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Monday, May 21, 2018

Remembering President Emeritus William Burrus

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


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

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

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


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

President Issues Executive Order on USPS

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

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


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


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

    Senate bill would force Postal Service retirees onto Medicare

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


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

    USPS Files Patent To Use Blockchain Tech In User Identity Verification

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


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

    1 injured as package bound for Austin explodes at FedEx facility

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


    This Article is From: www.stuff.co.nz
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    Tuesday, January 30, 2018

    USPS looking for suspects wanted for mail theft, stolen vehicle

    "...Authorities say a man and a woman took a personal vehicle belonging to a mail carrier, who was delivering mail at the apartment complex at the time of the theft..."    


    This Article is From: www.azfamily.com
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    Thursday, January 25, 2018

    Probe: Chinese opioid sellers exploit US postal service flaw

    "...AP reporters found multiple sellers willing to ship carfentanil – an opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer that is so potent it has been considered a chemical weapon. The sellers also offered advice on how to evade screening by U.S. authorities..."    


    This Article is From: www.spokesman.com
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    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Police: USPS carrier played key role in drug trafficking organization

    Police: USPS carrier played key role in drug trafficking organization

    "...Through wiretapping, DEA agents say they listened to calls and read texts between Garcia and Cruz where they arranged for deliveries. Cruz lives in Worcester, and neighbors say they are shocked to hear the quiet postal worker was involved in such an elaborate scheme. "I knew he was a postal worker..."    


    This Article is From: www.fox25boston.com
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    Monday, January 15, 2018

    Postal carriers arrested for trafficking meth on their routes

    Polson postal carriers arrested for trafficking meth on their routes

    "...suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine on their mail routes. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says 62-year-old..."    


    This Article is From: www.khq.com
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    Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Former U.S. Postal Service worker admits burning mail for months

    "...took mail from his rural postal route in Louisiana to his home in Pitkin, where from Dec. 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017, he burned at least 20 tubs of mail..."    


    This Article is From: www.cbsnews.com
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    Monday, January 8, 2018

    Steroids by Mail: Steroids shipment results in Wyoming charges

    Steroids shipment results in Wyoming charges

    "...According to charging documents filed with the Circuit Court in Riverton, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) International Mail Facility at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California intercepted a mail parcel declared as “beauty products” on December 23, 2017. A “more intrusive examination” was then performed and resulted in the discovery of bottles marked as Proviron, Dianabol, and 16 vials marked as Tren-Mix 200. All items are known to be Anabolic Steroids..."    


    This Article is From: http://www.ktvq.com
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    Friday, January 5, 2018

    USPS Offers 'No Incentive' Voluntary Early Retirement

    USPS Offers 'No Incentive' Voluntary Early Retirement

    The Postal Service is making a Voluntary Retirement Offer to eligible mail handler and clerk employees. However, much to the chagrin of workers, there are no incentives to entice employees to make a move in that direction. This has left employees questioning the move as they see their federal employee brothers and sisters last year being approved by congress for a pilot program that increased Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) for DoD civilian workers to $40,000 for one year. The typical VSIP is maxed out at $25,000. However the Postal Service has consistently offered much less in their last three offers and now an offer of no incentive.

       

    The current USPS offer begins Jan. 8. There will be three (3) effective dates in which eligible employees may choose in the Vonluntary Early Retirement offer. Those dates are: Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 31. Eligible employees should receive letters making the offer soon. To read more on the offer go to the following URL: https://link.usps.com/2018/01/04/voluntary-early-retirements/

    The Voluntary Early Retirement offer with no incentive leaves one to question the intent of an offer that will most likely only derive a very small number of takers. Some may question whether this is simply an offer that is made to satisfy union obligations to reduce numbers with the least disruption to employees in the event of more consolidations/closures should something like that take place in the future. However, it is highly unlikely a no-incentivized offer would satisfy any union requirements with an offer that would seem unrealistic in generating much movement out the door. If you would like to follow the conversation or join the conversation, Federal Soup offers a great forum for doing so at: https://forum.federalsoup.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=79888


    You can get more information from the two national unions at:
  • National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU)
  • American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
  • This Article is From: The Postal Newsgroup
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    Thursday, January 4, 2018

    1970 Postal Strike: Remember when postal unions had power to make positive change for the lower-paid middle class?

    How a Postal Strike Became a National Emergency for Richard Nixon

    "...At the time, pay raises for postal workers were almost unheard of: After 21 years on the job, noted The New York Times, a letter carrier would only earn $2,266 more than their starting salary. Though unionized, postal workers were forbidden from negotiating for pay raises due to cost of living. There was no chance to earn overtime, and many workers had to find a second job to make ends meet..."    


    This Article is From: www.history.com
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    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    Trump Takes On Amazon and the Postal Service Again, Urging ‘Much More’ in Postage Fees

    Trump Takes On Amazon Again, Urging ‘Much More’ in Postage Fees

    "...Amazon regularly uses the Postal Service to complete what’s called the “last mile” of delivery, with letter carriers dropping off packages at some 150 million residences and businesses daily. It has a network of more than 20 “sort centers” where customer packages are sorted by zip code, stacked on pallets and delivered to post offices for the final leg of delivery. While full details of the agreement between Amazon and the Postal Service are unknown -- the mail service is independently operated and strikes confidential deals with retailers..."    


    This Article is From: www.bloomberg.com
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    Sunday, December 24, 2017

    In final holiday push, UPS grabs its accountants to deliver packages

    In final holiday push, UPS grabs its accountants to deliver packages

    "...UPS had to supplement those workers this year by calling in employees from various desk jobs with little notice. Some are delivering packages using their personal vehicles. A shift to online shopping coupled with a tight market for seasonal workers left gaps in manpower across the delivery network..."    


    This Article is From: http://www.foxnews.com
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    Saturday, December 23, 2017

    Police: Naked man kills Post Office supervisor early Saturday

    Police: Naked man kills Post Office supervisor early Saturday

    "...Police say a naked United States Postal Service employee shot a supervisor to death early Saturday morning at a post office before attacking and killing another supervisor at her home..."    


    This Article is From: http://nbc4i.com
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    Tuesday, December 19, 2017

    Tesla Secures Its Largest Order of Semi Trucks Yet With UPS

    Tesla Secures Its Largest Order of Semi Trucks Yet With UPS

    "...Shipping giant UPS announced this morning that it has pre-ordered 125 all-electric Tesla Semi trucks. The order is the largest yet for the truck, trumping last week’s order of 100 vehicles from PepsiCo. It adds to a growing list of big-name companies who have signed on for the truck..."    


    This Article is From: fortune.com
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    Monday, December 4, 2017

    Politicians make sure they will not get elected again: Their Shameful Tax Plan

    U.S. Senate Seems to Have the Votes to Pass their Shameful Tax Plan

    "...Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) acknowledged that the Republican drive to cut taxes for the wealthy is the prelude to a larger attack on Social Security and Medicare. On Wednesday, he told a group of lobbyists that hiking the deficit with the GOP tax bill is the first step in dismantling the programs. Responding to a question from Politico interviewers about how to address the federal deficit, he replied, “We have to do two things. We have to generate economic growth which generates revenue, while reducing spending. That will mean instituting structural changes to Social Security and Medicare for the future...Sen. Rubio may have just told a secret that he was not supposed to spill,” said Joseph Peters, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance. “The GOP strategy of increasing the debt and then saying we need to cut Social Security and Medicare usually flies under the radar..."    


    This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    Postal worker shot in the head while on the job dies

    Postal worker shot in the head while on the job dies

    "...United States Postal Services worker died after being shot in the head Monday night, Channel 2 Action News reported. The shooting occurred outside a post office..."    


    This Article is From: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Amazon has privately blamed the U.S. Postal Service for grocery delivery issues that led to Amazon Fresh changes

    Amazon has privately blamed the U.S. Postal Service for grocery delivery issues that led to Amazon Fresh changes

    "...Specifically, Amazon officials have told several food brands that the USPS had delivered an unreliable experience to customers with too many late or missed deliveries, according to people familiar with the discussions. With no other good delivery options for fresh food in these areas, Amazon decided to shut down the service..."    


    This Article is From: www.recode.net
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    Monday, November 6, 2017

    As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A 'Free Ride'

    As U.S. Postage Rates Continue To Rise, The USPS Gives The Chinese A 'Free Ride'

    "...almost impossible not to be amazed at how cheaply China-based merchants are selling products for: xlr cables for $.99, a necklace for $.78, 10 watch batteries for $.78 -- all with postage included. Perhaps you may feel a little suspicious or even a touch indignant about these low prices, as you know that ..."    


    This Article is From: www.forbes.com
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    Friday, November 3, 2017

    NPMHU Files Charges with NLRB RE: Function-1 Scheduler And USPS Failure to Provide Information

    NPMHU Files Charges with NLRB RE: Function-1 Scheduler And USPS Failure to Provide Information

    NLRB charge
    "...alleging that the Postal Service has failed to bargain in good faith by providing all of the relevant information requested by the National Union. The National Contract Administration Department has been pressing the Postal Service for months seeking information and worksheets relevant to the application of the Function-I Scheduler in any and all mail processing facilities that may be affected by this management tool..."    

    This Article is From: npmhu317.blogspot.com
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    Tuesday, October 24, 2017

    Veterans' Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

    Veterans' Day Observed on Saturday November 11: Postal Retail and Delivery Closed

    "...Each year, Veterans' Day is celebrated on Nov. 11. For 2017, the holiday falls on a Saturday. There has been some confusion about when the Postal Service will observe the holiday because it has a six “business” day week. For clarification, USPS Retail and Delivery will be closed on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It will be business as usual on Friday, November 10, 2017...UPDATE: Veterans’ Day is not one of the negotiated holidays PSEs receive pay for..."    


    This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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    Tuesday, October 10, 2017

    They got you again! Think you are getting a pay raise? Think again.

    Federal employee health insurance premiums to rise by 6.1 percent

    "...The nearly two-thirds of enrollees covered by a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan will pay $7.17 more per biweekly pay period next year than last year for self-only coverage; $17.04 more for self plus one other person and $17.72 for self and family coverage..."    


    This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com
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    More Reading: In relation to the story above, let's take a look at the last COLA a postal Mail Handler received and compare it to your expected health insurance cost:
  • Estimated COLA increase for a Mail Handler: Approximately $10.38 Biweekly pay period
  • Estimated increase in Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Plan: $17.04 more for self plus one other person and $17.72 for self and family coverage Biweekly pay period

  • Wow! That's a pretty good beating!...and that example does not include the amount the government will increase the portion you will pay toward your insurance, etc. And if you think that is a big hit, just wait and see of the GOP is able to harm you even more with the 2018 Budget attacks on federal retirement, SRS, high three and more. .

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    House Budget is an attack on FERS employees more so than CSRS, cuts G Fund rate, ends SRS, raises employee contributions again

    House advances 2018 budget resolution with federal retirement cuts

    "...elimination of supplemental payments to employees who retire before age 62; A switch to a defined contribution pension plan for new federal employees; reduce the G fund’s rate of return..."    


    This Article is From: federal-employees.blogspot.com
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    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Hunt for U.S postal carrier's shooter continues

    Hunt for U.S postal carrier's shooter continues

    "...The family of mail carrier Ed McDaniel, who was shot in West Charlotte on August 31st while just doing his job..."    


    This Article is From: www.fox46charlotte.com
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    Tuesday, August 22, 2017

    APWU Announces 2017 COLA Increase

    Second Significant COLA Increase of 2017 Announced

    "...In accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement, career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 13 cents per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective September 2. The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated September 22, 2017 (Pay Period 19-2017), and will total $270.00 per year..."    


    This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

    Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

    "...A two-cent cut in the price of a first-class stamp, which cut Postal Service revenue by $500 million in the last three months and $1.5 billion in the first nine months of its current fiscal year, put USPS back in the red so far this fiscal year, a top postal union leader says. Had the cut not slid through, due to inaction by postal management last year, the service would have earned almost $1.4 billion through the first three quarters of the year, rather than losing $55 million in that time, adds National Association of Letter Carriers (link is external) President Fredric Rolando..."    


    This Article is From: www.workdayminnesota.org
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    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

    FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

    "...To enhance FDA's ability to detect opioid analgesics illegally entering the country via the mail, the agency is deploying roughly three dozen employees to international mail facilities run by the U.S. Postal Service, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's recent internal remarks..."    


    This Article is From: www.pharmacist.com
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    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint

    House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint

    "...As anticipated, the 2018 House Budget is in the same mold as the White House budget – it punishes workers and the working-class, while giving big payouts to the rich. The resolution instructs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which has jurisdiction over the Postal Service and postal/federal employee annuity benefits) to cut $32 billion in the programs and agencies they oversee during ten years. Like the White House proposal, the House budget recommends big pay cuts to postal workers through increased Federal Employee Retirement System pension contributions and eliminating the special retirement supplement (which helps federal retirees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security benefits). These two proposals alone will take thousands of dollars out of the pockets of postal workers and retirees. Even more egregious, the House plan calls for replacing guaranteed pension benefits..."    


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    Friday, July 14, 2017

    Too Dangerous to Serve? Glassell Park's notorious Drew Street

    U.S. Postal Service suspends service to Glassell Park's notorious Drew Street after shooting

    "...Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to a neighborhood in Glassell Park once considered among the most dangerous in Los Angeles after a carrier was nearly shot there last month, a USPS official said. “Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our employees..."    


    This Article is From: www.latimes.com
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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Stolen Postal Truck Among Finds at New Orleans 'Chop Shop'

    Stolen Postal Truck Among Finds at New Orleans 'Chop Shop'

    "...New Orleans detectives have recovered a U.S. Postal Service truck and five other stolen vehicles at a "chop shop" where thieves disassemble stolen cars for parts..."    


    This Article is From: www.usnews.com
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    Wednesday, June 28, 2017

    Thank God for Unions: UPS to Freeze Pension Plan for Non-Unionized Employees

    UPS to Freeze Pension Plan for Non-Unionized Employees

    "...United Parcel Service Inc. plans to freeze pension plans for thousands of nonunion employees in an attempt to help a retirement fund that’s straining under a $10 billion deficit. The package delivery service is expected to announce measures to corral the rising pension obligations to its workforce Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people people familiar with the matter..."    


    This Article is From: www.newsmax.com
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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Multiple People Shot at San Francisco United Parcel Service (UPS) Facility

    Multiple people shot in San Francisco at UPS facility

    "...Sources tell ABC7 News at least three people were shot at the facility and have multiple victims have been transported to the hospital. San Francisco police are advising residents in the area to shelter in place..."    


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