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"...“Labor relations were weak to nonexistent [during the Bush administration]. The partnership has dried up, and we need to revitalize it,” Berry told the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on the federal workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia last week...."
"...the slim-jim catalog revision from 3.3 oz. to 3.0 oz. “reduces selling space by 10%.” And the tab requirements are also going to hurt, he notes. “Tabs cut our response rate by more than 20% in our tests.”..."
"...James A. Farley post office -- once a haven for New Yorkers filing last-minute tax returns or other pressing documents -- will end teller service at 10 p.m. on weeknights and earlier on weekends...."
"...All mail on base is routed through one of three facilities, two post offices and an aerial mail terminal, which is where official and registered mail is routed. It is also where units come to pick up mail for distribution. ..."
"...small cold-blooded animals, such as baby alligators and caimans, bloodworms, earthworms, mealworms, salamanders, leeches, lizards, snails and tadpoles can be mailed, as well as bees; nonpoisonous and non-disease-carrying insects, and scorpions used for medical research...."
"...the sale will run from July 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2009, and will be available to those who mailed more than 1 million Standard letters and/or flats from Oct. 1 2007 through March 31, 2008...."
"...The Postal Service’s new overhead scanning system allows for continuous, hands-free scanning of flats and parcels — simultaneously capturing tracking and special service barcodes — while offering real-time information to USPS customers...."
Article Title:AS SWINE FLU INVESTIGATION CONTINUES PERSONAL HYGIENE IS KEY TO REDUCING RISK OF ILLNESS
Article Snip: "...You’ve heard the news that U.S. health officials are investigating a number of cases of swine flu in several areas of the United States, and a Public Health Emergency has been declared by the federal government. All of these U.S. cases have been mild — all of the patients have recovered...."
Article Reference: liteblue.usps.gov
"...Until recently, art historians believed they had vanished for good. In fact, the murals were safe. They had been divided into six panels and hung in the hallways of the 15th-floor regional corporate offices of the U.S. Postal Service at 615 Chestnut St. But they were accessible only to postal employees and guests. ..."
"...Endicia’s ease of use for creating mailing labels and maintaining shipping records convinced the company to add USPS as a shipping option for its online customers — a convenience that will add an estimated $437,000 to the Postal Service’s bottom line each year...."
Was There A Curse Surrounding President Lincoln's Assassination?
"...the U.S. Postal Service issued four stamps commemorating his birth, which are illustrated throughout this blog entry, bringing the total number of stamps honoring the 16th President of the United States with 74 distinct stamps...."
"...will include the word “Medium.” Dimensions, cost and service will remain the same. The dimensions for the Medium — formerly “regular” — Flat Rate Boxes are 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", similar to a shoe box, and 13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8", similar to a clothing box...."
"...The record shows that as rates have been artificially reduced, volume has continued to drop — and at an unprecedented rate. So, if volume does not increase as rates fall, one is left with the conclusion that these artificial rate reductions have another purpose, such as rewarding large mailers in order to maximize their profits...."
With many people taking the USPS Voluntary Early Retirement, many of you may have questions relative to Eligibility for the Retiree Annuity Supplement. Check out this OPM PDF document on the subject.
"...The retiree annuity supplement is a benefit paid until age 62 to certain FERS employees who retire before age 62 and who are entitled to an immediate annuity. The supplement approximates the value of FERS service in a Social Security benefit. The general purpose of the supplement is to provide a level of income before age 62 similar to what the retiree will receive at age 62 as part of a Social Security benefit, if eligible for Social Security at that age...."
Get your April 15 Postmark
...to find the location and hours of a post office near you, call toll-free 1-800-ASK-USPS (275-8777). Check your local paper online for any extended Tax Deadline Day collection hours.
27 post offices will stay open late
"...In addition to the airport, the late collections on O'ahu are: Downtown, 'Ewa Beach, Hale'iwa, Hawai'i Kai, Kailua, Kane'ohe, Kapalama, La'ie, Makiki, Mililani, Wai'alae-Kahala, Wai'anae, Waikiki and Waipahu...."
HUNTSVILLE, AL -
USING DEBIT OR CREDIT CARDS AT APC TO RENEW PO BOXES
"...PO Box customers can make 6- or 12-month payments — even those who have the largest PO Boxes. Also, customers can make PO Box payments at an APC using American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB and MasterCard. The exception is Visa, which has a $50 limit on self-service transactions, including APCs. Customers can also go to PO Boxes Online and use any of these credit cards...."
"...take action to protect all members of the Rural Craft. The USPS plans to offer discount mailings in an effort to raise volumes without fair compensations to the rural craft members. As our elected and paid officials, it is your duty to represent the interests and desires of this association to the best of your abilities...."
Employee Free Choice Act
TAX DAY REMINDER
"...permissible activities at postal facilities. Customers should not block entrances or impede public access to postal property. Collecting contributions or signatures on petitions is prohibited under Code of Federal Regulations, Part 232, as are leafleting and distributing literature in lobbies or other interior areas of postal buildings...."
"...It’s a distant possibility. The Postal Service would need congressional approval. And Postmaster General John Potter said the Postal Service hasn’t decided whether getting into banking is a good idea; he said it was a hypothetical option, one of several possible new sources of revenue...."
"...The Delegate asked the Inspector General to look into the following complaints: The extraordinary length of time for packages or periodicals to reach St Thomas and St Croix; Priority mail regularly taking more than a week to get to the islands; mail and packages damaged or not delivered; lack of communication between the Postal Service and US Customs and Border Protection; Inadequate staffing levels in the USVI; and inadequate delivery service standards for the USVI...."
"...interested persons, including the Postal Service, may submit alternative workshare discount rate design and cost avoidance calculation methodologies. Alternative methodologies must address the legal, factual, and economic bases underlying them. The foregoing presentations are due no later than 60 days after publication of this Order in the Federal Register...."
"...According to the DMA, mailers would be offered 20% to 30% discounts from June 15 to September 15 for mail volume over and above that mailer's past mailing. How does USPS track the volume? The Postal Service would establish a base mail volume for each mailer derived from its mailings from June 15 to Sept. 15, 2008, adjusted downward ..."
"...The USPS said online claims processing service will be available to customers who purchase domestic insurance through any retail channel (i.e., USPS.com, Automated Postal Center kiosks, local Post Office facilities, or authorized PC Postage providers. In addition, Express Mail customers may file online claims, even if no additional insurance was purchased...."
"...Earlier this year the United States Postal Service's postmaster general caused a stir when he told Congress the USPS may temporarily drop one day of mail delivery. But the likelihood of going from six-day delivery to five days is slim..."
"...Go to www.usps.com to find the location and hours of a post office near you, or call toll-free 1-800-ASK-USPS (275-8777). The post office near Tampa International Airport, at 5201 W Spruce St., is open until 11:58 p.m...."
The CourierPostOnline has a Public data source that will identify salary, facility location, Title/Position and year hired ...all you have to do is supply the name.
Make a click and jump over to the FederalSoup community and join in on the USPS Voluntary Early Retirement conversation. There is a lot of good information that might answer some of your questions or calm some of your fears on accepting the early out offer. Be careful to take what is said as fact unless it is backed up with a cited reference from a valid source. In other words, some of the participants may unknowingly pass on information that is not factual or gossip while others cite solid references to support their comments.
"...According to the criminal complaint, it’s alleged that on Feb. 2, Reineke mailed letters containing bomb threats to kill or injure postal customers and workers of the post offices in Mankato, North Mankato, Lake Crystal, Maddia, New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Le Center and St. James...."
"...the Postal Service says it can no longer afford to make the deliveries. That’s cold comfort to the residents, of course, who pay extra to get necessities such as food and medicine delivered along with the mail...."
"...According to a spokesperson for the USPS, the Remote Encoding Center (REC) on Lee Street will close in October. The center employs 82 career employees and 252 temporary employees. "It was always considered a temporary facility," Freda Sauter, Corporate Spokesperson in Charleston said. ..."
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