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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The "Mailbox Access Rule" Defined

Mailbox Access Rule

A federal statute that restricts mailboxes to properly paid U.S. Mail. In 1934, Congress enacted a law known as the “mailbox restriction” that prohibits anyone from placing mailable matter without postage into any mailbox.    


Glossary of Postal Terms. Publication 32. United States Postal Service. July 2013. Web. 24 March 2015.
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Epic fail of postal management, universal service and America's vital postal infrastructure continues

Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and the wrong BOG

"...From top to bottom, the management culture of the Postal Service is seriously problematic, and it has rightly come in for significant criticism. I’ve discussed the issue in several posts, here and here, and there are no end of articles about the subject, like this one by Jess Stoner that details the abuses that everyday postal workers encounter from local managers. Steven Musacco's "Beyond Going Postal: Shifting from Workplace Tragedies and Toxic Work Environments to a Safe and Healthy Organization describes the long history of a failing postal management culture..."    


This Article is From: www.savethepostoffice.com
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cyanide laced envelope thwarted from White House delivery

Envelope sent to white house tests positive for cyanide

"... According to the Secret Services, an envelope sent to the White House has been tested positive for cyanide. ..."    


This Article is From: uncovermichigan.com
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Closure of Pocatello Mail Processing Center Concerns Residents

Mayor Holds 11th Hour Town Hall to Reverse USPS Plant Closure
"... There is still a little time before the Flandro Drive Processing Plant closes for good. Mayor Blad listed the phone numbers and addresses that residents can call or write to appeal to them to change the post office’s mind.

Postal Board of Governors:
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260
Phone: 202-268-4800

Postmaster General:
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, DC 20260
Phone: 202-268-4264

President of the United States:
1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1414 ..."
   

This Article is From: www.kpvi.com
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Federal Express Corp. top-ranked contractor of the U.S. Postal Service

Salmon Cos. No. 3 On List of Top USPS Contractors

"... Salmon Cos. of North Little Rock, the mail hauler long known as Pat Salmon & Sons, was the third-largest contractor ..."    


This Article is From: www.arkansasbusiness.com
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hidden spy camera found at Golden Post Office

Mysterious spy cameras collecting data at post offices

"...Within an hour of FOX31 Denver discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Golden Post Office, the device was ..."    


This Article is From: kdvr.com
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Friday, March 6, 2015

We need Congress to stop cuts to service, closures and consolidation of processing facilities and restore the overnight service standard

America needs Congress to act now for real reform of Postal Service

"...What America needs is real postal reform and we need Congress to act now. We need Congress to stop cuts to service, closures and consolidation of processing facilities and restore the overnight service standard. Congress must repeal the mandate to pre-fund future retiree health benefits and return pension over-payments back to the USPS. Reform must include maintaining six-day delivery as well as home delivery. Postal reform must preserve the collective-bargaining process. Collective-bargaining has been in effect since the creation of USPS and ensures good, working-class jobs that support thousands of American workers and their families. ..."    


This Article is From: www.nhregister.com
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Constitution and The Post Office

A big day in the history of the United States Postal Service

"... The Articles of Confederation, which preceded the Constitution, also made it clear that the government “shall also have the sole and exclusive right and power of … establishing or regulating post offices from one State to another, throughout all the United States, and exacting such postage on the papers passing through the same as may be requisite to defray the expenses of the said office.” ..."    


This Article is From: constitutioncenter.org
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Roanoke Mail Processing to move, but some jobs to remain out of necessity

About 200 US Postal Service jobs moving from Roanoke to Greensboro

"...will affect 105 clerks, 70 mail handlers and 25 maintenance workers. Some employees will remain in Roanoke, where packages and express and priority mail will still be handled...."    


This Article is From: www.wxii12.com
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Disposable Camera Captures Its Own Trip Across the United States

Disposable Camera Captures Its Own Trip Across the United States

Image via petapixel.com
"...Five years ago, web designer Matthew McVickar decided to give one lucky disposable camera a free vacation, sending it through the mail from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Honolulu, Hawaii with the instructions “Take a photo before you pass it on!”. When he got the camera back, there were seven photographs taken by various workers in the United States Postal Service that show the cameras journey (and the inner workings of the USPS!). ..."    

This Article is From: petapixel.com
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Photos: Disposable Camera Sent Via Postal Service Provides Pictures During Travels

Disposable Camera Sent Via Snail Mail

Photo courtesy of uncustomary.org
Photo courtesy of uncustomary.org
"... sent a disposable camera through the mail in a way that allowed postal workers to document its journey. I decided I would finally do it myself, and fashioned a camera to some cardboard with tape and the appropriate cut outs. I sent it out to my friend Olivia in Chicago and waited. ..."    

This Article is From: uncustomary.org
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Redding mail processing plant scheduled to close April 18

Amendment to keep mail processing centers open fails

"...The Redding plant, whose date keeps getting pushed back, is now scheduled to close April 18...."    


This Article is From: redding.com
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Postal Service Mail Sorting to be removed from Erie mail processing facility but facility will remain open

Postal Service moves to close Erie mail-sorting facility

"...The building will remain open, housing garage facilities, bulk mail receiving and a retail postal location. What's changing is that most of the sorting would be moved to Pittsburgh or Rochester, N.Y., Kelly said. ..."    


This Article is From: www.goerie.com
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Friday, February 13, 2015

Postal Service dealing with national computer outage since yesterday

Postal Service dealing with national computer outage — hackers not involved

"...Delancey said the outage is not the result of a cyber attack. She could not immediately provide details on the hardware installation that triggered the problems. The Postal Service fell victim to a cyber attack last year..."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Mail sorting to end at toledo facility, but will still need truck drivers, mail handlers, retail clerks, and custodial staff

U.S. Postal Service will end sorting operation in Toledo

"...Delivery trucks will then run to Toledo’s main post office, Mr. Van Allen said, and from there the mail will be transferred into other trucks for local delivery as occurred before. Toledo’s main post office will still need truck drivers, mail handlers, retail clerks, and custodial staff, he said. ..."    


This Article is From: www.toledoblade.com
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Who says the Postal Service is Broke: New vehicle contract could be worth $5 billion+

Postal Service Seeks to Retire the Old Mail Truck

"...The proposal is for some 180,000 “next-generation delivery vehicles,” which would over time replace the 163,000 right-hand-drive, light-duty mail-delivery trucks now in use. The service says the trucks would ideally cost between $25,000 and $35,000. ..."    


This Article is From: www.wsj.com
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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SEEING DOUBLE -- Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile

SEEING DOUBLE -- Post office twins provide stellar service with a smile

"...'They take care of the customer. They are two of the most pleasant people I ever met. They greet everybody. They're friendly and very knowledgeable. If they don't know the answer, they go get it. They don't leave a customer upset. They take care of the problems. I don't have to worry about the window with those two and Judy Hooper and Paul Russomanno.' ..."    


This Article is From: www.wilsonpost.com
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Major U.S. utility company, found that 91 percent of customers choose to receive their statements by mail

Can the Postal Service cling to hope that people still want paper bills?

"...“Research shows that consumers value the physical mail-piece as a record-keeping tool and reminder to pay,” the report said. “In general, customers value having options for bill delivery and payment.” ..."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Help Please: Young 'Bubby Everson' wants mail while dealing with health issues

Boy facing health issues wants birthday mail

Bubby Everson wants mail
..."What Bubby Everson really wants is mail. People across the country are starting to deliver, according to dad Thomas Everson....If you'd like to send Bubby a letter, the address is: Bubby Everson, P.O. Box 1142 Graham, WA 98338..."    

This Article is From: www.king5.com
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Turning point in relations between federal unions and the GOP?

End of 40 years of war in sight?

"... Over the past four decades, many feds have come to see Republicans as anti-government, anti-bureaucrats out to get them, and you can see why. On the other hand, it seems that Democratic politicians have realized they have a permanent hall pass with many feds, and most unions. They can support sequestration and three years of a pay freeze then ..."    


This Article is From: www.federalnewsradio.com
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Postal Service saw an operating profit of $1.1 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2015

In the black? Postal Service has a 'fantastic quarter'

"...The Postal Service saw an operating profit of $1.1 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2015, fueled by record numbers of package deliveries, according to financial information released by the agency Feb. 6. ..."    


This Article is From: www.federaltimes.com
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Mail seem slow? Postal service change is likely the cause

Mail seem slow? Postal service change is likely the cause

"...If you’ve recently suspected that letters and bills have been bit slower in arriving in your mailbox, you’re not imagining it...."    


This Article is From: journaltimes.com
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Inspector General: Postal Service hasn't analyzed impact of closing and consolidating processing plants or informed stakeholders of changes to the consolidation plan

USPS plant closures would halt under Keystone XL bill rider

"...The USPS inspector general says, in an Oct. 6 memo, that the Postal Service hasn't analyzed the impact of closing and consolidating processing plants or informed stakeholders of changes to the consolidation plan. ..."    


This Article is From: www.fiercegovernment.com
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Amendment would re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow trying to stop closures that could slow down Michigan mail

"...The amendment she introduced and joined 12 other senators in authoring would also re-establish overnight delivery standards for first-class mail. ..."    


This Article is From: www.mlive.com
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Postal Service Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Some Facilities, Leaves Most Facilities Clueless With No Information

USPS Delays Scheduled Consolidations at Many Facilities

"...When the U.S. Postal Service announced it would shutter 82 mail processing facilities in 2015, it planned to start closing many of the plants in January. But for at least 10 of the facilities, USPS has now moved back that timetable to April or later. ..."    


This Article is From: www.govexec.com
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Postal Service problems noted in rural areas after changes

U.S. Postal Service: Problems noted in rural areas

"...It happens to be the first invoice I pay every month, and according to my records, it had been mailed Jan. 2. In a phone call to the headquarters in Great Falls, they said they had received my check a day after they had mailed me the notice. Where had this check been for 10 days?..."    


This Article is From: missoulian.com
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One passenger dead after smoke fills L'Enfant Plaza metro station in downtown Washington

1 dead after smoke shuts down D.C. metro station

"...The buildings largely house private businesses, but the U.S. Postal Service is also headquartered at L'Enfant Plaza...."    


This Article is From: cnn.com
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

IG pushes Postal Service to create a more flexible workplace

IG pushes USPS to create a more flexible workplace

"...the following efforts: Establish annualized work hours, as opposed to a standard 40-hour workweek. Create work or job sharing processes, allowing more collaboration between employees and the ability for some employees to cover absences of others. Allow employes to self-schedule or trade shifts. Establish a roster of supplemental employees, or recalled retirees, to be used during peak times of year and absences. Allow employees to maintain reduced work hours in order to deal with issues in their personal life. ..."    


This Article is From: fedscoop.com
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Postal worker pleads guilty to harassment for outburst at Financial District beauty salon

Postal worker pleads guilty to harassment for outburst at Financial District beauty salon

"...failed to unknot her hair quickly enough during the appointment she had while wearing her U.S. Postal Service uniform..."    


This Article is From: www.nydailynews.com
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Houston postal service workers not getting paid on time

Houston USPS workers not getting paid on time

"...Houston post office employees say they are not getting paid on time. It's happening at a Houston mail processing facility that has been the center of customer complaints about slow mail delivery. ..."    


This Article is From: abc13.com
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‘Snail mail’ is about to get even slower

‘Snail mail’ is about to get even slower (Opinion)

"...On Jan. 4, the U.S. Postal Service postmaster general virtually eliminated the overnight delivery standard for first class mail...."    


This Article is From: www.gazettetimes.com
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Two sentenced for robbing and shooting a postal employee

2 sentenced for robbing, shooting postal employee

"...Charles Jackson and Kendrick Watkins were convicted in August of robbing the truck in Conley shortly before Christmas in 2013, the time of year when postal volume is at its highest. They conspired with a third defendant, former postal employee Latonya Evans, to plan the robbery; Evans gave Jackson and Watkins non-public information to help them commit the crime...."    


This Article is From: www.11alive.com
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Postal Service does not plan to update its impact studies before the consolidation plan begins

Postal Service poised to begin controversial plant closures next week

"...The Postal Service said it could not complete the statutorily required analyses because it had not yet finalized its new processing guidelines, which will scale back delivery standards starting on Monday. The agency does not plan to update its impact studies before the consolidation plan begins, Ninivaggi said. ..."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Will President Obama Save America's Postal Service Network?

How Obama Can Help Rescue the Postal Service Right Now
"...Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who is retiring in February (the Board of Governors already chose his replacement, key deputy Megan Brennan), has proposed the elimination of nearly one-third of its workforce by 2015, the sharpest drop-off in employment in USPS history. He has stuck to this plan despite resistance from Congress. “Innovation” for Donahoe translates into mail processing center closures, reduced hours, repeated attempts to end Saturday delivery and partial privatization through partnerships with retail outlets like Staples. Lower service standards scheduled to take place on January 5 will practically eliminate overnight mail and tee up the closures of 82 more mail processing plants...."    

This Article is From: www.thefiscaltimes.com
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Postal Service is warning patrons of a malicious email

Postal Service is warning patrons of a malicious email

The postal service is warning customers to be on the alert for a malicious email. The email contains a link, that when opened, will install a virus that can steal any personal information found on your computer. Do not open the email, simply delete it.

The following is the alert posted by the Postal Service:

"BEWARE OF SPAM!
BOGUS E-MAILS SENT TO POSTAL CUSTOMERS

Some postal customers are receiving bogus e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges. The e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a malicious virus that can steal personal information from your PC. The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain fraudulent information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. You are instructed to click on a link , open the attachment, or print the label. But Postal Inspectors warn: D on't do it ! Like most viruses sent by e-mail, clicking on the link or opening the attachment will activate a virus that can steal information— su ch as your user name, password, and financial account information. What to do? Simply delete the message without taking any further action. The Postal Inspection Service is working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program. If you have questions about a delivery or wish to report spam, please call 1- 800 - ASK -USPS or email spam@uspis.gov . "

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Monday, December 22, 2014

As mail processing plants close, mail delivery after 5 p.m. is becoming an increasing problem

Residents are getting more nighttime visits from postal carriers

"...An audit published earlier this year by the Postal Service said that mail delivery after 5 p.m. is becoming an increasing problem in some parts of the country and cited staffing shortages as the main reason...."    


This Article is From: www.latimes.com
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Friday, December 19, 2014

FedEx Driver Shot While Driving Truck: No Arrest Yet

No arrests yet after FedEx driver is shot in his truck

"...Police said the shooter was a man between 35 and 40 years old, wearing a Dallas Cowboys jacket, and driving a gray or silver 2002 Chrysler Town & Country minivan with Tennessee license plate 633-YKY...."    


This Article is From: wreg.com
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Congressman Jason Chaffetz: Postal reform will be a major focus of his tenure as chairman

Jason Chaffetz promises less personal Oversight

Congressman Jason Chaffetz
Congressman Jason Chaffetz
"...Postal reform — a longtime oversight issue — will also be a major focus of his tenure as chairman, Chaffetz said. Chaffetz said he wants to avoid the personal attacks members have engaged in during testy exchanges during committee hearings. Issa was famously criticized for having the microphone turned off when Cummings..."    

This Article is From: www.politico.com
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sen. Carper: those who opposed him would bear the blame for the consolidations.

How a Major Postal Overhaul Nearly Made Its Way Into the CRomnibus

"...When the lawmakers at last week’s meeting told Carper it was too late to move forward with such a sweeping bill and said they should instead focus on preventing the facility closures, an aide said Carper rejected the proposal...."    


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Maintenance Craft Wins $8.64 Million Remedy for Improper Subcontracting

Maintenance Craft Wins $8.64 Million Remedy for Improper Subcontracting

"...After the 2010 ruling, the Postal Service engaged in its “normal pattern” of “delay and obfuscate,” asserting that no monetary remedy was appropriate and refusing to supply the union with information necessary to determine a monetary remedy, Raymer said...."    


This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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Friday, December 12, 2014

Postal Change of Address: Tips on submitting an Official online 'Change of Address' with the Postal Service

Postal Change of Address: Tips on submitting an Official online 'Change of Address' with the Postal Service

Example
"...The Postal Service does offer a legitimate Change of Address service online, to include the form you need to complete this action. However, there are many sites that offer or claim to offer the same Change of Address service for a larger fee. Please note that we offer examples such as screen capture images..."    

This Article is From: postal-change-of-address.blogspot.com
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Report: Postal Service would lose money if it abandoned mail processing

Report: USPS would lose money if it abandoned mail processing

"...In the report, Panzar found that if the Postal Service would completely abandon mail processing, there will be an overall loss in both efficiency and profits. "The Postal Service is made worse off..."    


This Article is From: www.fiercegovernment.com
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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Postal Facility closures could cause substantial adverse employment and economic impacts, lost tax revenues to the federal, or state and local governments

Report: Tucson would lose $49M in postal consolidation

"...The institute’s analysis concluded that the “USPS figures on ‘savings’ do not account for the substantial adverse employment and economic impacts on Arizona or the lost tax revenues to the federal, or state and local governments.”..."    


This Article is From: tucson.com
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Video: Concerned Senators Call for a Moratorium on Postal Plant Closures

Senators Call for a Moratorium on Plant Closures

C-SPAN2
"...Three champions of a strong, public Postal Service gave impassioned speeches against the consolidation of mail processing plants on the floor of the Senate on Dec. 4. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) called for a moratorium on plant closures...."    

This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Missouri senators weigh in on U.S. Postal Service consolidations

Missouri senators weigh in on U.S. Postal Service consolidations

"..."There is no reason that the USPS cannot delay its consolidations to provide time for the public to see and comment on the service standard worksheets," the senators wrote in the letter. "It is only fair to allow the process to unfold in this way, and the USPS gains little by deciding to continue the consolidation process on its current, arbitrary timeline." ..."    


This Article is From: www.semissourian.com
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

USPS 911 Call Delayed Up to 50 Minutes; Employee Dies

APWU Demands Info on Emergency Procedures

"...“According to the USPS, this chain of events wasn’t a mistake. It was a policy,” the television report noted. “Employees are routinely instructed not to call 911, but to alert a supervisor first.” The Postal Service’s written policy says, “Only the Postal Police are to initiate the 911 procedure.”..."    


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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lawsuit against the Postal Service over sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office

National Trust joins Berkeley in suit against Postal Service

"...The suit complains that the Postal Service has failed to comply with federal historic preservation laws prior to entering into a contract for sale of the building. The National Trust’s complaint is..."    


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Staples To Close More Stores Than Originally Planned

Staples To Close More Stores Than Originally Planned

Stop Staples
"...Staples also said that it has closed 127 stores in North America so far this year and now expects to close about 170 stores during 2014. This is an increase from its previous guidance of 140 store closures in 2014. The company’s total revenue fell 2.5 percent..."    

This Article is From: cbslocal.com
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New Revelations on USPS Cyber Security Breach

Follow-Up Statement to APWU Members from President Mark Dimondstein

"... Unfortunately, it appears the breach was worse than originally thought. Apparently, information regarding OWCP records that were shared with the Department of Labor exposed medical records, bank account and routing information for tens of thousands of employees and retirees. The Postal Service plans to issue follow-up letters to those impacted by the latest findings shortly.
..."    


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Will the destruction of the Postal Service end with retirement of PMG Donahoe?

The Postmaster General Hangs Up His Mail Bag, With a Parting Shot at Congress

"...Donahoe pushed to close smaller, less trafficked post offices and mail distribution centers. He enticed older postal employees to retire by offering buyouts to tens of thousands of them (postal employment has dropped from 620,000 to 490,000 on this watch)..."    


This Article is From: time.com
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