Thursday, March 31, 2011

Article: postal bosses are trying to bypass the regulation process

USPS proposes streamlining review process for closing post offices

"...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. ..."   


USPS introduces product sampling service

Postal Service debuts product sampling service

"...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. ..."   


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

USPS Standard Mail Flats not in compliance with US law (Postal Regulatory Commission)

USPS told to end cross-subsidy of monopoly mail services

"...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”. ..."   


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Postal Service proposes new rules to close your Post office

Postal Service Proposes Easier Path to Closing U.S. Post Offices

"...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. ..."   


Monday, March 28, 2011

Capitol Hill staffer Ronald Stroman is set to become deputy postmaster general April 4

Capitol Hill staffer appointed deputy postmaster general

"...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 ..."   


Mail theft happens more often than you think

Mail theft no small problem

"... the Inspector General says it was involved in 1,272 cases in which postal employees had stolen mail. ..."   


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Shots fired at Postal HCR truck

Police Looking For Person Who Shot At Postal Worker

"...a Postal Service HCR trailer was shot at about 1:40 a.m. while ..."   


Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25 Postal Announcement - There will be additional reductions...

This post is courtesy of The Postal Newsgroup

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.

March 25 Postal Announcement

The Announcement
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.   


March 25 Postal Announcement, USPS March 25 Announcement,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Buyouts and Reductions

Postal Service: 7,500 workers, $20,000 buyouts

"...Eligible administrative employees will be offered the buyout package -- letter carriers and other union workers are not eligible. ..."   


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Postal Announcement Nears

Postal closures, rate hikes, layoffs ...

"...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. ..."   


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Radiation not found in Hawaii mail, but found...

No Radiation Found in Hawaii Mail (Yet?)

"...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. ..."   


Friday, March 18, 2011

Public Employee Collective Bargaining Works's the proof

Postal Workers, USPS Prove Public Employee Bargaining Works

"...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. ..."   


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

330 post offices destroyed or damaged in Japan

Japan Post reports “significant damage” after earthquake

"...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. ..."   


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Highlights of the New APWU Contract

Highlights of the New Collective Bargaining Agreement

"...There will be across-the-board pay increases of 3.5 percent over the life of the contract. ..."   


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Police find more drugs in post office

Police find more drugs in post office

"...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 ..."   


Michigan letter carrier dies after porch collapses

Michigan letter carrier dies after porch collapses

"...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. ..."   


Collings Lakes man admits defrauding postal service out of $335,972

Collings Lakes man admits defrauding postal service out of $335,972

"...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. ..."   


Friday, March 11, 2011

Gov. Scott Walker Just Raped The American Working Class

APWU: Governor’s Attack on Wisconsin Workers Must Serve as a Wake-Up Call

"...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

Postal Reductions; Attrition and cuts

Despite reports, Postal Service not cutting 30,000 jobs

"...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. ..."   


Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year

Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year

"...The U.S. Postal Service will announce March 25 a downsizing of approximately 7,500 supervisory, managerial and postmaster positions ..."   


Monday, March 7, 2011

Letter postmarked in Montgomery, Ala arrives 66 years later

Letter arrives in California 66 years after it left Alabama

"...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

Congress wants significant reductions in the USPS workforce

Congressmen call for job-cutting priority at USPS

"...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.” ..."