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Friday, August 31, 2012

Federal Duck Stamp Program

Duck stamps that boost wetlands, birds aren’t just for hunters

"Federal Duck Stamp... The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says 98 percent of proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to acquire and protect vital wetlands supports hundreds of species of migratory birds, wildlife and plants. The stamps can be purchased from the U.S. Postal Service, from some sporting goods shops and online. Since the program’s inception in 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than..."    

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Employment Verification Number for Postal Workers

USPS Employment Verification Number Help

"...he Postal Service Employment Verification. The following will provide you with the information needed to verify employment with the U.S. Postal Service. We are not affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service or..."    

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Early outs (VER) offered to 3,300 more postal employees

USPS offers early outs to 3,300 workers

"...With consolidation plans moving forward, the Postal Service is further trimming its workforce. To avoid lay-offs, this week the mail agency offered early outs to more than 3,300 employees who will retire Dec. 31, 2012. ..."    

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POStPlan implementation to begin ...welcome to the new Postal DisService

Trouble ahead: The PRC gives POStPlan a green light

"...point of interest in the advisory opinion. The PRC ran some numbers and produced a list of ten post offices it considered misclassified as Level 2 and 4 because the Postal Service had not correctly calculated the distance to the nearest post office. The Commission suggested that these post offices be reclassified as Part Time Post Offices (PTPO), open six hours a day. ..."    

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

The postal service brought radical change to American retailing

How the postal service revolutionized American retailing

" a time when Americans were increasingly attentive to the way high distribution costs were driving up prices, a low-cost parcel post seemed like an obvious way to make the average family better off.

The ascension of Progressive Republicans and Democrats in the 1910 congressional election sealed the deal. President William Howard Taft endorsed the parcel post, and Congress directed the Post Office to begin carrying packages as of Jan. 1, 1913...."    

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Elaborate doping program on Armstrong's Postal Service teams

US doping agency erases Lance Armstrong's titles

"...USADA, which announced its investigation in June, said its evidence came from more than a dozen witnesses "who agreed to testify and provide evidence about their firsthand experience and/or knowledge of the doping activity of those involved in the USPS conspiracy," a reference to Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service cycling team...."    

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More big mailer discounts as postal service goes broke

Postal commission OKs ‘junk mail’ discount plan

"...“NAA believes this decision is contrary to law, and will challenge it immediately and vigorously,” said NAA Chairman James Moroney, the publisher of The Dallas Morning News. The commission dismissed the newspapers’ damage estimate, saying in its order that “newspapers’ claims of harm..."    

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Social Security can be docked for unpaid student loans

Feds Dock Social Security for Unpaid Student Loans

"...retirees are learning that defaulting on student-debt can threaten something that used to be untouchable: their Social Security benefits...."    

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USPS ZeroTolerance Arb Award 7-13-12

Arbitrator: Postal Service covered up misconduct by Redondo Beach supervisor

"...The U.S. Postal Service covered up years of serious misconduct by a supervisor at the Redondo Beach post office and ignored complaints made by employees there, an independent labor arbitrator has ruled. ..."    

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Congressman Paul Ryan and his UPS connections

What can Brown do for you? Congressman Ryan's UPS Express

"...In addition to visiting UPS headquarters on UPS’ dime, Ryan has received significant campaign contributions from the shipper. According to OpenSecrets, in 2000, UPS gave him $10,000, making it his fourth-largest contributor for the election cycle. Over the course of his career, Ryan has received over $48,000 from UPS, which puts the company in his top 20 contributors (Koch Industries is sixth, with $63,000). ..."    

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PMG should focus on growing the business, not reducing services and delivery standards

Postmaster gives direct message about mail's future
"...Donahoe’s policies should focus on growing the business side of the U.S. Postal Service instead of cost-cutting measures, expected to cost about 100,000 workers their jobs across the nation. To make matters worse, Blaisey predicted Donahoe’s drastic measures would alienate rural citizens and others who depend on the U.S. mail. ..."    
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USPS over-produced $1.2 Million Worth of ”The Simpsons” commemorative stamps

USPS Stuck With $1.2 Million Worth of Unsold Simpsons Stamps

"...The United States Postal Service printed one billion “The Simpsons” stamps to commemorate the shows 20th anniversary. However, they were only able to sell 318 million of them. This left the USPS with 682 million stamps, unfortunately washing $1.2 million dollars worth of printing costs down the drain. ..."    
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Danny K. Davis (D-IL) urged union members to fight back against “evil-doers” who would destroy the Postal Service

Rep. Danny Davis: If We Fight, We Win!

"...“If we slip back,” he warned, “the rich will get richer while the poor get poorer and the middle class is squeezed practically out of existence — a world where our jobs are downsized, privatized, outsourced or outright eliminated. Where there is no collective bargaining, where workers have virtually no rights, and where even people’s pension funds are in jeopardy.” ..."    

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

COLA increase for APWU represented employees

COLA Increase
"...APWU members will receive a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of $375 per year in September 2013, in accordance with the 2010-2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The raise is the result of an increase in the consumer price index (CPI-W) since January 2012. It is the second COLA under the contract. The expected effective date is Sept. 7, 2013 (Pay Period 20-2013)...."    
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Postal Workers thrown from post office rooftop

Syrian Atrocity: Bodies of Postal Workers Thrown from Roof

Syrian Atrocity: Postal Workers
"...footage displays a crowd of people callously throwing the bodies of slain postal workers from a post office rooftop...."    
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Monday, August 13, 2012

USPS Sandusky child porn investigation

"...Sandusky, convicted in June on 45 counts of child sex abuse, is reportedly the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, which is looking into whether he sent child pornography across state lines, CBS News said Friday...."    

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facebook testing postcards

Facebook experiments in postcards

"...Big Face is working with a small group of users, giving them the option to turn their pictures into postcards and mail them off to their friends. It says pricing is still being worked out, although the app Postagram does a similar function with Instagram pics for $0.99 a pop...."    

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Tucson mail clerk indicted for mail theft

GV mail theft complaint leads to conviction

"...After investigating, the OIG turned its information over to the United States Attorney’s Office, which led the federal grand jury that indicted Fernando Cardenas, 60, of Tucson, a mail clerk at the USPS Tucson Processing and Distribution Center, of two counts of mail theft and one count of possession of stolen mail...."    

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

APWU 'Union Retirement Incentives' coming for elected officials? (Editorial by Bill Burrus)


"... Elected positions throughout the union, including Business Agents and Resident Officers would be cherry picked for retirement incentives and would receive an amount determined by the executive board or president. This amount is expected to exceed $40,000 per incentive, sufficient to encourage the officer to retire. So for each officer who earns in the range of $100,000 or more per year, a postal retirement, plus 30 days severance pay, and unused annual leave will also be paid an incentive that is targeted on a personal level..."    

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Donald Trump goes postal!

"...has selected the Trump Organization as the preferred team to redevelop the Old Post Office building and annex located in downtown Washington, D.C. Selecting the Trump Organization to redevelop this historic property represents a significant step in turning this underused Federal property into a mixed-use development..."    
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Friday, August 10, 2012

APWU layoff protection arbitration ...the downside of excessing or transferring to other crafts

Arbitrator Rules on Protection Against Layoffs

"...Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled [PDF] on Aug. 1 that employees represented by the APWU who transfer to or are excessed into non-APWU crafts may not carry the protection against layoffs they have earned under the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement to their new crafts. ..."    

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mary Fields biography - Postal History

Mary Fields

"...In 1895 she found a job that suited her, as a U.S. mail coach driver for the Cascade County region of central Montana. She and her mule Moses, never missed a day, and it was in this capacity that she earned her nickname of "Stagecoach", for her unfailing reliability. ..."    

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Postal Service Back-Up Plan: Selectively skimp on financial obligations

Postal Service could run out of cash in October

"...The Postal Service has a back-up plan to conserve cash so it'll be able to deliver mail on time and keep the lights on at post offices. It would skip paying into the federal retirement system and would skimp on workers compensation payments due to the Department of Labor...."    

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Friday, August 3, 2012

APWU retirement incentive update

"...discussions are continuing, APWU President Cliff Guffey has reported. “I understand that there is great interest in this topic among some members, but it is simply not feasible or smart to conduct negotiations in public,” he said...."    

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Former postal worker makes it big with unofficial postal clothing line

Former Brooklyn postman makes it big with his unofficial postal service clothing line worn by 30,000 workers

Marty Grace, 45, a former Brooklyn postman has made it big time with his self-designed, unofficial brand of US Postal Service Apparel worn by over 30,000 workers across 27 states.
Marty Grace
"...Marty Grace, who quit his 22-year job as a mail carrier in 2007 at a Bedford-Stuyvesant post office, now designs T-shirts, hoodies and polos worn by over 30,000 postal workers around the country who rock “Designs by Marty Grace” on the job as opposed to the drab United States Postal Service uniforms...."    
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Postal impersonator robs condo residents

Fake postal worker led robbery of Cherry Hill condo residents

"...Authorities did not say if the incident was linked to a similar home invasion in Northeast Philadelphia on July 17. In that case, a man posing as a postal worker, stole cash and jewelry from an elderly woman’s home...."    

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Federal Jobs and Veteran's Preference Points

Veteran's Preference Points and Federal Jobs

"...By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over non veterans both in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles and in retention during reductions in force. The goal of the Veteran's Preference is not to the place a veteran in every vacant Federal job. However..."    

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