"...The changes present a new source of tension between USPS and postal regulators and union leaders, who fear that postal bosses are trying to bypass the regulation process and quickly make operational changes without proper consultation with customers. ..."Reference: www.washingtonpost.com
Thursday, March 31, 2011
"...The first round of samples will be placed into the mailstream this week and should reach consumers within the next three weeks, said Dave Lewin, PR representative at the USPS. ..."Reference: www.dmnews.com
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
"...For the first time ever, the Commission said one of the USPS products – Standard Mail Flats – was not in compliance with US law. It has ordered the USPS to rectify the situation “as soon as practicable”. ..."Reference: postandparcel.info
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
"...The U.S. Postal Service, which projects it will reach its $15 billion borrowing cap by the end of September, is proposing rules to make it easier to close post offices for economic reasons. ..."Reference: www.bloomberg.com
Monday, March 28, 2011
"...The committee's new chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., is pressing the Postal Service to clamp down on pay and benefits.
"We worked with Ron Stroman on important oversight efforts last Congress and look forward to working with him ..."
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"...a Postal Service HCR trailer was shot at about 1:40 a.m. while ..."Reference: www.kpho.com
Friday, March 25, 2011
The highly anticipated March 25 USPS announcement is referenced below as found on the USPS' website. The largest majority of the information was put out yesterday (March 24, 2011) detailing the district closings, the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), THE financial incentive programs being offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative). However, the additional information provided in the following announcement that stands out boldly is 'additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.' Read below to see the official release. Stay tuned and we will provide further internal information as it trickles out.
PMG ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF SEVEN DISTRICTS
I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure.
As part of the ongoing redesign of the Postal Service, PMG Pat Donahoe yesterday announced USPS will close 7 of its 74 district offices. This reflects continuing alignments within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, will help realize approximately $750 million of annual cost savings (Link Extra, 3/23).
The district offices scheduled for closure — Columbus, OH, (Eastern Area); Southeast Michigan in Troy, MI, and Northern Illinois in Carol Stream, IL (Great Lakes Area); Southeast New England in Providence, RI (Northeast Area); South Georgia in Macon, GA, and Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (Southwest Area); and Big Sky in Billings, MT (Western Area) — house only administrative functions that will be assumed by surrounding district offices. The closures will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.
“I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure. One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry,” said Donahoe.
This organizational redesign builds on previous PMG announcements that include a 16 percent reduction in officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units, closing the Southeast Area Office, and further reducing the employee complement by about 7,500 positions.
While yesterday’s announcement focused on the administrative and executive corps, additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
"...New cutbacks will be announced by the Postal Service this week to help stem its tsunami of red ink. U.S. Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe is to make an internal announcement Thursday that will become public Friday. ..."Reference: verdenews.com
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
"...Although low levels of radiation have been found in mail from Japan at two of five United States Postal Service international service centers, no radiation has been detected at the Honolulu center yet. ..."Reference: www.civilbeat.com
Friday, March 18, 2011
"...When workers across the country are fighting to protect their right to collective bargaining, our tentative agreement is a testament to a great American freedom: The right of workers to have a voice at work and to negotiate for a better life. ..."Reference: aflcio.org
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
"...Last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan has left 330 post offices destroyed or damaged, according to Japan Post and the Universal Postal Union. ..."Reference: postandparcel.info
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"...There will be across-the-board pay increases of 3.5 percent over the life of the contract. ..."Reference: contractnegotiations.blogspot.com
Saturday, March 12, 2011
"...Rodney Andrew Molt, 24, of Huntsville, Alabama, and Ana-Maria Beatrice Ciocanel, 22, of Bucharest, who live in Attard, were arrested when a package containing mephedrone ..."Reference: www.timesofmalta.com
"...Nancy Schafer, 46, of Dundee, had worked out of the Dundee post office since 1993 and routinely delivered mail to 290 Midway Street, said Edward Moore, a spokesman for the U. S. Postal Service. ..."Reference: www.freep.com
"...stealing over $300,000 from the U.S. Postal Service through unauthorized use of fuel cards given to the company in connection with a contract to haul U.S. mail, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. ..."Reference: www.nj.com
Friday, March 11, 2011
"...Late on Wednesday, March 9, the governor and Republican state senators passed a bill that attacks middle-class families in Wisconsin by stripping public workers of their right to a voice at work, with a vote of 18-1; no Democratic senators were present.
The bill effectively destroys collective bargaining for state workers, Guffey said. “The bill’s passage jeopardizes the fundamental American values of freedom, fairness, and the right to negotiate for a better life.” ..."
Thursday, March 10, 2011
"...Donahoe suggested USPS would likely see the departure of about 30,000 total employees this year, because 22,500 of them retire or leave the agency on average each year. ..."Reference: washingtonpost.com
"...The U.S. Postal Service will announce March 25 a downsizing of approximately 7,500 supervisory, managerial and postmaster positions ..."Reference: www.federaltimes.com
Monday, March 7, 2011
"...The letter was postmarked in Montgomery, Ala.
The date on the postmark is Aug. 9, 1944. Yes, 1944.
It's good for a laugh — the term "snail mail" takes on a whole new meaning ..."
Thursday, March 3, 2011
"...not enough to cut staff numbers by attrition and early retirements.
“These efforts simply have not resulted in the changes necessary to maintain a self-funding Postal Service,” the Congressman from Florida said. “Realigning the work force by re-examining labor agreements must be part of the strategy to improve the Postal Service fiscal foundations.” ..."