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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..."    

This Article is From: www.huffingtonpost.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.knoxnews.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.wsj.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: time.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.fastcompany.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.journal-news.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.foxnews.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: wgntv.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.newschannel5.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.kare11.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.khon2.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: whnt.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.khou.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.reuters.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.chicagotribune.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.al.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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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..."    

This Article is From: www.wsj.com
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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..."    

This Article is From: ktla.com
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Remembering President Emeritus William Burrus

"...William Burrus served as elected National President of the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO from 2001-2010. He was the first African-American to be elected president of any national union in direct balloting by the membership. Prior to his assuming the presidency, William Burrus served as APWU Executive Vice-President for 21 years, from 1980 to 2001, working alongside APWU President Moe Biller. As a top national APWU officer, Brother Burrus helped negotiate substantial gains for the members with improved wages, and benefits, rightfully earning his reputation as a skilled negotiator and powerful advocate for postal workers..."    

This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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Friday, April 20, 2018

USPS: Prattville Alabama Post Office remains closed as ATF investigation continues

"...front lobby and postal box area of the post office remain closed as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) continue to..."    

This Article is From: WSFA via Postal eDaily
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

President Issues Executive Order on USPS

"...The Executive Order calls for a full report within 120 days to provide a “thorough evaluation of the operations and finance” of the USPS to include:

  • the expansion and pricing of package delivery
  • the USPS role in competitive markets
  • the decline in mail volume and implications of USPS financing
  • the USPS monopoly over letter delivery and mail boxes
  • the USPS business model, workforce, operations, costs and pricing.

  • The task force will potentially develop recommendations on administrative and legislative reforms regarding the U.S. Postal Service..."    

    This Article is From: American Postal Workers Union
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    Thursday, March 29, 2018

    Senate bill would force Postal Service retirees onto Medicare

    "...A retiree may have to pay another $1,600 or more per year in Medicare premiums, according to Thissen. “A Postal Service Medicare eligible annuitant subject to this section may not continue coverage under the Postal Service Health Benefits Program unless the Postal Service Medicare eligible annuitant enrolls in Medicare part A, Medicare part B and Medicare part D,” the bill said..."    

    This Article is From: www.federaltimes.com
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    Saturday, March 24, 2018

    USPS Files Patent To Use Blockchain Tech In User Identity Verification

    "...The United States Postal Service (USPS) had filed a patent last September for a system with public and private keys and a “block chain [sic] component” for authenticating user information, according to a patent filing released yesterday, March 22, by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The patent, titled “Methods and Systems for a Digital Trust Architecture..."    

    This Article is From: cointelegraph.com
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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    1 injured as package bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility

    "...A package bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution center near San Antonio on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was linked to a series of four homemade bombs that hit the Texas capital of Austin this month..."    

    This Article is From: www.msn.com
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    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Man Arrested in White Powder Mailings to Donald Trump Jr., Antonio Sabato Jr., Other Public Figures: Feds

    "...Authorities say they've arrested the man who sent an envelope of white powder to the Manhattan apartment of Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa last month. Federal prosecutors in Boston said Thursday morning the 24-year-old man, Daniel Frisiello, mailed five envelopes filled with powder to..."    

    This Article is From: www.nbcnewyork.com
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    Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    ‘Chemical incident’ at US military base as 11 people taken ill after ‘opening letter’

    "...at least 11 people fell ill because of a letter containing suspicious material. Five people reportedly suffered nose bleeds and burning sensations said to have been caused by an unidentified substance..."    

    This Article is From: www.thesun.co.uk
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    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

    U.S. Postal Worker Has Been Found Fatally Shot Inside a Mail Truck in Texas

    "...A U.S. Postal Service worker was found fatally shot inside a mail truck along a busy highway in Dallas on Monday, and investigators are treating the case as a homicide, according to police. Officers found the worker’s body inside the government..."    

    This Article is From: time.com
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    Monday, February 19, 2018

    COLA 2018: APWU and NPMHU represented employees to get 1st COLA of 2018

    First Cost of Living Allowance of 2018 - $520 to be effective March 3rd

    "...This COLA increase is based on the upward change in the relevant Consumer Price Index (CPI) following release of the January 2018 Index, and provides an annual increase of $520 for all Steps in..."    

    This Article is From: NPMHU 317
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    Monday, February 12, 2018

    Donald Trump Jr's wife in hospital after opening letter containing white powder

    "...Vanessa Trump, daughter-in-law to US President Donald Trump called 911 on Monday morning (NZT Tuesday) after opening a letter addressed to her husband, at their midtown Manhattan apartment. Police say she said she was coughing and felt nauseous afterwards..."    

    This Article is From: www.stuff.co.nz
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