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Friday, May 29, 2009

Bob Hope Stamp Makes Debut On USS Midway Friday


"...The U.S. Postal Service will hold a ceremony on the flight deck of the USS Midway Friday to release a stamp commemorating the late Bob Hope..."    



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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Postal Worker Sentenced for Faking Military Service


"...had retired from the Army Reserve in August 2005 after serving for twenty years. But beginning in November of that year, he began submitting requests for military leave...."    



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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Patriots and USPS team up for passport event


"...With an international road trip on the schedule, the Patriots are teaming up with the United States Postal Service to remind U.S. citizens that as of June 1, 2009 they will need a U.S. Passport or other document approved by the government for return travel from Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean...."    



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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Mailbox Regulations


"...Customers installing new mailboxes or replacing old ones must use USPS-approved traditional or contemporary mailboxes. Generally, the bottom of a mailbox should be at a vertical height of between 42 and 48 inches from the road surface and placed so carriers can safely and conveniently serve them without leaving their vehicles...."    



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CHILD RECOVERED IN ARIZONA LATEST VICTORY IN THE “HAVE YOU SEEN ME?” CAMPAIGN


"...led to the recovery of a missing child in Tombstone, AZ. The child was the 149th recovered since USPS began its “Have You Seen Me?” program..."    



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Memphians Suffer Postal Problems


"...The post office says when a car is parked in the proximity of her mailbox; they will not deliver her mail. On those days she finds a note in her mailbox explaining why she has no mail. "So they're taking the time to put the note in the mailbox but they won't put the mail in the mailbox," says ..."    



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To Survive, USPS Must Change Strategy (Burrus Testifies on Capitol Hill)


"...The union president also condemned many of the USPS’ cost-cutting efforts. “Actions such as plant consolidations, employee reassignments in large numbers, [and] reduced retail hours are having a detrimental effect on service, and in many cases generate little or no savings,” he said during a hearing held by the House Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia...."    



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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

USPS Work Force Reductions

Lower mail volume forces Postal Service to regroup

"...the workforce reduction did not involve layoffs, but was a combination of attrition and retirement. The Postal Service's work force..."    



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Postal Service still struggling after thousands of layoffs


"...The U.S. Postal Service has slashed 25,000 jobs this year as it struggles to reduce a massive budget deficit...."    



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PMG Potter Appoints Two Officers


"...William Gilligan has been named chief postal inspector....announced the hire of Stephen Masse as vice president, finance and planning...."    



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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

USPS issues final, more-inclusive ‘summer sale’ guidelines


"...The U.S. Postal Service has finalized its plans for a “summer sale” on commercial direct mail, offering discounts on increased volumes of bulk mail and opening up the program to previously excluded companies. ..."    



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‘Carrier Alert’ to Help Seniors Living Alone


"...Family and friends of seniors can sign up their loved one. Mail carriers are trained to look for "signs of distress" (like accumulating mail). If he sees something unusual, they will call United Way and United Way will attempt to contact the participant and make contact and notify emergency contacts. Those in the program will be marked with a sticker placed on the mailbox...."    



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Stamps.com Completes Market Test


"...shipped more than 70 million PhotoStamps to customers since 2005. The approval of the USPS is critical for Stamps.com, which saw a stall back in October of 2004 when the PhotoStamps service was halted for eight months after consumers were found to be uploading "inappropriate" images..."    



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National Postal Forum

May 17-20, 2009 - Washington, DC

"...The National Postal Forum is the premier educational event/experience and tradeshow available to mail professionals today. Attend the National Postal Forum to get a complete education in the "Business of Mail." If your business or profession has anything to do with using mail, or any of the products and services available through the United States Postal Service... then this is the place you need to be!..."    



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Monday, May 18, 2009

Postal Service Expects Steeper Declines


"...The U.S. Postal Service has cut 25,000 jobs this year and mail volume will continue to drop into 2010 as it struggles to break even and return to profitability..."    



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Friday, May 15, 2009

APWU, Mail Hauler Agree to One-Month Contract Extension


"...The APWU and the private-sector mail-haul firm Pat Salmon & Sons have agreed to a one-month extension of a contract covering more than 500 drivers. The collective bargaining agreement in effect since Aug. 30, 2006, had been set to expire May 15...."    



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(APWU) Excessing: Know Your Rights


"...indicating that junior full-time employees will be reassigned to other crafts or more distant facilities. Through collective bargaining, the union and management have established rules governing the reassignment of employees, and it is important that the rules be followed. Unfortunately, management seems to be engaged in a dangerous game of “chicken” with workers — hoping to reduce the complement by coercing employees to resign. Management is attempting to accomplish this insidious deed by “reassigning” employees to non-existent positions in facilities far from the employees’ homes...."    



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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sick 3-D Cameras Go Postal


"...Sick, a maker of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for factory and logistics automation, announced it was awarded a multi-million dollar order from Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego to provide its Ruler E 3D Cameras as part of continuing improvements to the United States Postal Service’s Automated Package Processing System (APPS)...."    



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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Despite risks, dealers still mail illegal drugs


"...Neighborhood Recovery Unit intercepted four packages of marijuana totaling 57 pounds. The packages, which originated from the western part of the country, probably cost about $70,000 altogether, but had an estimated street value of about $250,000..."    



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Law Note: 3rd Circuit: When Serving Post Office, Don't Rely on Mailbox Rule


"...The dispute erupted over whether Pollock had filed a timely request for reconsideration within six months after the USPS denied his initial claim. Pollock filed an affidavit in which he swore that he had signed a final copy of the request for reconsideration before giving it to his secretary to be mailed first class...."    



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Postal Worker Dog Issues

Macon council president Paris cited due to pet violation, incident with officer

"...the mail carrier flagged him down Saturday morning to tell him that a black dog from Paris' Suwanee Avenue home had been chasing her. When the postal worker made contact with Paris, the council president began yelling at the woman and suggested she needed to find a new career if she couldn't handle a dog..."    



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Identity theft is big business


"...Information on how to prevent identity theft and on how to recognize fraudulent schemes can be found at the U.S. Postal Inspection website at http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov or the Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service can be reached at 1-877-876-2455...."    



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U.S. Postal Service Shares Loads As Printers Mail, Mailers Print


"...USPS will test a load-sharing program called "Collaborative Logistics" for the next two years. By statute, USPS has that much time to test what PRC calls an "experimental program," which also touches markets outside printing..."    



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Postal Service is now delivering the paper


"...The U.S. Postal Service is now delivering the paper. The Daily Union laid off more than 30 news carriers in what they say is an effort to improve customer service...."    



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Postal Service as Newspaper Delivery Source

Postal service to deliver Southbridge newspaper

"...The change will affect the timeliness of the print edition of the newspaper because of deadline changes, Mr. Bird acknowledged in an interview yesterday. He emphasized the paper will remain a daily publication. He said the postal service has assured the newspaper that it can provide same-day delivery. ..."    



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Postal detectives crack case of messy addresses


"...Without leaving their cubicles, U.S. Postal Service sleuths in Glendale solve more than a million mail-delivery mysteries daily for post offices nationwide. Their wits and their computers are their only tools. ..."    



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Postal rates went up, and I give my stamp of approval


"...What that means is that literally, I wouldn't walk next door for $4. But if I drop a letter in a mailbox, the postal service will haul it all the way to Alaska for 44 cents. To me, that's still a heck of a deal...."    



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Schedule of Releases for the Consumer Price Index

Curious about when the next CPI news will be released?


   



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§ 8909a. Postal Service Retiree Health Benefit 1 Fund


"...the Office shall compute the net present value of the future payments required under section 8906 (g)(2)(A) and attributable to the service of Postal Service employees during the most recently ended fiscal year. ..."    



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NALC president: Frequent postage increases avoidable


"...Young said Congress should pass proposed legislation, H.R. 22, to correct the payment schedule for pre-funding postal retiree health benefits. The proposed measure would allow the USPS to pay its share of contributions for the benefits, estimated to be $2 billion this year, out of the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund, instead of its own pocket...."    



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"...It is a commonly held myth that the Postal Service relies on taxpayers to fund its operations. In fact, the Postal Service is a completely self-sufficient organization. In order for the Postal Service to sustain operations, it must cover 100 percent of its costs as with any business...."    



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Junk Mail's Endless Summer


"...If the goal of all this junk mail is profit, the USPS needs to think of something else: Even before the economy went south, Postmaster General John Potter predicted that the USPS would lose a billion dollars in 2008. As it turned out, they lost $2.8 billion. But it probably doesn't take much more than a semester of Business 101 to see that if you're not within a billion dollars of profitability, you probably need to take a hard look at your business model...."    



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Monday, May 11, 2009

Obama Admin Halts Plans To Alter US Postal Workers' Benefits


"... The Obama administration initially wanted postal workers to pay 27% of their health insurance costs, up from the current level of 17%. The plan also called for postal employees to begin paying 67% of their life insurance premiums. Both of these changes would have brought postal worker benefits in line with benefits paid to workers at executive branch agencies. To do this, however, the administration would have needed to modify federal law passed in the early 1970s that extends labor contract bargaining rights to Postal Service workers, a privilege not held by other federal employees. ..."    



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USPS CONTINUES BOB HOPE LEGACY

Support the Troops: APO/FPO Priority Mail Promotion

"...Starting May 29, the Postal Service is celebrating the life of one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century: Bob Hope. In addition to issuing a stamp in his memory, the Postal Service is carrying on Bob Hope’s legacy of entertaining American men and women in uniform by encouraging communities nationwide to support the troops and send care packages to military personnel stationed around the world. Care packages and reminders of home are a big morale boost for military service members stationed around the world. To help families and friends of military personnel, the Postal Service is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes addressed to U. S. military overseas...."    



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Sunday, May 10, 2009

New Postal Rates Kick In Monday


"...An analysis by the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers (ANM) indicates the overall average increase for nonprofit Standard Parcels to be almost 40 percent, said Executive Director Tony Conway. The increases range within the classes, depending on what point in the mail stream it’s entered. Conway said rates are designed to encourage more work by mailers before they dump mail into the system...."    



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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Retired Postal Service letter carriers have a ZIP code to call their own: 33856 (Nalcrest, Fla.)


"...Ron Courtney, 72, has been keeping score for Nalcrest softball games for the past five years. He retired to Nalcrest eight years ago from Knoxville, Tenn. Almost 50 people are on the waiting list to move into Nalcrest’s one-story garden apartments...."    



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Postal inspectors bust second pot mailing ring this week

>> Anyone with information about people mailing narcotics is encouraged to contact the U.S. Postal Inspector's office in McAllen at (956) 971-1721.

"...The men were criminally charged with mailing 324 pounds of marijuana at the Progreso post office since January. The drug packages were wrapped in cellophane with dried chili peppers and insulation inside to try to mask the scent of the drugs, investigators said...."    



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Government Begins Mailing $250 ''Economic Stimulus'' Checks to Social Security Recipients


"...Adults who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will receive the extra money in the form of a check..."    



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Economics of U.S. Postage Stamp Price Hikes (FDX, UPS)


"...Both FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) and United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE: UPS) are likely watching government competition for next week. Starting on Monday, the price of most traditional mail will rise...."    



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KFC to mail out rain checks for Oprah chicken freebie


"...After hoards of hungry Oprah fans were turned away from KFC outlets across the country earlier this week, the fast-food chain is now sending out rain checks to appease them...."    



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Friday, May 8, 2009

‘FMLA Restoration Act’ Introduced


"...The purpose of the bill (H.R. 2161) is to roll back the harmful changes made by President Bush four days before he left the White House: FMLA regulations that went into effect on Jan. 16 have created problems in the field, such as employer representatives contacting workers’ doctors without the workers’ consent, and rejecting previously accepted FMLA certifications. Workers with long-accepted “conditions” have been challenged and have been forced to visit their doctors repeatedly...."    



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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Postal workers allege supervisor treats them 'inhumanely'

Three Los Alamitos postal workers say they have been denied using the bathroom and getting water, reports show

"...The workers have filed complaints with the USPS Local Safety Office and the National Association of Letter Carriers saying Los Alamitos Post Office supervisor Maria Esparza treats them "inhumanely" and that their working conditions are unsafe. The workers said they have seen no action taken to fix the problem. ..."    



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USPS Notifies APWU of Flu Guidelines


"...notification from the Postal Service of “interim measures to be taken by management and employees” to address concerns about H1N1 influenza, commonly known as “swine flu.” The material provides guidance to managers for various scenarios..."    



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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Attacks on South Carolina Mail Carriers on the Rise


"...a shocking increase in dog bite incidents across the state has occurred. “In an average year, like last year, we’ll see 6-8 cases,” said US Postal Service District Safety Manager Marvin Howard, “but from October 1 to current, we’ve sustained 26..."    



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California postal carrier faces drug charges

...arrested while doing rounds; meth is found in vehicle, Yreka home

"...Siskiyou County letter carrier landed in jail after drug enforcement authorities stopped her near Montague, Calif., Thursday and seized methamphetamine packaged for sale, sales documents, packaging materials, scales prescription drugs, syringes, and pipes...."    



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Lincoln Stamps Bring Neary $2 Million at a New York Auction


"...The collection was amassed by William J. Ainsworth, a retired executive from the consulting and accounting firm KPMG who lives in Roswell, Ga. He inherited his father’s stamp collection in 1963 but has said that for years he paid scant attention to it. Then, after meeting in 1977 with a former postmaster general who specialized in stamps showing Benjamin Franklin, he began building his Lincoln collection...."    



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Stamp Act

In Penobscot Theatre Company’s latest production, a comedy thriller called ‘Mauritius,’ the darkly driven characters have a difficult time licking their obsessions

"...While anyone other than a philatelist might scoff at how a tiny scrap of paper could inspire such a passionate response, director Scott R.C. Levy has come to understand the seductive power of postage...."    



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Follow the donations: Charities kept most cash for themselves

Each year, more than a million federal employees donate part of their paychecks in the government's annual workplace charity drive, the largest of its kind in the world.

"...The money given in the Combined Federal Campaign — $273 million last year — is directed to groups that say they fight disease, ease hunger and help the needy. But in some cases, much of the cash that charities collect does not go to charity...."    



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Irritation rises at old stamping grounds


"...“I had to wait in a long line to get a single, solitary stamp the other day. They took out the automated stamp machines in the lobby. It’s ridiculous. It wastes everybody’s time,” Parks said outside the Main Post Office on William Street. “Now they have signs saying go to the supermarket, but who wants to go to a supermarket to buy a stamp?” The quick answer is, the postal service. ..."    



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