Sunday, January 27, 2013

U.S. Postal Disservice - 11 days instead of 2 and 1703 miles instead of 15

U.S. Postal Service Sends My Priority Mail Package 1,688 Miles Out Of Its Way

"... At first, I thought the package was mislabeled, but when I received and examined it, I could see everything was clearly printed. In the end, I received the package, but it took 11 days instead of 2 and 1703 miles instead of 15. It’s no wonder USPS is going bankrupt. ..."   

Reference: consumerist.com

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Federal Government hurts USPS by not shipping with the lower price agency

Postal Service Losing Out on Federal Contracts, Report Finds

"... The post office’s ability to compete in the federal shipping market is hampered by several factors besides its late entry, the report found, including an inability to guarantee two- to three-day delivery service and to be as flexible in setting prices as its competitors. ..."   

Reference: www.nytimes.com

Does military time count toward the special retirement supplement

USPS early retirement and special retirement supplement

"... Active-duty service for which you’ve made a deposit ..."   

Reference: federaltimes.com

Friday, January 18, 2013

Postal Service Apple Stamps

Postal Service unveiling new apple stamps at ceremony in Yakima

"... The stamps depict four varieties of apples. Golden Delicious and Granny Smith are Northwest favorites. Northern Spy and Baldwin are East Coast varieties. ..."   

Reference: www.oregonlive.com

Thursday, January 17, 2013

OSHA: Automated Package Processing System (APPS) hazard

OSHA Cites USPS for Safety Violations in RI

"... OSHA also discovered that the Automated Package Processing System (APPS) is currently configured in a way that employees could extend an arm or leg into the hazard zone without triggering a shutdown of the system. Additionally, OSHA observed that the various mail-handling carts used at the facility had defective components. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Monday, January 14, 2013

BOG tells USPS to expedite delivery standards and policy changes

USPS to move ahead with restructuring efforts

"... The board of governors, the statement said, has advised USPS to revise a five-year plan it released last year, which called for changes in delivery standards and other policies to help the Postal Service stabilize its finances..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Friday, January 11, 2013

Does Postal Service give Netflix preferential treatment?

Court: USPS Giving Netflix DVDs Unfair Treatment

"... The Postal Service diverts Netflix mailers from the automated letter stream, shifting it to specially designated trays and containers and hand processing it. ..."   

Reference: www.multichannel.com

Thursday, January 10, 2013

USPS to offer wages that are more competitive in oil patch areas?

Postal Service out to ‘restore faith’ of Oil Patch

"... Postal Service also is working to hire more staff and in some cases begin offering more career positions or wages that are more competitive for the area, Reynolds said. A job fair is planned for next week in Watford City...."   

Reference: www.grandforksherald.com

Postal Service a letdown at 2013 CES

USPS shows CES modernity with, um, Marilyn Monroe

"... But why should I use USPS, rather than FedEx or UPS? Is there some new-fangled electronic wonderland hidden deep in the heart of the USPS bunker? Perhaps, but it wasn't evident from any impression the booth gave. ..."   

Reference: cnet.com

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Is study looking at privatizing profitable parts of postal service?

Study to examine USPS partial-privatization

"... The study will look to a "hybrid model" that would allow private companies to deliver parcels up until the "last delivery mile," according to the Washington Post. A Postal Service letter carrier would still be responsible for that last mile, physically delivering letters and packages to their recipients. ..."   

Reference: www.cbsnews.com

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Your paycheck was just reduced

Social Security payroll tax rate rises, reduces paychecks

"... What does that mean? If, for example, you earn $50,000 a year, your Social Security tax will increase by about $1,000 over a year. So even if your income tax isn’t rising, you can expect to see a little less in your next paycheck. ..."   

Reference: www.scpr.org