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Friday, January 11, 2019

Lawyer: Chicago-area man innocent in postal worker shooting

"...Investigators say the postal worker had just gotten into his unmarked USPS vehicle on New Year’s Eve when Ruebusch tapped on his passenger window while holding a handgun. The worker was shot in his right shoulder as he drove away..."    

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Mail Carrier’s Heat-Related Death Leads to $150,000 in Fines

OSHA says USPS is responsible for protecting workers from heat

"...USPS was cited for a repeated violation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act’s General Duty Clause. The citations, which come with $149,664 in total proposed penalties..."    

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COLA Watch: Dollar keeps soft footing after US CPI matches estimates

"...The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 1.8 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 244.786 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index decreased 0.5 percent prior to seasonal adjustment..."    

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Someone Mocks Person For Being Just A Package Delivery Guy, Gets Perfect Lesson On Respect

"...Examples of snobs’ favorite ways of judging you include wealth, ‘class,’ appearance, taste in art and fashion and… profession. Someone, commenting on a thread about UPS drivers, decided that it might be fun to mock delivery guys by suggesting that their job is ‘nothing to be proud of..."    

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Congressman to introduce bill requiring air conditioning in all U.S. Postal Service mail trucks

"...Six months after a mail carrier died in her truck on a searing day in the San Fernando Valley, Rep. Tony Cárdenas said he plans to introduce a bill in the coming weeks that if successful would ensure that all U.S. Postal Service delivery vehicles have air-conditioning. Veteran carrier Peggy Frank, 63, was found dead in her non-air-conditioned mail truck in Woodland Hills on July 6, a day that temperatures soared to 117 degrees..."    

This Article is From: www.ocregister.com
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Friday, January 4, 2019

Arrest in attempted sex assault of postal worker

"...He is charged with attempt to commit rape, indecent assault and related offenses. The female worker was reportedly assaulted while inside her mail truck..."    

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Thursday, December 27, 2018

USPS shipping prices to increase in January for Forever Stamps, Priority Mail

"...USPS rate increases were approved in November, but they don't take effect until January 27..."    

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Mailman fatally struck, ejected from truck

"...A postal worker was ejected from his truck during his route, Wednesday afternoon. According to police, 59-year-old..."    

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

APWU on Status of Collective Bargaining

"...we were unable to reach any changes or new agreements with the Postal Service. The APWU and USPS are now at “impasse.” Next Steps Interest Arbitration will now be the next major step. Our future wages, benefits and working conditions will be determined by an outside arbitrator. During this period both sides can continue discussions and, if possible, reach new tentative agreements. The APWU National leadership is committed to the goal of reaching a voluntary agreement that addresses the Rank and File Bargaining Advisory Committee’s concerns and can be put before the membership for a ratification vote. The APWU will be fully prepared to present a solid case in interest arbitration to back up our demands and protect the many gains of the past..."    

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Alabama postal workers accused of stealing mail, trafficking marijuana

"...indicted the four Mobile workers on federal charges in November. Thirty-three-year-old Unterria J. Rogers, 26-year-old Devon Donald, 26-year-old Sade Martin and 25-year-old Shambria Hill were each indicted on charges including stealing mail ..."    

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Update on APWU Contract Negotiations

"...the national union leadership will make an announcement on Friday December 21, 2018 ..."    

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Presidential Task Force Recommends Eliminating Collective Bargaining Over the Wages of Postal Employees

Presidential Task Force on the USPS Finally Issues its Report

"...Unfortunately, the Task Force also issued some very detrimental recommendations which, if implemented, would cut services to the American public, raise postal rates to major mailers, and reduce the wages, benefits and collective bargaining rights of all postal employees. The Task Force’s recommendations include..."    

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Postal report expected today

"...Treasury on Tuesday is expected to finally release a report ordered by Trump looking into U.S. Postal Service pricing..."    

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Postal News: Postal Service Exposes Personal Data of 60 Million People

"...The security hole allowed anyone with an account to find the following account details of other users: email addresses, user IDs, phone numbers and more. The USPS says that it has no data that suggests that any customer records were accessed as a result of the flaw..."    

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Retired postal worker plays same numbers for 25 years, hits $343.9M Powerball

"...Fox News reports that Robert Bailey, a retired postal worker, won with perseverance and the lucky combination of 8-12-13-19-27-4 on Oct. 27, The New York Times reported. On Wednesday, he collected his check at the Resort World Casino in Queens. He opted for the lump-sum payout of $125,396,690, after taxes..."    

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Postal Employees: You will pay more in retirement for health insurance (FEHB)

Did you realize as a postal worker you will pay more in retirement for your FEHB health insurance than you do now? As a postal worker, your unions have negotiated a lower cost for your share of the FEHB premium, but when you retire you pay what other federal employees do in retirement. Reg Jones over at FEDweek gives the best explanation I have found. He explains it in a very informative article entitled, 'Health Insurance in Retirement'.    

This Article is From: The Postal Newsgroup
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Saturday, November 3, 2018

At Least 2 Dead In Building Collapse At Amazon Warehouse In Baltimore

"...'There was stuff falling everywhere, you could see the walls were caving in,' one employee said..."    

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Friday, November 2, 2018

US Postal Service wants 'cluster' apartment-style mailboxes for new single-family houses

"...The demand for centralized delivery as the only acceptable option came directly from the postal service, Sanderson said. “They’ve mailed us, emailed us and called us,” he said. “It wasn’t a friendly conversation by any means..."    

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Interesting history of privately run post office on Rattlesnake Island

Rattlesnake Island Revealed!

"...One owner, Dr. James Frackelton (who would eventually become another member of the RIC), established his own post office there, under a little-known federal law that allows privately run posts where the government does not provide regular service. Frackelton's stamps are must-haves for collectors. The current owners are secret investors who bought the island for $4.6 million in 1998..."    

This Article is From: www.clevescene.com (Links added my the Postal Newsgroup)
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Mail-Bomb Suspect Is in Custody

"...Authorities have a person in custody in connection with the 12 packages containing suspected explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats and outspoken critics of President Trump this week, according to a law-enforcement official. The arrest was made in Miami, the official said..."    

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Suspicious Packages Sent to the Clintons, Obama, Soros and CNN

What to Know About the Suspicious Packages Sent to the Clintons, Obama and CNN

"...package found in the CNN mailroom appears to be a pipe bomb and police do not know yet if it is connected to the intercepted packages sent to Soros, Obama, or Clinton. A bomb squad was on the scene and the investigation is ongoing. Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed that the bomb squad removed the explosive device and that an envelope containing white powder was..."    

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Trump moves to exit 144-year-old postal pact over cheap China mail

"...The UPU treaty gives lower mailing rates to poorer countries, including China, which Trump and other critics say has let China flood the U.S. with dirt-cheap electronics and other goods, often sold online for rock-bottom prices with shipping included. About 60% of packages shipped into the U.S. come from China, the New York Times reports. That lets Chinese vendors unfairly compete with U.S. vendors..."    

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

$25,000 reward for info on missing pregnant postal worker

"...Postal Inspection Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of a pregnant mail carrier who has not been seen in two weeks. Kierra Coles, 26, was last seen Oct. 2 near her home on the south side of Chicago..."    

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Utah man arrested in ricin probe after suspicious mailings to Trump, Pentagon

"...The arrest came one day after Pentagon officials said two envelopes that tested positive for ricin were isolated at a Pentagon mail screening facility and sent to the FBI. The envelopes were addressed to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the chief of the Navy, Adm. John Richardson..."    

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New $15 Per Hour Amazon Wage Aims to Secure Holiday Help in Tight Job Market

"...at its root, the $15-an-hour minimum pay is an incentive for people to come work for Amazon -- rather than Walmart or Target -- as the retail industry gears up for the holiday shopping season amid historically low U.S. unemployment. Amazon plans to hire 100,000 temporary warehouse workers this year to help fulfill orders during the gift-giving crush, when it needs people most and when the job market offers many other opportunities..."    

This Article is From: www.bloomberg.com
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

2 pieces of mail delivered to Pentagon test positive for ricin

"...Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility on Monday have initially tested positive for ricin, according to a US defense official..."    

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Postal employee accused of firing shotgun into Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis

"...Wood fired a 12-gauge shotgun from near the roof of the Minneapolis Central Post Office across Hennepin Avenue and into the Federal Reserve Ban between 10 and 11:15 p.m. July 21, charges say..."    

This Article is From: www.duluthnewstribune.com
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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Mail Carrier Confronted Mail Robber and Took Back Packages

She didn't have to go 'postal' on robber, but mail carrier did get mail back

"...City mail carrier refused to be a victim Wednesday. While walking her route on Sept. 19 at 12:10 p.m. in the area of New and Rutgers avenues, a mail carrier was accosted by a woman who took from packages from her satchel and then walked away..."    

This Article is From: www.nj.com
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Clarksville Police Continue To Search For Missing USPS Master Key

"...CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Police continue to search for a stolen United States Postal Service master key and one of the three suspects still on the run. Officials say Clarksville Montgomery county residents are still at risk of becoming victims but police are hoping someone knows where 29-year-old Katlin Paterson is hiding..."    

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Is the USPS the largest employer of veterans?

"...The U.S. Postal Service, with more than 100,000 former military men and women on the payroll, ranks among the nation's largest employers of veterans, along with Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense. Veterans and disabled veterans collectively make up over 24 percent of the USPS workforce..."    

This Article is From: www.legion.org
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Trump’s silence about postal service report suggests his pricing claims proved false

Task Force to evaluate the finances of the United States Postal Service

"...Trump had issued an executive order on the night of April 12, calling for an evaluation of the USPS’s finances, after some analysts, a former Postmaster General and some news-service reports said Trump’s claim that the USPS lost $1.50 on every package it delivered for Amazon was not accurate. The due date for the task force’s report was Aug. 10. The fact that Trump has stayed “uncharacteristically quiet” on the post office since that date “suggests the recommendations were unsatisfactory to the administration..."    

This Article is From: www.marketwatch.com
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Postal worker charged with firing shots at Federal Reserve Bank of Mpls.

"...Two Federal Reserve officers say they heard three loud blasts coming near the top of the Minneapolis Central Post Office parking ramp the night of July 21. Investigators later discovered Wood, who's an employee of the post office, had..."    

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hawaii and Islands: Hurricane Lane impacts U.S. Postal Service operations, mail delivery

"...HONOLULU (KHON2) - In anticipation of the impact of Hurricane Lane, the U.S. Postal Service announced the following adjustments to its operations for Thursday, Aug. 23..."    

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Millennials Get Blamed for a Lot, But They Could Help to Save the U.S. Postal Service

"...Millennials get a bad rap for destroying everything from homeownership rates to fabric softener sales, but there's one important traditional industry they're enthusiastic about: the U.S. Postal Service. According to CityLab, a new USPS report (PDF) finds that..."    

This Article is From: mentalfloss.com
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Friday, August 10, 2018

Muscle Shoals (Alabama) Post Office building shut down over health, safety concerns

"...closed until further notice pending “an assessment of possible health and safety issues with the building,” according to a news release from the USPS. Details about the issues were not specified..."    

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Postal Task Force Has Recommendations Ready for the President

"...The executive order that created the task force, which Trump signed in April, gave the group four months to deliver its recommendations. That deadline was set for Aug. 10. The task force plans to deliver the report to the White House this week, a Treasury Department spokesperson told Government Executive, and will provide the president with a briefing next week when he is expected to return from New Jersey..."    

This Article is From: www.govexec.com
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Video: How Houston ranks with U.S. Postal Service

"...How is the USPS doing here in Houston? So far, 2018's been a tricky year. Houston is the third-worst area in the country for package delivery..."    

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Amazon forms U.S. Postal Service lobby group with other companies

"...Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and other retail and logistics companies said on Wednesday they had started a new group to lobby to keep the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) package delivery services 'reliable and affordable...presidential task force, McHugh said. With the task force’s Aug. 10 report deadline looming..."    

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Custodian discovers World War II letter at Elgin post office, returns keepsake to writer's family

"...Caulfield asked around and learned Gathman worked at the Elgin Post Office from 1940 to 1973. Caulfield and his wife then used Facebook to track down Gathman’s son, Bruce, who lives in South Carolina. Caulfield sent him the letter via priority mail..."    

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Birmingham brothers sentenced to federal prison in Mexican cartel drug distribution case

"...The investigation began when U.S. Postal inspectors and SBI agents began investigating mailings of dozens of packages from Phoenix, Arizona to the Birmingham area in December 2016, according to court documents. The investigation began after postal inspectors in Arizona contacted inspectors in Alabama about a package they had intercepted and found to contain more than three pounds of methamphetamine. The package was addressed to a Birmingham-area home...the person who mailed that package as Deron Lee Green, a former Alabama resident with family in Birmingham..."    

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Postal worker dies. May have succumbed to heat

Postal worker, nearing retirement, dies in record-setting CA heat

"...A dedicated employee with 28 years of service, and close to retirement, Peggy Frank had just returned to work from medical leave...Tragedy struck Friday, her first day of work in months after suffering a broken ankle, according to family. The 63-year-old was found unresponsive in her mail delivery truck as temperatures topped more than 115 degrees"    

This Article is From: www.tucsonnewsnow.com
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Fired Up and Ready to Go! Contract Negotiations Begin Between the APWU and USPS

"...Dimondstein discussed the union’s general goals for bargaining: fair compensation, safe workplaces free of harassment, job security and opportunity to enjoy secure and dignified retirements. “Our members want an end to the divisive unfair three-tier wage and benefit structure,” he said. “We want an end to the situation where new hires do not, or barely make, a living wage, and where full-time career work has been undermined..."    

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

President Trump, Jeff Bezos And The Solution For The United States Postal Service

"...Amazon today announced a new program designed to encourage entrepreneurs to enter into an agreement with Amazon to open their own Amazon-backed delivery service. In exchange for a $10,000 investment, Amazon will provide up to 40 vans and allow drivers to wear Amazon-branded uniforms. Entrepreneurs can earn up to $300,000 annually according to Amazon..."    

This Article is From: www.forbes.com
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Amazon Drives Deeper Into Package Delivery

"...Amazon says it has to build out its own services simply to handle the surging number of online orders that UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service can’t. More than $4 of every $10 spent online in the U.S. is on Amazon.com, and the number of its deliveries topped more than a billion last year, according to analyst estimates..."    

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Job Losses, Relocations Could Result from Reorganization Plan

"...The Trump administration’s blueprint for reorganizing a host of federal agencies and programs, released Thursday, contains no specific projections on the impact of federal employees working in them, although if carried out the plans could result in the loss of many federal jobs and the relocation of others. The “Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century” document..."    

This Article is From: www.fedweek.com
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

UPS, Teamsters May Be Headed Toward America’s Biggest Labor Strike in Decades

"...the nation’s largest strike in decades. On Tuesday, the union announced members voted more than 90% in favor of going on strike...One proposal on the negotiating table is to create a two-tier wage system that would take part-time workers who earn $15 an hour and make them full-time at the same wage. Existing full-time drivers now earn an average of $36 an hour, or roughly $75,000 a year. The Teamsters are divided on this proposal, which makes it harder to reach a deal and avoid a strike..."    

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