Sunday, August 24, 2014

Protecting workers from corporate greed: The postal service does not have the ability to change benefit plans for their employees

USPS report suggests following private sector lead

"... The Federal Employees Retirement System, which nearly 90 percent of USPS employees use, requires employees hired after January 1, 2013 to contribute 3.1 percent of their salary as FERS retirement contributions due to The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 required employees hired after January 1, 2014 to increase that contribution to 4.4 percent. ..."   

Reference: fedscoop.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Deputy postmaster general will face protests as he greets customers at expo Thursday

Deputy postmaster general will face protests as he greets customers at expo Thursday

"... The critics are calling on postal management to suspend cuts, closures and subcontracting and encouraging Congress to fix the Postal Service's structural financial problems. Tensions have risen between the Postal Service and its employees ..."   

Reference: www.columbian.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

FedEx and UPS Concerned over USPS Pricing

UPS and FedEx Unhappy over USPS Pricing

"... The new Priority Mail rates make it cheaper for shippers who purchase postage online, while making "retail" rates - those purchased at the post office counter - more expensive. Priority Mail is considered a competitive product, unlike First Class mail which is a market dominant service that the USPS is not allowed to increase above the Consumer Price Index. ..."   

Reference: www.ecommercebytes.com

Albuquerque Postal Service shooting

ABQ postal service employee fires gun at work, arrested

"... Federal investigators with the Postal Inspection Service say the man who brought the gun to work is a mechanic in the vehicle maintenance department. Investigators the man fired one shot but say at this point there’s “no evidence to suggest” that the man was targeting any other employees. ..."   

Reference: krqe.com

Monday, August 18, 2014

USPS denied mail deliveries to Israel, human rights groups complain

Postal Service Apologizes for Denying Mail Deliveries to Israel

"... The USPS has faced criticism in recent days from human rights groups after reports from several states emerged that customers were told that mail to Israel was not being accepted as a result of the current conflict in the Gaza Strip ..."   

Reference: freebeacon.com

Friday, August 15, 2014

50 Senators Call for Moratorium on USPS Facility Closures

50 Senators Call for Moratorium on USPS Facility Closures

"... “This one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future,” the group said in a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., and ranking member Sen. Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala. ..."   

Reference: rollcall.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

Commercial interest takes the place of history in USPS stamp program, purist stamp collectors not happy

USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says

"... “The stamp program should celebrate the things that are great about the United States and serve as a medium to communicate those things to a world-wide audience,” Bailar wrote in his letter to Donahoe on July 23, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post. “To prostitute that goal in the pursuit of possibly illusory profits ..."   

Reference: www.washingtonpost.com