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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

USPS BUILDS ENERGY-EFFICIENT POST OFFICE IN HARSH CLIMATE

ALASKAN CHALLENGE

"...USPS used structural insulated panels, which are high performance building materials. “We used the highest level of thermal resistance attic insulation, smaller energy-efficient windows and a radiant stove for heat..."    



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Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 USPS Payroll Schedule Calendar


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A thanks to members of the Federal Soup Community

Kudos to us!

One of our readers pointed out to us that a member of the Federal Soup Community has cited us as one of the better websites for following the latest postal news. We thank our loyal readers for their support and we wish all of you a happy new year. Visit Federal Soup and show our support of their forum please.    





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Friday, December 26, 2008

Thinking outside the mailbox on Staten Island


"...The change is part of a nationwide effort to right an agency that lost $2.8 billion last year after experiencing the largest percentage decline in mail volume since the Great Depression...."    



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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Post office feeling effects of slow economy


"..."There will be no layoffs. That would require an act of Congress. That's a far more complex process. The type of reductions we're talking about are natural attrition, people who were going to retire anyway, a voluntary early retirement option...."    



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Postal panel: Don't cut service


"...The panel also said the agency's delivery "obligation" applies not only to letters but to so-called competitive products, such as Priority Mail, Express Mail and package services...."    



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Friday, December 19, 2008

Russia Postal Service - Pony Express Russia (сегодня)


"...The leading national operator on the market of mail and cargo express delivery over Russia, to the CIS countries and abroad. (Ведущий национальный оператор на рынке экспресс-доставки почтовых отправлений и грузов по всей территории России, в страны СНГ и за рубеж.)..."    



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Father and son hold postal contract for six decades


"...Shorty Yates said his dad started the route when there were "star route" addresses in the 1940s. "These government contracts go back to the old west days, and it has slowly gotten up to where it is today," Shorty Yates said. "They began with the Pony Express." ..."    



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History of the Pony Express from Wikipedia


"...The Pony Express was a fast mail service crossing the North American continent from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, from April 1860 to October 1861. Since 1866 until 1990, the Pony Express logo was used in security business. Presently, "Pony Express" is a trademark for postal services in Russia (by Freight Link) and the US (by the United States Postal Service)...."    



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Thursday, December 18, 2008

TSP IRS contribution limits for 2009


"...For 2009, the IRS permits you to contribute up to $16,500 in tax-deferred money to the TSP. If you are a member of the uniformed services, you may contribute a total of $49,000 in tax-deferred and tax-exempt money. If you will be age 50 or older during 2009, you may also contribute up to $5,500 in additional “catch-up” contributions if you will reach the $16,500 limit in 2009..."    



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Thousands of feds no longer contribute to TSP


"...lowest FERS participation rate since September 1997. It’s also the steepest one-month drop since June, when the participation rate dropped 0.7 percentage points to 85.3 percent. All FERS employees who enroll in TSP automatically get a contribution from their agencies equal to 1 percent of their basic pay..."    



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Suspicious Packages Concern SD Guard


"...The packages that have been sent across the country have all looked similar. They have no return addresses, extra postage and they are all sent through the US Postal Service...."    



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"... "I don't think it's a good sign that the Postal Service can sweet-talk GAO out of an investigation," said Gwen Ivey, president of American Postal Workers Union, which represents workers at the plant. "Our concern is that the mismanagement in Philadelphia goes above the plant level where the problems occurred," she added. "No one would be protected from scrutiny in a GAO investigation, and that's the way it should be."..."    



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Antique American Postcards


"...All the postcards in this exhibit are over one hundred years old. Most of them have undivided backs which allowed only the mailing address to be written on the back, and, most of those had a space on the front to write a message. The postcards in this exhibit are from what postcard collectors have termed the Private Mailing Card Era (1898-1901) and the Undivided Back Era (1901-1907)...."    



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"...Members of the U.S. Marshals task force learned that Reid and Housley would be at a hangout in south Macon and arrested them at the hangout..."    



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December 26, 2008 -- The Day After Christmas -- Is A Work Day for Postal Employees

Letter form NPMHU President to all local Presidents

"...We are writing to inform you that the Postal Service will be business as usual on Friday, December 26, 2008, the day after Christmas. ..."    



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Postal privatisation may cost 50,000 jobs in UK: Report


"..."If the Government backs the changes, as seems likely, it will inflame the postal unions and Labour backbenchers who both want a fully publicly owned Royal Mail..."    



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Union Files ‘Dispute’ Over Elimination of Tour 2


"...“The major reduction and relocation of employees on Tour 2 is a significant change to the three-tour operation that has been in existence for over 200 years,” the union contends, “with Tour 2 being the most sought after hours of work for the most senior employees.”..."    



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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Postal Service hit by consumer cutbacks


"...The actual number was worse than originally expected, but better than the revised estimate. Wednesday is expected to be the biggest delivery day for the Postal Service...."    



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DECLINING MAIL VOLUME LEADS TO ROUTE ADJUSTMENTS


"...Most of the changes resulting from those evaluations will go into effect in January 2009.
The changes are designed to give letter carriers stability and consistency by assigning a single route that they will deliver on a regular basis...."    



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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Business Down 50 Percent At Post Office

Some Positions Could Be Cut, Excised

"...“What excised really means is 21 of our workers in Waterbury will be relocated 100 or 500 miles away,” state Sen. Joan Hartley said. “I call that a layoff."..."    



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Postal Service Busiest Day NOT so Busy

Postal Service sees fewer holiday packages

"...Monday a week before Christmas has traditionally been the busiest day of the year for the U.S. Postal Service and people mailing holiday packages, but officials say..."    



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USPS acknowledges mail meltdown

No longer 'what problem?'

"..."We are trying to clean up the mess the postmaster ... has created," one carrier wrote in an e-mail after News 13 began its reporting. "Since the story broke, all hell broke loose"..."    



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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Monday is busiest day for post office


"...when workers will be sorting and delivering two to three times their normal mail volume, according to a U.S. Postal Service news release...."    



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Friday, December 12, 2008

USPS not given December 26, 2008 off as Feds will get

Executive Order: Closing of Executive Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government on Friday, December 26, 2008

"...The heads of executive branch departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 26, 2008, for reasons of national security or defense or other public need...."    



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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Postal worker stabbed while delivering mail in Rockville


"...The postal employee was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Treschuk said. She was listed in critical..."    



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Monday, December 8, 2008

Operation Letters To Santa!


"...Operation Letters To Santa has created a new online community for one single purpose - to bring public awareness to the USPS volunteer program “Operation Santa Claus”...."    



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For some postal employees, small thefts spell big trouble

Government takes a firm stance on what it sees as an abuse of trust

"...Some examples in the report include a California supervisor who pleaded guilty in May to theft of mail in a case involving 4,500 missing DVDs...."    



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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Postal Service manager gets canned


"...the Postal Service district manager for the Philadelphia metropolitan district, was replaced yesterday by Jim Gallagher, a veteran USPS manager, spokesman Paul Smith confirmed yesterday...."    



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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Post Office Union Wins Arbitration On Annual-Leave Exchange for PTFs


"...The dispute arose following negotiations for the 1998-2000 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which resulted in an agreement that eligible APWU-represented employees would have the right to sell back up to 40 hours of unused annual leave prior to the beginning of each leave year...."    



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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Destin will pay $15,000 to move a mailbox


Destin will pay $15,000 to move a mailbox
"... City Manager Greg Kisela said the United States Post Office refuses to move the existing mailbox because it doesn't meet the current USPS standards. ..."   
Reference: www.thedestinlog.com

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Federal Employee Gateway at www.usa.gov


Article Title: Federal Employee Gateway at www.usa.gov
This site offers vital information for the Federal Employee. Benefits and Pay, Budget and Contracting, Cross-Agency Collaboration, Electronic Government and Information Technology, Federal Employment Policies and Resources, For Military Personnel and Veterans, Travel, Federal Holidays, Hotels with Government Rates, Personnel Records, Workforce Statistics
Source: www.usa.gov

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Executive Order: Exclusions from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program


"...in order to reflect the effects of the reorganization and restructuring of the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, and the Treasury on their subdivisions exempted from coverage under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program..."    



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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Area postal plant could be closed


"...The cost-saving measure comes as the Postal Service is taking a hard look at its operations. Mail volume -- and revenue -- is down. Nine billion fewer pieces of mail were sent from this time a year ago, Sawtelle said...."    



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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Customize your stamps with PhotoStamps from Stamps.com


"...From logos to product introductions, special events to memorable corporate gifts, personal events, holidays, PhotoStamps will build your brand with every piece of mail you send. PhotoStamps from Stamps.com are valid U.S. Postage, based on a technology called PC Postage. ..."    



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Monday, November 24, 2008

536 Chattanooga USPS Employees Seek New Jobs


"...with new technology improvements, postal computers are currently able to read and process 95 percent of the mail electronically...."    



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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Obama economic plan calls for 2.5M jobs by 2011


"...With many Americans "lying awake at night wondering if next week's paycheck will cover next month's bills," Obama said it was necessary to move swiftly to bring the economy back to full health...."    



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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Cambridge Post Office re-dedication ceremony

Cambridge remembers veteran who blazed a trail

"...“To have the post office now named after my grandfather is surreal.” Officials first named the post office at 770 Mass. Ave. after the longtime Cambridge resident in 1992. Merriman died in 1989..."    



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Benjamin Colmenares, 87, was world traveler with a big heart


"...After a life at sea, Colmenares went to work for the U.S. Postal Service in Puerto Rico, where he met Marshall Burgess. The two men formed a lifelong friendship sealed with card playing and dominoes...."    



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Postal worker recognized for heroic actions


"...BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge postal worker at the local Woodlawn station got a surprise Wednesday in the form of a warm thank you from the U.S. Postal Service, its employees, and EMS...."    



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History of the United States Postal Systems


"...On July 26, 1775, members of the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia, agreed ". . . that a Postmaster General be appointed for the United States, who shall hold his office at Philadelphia, and shall be allowed a salary of 1,000 dollars per annum..."    



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US Postal Service To Honor Colfax Mail Carrier Hero


"...Colfax, NC -- The U.S. Postal Service will recognize its very own hero, Rural Carrier Associate Charles "Tony" Hood, for his extraordinary efforts..."    



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Postal Worker Charged with Smoking Crack


"...postal worker from Milwaukee is accused of smoking crack cocaine in her mail truck and delivering the drug to her adult daughter...."    



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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mail Handler NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

"...opportunity for regular craft members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and members of their immediate families, to apply for scholarship assistance from the NPMHU Arthur S. Vallone National Scholarship Program. ..."  
Source: www.npmhu.org


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INAUGURATION DAY COMMEMORATIVE - A collectible stamped envelope


"...USPS Stamp Services is developing an official commemorative souvenir to mark the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s 44th President...."    



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Postal Service cuts jobs, hours in Wausau


"...The facility employs temporary workers who could lose their jobs if full-time employees are transferred to the facility, Vande Streek said. Nationwide, the Postal Service employs 685,000 permanent workers, he said...."    



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[Postmaster General] Golden parachute - Opinion

Opinion: Golden Parachute

"... a $72,240 (nearly 39 percent) raise for Postmaster General John Potter...."    



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Monday, November 17, 2008

Liberia, Chad issue stamps commemorating Barack Obama


"...first postage stamps commemorating Barack Obama as the 44th president..."    



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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Postal Change of address online


"...The USPS will allow you to change your address here..."    



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Postal job scams


"...some private companies victimize job seekers by claiming to have an association with the U.S. Postal Service or by offering training that is little help in taking the postal service employment exam..."    



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Thursday, November 13, 2008

USPS: No Layoffs Here


"...“A news story currently in wide circulation is reporting that the Postal Service will soon layoff 40,000 employees. This story is not accurate. ..."    



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