Sunday, November 30, 2014

Michelle Obama's fitness program stamps sit in a USPS storage facility

Unused ‘fitness’ stamps lie waiting in Postal Service warehouseFitness Stamps

"... About 45 million of the stamps were left in a warehouse after the president’s fitness council expressed concerns that kids in the cartoon images weren’t wearing safety equipment. ..."   

Reference: nypost.com

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ballot Delivery Delays: With Postal Service Network Downsizing, Problems Abound

Postal Service probes ballots’ delayed arrival to some Delaware County voters

"... Mann called the incident “very disturbing” and said it raised the specter of election fraud at worst and incompetence in the delivery process at best. ..."   

Reference: www.dispatch.com

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

USPS Played Cat And Mouse With Cyber Attacker Instead of Initiating Mitigation Measures

USPS Played Cat And Mouse With Cyber Attacker

"... organizations need to have a baseline, or a known good state that they can revert back to quickly in an emergency. "[It] sounds like some or all of that was missing with USPS, or they were depending on contractor services that couldn't start right away." ..."   

Reference: www.informationweek.com

Sunday, November 23, 2014

America still loves the U.S. Postal Service

Americans Actually Love the Post Office

"... According to a new Gallup survey, 72% of Americans say the U.S. Postal Service is doing an excellent or good job. ..."   

Reference: time.com

Friday, November 14, 2014

Huntsville Postal Workers Protest to Fight Against the Closure of the Huntsville Processing and Distribution Center

Postal Workers plan Huntsville protest

"... A protest is scheduled for today at the post office in Downtown Huntsville. It will begin between 3p.m. and 4:30p.m. ..."   

Reference: www.waaytv.com

Postal Service Revenue Up 9.1 Percent for Shipping and Package Services

U.S. Postal Service Reports Revenue Increase

"... At the Board meeting, the Postal Service reported that operating revenue increased $569 million in fiscal year 2014 (Oct. 1, 2013 – Sept. 30, 2014). ..."   

Reference: usps.com

Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire

Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire

"... Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will retire Feb. 1 ...The board named Postal Service veteran Megan Brennan ..."   

Reference: postal-newsgroup.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The People Can Stop USPS Plans to Delay Mail

The People Can Stop USPS Plans to Delay Mail

"... APWU President Mark Dimondstein said "the people of this country have it within our power" to stop USPS plans to slow mail service and virtually eliminate overnight mail delivery. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe's plans are now "under the radar," but more than 140 protests set for Friday, Nov. 14, will help change that. The USPS Board of Governors – which has the power to put on a hold on the plans – will be meeting that day. - See more at: http://www.apwu.org/news/web-news-article/people-can-stop-usps-plans-delay-mail#sthash.aMTnkWJz.dpuf ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Labor, biz united behind postal reform push in the lame duck

Labor, biz united behind postal reform push in the lame duck

"... The unions have been working on a constructive solution,” said Dimondstein, adding that labor was seeking a solution that “would defend the service standards [and] defend six-day delivery, in particular.” Postal unions are currently lobbying against the Postal Service’s efforts to consolidate mail-processing facilities, which they say would slow down delivery times. ..."   

Reference: thehill.com

Shift work 'impairs cognition'

Shift work 'impairs cognition'

"... test subjects, who had done shift work for more than 10 years, showed a decline in cognitive performance equivalent to an extra six-and-a-half years of ageing. ..."   

Reference: www.bbc.com

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Philatelists and tens of millions of Americans who use the mail still care deeply about the stamp program

‘Don’t throw traditional stamps into the [postal] dumpster,’ former USPS committee member warns

"... “They come from the corporate world of soft drinks and Wal-Marts,” Brick, a 30-year chief of staff in the House of Representatives before his appointment to the stamp panel, wrote. “They are still at the table running the show, and I’m now just another consumer…But I still care deeply about the stamp program, as do philatelists and tens of millions of Americans who use the mail.” ..."   

Reference: www.washingtonpost.com