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Thursday, February 26, 2009

USPS Missing Package...

Oh where, oh where has my package gone?

"...The post office people I'm NOT cool with are those working in the Providence, R.I., mail processing facility and since I know you're just dying to know why I'll tell you: They appear to be holding my daughter's Valentine package hostage...."    



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USPS Unveils Black History Month Stamps


"...the Postal Service chose the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History for the unveiling. The hope is these stamps will deliver you here to learn their backstories...."    



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USPS Cuts Post Office Hours, Upsetting Customers


"...across the nation post offices have to find many ways to cut back, and so far they've avoided layoffs. But the cuts are affecting workers and causing more inconvenience for USPS customers. Starting Monday, all post offices will close at 5 p.m. Many post offices in Charlotte keep late hours, some open until 10 p.m., and employees and customers alike said the change be a real inconvenience...."    



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March 2009 COLA - Postal Cost of Living Adjustment

Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Update

"...After the final month of the six-month measuring period, the fifth COLA under the 2006 National Agreement and the Operating Services Agreement will be zero. ..."    



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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mail-pilfering postal worker gets house arrest, probation


"...She was sentenced on the charge of theft of mail by a postal employee. ... a longtime postal worker..."    



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[opinion and commentary] Neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet …


"...Postmaster General John Potter recently received a $79,000 pay raise and a juicy $135,000 performance bonus which is part of an $850,000 pay and compensation package. How does one get a raise and a bonus for propelling the USPS into the economic ravine? The question remains..."    



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Intermec wins Saudi postal contract


"...Saudi Post, the official postal operator of Saudi Arabia, has announced a contract with Intermec Technologies Inc. to provide an RFID-enabled tracking solution for its mail delivery...."    



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Police find 9 roosters in house after postal tip


"...Wolf said police looked for evidence of cockfighting but did not find any...."    



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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dothan Post Office Robbery

Suspect identified in Post Office robbery, assault

"...The federal government charged Perry with the robbery and assault of the post office employee on Dec. 26, 2006. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Snyder argued Perry duct taped and attempted to sexually assault an employee during the robbery...."    



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Monday, February 23, 2009

Fall onto metal stake kills Mich. postal carrier


"...A postal carrier has died after falling and hitting his head on a metal stake while delivering mail in Kalamazoo..."    



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Saturday, February 21, 2009

USPS sets Move Update error threshold at 30%


"...For a Standard Mail mailing, this means that every piece in the mailing will be charged an additional 7 cents. For a First-Class Mail mailing, this means that every piece in the mailing will be charged at the single-piece rate of 44 cents.
The new requirements, which became effective November 23..."    



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Friday, February 20, 2009

Postmaster General Gets Pay Bonus as Agency Falters


"...In all his total compensation -- salary, bonuses, retirement benefits and other perks -- topped $850,000, a spokesman with the U.S. Postal Service told FOXNews.com on Wednesday. At the same time, the Postal Service, an independent federal agency, is crumbling..."    



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DRIVER SENTENCED IN CRASH THAT LEFT POSTAL WORKER WITH DEVASTATING INJURIES


"...crashed into a Ventnor postal worker, leaving her with horrific injuries. The victim says her life will never be the same because of one random act of carelessness...."    



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How does it get there? Take a free tour of Denver's general mail processing facility


"...Looking for an extraordinary educational experience? Try a tour of Denver's main mail processing facility. If you're like most people, you probably don't give much thought to our mail system. The postal service does its job and our mail arrives..."    



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Feb. 20, 1792: U.S. Goes Postal, but It's All Good


"...The practical effect of the Postal Service Act, however, was to transform the existing colonial postal service, streamlined by Benjamin Franklin during his stint as postmaster general, into a federal agency. Its main provision granted Congress the power to establish official mail routes throughout the young nation...."    



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Thursday, February 19, 2009

USPS Smacks Nonprofit Mailers Again


"...Charities that use premiums to fundraise have again taken it on the chin from the United States Postal Service. Nonprofit parcels and Nonflat Machinables (NFM) will again bear the brunt of postal rate increases, with percentage increases ranging from almost 10 percent to 50 percent, according to analysis from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)...."    



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Monday, February 16, 2009

Rare misprint US airmail stamp to be auctioned in Warwickshire


"...The 1918 US airmail stamp depicts the Curtiss JN-4 Jenny aeroplane flying upside down. Auction house, Warwick and Warwick, will be selling a mint example of the stamp..."    



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Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Postal Employee Retirement Community - Nalcrest, Florida 33856


Where does a postal employee go to retire? Some postal retirement seekers look to Florida for retirement living ...and where better to live than in a postal retirement community with nothing but other retired postal workers living next to you? No dogs allowed! The community is restricted to union letter carriers. Residents must be members in good standing with the National Association of Letter Carriers(NALC). The postal community offers a strong sense of community, a golf course is a half-hour away, twice a day a Nalcrest van transports residents to Lake Wales for a nominal fee for shopping, doctor appointments and other errands, and its 500 apartments are clustered in 66 one-story buildings spread over 153 acres around two large lagoons popular with residents who fish and boat. Another 150 acres of undeveloped land surrounds the complex. Sunny Florida breezes sweeten the air with the aroma of retirement.     ...and read the National Geographic article on Nalcrest at: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0407/feature7/index.html




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UAW rejects GM, Chrysler proposed changes

"...The autoworkers union is rejecting changes to a retiree health care trust proposed by General Motors and Chrysler, saying the companies want to shortchange workers to benefit bondholders...."    



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Saturday, February 14, 2009

AMERICAN STAMPS AIRS ON PBS NEXT WEEK

AMERICAN STAMPS AIRS ON PBS NEXT WEEK
"... information on the history of stamps in America and how stamp subjects are selected and checked for authenticity. And Wilson Hulme, curator of Philately at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, talks about the fun of stamp-collecting and the printing errors that have made some stamps worth considerably more than their face value...."   
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Granular data and direct mail pay off for event company


"...The company uses a variety of purchased postal mailing lists coupled with e-mail marketing. Specifically, it looks for lists that contain individuals that have subscribed to something or attended another event...."    



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Endicia

If You Can Send It At The Post Office, You Can Print It With Endicia
Endicia: If You Can Send It At The Post Office, You Can Print It With Endicia
"... Endicia lets you print complete, prepaid postage for any single-piece domestic mail class offered by the US Postal Service, including military (APO/FPO) addresses. Whether it’s First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, Express Mail, Media Mail, Library Mail, Bound-Printed Matter, or Parcel Post – choose your mail class and print with Endicia to save time. Endicia computes the exact postage you need, so you don’t overpay for postage or risk your packages arriving to your customer postage-due. ..."
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

FERS Sick-Leave Bill


"...The “FERS Sick Leave Equity Act” (H.R. 958), introduced by Rep. Jim Moran (D) and Frank Wolf (R), provides Federal Employees Retirement System employees a sick-leave benefit equal to that received by employees under the Civil Service Retirement System. For the purposes of determining an annuity during retirement, the benefit adds unused sick leave to the number of years an employee has worked. ..."    



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Mail Monitoring

Question: Are there companies that provide mail monitoring services? ...As an individual running a small direct mail service I have a need to monitor the timely delivery of my mailing campaign(s). Specifically I need to know the receipt date of the mail I send out. This will assist me in providing the quality of service I need to provide my customers    
Answer: Yes, there are is a multitude of companies that offer Mail monitoring services. We recommend you shop around for companies providing the services you need. We also recommend that you continuously alter the service you use to get a truer perspective of your direct mail program. One company, for example, is US Monitor. US Monitor describes their services as follows:

  • You are given a unique decoy name for the cities you choose. The decoy name is incorporated into your mailing list. When our agents receive mail addressed to the decoy name, the receipt date is entered into our database. You can run password protected Internet reports or choose to have the mail returned to you unopened.
  • Mail monitor services are great for Standard Class mailers, periodical mailers and Parcel Select mailers. Please also remember that the US Postal Service offers fantastic tracking programs as well.



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    World’s largest mailbox?


    Take a trip to the "Your Postal Blog" website and check out what Rural Carrier Nick Romey, of Dedham, claims is the world’s largest mailbox. What do you think?    



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    Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Authorities investigating mail thefts


    "...DESOTO COUNTY - U.S. Postal Service investigators and DeSoto County authorities have launched a probe into alleged mail theft in the Forrest Lake Cove area of DeSoto County...."    



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    Mailed Marijuana

    Clearfield Man Accused of Getting Marijuana Through the Mail Waives Hearing

    "...10 pounds of marijuana was removed from inside the package and the parcel was repackaged in preparation for delivery. ..."    



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    Bastrop postal worker arrested for buying drugs at work


    "...ongoing investigation between the North Louisiana Drug Enforcement Bureau and the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force...."    



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    FedEx chief expects economy to improve in '09


    "...Chief Executive Fred W. Smith said Tuesday that he expected the U.S. economy to improve by late summer or early fall...."    



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    Postal workers help woman, 92, avoid scam


    "...The woman went into the Post Office several times Monday to request a $1,200 money order, which she was going to send to a Tennessee woman who had promised to wire..."    



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    N. Idaho postal hero loses job after crash


    "...David Fish and other postal employees said the service has a policy that allows supervisors to let go of temporary employees involved in a vehicle crash. "I'm very disappointed," said Hoover, who added that the decision was made by officials at the postal center in Spokane, Wash. "He was an awesome carrier, an awesome individual."..."    



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    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    USPS Lost $384M


    "...The Postal Service projects volume for the year will be down 12 billion to 15 billion pieces, assuming no economic recovery in FY 2009. ..."    



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    SoCal mailman accused of stealing ID papers, gifts


    "...A mail carrier in San Diego County is accused of stealing dozens of gift cards, debit cards and Social Security documents sent through the mail...."    



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    Monday, February 9, 2009

    FedEx Lays Off 900 Employees At FedEx Freight Unit


    "...FedEx - the world's second-largest package shipper - also announced it was cutting salaries and bonuses and suspending the company's 401(k) match...."    



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    USPS most trusted agency, again


    "...The U.S. Postal Service is the most trusted government agency, according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute. ..."    



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    USPS workers on the picket line to fight for their jobs


    "...SARASOTA, FL -- "Keep the mail here! Keep the mail here!" is what about 80 people chanted Thursday morning in downtown Sarasota. The group, made up of USPS workers or family members..."    



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    USPS offers personalized Valentines


    "...“Now you can design and mail beautiful greeting cards right from your own computer by using CardStore at usps.com,” explained ..."    



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    Wisconsin Processing and Distribution Center

    US Postal Service tables plan to build Wis. plant

    "...The Postal Service bought the 64 acres of land early last month for $8.1 million. Spokeswoman Marge Oehlke (OHL'-kee) says the planned facility would have had newer technology and increased efficiency. But the Postal Service has put all non-emergency construction projects on hold nationwide..."    



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    POSTAL UNION PRESIDENTHEGARTY RESPONDS TO CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY FROM PMG

    The Mail Handlers Update: February 2009

    "...Potter told the committee: “So, I am proposing to union leadership that we begin talks now to create needed levels of workforce flexibility.” I can only speculate what he means by that, since we have not had any specific discussions on this topic. Rest assured that if there are any discussions in this regard, I will always have the best interests of the members of the NPMHU at the forefront. I have no intention of engaging in wholesale give-backs or concessions to the Postal Service at this time, or in 2011. ..."    



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    Thursday, February 5, 2009

    Postal worker attacked by 2 pit bull-type dogs


    "... found the 44-year-old female carrier with several bite marks according to a news release from the U.S. Postal Service. ..."    



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    Tuesday, February 3, 2009

    U.S. Postal Service In Worst Financial Shape Since 1775


    "...Rep. Jose Serrano, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government, said he is not in favor of the service reduction. "People depend on regular mail delivery and would be greatly inconvenienced by missing a day's delivery... The Postal Service must manage its operations in ways that will not cause consumers to miss out on mail service," Serrano said. Even post office unions are not in favor of cutting work days, according to National Association of Letter Carriers president William Young...."    



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    Postal Employee Discount Alert


    "...Valentine’s Day is less than two weeks away, but there’s still time to take advantage of Arjang & Company’s exclusive offer to postal employees — 40 percent off its unique watches, plus free shipping. The discount is available at www.pscollectionstore.com. Enter coupon code VAL09 at checkout. Or call 877-774-9682. ..."    



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    Big pay increases approved for top Postal Service officers

    Big pay increases approved for top Postal Service officers [November 2008 Article]

    "...Potter, the 72nd postmaster general, got the biggest increase. His salary jumped nearly 39 percent to $258,840, up from $186,600 in 2007.That’s an increase of $72,240 and the maximum pay allowed to Postal Service officers. The pay of Patrick Donahoe, deputy postmaster general and chief operating officer, jumped to $235,000 from $186,000, a 26 percent raise...."    



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    AN OPEN LETTER TO USPS EMPLOYEES FROM PMG JACK POTTER

    AN OPEN LETTER TO USPS EMPLOYEES FROM PMG JACK POTTER

    "...We’re going to keep adjusting operations as volume keeps falling. We’re on track to reduce 100 million workhours this year — double last year’s reduction. ..."    



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    Monday, February 2, 2009

    Alabama man charged in federal indictment


    "...a federal grand jury has indicted NIX for unlawful possession of postal keys and mail theft. The indictment charges that, between June 22, 2008, and June 25, 2008, NIX unlawfully possessed Post Office keys,..."    



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    Hurricane postal clerks deliver


    "...Plus, Williams said the group works well together, making for a good work place. "My biggest worry as a supervisor is just making sure that they get paid," he said...."    



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    USPS OFFERS ROMANTIC POSTMARKS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY


    "...there’s still time to add a little extra love to those Valentine cards or letters. ..."    



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