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Friday, January 31, 2014

Postal Bill Debated in Senate Committee, But Thankfully This Destructive Bill Has Not Moved Forward As Currently Structured

Senate Committee Begins – But Doesn’t Complete – Debate on Postal Bill

"...There is no word on when — or if — the committee will reconvene to finish consideration of the legislation, S. 1486. Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee meeting, Jan. 29, 2014 Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee meeting, Jan. 29, 2014 “The bill would be devastating for postal workers and the people of the country..."    

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Apparently the Postal Service is replacing career employees with noncareer workers

The disappearing postal workforce: Counting up the losses

"...Since 2000, the Postal Service has shed 300,000 career jobs — a drop of almost 40 percent. The Postal Service eliminated 37,400 jobs in fiscal 2013 alone. And it’s not going to get any better. Over the next few years, postal jobs are going to keep disappearing — at a faster rate than in any other sector of the labor force. According to the Occupational Outlooks Handbook just put out by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, by 2022 the number of clerks, mail processing workers, and letter carriers will decline another 28 percent — 139,000 more jobs gone...."    

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mail thief picks wrong mailbox and wrong man to mess with

Thief picks wrong mailbox, man to mess with
Keith Jardine [myspace photo]
"...Stealing mail is a bad idea, especially when it’s from Keith Jardine. He’s a champion MMA fighter and at 6-foot, 2-inches tall, 185 pounds, and someone you don’t want coming after you...."    

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USPS postpones mail service standard changes to a later, yet to be determined date - will give 90 day notice prior to new implementation date

Revised Service Standards for Market-Dominant Mail Products; Postponement of Implementation Date

"...the postponement of the implementation date for the revised service standards for market-dominant mail products that were scheduled to take effect on February 1, 2014, as part of the Network Rationalization initiative. The new implementation date will be announced by the Postal Service in the Federal Register at least 90 days before it takes effect...."    

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Postal Service postpones consolidations and changes to mail service standards

A step in the right direction in the saving of the United States Postal Service!

In an article from the American Postal Workers Union, "The Postal Service announced in the Federal Register on Jan. 24 that it is postponing Phase 2 of its latest mail processing consolidation plan, which was slated to begin on Feb. 1. The USPS is also delaying implementation of changes to service standards that would have further slowed the mail, to the detriment of customers and postal workers."
Mail processing facility closures were contingent upon revisions to mail service standards changes. The postponement of service standard changes are a major victory for the citizens of the United States of America, employees of the Postal Service and mailers alike. It is obvious that the citizens of this country have spoken loudly and want to save the timely delivery and universal mail service to all patrons. To have purposely slowed the mail in this country would have been a disservice to everyone and would have only led to the possible destruction of the Postal Service as well as a move toward privatization which we all realize would lead to exorbitant rate increases for first-class mail. This decision may be a realization that our government is actually listening to the desires of the citizens of this great country and will preserve an institution that is vital to the infrastructure of our country. We applaud the intelligent decision to, at least, temporarily put a halt to the destruction of the United States Postal Service and the network as we know it today. The Postal Service is like the United States Military, as it was not designed to be a 'for profit' entity, but was constructed to provide an efficient and effective service to its citizens.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Six Sigma: Postal Service touting program of failure to managers?

Is the Postal Service becoming too dependent on a management program that has been discounted by some as a proven failure? It appears they are employing 'Six Sigma' heavily[1], but history and the S&P 500 may be proof as to why the Postal Service may be investing in the wrong direction with Six Sigma. Read more on the process and you decide.

Six Sigma

"...In fact, of 58 large companies that have announced Six Sigma programs, 91 percent have trailed the S&P 500 since, according to an analysis by Charles Holland of consulting firm Qualpro (which espouses a competing quality-improvement process). ..."    

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A request from the Postal Service to change delivery service standards for a large portion of Standard mail

How slowing down Standard Mail paves the way for ending Saturday delivery

"...documents released this week to the PRC indicate that the plan may have another purpose — preparing the way for ending Saturday delivery. In the Request, the Postal Service explains the rationale for the plan this way: “By changing the service standard for DSCF Standard Mail..."    

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Postal Service continues employee reductions as it intentionally slows the mail

Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan?

"... While an individual mailer dropping off a postcard may not be affected by this proposal, most large mailers would feel the delay. The revised delivery schedule would impact about 32 percent of overall mail, or 62 percent of standard mail. The Postal Service called its plan “load leveling..."    

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Postal mail service standards changing?

Service Standards for Destination Sectional Center Facility Rate Standard Mail

"...The revisions would change the service standard (a) from three days to four days for Standard Mail pieces that..."    

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Postal Service app store makeover will deliver software access for workers

USPS app store makeover delivers software access for workers

"... USPS, said employees can request access to two types of applications: packages and products that are licensed, such as Microsoft’s Visio, and Web-based applications such as USPS’ eCareer and its time and attendance system...."    

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

More postal related delivery issues that need to be resolved...

USPS hate mail

"...“My understanding is the Post Office has been declining to deliver these packages and sending them back to shippers, and it seems to be getting more and more acute,” Stanford said. “I’ve heard gut-wrenching stories of people waiting on critical packages lost in limbo. How can we improve this? Right now it’s just unacceptable. It’s not servicing the residents of our community.”..."    

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Postal Service shipping and package services grew to $12.5 billion in fiscal year 2013

USPS Exceeded Holiday Package Delivery Volume

"...the USPS’s shipping and package services grew to $12.5 billion in fiscal year 2013, representing approximately 19% of its revenues. The USPS said package volume grew by 210 million pieces (6%), and that fiscal year revenues increased $923 million...."    

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Soldier finally wins back pay from U.S. Postal Service

FM soldier wins battle against USPS for owed back pay

Military Vets in the U.S. Postal Service
"...The worst part of the fight isn't overseas. It's a seven-year-old battle on the home front. "I was just serving my country and they fired me for doing that," said Erickson. Sgt. Major Erickson thought he was protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights act. ..."    

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

Please do your postal business at your local post office, help save this great service

A New Year’s Resolution: Support the People’s Post Office

"...It means working to ensure that the post office continues to be a good place to work — with job security, decent wages, and good benefits — and remembering that the post office provides jobs to thousands of veterans, minorities, the disabled, and women. It means doing your postal business at your local post office, not some Village Post Office or the postal counter in Staples, and it means challenging workshare discounts, outsourcing, and all the other forms of piecemeal privatization. ..."    

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