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Monday, November 30, 2009

Credit Card Solicitations on the Decline, USPS Hurting


"...With the declining amount of postage that’s being sent via the mail each month, the Post Office will likely have to rely on funds provided by taxpayers through the general fund in order to maintain operations. Some have even gone as to far as suggesting that the post office decreases mail delivery to three days a week in order to decrease their costs. Meanwhile, American consumers are now declining credit cards offers ..."    


This Article is From: www.americanbankingnews.com

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Boy Scouts Stamp - “Celebrate Scouting” commemorative stamp


"...In 2010, the Postal Service will return the favor, recognizing the 100th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America with its “Celebrate Scouting” commemorative stamp (Link, 11/12). Scheduled for release in July, the stamp pays tribute to the organization that promotes adventure, skill building, leadership, personal development, and community service...."    


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hatch Act problems?


"...They also allege that Ruane faxed his election reports using post office equipment. The Hatch Act covers all civilian employees in the executive branch of the federal government, including employees of the United States Postal Service. Ruane’s position does fall under the restrictions of the Hatch Act...."    



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USPS/NAPS Announce New Interim Supervisor Selection Program


"...program to identify and select initial level supervisors in Customer Services and Processing & Distribution to alleviate some of the problems that the field is experiencing with vacant positions..."    



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Philadelphia Metro District hit all six of its performance targets


"...EXFC overnight was 96.52 percent, two-day 94.01 percent, and three-day 93.07 percent. Delivery Confirmation Priority Mail-Retail (DCPM-R) surface was 96.47 percent, DCPM-R Air was 93.67 percent and Express Mail 97.56 percent...."    



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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Washington man sues Postal Service over firing


"...A former supervisor sued the U.S. Postal Service, claiming he was fired for refusing a late shipment of Netflix DVDs...."    



This Article is From: seattletimes.nwsource.com

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Free Dunkin Donuts Coffee for Mail Carriers


"...November 25, Dunkin' Donuts is serving free coffee to any United States Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier. Any mail carrier wearing an official uniform or showing their union card identification can visit participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants throughout the country for a free coffee, any size, no strings attached...."    



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Postal comment draws suspension

Union chief told customers to call congresswoman about lines

"...By MANDY BOLEN Citizen Staff
A 23-year U.S. Postal Service veteran in Key West was suspended for improper conduct after he advised postal customers to contact their congresswoman if they were unhappy with long lines and..."    


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Monday, November 23, 2009

Postal service improves lighting at Camp Hill Post Office after Harrelson murder


"...Tony Harrelson, 46, a Royster Trucking driver from Dadeville, was shot and killed on duty at the Camp Hill Post Office between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 2...."    



This Article is From: www.thedadevillerecord.com

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Best way to get your name off mailing lists


"...To get your name off mailing lists, go to the Direct Marketing Association’s consumer Web site, at www.dmachoice.org. Click on “Register for eMPS” to opt out of unsolicited junk e-mail. ..."    



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Stay out of the US Postal Service's National Change of Address database ...Big Brother is watching


"...When you move, stay out of the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address database. Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, advises that you file a temporary change, good for six months, which won’t be entered into the database. During that time, tell everyone who needs to know your new address. .."    



This Article is From: www.consumerreports.org

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USPS redesigns to aid Mac users


"...hassle came when trying to do all this with an Apple Macintosh computer and Mac OS X version 10.6. The Postal Service's site says its Web service is geared toward computers running Microsoft's Internet Explorer and does not support Apple's Safari Web browser...."    



This Article is From: www.washingtontimes.com

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Federal Disability Retirement: As a Medical Issue, Medical Treatment Must Be Followed


"...Federal and Postal employees to obtain Federal Disability Retirement benefits often get lost in the morass of meeting the legal criteria for their clients, forgetting that, first and foremost, the entire process begins with the medical condition and the appropriate treatments for that condition. ..."    



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Current List of Stations/Branches Under Review as of November 20, 2009


"...The USPS has updated the Station/Branch Consolidation Initiative List. 241 offices still remain on the list. Click here to see the updated list...."    


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Thursday, November 19, 2009

USPS' possible-closings list about to get shorter


"...On Friday, there will be a new list released by the government agency that contains a smaller number of branches still subject to consolidation...."    



This Article is From: www.news-sentinel.com

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Clerk and Mail Handler November Contractual Pay Increse


"...Postal employees covered under the APWU-USPS and NPMHU-USPS Collective Bargaining Agreements will receive a 1.2 percent increase in annual salaries effective Nov. 21. The raise will be reflected in paychecks issued Dec. 11, 2009...."    



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USPS COLA Update: Consumer Price Index - October 2009


"...The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) decreased 0.3 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 211.549 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 0.1 percent prior to seasonal adjustment...."    

  • The CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), covers households of wage earners and clerical workers which is approximately 32 percent of the total population


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    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Rare stamp find during a tidy-up at Sedbergh School


    "...doing routine sorting at the Sedbergh Archive and Heritage Centre when she came across letters with Penny Blacks, Penny Reds and Penny Blues. ..."    



    This Article is From: www.thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk

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    Collect Stamps and Postcards


    "...CollectStampsAndPostcards is here to provide interesting information about stamp and postcard collecting through our interactive web community! By registering and creating a personalized profile, you will be able to access interesting information on the many different prized stamps and postcards of the past and today. Find just the topic you are seeking by posting a question on our message board, or browse through our daily updated blog. Your answers and guidance about collecting stamps and postcards are here...."    



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    New HR website launches today

    REVAMPED SITE HELPS EMPLOYEES AND HR PROFESSIONALS

    "...Human Resources has redesigned its website. It’s available today and serves as a one-stop location for HR services and information.

    Design was based on audience research and usability studies, and contains several intuitive and easy-to-navigate avenues for accessing information...."    



    This Article is From: liteblue.usps.gov

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    Those Who Tell Workers to Sacrifice Fail to Understand Postal Realities


    "...I challenge any other entity in the “postal community,” including the major mailers, mail consolidators, printers and prognosticators, to prove that they have made a greater contribution to restoring the USPS to solvency than the savings generated by the major reduction in craft jobs...."    



    This Article is From: www.apwu.org

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    UPS: holiday outlook still cloudy


    "...UPS says Dec. 21, the last Monday before Christmas, will be its busiest day this holiday season. The shipping giant's brown-clad drivers..."    



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    PIMCO Founder Bill Gross Selling $3M Portion of Stamp Collection to Benefit Smithsonian Museum


    "...Estimated to bring $3 million in an auction in New York City on Thursday, November 19, 2009, many of the 214 Civil War-era Confederate States and early Canadian postage stamps are one-of-a-kind or the finest known...."    



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    (Mail)Man Vs. Machine


    "...Compensation and benefits constitute close to 80 percent of USPS costs--a percentage that has remained similar over the years despite major advances in technology and automating postal operations...."    



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    Identity theft booms, even as thieves rely on old-fashioned methods


    "...Fourteen percent of identity theft incidents came from online or data breaches, and 5 percent from postal fraud. Once your information has been obtained, thieves tend to open up new credit cards, Travelers reports. Stolen information is used for new accounts 75 percent of the time. ..."    



    This Article is From: www.creditcards.com

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    Somersworth postal union head claims time sheets were altered


    "...Management would electronically delete overtime from the time sheets, according to Bob Guilmette, the union representative for Somersworth employees in the National Association of Letter Carriers...."    



    This Article is From: www.fosters.com

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    Congressman Asks USPS For Employee Reimbursement Plan


    "...to present a plan to fully reimburse postal workers for wages they lost as a result of managers manipulating their electronic timecards. ..."    



    This Article is From: www.vpr.net

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    Santa Claus offering its picture postmark


    "...SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — Abby Wilmes, a 2009 graduate of nearby Heritage Hills High School, designed this year’s holiday “picture postmark” for the Santa Claus post office...."    



    This Article is From: www.courierpress.com

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    Canada Post Christmas Stamps for 2009


    "...I believe it is the first time the post office has produced stamps from two different years together in a single issue. The 2008 issue showed a detail of the infant Jesus. ..."    



    This Article is From: telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com

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    2010 Printable Payroll Calendar


    Our friends over at Your Postal Blog have a new 2010 USPS Postal Payroll Calendar for you to print. Click on over and see what Benny the Blogger has to offer. Thanks Benny!    



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    Monday, November 16, 2009

    U.S. Postal Service facts


    "...The U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses. It relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. A self-supporting government enterprise..."    



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    Mail center employees rally against job losses


    "...More than 50 postal workers from the Charlottesville region rallied alongside U.S. 29 on Sunday to protest the possible closure of the Albemarle County Airport Road mail processing center...."    



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    Post Office Christmas Employment

    Article Title: Retail companies delay hiring for seasonal jobs

    "...U.S. Postal Service. This year the agency had planned to hire 60 workers at the Bethpage Logistics and Distribution Center. Temporary casual mailhandlers earn $12 an hour, with extra pay for night shifts. More information is at usps.com/employment. (Click here to connect.)..."    



    This Article is From: www.newsday.com

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    Post Office Key may help identify body


    "...A knapsack that contained clothing and a set of keys, but no identification, was found with the body. Two of those keys, one to a Kia and the other to a post office box, may help officers determine the identity...."    



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    FedEx preps for busiest day of the year on December 14


    "...A Wall Street Journal report noted that the nearly 8 percent year-over-year increase reflects an expected growth in online retailing, which matches up with a Morgan Stanley report released yesterday that indicates e-commerce will grow from a 4 percent market share today to 6 percent or more by 2012. ..."    



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    Blizzard of holiday stamps


    "...Imperial Post Office, too. The “Winter Holidays” stamps for Christmas, 2009, feature snowflakes.
    The stamps depict a ..."    



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    Sunday, November 15, 2009

    Stamps.com free processing for USPS shipping


    "...One for our US readers: Stamps.com are now offering free processing to eBay sellers using their service to ship via USPS. eBay sellers can automatically..."    



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    Saturday, November 14, 2009

    Postal service, union officials disagree on delivery dates


    "...mail carriers are being misinformed by their supervisors that the post office is trimming a day from weekly delivery starting next October, the head of the local postal worker’s union said. Postal officials deny the allegation. ..."    



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    Friday, November 13, 2009

    Communication Equals Success


    "...Loehwing also says he promised that he and Postmaster Philip Cardin would review survey results and use the information to improve the environment at the Post Office. “I just asked that they give us a chance to prove we were listening.”..."    



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    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    At hearing on future of Postal Service, no dearth of despondency


    "..."the ability of the Postal Service to deliver mail quickly on six days of the week . . . protects our constituents' quality of life," in addition to facilitating business advertising and product distribution. ..."    



    This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com

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    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    SOUTHEAST AREA OFFICE GETS ON BOARD WITH PLASTIC RECYCLING


    "...the good news is the Memphis Area Office is achieving all of this plastic recycling through a similar cost-neutral effort. That’s good for the environment — and great for the Postal Service’s bottom line...."    



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    Sunday, November 8, 2009

    35 Excessing Notices Go Out to Elmira Postal Workers


    "...29 clerks and nine mail handlers got letters today letting them know they should find a new job with the postal service, or the service will find one for them...."    



    This Article is From: www.weny.com

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    Saturday, November 7, 2009

    Andrews: USPS must explain Logan Twp. closing


    "...The U.S. Postal Service has violated federal regulations by failing to provide financial details that justify the planned closing of a mail-processing facility in Gloucester County, according to U.S. Rep. Robert E. Andrews...."    



    This Article is From: www.philly.com

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    Friday, November 6, 2009

    Unemployment Rate Hits 10.2 percent ...adult men and whites hit hardest

    Adult men and whites hit hardest by unemployment

    In October, the number of unemployed persons increased by 558,000 to 15.7 million. The unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent, the highest rate since April 1983, surpassing the June 1983 rate of 10.1 percent. The unemployment rates for adult men and whites rose in October while the jobless rates for adult women, teenagers, blacks, and Hispanics were little changed over the month.    

    Fact Resource: www.bls.gov

    Trivia Question: What was the highest unemployment rate in U.S. history? The highest unemployment rate in U.S. history was during the great depression when in 1932 the unemployment rate hit 23.6%.

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    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Show Benny some love


    "..."Have you checked out Your Postal Blog? I read it and like it. The blog is full of information, discussion, and news and gives a unique perspective on postal life. You can find it here or subscribe to it here. And the ACE patrol won't get you for reading it! It's approved for either personal or postal computers."
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    Ouch! Health Care Premiums Take Huge Jump


    "...one of the largest increases in the fee-for-service plans comes from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan..."    



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    USPS continues to investigate Harrelson murder


    "...Harrelson, 46, a postal service contract worker from Dadeville, was shot and killed at the Camp Hill post office between 5:45 and 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 2. A 911 call alerted officials to the shooting. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is investigating the crime with the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Camp Hill Police Department...."    


    This Article is From: www.thedadevillerecord.com

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    Wednesday, November 4, 2009

    Mail Routes and Contractors - Research


    "...Most records on mail and star routes have been transferred by the Postal Service to the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC.

    The information in Record Group 28 includes registers of mail and star routes from 1814 to 1960, although there are gaps in these records. Records from 1870 to 1918 were destroyed decades ago. The records usually show the names of the stops along the route as mail traveled between Post Offices, the names of the bidders for the contract, the frequency of service, the distances involved, and the modes of transportation. They usually do not show the names of subcontractors. There are indexes to mail routes by individual Post Offices in some time periods. ..."    



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    Tuesday, November 3, 2009

    USPS - Postmasters by City


    "...Remember! Not all Post Offices established before 1986 are listed. We cannot respond to requests. See Publication 119, Sources of Historical Information on Post Offices, Postal Employees, Mail Routes, and Mail Contractors, for information on how you can research Post Offices. ..."    



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