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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.

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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 27, ’16 – Get ready for a new USPS mail truck, maybe from a company you don’t know

The USPS has been looking for an updated version, potentially electric, of its longstanding mail delivery trucks – the Grumman LLV – for years now. The current quest (started in January 2015) is for something called the “Next Generation Delivery Vehicle” (NGDV), and things are finally moving on that front. The USPS has announced the six “prime suppliers” that have been awarded contracts worth a total of $37.4 million and will, “produce 50 prototype vehicles as part of the next phase of the NGDV acquisition process.” The finalists include AM General, Oshkosh, Utilimaster, VT Hackney, Karsan, and Mahindra.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 20, ’16 – Mail fraud? GOP dupes small donors to fund Trump’s campaign

The Hill reports that the Republican Party has been using some shady, and apparently illegal direct mail techniques to dupe people into contributing to the Trump campaign.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 19, ’16 – USPS Has Achieved Just a Fraction of Its Projected Savings From Slowing Mail Delivery

The U.S. Postal Service is not realizing the savings it projected when it slowed mail delivery and closed facilities, according to a new audit, which also found the mailing agency was struggling to meet its new standards.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 16, ’16 – Wayne (OH) Post Office suspended, idled by poor building condition

Village residents have been without a local post office since August because of the extremely poor condition of the building in which it was housed, and some are saying the closure is starting to affect business. An attorney handling the estate that owns the building says progress is being made to restore the building to an acceptable condition.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 15, ’16 – How the Postal Service Regained Customers’ Trust After Throwing Packages

The Postal Service’s focus on customers is not new—Benjamin Franklin was its first postmaster general—but in today’s era of retail behemoths like Amazon and Wal-Mart and delivery giants like FedEx and UPS, improved customer service has helped keep the Postal Service competitive. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 13, ’16 – OIG Wants to Know: Are the Mobile Delivery Devices Working as Intended?

The USPS Office of Inspector General is seeking input on the performance of the MDD scanners for an audit report:

The Mobile Delivery Device (MDD) is the latest handheld device to be used by Postal Service carriers to track package activities in real time. The MDDs access a wireless network for real-time tracking, thereby creating package visibility that is essential for the Postal Service to maintain and grow its package business.
We are conducting an audit to determine whether the MDD program is meeting the intended return on investment as indicated by its Decision Analysis Report criteria. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 12, ’16 – Online Shopping: Great For Rural People, Less Great For Delivery Services

More than a century ago, the Sears Roebuck catalog arrived in the mailboxes of rural Americans and changed their lives. It didn’t just make fine toilet paper: shoppers could order everything from clothing to guns to entire houses and have it delivered to their homes. Now online shopping has opened the world up even more to rural people, letting them buy food cheaper than local supermarkets and clothing that the Walmart a half-hour drive away doesn’t carry.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 9, ’16 – Was UPS behind that “huge security gap” story?

On Tuesday we linked to a story from WTOP Washington about a supposed “Huge security gap” that results from a lack of security checks on packages entering the country via the postal service.  What the article didn’t talk about was who exactly was behind the organization, which calls itself “Americans for Securing All Packages” (ASAP). In an article published earlier today, CNBC’s Eamon Javer fills in some of the gaps.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 8, ’16 – Postal gyrocopter pilot released from prison

Doug Hughes, the former mailman who landed his gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol last year to protest government corruption, returned home on Wednesday, his 62nd birthday, after serving three months of a four-month prison sentence at Federal Detention Center Miami. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 7, ’16 – ‘Huge security gap’ lets dangerous packages enter US through postal system

Every day, about a million packages are shipped into the U.S.  through the U.S. Postal Service from China, Russia, India and other countries. Many packages are not checked for dangerous and illegal contents, posing what the co-leader of a new national security project calls a “huge security gap.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

September 4, ’16 – Moving mail by rail made for fond memories

Noel Beaudette flashes back fondly to his first shift on what he insists was his best job ever — sorting the mail on trains zipping across Minnesota as a U.S. postal clerk in the 1960s.  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.

September 1, ’16 – At Least 3 USPS Workers in Maryland Arrested for Either Stealing or Trashing Mail

Federal agents have arrested at least three U.S. Postal Service employees in Maryland in recent weeks, accused of either stealing or trashing mail, according to a review of court filings by the News4.  Each faces a federal criminal charge and is under investigation by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 31, ’16 – Will Amazon kill FedEx?

Last fall, when he was running for mayor of Wilmington, Ohio, John Stanforth heard a rumor.  A big company was testing an airfreight operation at the local airport, Wilmington Air Park.  Whoever it was wanted to keep the project quiet.  People who frequented the airport said the company was wrapping its packages in black plastic to obscure any lettering and referred to its experiment as Project Amelia.  He wasn’t sure which company it was though some people were whispering it was Amazon.com.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 26, ’16 – Sometimes, the postman rings not even once

THE STAFF at Apartment & Townhouse Rentals knew there was something wrong last fall when the rental checks did not arrive, rental agent Tony Lombardo says.  Small squirts of mail came in, he says, but not the usual river that flows through at the start of each month when rent is due.  He called the U.S. Postal Service and was told, “Oh, no, there’s nothing wrong.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 24, ’16 – Mail carrier, convicted of drunk driving, headed for arbitration hearing

The future of an Iron Range mail carrier’s job could be decided next month after she was convicted of driving drunk while on the job.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 23, ’16 – The Postal Service test drives its new Service Performance Measurement system

Back in January 2015, the Postal Service proposed a major change in the way it measures on-time service performance for single-piece First Class Mail.  Instead of contracting out to a third-party as it had done for many years, the Postal Service wanted to take advantage of the increased use of barcoding and do the measuring itself.  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

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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

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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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August 8, ’16 – USPS provides a half billion dollar annual subsidy to magazine publishers

The Postal Regulatory Commission’s Annual Compliance Determination (ACD), issued this past spring, shows that the USPS is providing an annual subsidy of over $500 million to newspaper and magazine publishers. That’s how much the agency loses every year because periodical revenue doesn’t cover the cost of delivery. Since the 2006 PAEA act, publishers have received almost $5 billion in subsidies.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 8, ’16 – Postal Service Fights Back Against Rising Dog Attacks With New App

Online retailers like Amazon.com have made it possible to get books, high heels, laptops and groceries delivered to your doorstep after work and even on Sundays.  But carriers at the U.S. Postal Service pay a price for such convenience: they’re getting bitten by dogs.  Attacks on postal employees are on the rise — in 2015 alone, they jumped 14 percent to 6,549, officials said. Houston led the way with 77, followed by San Diego and Cleveland with 58 each.    To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 6, ’16 – Book Review: Be thankful you’ve got the U.S. mail

Over the dozen years I have been reviewing books here I cannot recall ever covering a book that I believed should be read by all well informed Americans. I have finally found such a book. In my opinion Winifred Gallagher’s “How the Post Office Created America — A History” should be required reading for all of us who care about how the United States came to be this great nation.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 4, ’16 – Former District – 14 Congressman LaTourette dead at 62.

Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) died Wednesday after a fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.  LaTourette was first elected in the 1994 Republican wave, and while he voted with conservatives on issues such as abortion and firearms, he took more moderate stands on labor, health and social services issues.  LaTourette was always a supporter of a strong Postal Service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 3, 16 – How employers broke unions by creating a culture of fear

Why are there no labor unions in America? This is, of course, an overstatement — millions of Americans still belong to unions. But the size of the unionized workforce has declined every year for 40 years. And even at its mid-20th-century peak, it was lower than in most European countries.

Many explanations for low union density turn on the distinctiveness of American culture. Americans are deemed individualists, with self-interest trumping any sense of the common good. They are driven wild with consumer longings, willing to do anything for low prices. They are entrepreneurial, identifying with their employers and always dreaming of upward mobility or striking it rich rather than claiming solidarity via working-class identity.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 2, ’16 – USPS Warning Over ‘Outburst’ Flouted Labor Law, NLRB Says

The U.S. Postal Service engaged in an unfair labor practice when it issued a written warning to a worker and union steward who berated a supervisor during a 2012 meeting over employee grievances, the National Labor Relations Board said Friday.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

August 2, ’16 – Video: Hidden Camera Catches Mailman’s Sweet Routine With A Misunderstood Dog

A postal worker in New Zealand has been caught on a hidden camera taking a break from his rounds to catch up with a very appreciative pup (and it’s downright adorable). To read the full story and see the video CLICK HERE.

August 1, ’16 – Bipartisan USPS reform legislation will strengthen agency

Bipartisan bills that address real national problems are rare these days.  Maybe it is not surprising that the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) produced a bipartisan postal reform bill in July, given that the self-supporting Postal Service is by far the most popular government agency – it had an 84 percent favorability rating in a recent Pew Research survey.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 30, ’16 – Yet another postal truck catches fire on Georgia highway

Officials are on the scene of a postal truck that was caught on fire on Saturday.  The incident happened on Manchester Expressway in Columbus, GA, across the street from the mall.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 30, 16 – Another postal vehicle catches fire

Another LLV fire- this time in Texas:  A postal vehicle caught fire Friday afternoon when mail carrier Juan Beltran noticed a popping sound coming from the engine.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 30, 16 – Thirteen postal workers hospitalized with heat related illness at Chicago’s River North PO

Ambulances rushed 13 employees at a River North post office to the hospital with heat-related illness Saturday morning, according to the Chicago Fire Department.  According to witnesses, temperatures inside the facility at Ohio and Dearborn were near 100 degrees and they said it has been that way since the middle of the week. Another 23 workers were treated on the scene.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 30, ’16 – Supplier says USPS should upgrade existing LLVs while it decides on replacement vehicle

Chad Wheeler wants U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus, R-Sewickley, to know a Somerset company is ready to continue keeping the U.S. Postal Service’s fleet of vehicles on the road.   Since the delay in replacing the LLVs  is costing more in engine and transmission repairs, Wheeler said the Postal Service might want to consider upgrading some of the existing LLVs to a more efficient drive train. Wheeler offers engines and transmissions that could extend the fleet’s life.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 27, ’16 – PRC strongly rejects USPS attempt to circumvent the CPI cap through rules changes

With the supporting intervention of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, the PRC properly rejected on July 20 the latest step in the multi-year USPS attempt to effectively increase customers’ postage costs above the CPI price cap.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 26, ’16 – Video: Miami letter carrier hospitalized after pitbull attack

A dog attacked a letter carrier Tuesday afternoon in Miami, a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman said.  The dog, believed to be a pitbull mix, attacked the female carrier in the 2100 block of Southwest 24th Terrace.  USPS spokeswoman Debra Fetterly said the employee was bitten on the arm or hand and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 25, ’16 – Clinton’s Vice Presidential Pick Has a Record of Supporting Federal Employees

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, has legislative and executive experience representing an important swing state with a large population of federal employees, service members, and veterans.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 23, ’16 – In warning about the heat, President Obama praises 8-year-old who left cold drinks for his letter carrier

Last week, an 8-year-old boy from Newport News, Va., was worried about his letter carrier out in the excessive heat. So the boy filled a cooler with water and Gatorade and left it outside his front door with a note wishing the letter carrier a good day.  The mailman’s gratitude was caught on the family’s security camera, as he praised God for the cold beverages.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 23, ’16 – Police chief: Postal inspector accused of hiring a prostitute asked for “professional courtesy” from arresting cop

The city’s police chief testified Friday that upon being pulled over, a federal postal inspector suspected of hiring a prostitute at a Sycamore(WI) spa showed officers his government credentials and asked for a “professional courtesy.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 21, ’16 – Wilkes-Barre PA CCA Charged With Destruction And Delay Of Mail

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that charges relating to the improper disposal of mailed items were filed against David T. Clocker on July 20. Clocker, age 34, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was charged with one count of misdemeanor destruction of mail in a Criminal Information filed today in U.S. District Court in Scranton.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 20, ’16 – GOP Platform Has Some Bad News for Government Employees

The Republican Party’s 2016 platform calls for a slew of reforms targeting the federal workforce, including cuts to pay and benefits.  The document, which the party finalized at the opening day of the Republican National Convention Monday, called federal employees overpaid and over-protected. The party said federal workers’ compensation was “wildly out of line with the private sector.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 19, ’16 – Trump’s VP Pick Supports Shrinking the Federal Workforce, Performance-Based Pay Raises

Pence has a long history of advocating for a smaller government, attempting at several turns to limit the roles and responsibilities of the public sector and to shrink the size of the federal workforce. Labor groups are likely to detest the selection, as Pence has battled with unions in his home state and fought to cut collective bargaining rights at the federal level.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 18, ’16 – Donald Trump’s running mate once peddled conspiracy theories about anthrax and Saddam Hussein

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s running mate stirred public concern after the 2001 anthrax letter attacks by asserting — without any scientific evidence — that the material had been “genetically modified” to make it more deadly.  The statement by then-Rep. Mike Pence, now governor of Indiana, suggested that a foreign source — likely Saddam Hussein’s Iraq — was responsible for the letter attacks, which killed five people, disrupted mail delivery and temporarily shut down congressional office buildings.  The FBI ultimately concluded that an Army anthrax scientist, Bruce E. Ivins, carried out the attacks. Ivins, based at Ft. Detrick, Md., committed suicide in July 2008 after his lawyers informed him that he would be indicted.  To read the full Story CLICK HERE.

July 17, ’16 – Heat Stress?

NALC would appreciate it if any heat injury would be brought to our attention by filling out the following form and sending it to the attention of Manny Peralta, NALC Director of Safety and Health: https://goo.gl/aonZxB

July 16, ’16 – Hit and run crash sends letter carrier to hospital

Baton Rouge(LA) – Police are looking for a driver after a hit and run crash involving a postal service vehicle Saturday morning.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 17, ’16 – NAPUS: Part-Time Postmasters to be assigned to Career Clerk Craft positions

The Postal Service has provided NAPUS  and the LEAGUE sample of letters that will be sent to Part-Time Postmasters that outline policy concerning termination of saved hourly pay and opportunity for Part-time Postmasters in RMPOs to be assigned to a Level 6 career clerk craft position in their office.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 16, ’16 – Ohio letter carrier indicted for worker’s compensation fraud

A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Nicole M. Gates of Wickliffe, with false statements and fraud to obtain federal employees’ compensation, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.  The indictment alleges that Gates, a mail carrier employed by the U.S. Postal Service, falsely represented her physical limitations in connection with her receipt of workers’ compensation benefits. n To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 16. ’16 – From e-commerce to drones, USPS looks for competitive edge

The U.S. Postal Service has always been known for its mail service, but in recent years it has grown in new ways to survive. First was its package service. More recently, it was integrating e-commerce and shipping.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 15, ’16 – Runaway mail truck crashes into tree in Spokane Valley

A runaway mail truck crashed into a yard in Spokane Valley Thursday afternoon.  Police told us the mail carrier was reaching out of her delivery truck on N. Elton and E. Upriver when she fell out of the truck. The truck kept driving down the road and crashed into a tree in a yard. There was no major damage to report and the mail carrier will be ok.   We were told the truck is still operational.

July 14, ’16 – Life Insurance open season set for September

The Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) will have an Open Season from Sept. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016, reports Legislative and Political Director Judy Beard. This is the first FEGLI Open Season since 2004.

Click here for additional information on the open season.

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July 14, ’16 – Former Maryland Letter Carrier Sentenced to Prison for Heroin Distribution Conspiracy

Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced former U.S. Postal Service employee Linwood R. Nelson, Jr., age 32, of Baltimore, today to 30 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for federal charges related to a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute heroin, and to diverting packages of drugs sent through the U.S. mail and delivering them to co-conspirators.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 14, ’16 – Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

In the November election, more than one out of five votes will be cast by mail. If it’s close, the election could be contested like Gore-Bush in 2000, and arcane postal matters, like USPS postmark policies and service standards, could take center stage in a bitter fight to the finish.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 13, ’16 – NALC statement on Congress’s latest postal “reform” proposal

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 12 advanced the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714), a bipartisan bill introduced by leaders of the committee.  The NALC issued a statement regarding the introduction of this legislation.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 13, ’16 – Illinois letter carrier hospitalized after multiple hornet stings

A west suburban Chicago mail carrier is recovering after she was stung 30 times by hornets on Tuesday.   The female postal worker was on her route at a home at 925 Dartmouth in Wheaton(IL) when the hornets attacked.  A supervisor at the scene tells WBBM that landscapers were working nearby and aggravated the nest.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 11, ’16 – Canada Post drops lockout threat while talks continue

On Sunday, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, MaryAnn Mihychuk, encouraged both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to continue their discussions beyond the lockout notice.  Accordingly the Corporation has withdrawn its 72-hour notice. As a result, there will not be a lockout, which will allow both parties to focus their efforts on serious negotiations.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 9, ’16 – U.S. Postal Service wants to deliver more groceries

The U.S. Postal Service wants to expand and extend its test of same-day grocery deliveries but isn’t ready yet to take the venture nationwide.  The agency asked the Postal Regulatory Commission on Friday to extend the two-year test for another year, to October 31, 2017, and for permission to enter new markets. The venture serves select ZIP codes in the New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Stamford (CT), and Las Vegas areas — mostly in partnership with Amazon’s “AmazonFresh” service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 8, ’16 – Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg gives APWU new contract

The APWU has a new arbitrated contract.  Arbitrator Stephen Goldberg announced the terms today.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 7, ’16 – NARFE to Congress: Retirees Should Not be Responsible for Fixing the Postal Service’s Finances

On June 15, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-UT; Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings, D-MD; and Reps. Mark Meadows, R-NC; Gerry Connolly, D-VA; and Stephen F. Lynch, D-MA, unveiled a bipartisan discussion draft of postal reform legislation.  Although it is a notable improvement over previous postal reform efforts, NARFE opposes the draft bill because it would force eligible postal retirees, their spouses and survivors to enroll in Medicare – or forfeit the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) coverage that they earned as a benefit of years of employment. For those not already enrolled, this would require an additional $121.80 per month (or more) in Medicare premiums. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 7, ’16 – Mail Carrier files OSHA complaint over USPS refusal to provide Mosquito repellent

The Texas Department of State Health services announced it will be having a statewide Zika workshop in McAllen(TX) on Wednesday. For people who work outside, concern about the mosquito-borne virus is especially high. Take mail carriers, for example. One mail carrier is fighting to make sure they’re provided with mosquito repellent.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 7, ’16 – Angel in a postal uniform

Vic Menard

Angel in a postal uniform

Last week as my spouse was watering her plants on our large, raised front porch, she tripped on the water hose and fell uncontrolled to the concrete. Fortunately, her injuries were limited to a badly bruised body, however, she laid on the porch for 10+ minutes in the afternoon heat unable to raise herself without help. Her uplifting angel was Ken Grigsby, our USPS letter carrier, who spotted her as he was delivering mail on our street. He raised her to a kneeling, then a standing position with his bodily strength and knowledgeable techniques. Without his help, I am uncertain how long she would have lain there in pain.  Thank you, Ken Grigsby, for your over and above assistance in a difficult situation, and kudos to all the other postal angels who cruise our neighborhoods on a daily basis, providing the best postal service in the world.

July 5, ’16 – There’s Inadvertence, and Then There’s Postal Inadvertence

Postal officials seem to have developed a new meaning for inadvertent, the subject of today’s Publishing Word of the Day.  Last month the U.S. Postal Service published a notice that it was expanding the service area for the Flats Sequencing System (FSS). But hours after Dead Tree Edition revealed that the obscure posting would inch up postal rates for publications and other flat mail, the USPS issued a statement entitled “Inadvertent Addition of New FSS Zones” that withdrew the change.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 4, ’16 – Man sentenced to life for murdering his wife at their Thornton(CO) home

A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for murdering his wife last year at their Thornton home.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 2, ’16 – Unions Push Democrats to Embrace Federal Employees’ Priorities in Party Platform

Federal employee groups are pushing for Democrats to protect agency missions and employees in the party’s quadrennial platform, and so far party leaders appear amenable to those issues.  The Democratic National Committee’s platform committee, made up of party leaders and individuals loyal to both Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has held several meetings over the last month and plans to ratify its final document in early July. The platform will serve as a guideline for the party’s policy agenda.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 2, ’16 – Union presents contract offer to Canada Post: no strike until at least July 6

From the Canadian Union of Postal Workers:  On Friday we presented CPC with our Global Offers for both the urban and RSMC collective agreements. As a result, we will not be servicing our 72-hour notice. Therefore, there will be no industrial action prior to July 6th.

You can find a complete summary on the CUPW website.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 2, ’16 – Draft Democratic platform supports postal banking, 6 day delivery, end to pre-funding

The draft platform of the Democratic Party for 2016 includes backing for postal banking, six day and door to door delivery, and restoring service standards to “appropriate levels”. Democrats also support eliminating the PAEA “pre-funding” requirement that has caused most of the postal service’s losses since 2007.  Read the full Democratic platform(pdf).  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

July 1, ’16 – Congress tries again: The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

The House is looking at another postal reform bill, but does it have a chance of becoming law?  A lot of money has been spent lobbying Congress for legislation to fix the USPS, with not much to show for it.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 30, ’16 – With Amazon in mind, Wal-Mart to offer free shipping for 30 days

Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday launched a free 30-day trial of ShippingPass, its two-day shipping program for shoppers in the United States, as the world’s largest retailer looks to take on Amazon.com Inc’s Prime subscription service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 29, ’16 – What you need to know about the potential Canada Post strike

As of July 2, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will be in a position to strike, which will stop all mail delivery and services through Canada Post.  Updates are being posted on the Canada Post and CUPW websites, but there are a few key points to know in the case of a strike.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 29, ’16 – Union: Canada Post “want us out and they want the public to blame the postal workers”

Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra has officially rejected a letter from postal workers asking him to extend the July 2 deadline for a lockout by a period of two weeks, which could mean that the profitable company is indeed preparing to lock out its workforce in the middle of a public postal review, spoiling the process.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 28, ’16  – Delmar postal worker scammed $430K in disability benefits

A former U.S. Postal Service employee from Delmar, NY who collected nearly $430,000 in disability benefits for a 1987 back injury that supposedly rendered her unable to work was convicted of fraud Tuesday in U.S. District Court.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 25, ’16 – Postal Service releases financial report for May 2016: Shipping services continue to surge

The Postal Service posted its May 2016 financial report with the Postal Regulatory Commission today.  As usual, declines in First Class and Standard mail are more than offset by dramatic increases in the volume and revenue from package and shipping services.  And as usual, were it not for the obligated prepayments to the Retiree Healthcare Benefit Fund (RHBF), the Postal Service would be posting a profit — nearly $1.8 billion for the first eight months of the fiscal year.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

June 24, ’16 – Poll: Paper bank statements remain popular

When it comes to financial statements, paper’s still popular.  Even in an increasingly digital world, even after years of banks pushing consumers toward e-statements with rewards or fees, more than half of consumers continue to have paper financial statements delivered by mail, says a new CreditCards.com national poll of 1,000 U.S. adults.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 31, ’16 – Five Cleveland letter carriers indicted for conspiring to deliver shipments of marijuana

Five U.S. Postal carriers were charged with conspiring to distribute marijuana after helping arrange shipments of marijuana shipped via the U.S. mail and gave them to another drug dealer, said Carole S. Rendon, Acting U.S. States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.  Named in the 11-count indictment are Aaron L. Kelly, 28, Dartagnan B. Mitchell, 28, Tamika S. Embry, 32, Devon Blake, 25 and Rashon Blake, 25, all of Cleveland.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 30, ’16 – USPS uses new tools to keep carriers safe against dog attacks

The Postal Service in announcing its annual dog attack statistics recently, also unveiled two new safety measures for its employees out on their delivery routes.  Residents who have packages picked up from their home, such as ebay sellers who have multiple packages, are asked to indicate on usps.com’s package pickup application if there is a dog at the address where the package is scheduled for pickup, according to Mr. Hass.  Additionally, carriers will be able to enter into their mobile delivery devices, which scan packages to confirm delivery, if there is a dog at an address. This is expected to be helpful to substitutes who fill-in for carriers on their days off, such as Ms. Lapsley, who was out delivering part of someone else’s route when she was bitten.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 18, ’16 – Ex-Queens postal worker pleads guilty to dumping about 1,000 undelivered letters

An ex-Queens postal worker pleaded guilty Tuesday to dumping several garbage bags full of undelivered mail, admitting that he was “overwhelmed” by the volume of letters and “panicked” because he couldn’t get the job done.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 17, ’16 – NALC: Contract talks intensify in final week of 2011 National Agreement

The full negotiating teams of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service convened this morning in a downtown Washington, DC, hotel to open a final week of collective bargaining prior to the expiration of the 2011-2016 National Agreement this Friday, May 20, at midnight.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 14, ’16 – Tiffin Food Drive dedicated to letter carrier

The U.S. Postal Service in Tiffin plans to dedicate today’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive to a letter carrier who died this week.  Joe Weininger, who was 58 when he died Monday, helped run the food drive for as long as The Salvation Army’s Major Becky Stetser can remember.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 13, ’16 – NYC postal worker arrested for throwing out four bags of mail just one month into job

 She failed in the jail and now the mail.  A Queens postal worker has been arrested for throwing out four bags of undelivered mail with the trash after only one month on the job.  Porshea Wiggins, 28, resigned her previous job as a city corrections officer on March 23 as part of a deal to dismiss disciplinary charges against her, according to papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.  Three days later, she started a new federal gig as a mail carrier at the Linden Hill Post Office in Flushing, but that didn’t appear to be working out either.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 12, ’16 – Brooklyn DA Announces Dismissal Of Charges against Letter Carrier Glen Grays

In the interest of justice I asked the Court to dismiss the disorderly conduct charge against Glen Grays, which resulted from his arrest on March 17, 2016. Mr. Grays was working his postal route in Crown Heights when he was arrested and put in handcuffs, following a driving incident involving undercover police officers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 11, ’16 – USPS on-time delivery performance for Q2 2016 improves but still below targets

Yesterday the Postal Service released its service performance reports for the second quarter of FY 2016 (January – March). Overall, the reports show that on-time delivery has been improving — after dropping precipitously in January 2015, when phase 2 of Network Rationalization began — but the numbers continue to fall short of the Postal Service’s targets.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 11, ’16 – Congress set to address financial plight of U.S. Postal Service?

There is something new in the air these days in Washington, and it isn’t the aroma of spring flowers.  It’s the idea that after years of delay, Congress is about to address the long-standing financial plight of the United States Postal Service, a situation lawmakers largely created with a 2006 law.  Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, not one to make rash promises, acknowledged May 10 that she was “cautiously optimistic” that lawmakers might finally address her agency’s financial woes.  Fredric Rolando of National Association of Letter Carriers, who has been arguing that the mail service already is back on track financially, spoke of an “emerging consensus among key lawmakers, the Postal Service, postal unions, businesses, mailers and industry groups to move forward with practical reform that all stakeholders can buy into.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 10, ’16 – USPS reports FY 2016 second quarter results: operating profit (before PAEA charges) reaches $1.8B year to date

The US Postal Service reported its second quarter financial results today. For the period from January 1 to March 31, the USPS had a net operating profit (aka “controllable income” of $576 million. That brings the year to date profit (excluding PAEA accounting adjustments) to just over $1.8 billion.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 9, ’16 – Entire Clusterbox Stolen from San Antonio Neighborhood

The United States Postal Service is investigating a bizarre twist on a crime. The Postal Inspector said someone stole an entire cluster of mailboxes from a Northside neighborhood off Evans Road and Bulverde Road.  “Disbelief at first,” Chris Bazany said. “Myself and a few others went out there to check it out to see was it really happening.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 6, ’16 – Our nation’s drug problem is also a postal service problem

With each passing day, news coverage is filled with reports about the unfortunate toll that many forms of drug abuse are having on our communities. The recent rise of the heroin epidemic is just the latest in a long string of vicious cycles of drug abuse claiming thousands of lives each and every year.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 6, ’16 – Canada Post Continues “Healthy Profits” – Shows We Can Expand, says Union

Canada Post has been a money-maker for most of the past two decades and continues its winning streak, netting almost 100 million (99 million) in 2015.  “Thanks to record parcel volumes and the hard work of postal workers across the country, Canada Post has once again reported healthy profits. We can now take a real look at the options on the table without having to worry about a manufactured crisis,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 5, ’16 – NAPUS says GAO report supports its call for a moratorium on PO changes

Over the past 18 months, NAPUS has raised concerns about the lack of data to indicate the amount of money the U.S. Postal Service saved as a result of reduced post office hours and post office re-classifications. In fact, one year ago, President Tony Leonardi testified before a Senate forum on rural mail issues at which he called for a moratorium on further post office hour reductions and re-classifications, particularly with regard to current Level-18 post offices.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 4, ’16 – PRC report finds USPS did not meet key performance goals in 2015

The Postal Regulatory Commission has issued a new report entitled “Analysis of the Postal Service’s FY 2015 Annual Performance Report and FY 2016 Performance Plan.” The report finds that the Postal Service did not meet several of the performance goals that the Commission is required to review.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 4, ’16 – Ex-letter carrier in Suffolk sentenced to 13 months in federal court for $157,000 fraud

A veteran letter carrier lied to his bosses five years ago, telling them he hurt his shoulder on the job when he was actually injured off the clock.  But it wasn’t enough for Ronald Henderson to seek more than $64,000 in fraudulent disability pay and medical treatment reimbursements, according to court documents. He also sought and received more than $93,000 in false travel reimbursements.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 3, ’16 – Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty In Scheme To Steal And Cash Hundreds Of USPS Money Orders

A Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, man today admitted his role in a scheme to steal and convert hundreds of blank U.S. Postal Service money orders, resulting in nearly $200,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 2, ’16 – Should We Bring Back The Postal Banking System?

If you are tempted to take out a payday loan you might want to take Sarah Silverman’s advice and try literally anything else. The trouble is, there are rarely other options and here in the United States there are 40 million Americans who are “unbanked,” without access to the formal financial system.  One of the proposed solutions to provide access to banking services for the unbanked is to use the United States Postal Service. Progressive politicians are advocating this method as an efficient way to reach low-income citizens in their neighborhoods.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

May 2, ’16 – Study: Direct mail plays critical role in reaching millennial voters

Contrary to common assumptions about digitally connected millennials, a new joint survey demonstrates that young voters pay close attention to political mail and in factfavor it over other forms of political advertising.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 29, ’16 – OIG: USPS Cost-Cutting Strategies ‘Not Sustainable’

The Postal Service has cut labor costs by more than $10 billion since the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) was passed in 2006, but its cost-cutting strategies are “not sustainable,” according to a recent report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG).  The extensive use of non-career employees, who earn lower pay and receive fewer benefits than their career counterparts, is “problematic,” the report found. While turnover among career postal workers is less than 1.3 percent, the quit rate for non-career workers was 29 percent in fiscal year 2014, “perhaps due to low wages and low benefits,” the OIG said.

CCAs have an attrition rate of 54.24%, meaning that on average, most don’t last a year before quitting. 

To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 29, ’16 – NALC City Carrier Assistant (CCA) Resource Guide now available online

The NALC City Carrier Assistant Resource Guide is now available online.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 29, ’16 – Senator Calls for National Vote-By-Mail to Fight Back Against New Barriers to Voting

As a new tide of voter disenfranchisement rises across the country, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today announced a new campaign to expand an Oregon-style vote-by-mail program nationwide and tear down barriers to voting.  “My home state of Oregon has led the nation in making voting more accessible. No one has to take time off work just to exercise his or her constitutional rights,”Wyden said. “My proposition is the rest of our country should follow Oregon’s lead and offer all voters a chance to vote by mail.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 29, ’16 – UPS takes back some last mile deliveries from USPS as earnings rise

United Parcel Service Inc. reported 10% growth in quarterly income, helped by efforts to boost efficiency and lessen its costs delivering online orders to U.S. homes.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 29, ’16 – Former Illinois Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty To Mail Theft

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Michelle L. Leggans, 36, of Murphysboro, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court to two counts of mail theft. Sentencing has been set for August 10, 2016. Leggans will face up to 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and up to 3 years of supervised release.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 28, ’16 – USPS: Ambassadors to train postal managers across nation to help improve workplace environments

A team of 26 employees has embarked on a mission to help 41,000 Postal Service leaders improve their workplace environments.  The team members, known as engagement ambassadors, are divided among the seven USPS areas and headquarters. For the next two years, the ambassadors will lead required training for all managers and supervisors in their assigned territories.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 28, ’16 – Exclusive: Survey Finds Turmoil in Postal Workforce

Survey Says: No Recognition for Good Work; Supervisors Don’t Care for Workers as People; Don’t Feel Job Is Important; Fellow Employees Not Committed to Doing Quality Work.

A survey of postal employees conducted last year for the United States Postal Service paints a dire picture of the state of the organization’s workforce.   Gallup, which was paid $1.8 million by USPS to conduct the survey, presents a comparison to the results of similar surveys of millions of workers at hundreds of other companies in recent years. Across a range of questions addressing satisfaction in the workplace,  the

USPS scores in the 1st percentile, the very bottom, of the survey results. 

To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 28, ’16 – ‘Free’ Shipping Crowds Out Small Retailers

Ginger Greer, a Medford, Ore., attorney who does nearly all her shopping from work without leaving her desk, has drawn a line in the sand: “I absolutely refuse to pay for shipping,” she says.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 27, ’16 – Congressman asks constituents: Got Mail?

From Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE):  For the most part, my encounters with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in Nebraska, on my personal time or through my office, have been quite good. Unfortunately, something has gone wrong with the process of late. Prescription drugs are late, bill payments are late, and personal correspondence is late. The complaints keep coming. The disruption is real, along with the long term negative impact on the USPS.  I suspect the root cause of the problem has been the consolidation of mail processing.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 26, ’16 – Man admits to blowing up mailbox with pipe bomb to impress girlfriend

A man has been charged in connection with a Postal Service mailbox that was destroyed by a pipe bomb in Arvada last week.  John Henry Bowman, 45, admitted to blowing up a mailbox to impress his girlfriend.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 26, ’16 – Minnesota letter carrier crashes into sign, registers nearly 0.30 percent blood alcohol content

A mail carrier driving her route while allegedly extremely drunk along a busy Minnetonka street crashed into a street sign, police said Tuesday.  Mary E. Sweet, 59, registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.297 percent in a preliminary breath test at the scene late Friday morning, police said.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 25, ’16 – McCaskill: Is USPS undercharging FedEx and UPS?

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today questioned the U.S. Postal Service’s pricing for its “last mile” of delivery in rural areas, and why she believes it may be losing money by under-charging competitors such as UPS and Fedex to carry mail to those areas.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 25, ’16 -EXCLUSIVE: NYPD cop charged in postal worker beating was sued for breaking man’s hand with baton

One of the NYPD detectives accused of the vicious beatdown of a postal worker was once sued for allegedly busting a man’s hand with his baton, the Daily News has learned.  The city settled the 2010 suit for $30,000 without any admission of wrongdoing by the two accused cops, one of them Detective Angelo Pampena.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 22, ’16 – A tough first year for Postmaster General Megan Brennan

It’s been a rough start for the nation’s 74th postmaster general.  Since taking office in February 2015, Megan J. Brennan has endured setback after setback in her attempts to right the troubled United States Postal Service.  Both Congress and the federal courts have rejected her repeated pleas to preserve the 49¢ first-class stamp.  That created what the USPS described as a “forced” price reduction in stamp prices on April 10. The decision is expected to cost the USPS about $2 billion a year.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 21, ’16 – Letter Carrier Doug Hughes Sentenced to 120 Days in Jail For Flying Gyrocopter to U.S Capitol

Douglas Hughes, 62, of Ruskin, Fla., was sentenced today to 120 days in jail on a federal charge stemming from the April 15, 2015, incident in which he flew a gyrocopter into Washington, D.C., and landed on the West Front lawn of the Capitol, announced U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, Matthew R. Verderosa, Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, and Tammy L. Whitcomb, Acting Inspector General for the United States Postal Service.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 20, ’16 – Two NYPD detectives indicted for beating up a postal worker

Queens County District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that two New York City Police Department detectives have been indicted by a Queens County grand jury on charges of assaulting a uniformed U.S. Postal employee who had just finished his shift in October 2015 and that one of the officers perjured himself when filing a sworn criminal complaint with the court.   To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 20, ’16 – Ohio letter carrier saves woman’s life

Trenton, OH, Letter Carrier Heather Hollister recently noticed mail piling up in a customer’s box and took it to the woman’s front door, where she heard cries for help.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 19, ’16 – Good Money After Bad? Mailers Try to Block FSS Expansion

Where the U.S. Postal Service sees an opportunity to expand the Flats Sequencing System to more ZIP codes, mailers see a backdoor rate increase.  Postal officials recently told mailing-industry representatives that declining volumes and some equipment upgrades are creating excess capacity for the FSS. At a meeting of the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), they proposed having the football-field-sized machines process the mail for additional ZIP codes.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 18, ’16 – USPS Works on a Fix to the Package Pickup Problem

Online sellers who rely on the USPS to pick up packages from their location were disappointed recently to find the service curtailed. As a reader told EcommerceBytes, “USPS apparently has discontinued scheduled pick-ups unless the sender has at least one Priority Mail (or higher class) package. In other words, sellers who use only First Class Mail, Parcel Select or Media Mail no longer have this service.”  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 18, ’16 – Why Amazon Still Can’t Crack the Grocery Industry

Nine years after it first launched AmazonFresh, the e-commerce giant still can’t get traction in the grocery industry.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 16, ’16 – Former New Mexico Letter Carrier Sentenced to Probation for Destruction of Mail

Phillip Duran, 33, of Las Vegas, N.M., pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to an opening and destruction of mail misdemeanor charge.  After entering his guilty plea, Duran was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay an $800 fine. Duran was a full time career letter carrier, and had worked for the US Postal Service since 2007.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

April 15, ’16 -Police identify Minnesota postal worker in grenade incident

Police in Baxter, Minnesota have identified 56 year old Robert John Menth of Brainerd MN as the postal worker arrested Wednesday for “making terroristic threats” at a carrier annex, and for having a hand grenade in his vehicle with him while he delivered the mail.  To read the full story CLICK HERE.

Apr 14, ’16 – Senator accuses USPS of using “emergency suspensions” to close post offices

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is calling out the U.S. Postal Service for its use of “emergency suspension” authority to close down Missouri post offices, potentially circumventing the standard process that requires input from communities that would feel the effects of a closure and notifications to Congress.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 14, ’16 – Alabama postal worker arrested for distributing drugs at work

Federal agencies arrested a former Selma letter carrier and Orrville contract driver Friday for allegedly distributing drugs while on the job.  Former postal carrier Nakia Johnson and contractor Kizzy Stallworth Simmons were arrested April 8, according to postal inspector Tony Robinson. To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 14, ’16 – Postal worker detained after bomb threat in Minnesota

A letter carrier is behind bars Wednesday after allegedly making terroristic threats at the Baxter Post Office Annex and for having a grenade with him while he was on his mail route.  Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted said police were informed shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday of a male worker who made “some type of” terroristic threat at the Baxter Postal Annex that morning.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 13, ’16 – Another LLV catches fire in downtown Jackson, TN

A U.S. Postal Service mail delivery truck caught fire Wednesday afternoon in downtown Jackson. It is not yet clear what caused the blaze. No injures were reported.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 12, ’16 – Carper Reiterates Need for Congress to Pass Postal Reform Legislation

Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, reiterated the need for Congress to act and pass much needed postal reform legislation, particularly in light of the expiration of the court-mandated emergency surcharge on U.S. Postal Service (USPS) rates. This rate increase, put in place over two years ago to help USPS survive catastrophic losses stemming from the Great Recession, has been the only measure keeping the Postal Service from financial collapse over the last two years. To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 12, ’16 – Another blow to USPS

Too bad the federal government can’t wage war on drugs or poverty as effectively as it has against the U.S. Postal Service. Congress keeps coming up with inventive ways to cripple the Postal Service financially — with the latest coming Sunday, when a mandatory rate cut took effect.  If left in place, the cut will cost the Postal Service $2 billion a year, crippling its ability to adapt to new competition and technology.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 11, ’16 – Eighty year old woman threatens to blow up Chagrin Falls OH Post Office

After not receiving the service she wanted, on April 1 a woman caller warned a Post Office manager on the phone that she “was going to have a bad day.”  It turned out to not be a complete joke, the angry woman, 80, showed up with a purse in which she indicated she had a bomb and was going to “blow up” the building. She reached across the counter and grabbed the manager by the arm. To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 9, ’16 – South Carolina Man Sentenced to Prison for Assaulting and Robbing Letter Carrier

United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced that Hamer resident Cristopher Rakel German, age 25, was sentenced to a two-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting a mail carrier with intent to rob in violation of 18 U.S.C. §2114(a).  The sentence was imposed on April 5th by United States District Court Judge R. Bryan Harwell sitting in Florence.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 8, ’16 – Car in Solon OH crash filled with USPS mailbags, packages, IDs

Solon Police continue to investigate after a crash the morning of April 1 revealed that the vehicle involved contained USPS mailbags, miscellaneous letters and packages, other individuals ID’s and debit cards all in and around the vehicle. Police say that Brian Kilfoyle, 20 of Cleveland Heights, was arrested for OVI on April 1 following an accident where his vehicle rear-ended a car. The impact caused his vehicle to roll over, coming to rest on its side.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 8, ’16 – NY letter carrier pleads guilty in mail theft case

The U.S. Postal Service employee who was arrested late last year for allegedly stealing mail has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor with the lone felony charge that was filed against him dismissed.  Thomas M. Schoen, 52, will avoid a jail term and probation under the plea deal he entered into in Moreau Town Court. He pleaded guilty to official misconduct, while a felony count of criminal possession of stolen property was dropped.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 5, ’16 – Former postal worker accused of dumping mail, too “overwhelmed” to deliver

A former Spokane postal worker is under investigation by the federal government, accused of dumping hundreds of pieces of mail because he “was too overwhelmed to deliver” it.  Investigators recovered 1,556 First Class letters, periodicals, parcels and flats and in another location they found about 600 pieces of standard rate mail.  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 5, ’16 – Mail carriers are paying for your mail

Some of us have received a small yellow envelope with our package displaying a “Balance Due the Carrier” asking you to enclose the amount due and leave it in your mailbox.  But the package is already delivered, so what do these envelopes mean and why should you pay?  To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 4, ’16 – Wyoming letter carrier sentenced for selling heroin while on workers comp

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced today that forty-five year old Colonial Heights, Virginia, resident Christopher Sean Koegl was sentenced on March 28, 2016, by United States District Court Judge Alan Johnson to serve thirty-six (36) months of probation and to pay approximately $31,090 in restitution to the United States government for making false and fraudulent statements to obtain federal workers’ compensation benefits.  Koegl is a former resident of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a former U.S. Postal Service employee who injured his knee on the job and began receiving federal workers’ compensation benefits in 2010. To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 3, ’16 – Drunk driver critically injured in crash with convoy of mail trucks in Indiana

Gary Moormann, 33, of Rolling Prairie IN was critically injured in a five-vehicle accident that involved three U.S. postal trucks early Saturday on U.S. 20 just west of Fail Road in LaPorte County. His blood alcohol level was measured at .27 percent, police said. To read the full story CLICK HERE. 

Apr 2, ’16 – Off duty NYC letter carrier busted in uniform with weed, brass knuckles

An off-duty U.S. postal worker, still in his uniform, was busted in the Bronx after he was caught with marijuana and a pair of brass knuckles, officials said Saturday. To read the full story CLICK HERE.

 

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