Saturday, February 28, 2009

Retirees Could Use Pre-Tax Dollars for Premiums

‘Health Care Equity Act’ Introduced in the Senate
"... Federal and military retirees could pay their health insurance premiums with pre-tax dollars under the “Federal and Military Retiree Health Care Equity Act,” which was introduced in the Senate on Feb. 26. The bill, S. 491..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CHANGES IN STORE FOR BULK MAIL CENTERS --SUBCONTRACTING IS OFF THE TABLE

CHANGES IN STORE FOR BULK MAIL CENTERS --SUBCONTRACTING IS OFF THE TABLE
"... The USPS has informed the NPMHU of changes that they intend to make to the existing BMC network. According to USPS Headquarters, they intend to move forward with a new network which will utilize the existing BMCs as “Network Distribution Centers” (NDCs) to more efficiently process and transport the mail. The plans shared with the Union thus far call for three tiers of BMCs (NDCs), with each tier having different responsibilities. This new initiative eliminates the earlier USPS plan to subcontract much of the BMC work. According to the USPS plan, Tier 1 BMCs ..."   
Reference: www.npmhu.org

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Update

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Update
"... After the final month of the six-month measuring period, the fifth COLA under the 2006 National Agreement and the Operating Services Agreement will be..."   
Reference: www.apwu.org

Monday, February 23, 2009

One of the longest serving postal workers in the country

'I couldn't image doing anything else' – At 91, Anne Burke is one of the longest serving postal workers in the country
"... Throughout her years at the post office, she has found time to volunteer, mostly in the 1940s during World War II. She spent several years as a welder at the South Portland Shipyard, where she helped build Navy ships...."   
Reference: www.keepmecurrent.com

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Post offices ready to help with passports


Article Title:Post offices ready to help with passports
Article Snippet: "...More people are in need of passports because on Jan. 31, new rules went into effect that require anyone who goes to Canada or Mexico -- anyone who crosses the country's border -- must have either a passport or a new passport card. The passport card is only good if someone is traveling by land or sea to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda or the Caribbean...."
Reference: www.stltoday.com

Friday, February 20, 2009

Want a Job That Will Make You Rich? Try...Postmaster General?

Want a Job That Will Make You Rich? Try...Postmaster General?
"... So, as the U.S. Postal Service is telling us they will have to cut back our mail delivery to five days a week because of these tough economic times and the fact that its $3 billion in the hole (yes, please raise stamp prices yet again!), it turns out the head of the USPS has been making out like a bandit. The Washington Times has an exclusive story today about how,..."   
Reference: news.aol.com

Saturday, February 14, 2009

President Obama Inaugural Folio Sells Well

President Obama Inaugural Folio Sells Well
"... More than 67,000 folios have been sold so far. Post Offices that have displayed the product on their slatwalls have reported brisk sales...."   
Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

AMERICAN STAMPS AIRS ON PBS NEXT WEEK

AMERICAN STAMPS AIRS ON PBS NEXT WEEK
"... information on the history of stamps in America and how stamp subjects are selected and checked for authenticity. And Wilson Hulme, curator of Philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, talks about the fun of stamp-collecting and the printing errors that have made some stamps worth considerably more than their face value...."   
Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

Stamps PBS, AMERICAN STAMPS, history of stamps,Philately, stamp-collecting, stamp printing errors,

Friday, February 13, 2009

Bad economy has Kane County going postal
"... numbers indicate postage costs for the county were increasing at an out-of-control rate. In fact, postage costs increased by 30 percent from 2007 to 2008 alone, according to Mitchell's memo. "I recognize postage is a vital function, but experiencing an approximate $150,000 annual increase is very difficult to absorb," Mitchell wrote...."   
Reference: www.dailyherald.com

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Top 10 Postal Stories of 2008

Top 10 Postal Stories of 2008
Over at the Office of Inspector General blog, they thought it would be fun to reflect on the past year and make a top 10 list of postal stories from 2008.   
Reference: Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service, uspsoig.gov. [Blog]

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

APWU Blasts USPS Response to Postal Financial Crisis

APWU Blasts USPS Response to Postal Financial Crisis
"...disturbed by USPS plans to consolidate “excess” capacity in its mail processing and transportation networks while postal policy encourages the growth of private entities that perform these duties.

He offered as an example two of the many consolidations the Postal Service is considering:
“While the USPS is studying the feasibility of consolidating its mail processing operations in City of Industry and Long Beach, CA, into other locations, Pitney Bowes has announced the opening of a new 84,000 square foot mail-processing facility in Corona, CA, less than 50 miles away from the USPS plants.

“The new plant will be financed through worksharing discounts offered by the USPS, and its workers will perform duties that could be performed more efficiently by postal employees,” Burrus said...."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

If we have money for Wall Street, we should have it for post office

If we have money for Wall Street, we should have it for post office
"... a proposal by Postmaster General Potter to save money by eliminating mail service one day a week -- maybe Saturday, maybe in mid-week. That would require approval by Congress. Don't look for it to happen any time soon. Potter received "a pretty chilly reception" from senators..."   
Reference: kennebecjournal.mainetoday.com

AN OPEN LETTER TO USPS EMPLOYEES FROM PMG JACK POTTER

AN OPEN LETTER TO USPS EMPLOYEES FROM PMG JACK POTTER
"... We’re reducing administrative positions and costs that we just can’t afford. We’ve stopped new construction. We’re going to keep adjusting operations as volume keeps falling. We’re on track to reduce 100 million workhours this year — double last year’s reduction. ..."   
Reference: liteblue.usps.gov

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hawleyville Post Office

Here is a community standing behind their local post office
The Hawleyville Post Office is loved and is vital to the local community. Take a look at their website and efforts to save the Hawleyville Post Office.   
Reference: http://www.savehawleyvillepo.com/