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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

Letter Carriers president questions Postal Service management

"...A two-cent cut in the price of a first-class stamp, which cut Postal Service revenue by $500 million in the last three months and $1.5 billion in the first nine months of its current fiscal year, put USPS back in the red so far this fiscal year, a top postal union leader says. Had the cut not slid through, due to inaction by postal management last year, the service would have earned almost $1.4 billion through the first three quarters of the year, rather than losing $55 million in that time, adds National Association of Letter Carriers (link is external) President Fredric Rolando..."    


This Article is From: www.workdayminnesota.org
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

FDA to step up fentanyl targeting at postal facilities

"...To enhance FDA's ability to detect opioid analgesics illegally entering the country via the mail, the agency is deploying roughly three dozen employees to international mail facilities run by the U.S. Postal Service, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's recent internal remarks..."    


This Article is From: www.pharmacist.com
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint

House Budget Goes Beyond White House Blueprint

"...As anticipated, the 2018 House Budget is in the same mold as the White House budget – it punishes workers and the working-class, while giving big payouts to the rich. The resolution instructs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (which has jurisdiction over the Postal Service and postal/federal employee annuity benefits) to cut $32 billion in the programs and agencies they oversee during ten years. Like the White House proposal, the House budget recommends big pay cuts to postal workers through increased Federal Employee Retirement System pension contributions and eliminating the special retirement supplement (which helps federal retirees who retire before they are eligible for Social Security benefits). These two proposals alone will take thousands of dollars out of the pockets of postal workers and retirees. Even more egregious, the House plan calls for replacing guaranteed pension benefits..."    


This Article is From: www.apwu.org
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Too Dangerous to Serve? Glassell Park's notorious Drew Street

U.S. Postal Service suspends service to Glassell Park's notorious Drew Street after shooting

"...Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to a neighborhood in Glassell Park once considered among the most dangerous in Los Angeles after a carrier was nearly shot there last month, a USPS official said. “Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of our employees..."    


This Article is From: www.latimes.com
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Stolen Postal Truck Among Finds at New Orleans 'Chop Shop'

Stolen Postal Truck Among Finds at New Orleans 'Chop Shop'

"...New Orleans detectives have recovered a U.S. Postal Service truck and five other stolen vehicles at a "chop shop" where thieves disassemble stolen cars for parts..."    


This Article is From: www.usnews.com
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Thank God for Unions: UPS to Freeze Pension Plan for Non-Unionized Employees

UPS to Freeze Pension Plan for Non-Unionized Employees

"...United Parcel Service Inc. plans to freeze pension plans for thousands of nonunion employees in an attempt to help a retirement fund that’s straining under a $10 billion deficit. The package delivery service is expected to announce measures to corral the rising pension obligations to its workforce Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people people familiar with the matter..."    


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Multiple People Shot at San Francisco United Parcel Service (UPS) Facility

Multiple people shot in San Francisco at UPS facility

"...Sources tell ABC7 News at least three people were shot at the facility and have multiple victims have been transported to the hospital. San Francisco police are advising residents in the area to shelter in place..."    


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Postal Service Deleted Customer Complaints Around Christmas

Postal Service Deleted Customer Complaints Around Christmas

"...The U.S. Postal Service automatically deleted customer complaints on social media just before Christmas, according to a recent audit. A report released last week by the inspector general found the Postal Service has poor management of its accounts on Facebook and Twitter..."    


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Retirement dilemma: How do FERS employees know they are financially ready?

Retirement dilemma: How do FERS employees know they are financially ready?

"...A reoccurring mantra is shared again and again from federal employees, “I don’t know what to do or where to go to find the answers I need.” What training they do receive seems to come late ..."    


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Postal carriers will pick up food donations May 13

Postal carriers will pick up food donations May 13

"...Residents can participate by leaving a bag of nonperishable food next to their mail boxes before delivery on May 13. Letter carriers will collect the food and volunteers will sort, pack and deliver the donations to the food bank’s main warehouse...."    


This Article is From: tucson.com
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sketch Released of Suspect in Postal Worker Armed Robbery

Sketch Released of Suspect in Postal Worker Armed Robbery
"...The sketch of one of two armed robbers who targeted a postal worker in Fort Lauderdale was released Wednesday. U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest of the two suspects...."    

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Postal Service Making Boxes Tamper-Proof To Thwart Mail 'Fishing'

Postal Service Making Boxes Tamper-Proof To Thwart Mail 'Fishing'

"...The U.S. Postal Service is retrofitting its boxes with slots instead of pull-down "snorkels" in an attempt to thwart folks who "fish" for cash or checks in the mail..."    


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Postal career inspires author to write children's book

Postal career inspires local author to write children's book

Houser Post Office: Mail on the Farm
"...The result is called "Houser Post Office: Mail on the Farm," and features a goat postal carrier who delivers mail to the other farm animals. "The book was inspired by the Chicken and Egg Festival..."    

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Friday, March 3, 2017

APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference is May 2

APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference is May 2

"...The 2017 APWU Deaf/Hard of Hearing Conference will be held in Washington, DC at Kellogg Conference Center at Gallaudet University on May 2, 2017. This one-day conference will address the unique problems and concerns in the workplace, union, and society that deaf and hard of hearing members face. The goal is to open doors for better communication, better representation, better training, a better workplace, a better union, and building friendship...."    


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Friday, February 24, 2017

Fedex extends express air transportation contract with USPS

Fedex extends express air transportation contract with USPS

"...modified contract is expected to generate revenue of approximately $1.5 billion per year for Fedex express * Says contract modification extends agreement through September 29, 2024..."    


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Should your health and wallet fear new postal bill that radically changes health plans?

Should your health and wallet fear new postal bill that radically changes health plans?

   


The newly proposed postal reform bill, known as 'H.R.756 - Postal Service Reform Act of 2017' has many different aims and goals, one of them being the radical change to the healthcare options for postal workers and the apparent removal of a postal workers opportunity to participate in a multitude of plans in the federal healthcare insurance options. It appears the reform bill will force employees into postal employee only plans or plan. Of course, we know very little on this attempt by the Postal Service to develop their own plan and then, upon retirement, place retirees in a medicare plan. What does all of this mean to the postal worker and retiree? Will out-of-pocket expenses for the postal worker/retiree radically rise over time? We know that medicare forces people to pay larger fees in many circumstances. We feel this will drastically reduce competition and increase prices due to fewer healthcare options for postal workers as well as opening the door to future changes to health care plans for for federal workers. The reform plan will force postal workers to enroll in a postal plan. That scares us. Do you think this plan will help postal workers and retirees get better and less expensive care with good coverage or do you think the goal is to place more expense on the worker/retiree in an effort to lower agency costs? You can look at it as similar to the changes that took workers/retirees out of CSRS and then placing them in FERS. If you think that was a good change, you may like it. However, you may see it as a big problem for the working class in the end. Our bet is that the plan helps corporate America more than the worker.


This Article is From: The Postal Newsgroup
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

TSP Tip: Warren Buffett bought $12 billion of stock after Trump won

Warren Buffett: I bought $12 billion of stock after Trump won

"...Buffett revealed that he has bought $12 billion of stock for his company Berkshire Hathaway Inc since the Republican Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election..."    


This Article is From: www.reuters.com
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Beware of using postal blue boxes when mailing checks

Beware of using postal blue boxes when mailing checks

"...Beware of putting your mail in the U.S. Postal Service blue boxes. Even though the collection boxes are on federal property and breaking into them is a federal crime, that hasn't stopped the thieves. I've heard from a few people including Inez, Dennis, and Shirley in Colorado Springs. They were forced to change their bank accounts, cancel credit cards, and contact merchants to have late payments forgiven..."    


This Article is From: gazette.com
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Monday, January 16, 2017

National Postal Museum director to retire, after 6-month goal turned to 14 years at helm

National Postal Museum director to retire, after 6-month goal turned to 14 years at helm

"...Allen Kane had zero experience in museum administration when he became director of the National Postal Museum in 2002. He wasn’t a stamp collector, either. But Kane knew the U.S. Postal Service, having spent 30 years working there..."    


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Has your pay increased 2.9 percent over the last 12 months like average hourly earnings across America?

Postal Newsgroup: As a postal worker you are representative of skilled blue collar union jobs in America. Why are your wages rapidly losing ground to average wages while you work for an organization who leads in the U.S. parcel delivery market? We don't have the answers but these are the questions that should be pointed at your management team as well as your unions. The following article details the status of jobs and wages in the U.S., but does the data accurately report the stats of the average worker. Something must be lost in the details ...or is it computer GIGO theory? Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Tepid Hiring, but Jobs Report Shows Sustained Wage Growth


"...the bigger story in Friday’s report was a better-than-expected showing for hourly earnings, a missing link for many workers until recently in the recovery from the recession. Average hourly earnings rose 0.4 percent in December, bringing the 12-month increase to 2.9 percent, the best annual performance since the recovery began in mid-2009..."    

This Article is From: www.nytimes.com
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