The Latest Postal News

Sunday, December 30, 2007

December 31, 2007 ...buyout rumors for CSRS, etc

December 31, 2007:   Let the Rumors Begin   "... chances are you will be getting bogus reports - typically via e-mail and often disguised as a "news" story - saying the super buyout of CSRS folks is in the works. It isn't! ..."    [Reference:]

December 31, 2007:   House ‘Mail Network Protection Act’ Gains
Seven Co-Sponsors Prior to Holiday Break
  "... asked union activists to make the bill a priority. “It is imperative that union members contact their representatives and let them know that this legislation is important to the future of the Postal Service and to postal workers,” Burrus said. ..."    [Reference:]

December 31, 2007:   USPS seeks comment on proposed uses of Intelligent Mail barcodes   "... The notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register sometime in January. Once published, a 45-day comment period will begin. ..."    [Reference:]

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007

December 26, 2007:   New surveillance video released of postal service robbery   "... hid under the truck as he waited for the postal employee to return from his fourth pick-up of money ..."    [Reference:]

December 26, 2007:   Letters to Santa ... Merry Christmas   "... Leesville main USPS branch Sales and Service Associate, as she sorts letters headed to the North Pole. ..."    [Reference:]

December 26, 2007:   How does your mail get from here to there?   "... FAMOUS POSTAL EMPLOYEES,

Benjamin Franklin,

Abraham Lincoln,

Harry Truman,

Bing Crosby,

Walt Disney,

Rock Hudson,

Charles Lindbergh,

Knute Rockne,

Noah Webster,

William Faulkner. ..."    [Reference:]

Thursday, December 20, 2007

December 21, 2007

December 21, 2007:    Postal truck hijacked, looted in Roxbury   "... The postal driver had stopped at the Roxbury Post Office on Malcolm X Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. and was walking toward his truck when a man appeared from underneath the trailer, grabbed him and pulled him into the cab. ..."    [Reference:]

December 21, 2007:   A day in the life: U.S. Postal Service carrier   "... mainly I do it because people don't expect it," he said. "Their package is unexpected, and they give an unexpected smile. That's what makes it worthwhile. ..."    [Reference:]

December 21, 2007:   Postal Service removing stamp machines   "... “It was a decision made at the national level,” Field said. “The vending equipment is old, and they decided to go with the alternative of selling stamps at the convenience counters of retail outlets.” ..."    [Reference:]

Sunday, December 16, 2007

December 17, 2007

December 17, 2007:    CHARLIE LANGFORD: Some trivia, facts and figures for the holiday season   "... The USPS is the only delivery service that claims to deliver to every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. The Postal Service also delivers almost half the world's mail. ..."    [Reference:]

December 17, 2007:   Thousands Of Postal Workers Not Paid   "... The United States Postal Service says 14 thousand rural route mail carriers across the country did not get a paycheck this week because of a glitch in the payroll system. ..."    [Reference:]

December 17, 2007:   GAO to USPS: Address database errors   "... USPS developed the FDB in 2003 to capture and maintain data on the agency’s 34000 facilities nationwide, but five years later, the database is still not the ..."    [Reference:]

Sunday, December 9, 2007

December 10, 2007

۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   President Bush Delivers December 24 as a Day Off for Federal Employees   "... The day off does not affect Postal Service workers, nor does it include Executive Branch employees whose agencies determine they cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public need. ..."    [Reference:]

۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   
USAJOBS Connects with Major Search Engines
Initiative raises visibility of Federal job postings
  "... For example, someone who types in a job title on Google or other engines, such as "IT Specialist" or "Electrical Engineer", will now also see links to Federal vacancy announcements in those fields. ..."    [Reference:]

۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   Netflix Deals with Ultimatum from U.S. Postal Service   "... Although the issue hasn’t been discussed by any of the Postal Service officials, Steve Swasey, a Netflix representative, stated: “"We're in full compliance with U.S. Postal Service regulations and specifications […] If the specifications of the post office were to change, we would change the mailer as necessary. We've already gone through 40 to 50 iterations of the mailer since Netflix started shipping DVDs a decade ago.” He also added: “We save them about $100 million a year. We pick up the returns from the post office. They are not delivered to Netflix, even though we're paying for it.” ..."    [Reference:]

۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   PTFs in Large Offices Eliminated as of Dec. 1
New Limits on Numbers of Casuals Also Go Into Effect

  "... “Dec. 1, 2007, will be a historic day for postal labor,” APWU President William Burrus declared this week. “It marks the elimination of part-time flexible employment for the Clerk Craft in large offices. ..."    [Reference:]

Thursday, December 6, 2007

December 6, 2007

U.S. Postal Service to Netflix: You’re killing us on labor "... It’s a safe bet that Netflix will redesign its mailers ..." [Reference:]

Monday, December 3, 2007

Dec. 3, 2007: New security worries after Clinton hostage scare

New security worries after Clinton hostage scare:

The increased surveillance was ordered after workers in Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire office were terrorized Friday by a disturbed man who held them for several hours before turning himself over to police.