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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Obama Calls for Shedding 12K Postal Jobs. Will the Postal Service offer Buyouts and early retirements in response?

USPS Records First Profit in Five Years as Obama Calls for Shedding 12K Postal Jobs.

"...President Obama still proposed the agency slash 12,000 employees in his fiscal 2017 budget. USPS posted a net income of $307 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016, the first such gain since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. ..."    


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Online Sellers Continue to Have Problems with USPS Changes

Online Sellers Continue to Have Problems with USPS Changes

"...understanding the change only applies to Commercial Base rates. Sellers who expect to get the lower rate at their local Post Office are disappointed to learn it's only available through online postage providers (but, not the USPS's own Click N Ship site - another wrinkle). And that leads to a yet another challenge sellers are facing: because FCPS for packages between 13 - 16 ounces is not available at the Post Office window, some postal clerks are rejecting packages that sellers drop off with Commercial Base rate labels affixed..."    


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Thursday, January 21, 2016

APWU Contract Update: Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

APWU Contract Arbitration to Begin Feb. 17

"... Management wants to gut the COLA for current workers and is seeking a new tier in the career workforce that would earn no COLAs; have virtually no protection against layoffs, and face a reduction in annual leave and sick leave. (The APWU currently has a three-tier workforce, consisting of pre-2010 career employees; post-2010 career employees – who earn lower pay..."    


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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

eBay Unprepared for One Key USPS Rate Change

eBay Unprepared for One Key USPS Rate Change

"...good news for online sellers who ship packages weighing between 13 oz. and 15.99 oz. However, eBay's system has not updated those particular rates for sellers using its shipping labels to print postage. The USPS is now extending First Class Package Service (FCPS) beyond the previous 13-ounce limit to 15.99, resulting in savings for shippers..."    


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Friday, January 15, 2016

Drug shipment seized at Leighton post office in Alabama, meth and marijuana seized, two arrested

Drug shipment seized, ICE and marijuana seized, two arrested

"...Burns said information gained by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service was key to the seizure and making the arrest. He said arrests were made after Robinson and Oates picked up a package containing the drugs at the Leighton post office. ..."    


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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

USPS provides answers for slump in area mail service

USPS provides answers for slump in area mail service

"...LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Residents have complained about the unreliable postal service in Moss Bluff and Lake Charles for months..."    


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Monday, January 11, 2016

USPS Ranked Most Favorable Federal Agency

USPS Ranked Most Favorable Federal Agency

"...The top 5 rated agencies include the USPS, National Park Service, Center for Disease Control, NASA and the FBI...."    


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Saturday, January 9, 2016

St. Johns County man says getting mail means making a 40-mile round-trip

St. Johns County man says getting mail means making a 40-mile round-trip

"...said he learned that delivery wouldn’t begin until a certain percentage of the more than 30 home lots were occupied. Mogle is the second homeowner to buy and occupy a property. Because of the Postal Service’s occupancy rule, he had to go to a location in Jacksonville to pick up his mail, he said. “I know what’s right and what’s wrong, and this is totally wrong. ... The post office is supposed to deliver my mail, period,” Mogle said..."    


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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Grand Rapids postal carrier chases down package thieves

Grand Rapids postal carrier chases down package thieves

"...Louie Kunst was delivering packages in the Heritage Hill area when he noticed three teenagers walking down the sidewalk..."    


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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Postal Service unveils its new stamps for 2016

Postal Service unveils its new stamps for 2016

"...The Postal Service is providing a preview of its 2016 stamp program that is sure to attract the interest of fans of Sarah Vaughan, Star Trek, NASA’s New Horizons mission, Trucks, Shirley Temple, flowers, soda fountain fans and the holidays — just to name a small handful..."    


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Monday, December 21, 2015

South Florida P&DC goes for $5.8 million more than the USPS sold it for, just two months ago

South Florida P&DC goes for $5.8 million more than the USPS sold it for, just two months ago

"...The City of Pembroke Pines thus made a quick and hefty profit of $5.7 million, pretty much at the expense of the Postal Service. One has to wonder why CBRE, the Postal Service’s exclusive real estate agent, wasn’t able to get more for the property. How was the City of Pembroke Pines able to find a buyer willing to pay $5.8 million more than the City had paid the Postal Service, just two months earlier? ...Postal Service has maintained a retail post office on the property by leasing space from the City of Pembroke Pines ..."    


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

US Postal Service to hoverboards: You're grounded

US Postal Service to hoverboards: You're grounded

"...USPS is limiting shipping options for self-balancing scooters due to safety concerns after reports that some hoverboards have caught fire...."    


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Friday, December 11, 2015

ISIS May Have Passport Machine, Blank Passports

US Intel: ISIS May Have Passport Printing Machine, Blank Passports

"...“Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S.,” the report says ..."    


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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Postal Worker Honored For 50 Years Of Service

Postal Worker Honored For 50 Years Of Service

"...Richard McDonald celebrated his golden anniversary Wednesday at the Belle Meade post office where he delivers mail. When he started, stamps were..."    


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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Mail Handlers union fighting hard to protect America's Mail Processing Infrastructure

NPMHU Prevails in First Phase of National Arbitration Challenging Proposed Closings and Consolidations

"...The NPMHU has prevailed in the first phase of its National arbitration against the Postal Service challenging many of the proposed closings and consolidations of mail processing plants under the Area Mail Processing guidelines found in Handbook PO-408..."    


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

IG Taps Valbridge To Bring Transparency to USPS' Real Estate Portfolio

IG Taps Valbridge To Bring Transparency to USPS' Real Estate Portfolio

"...Valbridge's award of this contract follows a series of reports by the OIG this past year that have identified what the OIG perceives to be failures by the Postal Service to properly manage its real estate holdings. Earlier this month, a report by the OIG determined that the Postal Service did not know how many vacant properties it owned or leased..."    


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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Federal employees must now be extra careful about what they tweet at work

Federal employees must now be extra careful about what they tweet at work

"...Outside of work hours, employees may identify their political views on Facebook in the appropriate field and even post photos of themselves with candidates for office..."    


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Friday, November 13, 2015

American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

"...The American Postal Workers Union announced today that its National Executive Board has voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. The vote follows Sanders’ rousing speech to more than 2,000 activists at the union’s All-Craft Conference, held in Las Vegas, in late October, where he displayed a deep understanding of postal issues and workers’ concerns..."    


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Postal Police Officer Shot by Fake Cops in Newark: Sources

Postal Police Officer Shot by Fake Cops in Newark: Sources

"...police impersonators got out of their car, a white Ford Crown Victoria, and attempted to rob the officer. The sources say that the officer reached for his gun and..."    


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

What is the eligibility for the Special Retirement Supplement?

What is the eligibility for the Special Retirement Supplement?

"...you are eligible for what is known as the Special Retirement Supplement or the Annuity Supplement if: you have..."    


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Delay of Mail: CO. Government Discourages Voters From Using the Mail

Colorado secretary of state warns against mailing ballots

"...Williams says that several county clerks have expressed concern that the U.S. Postal Service didn't deliver their ballots in a timely manner. So he suggests voters either drop off their ballots with their county clerk or use another county drop-off location..."    


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Canada’s Postal Agency Puts Restructuring Plans on Hold

Canada’s Postal Agency Puts Restructuring Plans on Hold

"...Canada’s government-owned postal agency said Monday it has put a temporary halt to plans to phase out door-to-door mail delivery in urban areas, about a week before a new Liberal government that promised to restore regular mail service comes to power..."    


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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

As private Post Offices fail at vital mission, privatization continues

Private post office rises in place of shuttered facility

"...A private post office — the U.S. Postal Service-contracted post office closed about three weeks ago amid an investigation into complaints of slow mail delivery — will be up and running as soon..."    


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Sunday, October 4, 2015

NPMHU Sues Postal Service Over SPSS Reversal

NPMHU Sues Postal Service Over SPSS Reversal

"...Late Thursday, August 13, 2015, the NPMHU National Office filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, claiming that the USPS breached its binding contractual obligations when it unilaterally announced a reversal of its earlier determination that the primary craft for operating the Small Parcel Sorting System is the Mail Handler craft. The NPMHU is seeking a declaration that the Postal Service has breached the tripartite agreement on jurisdictional craft assignments, as well as injunctive and monetary relief to remedy this breach. The APWU also has been named in the suit, as a required party to any litigation on this subject. ..."    


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Friday, October 2, 2015

Head Of Local Post Office Shows Up At Guy’s Door To Personally Apologize For USPS Package Tracking Mix-Up

Head Of Local Post Office Shows Up At Guy’s Door To Personally Apologize For USPS Package Tracking Mix-Up

"...there’s a happy ending in this case at least: Tony says the new postmaster in charge of his local office showed up on Wednesday to personally apologize to him for the mix-up..."    


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

USPS to Gain Large Fleet of 2016 Ram ProMaster Vans

USPS to Gain Large Fleet of 2016 Ram ProMaster Vans

"...Last year, the U.S. Postal Service processed 155.4 billion pieces of mail, and it did so with a fleet of over 211,000 vehicles. Now, the USPS is upgrading its fleet with 9,113 model-year 2016 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans, which should be suitable alternatives for delivering larger packages that the current Long Life Vehicle (LLV) can't handle..."    


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USPS Says It Tried To Deliver My Package, But Home Security Video Shows Otherwise

USPS Says It Tried To Deliver My Package, But Home Security Video Shows Otherwise

"...waiting around at home all day, only to check the tracking later and find that a carrier attempted delivery when you finally left the house. That’s what happened to Consumerist reader Tony — only he had video to prove that no one from USPS ever showed up, despite what the tracking information said online..."    


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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Settlers Bay contract post office being investigated, mail removed

Postal Service investigating Settlers Bay office

"...complaints of slow mail delivery at the Settlers Bay contract post office, a situation that came to a head on Saturday when local residents found the office had been closed...."    


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Saturday, September 19, 2015

New Hampshire Postal Workers Union has endorsed Bernie Sanders!

New Hampshire Postal Workers Union has endorsed Bernie Sanders!

"...New Hampshire Postal Workers Union has endorsed Bernie Sanders!..."    


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Service Standards: Will the court represent the people or stand by the PRC

APWU Goes to Court Over Service Standards

"...To avoid addressing the complaint, the PRC concluded that service regulations are unenforceable. Contrary to all past pronouncements, the commission declared that service standards couldn’t be “violated” in any legally meaningful sense. “This is an unauthorized revision of the law,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein, noting that the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) addresses USPS service standards. “Until the commission’s rule of unenforceability is corrected..."    


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Saturday, September 12, 2015

High Package Volumes Are Jamming USPS's Southern Area

High Package Volumes Are Jamming USPS's Southern Area

"...It delivers 15% more packages on average than the rest of the country; one route in Texas last year delivered twice its expected volume...."    


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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal

NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal

Proposed Remedy Would Restore Work to APWU Bargaining Unit

"...In a major blow to the Postal Service’s deal with Staples, Region 5 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint on June 26 charging that the USPS illegally subcontracted work to the office-supply chain and ordering the agency to return the work that existed on July 31, 2014, to the APWU bargaining unit...."    


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10 mobile tools that will bring the post office to the phone, according to the USPS OIG

10 mobile tools that will bring the post office to the phone, according to the USPS OIG

"...In anticipation of a second wave of digital disruption, the U.S. Postal Service's Inspector General released a report outlining 10 mobile-focused efforts..."    


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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Royal Mail: Criminal gangs infiltrated postal delivery services to intercept drugs, say officials

Criminal gangs infiltrated postal delivery services to intercept drugs, say officials

"...Subcontracted drivers working for Parcelforce – the parcel delivery arm of the Royal Mail – are under investigation after delivery vans were suspected to have stopped outside addresses without dropping off packages, said officials at the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)..."    


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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Bernie Sanders has implored PMG Brennan to end organizational changes that have delayed the delivery of mail

Is Bernie Sanders Holding Back the Postal Board of Governors?

"...Sanders had implored Brennan to end organizational changes that had slowed the delivery of mail. Yet last December, the board of governors called upon a federal statute to establish a temporary emergency committee with special powers to make decisions in the absence of a quorum ..."    


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Bomb squad destroys packages addressed to 'specific young women' at Murrysville post office

Bomb squad destroys packages addressed to 'specific young women' at Murrysville post office

"...Police said the packages were all addressed to specific female recipients. The postal service has been tracking packages to those people recently..."    


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Alabama Postal Worker indicted for role in tax fraud scheme

U.S. Postal Worker indicted for role in tax fraud scheme

"...Alabama town of Seale, has been indicted by a Montgomery grand jury on one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, 14 counts of mail fraud, 14 counts of aggravated identity theft and 14 counts of embezzling mail..."    


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Postal Service still turning a profit, despite recent dip

USPS still turning a profit, despite recent dip

"...a $1.2 billion controllable operating profit for the year. “This quarter is generally, from my understanding, on track with what we expected,” said Sarah Ninivaggi, USPS public relations representative. “We’re still on track to see a controllable income for the year.”..."    


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USPS email use on the Ashley Madison site to be investigated by 'internal' watchdog

U.S. Postal Service to review government email use for Ashley Madison site

"...The U.S. Postal Service and its internal watchdog plan to review whether or not some of the agency’s employees may have violated federal policies by using their government email on the infidelity website Ashley Madison..."    


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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

New standards for curbside mailboxes

Postal Service finalizes new standards for curbside mailboxes

"...Under the new rule, new locking and non-locking curbside mailboxes must be able to accommodate the insertion or removal of a new minimum-sized mail item 7 inches high by 13 inches wide by 16 inches deep..."    


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Worker hit by truck at postal service processing center

Worker hit by truck at postal service processing center

"...Wallingford facility on Saturday afternoon when he was knocked down and run over by a truck trying to back up to a loading dock..."    


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

"...On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution...."    


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Service deteriorates as feds dismantle Postal Service

Service deteriorates as feds dismantle USPS

"...USPS administration decided unilaterally to change delivery standards and at the same time close many of the large processing centers in the best postal service in the world...."    


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Another good bill introduced to save the USPS but will it result in legislation?

Senators Introduce Rural Postal Bill

"...The Rural Postal Act of 2015, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) on July 9, aims to improve mail service by restoring stronger service standards and placing a two-year moratorium on the closure of additional mail processing plants. It also would make the requirement for six-day mail delivery..."    


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