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Friday, November 21, 2014

Staples To Close More Stores Than Originally Planned

Staples To Close More Stores Than Originally Planned

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"...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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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Postal Service Contractor injured as Parcel Belt Dumper falls

Contractor critically injured after accident at USPS distribution center

"...MacGregor said a contractor was repairing a piece of machinery that loads packages onto a conveyor belt when a hydraulic line burst, causing the machine to fall onto him. Officials compared the machine the victim was working on to a dump truck...."    


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to retire

"...Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will retire Feb. 1 ...The board named Postal Service veteran Megan Brennan as the new postmaster general...."    


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Postmaster General Donahoe Stepping Down Feb. 1

Postmaster General Donahoe Says He'll Retire Feb. 1 After Leading Troubled Agency for 4 Years

"...Postmaster General Donahoe says he'll retire Feb. 1 after leading troubled agency for 4 years...."    


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Postal Service should cancel AMP Phase 2 Events to prevent postal network destruction

Unions Fight Postal Service Plans To Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards

"...According to the postal service, the plant consolidations would most affect first-class mail. Personal letters, bills and greeting cards..."    


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Union wants to know why it took so long for USPS to notify union / employees of data breach

Union Accuses USPS of Illegally Keeping Its Data Breach a Secret

"...The American Postal Workers Union have sent an official complaint to the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that it was illegally kept in the dark about the major data breach revealed this week. Postal Service workers found out that hackers had stolen 800,000 employees personal data, including Social Security numbers, at the same time as the rest of the country, and their union leaders are not happy about it...."    


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Data of more than 800,000 postal employees allegedly breached by Chinese government hackers

China suspected of breaching U.S. Postal Service computer networks

The intrusion was discovered in mid-September

USPS Employee Data Breach
"...The compromised data included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, dates of employment and other information, officials said. Every employee from the letter carrier to the postmaster general was exposed...."    

This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Despite Legislative Clarity, Postal Service to eliminate intra-plant overnight commitment for collection mail

Phase II of Network Rationalization Resumes January 2015

"...Phase 2 was originally scheduled to begin February 1, 2014 with the adoption of First Class service standards that would eliminate the intra ‐ plant overnight commitment for collection mail (a mailer presort delivery option would be preserved)...."    


This Article is From: www.phoenixhecht.com
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12 Pounds of Marijuana Intercepted That Was being Sent via the U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Postal Service, Police Intercept 12 Pounds Marijuana; Man Charged

"...Clifton Knight of Hartford was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and possession of over 4 ounces of marijuana after authorities intercepted two packages containing a total of 12 pounds of marijuana being sent through the United States Postal Service..."    


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Postal Service network infrastructure destruction to begin in 2015

U.S. Postal Service to restart consolidation of Oshtemo Township and other mail distribution centers

"...Postal workers petitioned legislators to fight facility closures, and the moratorium was requested by Congress and granted, Todd said. But the decision-making ultimately falls with USPS leadership in Washington, D.C., and it is moving forward...."    


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Postal Service continues to slow mail delivery standards as it prepares for consolidation and/or closure of 82 more processing facilities in 2015

USPS continues to modify delivery standards

"...Some standard mail has been increased from three to four days. Besides the changes to the delivery standards, the report also describes changes to operations that USPS has made since 2012, such as shutting down several processing facilities and shifting long-distance transportation of some mail from air transportation to surface transportation, and how these changes have affected the delivery time. ..."    


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

The postal worker vote is a huge grouping of votes that can make a difference. Vote for those that are standing up for postal workers and those that are trying to halt facility closures

Get involved before it is too late – Election Day is around the corner!

"...We are asking all members of Congress to join with a majority of the Senate and over 160 House members in urging the Appropriations Committee to place a 1-year moratorium on this wrong-headed scheme by the PMG to drastically slow down Americas mail. While our lawmakers are home, we need to deliver the message that Congress can and must act to stop these imminent, reckless, and irreversible cuts to America’s mail!..."    


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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Lack of Service Standard Change Information in Postal Service Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies

To view the Performance Audit Report in full, cut, copy and paste the following link to your browser: https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/no-ma-15-001.pdf

USPS Phase 2 Consolidations Failed to Inform Stakeholders of Results
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This Article is From: https://www.uspsoig.gov/sites/default/files/document-library-files/2014/no-ma-15-001.pdf
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Happens if You do Not Have a Beneficiary Form on File?

What Happens if You do Not Have a Beneficiary Form on File?

Many people, over time, forget about updating their important beneficiary forms. Everyone should visit your postal records and verify that your beneficiary forms are up to date. If not, we suggest that you submit you do so as soon as possible.

If you do not have a valid beneficiary form on file, benefits will be paid in the order of precedence as noted on the beneficiary form—check each form for the exact wording that would apply. For example, this is the order of precedence from the TSP-3, Thrift Savings Plan Designation of Beneficiary:

1. To your widow or widower.
2. If none, to your child or children equally, and descendants of deceased children by representation.
3. If none, to your parents equally or to the surviving parent.
4. If none, to the appointed executor or administrator of your estate.
5. If none, to your next of kin who is entitled to your estate under the laws of the state in which you resided at the time of your death.   


Source: liteblue.usps.gov


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Staples: Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

Staples Becomes The Latest Retailer Affected By A Payment Card Data Breach

Read More on Staples
Read More on Staples
"...Today, it appears you may be able to add Staples to the growing list of retailers who have discovered fraudulent activity related to a data breach in their stores. In Staples’ case, however, the company is currently investigating a “potential issue” in select locations in the Northeastern U.S. The news was first reported by Brian Krebs, the security expert who broke the story of Target’s credit card breach which ended up affecting up to 110 million consumers..."    

This Article is From: techcrunch.com
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Unified message to PMG Donahoe and the Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!

National Day of Action; Friday November 14, 2014

Stop Purposely Delaying the Mail!
Stop Purposely Delaying the Mail!
"...Together, the four postal unions have united forces to protect service, fight for our livelihoods, and defend our great national treasure, the U.S. Postal Service. ..."    

This Article is From: www.npmhu.org
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Print a 2014 North Pole Postmark for your Santa letters

Print a 2014 North Pole Postmark for your Santa letters
  Feel free to cut, copy and paste the 2014 North Pole Christmas Postmark and Cancellation for your Christmas letters and other Christmas craft ideas. Merry Christmas! Visit the 2014 North Pole Postmark site.
 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Mailman 1946 Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Postal Worker's Daily Routine

"Designed to show primary grade pupils how the United States post office system operates. Follows both a city and a rural mailman on their appointed rounds and explains graphically to children how postmen sort mail and deliver it. Also the great social responsibility of Uncle Sam's letter carriers."

Public domain film from the Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Where do employees with "priority consideration" due to facility closures fall into this "pecking order"?

‘Pecking Order’ Set for Filling New Positions in POStPlan Offices

"...The APWU and USPS have agreed on a “pecking order” for filling newly created positions in POStPlan Installations. A recent arbitration award will result in the creation of 9,000 new Clerk Craft jobs in six-hour and four-hour offices affected by the POStPlan. The pecking order is based on the arbitration award and the subsequent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). ..."    


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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Union Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance

NPMHU Challenges Planned Closures and Consolidations via National Level Grievance

"...The National Postal Mail Handlers Union has initiated a Step 4 grievance concerning violations arising from the Postal Service's plans to close or consolidate approximately 82 facilities starting in January 2015. In particular, the NPMHU believes that the Postal Service's decision to close or consolidate these facilities is a violation of Handbook P0-408, Area Mail Processing (AMP) Guidelines, which is incorporated into the National Agreement through Article 19...."    


This Article is From: National Postal Mail Handlers Union
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Miami Postal Carrier Robbed at Gunpoint for cluster box keys (video)

Miami Postal Worker Robbed at Gunpoint

"...The crime was quick as two men, one of whom was armed, approached the letter carrier and demanded the keys to open mailboxes in apartment complexes...."    


This Article is From: www.nbcmiami.com
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Hefty Back Tax Bill For Postal Workers (Scranton)

Hefty Back Tax Bill For Postal Workers

"...Many employees of the U.S. Postal Service are getting quite a surprise right now: notices that they owe taxes that were supposed to be taken out of paychecks but weren’t...."    


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Monday, October 6, 2014

The Second Amendment at the post office: The Right to Carry (Bonidy v. United States)

Bonidy v. United States: The Second Amendment at the post office

"...By definition, persons who have been issued a concealed carry permit have been authorized to carry a handgun for lawful protection almost everywhere in a state. They do not become more dangerous when they set foot in a post office. Nor does the licensed carry of a firearm impose any greater risk than does carrying in other public places...."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

As Postal Service destroys the U.S. mail network, great real estate deals abound (41 properties for sale)

USPS Properties For Sale

"...The USPS expressly reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to reject any or all expressions of interest or offers to purchase the property (the “Property”), and/or terminate discussions with any entity at any time with or without notice. The USPS shall have no legal commitment or obligation to any entity reviewing the marketing materials or making an offer to purchase the Property unless and until written agreement(s) for the purchase of the Property have been fully executed, delivered and approved by the USPS, and any conditions to the USPS's obligations have been satisfied or waived...."    


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thank goodness Issa's chances for his postal destruction proposals appear to fade

Hopes dimming for postal service reform

"...Issa said last week that Senate Democrats might be willing to deal on postal reform if they lose control of the chamber in November. But for now, he added that he didn’t think that his favored proposal would even make it through the House, despite estimating that 90 percent of GOP lawmakers supported it.

“Zero Democrats are willing to do it,” Issa said. “And candidly, 90 percent of Republicans doesn’t get us to 218.”..."    


This Article is From: thehill.com
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Non full-time USPS worker faces 114 felonies for mail theft

USPS worker faces 114 felonies for mail theft

"...said Osburn is assigned to the Rose City Park Post Office, did not have a dedicated route, and is not a full-time employee...."    


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

UPS Shooting In Birmingham Kills 3, Including Gunman

UPS Shooting In Birmingham Kills 3, Including Gunman

"...BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The man who killed two former co-workers and then himself at a UPS shipping center Tuesday had told some people that he was having problems at work but never suggested the situation might turn violent, his pastor said...."    


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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Postal Service forced to hire or convert thousands of employees to full-time after violating agreemnet

APWU Wins Major Victory on Staffing ‘POStPlan’ Offices

"...The APWU has won a major victory on staffing in post offices affected by the “POStPlan” – a victory that will result in the creation of at least 9,000 new Clerk Craft jobs within 90 days.

In a ruling dated Sept. 5, Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg concluded that jobs in four- and six-hour post offices must be assigned to clerks – not Part-Time Postmasters or Postmaster Reliefs (PMRs). A Sept. 22 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines procedures for implementing the award.

The ruling and MOU establish a minimum of 3,000 new Level 6 career jobs in six-hour offices and Level 18 offices. Positions in the six-hour offices must be staffed with full-time employees. The ruling and MOU also establish more than 6,000 new Level 6 non-career jobs in four-hour offices, to be filled by Postal Support Employees (PSEs). The union expects thousands of additional new career jobs to be created as the process unfolds...."    




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Monday, September 22, 2014

Late mail deliveries perplex Postal Service customers

Getting your postal mail in the evening in West Seattle lately? Here’s why

"...Last night, our U.S. Postal Service mail arrived at 6:30 pm. A few nights earlier, it arrived after 8 pm. Several WSB readers have e-mailed mentioning the same thing, and wondering why they’re getting deliveries so much later than before. ..."    


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Postal Service postpones forced shift to centralized mailbox locations (cluster boxes) in Deadwood and Lead

USPS postpones mail delivery changes in Lead, Deadwood

"...The U.S. Postal Service announced Thursday that it’s postponing plans to discontinue home delivery service to 533 addresses in Lead and 218 in Deadwood, switching to centralized mailbox locations next month...."    


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Towns across the nation are concerned about the destruction of the USPS mail processing network

Petition Seeks to Save E. 38th St. Post Office

"..."I'm doing this not just for myself, I'm doing it for my family, I'm doing it for my neighbors, and I'm doing it for my city," said concerned Erie resident, Jason Brendel, of a petition he's helping spotlight online. "Because I believe that the more people we have working, the better."

The petition has hundreds of signatures, and simply asks for support in keeping the post office open. The petition can be viewed HERE in Erie. ..."    


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

What kind of a safety and economic firestorm would this have caused with all the low-placed mail containers in post offices and processing plants?

U.S. Postal Service agrees to resume delivery to homes with low mail slots "...post office sent letters to area households, outlining the draconian demands and saying the change was needed to prevent injury to the carrier. Postal regulations call for mail slots to be at least 30 inches above the base of the door..."    

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Postal Pete

Postal Pete: Great Jeep Prices for Postal Delivery

Postal Pete
Postal Pete
"...You just can't beat Postal Pete for Jeep prices. Postal Pete is Postal Employee friendly...."    

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Union Busting Congress and Privateers helped create a financial disaster with the U.S. Postal Service

Save the Postal Service

"...“Nutty” is the new normal in our nation’s capital and Exhibit A is how Congress — with its union-busting mentality — helped create a financial disaster with the U.S. Postal Service and refuses to enact legislation that can provide a fix...."    


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Postal Service has fouled in Post Office relocation process. Will State Officials and Unions take action to repair the damage done?

IG: USPS not following proper process for post office relocation

"...The IG reviewed 33 of 114 relocation project from fiscal 2011 through 2013 and found that 25 new site selections weren't announced until after the public comment and appeals period ended. And two of the site selections had no announcement dates...."    


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Get ready for the destruction of the Postal Service unless our elected congress steps up to halt plant closures

Reid joins effort to stop postal closures

"...The Postal Service said this summer that it would start consolidating as many as 82 processing facilities at the beginning of 2015, on top of the 141 the agency has already shut down in recent years...."    


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Charges dropped against 3 individuals fighting against the destruction of the Postal Service

Charges dropped against 3 ‘postal protectors’

"...“Postal management is tearing apart the infrastructure of the public postal service,” said Partridge, a retired letter carrier. Vowing further direct actions, Partridge declared that “we plan to escalate this fight to save our national treasure.”..."    


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Monday, September 1, 2014

Postal reform proposals drawing consumer anger

Postal reform bill seeks to save agency money: 2 proposals drawing consumer anger

"..."Buried in the bill is a section that would create cluster mail boxes for all neighborhoods, and that's just not a practical solution," said local Rep. Susan Davis...."    


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Project Wing: Google Testing Drone Delivery - Here's How It Works

Inside Google's Secret Drone-Delivery Program

Project Wing
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"...Now, Google will begin growing the program in an ultimate push to create a service that will deliver things people want quickly via small, fast “self-flying vehicles,” as they like to call them. ..."    

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Postmaster General Donahoe Wants To Cut Postal Services, Like Residential Mailboxes and Saturday Delivery

Postal Service Changes Coming to Neighborhoods

"...“Eventually we will go to five-day mail delivery,” said Donahoe. He says by cutting back on one day of delivery, the Postal Service can save billions of dollars, but that’s not all. “We’re looking at changes with mailboxes,” said Donahoe, “some more flexibility in terms of what we do with centralized boxes.” Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Postal-Service-Changes-Coming-to-Neighborhoods-272963671.html#ixzz3BfRGp3pA Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on Facebook ..."    


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Friday, August 22, 2014

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

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

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


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