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Friday, December 30, 2011

Fighting Back Against Postal Closures

Occupy the Post Office? Tucson Postal Workers, Supporters, Fight Back Against Threatened Job Cuts

"...Several local Democratic Party politicians attended the public hearing in support of Tucson's postal workers, including Congressman Raul Grijalva and newly elected Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who received enthusiastic applause from attendees. ..."    postal news

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PRC sets Jan. 4 prehearing conference

Commission Starts Clock on Postal Service's Cutbacks
"...USPS is among the largest civilian employers in the United States. Its proposal, if approved, is certain to result in significant staffing cuts for its workforce, as well as slower delivery of first-class domestic mail...."    postal news
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Southwest Area Vice President Welch to Retire

Southwest Area Vice President Welch to Retire

"...announced the retirement of Southwest Area Operations Vice President Linda Welch effective Dec. 31. She will be replaced in the position by Great Lakes Area Operations Vice President Jo Ann Feindt, effective Jan. 17...."    postal news

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Huntsville, Alabama fights to save postmark and mail processing facility

Huntsville mail processing center may relocate to Birmingham

"...Huntsville resident Ray Dunavant said if the measure passes, Huntsville will lose its historic postmark; something that Dunavant says..."    postal news

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Attack on American Working Class Continues Forward

House Republicans Attack Postal and Federal Retirement Benefits

"...The House of Representatives voted 243-193 on Dec. 13 to pass the so-called “Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2011,” which would cut take-home pay for postal and federal workers by increasing their contributions to the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). The bill also would slash unemployment benefits, place unreasonable burdens on unemployed workers, and cut vital healthcare programs.

Voting in favor of H.R. 3630 were 224 Republicans and 10 Democrats. Fourteen Republicans and 179 Democrats voted no...."    postal news

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Laying the groundwork for the destruction of the Postal Service

Postal Service to delay closures

"...“If you slow mail delivery . . . you’re laying the groundwork for the destruction of the Postal Service as we know it,” he said in an interview. Sanders is one of 20 senators who signed a letter to Senate leaders last week urging a moratorium on closings, a proposal that appears to have been preempted by USPS’s announcement Tuesday. ..."    postal news

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Is Your Senator on Board to Stop Postal Cuts?

Senators Seek to Stop USPS Cutbacks

"...The senators have asked Majority Leader Harry Reid to include language in the next appropriations bill that would prevent the USPS from closing or consolidating mail processing facilities or rural post offices for the next six months...."    postal news

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Vital Rocket City Mail Processing Facility to Close in Huntsville?

USPS moving ahead with plans to close Ala. centers

"...the closings would also slow the delivery of first-class mail. The cuts would close 252 of the nation's 461 mail processing centers beginning next spring. ..."    postal news

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Shooting at Postal Mail Processing Facility in Montgomery, Alabama

Suspect named in Montgomery post office shooting

"...attempted murder in a shooting Thursday at the city’s main post office. Arthur Lee Darby Jr., 29, is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility ..."    postal news

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Destruction of the Postal Service continues

Going postal in Muncie, Indiana

"..."Reducing the postal service's nationwide network of facilities constitutes one of the greatest corporate and government rip-offs of the American people in the history of the United States," said Carey...."    postal news

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Postal decisions ripping families apart

USPS Prepares To Shut Down Cincinnati's Mail Hub

"..."I don't know what we would do if (my husband) has to move up to Columbus or Louisville -- somewhere where we have to sell our house and move away. We have three boys in school, and both of our families are here," Beckerich said...."    postal news

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Postal Execs Earnings Increase While Attacking the Worker

38 postal execs earn more than Cabinet members

"...Since executive salaries were frozen in 2010, the jump in the number of executives earning more than Cabinet secretaries was the result of performance-based bonuses. Last week, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe defended the bonuses, saying they were awarded under the agency's pay-for-performance system ..."    postal news

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holidays tough on postal workers worried about plant closing

"...could lose their jobs if the facility closes. The uncertainty is causing a lot of anxiety for employees there during the holiday season. ..."    postal news

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Postal Service’s Operation Santa program

Operation Santa

"...to maintain the trust of its customers and to safeguard the mail, Post Offices must follow certain guidelines that are designed to protect the children who write the letters...."    postal news

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Slowing down the destruction of the Postal Service

USPS takes ‘time out’ on closures

"...This month, USPS issued a notice to all Area Vice Presidents, directing them to temporarily suspend all Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) implementations and post office closings beginning November 19, 2011 through January 2, 2012. ..."    postal news

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Growth in the Postal Service’s packages and Standard Mail

Losses Continue

"...Shipping Services revenue, which includes Priority Mail and Express Mail, increased $530 million in 2011 (6.3 percent)...."    postal news

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Unacceptable for the USPS to offer less than complete information

Norton Asks for List of D.C. Post Offices with Expiring Leases

"...In her letter, Norton said, "Through their own due diligence, or perhaps by speaking to USPS employees, some of my constituents were able to get the relevant information, while your office indicated nothing about the possibility of an expiring lease to my staff. It is unacceptable for the USPS to offer less than complete information at a time when Americans throughout the country are worried about the closing of their neighborhood post offices."..."    postal news

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Postal Service wants to close New Orleans Mail Processing Facility

U.S. Postal Service ready to close New Orleans facility

"...Dozens of workers are expected to picket against a proposal to close the main processing center in New Orleans...."    postal news

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a moratorium on closings

Mobile area post office to remain open a little longer

"...The U.S. Postal Service has issued a moratorium on closings that will allow the post office in..."    postal news

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Monday, October 31, 2011

2011 Postal Service Holiday Period Mailing Deadlines

Postal Service announces holiday mailing deadlines

"...The Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (12 inches x 12" x 5 1/2") offers a $2 discount to APO/FPO destinations and ships for just $12.95. Customers can access shipping information by adding delivery confirmation..."    postal news

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Postal employee facing prison for stealing

Former postal worker facing prison for stealing

"...A former postal worker is facing the prospect of years in federal prison after being convicted of using counterfeit money..."    postal news

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Buyouts: Post office needs money to buy out employees

Distruptive Technology Hobbling Postal Service

"...The post office needs money to buy out those 220,000 employees. It thought it would get it from over-payments to its pension plan, but that has been ruled as money that cannot be pried out of the federal retirement system...."    postal news

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Most Expensive Zip Codes in America

America's Most Expensive Zip Codes

"...thanks to posh pads and ranches belonging to the likes of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and former Goldman Sachs CEO ..."    postal news

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Postal Service delivers for FedEx with SmartPost

FedEx sees record holiday volume, adding workers

"...One beneficiary will be the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service, which partners with FedEx for FedEx SmartPost deliveries. With SmartPost, FedEx delivers to post offices, which in turn make final delivery to residential customers.

Read more: http://www.portfolio.com/business-news/reuters/2011/10/24/fedex-sees-record-holiday-volume-adding-workers#ixzz1biRY36rL
..."    postal news

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drug distribution network used Postal Service

Western NY Drug Distribution Network Busted

"...According to the indictment, the Puerto Rican-based leaders of this narcotics distribution organization would send the cocaine in packages through the Postal Service to..."    postal news

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Monday, October 17, 2011

'Privateers' prepare to plunder postal service

'Privateers' prepare to plunder post office

"...privateers have turned their guns on the U.S. Postal Service, charging it with inefficiency while trying their damndest to hamper it legislatively. The USPS was created in the original U.S. Constitution..."    postal news

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Letter Carriers pose for calendar to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Postal pin-ups pose for a cause

"...letter carriers are featured in two separate $10 calendars. The proceeds will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association and to Committee on Letter Carrier Political Education - the political action committee of the National Association of Letter Carriers. ..."    postal news

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Postal Destruction Bill Heads to Floor

Oversight Committee Approves Issa-Ross Postal Reform Bill

"...No-layoff clauses are prospectively barred in Postal Service collective bargaining agreements. For employees who might lose their job, they will receive a hiring preference at Postal Service contractors. Postal employees would be subject to the same Reduction-in-Force authority as the rest of the federal workforce...."    postal news

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Are Postal Service problems a manufactured crisis?

Bogus Postal Service crisis deserves to get a Return to Sender

"...Union leaders and consumer advocates like Ralph Nader insist this is all a "manufactured crisis" to drive down wages and break the unions. At least two recent postal audits seem to back up those claims ..."    postal news

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Postal Service early retirements like auto industry could save USPS

Carper, Carney confident Postal Service will be saved

"...Carper says one thing the Postal Service wants to do to cut costs is offer eligible workers early retirement, similar to what's been done in the auto industry...."    postal news

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Issa accepted money from unions, then turns against them

Darrell Issa Turns Against Postal Unions That Once Backed His Campaign

"...Issa is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, worth between $300 million and $450 million, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics.
..."    postal news

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Monday, September 26, 2011

U.S. Postage Stamps to Honor Living People for the First Time in History

Living People to Appear on US Stamps

"...The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it is ending its longstanding rule that stamps cannot feature people who are still alive..."    postal news

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Congressional plans to cut service, plants and employees are suicide for Postal Service

Ralph Nader: cutting postal services is “suicidal” for USPS

"...Nader said such a move, along with the prospect of postal rate increases, would prompt a “suicidal” further decline.

“What is the sense in closing such a large number of post offices and cutting back on the service and the sense of community to millions of U.S. citizens in exchange for such a pittance of cost savings..."    postal news

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Postal Bill Would Authorize Layoffs, Force Out Senior Employees First

Issa's 'Postal Destruction' Bill Passes House Subcommittee

"...Prior to the vote, Rep. Issa amended the bill, which he first introduced on June 23, to include numerous provisions that are even more controversial than those contained in the original version: The amended version includes a provision to grant authority to a newly-established control board to carry out layoffs, in spite of any provisions in collective bargaining agreements that might limit them. In addition, it says that employees who are eligible for retirement must be laid off before employees who are ineligible, and dictates that retirement-eligible employees with the longest service must be separated first. The new language also forbids the payment of severance pay..."    postal news

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Give more incentives for employees to retire, says Sen. Carper

Senator thinks USPS should encourage retirement

"...Sen. Carper suggested that Congress give the Postal Service the means to "give more incentives for employees to retire."..."    postal news

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

How do unions fare in contract negotiations in other industries?

GM's workers offered $12,500 in bonuses in tentative UAW contract

"...GM's factory workers will get a $5,000 contract signing bonus after ratification of contract..."    postal news

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Postal Service may offer early retirement and buyouts

Republicans blast White House plan to revive Postal Service

"...The administration isn't calling for a reduction of workers; it instead wants the agency to offer early retirement and buyouts..."    postal news

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Postal Service help on the way

Obama plan delivers help to USPS

"...increasing postage rates and dropping a day of delivery — likely Saturday...."    postal news

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Fixing the Postal Service and lowering the Federal deficit at the same time

President Obama deficit plans back ending Saturday mail

"...The White House said its proposals would provide USPS with more than $20 billion in savings in the next few years and cut the federal deficit by more than $18 billion over the next decade...."    postal news

This Article is From: www.washingtonpost.com

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NPMHU, APWU, and NALC nationwide television advertisement

"...seek to enlighten the public that it is far more than declining mail volume that has created this postal financial crisis – and to reinforce the message that Congress helped create this problem, and that Congress can take action now to fix it...."    postal news

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Huntsville Mail Processing on the chopping block

U.S. Postal Service studying closing Huntsville's mail facility on Wall Triana Highway

"...HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- In a change from an announcement just two months ago, the Postal Service said Thursday it is considering moving all of the operations at the Wall Triana mail facility to Birmingham...."    postal news

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Proposed post office closures concern residents who lack Web access

Postal cuts loom over Detroit

"...In a city with one of the nation's highest unemployment and poverty rates, many residents rely on post office branches for money orders and to mail bills because they lack Internet access, officials say...."    postal news

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Florida's oldest working post office could be axed

Postal service cutback could kill a piece of Florida history

"...Florida's oldest working post office has creaked in the wind in summer, smelled of orange blossoms in winter and transacted business in three different centuries. Since 1882..."    postal news

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Huntsville, Alabama: Huge Economic Growth Area Could be Stripped of Mail Processing Facility

Huntsville mail processing facility, four others in Alabama studied for closure

"...The U.S. Postal Service could close five mail processing facilities in Alabama, including the one in Huntsville that already is being downsized..."    postal news

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Postal Service wants to shutter California Mail Processing Facilities

Postal Service lists California processing facilities to look at for elimination

"...Processing facilities in Eureka, Petaluma, Stockton, Burlingame and Redding are on the list. Others are: Bakersfield, Herb Peck annex in Los Angeles, City of Industry, Long Beach, San Diego, Modesto, Pasadena, San Bernardino and Van Nuys. The USPS is..."    postal news

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North Alabama may take huge hit in postal closures

Some Alabama mail facilities could close

"...will be reviewed over the next three months for possible closing.

They are in Anniston, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile and Tuscaloosa...."    postal news

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Postal Service to Lower Service Standards in Order to Close Mail Processing Facilities

Hundreds of postal facilities could close

"...The financially troubled Postal Service said Thursday it might close more than 250 mail processing facilities across the country and plans to reduce service standards for first-class mail in an effort to cut costs...."    postal news

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H.R. 1351 - Best Bill to Save the Postal Service

H.R.1351 -- United States Postal Service Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011 (Introduced in House - IH)

"...To amend the provisions of title 5, United States Code, relating to the methodology for calculating the amount of any Postal surplus or supplemental liability under the Civil Service Retirement System, and for other purposes...."    postal news

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Postal Announcement relating to Area Mail Processing Feasibility Study List expected Sept. 15, 2011

Area Mail Processing Feasibility Study List (September 14, 2011)

On September 15, 2011, the U.S. Postal Service has reported it will release to the media an announcement identifying a list of Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies for approximately 400 plants nationwide in an effort to shutter or consolidate approximately 300 plants across the nation. The 21st Century Postal Worker has released the Area Mail Processing Feasibility Study List on their site.    postal news

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Saturday is Passport Day at a Post Office near you

Saturday is Passport Day at a Post Office near you

"...On Saturday, September 17 only, apply for your U.S. passport at a Regional Passport Agency without an appointment. You will be able to apply for standard processing (4-6 weeks) or pay an additional $60 for Expedited processing (2-3 weeks, door-to-door). Passport Day in the USA also means passport-themed events for adults and children at Regional Passport Agencies and many passport Acceptance Facilities across the country in communities like yours. If you’ve been waiting to get your passport, this is the time!..."    postal news

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