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Friday, August 22, 2014

UPS data breach compromises credit, debit cards used in 51 stores

UPS data breach compromises credit, debit cards used in 51 stores

"...A spokeswoman for UPS says the information includes names, card numbers and postal and email addresses from about 100,000 transactions..."    


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

USPS delivery management system (DMS): Keeping Postal Delivery Employees Fenced-In

Postal Service geo-fence tech promising, but not quite ready

"...Geo-fence technology leverages global positioning system signals to create virtual geographic zones that ensure delivery personnel stay on schedule and on their routes...."    


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mail processing facility consolidation schedule released (phase-two)

Postal Service releases schedule of plant consolidations set for 2015

"...The Postal Service has released a schedule showing when the phase-two mail processing plants will be consolidated next year. The spreadsheet shows the date on which each type of mail will be relocated from a closing facility to a gaining facility...."    


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

20Stamps will turn your photos into real postage stamps

20Stamps App Will Turn Photos Into Real US Postage Stamps

20Stamps app
20Stamps app
"...20Stamps - the world’s first app to turn your favorite photos into real US postage stamps...."    

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Postal Shooting: Albuquerque co-workers wrestle the shooter to the ground when the gun was fired.

Albuquerque postal service employee fires gun at work, arrested

"...One employee who contacted News 13 on Monday says he saw it all happen and watched his co-workers wrestle the shooter to the ground when the gun was fired. Customers say the news is disturbing. “There’s some kind of an dynamic that’s happening within the U.S. Postal Service that leads people to that,” said Rush...."    


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Alleged post office delays draw attention; Postal Service says its not so

Alleged post office delays draw attention; local facility to receive cuts after Jan.

"...Allegations of intentional delays at the Cape Girardeau mail processing facility prompted a letter from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt on Thursday to postmaster general Patrick Donahoe. ..."    


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Don’t buy school supplies at Staples!



Don’t buy school supplies at Staples

Don't Buy From Staples
"...If it is allowed to continue, the Staples deal will replace public post offices with private, for-profit companies whose decisions will be motivated solely by the bottom line. And it will replace good, stable jobs our communities need with low-pay, high-turnover, part-time positions that hurt our economy. That would be bad news for workers, consumers and the American people. ..."    

This Article is From: The American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Postal Service would have posted a net income of $10 million in quarter ending June, 30 2014 if not for...

Postal Service reports $2 billion loss

"...The USPS' financial filings said the adjustment to workers' compensation expense -- an exercise that is on paper rather than a reflection of actual costs -- counted as a $540 million expense. The agency's retiree commitments for the quarter totaled $1.43 billion. Without those two expenses the agency would have posted a net income of $10 million. ..."    


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Joan Tittle: Stamp Collector

Meet a Postal Service groupie, the woman who will collect every stamp

"...Tittle is a stamp collector, though collector is too dull a word to describe her pursuit. A few years after she retired from being a high school gym teacher in 1993, she began traveling around the country attending as many “first day of issue” ceremonies as possible. Civil War stamps, Kwanzaa stamps, Joe DiMaggio stamps — she wants them all. And not just the stamps. Tittle collects the souvenir envelopes the stamps come in..."    


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Is Your State Senator Stepping Up To Save Your Postal Infrastructure or Silently Allowing Its Destruction?

The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts and Plant Closures
"...A move by the USPS that will slow America’s mail service and that threatens tens of thousands of jobs requires an urgent response, said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. On June 30, the USPS announced its intention to close and consolidate 82 mail processing facilities in 37 states throughout the country beginning in January 2015. On Aug. 1, the USPS posted a notice in Federal Register announcing that the consolidations will eliminate overnight mail delivery..."    

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Help!! Send this message NOW to stop the slowing of the mail and the destruction of the Postal Service. We need your help please.

Send your senators a message now to help save the Postal Service

"...While the Postmaster moves forward with his disastrous scheme to dismantle the postal network, Congress has the power to undo his plans -- but they need to hear from us!

Work is underway in the Senate to prevent USPS from going forward with its decision to close and consolidate 82 mail processing facilities nationwide. Send your senators a message today in support of Senator Tester's letter urging swift action on postal closures!..."    


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Amazon Sunday Delivery Facts

Amazon Sunday delivery: Key facts to know as USPS rolls out service nationally
Amazon Prime"...The Sunday work is performed primarily by “non-career employees,” which is lingo for part-time employees. A U.S. Postal spokesman said these employees most likely would not receive as many hours as they do if it were not for Sunday delivery. Because of this, you will often see them not in uniform...."    


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's time to ‘Dump the Postmaster General!’


The Postmaster General
The Postmaster General (USPS)
It's time to ‘Dump the Postmaster General!’
"...After noting that some have called Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s actions criminal, and a clear violation of the law that created and maintains the Postal Service as a fundamental right of the people, APWU President Mark Dimondstein called the PMG “Wall Street’s Trojan Horse, the privatizer from within.”..."    

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

“This attempt at trickery shows that the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ movement is having an effect.”

Statement by Mark Dimondstein President, American Postal Workers Union on Staples Announcement on ‘Pilot Program’ Performing USPS Work

"...A Staples announcement on July 14 indicating that the company is terminating its no-bid deal with the U.S. Postal Service and replacing it with an “approved shipper” program is a ruse. Staples and the USPS are changing the name of the program, without addressing the fundamental concerns of postal workers and postal customers. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

The Staples announcement and a letter from the USPS dated July 7 make it clear: They intend to continue to privatize postal retail operations, replace living-wage Postal Service jobs with low-wage Staples jobs, and compromise the safety and security of the mail...."    


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Former Shelby County postal worker from Birmingham area sentenced for money order "kiting scheme"

Money order scheme gets former Shelby County postal worker home detention and probation

"...36, of Birmingham, was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Hopkins to five years of probation, including six months home detention, for his guilty plea to six counts of theft of U.S. Postal Service money orders and one count of theft of government property. ..."    


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

How much can the Postal Service offer as an early retirement incentive (VSIP)? Lump-sum payments up to $25,000 as an incentive to voluntarily separate

How much can the Postal Service offer in an early retirement incentive (VSIP)? $25,000

"...The Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment Authority, also known as buyout authority, allows agencies that are downsizing or restructuring to offer employees lump-sum payments up to $25,000 as an incentive to voluntarily separate. When authorized by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), an agency may offer VSIP to employees who are in surplus positions or have skills that are no longer needed in the workforce who volunteer to separate by resignation, optional retirement, or by voluntary early retirement, if approved. By allowing employees to volunteer to leave the Government, agencies can minimize or avoid involuntary separations through the use of costly and disruptive reductions in force (RIFs). Agencies such as the Department of Defense that have been granted agency-specific VSIP authority are not required to seek OPM approval for their use of this option...."    


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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Are Postal Mail Service Standard Changes and Mail Processing Plant Closures Deteriorating Customer Satisfaction?

Rating the U.S. Postal Service on Customer Satisfaction

"...measures for Priority Mail, Express Mail and Parcel Select," but that the agency did not meet any of those goals in fiscal 2013. ..."    


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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Postal Early Retirement 2014 ... With Incentives buyout for Postmasters

Postal Service offers postmasters early retirements ahead of RIFs

"...The Postal Service is offering buyouts and early retirement options to more than 3,000 postmasters before it proceeds with a reduction-in-force (RIF) in early 2015...."    


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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

American Postal Workers to Launch Vigorous Campaign Against Plant Closures, Consolidations

APWU to Launch Vigorous Campaign Against Plant Closures, Consolidations

"...“I believe the decision to resume plant closures is a purposeful attack by the Postmaster General, who is retaliating because he could not get five-day delivery. He’s also frustrated by the union’s powerful campaign against the deal between the USPS and Staples,” Szeredy said.

Ignoring the Possibilities

The Postal Service claims the plant closures will generate $750 million in annual savings. “Yet he is ignoring a report by the USPS Office of Inspector General that says the Postal Service could generate $9 billion by offering basic financial services without any cuts to traditional postal service,” Szeredy said. “Something is wrong with this mentality.”

“The Postmaster General also neglects to mention that the USPS earned a profit from operations in fiscal year 2013 and in the first two quarters of 2014,” she added.

Donahoe claims that there have been steep declines in first-class mail, Szeredy pointed out, “yet he fails to tell the public that the USPS has already given away 60 percent of first-class mail processing to Pitney Bowes and other pre-mail sort houses.”..."    




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Monday, June 30, 2014

PMG: Mail processing plant closures announced again

Plant closures on again

After recently announcing a two year moratorium on plant closures, the PMG has recanted that idea and has again announced a return to shuttering hundreds of much needed mail processing facilities. The PMG cited a three year decline in first class mail volume as well as exigent price increases or a lack thereof as the reasoning. In a short video to employees, the PMG OFFERED NO DETAILS on what impacts the new closures will have on employees. It appears the postal service is unsure of what it is going to do, but they are going to do it anyway. Stay tuned for an update when more details are available.    

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Must See' Video on Postal Privatization and the 'Staples' Store Deal

The Video the PMG Doesn't Want You to See
"...The Postal Service’s propaganda machine has been working overtime in recent months, with workers forced to watch videos featuring Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe spewing falsehoods about “the state of the business” and the deal with Staples. APWU President Mark Dimondstein takes on the PMG’s claims in a new video that every postal worker should see. But while management can require employees to view his message while they’re on the clock, the union can’t. So make sure your co-workers hear the truth! Please show the video in swing rooms, cafeterias, at union events, and wherever postal employees get together...."    

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe supports agenda to fund roads for cut to five-day delivery

USPS supports five-day delivery swap with highway fund boost

"...a budget accounting trick that would finance road projects by preventing a future bailout of the U.S. Postal Service. But the top postal official says he couldn’t be more pleased. “We not only need five-day delivery,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said..."    


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Revised Annuity Employees (RAE), a new code on PS 50 Forms

New Code on Form 50 Reflects Bigger Deduction for Retirement
"...The new designation reflects that the employees were hired as career employees on or after Jan. 1, 2013, and are covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) as Revised Annuity Employees (RAE). In accordance with the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, career employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 2013, pay more for their retirement benefits than their predecessors. ..."    

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

APWU NBA challenged the re-election of Robert Sulentic to Staples’ board of directors

Staples Execs Get an Earful at Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

"...APWU National Business Agent Shirley Taylor challenged the re-election of Robert Sulentic to Staples’ board of directors, noting that he has an apparent conflict of interest. Sulentic is also CEO of CBRE, the giant real estate firm that holds an exclusive contract to sell post offices and other USPS facilities...."    


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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Article: House plan would steal from the broke U.S. Postal Service to pay for road and transit projects

Postal Service Funds Would Go to Highways Under House GOP Proposal

"...House Republicans are constructing a proposal to keep thousands of road and transit projects from grinding to a halt this summer by transferring funds into the nation's nearly depleted Highway Trust Fund from the already money-losing U.S. Postal Service...."    


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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Contrary to the wishes of the citizens the Postal Service serves, House Committee Passes Destructive Issa Bill

Committee Passes Controversial Issa Bill

"...May 21, 2014 - The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members passed the latest postal bill offered by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), which would end “door delivery” for 15 million postal customers. The vote, which passed along party lines 18-13, occurred less than 48 hours after it was introduced." title="Committee Passes Controversial Issa Bill ..."    


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

FedEx Rate Hike: An example of why privatizing the Postal Service would cost you

FedEx Hike in Ground Rates Could Boost Business for U.S. Postal Service

"...FedEx Corp.’s recent decision to incorporate package size in the pricing of its ground service will result in a significant boost in shipping costs – but it could also open up competitive opportunities for the U.S. Postal Service...."    


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Other unions joining the fight against privatization of public services

‘Stop Staples’ Campaign Gathers Momentum

"...The American Federation of Teachers Michigan (AFT Michigan) voted at its convention on May 17 to endorse the boycott. Citing “a common battle against privatization” of public services, delegates voted unanimously to take their business elsewhere. “Members of our union want safe, secure, high-quality service when we go to the post office – not a low-wage, high turnover operation where employees have little or no training and no qualifications to handle sensitive letters and packages,” said David Hecker, president of AFT Michigan. “And nobody understands better than teachers, staff, and faculty how much we all have to lose when essential public services – like schools and post offices – are put in the hands of private companies with lower standards.”..."    


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

World War II-era letter turned up in the mail again recently

Mail mystery: Muskegon post office looking for family to open World War II-era letter

"...There was a more recent postmark on the letter -- from Minneapolis 2013 – printed over the old. "We think somebody put it back into the mail stream," Rowe said. A vintage sealing material..."    


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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Why is the Postal Service downplaying an operating profit since October 2012?

USPS Reports $1 Billion Operating Profit in First Half of Fiscal Year

So Why is Postal Management Cutting Service?

"...The positive balance sheet continues the steady progress in the finances of the Postal Service, which has been operating at a profit since October 2012. A dramatic increase in online shopping has sparked an explosion in package volume and revenue, while a gradually rebounding economy has stabilized letter revenue.

“All of this good news exposes an ugly truth,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal management’s zeal for cutting service and outsourcing operations in a thinly-veiled attempt at piecemeal privatization.”..."    


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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Consideration on Issa's destructive postal bill is put on hold indefinitely

Consideration of Postal Bill Postponed "...May 7, 2014 - Consideration by a House Committee of a new postal bill sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) , which was scheduled for May 7, has been postponed indefinitely. "We must remain vigilant," said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. "The bill proposed by Rep. Issa is extremely detrimental to the Postal Service, to postal workers and to the people of the country." For more information about the bill, click here...."    

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Google Launches 'Google Shopping Express' as an Inexpensive Delivery Service in LA & NYC

Google Launches Delivery Service in LA & NYC

"...Customers can sign up for a six-month trial for free, unlimited deliveries. Otherwise, there is a $4.99 per store fee. There’s no minimum purchase and Google says it will not raise item prices. Orders can be placed online or via mobile apps...."    


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Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Dismantling of the U.S. Postal Service

Deride and Conquer: Dismantling the USPS

"...assault on government control last attempted by private carriers in the mid-1840s, the Postal Service's detractors have mounted a new, more promising offensive in the present era. To their credit, they have enjoyed some success by redefining the terms of engagement, and by reconstituting the nature and mission of the US postal system from its historical role as a civil service entity to a Frankenstein-like corporate/government hybrid with most of the downsides, and few of the advantages of both...."    


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Shooting at FedEx facility in suburban Atlanta

'Rambo' gunman injures 6 at FedEx facility, kills self

"...KENNESAW, Ga. -- A package handler decked out "Rambo-style," with an assault rifle and bullets strapped to his chest, opened fire on fellow employees at a FedEx facility in suburban Atlanta early Tuesday, wounding six people -- three critically -- before killing himself...."    


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Too many craft employees were passing Exam 955; USPS Scheme Overturned

‘Rescoring’ of Promotion Exams Violated Contract, Arbitrator Rules

Exam 955
"...The rescoring occurred after the Postal Service concluded that too many bargaining unit members were passing the exam, despite repeated assurances to the union during bargaining that the test had been validated and studied extensively...."    

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) doesn't work so well for one customer

Bamboozled: Postal service customer says he didn't get what he paid for, wants to set up a sting

"...Aleman contacted his lawyer, whose office is on the route that should have received the post cards. The lawyer and his secretary said they never received the card, Aleman said. Aleman tried a second mailing to a different route March 10. It went to 647 addresses..."    


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

FedEx California Accident Update: "no evidence" of a pre-collision fire, contrary to a witness report, authorities said on Sunday.

'No evidence' of pre-collision fire in deadly California crash: NTSB

"...An investigation into the northern California crash between a FedEx truck and bus that killed 10 people last week has turned up "no evidence" of a pre-collision fire, contrary to a witness report, authorities said on Sunday...."    


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Drug smuggler used postal service to smuggle drugs through express mail wrapped in children's bedding

Police arrest Yonkers man who smuggled drugs using postal service and stored it in Bronx day care centers and other places

"...Juan Valdez, 45, was busted Thursday on a slew of charges. He's accused of moving drugs through express mail wrapped in children's bedding. He used various locations, including Bronx day care centers, to stash the drugs, cops said...."    


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Postal Service changes delivery standards in spite of Postal Regulatory Commission advisory opinion

Goldway Says USPS Dissed Mailers With Load Leveling

"...“We had a situation where the USPS wanted to change delivery standards for certain types of mail and delay them, and they asked us about it and it was determined that most thought it needed more study. But the Postal Service issued an announcement that they were going to go national with this program anyway,” Goldway told attendees..."    


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Was FedEx truck on fire before crash?

NTSB: FedEx truck didn't appear to brake before crash

"...Also, the truck was already on fire before the deadly crash, witnesses told two California TV stations. Bonnie and Joe Duran, who were driving in a Nissan Altima in front of the bus, told KNBC-TV Los Angeles they saw flames behind the cab of the truck before it crossed the median..."    


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Friday, April 11, 2014

Postal Service 'mail standard service change' for DSCF Standard Mail

News Byte: USPS Standard Mail Load Leveling Begins

"... the Postal Service is extending what was a three-day delivery expectation to a four-day delivery expectation. This change is designed to allow a more balanced distribution of DSCF Standard Mail across delivery days...."    


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What caused FedEx truck to cross median causing explosion killing up to 10?

Answers sought after fiery wreck kills 10

"...At least 10 people are dead after a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of high schoolers in Northern California on Thursday afternoon. The investigation is underway as to what caused the fatal accident...."    


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Accident involving FedEx truck and bus kills at least nine

9 killed when truck, bus carrying students collide head-on

"...At least nine people died Thursday when a bus carrying Los Angeles-area high school students for a tour of Humboldt State University was struck head-on by a FedEx truck..."    


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Civic leaders want answers on botched mailing

Juniper Park Civic Association says U.S. Postal Service destroyed or failed to mail hundreds of its magazines

"...The civic group mailed out over 1,000 copies of the magazine but many were never delivered or destroyed. They want postal service officials to investigate...."    


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Saturday, April 5, 2014

The U.S. Mail Is Being Used As A Huge Drug Dealer

Holder: Postal Service Mail Used For ‘Shocking’ Amount Of Drug Dealing

"...Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate committee on Thursday that there is a “shocking” number of people who are using the U.S. Postal Service to send illegal drugs around the country...."    


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