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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

USPS Broke? More Big Mailer Discounts

SUMMER SALE
PRC ACTION CLEARS THE WAY

"...The incentive program offers a 30 percent rebate to eligible mailers for Standard Mail letters and flats volume above a predetermined threshold — 5 percent over each mailer’s volume for the same period in 2009. ..."    postal news

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Train vs FedEx Truck Accident

"...the incident involved a light rail vehicle on the T-Third line and a FedEx truck.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/Crash-delays-T-Third-line-92132819.html#ixzz0mJeIi4l8
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Postal workers wondering about wiggling package bound for Puerto Rico find ferret

"...Postal workers contacted a postal inspector after they spotted the wiggling package...."    postal news

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National Veterans Outreach Program Wins USPS Contract

"...The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently issued the contract award to the National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) of the American GI Forum for the tray production. The NVOP operate the VETS facility which is a corrugate box manufacturing plant located in San Antonio, Texas. USPS contracted the NVOP to create and implement production of One Million Two hundred Nighty-Six thousand (1,296,000) corrugate mail tray units. Once the corrugated trays are manufactured and assembled, the units will be shipped to USPS facilities in Chicago, Philadephia, Des Moines, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Jacksonville and Dallas. ..."    postal news

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Portland police say they're investigating a postal service burglary scheme

"...still investigating the scheme in which Larson was allegedly using information from a postal service employee to target homes where the residents were on vacation. “I believe he had access to a postal employee,” ..."    postal news

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Arbitrator: OIG Agents Intended to Make a Grievant’s Life a Living Hell

"...The conduct of the OIG was motivated by malice, the arbitrator concluded. “The OIG Special Agent pursued a path to ‘criminalize’ a decent man and a three-decade employee of the Postal Service with an impeccable record,” he wrote. “By its actions, the OIG sent a message to Management that it will second guess its decisions, even in trivial matters such as this.”

Finally, the arbitrator wrote, “Consequently, it is not unreasonable to assume that the purpose of seeking and serving the indictment was, as stated by the Union, done with malicious intent; and with the desire to make the Grievant’s life a living hell, for however long.”

The arbitrator granted the employee back pay for missed overtime and night differential..."    postal news

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Cleveland postal workers sentenced on drug charges


"...Seven of them worked at the mail distribution center at 2400 Orange Ave., where agents confiscated crack, PCP, prescription painkillers, marijuana and a loaded handgun in June. The agents, part of the U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General, said drug deals occurred at..."    postal news



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Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Limited Edition Commemorative Cachet

Alabama Crimson Tide National Championship Limited Edition Commemorative Cachet
U.S. Postal Service offers commemorative in honor of Crimson Tide's national football championship

"...each envelope has a section printed on silk and stamped with crimson foil. The University of Alabama postage stamp will be canceled with a special dated April 17 stamp featuring the championship crystal trophy. Each cachet will cost $10 and can be bought at the Tuscaloosa Post Office..."    postal news



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Postal Service ends contracts tied to top official


"...In addition to approving no-bid deals, the Washington Times has reported, Bernstock earned more than $270,000 in cash and other compensation in 2008 by serving on the boards of two private companies...."    postal news



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Postal Service must do better job when screening applicants


"...After reading the U.S. Postal Service investigation on Mark Lamberson, a registered sex offender, it makes me wonder if the government is properly doing its job...."    postal news



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Monday, April 19, 2010

APWU Set to Begin Contract Negotiations on...

The American Postal Workers Union Appoints Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee

"...Contract negotiations are set to begin Sept. 1. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on Nov. 20, 2010.

The Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee provides input to the union’s National Negotiating Team, which has full authority to negotiate the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. The committee must approve any tentative agreement before it can be sent to APWU members for a ratification vote...."    postal news



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PMG to cut tens of thousands of USPS jobs? Layoffs?


"...cut Saturday mail delivery, raise postage rates and potentially close or consolidate thousands of post offices. The proposal also calls for cutting tens of thousands of jobs through attrition and layoffs...."    postal news



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USPS Strategic Plan (humor)


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Postmaster General renews call for regulatory, Legislative change


"...The OIG report asserts that the Postal Service has paid a disproportionate share of its Civil Service Retirement System pension costs, resulting in a $75 billion overpayment. But even if Congress were to agree with that finding, cautioned Potter, refunding that money would only provide temporary relief to the long-term financial challenges facing USPS...."    postal news



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Rationale for Five-Day Delivery Shattered at House Hearing


"...In response to questions by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Postmaster General John E. Potter admitted that predictions that the Postal Service would amass losses of $238 billion by the year 2020 were “theoretical.” The exchange confirms allegations made by the APWU that the USPS forecast is wildly exaggerated, outlandish and unsupported. [See Phony Deficit Projections Mask Management’s Real Goal]..."    postal news



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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Phony Deficit Projections Mask Management’s Real Goal

Viewpoint

"...Is the PMG sending a message to mailers that the cost of service over the next 10 years will exceed rates in such alarming amounts and — in lieu of adjusting rates to the cost of service — he plans to take it from the hides of workers? If so, how cynical. ..."    postal news



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Thursday, April 15, 2010

What Post Office's Have Extended Hours on Tax Day


"...Find out Post Office hours for your area. File Taxes Today!! ..."    Tax Day Hours



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Post offices no longer staying open late on tax day


"...HUNTSVILLE, AL. -- A "sharp drop in demand" for a last-minute April 15 postmark for taxes has prompted the U.S. Postal Service to phase out late-night collections and after-hours retail services on tax day..."    postal news



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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Only 61.9 Percent of Participating Postal Employees Replied Favorably to Latest VOE

VOE RESULTS

"...The survey indicates USPS has opportunities to improve in the areas of trust, communication, growth, and diversity and respect. Employees say they want the results of the VOE survey shared in their work units and would like to see organizational improvements made..."    postal news



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Special Retirement Supplement


"...The Special Retirement Supplement will be added automatically to your annuity. The SRS will be applied to the first full month in which you have reached your MRA and payable at the end of that month...."    postal news



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Monday, April 12, 2010

New mail program equals big savings for taxpayers


"...The entities tested out the concept last year during a mailing to those who receive help from the state to pay their energy bills. In a total mailing to 213,335 Coloradans, 8,767 addresses were found in the USPS database to be incorrect. The state was able to save $39,914 by not sending letters to those incorrect addresses...."    postal news



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Elderly cat attacks postal workers and 'chases them down garden path'


"...told by the postal service that her pet is aggressive and she won't be getting deliveries..."    postal news



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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Early Retirement Rumors


"...it is very likely that postal management will pursue further reductions in the employee complement through Voluntary Early Retirement offers...."    postal news



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GAO report endorses cuts in U.S. Postal Service


"...The Postal Service should provide more lucrative incentive packages to potential retirees in efforts to accelerate attrition, auditors said..."    postal news



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Thursday, April 8, 2010

USPS To Offer Early Out Retirement To...?


The Postal Reporter News Blog, according to the FederalSoup Forum, is again reporting that the USPS is offering another Early Out Retirement to some employees. Click over to the FederalSoup Forum and join in on the conversation and post your thoughts ...rest assured postal managers read the FederalSoup Forum. Expressing your thoughts and offering suggestions in the forum could go a long way in creating positive change. If you remain silent, someone else may speak for you. Let them know what you think.


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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

2010 Postal Early Retirement


The forum posters over at Federal Soup are reporting that a recent VER 2010 announcement cited at the Postal Reporter site was a scam. was    postal news



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Monday, April 5, 2010

Federal Employee Severance Pay


As there appears to be some confusion as to the computation of Severance Pay for federal and postal employees, here is the real scoop from OPM.    postal news
Here is a sampling of the computation, but read the full article by clicking the 'Read More' icon in this post:
The basic severance pay allowance consists of—

* One week of pay at the rate of basic pay for the position held by the employee at the time of separation for each full year of creditable service through 10 years;
* Two weeks of pay at the rate of basic pay for the position held by the employee at the time of separation for each full year of creditable service beyond 10 years; and
* Twenty-five percent of the otherwise applicable amount for each full 3 months of creditable service beyond the final full year.



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Thursday, April 1, 2010

PRC Report Finds Excessive Postage Discounts


"...Confirming charges the APWU has made for more than a decade, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) concluded on March 29 that the Postal Service grants excessive postage discounts to large mailers. The USPS suffered a loss of ..."    postal news



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Injured post office employees taken off the job


"...“They’re not criminals,” she said. “They’re just people that are injured and the post office is saying, ‘We don’t have work for you.’ You come to work, get injured and basically they kick you to the curb.”..."    postal news



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Netflix is the big loser in Postal Service changes


"...eliminating Saturday delivery, the Postal Service has also said that it wants to raise postage fees. If these changes are implemented, Netflix's finely tuned business model could suffer a serious blow. ..."    postal news



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Mystery Bomber Targets Texas


"...They are just the latest in a terrifying series of homemade devices found in East Texas post office boxes over the past several months. ..."    postal news



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USPS to investigate hiring of Greenfield postman who is a known sex offender


"...Postal Service will also look into Lamberson’s hiring. Ruiz said the Postal Service conducts “rigorous” background ..."    postal news



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Changes in old-time delivery system affect modern business


"...It's easy to compare the USPS to private delivery companies like UPS or Fedex, but private companies aren't required to deliver mail everywhere, even unprofitable remote sites, like the post office is, even though it's supposed to be an independent, self-supporting entity. ..."    postal news



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