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Monday, October 29, 2012

Postal Service doesn’t deliver to many Navajo Nation homes

TAGS: Universal Service Obligation

Democracy in 'Suspense': Why Arizona's Native Voters Are in Peril

"...Like most people living on the Navajo Nation, White uses a PO Box. The US Postal Service doesn’t deliver to homes because many of them are far off from paved highways where there are no streets—much less street names. The occurrence is so common that Arizona’s..."    

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Marijuana shipped through the U.S. Postal Service

Cops arrest man after learning that candy is really marijuana

“Jolly Lolly” marijuana lollipops

"...detectives arrived to discover chocolate-flavored marijuana, hard candy containing marijuana, 640 “Jolly Lolly” marijuana lollipops and 5 pounds of regular marijuana, authorities said...."    

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Another postal property purchased

Fiber-optic data firm buys former Postal Service building in Nashua

"...In what could be considered a metaphor for changes rattling much of society, a building created to move physical pieces of mail in trucks will now be devoted to moving bits of data in fiber-optic cables...."    

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Check latest updates on USPS workforce changes

Check latest updates on workforce changes

"...USPS wants to keep its employees informed and prepared during times of change. That’s why it has developed dedicated websites to keep employees and managers current...."    

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Postal Service officer received $61,250 performance bonus last year

Postal Service, IG at odds on whether top exec’s $306K compensation package over legal limit

"...The officer, who was not named, made a total last year of $306,250 in annual salary, pension and bonus, IG auditors found in a newly released report. That would be well above the maximum pay limit of $276,840..."    

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Valpak: USPS putting its own financial health at risk

US direct mail giant urges rethink on Standard Mail pricing

"...rate increase set to come into effect on 27th January, 2013, will not be high enough to cover the costs of the Standard Mail Flats service. The company said in failing to meet its costs, USPS was breaking US postal law, and putting its own financial health at risk..."    

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Postal Service cheaper services will lead to FedEx gains

FedEx predicts 13% record holiday gain led by cheaper shipment services

"...Cheaper offerings such as SmartPost, where the U.S. Postal Service makes the final delivery, and ground delivery will lead FedEx’s gains..."    

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2012 Federal Benefits Open Season

2012 Federal Benefits Open Season

"...2012 Federal Benefits Open Season -- November 12 through December 10, 2012. ..."    

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Get your Lance Armstrong collectibles while they are hot!

Lance Armstrong Postal Service related items from Amazon:

  • Inside the Postal Bus: My Ride with Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Postal Cycling Team
  • 1999 Lance Armstrong Tour de France USPS US Postal Service Photo Print Ad (54346)
  • 2000 United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team Postcard Set
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    Lance Armstrong, Postal Service cyclist banned, titles stripped

    "Sickened" UCI strips Armstrong of Tour wins

    "...Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life on Monday after the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the United States Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) sanctions against the American...."    

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    Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Octomom thinks postal mail carrier is spying on her

    Octomom: I Think My Mail Lady Is Spying on Me!

    "...Octomom believes her mail lady isn't just delivering the mail ... she's delivering information about her to other people ... and Octo wants her fired for it! Octo's rep tells TMZ her security caught the mail lady..."    

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    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

    Postal Service sides with APWU represented craft on AFCS-200 assignment issue

    Postal Service sides with Clerks on one of the AFCS-200 assignments

    "...In a letter faxed to the NPMHU office on Friday evening, September 28, 2012, the Postal Service has outlined its intent to assign one “operator position” on the new AFCS-200 to the clerical craft. The primary craft for the induction activities on the AFCS-200 will remain with the mail handler craft. ..."    

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    Casuals in Lieu of - a history

    Casual Control

    A historical perspective by Mr. William Burrus, former APWU President

    "...Resolution of a remedy was achieved and thousands of employees were provided payment for the assignment of work to improperly hired casual employees. Perhaps even more important was the system that was agreed to for future hiring of casuals. Prior to the union challenge, each office was free to employ casuals without respect to the number hired in other offices so there was no internal control over compliance with the 5% limitation. As a gesture to resolve the dispute postal management offered in arbitration to implement headquarters’ control to monitor the hiring of casuals. This voluntary means of control was incorporated into the arbitration award and the union achieved a means of monitoring the use of casuals to ensure that the contractual limits were not exceeded. ..."    

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    PSE's now permitted as vacation reliefs in small offices

    APWU, USPS Sign Agreement For Offices Without a Local Union Structure

    "...negotiated the changes in the memorandum, which now permits Postal Support Employees (PSEs) from nearby offices to be utilized in small offices in order to provide vacation relief...."    

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    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Post Office reductions eroding service?

    Postal cuts meant to help small towns may still hurt

    "...reductions as eroding a service that many in small towns have come to rely upon. As postmaster, Rust said she spent many nights at the Buffalo Post Office because she was snowed in, or because a blizzard was on its way and she knew she wouldn’t make it in the next day from her home in Casselton...."    

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    Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Retirement incentive goal is to get eligible employees to retire

    USPS, postal union agree on retirement incentives

    "...“Our goal was to achieve an incentive for members who are ready to end their postal careers; to ensure that no groups of employees are excluded, and to lessen the hardships of excessing for those who remain,” Cliff Guffey, the president of APWU, said in a statement. “This agreement accomplishes those objectives.” ..."    

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    Monday, October 1, 2012

    APWU Retirement Incentive - Buyout

    APWU, USPS Negotiate Retirement Incentive

    "...The APWU has negotiated a retirement incentive agreement that awards eligible full-time career employees a $15,000 payment in two installments, President Cliff Guffey has announced. The first installment will be $10,000; the second will be $5,000...."    

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    Postal Service will not make payment mandated by Congress

    U.S. Postal Service will skip out on controversial payment

    "...Last Wednesday, Sept. 26, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it will not make the scheduled payment of $5.6 billion to prefund retiree health benefits, which was due Sunday, Sept. 30. The payment was mandated by Congress under a 2006 law ..."    

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