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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

USPS looking for suspects wanted for mail theft, stolen vehicle

"...Authorities say a man and a woman took a personal vehicle belonging to a mail carrier, who was delivering mail at the apartment complex at the time of the theft..."    

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Probe: Chinese opioid sellers exploit US postal service flaw

"...AP reporters found multiple sellers willing to ship carfentanil – an opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer that is so potent it has been considered a chemical weapon. The sellers also offered advice on how to evade screening by U.S. authorities..."    

This Article is From: www.spokesman.com
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Friday, January 19, 2018

Police: USPS carrier played key role in drug trafficking organization

Police: USPS carrier played key role in drug trafficking organization

"...Through wiretapping, DEA agents say they listened to calls and read texts between Garcia and Cruz where they arranged for deliveries. Cruz lives in Worcester, and neighbors say they are shocked to hear the quiet postal worker was involved in such an elaborate scheme. "I knew he was a postal worker..."    

This Article is From: www.fox25boston.com
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Postal carriers arrested for trafficking meth on their routes

Polson postal carriers arrested for trafficking meth on their routes

"...suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine on their mail routes. Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says 62-year-old..."    

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Former U.S. Postal Service worker admits burning mail for months

"...took mail from his rural postal route in Louisiana to his home in Pitkin, where from Dec. 1, 2016 to May 1, 2017, he burned at least 20 tubs of mail..."    

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Steroids by Mail: Steroids shipment results in Wyoming charges

Steroids shipment results in Wyoming charges

"...According to charging documents filed with the Circuit Court in Riverton, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) International Mail Facility at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California intercepted a mail parcel declared as “beauty products” on December 23, 2017. A “more intrusive examination” was then performed and resulted in the discovery of bottles marked as Proviron, Dianabol, and 16 vials marked as Tren-Mix 200. All items are known to be Anabolic Steroids..."    

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Friday, January 5, 2018

USPS Offers 'No Incentive' Voluntary Early Retirement

USPS Offers 'No Incentive' Voluntary Early Retirement

The Postal Service is making a Voluntary Retirement Offer to eligible mail handler and clerk employees. However, much to the chagrin of workers, there are no incentives to entice employees to make a move in that direction. This has left employees questioning the move as they see their federal employee brothers and sisters last year being approved by congress for a pilot program that increased Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) for DoD civilian workers to $40,000 for one year. The typical VSIP is maxed out at $25,000. However the Postal Service has consistently offered much less in their last three offers and now an offer of no incentive.


The current USPS offer begins Jan. 8. There will be three (3) effective dates in which eligible employees may choose in the Vonluntary Early Retirement offer. Those dates are: Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 31. Eligible employees should receive letters making the offer soon. To read more on the offer go to the following URL: https://link.usps.com/2018/01/04/voluntary-early-retirements/

The Voluntary Early Retirement offer with no incentive leaves one to question the intent of an offer that will most likely only derive a very small number of takers. Some may question whether this is simply an offer that is made to satisfy union obligations to reduce numbers with the least disruption to employees in the event of more consolidations/closures should something like that take place in the future. However, it is highly unlikely a no-incentivized offer would satisfy any union requirements with an offer that would seem unrealistic in generating much movement out the door. If you would like to follow the conversation or join the conversation, Federal Soup offers a great forum for doing so at: https://forum.federalsoup.com/default.aspx?g=posts&t=79888

You can get more information from the two national unions at:
  • National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU)
  • American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
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    Thursday, January 4, 2018

    1970 Postal Strike: Remember when postal unions had power to make positive change for the lower-paid middle class?

    How a Postal Strike Became a National Emergency for Richard Nixon

    "...At the time, pay raises for postal workers were almost unheard of: After 21 years on the job, noted The New York Times, a letter carrier would only earn $2,266 more than their starting salary. Though unionized, postal workers were forbidden from negotiating for pay raises due to cost of living. There was no chance to earn overtime, and many workers had to find a second job to make ends meet..."    

    This Article is From: www.history.com
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