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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fear that postal bosses are trying to bypass the regulation process to close post offices

USPS proposes streamlining review process for closing post offices

"...The computerized system announced Thursday would allow top officials in Washington to begin reviewing sites by the summer and assess a location’s feasibility within 138 days — a sharply shorter period of review, Granholm said. ..."    postal news

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fake Postal Service E-mail is a Trojan downloader

Fake USPS E-mails Deliver Trojan

"...E-mails claiming to come from the United States Postal Service (USPS) are currently being used to deliver a Trojan downloader...."    postal news

This Article is From: www.esecurityplanet.com Read our latest posts! .

Monday, March 28, 2011

New Deputy Postmaster General

Deputy Postmaster General Named

"...Stroman, who most recently served as staff director, Committee on Oversight and Government Relations at the U.S. House of Representatives, will lead all outreach and communications with congressional and mailing industry leaders as well as help ensure that every customer experience is a positive one..."    postal news

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

A look back at the anthrax investigation

Anthrax Redux: Did the Feds Nab the Wrong Guy?

"...a postal worker at the Brentwood Road mail facility in Washington, DC, was doing his best to convince his coworkers to relax. Mail handlers had little to fear as long as they took precautions, according to talking points distributed by the government..."    postal news

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Friday, March 25, 2011

March 25 Postal Announcement


This post is courtesy of The Postal Newsgroup

The highly anticipated March 25 USPS announcement is referenced below as found on the USPS' website. The largest majority of the information was put out yesterday (March 24, 2011) detailing the district closings, the Voluntary Early Retirement (VER), The financial incentive programs being offered to eligible career non-bargaining employees in targeted groups at Headquarters, Headquarters-related Field Units, Area Offices and Customer Service District Offices (Administrative). However, the additional information provided in the following announcement that stands out boldly is 'additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.' Read below to see the official release. Stay tuned and we will provide further internal information as it trickles out.



March 25 Postal Announcement

The Announcement
PMG ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF SEVEN DISTRICTS
I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure.

As part of the ongoing redesign of the Postal Service, PMG Pat Donahoe yesterday announced USPS will close 7 of its 74 district offices. This reflects continuing alignments within the organization to achieve core business strategies and, when fully implemented, will help realize approximately $750 million of annual cost savings (Link Extra, 3/23).

The district offices scheduled for closure — Columbus, OH, (Eastern Area); Southeast Michigan in Troy, MI, and Northern Illinois in Carol Stream, IL (Great Lakes Area); Southeast New England in Providence, RI (Northeast Area); South Georgia in Macon, GA, and Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM (Southwest Area); and Big Sky in Billings, MT (Western Area) — house only administrative functions that will be assumed by surrounding district offices. The closures will not affect customer service, mail delivery, Post Office operations or ZIP codes.

“I am confident we have developed a strong plan that takes a key step toward a leaner and less bureaucratic structure. One that is fair to our employees and one that will meet the future needs of our customers and the mailing industry,” said Donahoe.

This organizational redesign builds on previous PMG announcements that include a 16 percent reduction in officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units, closing the Southeast Area Office, and further reducing the employee complement by about 7,500 positions.

While yesterday’s announcement focused on the administrative and executive corps, additional staff reductions will occur as the Postal Service makes necessary changes to its network and retail operations. The full scope and financial impact of these personnel actions should be realized in one calendar year — by March 2012.   

Reference: usps.gov
emphasis (bold-print) added by The Postal Newsgroup


March 25 Postal Announcement, USPS March 25 Announcement,

Thursday, March 24, 2011

'Maria', the Golden Pond U.S. Mail Boat

Mariah, The Barn Find Of The Century

"...This little Mail boat blew me away.. It blew us all away.. What a cool boat.. This is the find! First there is only ONE! Not three.. It’s got lettering all over it.. And is a plain Jane type boat.. mmm Jane Fonda..."    postal news

This Article is From: woodyboater.com Read our latest posts! .

Postal Service to cut front-line supervisory positions

USPS offering $20,000 buyouts, shutting seven district offices

"...Donahoe has said will eliminate some 7,500 administrative, postmaster and front-line supervisory positions. ..."    postal news

This Article is From: www.federaltimes.com Read our latest posts! .

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Follow and comment on the 'USPS $20,000 Special Incentive Conversation' at Federal Soup

"...What angers me about this offer is the typical disrespect by the Postmaster General and the organization as a whole, in offering $5,000 more than was offered to craft members last year. To offer this only to non-bargaining unit employees alone is an insult to all craft members...."    postal news

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Issa to Examine Postal Service Union Contract

"...After reaching an agreement on a 4-½ year contract with one of its biggest labor unions, the USPS is being asked by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the House Oversight chairman, to appear before the watchdog committee to answer questions about the labor agreement...."    postal news

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Postal Service must re-examine labor agreements to lower costs

USPS must re-examine labor agreements to lower costs

"...Efforts to reduce the work force through attrition and early retirement incentives "simply have not resulted in the changes necessary to maintain a self-funding Postal Service," said Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., who chairs the House subcommittee that oversees the agency...."    postal news

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Rep. Issa feels postal union pay cuts, increase in employee health costs, and reductions not enough

Issa orders hearing into “missed opportunity” USPS union deal

"...critics have suggested the deal gives too much to the USPS management, particularly in terms of wage cuts for new workers and reduced healthcare contributions, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa said today he believed it did not do enough to help the Postal Service improve its financial situation...."    postal news

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USPS 2011 $20,000 Special Incentive Offer only for targeted non-bargaining employees

2011 Special Incentive Offer

"...What are the basic details of the 2011 Special Incentive Offer?

On March 23, 2011, the Postal Service announced a Special Incentive offer for the following targeted groups:

Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Field Units, including PCES and attorneys
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to Area Offices, including PCES
Career non-bargaining employees assigned to District Customer Service Offices (the offer includes PCES in closing districts only)..."    postal news

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Lawmakers question APWU 3.5% pay raise over four and a half years as excessive?

"...there would be a slight increase in employees' share of contributions to health benefits..."    postal news

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Bargaining unit employees angered as non-bargaining unit employees get bigger buyout incentive

On March 23, 2011, the USPS announced a $20,000 special retirement incentive to specific non-bargaining unit employees [ https://liteblue.usps.gov/humanresources/organizationalchanges/oc_specialincentivefaqs.shtml? ] after offering only $15,000 in an offer last year that included bargaining unit employees. Why the special treatment while touting huge deficits?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Radiation levels were detected at the New York and San Francisco mail centers

No Radiation Found in Hawaii Mail (Yet?)

"...Although low levels of radiation have been found in mail from Japan at two of five United States Postal Service international service centers, no radiation has been detected at the Honolulu center yet...."    postal news

This Article is From: www.civilbeat.com Read our latest posts! .

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Briefings on the APWU Tentative Agreement

"...Members of the union’s Negotiating Team will conduct briefings on the Tentative Agreement in the locations listed..."    postal news

This Article is From: www.apwu.org Read our latest posts! .

Friday, March 18, 2011

Chestnut Hill Post Office Robbed

Armed Robbery at Chestnut Hill Post Office

"...An armed robbery brought Philadelphia Police and the United States Postal Inspection Service to the Chestnut Hill Post Office, 8227 Germantown Avenue, Wednesday afternoon...."    postal news

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FedEx calls Japan's Narita a no-fly zone

"...Widespread destruction, a lack of fuel and infrastructural problems have urged FedEx to reverse its decision on 11 March to continue accepting freight to Japan...."    postal news

This Article is From: www.aircargonews.net Read our latest posts! .

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

APWU Contract (Tentative)

Highlights of the New APWU Contract (Tentative Agreement of the Collective Bargaining Agreement)

"...key components of the tentative agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union for the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The four-and-half year contract, which will expire at midnight on May 20, 2015, must be ratified by members of the APWU...."    postal news

This Article is From: contractnegotiations.blogspot.com Read our latest posts! .

Read more on the tentavive APWU contract agreement (awaiting ratification)

"...To read the latest news and commentary on the APWU tentative agreement, please view..."    postal news

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Monday, March 14, 2011

APWU Contract Deal?

APWU Contract Deal? Contract Negotiations Update for March 14, 2011

"...No official news of a contract agreement ..."    postal news

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Postal Truck Burns

Fire Department responds to postal vehicle fire

"...According to the official report, some mail was lost as a result of the fire. A mailbox near the postal vehicle was also damaged. ..."    postal news

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Postal Service Discrimination Case

Postal Service ordered to pay fees in case of discrimination

"...Ms. Faul filed a federal Equal Employment Opportunity complaint in 2002 alleging that women in the Carthage post office were treated less favorably than men...."    postal news

This Article is From: www.watertowndailytimes.com Read our latest posts! .

Thursday, March 10, 2011

USPS Clarifies Reductions, only 7,500 cuts

Despite reports, Postal Service not cutting 30,000 jobs

"...Donahoe suggested USPS would likely see the departure of about 30,000 total employees this year, because 22,500 of them retire or leave the agency on average each year...."    postal news

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USPS Postal Announcement March 25, 2011

Postal Service to cut 7,500 positions this month, 30,000 by end of year

"...The U.S. Postal Service will announce March 25 a downsizing of approximately 7,500 supervisory, managerial and postmaster positions. Most of those positions are filled, but many are not..."    postal news

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Tags: early retirement offers and buyouts

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

APWU Presidents Gather in Washington

"...presidents will be visiting the offices of their U.S. senators and representatives Today, to discuss efforts to ensure the financial stability of the Postal Service as well as other issues of importance to APWU members and working families. ..."    postal news

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Birmingham Bound Mail Truck and Vehicle Collide, Killing One

Woman killed in collision

"...collided head-on with a truck contracted to haul U.S. mail. Officials said the truck was heading south to Birmingham to make a delivery, while the Toyota SUV was traveling north.

Bowen was pronounced dead at the scene by Colbert County Coroner Carlton Utley...."    postal news

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Postal pland would severely compromise postal employee federal retirement funds

Postal Service aid plans would jeopardize federal retirement funds, watchdog says

"..."The proposals would cause the government to assume responsibility for USPS retiree benefit expenses without a corresponding increase in government oversight," he said.

Worse, "if this became common practice, the financial soundness and integrity of the trust funds would be severely compromised..."    postal news

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Postal Service will be out of money by October 2011

USPS: We'll Be Out Of Money By October

"...The AP reports the Postmaster General broke the news to the House Oversight subcommittee on the postal service. ..."    postal news

This Article is From: consumerist.com Read our latest posts! .

Friday, March 4, 2011

Postal Service wants to move some Huntsville, Alabama Mail Operations to Birmingham

Postal officials: Process move cost saving

"...“It doesn’t seem appropriate to me that Huntsville, Ala., would be the one that would lose the postmark. It seems like it would be more effective and more cost efficient for everything to move to Huntsville as opposed to that,” said Huntsville resident Ray Dunavant. ..."    postal news

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Postal job cuts coming?

Congressmen call for job-cutting priority at USPS

"...work force reductions had to be the “primary focus” of the Postal Service, its unions and Congress to improve financial stability.

And, noting that negotiations between the Postal Service and its unions were currently underway, he added that in his opinion it was not enough to cut staff numbers by attrition and early retirements...."    postal news

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

As USPS spills money on consolidation studies, Manilla moves in

Hearst Names Kliavkoff CEO Of Manilla; The Plan: Disrupt The Postal Service

"...Essentially, we’re challenging the US Postal Service’s business.”

In terms of measuring the space, businesses spend about $30- $35 billion a year in the U.S. mailing nearly 48 billion account notices, statements, offers and bills ..."    postal news

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