Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Postal Service internal performance audit raised concerns over Mail Covers Program oversight

Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

"... the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations. ..."   

Reference: www.nytimes.com
  • Read the audit here
  • Thursday, October 23, 2014

    Postal Service change in “nomenclature” veils slowing of the mail, hoping you don't notice

    No more 'Express Mail' from U.S. Postal Service?!!! Did you notice?

    "... “More specifically, the Office is changing the phrase Express Mail or EXPRESS MAIL® to Priority Mail Express® in 37 CFR 1.5, 1.6, 1.10, 2.119, 2.195, 2.198, 7.4, 11.35, 11.41, 11.42, 11.51, 41.106, 42.6, 42.105, 42.205, and 42.406.” “In addition, the USPS has updated the Priority Mail Express® mailing label. The mailing label now has a “date accepted” field rather than a “date-in” field, which was previously used on the Express Mail® mailing label. The Office is revising 37 CFR 1.10, 2.198, and 41.106 accordingly.” ..."   

    Reference: www.nydailynews.com

    Saturday, October 18, 2014

    Tell the Postmaster General, Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! National Day of Action Nov. 14

    Tell the Postmaster General, Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail! National Day of Action Nov. 14

    "... “The Postmaster General is poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they will forever damage the U.S. Postal Service,” the union presidents said. On Jan. 5, 2015, the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town. All mail (letters, periodicals, packages) throughout the country will be delayed. Beginning Jan. 5, 2015, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close or “consolidate operations.” The unions selected the Nov. 14 date because it coincides with the USPS Board of Governors’ last public meeting of 2014...."   

    Reference: www.apwu.org

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014

    Batman Stamps. Holy Philately!

    Holy Philately! USPS Debuts Batman Stamps in Gotham City

    "... The stamps, a limited-edition Forever affair (which only sounds oxymoronic) now available at a post office near you and on the USPS website, follow the Caped Crusader and his trusty Bat emblem, through four eras of comic book history. ..."   
    Reference: www.mediabistro.com

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Former postal workers can sign up for temporary jobs without affecting retirement pay

    Postal Service calling on retired employees to help during holiday season

    "... Retired city carriers will be eligible to earn $15.68 per hour. There will be no reduction or offset in their retirement pay if they return to the Postal Service...."   

    Reference: www.wdsu.com

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    How many lawsuits, grievances and issues will the Postal Service face for improper facility closures due to lack of impact studies and...

    Report: Postal Service leaves areas in the dark on changes to 95 facilities

    "... The USPS inspector released a report on Wednesday saying the agency did not complete impact studies for any of the 95 facilities that are scheduled to absorb the operations of other centers starting in January. The review also found that the agency has not informed stakeholders about the expected service changes, despite a 2006 law that requires public input before they take effect. ..."   

    Reference: www.washingtonpost.com

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014

    A “still fluid” date is set for Lafayette postal processing plant closure

    Date set for USPS Lafayette plant closure

    "... USPS spokesperson Mary Dando confirms to News 18, the plant is set to close on March 14, 2015. But she describes the situation as “still fluid,” and the 29 workers affected would be offered jobs elsewhere. ..."   

    Reference: wlfi.com

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    Military Mail Deadlines for the 2014 Holiday Season

    Postal Service issues holiday mail deadlines

    "... The U.S. Postal Service has issued some mailing guidelines to ensure that gifts get to overseas military locations by Dec. 25. To get them there in time for the start of Hanukkah on Dec. 16, subtract nine days from these deadlines. ..."   

    Reference: www.navytimes.com

    Monday, October 6, 2014

    While laughing hysterically, postal worker runs man over

    USPS worker runs man over while laughing hysterically

    "... the United States Postal worker quickly put the truck in drive and ran over the resident's leg. He staggered back in pain and that's when she struck his leg two more times. ..."   

    Reference: www.wtsp.com

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    I'll drink to that: Jack Daniels Distillery Seeks Commemorative Stamp

    Video | Jack Daniel Distillery Seeks Commemorative Stamp From USPS

    "... Jack Daniel Distillery is asking the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp honoring its founder as the distillery prepares for its 150th anniversary. Included with its petition is a letter signed by every member of Tennessee's congressional delegation ..."   

    Reference: www.courier-journal.com