Monday, December 29, 2008

Read the latest USPS buzz (A Forum of Opinion)

FederalSoup Forum Offers Suggestions and Commentary
   The conversation over at FederalSoup is hot and members are offering ideas to bail USPS out of this "sinking ship"
Reference: community.federalsoup.com

Forget dead letters; worry about a dead USPS

Forget dead letters; worry about a dead USPS
"... Burrus was alluding to the delayed, missing, destroyed and allegedly undercounted mail discovered recently at the Philadelphia processing plant in Southwest Philadelphia, which was similar to problems unearthed in Chicago two years ago. ..."   
Reference: www.philly.com

Monday, December 22, 2008

Read the latest chatter on the subject of layoffs

Postal Layoff Chatter
   Although it is highly unlikely that the postal service will layoff any employees, you might want to follow the gossip (chatter). We use the word gossip because talk of an actual layoff is not based on any factual (things that can be shown to be true) evidence or references. Follow the chatter over at the Federal Soup Community and put in your two cents worth.

Here are some further references, based on fact and from the respective resources on each subject. Please also note that most craft employees have union contracts that may provide added benefits.

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  • OPM: veterans receive many advantages in Federal employment, including preference for initial employment and a higher retention standing in the event of layoffs. Reference: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetsInfo.asp

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  • The Employee's Guide to Reduction in Force OPM

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  • Veterans' preference and RIF Retention Standing


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    Saturday, December 20, 2008

    Post Office Reopens Santa Program With Privacy Controls

    Post Office Reopens Santa Program With Privacy Controls
    "... Operation Santa resumed with a few tweaks, including the redaction of last names and addresses with heavy black ink. And instead of sending gifts directly to children, secret Santas must take wrapped presents to the post office and provide the recipient control number that corresponds with their letter ..."   
    Reference: www.nytimes.com

    Friday, December 19, 2008

    Hot gold puts postal worker in hot water

    Hot gold puts postal worker in hot water
    "... A Detroit-area postal worker accused of stealing gold from the mail took his treasure to the wrong pawn shop. ..."   
    Reference: www.chicagotribune.com

    Thursday, December 18, 2008

    Postal Service Tells Gift-Givers Not to Help Santa

    Postal Service Tells Gift-Givers Not to Help Santa
    "... after an initial, limited acknowledgment of a “privacy breach,” said that at one of the programs, not New York’s, a man whom a letter carrier recognized as a registered sex offender had “adopted” a letter. ..."   
    Reference: www.nytimes.com

    Postal Service hit by consumer cutbacks

    Postal Service hit by consumer cutbacks
    "... The Postal Service predicted that this past Monday would be the busiest day so far, and it was. Postal workers canceled 2.13 million pieces of mail, including packages, in central and southeastern Ohio. But that was down from last year's busiest day, with 2.65 million pieces of mail. ..."   
    Reference: www.columbusdispatch.com

    NEW EXPRESS MAIL AND PRIORITY MAIL STAMPS

    NEW EXPRESS MAIL AND PRIORITY MAIL STAMPS
    "... Two treasured wonders of the American landscape will be celebrated Jan. 16 when USPS issues the $17.50 Old Faithful (Express Mail) and $4.95 Redwood Forest (Priority Mail) definitive stamps. ..."   
    Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    Union Files ‘Dispute’ Over Elimination of Tour 2

    Union Files ‘Dispute’ Over Elimination of Tour 2
    "... Through the premature implementation of the program, APWU bargaining unit employees have been relocated and reassigned, in violation of contractual requirements for at least 90 day advance notice at the national level and for advance notice of as much as six months at the regional level, the dispute says. (The requirements are stipulated in Article 12.4.B of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, but no advance notification was provided by the Postal Service to the union’s national or regional officers.) ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008

    CPI Update

    CPI Fell by a record 1.9%
    "... Excluding food and energy prices, the Core CPI was unchanged in November. Over the past year, the Core CPI increased 2%. ..."   
    Reference: www.zacks.com


    Tags: Postal COLA, USPS COLA, Federal COLA

    Saturday, December 13, 2008

    Manasota Consolidation Update

    APWU Members in Florida Enlist Public’s Support in Consolidation Fight
    "... When the Postal Service announced a consolidation study in Manasota, FL, APWU’s Local 7136 swung into action without waiting for the first in “a series of community meetings” that the USPS said it would schedule. Instead, the local launched its own effort to inform the public about the plan, and prompted the area’s largest city government to hold a special meeting. The local has also launched a special Web site (www.keepthemailhere.com), at which local citizens can sign a petition to encourage the Postal Service to keep the 375-worker facility in full operation. ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Burrus Meets with Obama Transition Team

    Burrus Meets with Obama Transition Team
    "... APWU President William Burrus met with Stephen Crawford, a member of President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team ..."   
    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Tuesday, December 9, 2008

    Postal Worker Stabbed While Delivering Mail in Rockville

    Postal Worker Stabbed While Delivering Mail in Rockville
    "... before 3 p.m. found the female letter carrier unconscious with serious stab wounds to the torso ..."   
    Reference: www.washingtonpost.com

    Monday, December 8, 2008

    How Safe Is Your Job?

    How Safe Is Your Job?
    "... For feds, taking a pay cut or getting a pay raise, isn't an issue. Congress approved and the President signed (some time ago) a 3.9 percent raise for most white collar civilian federal workers. ..."   
    Reference: www.federalnewsradio.com

    Macon post office robbed Friday afternoon

    Macon post office robbed Friday afternoon
    "... Macon police are investigating an armed robbery Friday at a U.S. post office on Pio Nono Avenue. ..."   
    Reference: www.macon.com

    Saturday, December 6, 2008

    OPM to Provide Additional Protections in 2009 for FEHB Enrollees Who Use Out-of-Network Surgeons

    OPM also instructs Federal agencies to accept belated Open Season enrollments

    OPM to Provide Additional Protections in 2009 for FEHB Enrollees Who Use Out-of-Network Surgeons
    "... OPM is taking this action in response to concerns over a change in coverage in the Blue Cross Blue Shield reimbursement that would have established a $7,500 co-pay for out-of-network surgeries. The agency had negotiated this change to address situations where enrollees could be billed tens-of-thousands of dollars for non-emergency surgeries performed by out-of-network providers, a practice known as balanced billing. ..."   
    Reference: opm.gov

    Friday, December 5, 2008

    An Obama collectible stamped envelope

    INAUGURATION DAY COMMEMORATIVE
    "... an official commemorative souvenir to mark the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s 44th President. ..."   
    Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008

    Destin will pay $15,000 to move a mailbox

    Destin will pay $15,000 to move a mailbox
    "... City Manager Greg Kisela said the United States Post Office refuses to move the existing mailbox because it doesn't meet the current USPS standards. ..."   
    Reference: www.thedestinlog.com

    Monday, December 1, 2008

    2008 Christmas Stamps

    USPS ISSUES 2008 HOLIDAY COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS
    "... The theme of the Christmas stamp has been the Madonna and Child since 1978, but the 2008 design feature has an added twist with the additional figure of John the Baptist. The painting, by Italian master Sandro Botticelli, dates to around 1490 and is now part of the world-renowned collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art. ..."   
    Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

    Postal Service cuts seasonal hires

    Postal Service cuts seasonal hires
    "... SPRINGFIELD - Fewer letters and packages mean fewer seasonal workers for delivery services during the Christmas season. ..."   
    Reference: www.masslive.com

    Oak Creek to vote on mail processing center


    "... The facility would be tax exempt, but the postal service is proposing to pay Oak Creek $1.4 million to compensate the city for the impact the facility would have. ..."   
    Reference: www.jsonline.com Journal Sentinel Milwaukee, WI