference: www.greendimes.com

USPS Employee Deals

USPS Employee Deals
  
Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

Saturday, September 6, 2008

MVS and Maint. VER: Burrus

Burrus to Maintenance, Motor Vehicle Employees: Don't Go!
"... APWU President William Burrus is reiterating his advice to union members: DON’T GO!

“My reasoning is simple,” he said. “Every APWU-represented employee who leaves early will save the USPS hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet the Postal Service is refusing to offer cash incentives.”

“Each employee who opts for the early-out will suffer a life-long reduced annuity,” Burrus said. “And with the economy spiraling downward, the opportunity to find another job after retirement has diminished. Eligible employees should be offered a cash incentive to cushion the shock.”

Postal workers should understand that management is offering Voluntary Early Retirement because of the prospect of heavy financial losses in the current fiscal year and beyond, Burrus said. “The opportunity to retire early may be tempting, but it is not being offered for the employee’s benefit: It is intended to improve the financial condition of the Postal Service. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Friday, September 5, 2008

Investing in Stamps

Stamp collecting suddenly cool for shrewd investors
"...Over the past decade, stamps have outperformed the FTSE 100 index, the British housing market and even gold, and an index of 30 rare stamps sold by Stanley Gibbons, the world's biggest stamp dealer, is showing an annual increase of 39 per cent, taking the cumulative increase over the past ten years to about 250 per cent. ..."   
Reference: www.timesonline.co.uk

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

51st Fighter Wing celebrates 60th anniversary with USPS help

51st Fighter Wing celebrates 60th anniversary with USPS help
"... They know the U.S. Postal Service considers requests from local communities for postmarks that commemorate key local events, said Master Sgt. James S. Register, Osan’s postmaster. So the staff asked for a postmark commemorating the 51st Fighter Wing’s activation on Aug. 18, 1948, when it was called the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing. ..."   
Reference: www.stripes.com

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hatch Act

Political Activity (Hatch Act)
"... a discussion of restrictions on political activity by federal government employees, and by employees of certain state and local government agencies, under the Hatch Act. ..."   
Reference: www.osc.gov