Thursday, May 31, 2012

University of Alabama has asked postal Service to vacate its operations at Ferguson center

Alabama won't renew Postal Service's Ferguson Center lease

"... In October, UA informed the postal service that the school would not renew the lease when it expired on Feb. 28, 2013. It asked the USPS to vacate its operations at Ferguson at that time. ..."   


Friday, May 25, 2012

USPS offers Mail Handlers $15,000 separation incentive while offering $20,000 to Postmasters

USPS offers separation incentive to NPMHU employees

"...The total incentive amount for full-time NPMHU bargaining unit employees is $15,000. Eligible participating NPMHU employees will receive an initial incentive payment of $7,500 on Dec. 21, 2012 (less required deductions and withholdings). The remaining $7,500 will be paid on or about Dec. 20, 2013 (less required deductions and withholdings). The incentive program is available to eligible employees who notify USPS on or before July 2, 2012 of their intent to participate in the VER, optional retirement, or voluntarily resign and who separate effective Aug. 31, 2012. ..."   


Monday, May 21, 2012

Post Office armed robber seriously injures employee

$50,000 reward for info on violent post office robbery

"... responsible for the armed robbery and assault of a postal employee at the Burgin Post Office.

The post office, on Main Street in Burgin, was robbed at about 1:00 p.m. on April 13, 2012. ..."   


Monday, May 14, 2012

Was exposure to toxic substance source of postal worker's illness?

OSHA probing former Florida postal worker's illness claims

"... a U.S. government investigation into a former postal worker's claim that he has been seriously ill for more than a year after he says he came in contact with a suspicious package at the Florida facility where he worked. ..."   


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Postal Service will ban shipping of lithium batteries and any device containing them effective May 16

USPS To Stop Delivering iPads And Kindles To Troops And Overseas Consumers On May 16

"... Fully charged, improperly stored, or improperly packed lithium batteries do pose a risk of explosion, however. Lithium batteries have been implicated in at least two fatal cargo plane crashes since 2006, including a UPS jet in Dubai. ..."   


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Postal Facility Shut down Clock

Postal Service Facilities that Could Begin Closing on May 15th

"... If the U.S. House of Representatives fails to pass a bill to reform the U.S. Postal Service by May 15th, the Postal Service could move forward with closing over 1,000 post offices and mail distribution centers across the country. Although the Postal Reform Act of 2011 was passed out of the relevant House committee in October 2011, leaders in the House of Representatives have yet to schedule a vote on the bill. The Senate, however, passed a bipartisan postal reform bill, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, on April 25, 2012. ..."   


Friday, May 4, 2012

Postmaster General Remarks

Remarks by the Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman and Postmaster General

"... We are very confident about our comprehensive plan. It calls for making some tough decisions, but they are the right decisions. We need to eliminate excess mail processing capacity. We need to rethink how we manage our retail footprint. We need to manage our healthcare costs better. If we can gain the flexibility to move quickly in these areas, we can return to profitability. ..."   


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Will moratorium on postal mail facility and post office closures be extended?

Manchin, others ask USPS to extend moratorium on closures

"... more than 30 percent of U.S. households did not have broadband Internet access and more than 25 percent of homes did not have any Internet access at all. "Postal mail remains the one universal service connecting the American people to commerce, government, news and social and civic institutions ..."