Friday, October 31, 2008

USPS to deploy IPv6-capable video surveillance

USPS to deploy IPv6-capable video surveillance
"... An IP-based system also will provide the USPS with better abilities to centralize video surveillance and security operations. Unlike an analog CCTV system, a digital IP-based system provides an easier means to store video footage for later search and retrieval during an incident investigation. The system will consist of IPv6-capable network hardware, video security cameras and digital encoders that translate the video to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 digital frames suitable for transport over IP. The encoders can interoperate with the existing analog cameras, negating the need to replace them. ..."   
Reference: www.gcn.com

U.S. Postal Service Delivers on Consumer Reports Next-Day Mail Challenge

U.S.P.S. next-day rates much cheaper than competitors FedEx and UPS


U.S. Postal Service Delivers on Consumer Reports Next-Day Mail Challenge

"...In a recent study, Consumer Reports found that although all three shippers delivered next-day as promised, the U.S. Postal Service prices were as much as 281 percent cheaper than FedEx and UPS...."   
Reference: www.earthtimes.org

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mail Handler BMC Task Force Meets in Washington, DC

BMC TASK FORCE



BMC Task Force Meets in Washington, DC
"...heard presentations on a wide range of topics, and shared important information relative to staffing, operational, and other areas of concern and interest. The Task Force will develop and oversee implementation of a comprehensive Action Plan to address both the challenges and opportunities presented by the current state of affairs in the U.S. economy, and through actions being considered by the USPS...."   
Reference: www.npmhu.org

National Arbitration Decision on FMLA Form Letters

National Arbitration Decision on FMLA Form Letters
"... a dispute about certain FMLA Form Letters that the Postal Service has been using, especially with regard to medical certifications and second opinions. Faced with legal challenges to seven different form letters, Arbitrator Nolan concluded that some aspects of the letters were unlawful, and others were not. He therefore sustained the grievance in part, and denied it in part...."   
Reference: www.npmhu.org

New Jersey BMC Workers Rally Against Privatization

New Jersey BMC Workers Rally Against Privatization
"...Given a boost by local and national elected officials, APWU members rallied in northern New Jersey on Oct. 27 to protest plans by the Postal Service to privatize Bulk Mail Centers. Reps. Donald Payne and Albio Sires, both Democrats, addressed an estimated 300 postal workers and their supporters. “This Postal Service seems to have the Wall Street mentality that it can privatize everything,” Sires said at the gathering in front of the New Jersey International Bulk Mail Center. Payne echoed those sentiments. “Our agenda is to work for the benefit of working people,” he said. “This question of privatization and outsourcing has proven not to be efficient. The GAO cannot come up with conclusive evidence that privatization is working.” ..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Cap One, USPS still in NSA dispute

Cap One, USPS still in NSA dispute
"...The USPS claims Capital One's pro­posed NSA was not identical to that of Bank of America, and that the bank had not exhausted all good faith negotiations for an NSA before filing the complaint..."   
Reference: www.dmnews.com

AMARILLO - Substance In Mail Box Raises Alarm

Substance In Mail Box Raises Alarm
"...Investigators tell us the individual who sorts mail for AIG, felt a burning sensation on her hands after handling some of the mail.
After quickly washing her hands, AIG called 911 and the Haz-Mat Team was called in..."   

Reference: myhighplains.com

Sunday, October 26, 2008

USPS Four-Day Week

Four-Day Week Has Finally Arrived
"...Changing a full day of work to a full day off for employees will dramatically change lifestyles. A side benefit of the elimination of a full day of work each week is that it reduces the amount of time workers spend getting to and from their jobs, which can only diminish congestion on the roads and help save energy. That’s a win for employees, the Postal Service, and our nation as a whole..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Friday, October 24, 2008

Police: Postal Worker Opened Fire, Fled

Police: Postal Worker Opened Fire, Fled
"...Police said Xxxxxx Xxxxxxxxx, 41, pulled his U.S. Postal Service van up to his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend’s car on Middletown Road Friday morning and began arguing with him. They said the argument escalated, and X XxXxxxxx pulled out a gun and began firing..."   
Reference: www.wfsb.com

Remember to Honor Those Who Serve

Remember to Honor Those Who Serve
"...With Veterans Day approaching, the APWU wants to remind union members to honor the extraordinary men and women of the Armed Forces for their service. Throughout our history, Americans have been protected by patriots who make great sacrifices to advance the cause of freedom. These brave men and women represent the very best of our nation. Every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, and Coast Guardsman deserves the lasting gratitude of the American people, and their selflessness should not be forgotten. ..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

An Open Letter to the Postmaster General

An Open Letter to the Postmaster General
"...evict the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) from postal headquarters. It is unhealthy to have individuals whose allegiances are to their private-sector employers located inside postal headquarters. There is no similar arrangement elsewhere in our society, where by sheer proximity a major customer has unlimited access to the nerve center of a company. Do you believe that UPS or FedEx would permit a customer to set up shop inside its headquarters? Can you imagine providing the APWU with offices at postal headquarters? Evicting MTAC will change the psychology of the relationship, and shift them from partners to valued customers...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org (This article first appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Steel object that smashed car at Postal Service lot a mystery

Steel object that smashed car at Postal Service lot a mystery
"...Can you identify this mysterious chunk of metal? Authorities are still scratching their heads at the origin of the roughly 30-pound piece of steel that smashed a rental car yesterday morning in the parking lot of a U.S. Postal Service bulk mail facility..."   
Reference: www.nj.com

Savannah/Hilton Head International Opens New U.S. Postal Unit

Savannah/Hilton Head International Opens New U.S. Postal Unit
"...Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport will celebrate the opening of a new U.S. Postal Unit with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 15, at 10:30 a.m. The Postal Unit, located on the lower level of the Airport at the Visitor Information Center..."   
Reference: www.savannahtribune.com

Monday, October 20, 2008

Ringo's refusal to sign autographs causes postal chaos (Humor)

Ringo's refusal to sign autographs causes postal chaos
"...Top Beatles drummer Ringo Starr's dramatic refusal to sign autographs from October 20th has created chaos at his local postal sorting office. "It's OK for him to make such a statement but what happens when he has a recorded delivery?" said Ivor Package the local postie...."   
Reference: www.thespoof.com

Postal service cutbacks could affect customers

Postal service cutbacks could affect customers by NANCY ESHELMAN, The Patriot-News
"...Postmaster General John Potter said the best way to cope is to reduce work hours. That could take several forms, including fewer staff working fewer hours. ..."   
Reference: www.pennlive.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

USPS Layoffs, Early Outs, and Voluntary Early Retirements

Follow the latest chatter form your fellow Postal Employees
"...If you desire to keep informed of the latest talk from the floor or on the streets, be sure to visit the Postal Forum over at "FederalSoup.com" where everyone from postal custodians, maint., mail handlers, clerks, Human Resources, supervisors, carriers, and executives discuss what's happening across the nation. You can ask questions and answer questions. Come on over and put your two cents in!..."   
Reference: community.federalsoup.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

USPS still delivering phone books to Gulf Shores

USPS still delivering phone books to Gulf Shores
"...GULF SHORES -- A gesture by the Gulf Shores Post Office to assist customers in recycling telephone directories has somehow emerged instead as an unfounded rumor about the Postal Service no longer delivering the phone books. “Totally untrue,” says Gulf Shores Postmaster Mitchell Soutullo. ..."   
Reference: www.myfoxgulfcoast.com

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Postal service is cutting back with offers of early retirement

Postal service is cutting back with offers of early retirement
"...A second buyout offer has been extended to 67,000 people who work in headquarters “support” centers across the country, with a deadline of Nov. 21. Acceptances would become effective Feb. 28, Frey said. A third buyout offer with a deadline of Jan. 16 has been extended to 17,000 field managers and postmasters with an acceptance date of the end of March, he said...."   
Reference: www.theday.com

Friday, October 10, 2008

US Postal workers promote using the US Postal Service

US Postal workers promote using the US Postal Service
"...US postal workers are being encouraged to give the US Postal Services marketing department, new leads to business in a cooperative effort to try and boost postal revenues...."   
Reference: www.uniglobalunion.org

Thursday, October 9, 2008

USPS Layoffs, ...would be absolutely a last resort.

USPS FACES ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES
"...Representatives of the NPMHU have met with officials at postal headquarters on these issues, and they assure us that there are no blanket orders to eliminate tours, or to take any drastic action if it does not make business sense. Layoffs, moreover, would be absolutely a last resort. Fortunately, based on years of collective bargaining, the NPMHU and mail handlers have specific protections built into the collective bargaining agreement that provide for certain notification periods prior to excessing employees from tours or facilities, that require the separation of all casuals prior to such excessing, and that afford mail handlers seniority rights. Most of these provisions are contained in Article 12 of the National Agreement. The NPMHU National Office conducted an Article 12 Training Program a couple of years ago,..."   
Reference: www.npmhu.org

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

MEDINA: Hospital put on lockdown; exposure scare defused

MEDINA: Hospital put on lockdown; exposure scare defused
"...“There apparently was an incident at the post office, and right now we are just going to a briefing in the board room (on the lock-down),” he said. Medina Police Chief Jose Avila said that as police arrived at the hospital, they learned that an Albion resident had been admitted for possible exposure to an unknown substance. ..."   

We followed up with reports the mail piece was suspicious in nature, but all tests came back negative.
Reference: www.niagara-gazette.com

Monday, October 6, 2008

Playing Political Hardball

Playing Political Hardball
"...The USPS is having financial problems. People are using e-mail and text messaging more, and first-class stamps less. To cut costs it is trying to persuade tens of thousands of rank-and-file employees to take early retirement. But union leaders say that without an accompanying buyout, that is a lousy deal. This has lead to talk/speculation/bluffing about layoffs or privatization of postal operations. ..."   
Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

Saturday, October 4, 2008

USPS Financial Difficulties And the Possibility of Layoffs

USPS Financial Difficulties And the Possibility of Layoffs
"...Interest has been especially high about the reference to the possibility of layoffs – for the first time in postal history.

Let me be clear: The possibility that the Postal Service may exercise its authority to layoff career employees is real, but it would affect very few APWU-represented employees. The 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement guarantees that each employee who is employed in the regular work force as of Nov. 20, 2006, “shall be protected henceforth against any involuntary layoff or force reduction during the term of this Agreement.”

The agreement also provides that “upon completion of six years of continuous service in their regular workforce” APWU-represented employees are protected against any involuntary layoff or force reduction “during any period of employment in the regular work force with the United States Postal Service or successor organization in his or her lifetime.” To receive credit for the year, an employee must have worked at least one hour (or received a call-in guarantee in lieu of work) in at least 20 of the 26 pay periods during that anniversary year.

APWU-represented employees who meet the criteria listed above are protected for the life of the 2006-2010 National Agreement or for their lifetime, and are not threatened by layoffs resulting from the significant decline in mail volume or the USPS financial difficulties...."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

[tag] Some Clarification of a previous article by President Burrus [/tag]

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Postal Service Layoffs Coming?

USPS’ Bleak Financial Picture
And the Presidential Election

"...In response to the financial crisis, the Postal Service has announced a hiring freeze. And, in a meeting with union leaders and management association presidents, the Postmaster General pointed out that 16,000 USPS employees lack the six years of continuous service required to achieve protection against layoffs. The PMG’s message was clear: For the first time in our history, postal employees may experience layoffs...."   
Reference: www.apwu.org