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Friday, July 27, 2012

Underground prison mail system: Communication between inmates via mail

Pelican Bay inmates communicated via underground mail

"...A gang leader housed in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay can send coded messages to an outside mail box address set up by a gang follower, who then re-directs the message to a second inmate housed in a separate unit at Pelican Bay, or another state prison. One such exchange of information via a Sonoma County mailbox foreshadowed a deadly prison riot on Feb. 21, 2000, at Pelican Bay...."    

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She's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs! ...and a mail scam to communicate with prison inmate

Accused Killer in Washington Demands Cocoa Puffs in Jail, Claims It’s Her Constitutional Right

"...Grigsby already has been disciplined for trying to brew alcohol in her cell and communicating with Pedersen via a mail scam...."    

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Monday, July 23, 2012

USPS hiring temp mail handlers after offering $15,000 to reduce mail handler staffing nationwide

USPS looks to fill 45 temp positions
"...After nearly closing the William Street processing center in Buffalo in a move geared towards consolidation, the USPS is now putting out the "help wanted" sign..."    
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Retired postal employee leaves art collection worth hundreds of millions of dollars

Great American Art Collector Herbert Vogel Dies

Laumede #16 Gregory Amenoff

"...Slowly, deliberately, but with the eyes of true connoisseurs, the Vogels built up their collection, which some estimate at about 5000 pieces, all on the combined modest salaries of a librarian (Dorothy) and postal worker (Herbert). That collection is now worth incalculable amounts: hundreds of millions of dollars, and climbing,..."    
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Friday, July 20, 2012

At FedEx: diverted customer demand towards cheaper lower-priced delivery options

Weaker Outlook Prompts FedEx To Align Logistics Network For Shifting Demand

FedEx truck at RR crossing
...While FedEx has continued to raise shipping rates to offset higher costs and improve yields, there has been a clear trend of customers shifting from premium services to slower or deferred products while seeking lower shipping expenses. The air freight carriers are..."    
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Mail consolidation of a single mail plant in Maryland causes “significant” delays in mail services

USPS must learn from mail plant consolidation woes, says OIG"

"...the consolidation of a single mail plant in Maryland, close to the US capital, led to “significant” delays in mail services and a $558,000 increase in transport costs. The investigation into the transfer of mail processing from the Frederick, Maryland..."    

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Service Standard change will generally affect service on a nationwide or substantially nationwide basis

NPMHU Brief Challenging USPS Network Rationalization Changes Before the Postal Regulatory Commission

"...The Commission is charged by Congress with giving its considered opinion on this Postal Service proposal, as the planned service standard changes will “generally affect service”—indeed, substantially degrade service—“on a nationwide . . . basis. In so doing, the Commission is required by statute to consider whether the Postal Service’s plan shows due deference to the policies contained in Title 39, including the following specific service standard objectives stated in 39 U.S.C. § 3691..."    

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Mail Contractors of America (MCA) driver dies, OSHA investigates

APWU, OSHA Investigate Employee Death at Des Moines NDC

"...Reports from the Des Moines BMC Local, which represents MCA drivers, indicate that there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving roll-away vehicles since 2009, when the Postal Service began allowing private-contract drivers to bring trucks to the dock at NDCs...."    

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Will Postal Service force residents to move door delivery mailboxes to street?

US Senate: Streetside mailboxes may be mandatory

"...Residents of a modest Fort Lauderdale neighborhood were none too pleased last month to receive a letter demanding they move their mailboxes from door to street to expedite delivery. Turns out the letter was..."    

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Closing postal plants and lowering its delivery standards worsen problems

With Cuts on the Way, Postal Service Customers Already Bemoan Delays

"...“The problems only seem to be getting worse,” said Max Heath, a consultant for the Publishing Group of America, whose magazines are distributed through small newspapers. “And the odds of it getting better is almost zero when you consider the changes the Postal Service is about to make, closing plants and lowering its delivery standards.” ..."    

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Mail Handler Buyouts: Not many takers on small buyout offer

Postal Service: More than 7,000 postmasters, mail handlers could take buyouts (but clerks are still waiting)

"...The Postal Service is offering full-time mail handlers $15,000 to take the money and run; between 2,800 and 3,200 may go, Saunders said. One thing is clear: Proportionately, the early-out option has been a much better sell among the nation’s 21,000 postmasters than its roughly full-time 43,000 mail handlers...."    

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rural Letter Carriers Settle Contract: July 3, 2012 Interest Arbitration Award


"...summary of highlights of the new National Agreement between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association resulting from the July 3, 2012 Interest Arbitration Award. The Award and the separate opinion and dissent of Interest Arbitration Board Member Joey C. Johnson are available in their entirety on the NRLCA’s website...."    

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Sign of U.S. decline: Postal Service Overnight Delivery of First Class Mail to fade away

It's The End of an Era: No More Overnight Delivery From USPS

"...Despite months of protests across the country, overnight single piece first class mail delivery will end as of Sunday, July 1...."    

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