The Latest Postal News

Monday, July 15, 2019

Historic post office in Prescott, Ariz., goes on the market

"...Last November the Postal Service announced that it planned to sell the historic post office in Prescott, Ariz., and relocate retail services elsewhere. This week the building went on the market..."    


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

$60,000 Pokemon Card Allegedly Lost in the Mail

"...one player in New York last year purchased a Pokemon card for $60,000. That was almost a year ago but he still hasn't received it. The card was lost in the mail. "Recently one of the most valuable cards in the hobby was lost or stolen in the mail," explains YouTuber smpratte, a trading card aficionado, in a video Tuesday..."    


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Monday, July 8, 2019

Amazon’s warehouse workers in Minnesota are planning a ‘Prime Day’ strike

"...warehouse in suburban Minneapolis said Monday they’ll hit the online retail and entertainment giant with a brief strike next Monday — its heavily touted “Prime Day” — in a continuing push to improve pay and working conditions for the facility’s heavily East African workforce. The strike and rally in Shakopee are being organized by the Awood Center, a group that advocates for Somali and other East African workers..."    


This Article is From: www.marketwatch.com
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Postal Service Floats Big Cuts to Employee Pay, Leave and Benefits

New postal workers would no longer earn a pension under preliminary business plan

"...Brennan conceded at the April hearing that the plan will include a proposal to reduce mail delivery to five days per week, rather than the current six-day requirement. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told the postmaster general to “quit wasting our time,” noting Congress has repeatedly blocked any effort to cut delivery frequency. USPS also told stakeholders it would look to further cut hours at post offices and continue to build its cadre of non-career employees who earn less pay and fewer benefits..."    


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Sunday, June 9, 2019

A WWII vet asked for 101 birthday cards. He got more than 5,000

"...The front desk receptionist at the home, Jeanne Waters, said she asked the postal service for an extra tub just to sort Frey’s cards every day. “These have been overfilled with letters and packages and everything for him,” Waters said. “It’s been fun, it really has.” Waters said it was fun to flip through the cards..."    


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Postal workers noticed suspicious packages: Man sentenced for ordering 42 pounds of pot-infused chocolate

"...pled guilty to possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, a felony that carries a prison term of four to 15 years and a fine of up to $25,000, according to court records. In February 2014, postal workers noticed a pattern of suspicious packages being delivered to Franzen's home in Montgomery, Illinois..."    


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Audit finds deficiencies with Albuquerque postal facilities

"...More than a dozen postal facilities in New Mexico’s largest city fell short when it came to consistently meeting building maintenance, safety and security standards, according to independent auditors with the U.S. Postal Service. The agency’s inspector general recently...Filling staff vacancies and maintaining safe, secure facilities must be a top priority for USPS leadership going forward..."    


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FedEx drops Amazon U.S. delivery contract. Here’s why you shouldn’t care

"...UPS already delivers a considerable percentage of Amazon’s Prime two-day and one-day orders. The United States Postal Service also delivers a growing share of Amazon’s brown boxes and packages..."    


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Postal Worker Buys Lottery Ticket On the Way to Work and It Delivered!

"...One day you're just heading to work at the post office and hours later you're celebrating $1 million lottery win. Meet U.S. Postal Service worker ..."    


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Friday, May 31, 2019

U.S. Postal Service Issuing 1969: First Moon Landing Forever Stamps

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"...U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and man’s first steps on the Moon with two Forever stamps..."    

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FedEx to follow Postal Service in seven-day package delivery

"...The company plans to step up the shift away from the U.S. Postal Service this fall and handle the "vast majority" of SmartPost deliveries itself..."    


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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

APWU: Do not participate in the 2019 Postal Pulse Survey

"...The APWU implores you once again: Do not participate in the 2019 Postal Pulse Survey. You are probably being flooded with emails, postcards to your home, stand-up talks, posters on time clocks, and other tactics to try to get you to take the survey. So, what has the Postal Service done in the last year? Have things improved since the survey was first put out and found that the USPS ranked low in every category? The reality is, the steps the Postal Service took to make the workplace “more engaging” are meaningless. You still have difficult supervisors and you are having more demanded of you, putting your health and safety at risk. Staff is being reduced, people are being excessed and morale is being decimated. And now, in 2019, the survey is being pushed immediately before the APWU will begin interest arbitration with the Postal Service to establish a contract. There is more than a good chance that the results of this survey will be utilized, as has been done previously, in interest arbitration against you. The Postal Pulse and any initiatives to get you to participate are not in your best interest..."    


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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Self-driving trucks begin mail delivery test for U.S. Postal Service

"...The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight..."    


This Article is From: www.reuters.com
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Monday, May 20, 2019

Supreme Court rejects UPS on Postal Service delivery prices

"...The justices, without comment Monday, left intact an appeals court decision upholding the government’s method for determining how much the Postal Service can charge for parcels. The rebuff is a victory for online retailer Amazon.com Inc., which relies on the Postal Service for deliveries and backed it in the court case. UPS, which competes with the Postal Service in the package-delivery business, says its rival has an unfair advantage because the pricing method doesn’t track the true cost of delivering packages...."    


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Postal worker shot, killed; Search for suspect continues

"...A spokesperson with the United States Postal Service confirms the man shot and killed on Monday in a southwest Albuquerque neighborhood was a mail carrier..."    


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Friday, April 12, 2019

Alabama Postal Worker Retires, Office in Tears

Whiting retires from Columbiana Post Office

"...But someone else at the post office will have to start handing out the candy. After 25 years of service, Whiting has retired from the place where his kindness to everyone who walked through the doors—and to his coworkers—was his trademark..."    


This Article is From: www.shelbycountyreporter.com
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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Enters Mediation

"...continuing efforts to get the contract the members deserve, the APWU invoked mediation on April 3, 2019 – sending a letter to the Acting Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and to the Postal Service. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is a federal agency that provides public and private-sector labor-management mediation, and by law it is responsible for facilitating the APWU’s demand for mediation with the Postal Service. In mediation a neutral expert with the experience and training to develop information about the parties..."    


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Monday, April 8, 2019

USPS worker with criminal history still on the job, despite taking plea deal in mail theft case

"...A grand jury indicted Bentley on four felony counts of theft and forgery. Last month, she took a plea deal and admitted to a lesser charge of passing bad checks. Court records show she was charged twice for bad checks in North Carolina in the 1990s. She was also charged with theft in Mahoning County. All of those cases were dismissed..."    


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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mail Bomb Suspect

Cesar Sayoc pleads guilty to mailing explosive devices

"...Sayoc, 57, was arrested and charged in October after a series of possible explosive devices were sent to former president Barack Obama, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and..."    


This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Postal worker has magical, lucky gift

Hundreds of 4- and 5-leaf clovers: Oceanport woman's amazing gift

"...Cathy Doran is beating the odds. The Oceanport resident and U.S. postal worker has found hundreds of them, including 17 in one day in her own yard. "They call to me..."    


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Trump wants to prevent postal workers from negotiating over pay

"...proposed the Postal Service join the rest of government in not allowing its employees to negotiate over pay..."    


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Monday, March 11, 2019

After losing her home to wildfire, Paradise postal carrier finds comfort in her route

"...Theresa Knowles is a postal worker in Paradise, Calif., with 23 years on the job. She has been back to work delivering mail to the remaining homes in Paradise, after the Camp fire devastated the town in November 2018..."    


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APWU Contract Negotiations Update: USPS proposals reek of contempt for the workforce

APWU Contract Negotiations Update: Management and Union Exchange Final Economic Proposals

"...On March 7, 2019, the APWU and United States Postal Service negotiators exchanged their final economic proposals as both sides continue their preparation for interest arbitration... President Mark Dimondstein said, “There are clearly two sides in this fight and the battle lines have been drawn in our efforts to obtain a contract that honors and respects postal workers. The USPS proposals reek of contempt for the workforce..."    


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Saturday, February 16, 2019

At 91, He's Retiring. With a Perfect Record

"... A Utah mail carrier is retiring with a perfect record after an incredible 69 years on the job—and attributes his longevity to the fact that he actually enjoyed it..."    


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

I Drove My $500 Postal Jeep Only a Few Miles but It Was Still Sketchy as Hell

"...The last time I wrote about my 1976 Jeep DJ-5D Dispatcher postal Jeep, I was pointing out all of its copious flaws, including a giant 18-inch rust hole in the frame, a rotted-out body with wood instead of body mounts, a sketchy suspension setup with a terrible..."    


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Friday, February 8, 2019

Postal worker allegedly used mail to traffic K2 from China to US

"...A Massachusetts postal worker allegedly used the mail to traffic the powerful synthetic marijuana K2 from China to the US for five years ..."    


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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

U.S. Postal Service strike of 1970: The Mother of Government Shutdowns

U.S. Postal Service: The Mother of Government Shutdowns

"...Imagine if a one-week partial government shutdown led to plunging stock prices with calls to close the markets, panic among businesses that were not getting paid and a presidential declaration of a national emergency, including mobilizing the National Guard. This happened during a U.S. Postal Service strike in 1970..."    


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Long Island Vietnam Vet Who Gave His Life To Save Platoon To Be Honored With U.S. Postal Service Stamp

"...On Jan. 15, 1969, Pfc. Garfield Langhorn threw himself on a live grenade, saving the lives of all his platoon mates..."    


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Trump Caves on Illegal Immigration, but Dems Still Holding Fed Workers Hostage With Shutdown

In shutdown fight with Trump, Dems reject immigration deal they once sponsored

"...Democrats once said the so-called BRIDGE Act was urgently needed to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. But now that President Trump has offered to essentially include it as part of a compromise to re-open shuttered government agencies, those same Democrats are rejecting it -- unwilling to trade border wall funding for the immigrant protections they have long sough..."    


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

FedEx Voluntary Buyouts

FedEx Starts $575 Million Worker Buyout

"...The FedEx company is offering U.S. employees four weeks of pay for every year worked as part of a cost-cutting initiative announced in December..."    


This Article is From: www.bloomberg.com

This above article is a good example of a FedEx voluntary buyout vs. a Postal Service buyout (VSIP) based on the cash pay-out incentive alone. FedEx is offering four weeks of pay for every year worked [Example: based on $60,000/year base at 40 years] would equate to approximately $90,000 versus a USPS VSIP that is limited $25,000. Our example is based on a 26 pay period year. Please note, that in all fairness, other factors must be considered in addition to the cash offering. For example, we do not know the details relating to continuance of pension, health insurance coverage, wage comparisons, life insurance, pension COLA's, dental insurance, and how the incentive will be distributed. The Postal Service is known for offering "craft employees" less than the $25,000 limited by law and then splitting up that tiny payment over two pay-outs over a timed period. - Postal Newsgroup

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Friday, January 18, 2019

USPS Expands Wounded Warriors Leave

"...The USPS has recently expanded the Wounded Warrior Leave policy effective on January 5, 2019. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave..."    


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Lawyer: Chicago-area man innocent in postal worker shooting

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


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

OSHA says USPS is responsible for protecting workers from heat

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


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

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


This Article is From: www.marketpulse.com
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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

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


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Arrest in attempted sex assault of postal worker

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


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

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

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


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Mailman fatally struck, ejected from truck

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


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Sunday, December 23, 2018

APWU on Status of Collective Bargaining

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


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Alabama postal workers accused of stealing mail, trafficking marijuana

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


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Update on APWU Contract Negotiations

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


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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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

Presidential Task Force on the USPS Finally Issues its Report

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


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Postal report expected today

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


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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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

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


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Monday, November 19, 2018

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

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


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Monday, November 12, 2018

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

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


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

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

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


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Friday, November 2, 2018

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

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


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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Interesting history of privately run post office on Rattlesnake Island

Rattlesnake Island Revealed!

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


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

Mail-Bomb Suspect Is in Custody

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


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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

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

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


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Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

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


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