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Nov 15, ’17 – USPS reports fiscal year 2017 results: $2.7 billion loss

The U.S. Postal Service reported revenue of $69.6 billion for fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017), a decrease of $1.8 billion compared to the prior year. The lower revenues were driven largely by accelerated declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail volumes.  In 2017, mail volumes declined by approximately 5.0 billion pieces, or 3.6 percent, while package volumes grew by 589 million pieces, or 11.4 percent, continuing a multi-year trend of declining mail volumes and increasing package volume. While mail volume declines for the year were somewhat offset by growth in package volume, overall volume has declined by 4.9 billion pieces.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 14, ’17 – USPS denies claim for insured diamond ring stolen from the mail

A Jacksonville woman was expecting a $4,000 diamond ring in the mail, but when the box arrived she said it was ripped open and empty.  The U.S. Postal Service denied her claim, even though Jonette Lieurance paid to insure the shipment from Tennessee.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 13, ’17 – Once paralyzed, Brick (NJ) mailman is back on the job — thanks to a once-paralyzed therapist

Gary Nodes recovered thanks to Freehold physical therapist Erin Sullivan — who had re-learned to walk after a cliff-diving accident.

Erin Sullivan was 24 years old and just a month out of graduate school when she broke her back. One minute she was diving off a cliff in the Poconos. The next she was flailing in the water 40 feet below, paralyzed from the waist down.  “The doctors think I passed out,” the Wall resident said. “Between the change in altitude and the adrenaline, I lost consciousness. When I hit the water, I landed in a seated position.”  The pressure of impact fractured her L2 vertebrae, which pushed on her spinal cord. A friend pulled her out of the water. It took emergency responders two hours to hike her out of the woods and into surgery. After five months, Sullivan got out of her wheelchair. Eight months out, in the spring of 2014, she walked down the aisle unassisted at her best friend’s wedding.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 12, ’17 – Joint law enforcement team reports “sharp decline” in mail theft trend

Law enforcement officers announced this week that mail thefts in the Santa Clarita Valley(CA) have “sharply declined” after local sheriff’s deputies joined forces with US Postal Inspection officers in response to the crime trend.  The announcement was posted on a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s social media site under the headline: US Postal Inspectors & SCV Sheriff’s detectives team up to slow down mail theft trend. “The US Postal Inspector’s Office, with help from our sheriff’s station, has made great strides in fighting the mail theft trend and as a result, thefts of mail have sharply declined,” Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station wrote.  “However, we do ask that residents remain vigilant and check their mail on a daily basis,” she said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 11, ’17 – As open season begins on November 13, here’s what carriers need to know

Participants in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program should take note that Monday, Nov. 13 marks the first day of open season.  While only about 6 percent of FEHB participants make any changes to their health plans during open season — and tend to be younger, healthier employees looking to find the coverage they need at the lowest price — as many as 20-30 percent of enrollees could benefit from switching plans. On the cost side of the equation, non-postal employees and annuitants enrolled in the FEHB program can expect to pay, on average, 6.1 percent more for their health care premiums in 2018.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 10, ’17 -Post Office Fails to Deliver on Time, and DACA Applications Get Rejected

Dozens of young immigrants mailed renewal forms weeks before they were due. But their paperwork was delayed in the mail and then denied for being late.

The paperwork was mailed from New York in plenty of time. On Sept. 14, Allison Baker, a lawyer for the Legal Aid Society, sent a client’s application to renew a permit that would let him stay and work in the United States legally as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — long before the Oct. 5 deadline. It was sent certified mail to be safe.
Tracking data from the United States Postal Service shows the envelope arriving in Chicago on Sept. 16 on its way to the regional processing warehouse of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that administers the program known as DACA.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 9, ’17 – As It Was: Mail Carriers Go from Bicycles and Horses to Air Delivery

In 1903 Bill Warner became the first rural mail carrier for Medford, Ore. He used a bicycle in the summer or a horse-drawn, two-wheeled cart. When rain turned the roads to mud, Warner carried the mail on horseback.  Folks living in town still had to go to the post office to get their mail. It wasn’t until 1907 that city mail delivery began, and Rollie Beach became the first carrier in town.  In the 1920s, Warner became postmaster and Beach was his assistant. A decade of drama followed for the Medford postal service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 8, ’17 – Wait until you see how easy it is to steal your identity at the post office

“You feel like a victim every day.  “If there was a poster child for identity theft. It would be this woman.Violated so many times, she and her husband are scared to show their identity.  “Probably about a dozen times all together,” she said.It’s not that they’re not careful.  “We’re very careful. We’re going on vacation. We notify our neighbors, we notify the bank, we notify the police department,” she said.  So imagine their shock, when after their home flooded and they had to temporarily move, they went to the post office to change their address, and no one asked them for ID.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 7, ’17 – Postal supervisors from Akron get prison for stealing marijuana, methamphetamine out of the mail

Two former U.S. Postal employees were sentenced to prison for stealing packages containing marijuana from the U.S. mail and then selling the drugs, said U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman.  Rabih Kairouz, 29, of Akron, was sentenced to 37 months in prison.  Scott Gay, Jr., 33, of Canton, was sentenced to six months incarceration followed by six months of house arrest.  Corey Turnbull, 26, of Ravenna, was sentenced to probation.  Anton D. Easter, Jr., 27, of Akron is scheduled to be sentenced next month.  Kairouz, Gay and Turnbull worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Kairouz and Turnbull worked as a supervisor at the Five Points station in Akron while Gay was a manager at the North Hill station, according to court documents.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 7, ’17 – USPS Selects Lockheed Martin to provide Enhanced Package Processing System

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has been selected by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to provide next generation package processing systems.  The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with a maximum potential value of $215 million, will provide up to 10 Enhanced Package Processing Systems (EPPS) which are capable of automatically separating mail pieces, reading printed and handwritten addresses, and sorting packages, priority and bundled mail, such as magazines and catalogs.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 6, ’17 – The Trucks Competing to Be the Next USPS Delivery Vehicle, Third Prototype Spotted

The U.S. Postal Service has launched full-scale testing of a series of prototype delivery vans from which it plans to select its next mail truck.  The order will be huge for the companies involved.  The USPS will choose models from the prototypes to replace up to 180,000 mail trucks over the course of seven years, an estimated $6.3 billion of business. The post office’s current fleet is aging. Of the 215,000 mail trucks in operation, 140,000 are at least two decades old.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 5, ’17 – Columbus (OH) Postal worker lied about being robbed at gunpoint

Columbus Police now say a postal worker that claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint made up the story.  Originally the postal worker told police that he was delivering mail when two men asked for directions from their car.  The mailman said he approached the car and the passenger got out and pointed a gun at him, demanding everything he had.  The man told police that the person took his wallet.  Columbus police say that the mailman hasn’t been charged yet but could face charges. The postal service is now investigating.

Nov 4, ’17 – Metairie (LA) mailman pleads guilty to delivering while intoxicated again

A Metairie letter carrier charged for a second time with drunk driving in his mail truck pleaded guilty Oct. 26 to felony DWI.  Mitchell Molitor, 55, was ordered to serve a total of one year in prison and his driver’s license has been suspended for three years, according to Jefferson Parish court records. Molitor pleaded guilty to third-arrest DWI, possession of an open container of alcohol and making false statements to obtain two driver’s licenses.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 3, ’17 – Postal rate increase looming

The U.S. Postal Service warns the 2018 postage increase will likely be the last modest increase limited by a 2006 law.  National Newspaper Association President Susan Rowell, publisher of the Lancaster (SC) News, announced to community newspapers that publishers should expect significant increases in postage rates in 2019, if Congress does not enact a postal reform law this year.  “Every postage payer faces an additional 1-cent stamp increase on Jan. 20, 2018, and overall mailers will pay about 1.9 percent more next year,” Rowell said. “We are gratified that the increases for within-county newspaper mail, which our newspaper members use so heavily to reach readers, will see a slightly smaller increase of 1.8 percent.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 2, ’17 – How the Postal Service is using analytics to spot problems at local offices

In this era of “do more with less,” the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General is relying heavily on data analytics to monitor performance of post offices’ mail and retail services.  “We have to take our agency, the place where it is now, and help guide it towards being the best possible OIG it can be,” said Kelly Tshibaka, chief data officer at USPS’ OIG, in a CXO Talk interview.  By taking advantage of data analytics, “we know we’re going to be successful and helping our agents if we’re reducing the time it takes for them to make successful cases.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 1, ’17 – Columbus Ohio postal worker robbed at gunpoint on north side

A United States Postal Service worker was held-up and robbed at gunpoint on the city’s north side Monday night.  According to Columbus Police, just before 8 p.m., a mailman was stopped in the 1500 block of Northridge Road by two males in a car asking for directions.  The mailman said as he approached the older mid-sized, dark-colored car with loud exhaust, the occupants exited the car and pointed a gun at him, demanding everything he had.  The suspects ordered the mailman to the ground and took his wallet, got back in the car and fled westbound toward Homestead Drive.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Nov 1, ’17 – USPS and Walmart eye next-day Sunday delivery for holidays

As consumers demand ever-quicker and convenient package delivery, the U.S. Postal Service wants to boost its business this holiday season by offering what few e-commerce retailers can provide: cheap next-day service with packages delivered Sundays to your home.  Retail giant Walmart says it is considering the Sunday option, which could reshape weekend shopping trips to the mall.  The program, available in 20 major U.S. cities, allows consumers to place online orders with participating retailers before a cutoff time Saturday, the Postal Service said. Postal carriers pick up merchandise from local stores for delivery the following day, similar to the Sunday package deliveries it now handles almost exclusively for online leader Amazon in much of the U.S.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 31, ’17 – Could a post office lock box be putting your home at risk?

A Brooklyn(NY) woman wants to warn New York City residents about a potential safety concern created by the lock boxes known as “key keepers” commonly used to store spare keys for postal carriers delivering mail to apartment complexes without a doorman and without exterior mailboxes.  Adrianne Johnson said her home surveillance system captured a man picking the lockbox in the middle of the night and using the key inside to burglarize her apartment complex.  “It’s still lingering, believe me,” said Johnson remembering the scary moments she woke up and realized she had received an alert from her home surveillance company “The Ring” that her flood light surveillance camera had detected motion at her front door.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 31, ’17 – AFGE: Irresponsible Budget Resolution Fails Working Families

Wealthiest Americans would get huge tax cuts while everyone else pays the price, union says

American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. released the following statement in response to Congress passing the fiscal 2018 budget resolution:  “In voting for this irresponsible budget resolution, lawmakers have gone on record supporting a plan that raises taxes on middle-class workers, cuts services largely benefiting lower-income Americans, and delivers huge tax cuts to the top 1 percent – all while increasing the nation’s deficit.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 30, ’17 – Amazon and Wal-Mart Battle for the Last Mile

Delivery is the new front in the ongoing battle for e-commerce supremacy. Amazon is trying to solidify its lead, while Wal-Mart is playing catch-up.

One of the things that vaulted Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) to the lead in e-commerce was an early focus on delivery. The company offered free shipping to customers who exceeded certain spending thresholds. With Amazon Prime, launched in 2005, Amazon gave U.S. members unlimited, free two-day shipping for eligible items for $99 per year. Since then, the company has gone on to offer next-day and same-day shipping to Prime members on a growing list of select items.  Those moves now seem prescient. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimates that Prime currently counts 90 million U.S. members, who spend about $1,300 on average per year, compared to an estimated $700 per year for non-members.  While other retailers are countering, Amazon is looking to take its advantage to the next level by gaining control of the last leg of the journey when delivering products to the customer.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 29, ’17 – Federal workforce ‘deeply in jeopardy,’ expert says

The federal workforce is facing major headwinds from President Donald Trump’s administration and certain lawmakers that may soon devolve into an outright hostile environment, experts say.  They point to potential retirement cuts looming in Congress, investigations into reassignments at the Department of Interior, and potentially devastating budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency as examples, and outlined a few overarching challenges feds will have to endure or overcome in the near future.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 28, ’17 – Taking a big bite out of your TSP nest egg

Ninety percent of the federal workforce will be hit hard if the on-again-off-again GOP plan to trim contributions to 401(k) plans becomes law. The plan, which President Donald Trump first endorsed, then denounced in a tweet, would reduce the amount of pre-tax money that people can put into a 401(k) plan. Over a long career, the diminished contributions could drastically reduce the standard of living people have in retirement.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 27, ’17 – Big Cuts in Civil Service Retirement Benefits Defeated … For Now

Federal and postal employees dodged a bullet aimed at their retirement benefits when the House of Representatives today refrained from including any retirement benefit cuts in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution (H Con Res 71).
The House of Representatives approved the FY 2018 budget resolution on a 216-212 vote, following the Senate’s approval last Thursday of the same budget resolution on a 51-49 vote.  No instructions are contained in the budget resolution that would reduce federal and postal employment benefits, a remarkable outcome compared to President Trump’s proposed budget and earlier House action.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 26, ’17 – Trump nominates three to USPS Board

Donald Trump today nominated the following individuals to be Members of the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service:  Calvin R. Tucker of Pennsylvania, for the remainder of a term expiring December 8, 2023.  Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2018, and an additional term expiring December 8, 2025.  David Williams of Illinois, for the remainder of a seven-year term expiring December 8, 2019.

Oct 25, ’17 – OPM Finalizes Long-Desired Change to USPS Pensions

The U.S. Postal Service will finally see its payments into the federal employee pension account calculated using assumptions from its workforce specifically, rather than the federal workforce as a whole. The calculation has long been a sticking point at the mailing agency.  USPS leadership has for years argued its payments into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System have been too pricey due to the difference between the demographics of its employees and the rest of government. Salary growth and workforce characteristics of the Postal Service differ significantly from those of other federal organizations.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 24, ’17 – His mother’s ashes were lost in the mail. In his search, he’s found only frustration — and fury.

Donald Mink wasn’t prepared for the call that came on Feb. 23: His mother had died in North Dakota, just days after entering hospice at the age of 77.
Mink, at home in Indiana, was suddenly faced with a dilemma: How could he lay his mother to rest from several states away?
He decided to have his mother’s body cremated, then to send her ashes to Seymour, Ind., so he could bury them in her home town, between his grandparents’ graves. The state of North Dakota would cover the cremation costs, since his mother had been a ward of the state. Mink would pay the $65 shipping fee.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 23, ’17 – Two Ohio mail carriers charged with stealing packages

Two mail carriers were indicted for stealing packages from the mail while working for the U.S. Postal Service.  Brandon L. Mitchell, 32, of North Olmsted, is accused of stealing a parcel on Aug. 4 that was addressed to a location on Melgove Avenue in Garfield Heights, according to the indictment.  Thomas N. Schaefer, 43, of Broadview Heights, is accused of stealing a parcel on Aug. 3 that was addressed to a location on McBride Avenue in Cleveland, according to the indictment.  Assistant United States Attorney Elliot Morrison is prosecuting the case following an investigation by the United States Postal Service Office of the Inspector General and the United States Postal Inspection Service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 22, ’17 – Many U.S. mail packages to Puerto Rico are too heavy

In San Juan’s post offices, it feels lately as though all of America has started sending care packages. And that’s a lot work.  Thousands upon thousands of parcels have finally started pouring in on flights from the mainland. They are stuffed into giant silver containers, off-loaded at a special cargo area at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and driven to two processing facilities.  But since Hurricane Maria cut a terrible path across Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, the logistics of handling all the packages have been daunting.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 21, ’17 – Republicans Consider Sharp Cut in 401(k) Contribution Limits

House Republicans are considering a plan to sharply reduce the amount of income American workers can save in tax-deferred retirement accounts as part of a broad effort to rewrite the tax code, according to lobbyists, tax consultants and congressional Democrats.
It is unclear if Republicans will ultimately include a cap on contributions in the tax bill that they are expected to release in the coming weeks. Such a move would almost certainly prompt a vocal backlash from middle-class workers who save heavily in such retirement accounts and from the asset management industry.  The proposals under discussion would potentially cap the annual amount workers can set aside to as low as $2,400 for 401(k) accounts, such as the Thrift Saving Plan(TSP).  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 20, ’17 – Veterans’ Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

Each year, Veterans’ Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday.  There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It will be business as usual on Friday, November 10, 2017.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 19, ’17 – Senate Approves Budget Resolution Without Benefit Hits

On Thursday evening, October 19, the Senate narrowly passed (51-49) its version of a budget resolution that did not include “reconciliation instructions” targeting postal and federal retirement and health benefits.  The Senate GOP leadership elected to take up the House passed budget resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 71, and substitute the Senate’s Budget Committee’s text for the House bill. The Senate’s intent was focused on creating a legislative vehicle to enact tax reform, rather than burden the effort with contentious budget cutting proposals that, in part, would have impacted many federal programs, including federal and postal health and retirement benefits.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 18, ’17 – DHL’s mail-carrying robot delivers the goods in Germany

When we think of the future of automated deliveries our minds tend to wander toward airborne drones, but ground-based robots may play an important part in this, too. Among those is a new mail-toting machine roaming the streets in Germany, which DHL hopes will come to offer postal workers a helping hand by doing much the heavy lifting en route.  The venture as announced earlier in the month together with the mayor of Bad Hersfeld –the town in central Germany that will play host to DHL’s electric PostBOTs over the course of a pilot project lasting six weeks.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 17, ’17 – Legislation Would Allow Postal Service to Ship Alcoholic Beverages

One lawmaker is taking another shot at allowing the Postal Service to ship beer, wine and liquor.  Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) recently reintroduced legislation that would allow the Postal Service to ship alcoholic beverages directly from licensed producers and retailers to consumers over the age of 21, in accordance with state shipping regulations.  Known as the United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act (H.R. 4024), the bill currently has 22 co-sponsors and has been endorsed by groups such as the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU), and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 16, ’17 – 2018 Social Security COLA will be 2.0%: Not Enough to Offset Medicare Part B Premiums

The Social Security Administration announced Friday that next year’s Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0%. That means an increase of $25 per month for the average beneficiary.  According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Foundation, however, this will not be enough to offset the rise in Medicare Part B premium costs for 2018.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 15, ’17 – OPM publishes 2018 FEHB Premiums

Full Sets of Rate Charts

In addition to the biweekly and monthly premiums, you can also find the total premiums, the amount the government pays, and the change in your portion of the premium compared to last year. All FEHB plans will offer a Self Only, Self Plus One, and Self and Family enrollment types. Note: Non-Postal Rates apply to enrollees who are not employed by the U.S. Postal Service. U.S. Postal Rates apply to enrollees who are employed by the U.S. Postal Service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 14, ’17 – 2017 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

As referenced in Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC and USPS-APWU national agreements, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of 4 consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 25-17, Week 2 (December 2, 2017) and ends Pay Period 01-18, Week 1 (December 29, 2017).

Oct 13, ’17 – Ohio letter carrier indicted for receiving methamphetamine

A U.S. Postal Service letter carrier and a Euclid man were indicted for a conspiracy in which they received more than two kilograms of methamphetamine from California, U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said.  Marquacia Deshawn Morris, 26, of Woodmere, and Devon Williams, 23, of Euclid, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than two kilograms of methamphetamine. Kevin Williams, also 23 and of Euclid, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 12, ’17 – Trump tries to weaken federal unions, but membership grows in reaction to GOP actions

President Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans have been good for federal unions, even as they attempt to undermine the labor organizations and the public servants they represent.  With the GOP running the White House and Congress, membership in federal unions is on the rise, fed by an administration and legislature that leaves the workforce anxious about budget cuts, layoffs and an erosion of civil service protections. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 11, ’17 – Drug Shipments Raise Concerns about Postal Employee Safety

The bipartisan leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have asked the Postal Service IG for an assessment of the protections for postal employees against the risks posed by illegal shipment of drugs through the mail, particularly synthetic opioids.  The letter notes that the DEA has issued warnings against accidental contact with even minute quantities of some of the compounds, telling emergency responders and agents not even to touch packaging and to wear protective equipment. Police officers have overdosed even after brief contact with some of them, it adds.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 10, ’17 – The US Postal Service Working on a Self-Driving Mail Truck

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds—and if the United States Postal Service has its way, the robots won’t stop them, either.  Yes, the agency you know best for bringing you junk mail addressed to whomever lived in your apartment before you has caught robofever. It plans to put semiautonomous mail trucks into service in just seven years, and it seems to think it can pull off a shift away from human driving without shedding mail carrier jobs.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 9, ’17 – Amazon is exploring ways to deliver items to your car trunk and the inside of your home

Amazon has almost perfected speedy delivery to your home. Now the company is working to make sure your packages get inside the front door, or even into your car.  The company is in advanced talks to forge a partnership with Phrame, a maker of smart license plates that allow items to be delivered to a car’s trunk, according to a person with knowledge of the potential deal. Phrame’s product fits around a license plate and contains a secure box that holds the keys to the car. Users unlock the box with their smartphone, and can grant access to others — such as delivery drivers — remotely.  At the same time, Amazon is developing a smart doorbell device that would give delivery drivers one-time access to a person’s home to drop off items, said two people familiar with the matter. The sources asked not to be named because the discussions are confidential.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Letting some Amazon Flex Driver have access to your house and car, what could possibly go wrong?

Oct 8, ’17 – Costco is going to start offering free 2-day delivery

Costco is rolling out new delivery options in an effort to take on Amazon.  On Thursday, the retailer announced that Costco Grocery will offer two-day delivery on nonperishable items, like cookies, cereal, and canned foods, starting this week. Delivery will be free on orders more than $75.  Additionally, the retailer partnered with Instacart for same-day delivery of all online grocery items. The option to have online groceries delivered from Costco in as little as an hour is available at 376 of its 514 US locations, with plans to expand to more stores in the coming months.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 7, ’17 – NALC recognizes letter carriers for acts of heroism

The National Association of Letter Carriers paid homage to members whose acts of heroism have helped save lives within the communities they serve.  An elderly woman slips in her home, with nobody around to help her. A fire breaks out, and the fire department hasn’t arrived on the scene yet. A veteran with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder threatens to take his own life. These events happen every day, but thanks to one common element — the presence of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier out on delivery — these stories have a positive outcome.  USPS letter carriers have a constant presence in the lives of their customers, and because of that routine, they often are the first ones to alert first responders to an emergency. And other times, they are the first responders.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

 

Oct 6, ’17 – USPS hikes shipping prices 3.9%, first class letter goes to 50¢ in January

The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.  Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one cent increase. Today’s filing does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 5, ’17 – Amazon Is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS

Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp.  The service began two years ago in India, and Amazon has been slowly marketing it to U.S. merchants in preparation for a national expansion, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the U.S. pilot project is confidential. Amazon is calling the project Seller Flex, one person said. The service began on a trial basis this year in West Coast states with a broader rollout planned in 2018, the people said. Amazon declined to comment.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 4, ’17 – USPS Manager Sentenced to More Than Eight Years for Corruption and Drug Distribution Scheme

A former U.S. Postal Service (USPS) station manager was sentenced on Oct. 2, to 97 months in prison for his role directing a bribery and drug scheme in which USPS workers delivered hundreds of pounds of marijuana to individuals in the District of Columbia in exchange for cash bribes. Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division made the announcement.  Deenvaughn Rowe, 48, of Odenton, Maryland, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. In addition to the term of prison imposed, U.S. District Court Judge Chutkan ordered Rowe to serve four years of supervised release and to forfeit $64,000.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 4, ’17 – USPS Has Good News for Prospective Retirees

The U.S. Postal Service recently made a quiet change that will cause retirement to look sweeter for thousands of postal workers.

Pension estimates the USPS provides to employees who are considering retirement now include an amount for the FERS (Federal Employees Retirement System) supplement, reports Don Cheney, an APWU official with a long history of helping fellow union members understand their retirement benefits. The Postal Service has not announced the change.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 3, ’17 – Oppose the 2018 House Budget – Fight Again for Working Families!

The House of Representatives is expected to vote this Wednesday on its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution, which includes an outright assault on postal and federal workers!  CALL 1-844-402-1001 NOW! Tell your member of Congress to VOTE NO against any budget that includes attacks to postal and federal employees’ benefits, including retirement benefits, or undermines the public Postal Service itself!

As currently written, this budget will slash the pay and benefits of postal employees. It calls for:

  • Increasing employee pension contributions into FERS, amounting to a pay cut of thousands of dollars a year for each FERS postal employee.
  • Taking away the Social Security supplement for FERS employees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security benefits.
  • Outright eliminating pensions for new hires.

It also moves the Postal Service “on budget,” which could subject the USPS to federal government shutdowns as well as further restricting delivery and postal services.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 3, ’17 – Las Vegas gunman worked as a letter carrier in the 70’s

The Las Vegas gunman who killed nearly 60 people at a country music festival worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, an IRS agent and in an auditing department over a 10-year period.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 2, ’17 – USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ Is Stalker’s Dream

A free new service from the U.S. Postal Service that provides scanned images of incoming mail before it is slated to arrive at its destination address is raising eyebrows among security experts who worry about the service’s potential for misuse by private investigators, identity thieves, stalkers or abusive ex-partners. The USPS says it hopes to have changes in place by early next year that could help blunt some of those concerns.  The service, dubbed “Informed Delivery,” has been available to select addresses in several states since 2014 under a targeted USPS pilot program, but it has since expanded to include many ZIP codes nationwide, according to the Postal Service. U.S. residents can tell if their address is eligible by visiting informeddelivery.usps.com.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 2, ’17 – House to Consider Cuts to Postal Retirement and Health Benefits This Week

During the latter part of this week, the House of Representatives will vote on a budget bill (H.Con.Res. 71) that would, in part, require the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to slash postal and federal benefits by at least $32 billion over the next decade. In addition, the budget bill would move the Postal Service on-budget and recommends enactment of Postal reform legislation like H.R. 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017.  Meanwhile, the Senate Budget Committee will be considering a yet-to-be numbered budget bill that does not include any of these provisions.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Oct 1, ’17 – Postal service vehicle catches fire in downtown Cleveland

A U.S. Post Office vehicle is heavily damaged after it caught fire around 4 p.m. Saturday, September 30th.  The truck was reported in flames where it was parked in the 2400 block of Orange Street in Downtown Cleveland.  The Cleveland fire department confirmed they helped put out the flames.  No one was hurt and there’s no word on what sparked the fire.  There is also no confirmation of any mail being on-board the vehicle at the time of the fire.

Sept 30, ’17 – USPS testing next-day deliveries on Saturday pickups from retail stores

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is testing a product where it picks up e-commerce orders held at retail stores on Saturdays for deliveries to residential addresses on Sundays.  The product, which is being piloted in 20 U.S. markets, is designed to support ship-from-store programs being implemented by retailers as they build and refine their strategies for omnichannel fulfillment, where product can be pulled and delivered from any location that is in close proximity to the end customer. USPS currently serves 21,000 U.S. retail stores. However, many stores are in markets not served by the pilot, said Dennis R. Nicoski, USPS’ manager, field sales strategy and contracts.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 29, ’17 – Solidarity’s End

Neil Gorsuch is giving conservatives the chance to virtually destroy American unions.

On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus v. American Federation, a case that could permanently hobble public-sector unions in the United States. There is little doubt how Janus will come down. In 2016, the court deadlocked 4–4 on a virtually identical case. At the time, Senate Republicans were holding Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat open so that another conservative justice might be nominated should a Republican win the election. Now that President Donald Trump has put Justice Neil Gorsuch on the bench, he is almost certain to provide that fifth vote to deal the death blow to public sector unions, setting American back four decades.  To read the full story CLICK HERE

Sept 28, ’17 – Racist fliers found inside Maryland post office

Racially charged messages have been popping up throughout the D.C. area. Now, postal inspectors are looking into racist fliers that were found inside a Maryland post office.  The fliers are shaped like business cards and one of them said “White Lives Matter” on it. Another flier had the words “New Order” while also displaying a swastika. On the back of that flier, it calls “for a rebirth of racial idealism and calls for a great historic movement of white men and women working to build a better future.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE

Sept 27, ’17 – Des Moines post office scam leads to postmaster’s firing

Des Moines Postmaster Cheryl Love was fired early this year after she was accused of failing to investigate a long-running scam that cost the U.S. Postal Service more than $100,000.  State unemployment records indicate Love, who was named Des Moines’ 35th postmaster in 2013, was fired from the federal agency in February.  To read the full story CLICK HERE

Sept 26, ’17 – Probes estimate billions of delayed mail to facilities and point to Postal Service ‘manipulation’ by a few employees

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Mail carriers do their best in all kinds of weather, no question.  But the unofficial Postal Service motto promise of “swift completion” can be derailed by in-house human factors. And in some cases, those delays have been covered up, an investigation found, by intentional employee manipulation.  The number of late deliveries is staggering.  In a letter last week to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) expressed his “great concern about the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General (OIG) audit report finding that the US Postal Service has been inaccurately reporting delayed mail across a number of facilities, directly impacting mail service for millions of customers.”  The OIG estimated that during the year ended Feb. 28, “mail processing facilities underreported late arriving mail by about 2 billion mailpieces” — that’s billion with a “b.”  Furthermore, another OIG investigation substantiated allegations of “time manipulation and inaccurate reporting of delayed mail.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE

Sept 26, ’17 – Appeals Court upholds firing of Oregon Postmaster for vulgar, sexual comments and misconduct

The United States Postal Service (USPS) removed an Oregon Postmaster based on a charge of unacceptable conduct, supported by numerous specifications of particular incidents. The Postmaster appealed the removal decision to the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), which upheld the removal.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 25, ’17 – Shopping shift affects jobs

A shift in the way people are shopping can be seen in the latest jobs numbers from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.  As more people shop online, jobs in the warehousing, transportation and utilities sectors — which support retail and e-commerce — in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton area increased by about 2,300 over the last year to 23,200.  As more people shop online, huge warehouses have opened throughout Northeast Pennsylvania in recent years creating thousands of jobs.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 24, ’17 – Pair of Colorado letter carriers team up to get man with Alzheimer’s home safely

Two Postal Service employees recently teamed up to ensure the safety of a man with Alzheimer’s disease who was lost in a Broomfield, CO, neighborhood.  Letter Carrier Amy Bezerra was delivering mail when she encountered the disoriented man standing on a sidewalk.  Bezerra didn’t recognize him, so she alerted another letter carrier, Phillip Borrego, who was working nearby.Borrego knew the man, as well as the man’s daughter, whom he contacted while Bezerra stayed on the scene.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 23, ’17 – Car crashes into Lithopolis(OH) Post Office Thursday, closes lobby

No one is currently allowed inside the Lithopolis Post Office, but those with P.O. boxes can still get their mail.  A car struck the office around 9:15 a.m. Thursday.  Police and the Bloom Township Fire Department responded, according to Chief Wesley Barton of the Lithopolis Police Department.  No one was injured in the crash. The driver told police that her engine suddenly accelerated as she pulled up to the post office. The car drove over a curb and into the side of the building, hitting the lobby door.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 22, ’17 – FedEx to slap dimensional pricing on packages handled in concert with USPS

FedEx Corp. said that, effective late January, it will apply so-called dimensional pricing—rates based on a package’s dimensions instead of its weight–to its “SmartPost” service, in which FedEx parcels are inducted deep into the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS’s) vast infrastructure for last-mile deliveries.  Separately, Memphis-based FedEx said it will apply a 2.5-percent surcharge on all shipments that are billed to a third party that is neither the shipper nor the consignee. The action would mostly hit large e-tailers with steep shipping discounts that instruct third parties like fulfillment houses and so-called drop-ship vendors to use the e-tailers’ account numbers when the e-tailer discounts are greater than the third party’s price breaks.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 21, ’17 – Woman alleges she was terminated for requesting FMLA leave by United States Postal Service

SCRANTON – A woman alleges she was terminated from her position with the U.S. Postal Service because she requested leave for her pregnancy.  Tyra Johnson filed a complaint on Sept. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against United States Postal Service alleging violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act.  According to the complaint, the plaintiff was hired by the defendant as a mail handler assistant in 2013 and informed the defendant of her pregnancy in 2015. The suit states she was terminated on Aug. 28, 2015.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 20, ’17 – FedEx to hike rates 4.9%

FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), will increase shipping rates effective January 1, 2018.  FedEx Express will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services.  FedEx One Rate pricing will increase by an average of 3.5%.  FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipping rates will increase by an average of 4.9%.  FedEx SmartPost rates will also change.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 19, ’17 – An inside look at the hunt for fentanyl, the deadly opioid driving the overdose crisis

The central battleground in America’s war on super-potent synthetic opioids is a concrete and corrugated steel mail facility at one of the country’s busiest airports.  Inside the cavernous depot on the edge of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a team of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers don masks and latex gloves for this dangerous work: sifting through hundreds of packages for a sliver of fentanyl, the deadly white powder at the center of a new overdose crisis.   There are few hints about which packages, among the 1 million that come through this New York mail center every day, will contain fentanyl or another synthetic opioid. The fentanyl usually comes in just a few ounces at a time — hidden inside an innocuous-looking business envelope, or a tightly taped box, or disguised as a bottle of pills.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 18, ’17 – DMA Opposes Postal Rate Increase

A proposed change in postal rates targeted at the nonprofit sector has leaders at the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) – formerly the Direct Marketing Association – seeking public comments in opposition by Monday, Sept. 18.  Mail, as many know, comes in variety of classes from first class and on down, said Xenia Boone, general counsel for the DMA and executive director of the DMA Nonprofit Federation & Email Experience Council. The average increase is expected to be around the consumer price index (CPI) of 2 percent, but nonprofits would pay close to a 4 percent increase on top of the CPI, per the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) vice president of pricing and costing.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Here’s a surprise, mailers not wanting a rate increase.

Sept 17, ’17 – Mail carrier, gun-toting carjacker battle over stolen postal van

FRESNO, CA – A gun-toting gang member carjacked a U.S. Postal Service van Friday morning, but the fleet-footed mail carrier managed to chase down the van and foil the theft in southeast Fresno.   The mailman was delivering mail on Maple Avenue between Huntington Boulevard and Kings Canyon Road at about 11 a.m. when he felt someone jump onto the bumper of the van.  The suspect, identified by police as James Gay, a 35-year-old Sanger Bulldog gang member, came into the van through the driver’s side door, pulled the carrier from the driver’s seat and threw him to the ground. Fresno Police Lt. Stephen Viveros said that as Gay started to drive away, the carrier caught up to the van and was able to shift the transmission into park and remove the ignition key.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 16, ’17 – The Heritage Foundation: A Think-Tank on a Mission to Destroy the Public Postal Service

On paper, the Heritage Foundation looks like an ordinary “think tank,” a group of experts who research public policy ideas and write reports and articles.   The organization describes itself as a research and educational non-profit, promoting conservative public policy on Capitol Hill. It calls its editorials, “the voice of the American taxpayer.” However, digging beneath the surface, one can easily see the Heritage Foundation is anything but some run-of-the-mill Washington, D.C. policy analysis foundation. It is, in fact, completely dedicated to increasing the wealth and power of its ultra-rich funders, at the expense of working people.  The Heritage Foundation is packed with corporate cash and uses that money to heavily influence politicians as they consider legislation discussed and passed in Congress. Starting in the 1980s with the Reagan administration, and continuing today with the Trump administration, it provides blueprints for budgets that do nothing but gut workers’ rights, wages, benefits and pensions.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 15, ’17 – Westlake,(OH) postal worker allegedly threatened to bring gun to work

Police were called to the Westlake Post Office Tuesday morning. A disgruntled employee reportedly said she was going to bring a gun to work. The employee was later located by officers at her home and denied making any such statements.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 14, ’17 – Recent Story of USPS 20% Rate Filing is Off-Base

If you have yet to come across an article , which appeared on September 6th in the Washington Post, New York Times, NY Daily News, and other major news outlets, it’s worth a read, but with a grain of salt. Before you click on it, in a nutshell the article says the “Postal Service is currently petitioning the agency that oversees it, the Postal Regulatory Commission, to grant the biggest change to its pricing system in a half century: the authority to lift a cap on postal rates. The commission’s decision is expected within weeks.”

Rest assured, the USPS has not filed for such an increase. The headline of the story, “Analysis: Postal woes demand jump in stamp price to 60 cents,” relates to the price increase needed to close the gap in postal finances in once fell swoop.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 13, ’17 – Charges issued against man whose pit bull bit U.S. mail carrier

BAY CITY, MI — Authorities have issued criminal charges against a man whose pit bull bit a U.S. Postal Service employee in the spring.  The Bay County Prosecutor’s Office on Aug. 25 issued charges of having a dog that attacked or bit a person and allowing a dog to stray. Both charges are punishable by up to 90 days in jail, with the former also having a $500 fine and the latter up to a $100 fine.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 12, ’17 – Walbridge(OH) man threatens woman, postal worker with baseball bat

A Walbridge man is accused of punching a woman and then threatening a U.S. Postal Worker who came to her defense.  Mitchell L. Siebenaler, 25, is charged with felonious assault, a second-degree felony, and aggravated menacing, a fifth-degree felony. The incident was reported in the 600 block of Durango Street in South Toledo.  On Sept. 1 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Mr. Siebenaler attempted to hit Katelyn Hofbauer, 30, with a baseball bat by swinging it at her twice, according to documents filed in Toledo Municipal Court.  He is accused of pinning her against a vehicle and punching her in the face several times, court documents show.  Nick Davis, a U.S. Postal Worker, came to the aid of Ms. Hofbauer, according to court documents. The postal worker sprayed Mr. Siebenaler with pepper spray, according to a police report.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 12, ’17 – Mail carrier attacked by dog in Parma Heights, report says

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — A 72-pound Shar-Pei attacked a U.S. Postal Service carrier Friday, according to Parma Heights police.  The attack happened just after 2 p.m. on York Road near Blossom Avenue.  The dog bit the 53-year-old mail carrier on the arms, a hand, his ankle and his chin, police said. His current condition wasn’t immediately available.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 11, ’17 – One injured in crash that flips mail truck in Ukiah(CA)

 A mail carrier escaped without injury Friday when his United States Postal Service truck was rear-ended at the busy intersection of South Orchard Avenue and East Gobbi Street, the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority reported.  Capt. Pete Bushby said the driver of the mail truck was turning right toward the Post Office at 671 S. Orchard Ave. around 6:45 p.m. Sept. 8 when his vehicle was rear-ended by an Infiniti sedan. The white mail truck then flipped over and landed on its side in the middle of the intersection.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 10, ’17 – Woman Hit By Mail Truck In Manchester(NJ): Police

MANCHESTER, NJ — A Whiting woman was injured Friday afternoon when a U.S. Postal Service mail truck backed up over her as she retrieved mail from her mailbox, police said.  Manchester police were called to Ardmore Street and Sunset Road in Crestwood Village shortly before 4:30 p.m. Friday for a report of a pedestrian struck, Manchester Capt. Todd Malland said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 9, ’17 – Janesville(WI) mail carrier hosts fourth Helping the Homeless Fundraiser

For the fourth year in a row, Tom “the Awesome Mailman” Hathaway is hosting a fundraiser to help local homeless people.  Hathaway has held an annual fundraiser at his home since 2014. He got the idea after meeting many less-fortunate residents through his job as a mail carrier.  Hathaway’s efforts have raised more than $18,000 and truckloads of items over the past three years, according to a news release.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

At least someone from from Janesville cares about the less fortunate.

Sept 8, ’17 – Postal employees ‘developed a knack’ for pilfering drugs passing through distribution center, investigator says

Two Tulsa employees of the U.S. Postal Service have been arrested on allegations that they had been pilfering narcotics from packages.  Federal and state authorities raided residences in Rogers and Tulsa counties on Wednesday, arresting three people and confiscating dozens of pounds of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, firearms and hundreds of tablets of other narcotics, according to an arrest report.  Derek Miller, 38, of Tulsa and Laura Mae Campbell and David Michael Watters, both 47 and from Claremore, were arrested Wednesday on various drug complaints.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 7, ’17 – A 60 cent postage stamp?

WASHINGTON (AP) – A 60 cent postage stamp? The U.S. Postal Service would have to boost prices for mailing letters and packages by nearly 20 percent – the biggest one-time increase in its history – to avoid bankruptcy and improve delivery service, an industry analysis says.  That means the price of a first-class stamp could jump from 49 cents to nearly 60 cents – if the post office gets the power to raise stamp rates beyond the rate of inflation.  The Postal Service is currently petitioning the agency that oversees it, the Postal Regulatory Commission, to grant the biggest change to its pricing system in a half century: the authority to lift a cap on postal rates. The commission’s decision is expected within weeks.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Note:  European in-country postage rates run from 55 cents in Hungary to  $ 1.65 in Norway.  As a comparison, that would be like sending a letter from Cleveland to Cincinnati.  However, if you wanted to send a letter from Cleveland to Chicago, that would cost a higher international rate.  Even at 60 cents USPS first class rate would be the best value in the industrialized world.  No place else could you send a letter from Key West, FL to Point Barrow, AK for 60 cents.

Sept 7, ’17 – U.S. Postal Service suspends mail delivery to the Keys because of Hurricane Irma

The United States Postal Service has suspended mail delivery to the Florida Keys amid a mandatory evacuation order for the islands and Hurricane Irma approaching likely landfall in South Florida this weekend.  The agency said all 11 of its post offices would stop delivering mail and shipments through Monday, Sept. 11 and provide more information on when service will be restored when conditions improve.  The Keys issued a mandatory evacuation order this week telling visitors to leave the islands Wednesday and residents to get out Thursday.

Sept 7, ’17 – Postal Service driver charged with DWI in fatal moped crash in Lexington

LEXINGTON, N.C. — The US Postal Service mail delivery vehicle driver accused of killing a moped driver in a head-on collision in Lexington Wednesday afternoon has been charged with driving while impaired, according to a press release.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 6, ’17 – USPS suspends operations in Puerto Rico as Irma approaches

From the US Postal Service:

All postal operations in the Puerto Rico mainland are suspended.  There will be no retail and delivery operations until further notice.  With Hurricane Irma expected to impact the Caribbean islands, Priority Mail Express and shipment of live animals to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have been suspended until further notice.

Sept 5, ’17 – Hunt for letter carrier’s shooter continues

CHARLOTTE, NC  – The family of mail carrier Ed McDaniel, who was shot in West Charlotte on August 31st while just doing his job, tells Fox 46 Charlotte he never bothers anyone.   Four days after the shooting, on Labor Day, police from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service continued their efforts trying to find the shooter by going door to door talking with neighbors.  “It tore my nerves all to pieces too, when I found out my nephew got shot,” McDaniel’s uncle, who didn’t want his named used, told Fox 46 Charlotte.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 4, ’17 – USPS creates pickup locations for treasury checks, medications in areas affected by Harvey

Sept 3, ’17 – US Postage Rates Increase Today

Don’t panic if you print your shipping labels online, but sellers who purchase postage for First Class Packages at the Post Office should be aware of a change in rates that goes into effect on Sunday.   We admit it, this one snuck by us. It was a reader who alerted us this afternoon.
“Have you heard anything about parcel post rates going up next Tuesday,” he asked. “My postmaster told me they were and even gave me a chart of the increases. 1-4 ounces increase from $2.67 to $3.00 and so forth.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 2, ’17 – Postal worker shooting highlights dangers for mail carriers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Local mail carriers are calling union leaders concerned after one of their own was shot on the job in west Charlotte Thursday.  National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 545 President Sylvin Stevens has been comforting letters carriers non-stop since the shooting.  “I’m wearing this ribbon in solidarity and support to Mr. McDaniels. I hope he gets well soon,” Stevens said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Sept 1, ’17 – The U.S. Postal Service Will Address Hatch Act Issues

Regarding your editorial “How the Post Office Delivered for Hillary” (Aug. 26) highlighting Hatch Act violations by the U.S. Postal Service: This issue has been addressed by Congress and the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and the Postal Service has fully committed to addressing the issue and to correcting the problem. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 28, ’17 – Postal Service Eyes January Rate Hikes

The U.S. Postal Service is planning to raise virtually all rates a bit in January, apparently including a one-cent hike of the Forever Stamp, to 50 cents. And it’s also hoping it will soon get the power to implement larger rate hikes.  The USPS will raise rates for both market-dominant mail (such as First Class and Marketing Mail) and competitive mail (such as Priority Mail) on Jan. 21, 2018, postal officials told mailing-industry representatives this week.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 27, ’17 – Montana postal worker convicted of workers comp fraud

The United States Attorney’s Office announced a federal court convicted Deborah Joy Durand of False Statements to Obtain Federal Employees’ Compensation Benefits, Wire Fraud, False Claims Relating to Workers’ Compensation Benefits, and Theft of Government Property. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris presided over the 3-day trial.  At trial, the government presented evidence that Durand had a back injury from her job at the Post Office. She had back surgery and was unable to work for a period of time. Instead of returning to work when capable, Durand lied to her doctors, embellished her symptoms, and ultimately obtained total disability. Agents from the Post Office conducted surveillance and saw that Durand was feeding horses, lifting hay bales, jogging in the mornings, clearing land, running chainsaws, removing stumps from fallen trees, building fences, mowing the lawn every week, riding horses twice a week, and many other physically challenging activities.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 26, ’17 – Gilmanton, NH postal carrier airlifted after dog bursts through screen to attack

A postal carrier attacked by a dog after delivering mail to a local was air-lifted to a hospital for treatment as a result of the severity of the injuries, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service confirmed.  Local police said the female victim remains hospitalized at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center where she was taken for treatment for severe bite injuries to her leg.
The postal worker was walking away from the residence when the dog burst through a screen door and charged up behind her, according to Steve Doherty, Northern New England spokesman for the USPS.  Police said the dog, which is listed as a black lab mix when it was registered with the town, was quarantined for 10 days and that a veterinarian reported it showed no evidence of having rabies.
The woman’s leg was so badly damaged that there were initial concerns that surgeons might have to remove it.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 25, ’17 – Seattle neighbors file lawsuit against mail carrier

In the past seven years in Seattle, 90,000 people have moved to the city, Amazon has become one of the nation’s largest employers, and local mail carriers have delivered tens of millions of letters, cards, and packages to businesses and homes across the city.  Mark Middlesbrook’s Ballard home isn’t one of them.  But that’s not from a lack of desire. Middlesbrook would love to see letters return to the black mailbox nailed to his duplex on 58th Street. But a longstanding dispute that the 42-year-old mortgage broker blames on a toxic combination of false “bad dog” reports, postal service mismanagement, and a lone letter carrier has left him — and others in the neighborhood — unable to regularly receive mail at their homes since former President Barack Obama’s first term in office.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 24, ’17 – Beyond Rain and Snow, Postal Workers Must Also Worry About Their Shoes

For years the U.S. Postal Service has put its stamp of approval on defective shoes that can quickly fall apart, putting letter carriers at risk of injury and often forcing them to pay for costly replacements out of their own pockets, union officials say.  The issue came to light after a study conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health revealed that the soles of shoes worn by letter carriers in the Boston area frequently disintegrated. The agency detailed the health hazards caused by the faulty footwear in a letter to the Postal Service in February.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 23, ’17 – Colorado Postal Manager Sentenced for Lying About Cancer in Order to Take Sick Leave

Caroline Zarate Boyle, age 60, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore to serve 5 years’ probation with the first 6 months in home confinement including wearing an electronic monitor. She was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and spend 652 hours doing community service to be served at a cancer treatment center, cancer research center or hospice. Finally, she was ordered to pay $20,798.38 in restitution to the U.S. Postal Service, Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and Executive Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General announced.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 22, ’17 – Man charged with felony harassment for alleged threats against postal workers

Spokane, WA – The man whose alleged threats against postal workers led to a two-month-long mail stoppage for three blocks of West Wabash Avenue was charged with harassment and then released from custody without having to post bail.  He will be tried on the felony charges in November.  Gregory Huston, 62, is accused of threatening to kill a U.S. Postal Service employee who delivered mail to residents along a route in the Garland-Shadle neighborhood that included Huston.  The June threat was the most recent in a series of threatening actions that two postal workers claim stretch back to October 2016, according to court documents. Huston repeatedly sought out mail carriers on his block and would spit at them, curse, and threaten to kill them, the postal workers claim.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 21, ’17 – Rights activists target Red Bank NJ postmaster for racism and misogyny.

Red Bank’s postmaster has attracted the attention of human rights activists over what they call “vile” Facebook posts promoting racism, misogyny and apparent endorsements of violence against liberals and other groups, redbankgreen has learned.  A United States Postal Service spokesman confirmed that the agency is looking into complaints about photos and comments posted by postmaster Michael Angelo Ciano on his personal page.  “Imagine the work environment in that post office for any employees that are other than white men,” one woman wrote.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 20, ’17 – Buy Shipping Labels Online? US Postal Service Targets Incorrect Postage

Imagine paying for a service, then later receiving a bill because the company says you didn’t pay enough. That’s the discomfiture online sellers may start experiencing due to a change at the US Postal Service.  On August 14th, the USPS began a program in which it verifies shippers have paid the correct amount for postage purchased online for packages through Click-N-Ship or PC Postage label providers such as EasyPost, eBay, Endicia, PayPal, Pitney Bowes, and Stamps.com. If it finds shippers didn’t pay the correct amount, the USPS will make a “payment adjustment” facilitated through the PC Postage platform the seller used.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 19, ’17 – Five juveniles accused of shooting postal worker with BB gun in Upstate New York

Nedrow, NY – Five juveniles are facing charges after allegedly shooting a postal worker with a BB gun.  The Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office says the juveniles were playing with the gun in a home on Gibson Road in Nedrow when the postal worker came up to the door. At that point, they allegedly shot her in the leg, deputies said.  The postal worker suffered minor injuries with welts on her leg.  Deputies said the parents and grandparents of the suspects were “cooperative” and escorted the juveniles to the Nedrow Fire Department where they were taken into custody.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 18, ’17 – US post offices in path of eclipse offer special postmarks

More than 110 U.S. Postal Service offices are offering special postmarks for Monday’s total solar eclipse.The post offices are in or near the path of the full eclipse, which cuts across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina.  Spokesman Mark Saunders says the postmarks will be unique in some locations, while most will use one designed by the national office. He says some post offices are using the special postmark only on Monday but others are also using it before and after the eclipse.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 17, ’17 – Postal worker ejected from vehicle in Tecumseh MI accident

A postal carrier with the Tecumseh Post Office was ejected from a delivery vehicle Thursday afternoon, August 17, after a collision with a Modern Waste Systems truck on East Chicago Boulevard near Maumee Street. Radio communications indicate a Life Flight helicopter was called. The accident remains under investigation by the Tecumseh Police Department. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 16, ’17 – Letter Carriers honor co-worker battling cancer

ALBANY, Ore. – Dozens of postal carriers took a break from delivering mail to deliver a very special message Tuesday to a fellow mailman who is battling cancer.  Longtime Albany mailman Mike Nessen, also known as Trapper, is battling pancreatic cancer.  His friends and family said he doesn’t have much more time to live.  Mail truck after mail truck conducted a double processional around his house on Jefferson Street on Tuesday.  Each driver held out handmade signs expressing their love for Trapper as they called out to him out of their window.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 15, ’17 –  USPS to shut down remote.usps.gov access

The Postal Service will shut down remote.usps.gov access to USPS online applications Monday, Aug. 28.  The shutdown is part of the Postal Service’s ongoing effort to protect its networks.  Employees who use remote.usps.gov will need to request Virtual Private Network (VPN) access to connect remotely.  Similarly, USPS suppliers or contractors will need to request Business Partner Virtual Private (BP VPN) access.  Requests for VPN or BP VPN access must be made through eAccess by Monday, Aug. 21, to receive approval prior to the Aug. 28 shutdown.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 15, ’17 – Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

A two-cent cut in the price of a first-class stamp, which cut Postal Service revenue by $500 million in the last three months and $1.5 billion in the first nine months of its current fiscal year, put USPS back in the red so far this fiscal year, a top postal union leader says.  Had the cut not slid through, the service would have earned almost $1.4 billion through the first three quarters of the year, rather than losing $55 million in that time, adds National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando.  Still, he notes, the agency’s report “shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal Service” because the loss was so small despite the revenue drain from the price cut.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 14, ’17 – Ohio postal worker who went on amusement park rides while “too injured to work” injured pleads guilty

The former West Carrollton postal worker too injured to work but allegedly seen vacationing and riding amusement park rides reached a plea deal Monday with federal prosecutors.  Laticha Schroyer’s trial on counts of theft and false statements related to federal workers’ compensation benefits was to begin Tuesday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 13, ’17 – Police: Postal worker carjacked while delivering mail in SW Houston

HOUSTON, Texas  — Federal charges and local charges are pending against a man accused of taking a postal carriers mail truck in a carjacking this afternoon and trying, unsuccessfully, to carjack two other people an hour earlier.  Houston police said a woman was approached on South Post Oak by a man who pointed a gun at her and demanded her car. She got away. A few minutes later in a southwest Houston neighborhood, Robert Dickerson said he too was targeted by the same man.  Dickerson called police. A few minutes later, there was another call from the mail carrier, who had stopped at a neighborhood postal box. The suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at him according to postal service inspectors.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 12, ’17 – Austin mailbox break-ins spike, causing headaches for residents

Austin, TX  – Highlights:  Mailbox break-ins are happening faster than postal officials can replace the broken cluster boxes.

Austin has 12,000 cluster mailboxes, and replacing one with a newer box can cost $750 plus labor.

Austin has seen an increase in mailbox break-ins across the city over the past year, with eight happening in the last week in North Austin’s Great Hills neighborhood, U.S. postal service officials said.  A U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service spokesman said postal officials plan to upgrade the neighborhood cluster boxes to safer, stronger ones, but break-ins are happening faster than the boxes can be replaced.  Postal inspectors say they have seen an increase in reports of break-ins, with the most coming from North Austin and South Austin neighborhoods. Thieves typically use screwdrivers, crowbars and hammers to pry the boxes open, said Mike Sullivan, a Postal Inspection Service spokesman.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 11, ’17 – Former Ohio letter carrier sentenced to prison for trafficking cocaine

A Cleveland Heights woman was sentenced to more than two years in prison for trafficking cocaine.  Rayvonna Taylor, 28, worked as a U.S. Postal Service mail carrier in Cleveland. Between August 2015 and May 2016, she facilitated the delivery of approximately 20 parcels containing cocaine.  Taylor was assigned to various routes on days when the narcotics parcels were delivered. She provided addresses on her route that parcels could be addressed to, then diverting those parcels to a drug dealer in exchange for money, according to court documents.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 10, ’17 – Postal Service: More red ink, missed payments as mail slumps

The U.S. Postal Service warned Thursday that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health and pension benefits for the fifth straight year, citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery.  The service said it expected cash balances to run low by October and to avoid bankruptcy would likely not make all of its payments as required under federal law. Postmaster General Megan Brennan stressed an urgent need for federal regulators to grant the Postal Service wide freedom to increase stamp prices to help cover costs, citing continuing red ink due to declining first-class mail volume and the expensive mandates for retiree benefits.  The Postal Service has already defaulted on $33.9 billion in health benefit pre-payments. Left unresolved, the rapidly growing debt means that American taxpayers eventually could be forced to cover the massive costs when future postal retirees seek to cash in on the benefits to which they are legally entitled.  The Postal Regulatory Commission is making a decision on stamp pricing next month.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 9, ’17 – Postal truck catches fire in Mississippi

RIDGELAND, MS – A United States postal truck caught fire in Ridgeland, MS around lunchtime Monday.  The vehicle was parked at a red light at the intersection of Pear Orchard and Lake Harbour.  The driver was able to get out of the car without any injuries.

August 8, ’17 – Trump is about to make America much crueler to unionized workers

Union busters are going to win so much they get sick of winning.

Since Election Day, unions have lived on borrowed time. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which has exclusive authority over many key questions of labor law, is still controlled by Democrats — thus shielding workers and their unions from attacks that became far likelier the moment Donald Trump was declared the winner of the 2016 election.  But this period of interregnum is about to end. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) began the process of confirming the first of Trump’s two nominees to the NLRB on Monday. When both nominees sit on the Board, a swift rollback of union rights is likely.

August 7, ’17 – NALC contract ratified

The active membership of the National Association of Letter Carriers has overwhelmingly ratified the proposed 2016-2019 National Agreement with the United States Postal Service. By a margin exceeding 16 to 1, eligible members voted to accept the tentative agreement that was announced on May 12. The vote to ratify was 78,935 to accept the agreement versus 4,732 to reject it, as reported by NALC’s Ballot Committee chaired by Joseph DeRossi of Jamaica, NY Branch 562.  NALC will officially notify USPS of the August 7 ratification date.  Information on back pay and the implementation of the new contract will be released as soon as possible.  The new contract covers a 40-month term from May 16, 2016, to Sept. 20, 2019.

August 6, ’17 – Bell and Howell Sells its Mail-Sorting Business to Fluence Automation

Bell and Howell announced today that it has spun off its mail-sorting business and certain parcel-labeling technologies to a new company named Fluence Automation. The newly formed company is owned by a group of investors that includes members of the Bell and Howell sorting-leadership team.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 5, ’17 – Postal worker caught on camera tossing packages in Edmond (OK) neighborhood

Caught in the act: A United States Postal worker was caught on surveillance video, on two different occasions, throwing packages.  Now, residents in Rose Creek are speaking out.  “People are reporting broken and damaged properties,” said resident Mindi Mackey.  Residents living in the neighborhood are upset. They’ve caught their mail carrier on several occasions tossing their packages and now, they’ve had enough.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 4, ’17 – USPS’ Pay for Performance System Isn’t Rewarding Top Performing Employees

The U.S. Postal Service is failing to reward its top performers under a pay system designed to recognize excellence, according to a new report, instead relying on group metrics that collectively punish employees for the work of their colleagues.  Using the Capital Metro Area as a sample, the USPS inspector general found 30 percent of employees who would have been eligible on their own were denied a pay raise under the agency’s pay-for-performance system due to their teams’ scores. Only the Postal Service’s 48,000 non-bargaining unit Executive and Administrative Schedule employees, who serve in supervisory, technical, administrative and managerial positions, receive performance-based pay.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 3, ’17 – Postal Service offers lessons in letter carrying

SAN JOSE — If you have any interest in the postal service but don’t know where to start, the San Jose postal service can show you how.  In an effort to increase the number of city letter carriers, the Bay Valley USPS is holding workshops to show interested future employees how to apply and fulfill the job requirements of working for the postal service.  “A lot of people have trouble understanding hot to apply online, and we want to make sure everyone who is interested in a career knows how,” said Bay Valley District Human Resources Manager Florencia Aceituno.  The workshops are interactive learning sessions that feature discussion with USPS employees on career requirements. Interested future employees will walk through guided handouts about the online application and eligibility requirements for postal service careers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 2, ’17 – USPS CFO responds to Wall Street Journal article

Dear Editor,

While Josh Sandbulte gets some things right about the Postal Service in his self-serving opinion piece “Why the Post Office Gives Amazon Special Delivery” (July 14): he provides an inaccurate and unfair account of the package delivery side of our business.  By law our competitive package products, including those that we deliver for Amazon, must cover their costs. Our regulator, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), looks carefully at this question every year and has determined that they do. The PRC has also noted that competitive products help fund the infrastructure of the Postal Service. It is that infrastructure that enables us to fulfill our universal service obligation to deliver to each and every address in the United States at an affordable rate.  The PRC has also concluded every year that products covered by the letter monopoly do not cross-subsidize the Postal Service’s competitive products. The reason we continue to attract e-commerce customers and business partners is because our customers see the value of our predictable service, enhanced visibility, and competitive pricing.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 1′ 17 – SEC Investor Alert: Fraudsters May Target Federal Government Employee Retirement Plan Participants

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) and Broker-Dealer Task Force are warning the more than 5 million Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) participants, and investors in other federal government employee retirement plans, that investment scam artists may pretend to be affiliated with a government agency.  Federal government agencies, including the SEC, do not endorse or sponsor any particular securities, issuers, products, services, professional credentials, firms, or individuals. 

If someone offers you an investment opportunity and claims any affiliation with the federal government, follow these tips:

  • Do not trust any contact information or a website provided by someone contacting you with an investment idea when that person claims to be affiliated with the government, the TSP, or government retirement plans.
  • According to the agency that administers the TSP, the TSP will never contact you by email, telephone, or mail asking you to provide sensitive personal information such as your account number, Social Security number, password, or PIN.
  • You can confirm that a seller is not affiliated with a government agency by contacting the agency directly or calling the SEC’s toll-free investor assistance line at (800) 732-0330.
  • Always be cautious about providing personal information to anyone you do not personally know.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 28, ’17 – Court refuses to block count of NALC contract ratification ballots

Today, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, denied the request of two NALC members for a preliminary injunction that would have deferred the counting of ballots on the proposed tentative 2016-2019 National Agreement between NALC and the U.S. Postal Service.  Thomas Houff of Richmond, VA Branch 496 and David Noble of Washington, DC Branch 142 filed a lawsuit to cancel the ratification vote. The court’s denial of their motion means that the counting of ballots will proceed as scheduled next week.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 28, ’17 – Ten Republicans Urge Oversight Committee Chair Not to Cut Retirement Benefits for Feds

A group of 10 House Republicans sent a letter Wednesday to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., urging him not to make any changes to federal employee retirement programs.  Last week, the House Budget Committee passed a fiscal 2018 budget resolution instructing Gowdy’s oversight committee to find ways to reduce the deficit by a minimum of $32 billion over the next 10 years, although the measure did not specify how to get to that target.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 26, ’17 – If this package shows up on your doorstep you could be out $140

Imagine going out your front door to find a package addressed to you that you didn’t order. Being a moral and ethically-minded Coloradan, you write return to sender and give it to the postal service.  But then – three months later – you get a notice from a collection agency saying you owe $139.97 for not returning the package in a timely manner.  What now?  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 21, ’17 – NALC: House committee spending blueprint targets USPS for “massive cuts”

On July 19, the House Budget Committee released and adopted its Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution, and it also published a non-binding policy statement. Drawing inspiration from the White House budget, proposed in May, and from a 2010 presidential commission on deficit reduction, the two documents train their sights on postal and federal employee benefits and target the U.S. Postal Service for massive cuts.  “The House budget would unfairly slash the incomes and benefits of federal employees and needlessly expose the Postal Service to crippling service cuts,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Active and retired letter carriers must make their voices heard to fight these horrible proposals.” The president also directed NALC members to read the “Budget Battle 2017” web page.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 20, ’17 – Postal Service taking a ‘hands off’ approach to future union political action

Don’t look for Postal Service letter carriers out on the campaign trail in 2018.  The Postal Service will no longer permit leave without pay for union political activities, after it recommended a “hands off” approach to the service’s union political activities.  Testifying during a July 19 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, Postmaster General Megan Brennan said the case was one of “first impression” for OSC, and the Postal Service “fully [accepts] and will fully implement their recommendations and directions and we will no longer permit leave without pay for union political activities.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 19, ’17 – Wisconsin letter carrier to testify Wednesday on political campaigning by postal workers

Timm Kopp is a letter carrier from Marshfield and a whistle-blower who will take center stage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., at a hearing on political campaigning by postal workers.  Kopp’s complained that certain postal workers were taking leave without pay to work for union political campaigns and that the absences caused operational problems. That prompted an investigation by the U.S Office of Special Counsel.  The counsel concluded that the U.S. Postal Service was in violation of the Hatch Act, which restricts political activity of federal employees while on the job. The investigation found that the Postal Service did not take political sides but sought to maintain good relations with the union.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 18, ’17 – Federal, postal unions battle cuts to pay, pensions

Federal and postal union members nationwide will conduct a mass call-in to Congress on Tuesday, July 18, to campaign to save their pay and pensions from deep cuts proposed by President Trump.  The cuts could cost the workers $149 billion, the leader of the largest federal worker union says.

“Tell Congress to keep their hands off our paychecks. Tell Congress to keep their hands off our retirement,” urged American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox in union-wide conference calls with activists on July 11.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 18, ’17 – GOP again hits federal retirement in latest budget plan

The House budget proposal released Tuesday continues Republican efforts to cut federal employees’ compensation by making them pay more for retirement benefits.  Saying they seek “reforms to civil service pensions to put them on a better fiscal path,” the spending plan released by the House Budget Committee calls on staffers “to make greater contributions to their own defined benefit retirement plans.”  While the Republican’s “Plan for Fiscal Responsibility” did not provide details, it echoes previous proposals, including one offered by President Trump this year. He proposed increasing individual out-of-pocket payments toward retirement by 1 percentage point each year until they equal the government’s contribution for those in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  Over a six-year period, this would result in increased payments of about 6 percent. With no increase in benefits, that would equal a 6 percent drop in pay.  The budget “blueprint” assumes that the main panel overseeing federal employment in the House will take those steps to find the $32 billion in savings over 10 years that the blueprint would require.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 17, ’17 – Changing Postal Workforce Impacts Uniform Policies

With the Postal Service workforce no longer as uniform as it once was, new questions arise regarding policies regarding the wearing of uniforms, according to the postal IG, which has begun examining implications that could apply as well to other agencies that require some of their employees to wear uniforms.  The IG recently raised the issue in a blog posting after earlier soliciting comments regarding policies for rural carriers, who are not required to wear a uniform. It noted that rural routes are increasingly suburban and rural carriers are thus more visible to the public–plus, they “serve as something of a post office on wheels.” The overwhelming majority of responses to that request for feedback favored requiring a uniform, it said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 16, ’17 – Ohio LLV goes up in flames

Meanwhile yet again in Ohio.!!!!

July 14, 17 – Analyst claims USPS is subsidizing Amazon

Is the US Postal Service giving Amazon preferred treatment at the expense of other mailers? Investment advisor Josh Sandbuite of Greenhaven Associates thinks so, according to a column he wrote for today’s Wall Street Journal:

In 2007 the Postal Service and its regulator determined that, at a minimum, 5.5% of the agency’s fixed costs must be allocated to packages and similar products. A decade later, around 25% of its revenue comes from packages, but their share of fixed costs has not kept pace.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 14, ’17 – Family: West Virginia Postal Worker Dies After Collapsing on Route

Family members confirm to 13 News that a loved one who is a postal worker died while delivering mail, after collapsing on a front porch.  Charleston Fire says that a postal worker was transported to an area hospital after receiving a call that someone passed out from heat exhaustion.  Family members identify that man as Ronnie Bowles.Family members tell us he was working Tuesday afternoon on Virginia Avenue in Kanawha City(WV), when he collapsed on a the porch of a residence.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 13, ’17 – Video: Postal carriers in one Los Angeles neighborhood afraid to deliver mail due to gang violence

At first glance Drew Street is like many others in this Northeast Los Angeles neighborhood, however a long history of gang violence including a shooting on June 27 that almost killed a letter carrier has led to a big change in this neighborhood.   The mail is no longer being delivered on the 3300 block, instead residents have to make about a five minute drive to the post office in nearby Eagle Rock and pick up their mail in person.  It’s an inconvenience of course but from the Postal Service this point to view the safety of their personnel takes priority.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 12, ’17 – Aging delivery trucks poisoning us, postal workers claim

Some Canada Post employees carrying CO detectors to alert them to dangerous fumes in LLVs

Some Canada Post workers on rural routes near Ottawa have become so concerned about exhaust spewing into the cabs of their aging delivery trucks that they’ve started carrying carbon monoxide detectors.  But Canada Post denies there’s a widespread problem and says the vehicles are well maintained.  For Julie Stewart, a Canada Post delivery driver in Kemptville,Ont., the problems began back in the spring. One day in April, the 48-year-old parked her white Grumman LLV truck and walked into the local hospital, believing she was experiencing a heart attack.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apparently it isn’t just that they spontaneously combust, they also spew Carbon Monoxide into the cabs. 

July 12, ’17 -They used fake mailbox keys to steal credit cards and mail, Postal Service says.

Missing a credit card or three? Maybe some checks or other mail you were expecting?  The U.S. Postal Inspection Service says it may know why.  In a criminal complaint filed Monday in federal court in Sacramento, officials have filed 29 counts of bank fraud, aggravated identity theft and possession of stolen credit cards in a case that allegedly revolves around counterfeit mailbox keys used to break into mailboxes over a five-month period.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 11, ’17 – Caught on Cam: Postal Truck Knocks Over Tree That Almost Hits Man in Philadelphia

A close call was captured on camera after a U.S. Postal truck knocked over a tree which missed a man by inches in Center City over the weekend.  Jeremy Thompson, who recorded the incident, told NBC10 the tree was knocked over Saturday on the 2100 block of Locust Street. The video shows the truck backing up into the tree which falls over and almost hits a man walking by. The man escaped injury however and continued to walk down the sidewalk.  To see the video CLICK HERE.

The tree appears to have been long dead, because of its brittleness and since there were no leaves on it in July.  But, again, you just don’t know who has a surveillance camera and they do like to point out letter carriers’ mistakes.  Always be doing what you’re supposed to be doing.  That includes not backing up.

July 11, ’17 – When the U.S. Postal Service Used Gyrocopters to Deliver the Mail

The flying machines hopped from roof to roof of post offices.

Today, gyrocopters are mostly found in the homes of hobbyist collectors and in James Bond films. Because of the effectiveness of helicopters, these odd, single-person aircrafts with blades reminiscent of windmills have limited practical use. But this was not always so: soon after the invention of a gyrocopter prototype—the autogyro—in the early 1920s by Spanish engineer Juan de la Cierva, the machines showed the potential to revolutionize transportation.  One place where they tried to leave their mark? Mail delivery.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 11, ’17 – Postal worker shot on the job released from hospital

The female U.S. Postal Service mail carrier who was shot while she was in a postal vehicle in East Oakland(CA) on Friday has been released from a hospital where she was treated for her injuries, a U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman said Monday.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 11, ’17 – GOP House members hit Trump plan to break retirement promise to feds on moral, ethical ground

You can’t always tell a book by its cover or a politician’s position by the party.  Rep. Rob Bishop is a Utah Republican known as a solid right-winger. Like many Republicans, he generally doesn’t get good grades on federal workforce issues.  His most recent ratings on congressional voting scorecards were 20 percent from the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), 15 percent from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and 10 percent from the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU).  But wait — while he has voted against positions favored by employee groups on many issues, he recently led a letter from nine Republicans opposing federal retirement cuts proposed by President Trump.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 11, ’17 – Mail truck catches fire in Londonderry (NH) neighborhood

A letter carrier was hospitalized after the mail truck she was driving on Forest Road caught fire on Monday afternoon.  It took firefighters about 10 minutes to extinguish the blaze, according to Battalion Chief Mike McQuillen. An investigation showed the fire started in the motor, he said Monday night.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Make sure you are doing a full thorough vehicle check every AM. If you see any fluid leaks whatsoever write it up and insist that management “Red Tags” it so no one else drives it.

July 10, ’17 – Video: Postal worker in Rolla MO kills self after taking co-workers hostage

A postal worker killed himself after a hostage situation Sunday evening.  Chief Sean Fagan with the Rolla Police Department said the worker was armed with a gun and took three co-workers hostage at around 1 p.m. after he finished his route.  One of the co-workers was able to call police at around 1:30, and SWAT officers were called in to assist. Police negotiated the release of the hostages and at around 6:30 the SWAT team entered the building and found the man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  To see the video CLICK HERE.

July 7, ’17 – USPS Worker Struck in Hip When Stray Bullet Pierces Mail Truck Window

Postal Inspection Service is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for the shooting

A female mail carrier was shot in the hip Friday when a stray bullet pierced the window of a United States Postal Service truck in East Oakland (CA). Two groups were shooting at each other and the woman was caught in the crossfire around 12:15 p.m. on the 5700 block of Bancroft Avenue, according to Oakland police.  The postal worker was seated in her vehicle when she was hit, said Gus Ruiz of USPS. She was taken to Highland Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Postal inspectors and Oakland police officers are at the scene of the shooting, Ruiz said, and the USPS truck is being processed for evidence.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 7, ’17 – Customer’s watch goes missing; USPS fails to pay even though it was insured

The United States Postal Service lost a customer’s watch back in February 2017. So far, USPS refused to make things right.  Even though the customer purchased insurance, her claim was denied. Heather Allery says after her husband’s Seiko watch stopped working, she sent it off for repair.   “He wore the watch everyday,” she said. “Dana never took it off. I trusted the post office.”   That trust quickly eroded.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 6, ’17 – Amazon Prime Air pilots tell customers about risks to delivery service ahead of Prime Day

Ahead of Amazon’s largest single-day sales event, pilots who fly for Amazon Prime Air are taking their concerns about the future of the delivery service directly to Amazon customers. Pilots from Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) and Air Transport Services Group (ATSG)—which, together, are contracted to fly 40 planes for Amazon Prime Air by 2018 – launched a nationwide advertising campaign detailing the intensifying issues at their airlines and the potential risks for Amazon Prime customers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 5, ’17 – Neighbors struggling to get mail after one threatens mailman

More than 30 homes in the Shadle neighborhood of Spokane, WA are struggling to get their mail after one neighbor threatened the mailman. Resident Dennis Craig said the incident happened 3 weeks ago. He found out after one of his elderly neighbors phoned him, upset, saying a postal worker had come to her home asking if they could install a cluster mailbox.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 4, ’17 -Postal worker admits she took bribes to deliver marijuana parcels on her Boca Raton route

A former U.S. Postal Service worker is facing federal prison after she admitted she took cash bribes in exchange for delivering packages that she knew contained some kind of drugs.  Evelyn Ramona Price, 53, of Deerfield Beach, said she illegally redirected several packages on her Boca Raton delivery route over a period of about five months last year.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 2, ’17 – Video: Ride along with a mailman in USPS truck with no AC in 100 degree heat

One person who never quits when it gets a little toasty outside is your local mail carrier. Postal carriers work long hours, sometimes walk far distances or get in and out of the car hundreds of times a day.   A letter carrier’s job requirement is literally to be driving around — outside — all day — in a car — with no air conditioning.  CBS4 met one USPS city letter carrier who takes the heat like a champ. Michael Duran said despite the occasional triple-digit temperatures, he has absolutely loved the past 19 years delivering mail in El Paso.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 1, ’17 – The USPS is an extremely dangerous place to work

The U.S. Postal Service reports more severe injuries than any other employer, according to OSHA.

Last summer, a postal worker in New Orleans was making a routine delivery in Bayou St. John, a neighborhood south of City Park. The postal worker walked up to the home and slid the mail through the slot on the door, like they’d done countless times before. But this time, a dog was on the other side. As the postal worker’s right hand entered the mail slot, the dog bit down and severed the employee’s index finger.  Such is life in one of America’s more common professions — and one of its more dangerous workplaces.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has long required employers in the 29 states under its jurisdiction to report when a worker dies on the job. But in 2015, the agency began requiring employers to report when workers get “severely injured” to better identify dangerous workplaces and prevent future incidents. OSHA classifies an injury as “severe” when a worker suffers an amputation, the loss of an eye, or an injury that leads to the worker being hospitalized for at least one night. This data sheds new light on which jobs are more hazardous.

From the beginning of 2015 through the end of 2016, the United States Postal Service reported 395 severe injuries, the most of any employer.  Behind it was Walmart, with 155 severe injuries and the United Parcel Service with 136. No other employer during that time period had more than 75.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 30, ’17 – Ohio letter carrier threatened on her route by ex-boyfriend

From the Cleveland Heights, Ohio police blotter:

Aggravated menacing, Lee Road: At 12:45 p.m. June 22, a postal carrier called police stating that, on that day, as she delivered mail, her former boyfriend approached her. The postal carrier asked the man, 27, to leave her alone.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 28, ’17 – Another postal reform effort fades away

It’s hardly a surprise to many in Washington’s postal community, but the lawmaker who crafted the House’s bipartisan postal legislation says his bill appears dead.  That is what departed House Oversight chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told The Hill newspaper shortly before his resignation from Congress became effective June 30.   “You can continue to get frustrated and whine about it or you can leave, so I’ve decided to leave,” Chaffetz told the paper. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 27, ’17 – Ohio letter carrier and her brother indicted for conspiracy to distribute marijuana

A sister and brother from Willoughby were indicted for a conspiracy to distribute marijuana, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja.  Natasha D. Lewis, 28, and Bennett M. Lewis, 26, were indicted on one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
Natasha D. Lewis worked as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. She exchanged messages with Bennett M. Lewis regarding addresses to which packages containing marijuana could be sent. This took place between December 2015 through January 2017, according to the indictment.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 25, ’17 – Tell your senators not to take away health care from millions of working people

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced the Better Care Reconciliation Act last week, following seven years of promising the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) and after weeks of negotiations following the House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), a bill that the Senate said it could not and would not pass. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 25, ’17 – To Reduce Urban Inequality, Reconsider Unions

Cities have become simmering cauldrons of economic inequality, especially after the Great Recession. In his new book, Richard Florida writes that this condition is at the heart of what he calls the “New Urban Crisis,” and suggests fixes in the form of equitable housing, tax, infrastructure, and anti-poverty policies.  But there’s another solution, now largely overlooked, that has helped reduce gross inequality in the past: collective bargaining.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 24, ’17 – OIG: USPS loses millions on shortpaid PC postage parcels.

In 2013, the USPS Office of Inspector General found that faulty controls over “electronic parcel payment systems, including PC Postage” had cost the agency as much as $262 million. The OIG says it recommended corrective steps. The USPS disagreed with those recommendations, saying it would instead “review its automated verification capabilities”.  Four years later, the USPS has still not implemented its Automated Package Verification (APV) system- it’s scheduled to go online in August.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Let’s get this straight, USPS has been losing over $262 million a year on shortpaid parcels, but refuses to implement the OIG’s recommendations to recover that money.  So in 4 years, they have frittered away over a BILLION DOLLARS in lost revenue and don’t blink an eye, but want to put us out on emergency placement if we go 1 click into V-Time.  You really can’t make this stuff up.

June 23, ’17 – Arbitrator says postal workers are entitled to admin leave to vote in caucuses

From the National Postal Mail Handlers Union:

We are pleased to enclose a copy of a decision by National Arbitrator Shyam Das, concluding that postal employees including mail handlers are entitled to administrative leave (voting) under ELM 519.32 when they participate in presidential caucuses. The case was filed by the NALC, and the NPMHU and the APWU intervened. Notably, fifteen states and several territories held party caucuses rather than primary elections in 2016.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 22, ’17 – 11-year-old boy saves sick USPS carrier

A Mid-South 11-year-old helped save the life of a postal worker this week in Drummonds, Tennessee.  It was the quick eye and response of a child that is being credited for saving the life of the mail carrier.  Family members said a mail truck was stopped on the street for a long time.   Zachary Harris, 11, notice something was wrong and told his mother. His mother called an ambulance.  The postal carrier said she had become dehydrated and it triggered a heart condition.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 21, ’17 – Redesigned Heat Safety Tool app released (updated)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have collaborated to update OSHA’s original Heat Safety Tool app for smartphones.  The updated app, available for both Android and iPhone, provides a clearer user interface while still providing the same information to help keep employees safe when working outdoors in hot weather.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Every carrier surely has a smartphone, and should have this App installed on it.  It might juast save your life.

June 21, ’17 – U.S. postal carrier pleads guilty to dumping two weeks of mail down storm drain

A young U.S. Postal Service letter carrier pleaded guilty Wednesday to dumping two weeks’ worth of mail down a storm drain on his route in a deal with federal prosecutors in Washington.  Christopher Newton, 23, was working as a carrier assistant in Northeast Washington in May 2016 when WJLA-7 television news notified his superiors of mail found in a storm drain near the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, authorities said.  Postal managers converged at the intersection of Douglas Street and Anacostia Avenue NE “where they observed and recovered 74 pieces of mail protruding from a storm drain,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily A. Miller of the District wrote in court papers.  After a manhole cover was removed, postal inspectors “recovered 17 large trash bags of mail” in a nearby sewer, Miller said in filings.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 21, ’17  – 14 Secrets of U.S. Postal Carriers

Yes, the post office lines can be long. Yes, your mail can occasionally arrive wet. But when you think about the fact that the United States Postal Service (USPS) processes well in excess of 154 billion pieces of mail annually, you might be impressed at just how much they get right.  At the core of the USPS are its postal carriers, the men and women who run up and down porch steps, dodge unfriendly animals, and brave inclement weather to make sure your personal correspondence arrives on time. We spoke to several to learn more about the job, from their biggest fears (aside from mean dogs) to hidden surprises in mail receptacles. Here’s what we found out. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 20, ’17 – Angry Delivery: Mail Carrier Caught on Camera Swearing, Throwing Package

A Littleton, Massachusetts, family is outraged after they say their mailman (a career rural carrier hired in 1997) swore repeatedly and got rough with their mail.  The family said they’ve been complaining about their mail carrier for years, but it wasn’t until the U.S. Postal Service saw video from the family’s new security camera that they took action.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

FYI: You don’t know who has surveillance cameras, and would love to report your bad behavior. So many people actually believe their “taxes pay your salary.” So they feel they have the right to report everything you do.  You are on stage as long as you have the uniform on.

June 19, ’17 – Man upset over late mail accused of threatening postal workers

A man who was upset about his mail being late allegedly threatened post office employees with a tape cutter Friday.  Police said Saleem Anderson went into the post office on Harvard Avenue in Allston to complain about his mail delivery. Things escalated, and Anderson allegedly threatened workers with a tape cutter and then smashed a receipt printer on the ground.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 19, ’17 – Amazon is buying more than Whole Foods — it’s getting 460 stores it can turn into warehouses and showrooms

Amazon can ship books, furniture and clothing across the Pacific Ocean in what feels like a blink of an eye. But when it comes to delivering fresh groceries to your doorstep, the e-commerce giant’s logistical prowess wilts like a bag of salad left out in the sun.  That’s because the long journey of, say, an avocado from Mexico gets progressively harder the closer it gets to the final consumer. It’s more costly and time consuming to deliver individual pieces of fruit to many customers. The hurdle, which has long vexed online retailers and is one of the chief reasons the grocery business is notorious for its low profit margins, is known in the logistics industry as the “last mile.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 19, ’17 – Trump’s attack on federal (inc. postal) workers unites employee organizations

Mike Causey suggests that Donald Trump’s attacks on federal employees’ pay and benefits may galvanize employee organizations into taking united action.  The good news about the retirement plan bad news is that it has given federal unions, management groups, retiree organizations and others their biggest issue — and reason to work together — in decades. Assaulting the retirement plan, breaking promises as workers and retirees see it, is the perfect banner to rally around. The 30-member Federal-Postal Coalition says active and retired federal and postal workers could lose $139 million in take-home pay (because of higher retirement plan contributions) and reduced or frozen annuities if the diet-and-zero-COLA plans become law.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 19, ’17 – Be Part of Our Democracy – Support ‘Vote by Mail’

Voter registration in our country is in a sorry state. in the 2016 general election, not all eligible voters were registered (only 79 percent) – and nearly half of those registered voters did not vote.

Lack of voter turnout has consequences. What can your family lose by not voting? Pretty much everything – bills can be passed to change or end items that are important to you, including wages, health benefits, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, sick and family medical leave, vacation time, lunch breaks, right to organize, health and safety protections at work, pensions, and retirement benefits.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 18, ’17 – LLV goes up in flames in Novelty, Ohio.

Yes it happened again in a town called Novelty, Ohio. Truck and parcels a total loss, carrier is okay.

OK, brothers and sisters, Novelty is hitting pretty close to home. Make sure you are doing a full thorough vehicle check every AM. If you see any fluid leaks whatsoever write it up and insist that management “Red Tags” it so no one else drives it.

 

June 17, ’17 – APWU Geared Up to Fight Back Against USPS Reductions in Service and Jobs

Throughout the country, the Postal Service has launched an all-out assault on our jobs and is blatantly violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in their staffing of post offices. The USPS is reducing service to the community and disrupting the lives of postal workers by reducing duty assignments (reversions and abolishments) and issuing excessing notices potentially affecting hundreds of post offices and thousands of employees.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 17, ’17 – Congressional Research Service publishes summary of HR 756

There is one summary for H.R.756. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 16, ’17 – USPS Denies J.C. Penney CEO Remarks That It’s Holding Back E-Commerce

The United States Postal Service denied J.C. Penney Co. Inc. (JCP) CEO Marvin Ellison’s assertion made earlier this week, which was first reported by The Street, that it would be the one to hold back future e-commerce growth.  A USPS spokesman said in an email to The Street that the agency’s “unrivaled network and infrastructure” will “enable” and “facilitate” e-commerce’s “future growth,” pointing out that its workers delivered 154 billion pieces of mail to the U.S. in 2016.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 16, ’17 – Petersburg (OH) postal worker indicted by grand jury

An employee of the Petersburg post office faces charges after the Mahoning County Grand Jury indicted her on charges of tampering with records and theft.  Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Nick Modarelli tells 21 News that Adrianne Barnes, 29, of Youngstown is accused of selling money orders at the post office, but holding on to the money and no recording the sale for a few days or weeks.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 13, ’17 – Gowdy takes over as Oversight Committee chairman

On June 13, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) took over as the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, replacing Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who announced in April he would not be seeking re-election to his congressional seat and would leave Congress on June 30.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 8, ’17 – Grandpa, what’s a retirement plan?

When today’s toddlers age out and start looking for a job, what will you, as their retired civil service parents or grandparents, say when they ask the dreaded question? You know. The one every parent or grandparent fears, which is: Do you have a pension? What do they look like? What are they for? Will I have one? When did yours stop working? Do you miss it? And why do you and grandma live in a trailer in our backyard?  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 6, ’17 – Judge criticizes Postal Service job screening process after sentencing woman to prison

A federal judge wants the U.S. Postal Service to do a better job of screening prospective employees.  U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann on Tuesday told Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean A. Camoni to advise the Postal Service its screening process should go back more than five years.  The judge voiced his opinion after sentencing Lisa Belawske, 52, of Canton, to four months in prison followed by two years’ probation.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 6, ’17 – Ohio letter carrier indicted for allegedly stealing contents of 74 letters

A U.S Postal Service mail carrier was indicted for allegedly stealing the contents 74 letters addressed to homes in Twinsburg, said David A. Sierleja, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.  Condrick E. Womack, Sr., 38, of Euclid, was indicted on one count of theft of mail matter by officer or employee.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 5, ’17 – Video: Mailboxes look like bank boxes to thieves during graduation season

Edmonds(WA) Police are looking for thieves they say are responsible for stealing up to 200 pieces of mail found dumped on Saturday morning. They are issuing a warning to residents to check their mailboxes daily. Police said they believe the crooks are looking for graduation letters filled with cash and gift cards.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 4, ’17 – APWU: CBO Reports a Positive Financial Impact of HR 756 on Federal Budget

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published its report on Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). It is standard practice for the CBO to “score” pending legislation introduced into Congress in order to report its impact on the federal budget. They estimate that H.R. 756 would result in a savings of $6.2 billion over the next ten years.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 3, ’17 – Captured On Camera: Bold Thieves Steal Boxes Of Mail From Mail Truck

Winnetka, CA  –  Authorities are hoping a surveillance video will lead them to some bold and brazen thieves who stole boxes of mail off a postal truck.  A security camera captured a bald man using a set of keys to unlock the back of the truck.  CBS 2’s Jeff Nguyen spoke to the homeowner who owns the security video.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 3, ’17 – Amazon granted patent to put parachutes inside shipping labels

There’s no way this could go horribly, violently wrong… right?

Amazon has been given a patent on a system to deliver packages from the sky via on-board parachutes.  The Bezos Bunch has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office and been granted a patent for a system that will cram parachutes into shipping labels.  The on-board parachute functions as you would think: an adhesive label on the package will open up a parachute when dropped from an aircraft – presumably a delivery drone.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 2, ’17 – Proposed Retirement Benefit Cuts Could Hurt TSP Contribution Levels

Officials at the 401(k)-style retirement savings plan for federal employees fear that President Trump’s proposal to increase employee contributions to the Federal Employees Retirement System will lead feds to reduce voluntary saving for retirement.  If approved by Congress, Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget would require federal workers to contribute an additional 1 percent more to FERS each year over a period of six years.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 2, ’17 – Walmart Testing Store Employee Delivery Of Online Orders

Walmart says it’s testing a delivery service using its own store employees, who will deliver packages ordered online while they are driving home from their work shifts.  The “associate delivery” program would use Walmart’s 4,700 U.S. stores and roughly 1.2 million employees to speed delivery and cut costs.  The world’s largest retailer says workers can choose to participate and would be paid.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

SURE they will.  “Um Joe, punch out and go deliver these packages on your way home. Don’t worry you’ll get paid. Trust me.”

June 1, ’17 – D.C.-Area Lawmakers Vow to Fight Proposed Federal Retirement Benefit Cuts

Members of Congress representing districts near the nation’s capital are gearing up for a fight with the Trump administration over the proposals to reduce federal employee retirement benefits in the president’s fiscal 2018 budget plan.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 1, ’17 – The Trump Budget’s Assault on Federal Workers

A budget is supposed to reflect the president’s priorities and the values our country holds dear. Unfortunately, the budget President Trump recently sent to Congress shows how much disdain he has for federal employees and the taxpayers they help and support every day.  Civil servants perform countless tasks that assist, defend and protect Americans. They are saving lives, empowering small businesses, keeping America safe from harm, and otherwise ensuring a safe and prosperous future for our country, children and families. Many of our federal employees perform jobs that no one else can do, often in places no one else would work.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 31, ’17 – One-term Trump?

If President Donald Trump wants to:

1) Avoid any possible impeachment action, or

2) Help Republicans retain control of the House and Senate in 2018, or

3) Score another electoral vote win in 2020, then,

He might want to back off his plan to put millions of current and future federal retirees on a zero-calorie COLA (as in cost-of-living-adjustment) diet for life. Why? Because federal retirees and their families are a major factor — both in finances and voting — in most states and many communities.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 29, ’17 – Video: Hollywood Hills mailbox camera captures alleged mail thieves in the act

Residents of a Hollywood Hills neighborhood near the Cahuenga Pass have had mail stolen multiple times in the last few months.  One couple decided to fight back by installing a camera right inside their mailbox.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 27, ’17 – APWU: White House 2018 Budget Proposal Targets Postal Workers and Postal Services

This week the White House released their budget proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, as they do every fiscal year. There are a number of disturbing provisions which will directly affect postal workers and postal services for the American people.  The White House’s budget proposes $46 billion in “savings” to the Postal Service by a reduction in the methods of delivery. This could include cutting the number of delivery days and a further reduction in service standards.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 26, ’17 – USPS employee allegedly mailed marijuana out of state

An employee at the U.S. Post Office on lower Queen Anne in Seattle is being investigated for allegedly mailing marijuana out of state dozens of times.  Terrell T. Carrington, 37, was arrested Tuesday, but was released from jail Wednesday on personal recognizance.  He has not yet been charged with a crime, but according to investigative documents filed in King County Superior Court, Carrington faces possible illegal drug and money laundering charges.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 25, ’17 – NAPS: Trump Budget Would Reduce Postal Paychecks, Retirement Benefits

The Fiscal Year 2018 budget sent to Congress by President Trump earlier this week proposes legislative changes that would impose dramatic cuts in federal retirement benefits for current and future retirees and potentially erode the current size of postal employee paychecks.  It also would provide a modest set of reforms to the Postal Service, but rely chiefly on employee compensation cuts to restore financial solvency.  For all postal and federal employees and retirees, the Trump budget proposals would:

  • Use a high-5 average salary instead of a high-3 in the computation of new Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) annuities;
  • Eliminate the “Social Security supplement” for all future FERS retirees. (The Social Security supplement covers the gap for FERS workers who retire before they qualify for Social Security benefits at age 62.);
  • Eliminate the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all new FERS retirees and reduce the COLA for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) retirees by 0.5 percent; and
  • Equalize the employee and government employer share of the FERS contribution rate to a 50/50 split through a phased-in approach spanning six years.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – Contract ratification update: Rap session announced

Per Article 16 of the NALC Constitution, ratification shall be a mail referendum vote and the ballot shall be mailed only to regular members of the NALC as defined in Article 2, Section 1 (a), excluding non-letter carrier regular members as shown by the records of the national secretary-treasurer as of 90 days prior to the date that the proposed agreement is reached—which was May 12.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – NALC reacts to Trump budget proposal

On May 23, the White House released its Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal as a follow up to the “skinny budget” released in March.   The $4.094 trillion request, titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” proposes job-killing delivery service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service and calls for massive federal spending reductions over 10 years, including major cuts to federal and postal employee pension benefits. The controversial budget, which is not binding on Congress and serves only as a declaration of the administration’s spending priorities, was immediately declared “dead on arrival” by leaders of both parties.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – President Trump’s 2018 budget resurrects unpopular USPS cost-cutting initiatives

President Donald J. Trump has entered the debate over the future of the United States Postal Service, endorsing some cost-cutting ideas that even the postmaster general has abandoned.  The president’s long-awaited ideas were contained on page 1207 of an annex to Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget, released May 23.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – Trump’s budget shows feds little love

Perhaps only the heartlessness the president’s budget demonstrates for the poor, the hungry and the sick exceeds the billionaire’s absence of empathy for the federal employees who serve them.  The damage President Trump’s fiscal 2018 spending plan would do to what’s left of services for those in need is well chronicled elsewhere. Here we examine his proposed undermining of retirement programs for middle-class workers who make up the federal workforce.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – Trump Suggests USPS Cut Retirement, Health Benefits in $46B Savings Package

President Trump proposed overhauling the U.S. Postal Service in his fiscal 2018 budget released Tuesday, calling for a slew of changes that would save the agency $46 billion over 10 years.  Trump followed on President Obama’s tactic of submitting postal reform details through his budget, as well as proposals currently making their way through Congress. While lawmakers have sought to maintain delivery standards, however, Trump would allow USPS to “reduce mail delivery frequency where there is a business case for doing so.” That proposal would likely face pushback in Congress, especially from lawmakers representing rural areas, and even postal management has dropped its proposal to eliminate mail delivery on Saturdays. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – DA: Driver who hit postal worker with car faces upgraded charges

A Deer Park(NY) man arrested in April after authorities said he struck and seriously injured a mail carrier with his car was indicted Tuesday on additional, upgraded charges, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.  The indictment against Stefano Belloisi, 51, was unsealed by State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho, and included two upgraded charges: one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree vehicular assault, both felonies, a spokeswoman for Spota’s office said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 23, ’17 – Trump’s proposed retirement changes would have major impacts on current feds and retirees

It’s happened before; lawmakers and think tanks have offered their own proposals to change the federal retirement system. Despite a few initial worries, current federal employees and retirees have remained relatively unscathed.  Yet that could change next year. Federal financial experts are sounding the alarm bells on the major changes to the federal retirement system included in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget — proposals that they say would leave a significant impact on both current retirees and employees and future workers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 22, ’17 – Ohio letter carrier sentenced to three years in prison for delivering methamphetamine

An Akron man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for mailing large shipments of methamphetamine from California to Ohio, and a former letter carrier was sentenced to more than three years in prison for delivering the drugs.  U.S. District Judge Dan A. Polster sentenced Wesley J. Tucker, 40, to 144 months in prison. Polster sentenced former U.S. Postal employee Jailila S. Stoudemire, 28, of Euclid, to 37 months in prison.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 22, ’17 – NARFE Responds To Reported Threats in Trump’s 2018 Budget

In response to a report by The Washington Post regarding President Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) President Richard Thissen said the following:  “The rumored details of President Trump’s first full budget with respect to federal employees and retirees are nothing short of an egregious attack on federal service and seniors. The President purports to defend government annuities like Social Security and then proposes to eliminate cost-of-living adjustments for some and limit COLAs for those already retired and living on fixed incomes. It is beyond insulting. It is downright mean. Simultaneously promoting tax cuts and forcing a tax on just federal employees, through an increase in retirement contributions, is the height of hypocrisy.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 20, ’17 – North Dakota mail carrier rescues woman who cried for help for 20 hours

Josh Hefta has 162 stops on his rural mail route in Walsh County.  “I’ve gotten to know a lot of people,” he said.  One of those people is 94-year-old Alice Paschke, who lived alone on a gravel road.  “Alice was just a nice lady, and she was out there by herself,” Hefta said.  Last fall, Hefta started bringing Paschke’s mail up to her house every day.  She was getting slower.  On a cold day in January, he knocked on her door and didn’t hear anything.  He knocked again.  “I thought I could hear a faint somebody in the house,” Hefta said.  Paschke had fallen 20 hours earlier and couldn’t get up or reach the phone. She knew her one chance would be when the mailman would come to her door about 12:45 p.m.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 19, ’17 – OIG says USPS isn’t using social media effectively to deal with customers

The USPS Office of Inspector General has issued a report criticizing the postal service’s use of social media to interact with customers:

What the OIG Found

The Postal Service did not effectively respond to customer inquiries submitted through social media. First, the Postal Service did not respond to all actionable customer inquiries. For example, the Postal Service:
  • Did not consistently respond to Facebook inquiries.
  • Did not respond to inquiries on Instagram.
  • Closed 23 percent of actionable Facebook and Twitter inquiries as not actionable.
  • Automatically “flushed” (i.e., deleted) Facebook and Twitter posts from the SMOC response dashboard prior to being reviewed by an agent within 48 hours. Thirty-five percent of posts in the SMOC were flushed in FY 2016 and 68 percent were flushed on December 23, 2016 — one of the busiest mailing days of the holiday season.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 18, ’17 – USPS mail carrier, 14 gang members arrested in drug trafficking sting

Memphis Police Department and Organized Crime Unit officials announced they arrested 13 accused gang members and a U.S. postal carrier on drug trafficking charges during a six-month sting.  Police said the six-month investigation targeted the sell of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone pills in Memphis.  “I think it bears stressing that we may never know how many individuals in our community died as a result of this poison, nor will we ever know how many lives will be saved today by removing this poison from the streets,” District Attorney Amy Weirich said. “Drugs now kill more people every year than guns and cars.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 16, ’17 – Letter carriers’ pay raise in the works as NALC contact nears final approval

While the ink on the deal hasn’t dried yet, more than 200,000 letter carriers could see a series of pay raises down the road, now that one of the major postal unions has reached a provisional labor agreement with the U.S. Postal Service.  The National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents more than 213,000 postal employees, announced May 12 that it has reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract that would last until September 2019. All career and non-career postal employees represented by NALC would receive two pay raises, as well as a pay-grade consolidation that would give postal workers currently on the higher grade yet another wage increase.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 16, ’17 – Neither snow, nor sleet, nor snakes? Street goes days without mail over slithery sighting

People living on Broadview Drive in Lexington(KY) went several days without getting their mail. When they found out the reason, the lack of mail became even more puzzling to some of them.  “That thing about that they bring it in snow and sleet and hail… it doesn’t say anything about snakes. So I guess that may be part of the reason,” one neighbor told WKYT.  That woman, who asked WKYT not to identify her, says she stopped getting her mail last Tuesday. She thought she was alone until she heard from other neighbors.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 16, ’17 – USPS wants board of governors back in business

When Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan addressed the May 10 meeting of the United States Postal Service’s “Temporary Emergency Committee,” she made an open appeal to President Donald J. Trump.  Specifically, she asked Trump to nominate some people for the Postal Service’s board of governors.  There hasn’t been anyone on the board since December 2016, when the term of the last presidential nominee, James Bilbray of Nevada, expired.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 15, ’17 – In France, letter carriers will check on the elderly.

 French postal workers are offering a new service – they will pop in and chat to elderly people living alone and then inform their children living far away if there are any problems.
The postmen and women will pop in to have a chat for between five and 10 minutes while on their daily rounds.

La Poste has introduced the ‘Veiller sur mes parents’ (‘Watch over my parents’) service to reassure customers that their elderly parents or relatives are in good health. It can be used by people in the UK – or anywhere – who have an elderly relative living in France.  The postmen and women pop in to have a chat for between five and 10 minutes while on their daily rounds. They have a list of questions such as “Are you well?”, “Do you need any shopping?” and “Do you need a doctor?”.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 12, ’17 – USPS and NALC reach tentative contract

The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service have reached tentative agreement on a national labor contract, covering 213,000 active city letter carriers across America.  The tentative agreement includes provisions rewarding all letter carriers for their contributions to the Postal Service’s extraordinary comeback following the Great Recession; narrowing the compensation gap between city carrier assistants (CCAs) and career letter carriers; creating a formal mechanism to address the problems that have undermined the workplace culture of the Postal Service for much of its history; and preserving the core achievements of our bargaining history, including regular general wage increases and cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), protections against outsourcing and layoffs, as well as other contractual elements that define our standard of living.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 12, ’17 – Letter carriers’ annual Food Drive set for tomorrow across the country

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 25th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 13.  The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.  Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to local food agencies. Visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us to learn more.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 11, ’17 – USPS told employee he shouldn’t have been involved with GoFundMe page for critically injured co-worker

The US Postal Service told an employee that he should not have been involved in setting up a GoFundMe page for a co-worker(Mailman Mike) who was critically injured on the job(when he was struck while putting mail in his satchel at the back of his LLV). The USPS also said that the injured employee was prohibited from “accepting cash gifts that exceed $20”. A spokesperson further stated that “This is a federal law that applies to all government employees; it is not a Postal Service policy”.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 11, ’17 – NALC statement on USPS quarterly financial report

On May 10, the U.S. Postal Service released a report on its financial performance for the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, covering January, February and March of 2017. Here is National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando’s statement about this report:  Today’s financial report shows the underlying business strength of the U.S. Postal Service while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS’ control.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 10, ’17 – USPS posts $12 million operating profit for second quarter

Although the U.S. Postal Service posted modest controllable income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 (January 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017) of $12 million, it fell well short of the $576 million that it had for the same quarter last year. This reduction was driven by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge, which would have generated approximately $500 million in additional revenue during the quarter had it remained in place, and to a lesser extent, a $69 million increase in controllable operating expenses.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 9, ’17 – OIG: Update for Measuring Pension and Retiree Health Benefits Liabilities

The U.S. Postal Service provides pension and health insurance benefits to its retirees. Postal Service employees participate in the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) pension programs. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administers these programs, including projecting future CSRS and FERS assets and liabilities for the federal government and Postal Service.  The OPM also administers the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, which was established by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). This statute required the Postal Service to prefund retiree health benefits by making payments of about $5.6 billion annually to the health benefits fund from fiscal year (FY) 2007 through FY 2016. However, beginning in FY 2012, the Postal Service defaulted on the required payments.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 6, ’17 – ‘Mail my body to Paul Ryan’: An extremely morbid way to protest the GOP health-care bill

Mailing human ash is not nearly as complicated as you might think. You basically just need some bubble wrap, a sturdy box and a special label, according the U.S. Postal Service’s handy guide.  But why? Why would you?  That’s in the pamphlet, too. Maybe your pet died and you want to send the cremains to someone, for some reason. Maybe you want a loved one’s ashes sealed inside blown glass.  Or maybe (not in pamphlet) you want your own mortal remains shipped to one of the Republican House members who just passed a health-care bill widely expected to strip insurance from millions of people and hike medical costs — just in case that leads to your death.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 2, ’17 – No Fix For Flaw That Lets Scammers Redirect Your Mail

ix months after CBS13 exposed how easy it is for anyone to re-route your mail, the U.S. Postal Service has yet to announce a fix.  Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) is now calling for a federal oversight hearing, forcing the head of the Chief Postal Inspector to testify.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 1, ’17 – UPS, FedEx roll out pricing for ultra-short-haul delivery services

UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are offering a new type of pricing for deliveries within a 50-mile radius, according to a person familiar with the companies’ strategy, in a move designed to divert local “last mile” business-to-consumer traffic normally moving with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).  Short-haul shipments delivered by the two giants would fall under a new “zone 1” rating, according to the person. UPS and FedEx would price those deliveries cheaply, largely because they wouldn’t involve the use of over-the-road, line-haul services that add to the carriers’ costs. The pricing has been made available to a select group of large customers that have requested it, according to the person.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 29, ’17 – Postal critique takes 3 days to cross town

As if to underscore the point, a letter concerning the slow or unreliable delivery of absentee voter ballots in 2016 took at least three days to travel from U.S. Rep. Bob Latta’s office in Bowling Green to the board of elections in the same city this week.  Terry Burton, director of the Wood County Board of Elections, said the letter from Mr. Latta’s office arrived Friday. The letter was postmarked on Tuesday.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 28, ’17 – Latta: Postal service vows faster delivery

U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R., Bowling Green) said he has sent letters to northwest Ohio boards of elections updating them on his investigation into the U.S. Postal Service’s slow or failed delivery of absentee-voter ballots during the 2016 election.  Mr. Latta said he’s been in “continual communication” with the postal service over its handling of the mail through the Michigan Metroplex Processing Center in Pontiac, Mich., but said much of that communication has been “unsatisfactory.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 28, ’17 – Letter Carriers: Where’s the Contract?

Letter Carriers across the U.S.A. are beginning to grumble about the lack of a new contract. A new contract is currently being negotiated between the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The last contract expired almost a year ago on May 20th, 2016. The length of time, without the contract going to arbitration, is unusual. PostalMag.com is seeing an upsurge in letter carriers inquiring about the new contract. Carriers are concerned about missing out on wage increases and cost-of-living allowances.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 28, ’17 – Federal probe of Fox News expands

The U.S. Justice Department’s investigation of Fox News has widened to include a second law enforcement agency.  Financial crimes experts from the United States Postal Inspection Service are now involved, according to four sources connected to the investigation.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 27, ’17 – How To Keep ‘Public’ And ‘Service’ In Our Public Postal Service

Journalism, which is supposed to help make sense of our turbulent world, can’t seem to make sense of itself.  In addition to “news” (which involves reporting on stuff that’s real) we’re now getting “fake news” (stuff that’s completely made up). But wait — the barons of corporate news are adding to today’s tumultuous state of journalism by putting out feeds of “BS news” (stuff they know is untrue but reported as fact, because it advances their political agenda).  For example, the mighty Washington Post keeps publishing a load of BS to denigrate our U.S. Post Office. The paper’s latest pot shot was in an alarmist editorial declaring, “The U.S. Postal Service continues to hemorrhage red ink.” Embracing their owner’s anti-government ideology, the editors grumped that postal unions have made our mail service outmoded and insolvent, running up “a net loss of $5.6 billion last year.”  That is pure bovine excrement — and the editors know it. In fact, thanks to our amazing, innovative and efficient postal workers, the nation’s public post offices racked up a $610 million operating profit last year, and a $1.2 billion profit the year before.  The $5 billion in red ink that the paper’s editorial propagandists touted is not real, but instead, is a deliberate bookkeeping hoax created by Congress to make the public think that our Post Office is a hopeless money loser that should be privatized.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 26, ’17 – USPS refuses to handle tax payments from legal pot farm in Alaska

The federal government will not let Rainforest Farms pay its taxes.  Late last week, Juneau’s first legal marijuana retailer was turned away by the U.S. Postal Service when one of its owners attempted to mail his regularly scheduled state tax payment to Anchorage. That city is the only place equipped to take cash deposits, and all of Alaska’s other marijuana taxpayers are on the road system.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 26, ’17 – Postal worker took cash from man who wanted drug parcels delivered on her route, feds say

When a man offered a veteran U.S. Postal Service worker cash in exchange for giving him addresses where drugs could be mailed on her delivery route, federal prosecutors say she broke the law and took the money.  Evelyn Price, 53, of Deerfield Beach(FL), lost her job as a mail carrier in Boca Raton(FL) in October when authorities said they discovered she was breaking the law.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 22, ’17 – Man Wanted For Armed Assault Of Letter Carrier In Damascus(MD)

Postal Inspectors and Montgomery County Police are searching for a man who allegedly assaulted a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier.  To read the full Story CLICK HERE.

April 18, ’17 – Complaints against the Chagrin Falls Post Office spur meetings

Residents in Bainbridge and Auburn townships along with Chagrin Falls residents are fed up with long lines at the post office, rude behavior from postal employees and the mishandling of their mail. What these communities share is a common post office on East Washington Street in Chagrin Falls.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 17, ’17 – Family, Friends Raise Funds To Help Long Island Postal Worker Seriously Injured In Crash

The family of a postal worker struck by a car last week on Long Island said he remains hospitalized and has a long road to recovery.  Friends and co-workers have started a GoFundMe page to help Mike Martinez, his wife and two children handle the medical bills and other expenses.  Martinez was standing behind his vehicle loading mail into a bag last Tuesday in North Babylon when he was hit from behind by a car that had veered off the road, Suffolk County police said. The car then hit the postal truck, a fire hydrant and a telephone pole.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 14, ’17 –  Pittsburgh Postmaster Daniel Davis sentenced to probation

A Pittsburgh postmaster thought he was “preserving public safety” when he violated federal law and opened a suspicious package to check for illegal drugs, according to his attorney.  But two women he supervised told the sentencing judge Wednesday that Daniel Davis all but ruined their lives by threatening them to keep them silent.  Though the prosecutor asked for a lengthy jail sentence for the suspended postmaster, Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge David R. Cashman gave Davis, 51, of Canonsburg, five years of probation.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 13, ’17 – Why the Flats Sequencing System should be scrapped

What many have long suspected has now been confirmed: The U.S. Postal Service’s Flats Sequencing System is a disastrous failure that cannot be fixed.  The FSS is adding so much to the costs of handling magazines, catalogs, and other flat mail that no amount of machinery tweaks, Lean Six Sigma projects, or “Tiger Teams” can ever make it right.    “When all processing and delivery costs are included, an average Periodicals flat addressed to an FSS zone costs over 10.5 cents more than if addressed to a non-FSS zone,” postal expert Halstein Stralberg wrote recently. Assuming the same 40% cost differential applies as well to flat-shaped Standard Mail, such as catalogs and retailer flyers, Stralberg’s analysis indicates that FSS is adding several hundred million dollars annually to the Postal Service’s costs.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 13, ’17 – Royal Mail to close defined benefit pension plan

Britain’s Royal Mail will close its defined benefit pension scheme at the end of March 2018 after a review found it would need to more than double annual contributions to over 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) to keep the plan running.  Royal Mail, the British postal service privatized in 2013, said it was one of only a few major companies that still had employees in a defined benefit plan, a type of pension that pays out according to final salary and length of service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 13, ’17 – Congressman Moolenaar rides along with mail carrier, tours health facility

When it comes to representing rural Michigan, Congressman John Moolenaar knows well where he stands.  Moolenaar, R-Midland, is the representative of the 4th District, which includes Montcalm County (minus Greenville), as well as Gratiot, Isabella and Mecosta counties, among others.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 4th District is the second-most rural district in the state, second only to the 1st District, which contains the entirety of the Upper Peninsula.  That statistic leaves Moolenaar with a responsibility to understand issues as they pertain to his rural constituents, a cause that saw him visiting the Edmore Post Office on Monday.  Moolenaar accepted an invitation to ride along with Doug Bartlett, an Edmore mail carrier and president of the Michigan Rural Letter Carriers’ Association.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 12, ’17 – USPS agrees to $49 million settlement after having long ‘dawdled’ in payments to beneficiaries

It’s bad enough for family members when a loved one dies.  Getting cheated by Uncle Sam afterward makes it worse.  He did that in cases involving more than 2,000 beneficiaries who didn’t get the full benefit of U.S. Postal Service life insurance policies.  After waging a losing fight, the Postal Service surrendered, agreeing to a settlement of up to $49 million. The agency is now sending checks to the beneficiaries it can find, but some of them may never know they are owed money.  They would have been easier to find if postal officials had not taken decades to resolve the situation.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 11, ’17 – Mailman Standing Behind Mail Truck Hit by Car, Airlifted to Hospital

A postal worker who was struck by a car as he was standing behind his truck on Long Island remained in critical condition Tuesday night as police said they would charge the driver who hit him.  The mail carrier was loading mail into a bag outside the back of a U.S. Postal Service truck on Prairie Drive in North Babylon Tuesday afternoon when another car hit him from behind, Suffolk police say.  A witness, Jason Leslie said, “His leg was completely severed. It was about 10 feet from him, I’d say,” he said. “He was conscious. He said, ‘Call my wife, call my wife.'” To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 11, ’17 – Postal Rate Fight Continues as Publishers Battle USPS “Stupidity Tax”

“Told you so. Now don’t try to slap us with a Stupidity Tax.”  That, in essence, is the magazine industry’s response to the U.S. Postal Service’s latest attempt to jack up postal rates for publishers.  For the past decade, changes in publishers’ average postal rates have been limited to the rate of inflation. But a Congressionally mandated review of how postage rates are set, coupled with USPS’s failure to rein in magazine-delivery costs, has raised serious doubts about whether that protection will continue.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 10, ’17 – Postal Reform Questions & Answers

In order to have a healthy, sustainable, public Postal Service, legislation is necessary to protect postal customers and postal workers from USPS’s current financial crisis. The bi-partisan Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006 largely caused this crisis, sending the Postal Service on a severe downward spiral. The PAEA mandated the Postal Service “pre-fund” 100 percent of its retiree health benefit liabilities, 75 years into the future.    This absurd, unfair and unsustainable burden, which costs the Postal Service $5.5 billion each year over the past decade, is a large reason why the Postal Service cut back service and hours of operation, closed processing plants, increased subcontracting and severely reduced staffing. It also hurt the Postal Service’s financial ability to upgrade buildings, update infrastructure and purchase a new vehicle fleet.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 10, ’17 – Nesting geese block mail delivery at Willoughby Apartment complex

A nesting goose and her mate are keeping postal carriers from delivering mail to an apartment building in Willoughby.  The goose picked an awkward spot to nest: a mulch bed in front of the mailboxes at the Tamarac apartment complex.  Residents trying to pick up their mail said they have been attacked by a male goose standing guard nearby.  Witnesses said the goose also charged at a postal carrier as he was delivering the mail.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 7, ’17 – USPS releases annual dog attack rankings

The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Rank City State Dog Bites Population Dog Bites / Million Population
1 LOS ANGELES CA 80 4,011,000 19.95
2 HOUSTON TX 62 2,350,000 26.38
3 CLEVELAND OH 60 396,000 151.52

April 5, ’17 – Post offices could give low-income Americans access to financial services

“I’ll have a book of stamps, one of those Priority Mail envelopes, and I’d like to deposit my paycheck, please.”  If U.S. Postal Service (USPS) branches offered banking services, more lower income people and minorities could benefit, according to a new study, “Can Post Offices Increase Access to Financial Services?” by researchers Mathieu Despard, Terri Friedline and Kevin Refior, as part of the Mapping Financial Opportunity project, which is part of the University of Kansas. Mapping-Financial-Opportunity MetLife Foundation financially supported the research.  The study found that rural communities could benefit the most, because they have more post offices than banks (0.89 Post Offices for every 1,000 people) compared with cities (0.04 per 1,000). In fact, almost 40% of the zip codes in the U.S. don’t have a bank or a credit union — mostly in rural areas.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 4, ’17 – Two former Ohio USPS employees sentenced to prison for workers comp fraud

Two former U.S. Postal Service employees were sentenced to prison for fraudulently obtaining federal worker’s compensation benefits, said Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja and U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Monica Weyler.  Margaret M. Davis, 56, of Massillon, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to pay $49,249 in restitution after pleading guilty to making false statements and fraud to obtain federal employee’s compensation.  Davis falsely stated in 2015 she had not been incarcerated the prior 15 months when completing forms to continue her disability benefits under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act when she, in fact, had, according to court documents. The USPS OIG investigation showed she completed these forms while incarcerated in an Ohio prison.

Nicole M. Gates, 33, of Wickliffe, was sentenced to six months incarceration and ordered to pay $5,884 in restitution and a $2,500 fine. She was convicted by a jury to two counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements and fraud to obtain federal employee’s compensation.  Gates, a mail carrier, falsely represented her physical limitations in connection with her receipt of workers’ compensation benefits, according to court documents and trial testimony.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 3, ’17 – UPS Boosts Saturday Operations To Increase E-Commerce Delivery Speed

From United Parcel Service:

  • New Saturday ground pickups allow many businesses to have packages delivered to their customers on Monday, one business day earlier than before
  • With #UPSsaturday delivery, residential and commercial recipients can get ground packages that would previously arrive on Monday on Saturday
  • Expands to 15 additional major metro areas in April, with plans for rapid advancement to nearly 4,700 U.S. cities and towns by the holiday shipping season
  • UPS’s operating capacity increased with no additional investment in buildings, vehicles or trucks
  • More than 6,000 new UPS jobs expected when fully implemented

To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 23, ’17 – NALC submits comments in PRC’s rate-setting review

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) required 10-year review of the way the U.S. Postal Service sets its prices for postage and postal products is underway, with NALC making an official submission to the agency before the public comment window closed on March 20.  Chief among NALC’s recommendations is that the PRC should eliminate the price cap on so-called “market dominant” products such as First Class Mail.  The cap has failed to provide the means to achieve the most important objective of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Financial Act (PAEA): financial stability for USPS.  The price cap is tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), an index that is not relevant to the cost of universal mail delivery and fails to provide postage rates high enough to cover the Postal Service’s legitimate costs, to pay down what its owes to the U.S. Treasury, to make needed capital investments in vehicles and facilities, and even to earn modest profits. Such profits would let the agency build up some cash reserves to help it ride out any emergency situations or other unforeseen circumstances.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 23, ’17 – Bankers group tells PRC to keep USPS price cap

In a comment letter to the U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission today, ABA advocated for maintaining stable postal rates based upon the Consumer Price Index.   Given that the banking industry is one of the largest users of the Postal Service, ABA emphasized that its members are committed to stable pricing and common-sense postal reform that would allow the USPS to continue operating in an efficient, self-sustaining and affordable manner.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 21, ’17 – APWU: Postal Reform Act of 2017 Moves Forward

On March 16, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee “marked-up” and approved the Postal Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756). A mark-up is a formal process where a congressional committee can consider and amend a bill before advancing it to the full House of Representatives or Senate.  Recognizing the need to set the Postal Service on sound financial footing, the APWU supported H.R. 756 advancing through committee. The favorable vote to move the bill out of the Oversight Committee is one of several key steps in a lengthy legislative process.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 20, ’17 – Magazine Publishers Prep for USPS Showdown;  calls on the Postal Regulatory Commission to “protect captive users of the Postal Service”

As the Postal Regulatory Commission’s 10-year review of USPS postage rates moves forward, the MPA has teamed up with a pair of mailer organizations to argue the case for affordable shipping.  The PRC, an independent agency appointed to monitor and set postage rates for the USPS, is currently undergoing a congressionally-mandated review to determine whether the current pricing system meets a number of objectives, among them: maintaining the Postal Service’s financial stability by ensuring adequate revenues, maximizing incentives for the Postal Service to reduce costs and increase efficiency, and to “maintain a just and reasonable schedule” for raising rates moving forward.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 19, ’17 – USPS employee data among millions of records leaked from huge US corporate database

USPS employee data has been found in a database recently leaked online, according to a report from ZDNet:

NEW YORK — Millions of records from a commercial corporate database have been leaked.  The database, about 52GB in size, contains just under 33.7 million unique email addresses and other contact information from employees of thousands of companies, representing a large portion of the US corporate population.  Dun & Bradstreet, a business services giant, confirmed that it owns the database, which it acquired as part of a 2015 deal to buy NetProspex for $125 million.  Troy Hunt, who runs breach notification site Have I Been Pwned, obtained the database and analyzed the records.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 19, ’17 – NARFE Disappointed in Committee Action on USPS Reform Legislation

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) is deeply disappointed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, without addressing the serious concerns of 76,000 postal retirees who would be forced to enroll in Medicare under the bill.  NARFE President Richard G. Thissen issued the following statement:

“There are many solutions to the financial problems facing the U.S. Postal Service, all of which the Committee unfortunately has rejected in favor of balancing the books of the USPS on the backs of its retirees. In doing so, this legislation forces 76,000 current postal retirees who are satisfied with their current health insurance coverage to pay an additional $1,600 per year, or more, to receive coverage through Medicare.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 18, ’17 – Video: Colorado postal worker accused of faking cancer so she could use sick leave

Denver7 reporter Molly Hendrickson tells us a United States Postal Service employee is facing a number of fraud charges in connection to allegations that she faked a cancer diagnosis in order to use hundreds of hours of sick time.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 18, ’17 – Killer mailer won’t get to public through the post office

The words typed across the simulated yellow pad are decidedly provocative: “We’re gonna have to kill Him.”  Water marks ring the left corner of the page, and a web address “KillHim.tv” sits toward the bottom. In truth, the single sheet is a promotional piece Harvest Church created for its series of sermons leading up to Easter.  But the United States Postal Service refused to mail the piece. According to the church, local postal officials cited 9.5.5. of the federal agency’s mailability standards.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 18, ’17 –  Bang-Up Job: USPS Blames New Employees for Rising Motor Vehicle Accidents

Let’s see.  CCA turnover rate approaching 60 %,  83 % increase in MVA claims,  200+ % increase in customer complaints, ballooning recruitment and training costs.  How’s this CCA thing working out?

The increasing use of non-career letter carriers has caused a steady rise in motor vehicle accidents and liability, postal officials said this week.  The U.S. Postal Service’s liability for motor vehicle tort claims (paid to victims of accidents) rose from $48 million in Fiscal Year 2015 to $88 million in FY2016, the Postal Regulatory Commission recently pointed out.  In responding to that observation on Thursday, the Postal Service explained: “Since the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Postal Service and several employee unions, which expanded the role of non-career mail delivery drivers, there has been an increase in the number of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs).”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 17, ’17 – OPM: Don’t Fall For a Fake Retirement Scam

 From the Office of Personnel Managaement:

Be on the Alert for an aggressive phone scam that targets Federal annuitants: The scammer claims to be an OPM employee.  The scammer threatens to end the annuitant’s retirement, threatens that a “magistrate” will criminally prosecute, and demands an immediate payment.  This is a government imposter scam – Do not send money.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 17, ’17 – Austin TX woman assaults Letter Carrier

An Austin woman is facing charges for attacking a postal carrier.  Austin Police say 31-year-old Joycelyn Wiley grabbed a United States Postal Service employee by the hair and slammed her head into the ground.   The victim told police Wiley grabbed her hair and pulled her to the ground. Once the victim was down, Wiley slammed her head into the ground.  Investigators say Wiley was yelling and demanding to know where her check was.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 17, ’17 – Postal worker delivers driver who hit woman to police

The driver of a car that allegedly hit a Salem OR woman while she was checking her mail — and who was then stopped by a USPS driver — was arrested for DUII.   Sandra Hill suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a car while she checked her mailbox in the 2400 block of Fisher Road NE Thursday morning. Police arrested Vanessa Marie Gienapp, 44, after she allegedly failed field sobriety tests.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 16, ’17 – Federal Grand Jury Indicts Three in Connection with Shooting of U.S. Mail Carrier in Texas

In San Antonio this afternoon, a federal grand jury returned a 13–count indictment charging three San Antonio residents for their alleged roles in a mail theft scheme that involved the shooting of a U.S. Mail carrier last month in Spring Branch, TX, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.; Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Houston Division; and, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 16, ’17 – EXCLUSIVE: NYPD officers accused of beating Queens letter carrier who gave directions to cop killer see charges cleared

A Queens judge on Thursday cleared a pair of cops accused of brutally beating a postal worker who unwittingly gave directions to a gunman who murdered two police officers.  The plainclothes officers, Angelo Pampena, 32, and Robert Carbone, 30, faced up to seven years in prison on charges that they violently assaulted postal worker Karim Baker on Oct. 21, 2015.  But Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise cleared the cops an hour after the attorneys gave their summations.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 16, ’17 – Postal Reform Measure Approved by House Oversight Committee

By a broad, bipartisan voice vote, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday cleared postal reform legislation, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, intended to set the U.S. Postal Service on a firmer financial footing.   During Thursday’s committee markup, several amendments by Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) to require the Postal Service to pursue a more aggerssive approach toward its finances and centralized delivery were defeated by bipartisan votes.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 16, ’17 – Multiple Las Vegas neighborhoods hit with mailbox theft

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Multiple people living in neighborhoods within a couple miles of each other say they’ve all fallen victim to mailbox theft in the past few days. Neighbors say one of the acts was even caught on camera near Sahara Avenue and Town Center Drive.  In the video, you see a white van pull up to a community (Clusterbox) mailbox. When it pulls away, the mailbox doors are left wide open. Neighbors say the driver of the white van stole all their mail.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 16, ’17 – PMG: “Vital need for passage of postal reform legislation”

America deserves a financially stable United States Postal Service that can continue to play a vital role in our economy and society.  Enactment of bipartisan postal reform, H.R.756, along with a favorable resolution of the Postal Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) pricing system review and continued aggressive management actions to control costs and grow revenue will enable to the Postal Service to meet its financial obligations and continue to provide affordable, reliable, and secure delivery service to every business and home in America.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 15, ’17 – Well-known downtown Springfield Ohio mailman marries fellow postal worker

Two longtime postal workers — including a well-known downtown carrier forced to retire after getting hit by a car — finally put an official stamp on their relationship Wednesday when they hand-delivered their hearts to each other.  Cephas “Smokey” Stover married his longtime girlfriend Bonita Wipert of 26 years, in a small ceremony in Springfield attended by family and friends.  Stover worked for the post office for more than 57 years, 25 of them walking the downtown delivery route. Then he was hit by a car on his daily route in November 2014 at the intersection of North Spring and East Main streets.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 15, ’17 – ‘The Ides of Trump’ campaign could be a bonanza for the U.S. Postal Service

Thousands of Americans have a message — actually, a written message — for President Donald Trump today: “Beware the Ides of Trump.”  March 15, a day known throughout history as the ides of March, is (more or less) the fateful day Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Since then, it’s had a bit of a gloomy connotation.  Flash forward to March 15, 2017. Email, Twitter and Facebook may rule, but Trump opponents have chosen to actually snail mail postcards — lots of them — to the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Specifically, postcards that express their vocal opposition to the new president.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 14, ’17 – Florida man alleges he was injured in collision with USPS employee

WEST PALM BEACH – A Palm Beach County motorist alleges he was injured in an accident with a federal employee.  Levent Yurdatap filed a complaint on March 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against United States of America alleging negligence.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 14, ’17 – Chatham County North Carolina letter carrier wins $1 million prize

For more than 10 years, Irene Tillman of Goldston has been the mail carrier for Route 24 in Chatham County. It came as no surprise to her Saturday when the number “24” of her postal service route turned out to be the lucky number on a scratch-off ticket that won her a $1 million prize.  She plans to use the money to pay bills. She also wants to install another washer and dryer in her home.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 13, ’17 – To avoid heart disease, walk like you’re delivering mail

We may need to walk seven miles a day and spend seven hours on our feet to avoid heart disease, a study with postal workers suggests.  Of the 111 participants in the study, those who had desk jobs, not walking delivery routes, had a bigger waist circumference—97 cm compared to 94 cm—and approximately one BMI unit difference.  They also had a higher risk of cardiovascular disease—2.2 percent compared to 1.6 percent over ten years. The new study suggests that waist circumference increases by two centimeters, and risk of cardiovascular diseases by 0.2 percent, for every additional hour of sitting beyond five hours.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 13, ’17 – USPS truck involved in collision in Western PA

MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Some folks in Millcreek could have a little delay in getting their mail this afternoon.  A U.S. postal truck collided with another vehicle just after 4:30p.m. along West 26th street.  The postal truck was pulling away from a mailbox when it collided with another car.  No one was injured in the incident.

March 12, ’17 – West Virginia CCA arrested for stealing holiday gift cards from mail

With the arrival of spring, police were reportedly given a reminder of this past holiday — an alleged grinch has been arrested.  A postal worker has been accused of pilfering cash and gift cards from the mail this holiday season.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 12, ’17 – Florida Letter Carrier Convicted of Access Device Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

A United States Postal Service letter carrier was convicted at trial of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft.  According to the court record, including evidence introduced at trial, Clotaire engaged in a scheme to obtain fraudulent unemployment benefits from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), while the defendant was working as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service. Clotaire provided coconspirators with the residential addresses of approximately 50 to 60 individuals on his postal route, to be used in furtherance of the scheme.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 11, ’17 – Black postmen were creators of black middle class

A reality not often talked about is the immense role played by black postmen in the creation of the black middle class.

We’ve always had singular, exceptional people like Frederick Douglass and George Washington Carver. But they are always presented as exceptional and occasional, with decades, even centuries between them.  In our community, though, work in the U.S. Postal Service represented the first gigantic movement of black men into middle-class status. They were the first line of entry, and this was the work they did to make and maintain middle-class lives for themselves and their families. This was the work they did to buy homes and put their children through school.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 11, ’17 – Why are greeting cards so expensive?

Why do you think greeting cards have gotten so expensive lately? I went to buy a birthday card for my sister the other day and I turned it over to check the price. It was $7.99!  I was aghast. I kept thinking about what else I could buy for $7.99. My grocery store has the cards next to the floral department, and there were bouquets of carnations on sale for $6.99. I could buy a bouquet of flowers and take them to my sister, or I could send her a piece of cardboard for more money. I really think I want to stop buying cards completely and wonder what you think of this.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 10, ’17 – Union-Busting House Bill Would Silence the Voice of Workers, AFGE Says

The American Federation of Government Employees strongly opposes legislation moving through the House that would limit an employee’s access to union representation and financially penalize employees who voluntarily serve as union representatives.  The Official Time Reform Act of 2017 would arbitrarily cap how much time union volunteers can spend per day on representational work, such as resolving workplace conflicts between employees and managers, or meeting with agency leaders to discuss workplace improvements. It also would create a financial disincentive for employees to volunteer as union representatives by cutting their retirement for any time spent on representational work above the arbitrary caps.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 10, ’17 – Autonomous Delivery Robots to Hit Virginia’s Streets

Autonomous delivery robots will be able to travel on sidewalks, crosswalks and shared-use paths throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia this summer.  Gov. Terry McAullife recently signed a law permitting the use of Starship Technologies’ Personal Delivery Devices, or PDDs. The six-wheeled robots, which resemble coolers, are designed to deliver parcels, groceries and food within a two-mile radius in 15-30 minutes.  The PDDs weigh about 40 pounds and can carry a workload of up to 20 pounds. They travel at 4 mph.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 9, ’17 – Crude mail trap found inside box outside Turlock, CA  post office, police report

A makeshift mail catch to trap envelopes being dropped into large blue Postal Service boxes was found in a box outside the Turlock, CA Post Office on Tuesday night, police report.  The simplest mail catch is a piece of stiff cardboard folded into a U-shape at one end and taped to the inside of the mailbox snorkel at the other.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article137410668.html#storylink=cpy

March 9, ’17 – Tree crushes mail delivery truck in Brimfield Township (OH)

A mail delivery driver suffered minor injuries after a large tree fell on his truck.  It happened before at 2 p.m. in the 5200 block of Cline Road in Portage County, Ohio.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 9, ’17 – US Postal Service Supervisor Accused Of Stealing More Than $15,000

A U.S. Postal Service supervisor in New Jersey is accused of stealing more than $15,000.  According to the New Jersey U.S. Attorney’s office, 35-year-old Amar Patel — a supervisor at the Riverside, Delanco and Delran post offices – was caught on surveillance video in January tearing open a sealed deposit bag, removing the cash deposits and placing the money into his pocket.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 9, ’17 – Teen Arrested for Shooting at Postal Worker in SW Miami-Dade: Cops

Authorities have arrested one of the burglary suspects who allegedly opened fire on a U.S. Postal worker in a southwest Miami-Dade neighborhood last week.  Jacoby Myrick, 18, was arrested and booked into jail Wednesday morning on multiple charges including aggravated assault with a firearm, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, armed burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.  Myrick was being held on bond of more than $200,000, Miami-Dade jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t immediately available.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 8, ’17 – Former postal worker pleads guilty to accepting bribe in exchange for addresses of ballot recipients

Federal prosecutors say a former U.S. Postal Service carrier on Tuesday pleaded guilty to receiving bribe money in exchange for providing addresses of postal ballot recipients in a 2014 election.  Noe Olvera, 43, accepted $1,000 for providing addresses of people on his mail route in Mission during the 2014 Hidalgo County Texas Sheriff’s race. Olvera accepted while on duty in his official vehicle and in his postal carrier uniform.  Olvera admitted to receiving cash in October 2014 in return for the list of names and addresses of people who received ballots in the Democratic primary.    U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez has set sentencing for May 2017 when Olvera will face up to 15 years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. Olvera has been allowed to remain on bond pending his sentencing hearing.  The USPS-Office of Inspector General conducted the investigation with assistance of the FBI.

March 7, ’17 – Federal Case Charges California Father and Son in Conspiracy to Steal Cash from USPS

A father and son have been arrested and charged in federal court in connection with a robbery late last week at a United States Postal Service facility in Victorville.  According to court documents filed on Friday, the father and son – Corey Parker Sr., 46, and Corey Parker Jr., 23, both of Adelanto – also are suspects in a series of Postal truck robberies across Southern California that has caused more than $400,000 in losses.  The Parkers were charged Friday in a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court. The complaint charges both men with conspiracy to rob the Victorville Post Office on Thursday night.  According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaints, the pair also are believed to have committed a string of postal truck robberies over the last 18 months – thefts that occurred while the trucks were moving or otherwise in transit. During those robberies, the thieves jumped on the back of a postal truck and opened the rear door to steal the truck’s contents, specifically registered mail that included cash, checks and money orders.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 6, ’17 – Mailboxes in Parker (CO) neighborhood overrun with dog waste; mailman threatens to stop delivering

People in one Parker (CO) neighborhood said their mailboxes are so overrun with dog waste, their mailman left a note saying he would stop deliver their mail.  Toni Hazlip said dog waste has been an ongoing issue in the neighborhood.  She said people access Cherry Creek Trail via a path that starts next to her street’s mailboxes.  The area behind the mailboxes, where the postman accesses them to slip in the mail, is full of dog waste.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 6, ’17 – How Reforms Could Turn U.S. Postal Service Into Threat for UPS and FedEx

The chronically beleaguered U.S. Postal Service may be headed for a refresh, courtesy of major reforms proposed in Congress.  But UPS and FedEx might not like the reformed agency that will ultimately emerge from the process.  A Morgan Stanley report this month suggests that a streamlined, flexible USPS could pose a threat to the two private logistics behemoths, particularly in e-commerce delivery services.  “This is clearly a time of fast-moving, secular developments in the logistics/last mile parcel delivery space, but all signs point to increased — not reduced — competition,” according to the report.    To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 5, ’17 – How an army of postmen is turning China’s rural stores into the world’s largest retail network

Lou Wener works damn hard. “Five am to 10pm, seven days a week, including national holidays,” the 45-year-old shopkeeper says distractedly behind the cluttered counter of her Xiabao village general store in Zhejiang province, a couple of hours’ drive west of Hangzhou city. In fact, she explains as she checks a customer’s egg delivery for freshness, she and her husband don’t close the shop, not even for Chinese New Year. “Of course we stay open,” she says, smiling tolerantly as an elderly customer holding detergent looks on bemused at a western journalist’s presence. “That’s a very busy day for us.”    To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 4, ’17 – Massachusetts postal worker wraps up decades-long career

Anthony Rauseo has delivered his last piece of mail.  After more than a half century, the 79-year-old postal worker, who has spent his career in Lynnfield, handed in his blue uniform.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 3, ’17 – Feds: Minnesota postmaster faked work injuries, collected $275K while off job

Federal authorities allege that a Minnesota postmaster faked injuries for years, collecting more than $275,000 in lost wages and medical bills, even though he was performing physical tasks while away from his job.  Andrew K. Broughton, 60, of Faribault, is charged with committing fraud to obtain federal employee compensation. Broughton was charged in federal court in Minneapolis by “information,” meaning that he’s notified authorities of his intention to plead guilty.

March 3, ’17 – Video: Second suspect in San Antonio postal worker shooting denied bond

Sara Richford, a suspect being held in connection with the shooting of a postal worker, was denied bond Thursday.  There were some tense moments in a San Antonio federal courtroom.  A judge ordered Richford to be held in custody without bond until trial.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 2, ’17 – Report: Postal carrier shot at in Southwest Miami-Dade

According to Miami-Dade Police, shots were fired at a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) carrier in Southwest Miami-Dade, Thursday.  Police said a call came in to Miami-Dade Police just before noon as “shots fired at a postal worker” near 9305 S.W. 92nd St.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 2, ’17 – Pennsylvania Postal Worker Charged with Stealing Cash from a Greeting Card

A resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of mail by a postal employee, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.  The one-count indictment, returned on February 28, named LoreLei Lantz, 51, of Elrama, Pennsylvania, as the sole defendant.  According to the indictment, LoreLei Lantz was an employee of the United States Postal Service at the time she stole $60.00 in U.S. currency from a greeting card that was to be conveyed by mail.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 2, ’17 – The Postal Museum is easy to overlook but definitely delivers

What do John Lennon, Ayn Rand and Franklin Delano Roosevelt have in common? They all were stamp collectors. And if that fact doesn’t convince you that stamp collecting is a relaxing, fun activity, an exhibit on famous philatelists at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum probably won’t either. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 2, ’17 – Getting the Mail to Your Home Is Way More Complex Than You Might Think

There he is again, just like yesterday and last week and seven years ago. “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night” keeps your loyal mailman from making his daily rounds in his powder-blue shirt, gray shorts and occasional awesome safari hat. But how exactly did your trusty mail carrier get assigned this specific route, and how long is he or she stuck with it? To read the full story CLICK HERE.

March 1, ’17 – Pennsylvania postal worker accused of stealing meds meant for veterans

A Duquesne man who was working for the United States Postal Service was indicted Tuesday with stealing packages containing medications for veterans.  Gregory M. Schur, 36, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of theft of mail by a postal employee.  Between May and August, according to the indictment, Mr. Schur stole packages containing prescription medication addressed to customers of the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and mail containing money.  If found guilty, Mr. Schur could be sentenced up to five years in prison and face a fine of $250,000.

March 1, ’17 – Postal reform measure can make a difference

I take issue with Kevin Kosar’s Feb. 16 opinion piece “Will Trump sign postal reform legislation?” The author’s contention that a new postal reform bill from the House is “incrementalist and status-quo preserving” fails to see the far greater picture of what’s facing our nation’s postal system and what needs to be done to preserve this still-valued American treasure.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 27, ’17 – The United States Postal Service isn’t ‘in decline’ – far from it

A recent article  made the interesting proposal that the United States Postal Service help distribute food to America’s hungry, but in the initial version the author described the postal service as in decline. In fact, the evidence suggests the opposite.  The USPS delivers to 155m homes from coast to coast, six – and now increasingly seven – days a week as deals such as the one with Amazon are signed. Daily, an average of 3,630 new household, business or organisation addresses are added to the postal delivery network.  Twenty thousand letter carriers have been added in the past couple of years to handle the growing number of homes and businesses serviced by USPS as well as the spiralling package deliveries (up 16% last year alone). USPS provides Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most affordable delivery network, and has been for seven years running the most trusted federal agency. It now delivers 47% of the world’s mail.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 26, ’17 – Turnover Rising Among Non-Career Postal Workers

Plagued by increasing turnover among non-career employees, postal officials are trying to stem the tide with new management incentives and an overhauled orientation program.  The average annual turnover rate among non-career employees rose from 38.69% in FY2015 to 42.82% last year, the U.S. Postal Service reported earlier this month. Postal officials had set a target of 34.8% for FY2016.
Turnover was worst among City Carrier Assistants (CCAs), rising from 54.24% to 59.66%. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 23, ’17 – Mailman stops delivering to street where dogs attacked him

Jeffrey Glenn has delivered the mail to homes on Walden Avenue in Cleveland since 1990.  But since June, he’s been attacked by a dog in the 16000 block several times.  “The first time, I was on the porch and he came out of the back through a hole in the fence,” said Glenn.  Glenn says he left the home a letter asking them to restrain their dog.   “Then the other time he came at me, I put my mail bag in front of me. He grabbed the bag and shook, shook, shook the mail all out,” said Glenn.  Glenn says eventually the family was fined in court.  But nothing has changed.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 23, ’17 – FedEx Extends Express Air Transportation Contract With USPS

FedEx Corp. today announced that its FedEx Express subsidiary has entered into an extension to the express air transportation contract with the United States Postal Service originally executed on April 23, 2013. The contract modification extends the agreement through September 29, 2024.  The modified contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately $1.5 billion per year for FedEx Express. FedEx Express will provide airport-to-airport transportation of USPS Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail within the United States.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 22, ’17 – eBay Creates Petition to Keep Postage Prices Low

eBay is urging users to sign its petition requesting the Postal Regulatory Commission not to raise shipping costs. eBay sent an email this week to members of its Main Street grassroots lobbying program with the title, “eBay Says Keep USPS Prices Low.”
Why is the Postal Regulatory Commission reviewing postage rates? It’s the law, as the USPS explained in a post this week.
In the petition, eBay tells the PRC that the USPS is a “key package delivery service” for eBay’s top sellers, and says higher postage results in abandoned online shopping carts.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 21, ’17 – Utilimaster pulls out of USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program as body builder

Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) (“Spartan” or the “Company”), a global leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today announced that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS) business unit — which encompasses the Utilimaster go-to-market brand — has stopped development on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a prime contractor in the functional prototype development project and has sought withdrawal from the USPS.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 20, ’17 – Amazon lowers its free shipping threshold to counter Walmart

Isn’t competition grand?

When Walmart ditched its Amazon Prime-style subscriptions and offered free two-day shipping for all orders over $35, it was a shot across the bow — we might not compete directly, but we can still undercut you. Well, Amazon is responding in kind. Just a year after it hiked its free shipping minimum to $49, the online shopping giant has lowered that threshold back to $35. That won’t deliver your goods any sooner (you still need Prime for that), but it could tip the balance if you’re more interested in avoiding fees than getting your order in a hurry.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 18, ’17 – More Mail on Saturday? There’s a Reason for That

If you think your mailbox is fuller on Saturdays than it used to be, it’s not your imagination.  During the past year, the U.S. Postal Service made operational challenges that cause some letters to be delivered on Saturday even though they don’t have to be delivered until the following week.
“When feasible, based on local operating conditions, the Postal Service advances Standard Mail [letters] scheduled for Monday and Tuesday delivery into a processing window that enables delivery on Saturday, which is generally the lightest delivery day of the week,” the USPS told the Postal Regulatory Commission yesterday.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 17, ’17 – More Richmond mail carriers accuse U.S. Postal Service of unfair labor practices

A month after Richmond Main Post Office employees alleged they had been forced to work off the clock in violation of federal labor law, another batch of Richmond-area mail carriers has filed a similar lawsuit in U.S. District Court.  Forty-seven current or former Richmond mail carriers filed a collective action complaint Monday against the U.S. Postal Service alleging it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. The allegation stems from claims that the Postal Service refused to pay its employees for overtime work and failed to maintain time records.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 17, ’17 –  Washington Post Gets it Wrong about USPS

Response to Washington Post Editorial Board’s “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid,” February 13, 2017.

The Post has set up a false dilemma for its readers: that we must curtail postal services (including Saturday delivery) and eliminate jobs to save the USPS from certain deterioration and failure. They base this on claims that the Postal Service “can’t pay their bills” and is sluggish to innovate.

In reality, Congress manufactured USPS’ “crisis” by imposing an unfair, crushing financial mandate on the Postal Service that no other government agency or private company is forced to bear. (The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 compels the USPS to pay approximately $5.5 billion per year to fund future retiree healthcare costs 75 years in advance.) Without this unreasonable burden, the USPS would have enjoyed an operating profit of $610 million in 2016 and over $1.2 Billion in 2015. Including the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, USPS has seen an operating profit of $3.7 billion since the start of FY 2014. This same legislation holds the Postal Service back from introducing new non-postal services, services that could strengthen the USPS. This crisis was created by Congress, and it can be corrected.

The Post’s rationale for cutting services is one we have seen before, promoted by forces complicit in the drive towards demonizing, destroying, and ultimately privatizing public postal services. But the Postal Service continues to rank highest in public support among all federal agencies, while providing affordable mail service to all without a dime of taxpayer money. Every day, the Postal Service ties together communities, supports commerce and, increasingly, the boom of e-commerce, and provides the foundation for financial stability for workers from all walks of life.

We do not have to settle for the false choice offered by The Washington Post. The more than 100 organizations which make up A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service believe that the public good must not be sacrificed for private profit. We advocate for an alternative vision, one of expanded and enhanced services that sustain a vibrant public postal service for generations to come. Local post offices could offer non-profit, consumer-friendly financial services, for example. Other ideas include outfitting post offices to serve as hubs for local food banks, internet access, and green energy infrastructure. Let’s continue to work together to bring these ideas into reality.

February 13, ’17 – Washington Post Editorial “The Postal Service needs more than a Band-Aid”

Note: The Washington Post has been putting out false versions of the Postal Services financial losses since 2006, despite numerous letters explaining the real facts.  This is just another in that long line of misleading editorials. It pays to know what the other side is saying.

THE U.S. Postal Service continues to hemorrhage red ink. The USPS reported a net loss of $5.6 billion for fiscal 2016, the 10th straight year its expenses have exceeded revenue. Meanwhile, the Postal Service has more than $120 billion in unfunded liabilities, mostly for employee health and retirement costs. There are many reasons this formerly stable federal institution finds itself at the brink of insolvency. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 12, ‘ 17 – NALC postal reform update: “A changed political landscape requires a new strategy”

Congress returned to business in January to a transformed capitol city. We have a new president and one-party control of the federal government.  Fortunately, postal reform has strong bipartisan support and our goals have not changed. Our strategy, of course, will have to change to reflect the new landscape.

This week, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on postal reform legislation. The committee’s leaders (including two former sub-committee leaders) have introduced two bills: H.R. 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, and H.R. 760, The Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2017. We used our testimony to provide suggested improvements to the bills, which may be marked up later this month.  (A mark-up is a committee meeting where members can amend, delete or add provisions to bills under consideration.)  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 11, ’17 – NALC statement on USPS’ Q1 financial report for FY 2017

NALC President Fredric Rolando’s statement on the Feb. 9 release of the U.S. Postal Service’s financial statement for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, covering the months of October, November and December of 2016:

Today’s Postal Service financial report shows a $522 million operating profit for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, demonstrating the strength of the postal turnaround. USPS now has a total operating profit of $3.7 billion since the start of FY 2014. That’s impressive for a government entity that gets no taxpayer money—earning its revenue instead by selling stamps—while enjoying strong public support and providing Americans and their businesses with the industrial world’s most-affordable delivery network. The continuing financial upswing shows the importance of maintaining and strengthening the unparalleled—and profitable—postal network.  These results reflect ongoing trends: stabilizing letter revenue as the economy gradually improves from the worst recession in 80 years and rising package revenue driven by online shopping.  The red ink you hear about has nothing to do with the mail but rather with congressional politics—the 2006 decision by a lame-duck Congress to compel the Postal Service to pre-fund future retiree health benefits. No other public agency or private company has to do this even one year in advance; USPS must pre-fund these benefits decades into the future. That multi-billion annual charge is not only the “red ink,” it actually disguises the operating profits USPS is earning.  The pre-funding issue can be readily addressed if Congress acts on practical, targeted postal reform. There is a strong consensus within a coalition consisting of the Postal Service, postal unions, business groups and key legislators for a reform package that all stakeholders can buy into.  It’s worth noting that the quarter’s operating profit would have been $1.1 billion had it not been for the first annual stamp price rollback since 1919. That rollback, which took place in April 2016, makes little financial sense, because USPS already has the industrial world’s lowest rates. The Postal Regulatory Commission is now engaged in a review of the postage rate-setting system. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 10, ’17 – USPS Reports Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarter Results

Excluding the effects of a $1.7 billion change in its workers’ compensation liability due to fluctuations in interest rates, the U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of approximately $200 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016).  Controllable income for the quarter was $522 million compared to $1.3 billion for the same period last year, a decrease of $735 million. Operating revenue decreased by $155 million, and was significantly impacted by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge. If the exigent surcharge had remained in place, the Postal Service would have generated approximately $570 million in additional revenue during the quarter.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 10 – ’17 – USPS warns defection of three key customers could hurt package business

The U.S. Postal Service warned today that the multi-year growth of its shipping and package operations could be jeopardized if the three customers responsible for most of the business continue to expand their shipping capabilities and divert business from USPS.

USPS, which made the comments in a quarterly government filing that included its fiscal first-quarter results, did not identify the customers. However, they are believed to be Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc., Memphis-based FedEx Corp., and Atlanta-based UPS Inc.

The three are big users of a USPS service known as “Parcel Select,” where companies induct packages deep into the postal system for last-mile deliveries to residences. In its 2016 fiscal year, about 2.5 billion packages moved under Parcel Select, according to consultancy SJ Consulting. Amazon, the largest user, tendered about 1 billion packages; FedEx, through its “SmartPost” product, proffers about 600 million; and UPS, through a similar product called “SurePost,” moves about 275 million, based on SJ data. The balance came from an amalgam of customers, notably “parcel consolidators” that aggregate packages from multiple shippers for tender to USPS.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 9, ’17 – NALC’s Shocking Reversal on Centralized and Curbside Delivery

For many years the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has been vehemently opposed to U.S. Postal Service efforts to convert letter carrier walking routes to curbside or centralized delivery for homes and businesses.

Shockingly, Rolando (and the other three postal unions) have stated their support for the bill. In testimony before a House subcommittee hearing on reforming the Postal Service, Rolando treated the conversion as a mere footnote:

“With regard to the proposed policy of providing all new addresses with curbline or centralized delivery, we’d suggest giving the Postal Service the flexibility to make sensible exceptions to the policy if it is more efficient or financially beneficial to do so. Again a modest tweak in the language in Section 202 could accomplish this.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 8, 17 – There May Finally Be a Breakthrough in the Long Fight for Postal Reform

The four major unions representing U.S. Postal Service employees have all thrown their support behind a renewed effort to overhaul the agency, providing what supporters are calling a “watershed event” in the drawn-out battle for reform.  Unlike previous attempts at postal reform, the National Association of Letter Carriers, the American Postal Workers Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union all threw their support behind the bill.

February 7, ’17 – Rolando testifies about postal legislation before House committee

On Feb. 7, NALC President Fredric Rolando testified before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing titled, “Accomplishing Postal Reform in the 115th Congress.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 5, ’17 – House Oversight Committee to hold hearing on postal “reform” Tuesday

The House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, February 7 at 10AM ET to consider the latest postal “reform” bill.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 2, ’17 – Amazon Increasingly Wants to Be Its Own Deliveryman

Amazon isn’t content just being the “everything store.” Increasingly, it looks like it wants to be its own deliveryman, too.  Its Monday announcement of a new air cargo hub in Kentucky is merely Amazon’s latest foray into building out its own shipping and logistics unit. If successful, the move could ultimately mean lower costs for Amazon — and possibly faster delivery and low prices for consumers. But it could also pit Amazon against package deliverers like FedEx and UPS.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 2, ’17 – Federal workers turn to encryption to thwart Trump

Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 2, ’17 -Mailing Industry Offers Support for Postal Reform Act of 2017

The Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service (C21) expressed its support for HR 756, the Postal Reform Act of 2017, introduced by a bipartisan group of Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, including its leaders.  The Postal Service is in deep financial trouble, and this bill would constructively address, among other things, retiree health obligations that account for many $ billions in postal red ink.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 2, ’17 – NARFE Urges Opposition to House Postal Reform Bill

National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) urged members of Congress to oppose the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, H.R. 756, which was introduced yesterday by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, along with the co-sponsorship of Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, D-MD, and Reps. Mark Meadows, R-NC, Dennis A. Ross, R-FL, Gerald E. Connolly, D-VA, and Stephen F. Lynch, D-MA.

NARFE President Richard G. Thissen issued the following statement:

“There are simple solutions to the financial problems facing the U.S. Postal Service, such as eliminating the prefunding requirement outright, but this bill takes a more complicated route – forcing current postal retirees and survivors who are satisfied with their current health insurance coverage to pay an additional $134 per month, or more, through Medicare to keep it.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

February 2, ’17 – OMB exempts USPS from Trump hiring freeze

A week after the Trump hiring freeze was announced, the Office of Management and Budget has gotten around to “clarifying” it. Among the clarifications- hiring by the US Postal Service is not included in the freeze.

January 31, ’17 – Bi-partisan postal reform bill introduced in the House

Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders introduced H.R. 756, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017. The bill addresses unfunded liabilities of the United States Postal Service (USPS), makes reforms to keep mailing costs affordable for consumers, and encourages innovation, all without additional borrowing capacity from the U.S. taxpayer.  This is the same bill that was pushed forward in the last congress that requires mandatory conversion to clusterboxes, cuts to health benefits, and retirement.  In its present form it is unacceptable to NALC. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 31, ’17 – Does the Trump order on regulations affect the USPS? Who knows!

More confusion from Trump: One of his executive orders says that agencies must eliminate two regulations for every new regulation they propose. As with Trump’s hiring freeze, the order is vague, yet apparently all-encompassing. Does it apply to the USPS?

What agencies are covered by this new policy? According to its text, Trump’s order applies to any “executive department or agency,” so it would not touch the legislative branch — which runs the Government Accountability Office, Library of Congress, and more — or the judiciary. The order also explicitly exempts regulations dealing with “military, national security, or foreign affairs” and regulations affecting agencies’ “organization, management, or personnel.”

But what about the executive branch’s “independent establishments” (ie., U.S. Postal Service), government corporations (e.g., Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), and various oddball entities such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is funded by the Federal Reserve? Those fall under the executive branch, and some of them do significant rulemaking, but they aren’t normally considered departments or agencies. The executive order fails to reference legal definitions for “executive department” and “executive agency,” which may open a legal can of worms, should one of these atypical bureaucracies balk at compliance.    To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 27, ’17 – Trump calls for “dramatic” cuts to feds’ retirement, health benefits

Donald Trump this week threw his support behind dramatic changes to federal employees’ retirement and health benefits, calling the current system “unsustainable.  ”Feds’ benefits are overly generous and antiquated, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement when announcing the government wide hiring freeze. The administration’s criticism of federal employees’ compensation package comes after Republicans in Congress have highlighted the issue as a top priority for legislative reform in the 115th Congress.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 27, ’17 – Share of U.S. Workers in Unions Falls to Lowest Level on Record

Note: It is not a coincidence that the decline in union membership goes hand in hand with the shrinkage of the middle class.

The share of American workers in unions fell to the lowest level on record in 2016, showing a return to the downward trend for organized labor after membership figures had stabilized in recent years.  The total number of union members fell for both private- and public-sector workers last year, the first overall decline in four years, the Labor Department said Thursday. New policies from the Trump administration threaten to put more downward pressure on organized labor’s last stronghold, government employees, but might help stem membership losses among manufacturing and construction workers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 26, ’17 – Chaffetz: Postal reform bill needed to reform ‘unsustainable’ trajectory

After years of pressuring from the Postal Service and a series of stalled bipartisan bills, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has made postal reform a top priority for this Congress.  Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the committee’s chairman, told lawmakers Tuesday at a goal-setting organizational meeting that last year’s efforts served as a “good starting point” for getting a postal reform bill on President Donald Trump’s desk within the next two years.

“They’re on a financial trajectory that is unsustainable and we need to engage in bipartisan postal reform,” Chaffetz said.  Despite an increase in revenue this year, the Postal Service posted a $5.6 billion loss for fiscal 2016. Since 2006, USPS has been required by Congress to pre-fund retiree health benefits. In FY 2016, that meant a $5.8 billion payment that dwarfed its controllable income of $610 million. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 25, ’17 – NALC tells members Trump freeze shouldn’t affect CCA conversions

The National Association of Letter Carriers told members yesterday that it was in discussions with postal management over what effect, if any, the hiring freeze ordered by Donald Trump would have on letter carriers.  In a message sent via the NALC member smartphone app, the union said that while the parties were still unsure of the possible impacts, the NALC is confident that the order would not prevent contractually required CCA conversions, based on a line in the order stating that it does not abrogate any existing collective bargaining agreements in effect on January 22.

The USPS and its unions have yet to make any public statements on the freeze.

January 24, ’17 – Update: No exception for USPS in Trump hiring freeze order

NBC News has posted a copy of the Trump hiring freeze executive order. The order, as reported earlier, excludes only military personnel. The order is to apply “across the board in the executive branch”. The US Postal Service, by law, is defined as an “independent establishment of the executive branch of the Government of the United States”. (As we’ve noted before, the word “independent” simply means that the USPS is not part of a cabinet department).  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 24, ’17 – Text of Presidential Memorandum Regarding the Hiring Freeze

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT:                    Hiring Freeze

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order a freeze on the hiring of Federal civilian employees to be applied across the board in the executive branch.

As part of this freeze, no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017, may be filled and no new positions may be created, except in limited circumstances. This order does not include or apply to military personnel. The head of any executive department or agency may exempt from the hiring freeze any positions that it deems necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities. In addition, the Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) may grant exemptions from this freeze where those exemptions are otherwise necessary.

Within 90 days of the date of this memorandum, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Director of OPM, shall recommend a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce through attrition. This order shall expire upon implementation of the OMB plan.

Contracting outside the Government to circumvent the intent of this memorandum shall not be permitted.

This hiring freeze applies to all executive departments and agencies regardless of the sources of their operational and programmatic funding, excepting military personnel.

In carrying out this memorandum, I ask that you seek efficient use of existing personnel and funds to improve public services and the delivery of these services. Accordingly, this memorandum does not prohibit making reallocations to meet the highest priority needs and to ensure that essential services are not interrupted and national security is not affected.

This memorandum does not limit the nomination and appointment of officials to positions requiring Presidential appointment or Senate confirmation, the appointment of officials to non-career positions in the Senior Executive Service or to Schedule C positions in the Excepted Service, or the appointment of any other officials who serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Moreover, it does not limit the hiring of personnel where such a limit would conflict with applicable law. This memorandum does not revoke any appointment to Federal service made prior to January 22, 2017.

This memorandum does not abrogate any collective bargaining agreement in effect on the date of this memorandum.

DONALD J. TRUMP

January 23, ’17 – Trump freezes hiring of all federal employees “except the military”.

We haven’t seen the text of this executive order yet, or any assessment of its affect, if any, on the USPS.  Trump instituted a governmentwide hiring freeze Monday, signing an executive order that he said would affect all employees “except for the military.” Trump had pledged to halt government hiring as part of his campaign’s “Contract with the American Voter,” which he framed as part of a larger effort to “clean up corruption and special interest in Washington D.C.” That campaign plan, however, also included exemptions for public safety and public health.

January 21, ’17 – APWU members were among the millions who participated in the Women’s March

On January 21, APWU members were among the millions across the country who participated in the Women’s March. Check out the photos!

January 18, ’17 – Why I won’t ask for a Presidential Pardon

by Doug Hughes, the Letter Carrier who landed a Gyrocopter on Capital Lawn

In April, 2015, I landed an ultralight 1-man gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol Building. I was carrying 535 letters, one for every member of Congress, demanding an end to the legal, institutional corruption of our government. In April, 2016 I was sentenced to 120 days in federal prison for that act of Civil Disobedience in which no one was injured and there was not a dime of property damage.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 18, ’17 – Outgoing OPM chief hits incoming GOP policies on hiring and firing feds

Beth Cobert was named acting director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) soon after news broke about the cybertheft of personal information belonging to 22 million federal employees, contractors, applicants and their families.  She leaves office this week as the federal workforce faces other potential afflictions — incoming Trump administration policies and increasingly aggressive Republican efforts to plunder workplace protections.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 17, ’17 -Hamilton, Ohio mailman ready to hang it up after nearly 50 years

Ken Lipphardt opened the door to the inside of the post office in downtown Hamilton on Wednesday afternoon, and from there he shared stories from dog bites and to a foul-mouthed kid that permeated his nearly five decades of serving as a mailman.  Lipphardt and his wife Debby, both 68, were all smiles as they walked inside of the post office to his Route 61 case where his route started each day.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 15, ’17 – Suspended Pittsburgh postmaster found guilty of obstructing law, other charges

Allegheny County(PA) jurors found a suspended Pittsburgh postmaster guilty Friday after almost two days of deliberations on obstructing law and some other charges stemming from allegations he threatened subordinates who saw him opening packages suspected of containing drugs.  Daniel Davis, 51, of Canonsburg, was also found guilty on three counts of intimidating witnesses and one each of criminal coercion and official oppression. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 14, ’17 – Maryland retiree discovers bottle bomb in mailbox

Anne Arundel County(MD)  firefighters detonated a bottle bomb last week after a Severna Park homeowner discovered it in his mailbox.  Dave Stob, a semi-retired contractor, said he noticed there was tape on his mailbox when he went to check for the mail on the morning of Jan. 4.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 13, ’17 – Trial closes for Pittsburgh postmaster

A suspended Pittsburgh postmaster accused of threatening subordinates who saw him open packages containing drugs “depended on his ruthlessness not to protect the mail, not to protect the public, but to protect himself,” an Allegheny County prosecutor Thursday.  Assistant District Attorney Brian Catanzarite said during his closing argument Daniel Davis made the threats between August 2014 and January 2015 to avoid consequences for opening packages he suspected of containing narcotics, even though he didn’t have the authority to examine the parcels.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 12, ’17 – Obamacare repeal could affect health care coverage for postal workers

Donald Trump’s demand that the Republican Congress immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, could have serious implications for postal workers.  Most at risk would be non-career employees not eligible for the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Some of those employees have received coverage under a USPS sponsored plan that was set up in order to comply with the ACA.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 11, ’17 – The FSS: A Hopeless Case

Buried in two recent U.S. Postal Service reports are data and statements persuading me that the USPS’s Flats Sequencing System will never end up saving money, much less recoup its $1.3-billion investment.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 10, ’17 – USPS quietly raises price of “forever” stamps

Linn’s Stamp News correspondent Bill McAllister reports that the US Postal Service isn’t exactly going out of its way to remind retail customers that it’s increasing the price of “forever” stamps:   The 49¢ first-class stamp returns to the nation’s post offices Jan. 22.  So do a number of other price changes that are well-known to the mailing industry, but perhaps unknown to the general public.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 10, ’17 – Beware: Chaffetz committee plans broad agenda affecting federal workers

Feds should watch out.  With Capitol Hill Republicans empowered and emboldened by the coming presidency of Donald Trump, federal employees should get ready for a range of potentially significant changes being prepared in the House.  That even could include good news for some, but many others better beware.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 8, ’17 – California Rep Re-Introduces Bipartisan Resolution to Protect Door Delivery of Mail

With the United States Postal Service already beginning to phase out of door delivery of mail, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) re-introduced her bipartisan H. Res. 28 stressing that door delivery must not end.  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) joined Davis as lead cosponsors of the resolution.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 6, ’17 – The GOP War With The Federal Workforce Will Hurt Black Workers The Most

President-elect Donald Trump and the new GOP Congress are gearing up for battle with federal employees and their unions. With control of both the legislative and executive branches, Republicans want to institute a hiring freeze in the federal government, bring a halt to standardized raises, and make it easier to get rid of underperformers ― all with the stated purpose of eliminating waste and bureaucracy. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 6, ’17 – GOP bill would eliminate union representation and other protections for new postal workers

A bill introduced by GOP congressman Todd Rokita of Indiana would eliminate civil service protections, including the right to union representation for all new federal employees, including new postal workers.

A key provision of Rokita’s “Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency (PAGE) Act” states:

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any employee in the civil service (as that term is defined in section 2101 of title 5, United States Code) hired on or after the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act shall be hired on an at-will basis. Such an employee may be removed or suspended, without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

January 5, ’17 – USPS to halt retail sales at Staples stores, APWU to drop boycott

The U.S. Postal Service will discontinue retail services at Staples stores by the first week in March, according to the labor organization that led the fight against the program.  The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said it was informed by the Postal Service that Staples will remove all postal signage at about 500 stores across the country. The union cast the decision as “a big win for the public as well as the 200,000 members of APWU and the union’s allies.” The union waged a national “Stop Staples” campaign and said it is immediately ending its boycott of the company.

January 4, ’17 – Trial for Pittsburgh Postmaster to begin

Jury selection in the trial of a Pittsburgh postmaster from Canonsburg who authorities said threatened coworkers who saw him opening packages containing drugs began Tuesday in Allegheny County Court.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December  30, ’16 – High Turnover Called a Drawback to Using Temp Workers

The Postal Service has increasingly turned to non-career employees–who cost the agency less because they do not receive full employee benefits and privileges–but the exceptionally high turnover of such employees partially offsets the hoped-for savings, according to an IG report.  The USPS currently has about 130,000 non-career employees to supplement its regular workforce in mail handling, processing and delivery but there is an annual turnover rate of 42.7 percent, well above even the relatively high 34.8 percent turnover that USPS had budgeted for, the report said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 30, ’16 – If you have employer health insurance, an Obamacare repeal will affect you too

One of the first things Tracy Trovato did — once she overcame the shock of learning her 42-year-old, marathon-training husband had leukemia — was look through their health insurance documents.  She dug up one paper that said the plan would pay no more than $1 million for medical services in a lifetime. The Chicago woman and her husband, Carlo, called their insurance company in a panic.  “Our first question was, ‘Can we take care of leukemia in a million dollars?'” Tracy Trovato said. The woman on the other end of the line reassured them, telling them, “The president took care of that, we don’t have maximum caps anymore,” Trovato recalled.  “Those were among the sweetest words,” said Trovato, whose insurance is through her husband’s employer.  Now, however, that ban on lifetime limits, along with other health insurance protections, has been thrown into question with the election of Donald Trump, who’s promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 28, ’16 – For 46 years, retiring Marysville postman delivered more than mail

The thermometer read 4 degrees and the wind whipped so strongly that the riggings of even a half-staff flag slapped against the metal pole in front of the old brick post office. Yet the only extra nod John Burson gave to the nasty weather before heading outside to walk some 14 miles was to replace his red and green “Merry Christmas” baseball cap with a stocking hat.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 26, ’16 – Pollster says fewer Americans used the Postal Service this holiday season, but his own numbers say otherwise

Rasmussen Reports, a conservative-leaning pollster, has released a survey which it says shows that “Americans say they didn’t use the U.S. Postal Service quite as much this holiday season”.

A look at the pollster’s own numbers, however, suggests otherwise. Here’s how the company described the results on its web site:

Americans say they didn’t use the U.S. Postal Service quite as much this holiday season, but they give the federal agency slightly higher marks for its job performance than they have in the past.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 17% of American Adults say they used the USPS more this holiday season than they have in previous years, down from 21% last year.  Slightly more (19%) used the USPS less, while most (62%) say their use of the Postal Service was about the same as in past years. (To see survey question wording, click here.)  So under a headline that says “Fewer Americans Use The Postal Service This Holiday Season”, is the statement that a majority of Americans [62%] used the USPS about the same as last year, while another 17% used the USPS more than they did the year before! So an overwhelming majority, 79%, used the USPS in 2016 as much or more than they did the year before.

Welcome to post-truth America.

December 23, ’16 – Obama Administration Makes Long-Desired Change to Postal Service Pensions

The U.S. Postal Service could finally have its payments into the federal employee pension account calculated using assumptions from its workforce specifically, rather than the federal workforce as a whole, which has long been a sticking point at the mailing agency.  USPS leadership has for years argued its payments into the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Civil Service Retirement System have been too pricey due to the difference between the demographics of its employees and the rest of government. Salary growth and workforce characteristics of the Postal Service differ significantly from those of other federal organizations—postal workers generally remain in a similar pay grade throughout their careers while non-postal feds generally see their salaries increase significantly; and postal workers generally die younger than the rest of the federal workforce.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 22, ’16 – Mark Dimondstein: New direction for USPS in new administration?

Both the U.S. Postal Service and its labor unions have been pleading with Congress for several years, hoping for a reform bill that would help return USPS to financial health. It hasn’t happened yet, but the start of a new Congress in January brings another chance for lawmakers to try. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union, which represents about 200-thousand postal employees. We recorded a wide-ranging interview earlier this week about the union’s priorities on Federal Drive with Tom TeminTo read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 21, ’16 – Right wing Wisconsin talk show host targets postal workers for supporting Clinton

Something we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of now that Donald Trump has been “elected” president- a pro-Trump radio station is targeting several postal workers for exercising their rights as American citizens.  Jerry Bader, a right wing radio talk show host in Sheboygan Wisconsin, posted this on his web site, in classic Trump “fake news” fashion:

Media Trackers has learned that an investigation is underway into U.S. Postal Service employees at two central Wisconsin post offices who were given leaves of absence to campaign for Democratic candidates Russ Feingold for Senate and Hillary Clinton for president.  A source has told Media Trackers an employee in the Marshfield Post Office and two in the Wisconsin Rapids office were, with virtually no advance notice, given leaves of absence to campaign for Feingold and Clinton and were compensated for their efforts by the Wisconsin Association of Letter Carriers, the union representing postal workers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

It should be noted that the NALC obtained releases for scores of letter carriers around the country to campaign for Pro-Letter Carrier candidates.  All these activities are within their Constitutional rights and their rights as spelled out in the Hatch Act.  They were compensated by the NALC solely from funds contributed voluntarily to the Letter Carrier Political Fund. 

December 21, ’16 – The President Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton as PRC Commissioners

President Obama reappointed Robert G. Taub and Mark Acton as Commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) for new terms that expire October 14, 2022. Both Commissioners were confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 2016. The President also designated Taub as Chairman of the Commission; he has led the Commission as Acting Chairman since December 4, 2014. Following a unanimous vote of the Commissioners at its public meeting earlier this month, Commissioner Acton will be designated as Vice Chairman for calendar year 2017. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 20, ’16 – Florida man attacks letter carrier for not getting him his package fast enough

An Orlando man has been charged following an altercation with a United States Postal Service worker, all because she didn’t get him his package fast enough, according to police. Edward Rice, 57, is out of jail on bond.  Orlando police officers arrested him late Monday morning at the Carter Glen townhome community. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 19, ’16 – The Postal Service plans to end COD home delivery

The Postal Service is planning to end COD mail to home addresses.  Under current policy, COD — officially “Collect on Delivery,” aka “cash on delivery” — can be delivered by the carrier to an address (COD per se) or it can be picked up by the customer at the post office, which is officially “Hold For Pick Up” (HFPU).  The home delivery option may soon be eliminated, and all COD mail will be for pick up only.  The restructured service will be named “Collect on Delivery Hold for Pickup” (presumably CODHFPU for short).  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 16, ’16 – USPS, Mail Handlers Union reach tentative contract agreement

On December 16, 2016, the NPMHU and the Postal Service announced that they had reached a tentative agreement to establish the terms of their 2016 National Agreement. The agreement is subject to ratification by a majority vote of the Union’s membership. The balloting process will begin no later than early January, with a 30-day period for return of ballots.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 16, ’16 – Man wearing postal uniform fatally shot during drive by on East 55th Street

One man is dead and another injured after a drive by shooting at a stoplight on Cleveland’s Eastside.   Police say a small blue vehicle pulled along the side of two men at the intersection of East 55th Street and Bessemer Avenue and opened fire, fatally hitting the driver in the head and chest. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 14, ’16 – Connecticut Bulk Mailer Admits Defrauding USPS of Nearly $750K

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge for the Boston Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, today announced that ROBERT KUSS, 54, of Cheshire, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty yesterday in Hartford federal court one count of mail fraud stemming from his role in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Postal Service of nearly $750,000.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 14, ’16 – Christmas Saved: USPS Carrier Pulls Packages From Burning Mail Truck

No one was injured after a USPS truck in Wake Forest caught fire while making deliveries Tuesday morning.   The mail carrier pulled over her truck at Heritage Lake Road and Heritage Heights Lane when she realized the truck was smoking. A resident on a jog in the neighborhood says he spoke to the mail carrier after the fire was out.  Rob Harper says, “She said it started in the center of the truck. She noticed it and tried to blow it out and she said unfortunately, you know the oxygen she feels made the fire spread and that’s when she pulled over to Heritage Heights just to be able to jump out of the truck and then pull the packages out.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 13, ’16 – UPS, FedEx Struggle to Keep Up With Surge in Holiday Orders

United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. are straining to keep up with holiday shipping volumes that have blown past expectations, delaying the delivery of some of the millions of online orders shoppers have placed since Thanksgiving.  UPS has relocated hundreds of staff from its headquarters and other corporate offices to help at shipping hubs struggling to handle record demand, according to people familiar with the situation. Already in advance of the busy holiday season, both UPS and FedEx had extended delivery windows on some routes, suspended delivery guarantees and refunds for certain weeks and stopped promising to deliver express packages by a certain time in some cases.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 11, ’16 – USPS prepares for record breaking holiday season

With 23 years under his belt at the U.S. Postal Service, Ray Hulse knows the drill when it comes to the serious business that is the holiday season.  “We’re dedicated here,” he said during a recent media tour of the bustling mega-warehouse that is the Salt Lake City Priority Mail Center. “We lose a lot of family time this time of year so we can get people their packages.”  Hulse, a clerk at the warehouse, is readying himself for what is expected to be a record-breaking Christmas season in Utah for mailed packages.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 8, ’16 – Postal worker must repay $430,000 for fraud

A former U.S. Postal Service worker from Delmar(NY) who fraudulently collected nearly $430,000 in disability benefits while telling “tall tales” about her 1987 back injury was sentenced to a year and 10 months in federal prison Wednesday.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 4, ’16 – No charges for Vermont driver who hit carrier working out of back of mail truck

It was a brush with death for a South Burlington postal worker. So why won’t the driver who hit him face charges? In Vermont, being distracted by something other than an electronic device like your cellphone is not illegal, even if you hit someone.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

December 1, ’16 – Federal employee groups encourage elimination of Postal Service pre-funding requirement

The very thing designed to keep postal workers and retirees healthy is killing the Postal Service financially. The most recent plan to save it involves taking a page out of the private sector’s book: required enrollment in Medicare.  “The plan is not to pull out of [the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program], but to sort of segment FEHBP. It would be essentially a postal FEHBP,” Jim Sauber, chief of staff of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said during Federal News Radio’s U.S. Postal Service and Its Future month.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

November 10, ’16 – Message from APWU President Dimondstein on election results

The Presidential election is over and Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States. Throughout the primaries and general election there was a revolt against the “establishment” and politics as usual. People clearly wanted a change.  As a union whose members cover the entire political spectrum, we always believe that your vote is a personal decision. We commend all of those who got involved and engaged in the political process.  The recommendations of the Executive Board to support Senator Bernie Sanders in the primary and Secretary Hillary Clinton in the general election were based on which candidates were the most supportive of issues directly affecting postal workers.  We believe that the issues of defense and expansion of the public Postal Service is non-partisan.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

November 10, ’16 – NALC President Rolando’s statement on 2016 election results

Here is a statement by Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, about the results of the 2016 general election for president and for members of Congress:  Although yesterday’s election did not turn out as we had hoped, the American people have spoken.  Our endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and of so many other candidates who came up short at the polls, was always about their positions on workplace issues of importance to letter carriers and about their support for a vibrant U.S. Postal Service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

November 7, ’16 – Post office delays prevent some out-of-state Ohioans from voting

Sarah Cheshire, a 24-year-old graduate student who’s registered to vote in Lorain County, had hoped to vote in this year’s election.  From Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she attends graduate school, Cheshire mailed her early-vote application around Oct. 21. The Lorain County Board of Elections acknowledged receiving application on Oct. 24, and dropped Cheshire’s ballot in the mail the next day.  By Nov. 3, Cheshire still hadn’t heard back, so she emailed the elections board. An official responded that due to “extreme volume,” the U.S. Postal Service had experienced delays, meaning local mailings could take up to a week, and out-of-state mailings up to two weeks.  As of Monday, Cheshire still hadn’t received her ballot. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

November 4, ’16 – Accident leads to mail truck flipping into creek in Ohio

A mail truck ended up nose down in a creek on Thursday evening.  Fuel was sliding along the water as crews scrambled to get everything under control. It was a wild scene along Sinclair Avenue and it was something that could have been avoided.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

November 1, ’16 – KKK’s official newspaper supports Donald Trump for president

Among the small number of American newspapers that have embraced Donald Trump’s campaign, there is one, in particular, that stands out.  It is called the Crusader — and it is one of the most prominent newspapers of the Ku Klux Klan.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

October 30, ’16 – Video: Hundreds of Ohio absentee ballots missing in the mail

Hundreds of absentee ballots are missing from several counties in Northwest Ohio. Now an investigation is underway to figure out what happened. Those ballots were requested by voters and sent out by county boards of elections in early October.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

October 30, ’16 – NALC decries Donald Trump’s comments at Colorado rally about purposely discarded ballots

Lakewood(CO)- The head of the union representing postal carriers, accompanied by an energized Gov. John Hickenlooper, on Monday denounced remarks made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump over the weekend that raised questions about the integrity of Colorado’s mail-ballot election.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

October 27, ’16 – “Underbanked” Report Shows Need For Postal Banking

Millions of Americans can’t get bank accounts, so they can’t even cash a check. Many millions more might have an account but can’t get even a small loan. The numbers (below) are just outrageous.  These millions are forced to turn to predators like the payday loan and check cashing industry. Even those who can get full-service accounts are scammed by the likes of Wells Fargo.  Meanwhile We the people are prevented by our captured-by-Wall-Street Congress from setting up the obvious solution that would solve so many problems: Postal BankingTo read the full story CLICK HERE.

October 25, ’16 – Trump’s hiring freeze could leave 15,000 letter carrier jobs unfilled each year.

On Saturday October 22, Donald Trump gave a speech in Gettysburg PA that was billed as a “revolutionary ‘Contract with the American Voter’”.       On its Facebook page, the National Association of Letter Carriers points out that “The second item in Donald Trump’s 100-day “Contract with the American Voter” could leave more than 15,000 letter carrier jobs vacant each year and prevent city carrier assistants (CCAs) from being converted to full-time career employees.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 2, ’16 – 5 myths about labor unions

The first Labor Day celebration took place 134 years ago in New York City, at a time when organizing a union was not yet a protected right. At the time, labor unions were often viewed as criminal conspiracies, and a few years later, with the passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act, they were treated as anti-competitive trusts. It took years for labor to debunk these myths — indeed, some still think of labor unions in these terms — so this Labor Day it is worthwhile to look at a few misconceptions that currently surround labor.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 19, ’16 – NALC National Convention Highlights – Friday

Uptown Funk

 

FRIDAY CONVENTION CHRONICLE

https://www.nalc.org/union-administration/body/Chronicle-Friday-1.pdf

FRIDAY CONVENTION VIDEOS (YouTube)

Rep. Maxin Waters (D-CA)

America’s Letter Carriers: Delivering RECOVERY

FRIDAY CONVENTION PHOTOS (Flickr)

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August 18, ’16 – NALC National Convention Highlights – Thursday

THURSDAY CONVENTION CHRONICLE

https://www.nalc.org/union-administration/body/Chronicle-Thursday.pdf

THURSDAY CONVENTION VIDEOS (YouTube)

Pastor Diego Mesa, Abundant Living Family Church, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

United Mine Workers President, Cecil Roberts

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)

UFCW’s Chrystine Neff

America’s Letter Carriers: Delivering COMPASSION

THURSDAY CONVENTION PHOTOS (Flickr)

Thursday Morning Workshop Photos

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Thursday General Session Photos

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Thursday Afternoon Workshops Photos

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August 17, ’16 – NALC National Convention Highlights – Wednesday

WEDNESDAY CONVENTION CHRONICLE

https://www.nalc.org/union-administration/body/Chronicle-Wednesday.pdf

WEDNESDAY CONVENTION VIDEOS (YouTube)

Rabbi Jonathon Klein, Los Angeles’ Clergy and Laity United

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Maria Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE

Sarah Moe Meyers, Hallmark

Jason Nelson, Allentown, PA Branch 274

America’s Letter Carriers: Delivering INNOVATION

WEDNESDAY CONVENTION PHOTOS (Flickr)

Wednesday Morning Workshop Photos

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Wednesday General Session Photos

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August 16, ’16 – NALC National Convention Highlights – Tuesday

TUESDAY CONVENTION CHRONICLE

https://www.nalc.org/union-administration/body/Chronicle-Tuesday.pdf

TUESDAY CONVENTION VIDEOS (YouTube)

Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH)

Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA)

Prof. Mehrsa Baradaran Author of How the Other Half Banks

America’s Letter Carriers: Delivering COURAGE

TUESDAY CONVENTION PHOTOS (Flickr)

Tuesday Morning Workshop Photos

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Tuesday General Session Photos

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Tuesday Afternoon Workshop Photos

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Remembering President Emeritus James Rademacher

Address by APWU President Mark Dimondstein

America’s Letter Carriers: Delivering EVERYWHERE

MONDAY CONVENTION PHOTOS (Flickr)

Sunday Registration Photos

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Monday General Session Photos

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Monday Workshop Photos

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