Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Postal Service Utilizing Disgraced Former NLRB Commissioner

USPS Utilizing Disgraced Former NLRB Commissioner

From the article: "...for the private benefit of former Member Kirsanow and his client, the National Association of Manufacturers, and former Member Schaumber’s labor relations consulting and/ or legal practice.” In a second report in April of 2012, the OIG also indicated that Flynn did improper favors for Schaumber in return for Schaumber helping to secure Flynn’s nomination to the NLRB. Whatever the USPS is paying Flynn, he probably made ten times more working as head of labor relations for Dr. Pepper/Snapple. So why is he working at the Postal Service and is his public postal salary being supplemented by outside interests who would benefit from his presence in labor relations at the Postal Service? Given the Postal Service’s willful and blatant violations of the contract and the interests of many large corporations in eliminating unions, the hiring of a corrupt anti-union lawyer for national negotiations is disturbing, yet not surprising..."


Article Reference: contractnegotiations.blogspot.com
Contract Negotiations (APWU), Union Busting,

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ordering opioids online? Mail carrier may also deliver handcuffs

Ordering opioids online? Mail carrier may also deliver handcuffs

From the article: "...The mail carrier was really a federal agent, conducting a so-called controlled delivery, a tactic the U.S. government employs to help stem the flow of heroin, prescription painkillers and other opioids fueling the nation’s epidemic of fatal overdoses..."


Article Reference: www.reuters.com
Postal drugs, drugs by mail, opioids, postal crime,

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Former Postal Worker Charged in N.Y. for Falsely Obtaining $160K in Disability Benefits

Former Postal Worker Charged in N.Y. for Falsely Obtaining $160K in Disability Benefits

From the article: "...A former motor vehicle operator for the United States Postal Service (USPS) has been charged with making false statements to obtain federal employees’ compensation, according to a complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y..."


Article Reference: www.insurancejournal.com
Disability Benefits

Saturday, August 25, 2018

President Trump Calls for End to Discounts for International Mail

Trump Calls for End to Discounts for International Mail

From the article: "...Decades-old policy means a Chinese company can ship a product to a U.S. customer for less than it costs an American firm..."


Article Reference: www.wsj.com
International Mail Discounts, Discounted Postage,

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Letter opened at Virginia's Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall triggers hazmat situation; 11 feel ill

Letter opened at Virginia's Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall triggers hazmat situation; 11 feel ill

From the article: "...Investigators are looking into an apparent hazmat situation at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Ft. Myer, Virginia, after a number of people began feeling sick after opening a letter, officials said. Arlington Fire, one of the units responding to the scene, said "11 people started feeling ill after the letter..."


Article Reference: www.foxnews.com

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Residents Report Open Mail, Missing Gift Cards In Smithtown

Residents Report Open Mail, Missing Gift Cards In Smithtown

From the article: "...A woman named Suzanne said 10 days she received two birthday cards in the mail and both had been opened. One was supposed to contain a $100 American Express gift card but it was gone..."


Article Reference: newyork.cbslocal.com

Monday, January 8, 2018

USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

USPS Announces Voluntary Early Out Retirement (VERA)

From the article: "...January 4, 2018, the APWU was notified by letter that the USPS is offering voluntary early out retirement (VERA) for eligible clerk craft employees. This letter was received with no advance notification to the union or negotiations with the APWU over who the VERA applied to and under what conditions. The APWU immediately initiated information requests to USPS management regarding this VERA and demands for bargaining..."


Article Reference: www.apwu.org
Voluntary Early Out Retirement (2018), "No Cash, No Dash",

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Postal Service Delivering Mail, Packages at All Hours

Postal Service Delivering Mail, Packages at All Hours

From the article: "...Detroit District Manager Lee Thompson. “We ask customers who are expecting a package to please turn on their porch light so our letter carriers can deliver safely..."


Article Reference: www.emissourian.com

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Postal workers in Utah, across nation cite delivery problems

Postal workers in Utah, across nation cite delivery problems

From the article: "...Utah Postal Service workers said they’re being forced to fake package deliveries to make it look like they’re meeting quotas for companies like Amazon and now, others are saying it’s not just an issue in the Beehive State. Fox 13 first reported the problems last week, starting with frustrated residents in Herriman. Several people said they noticed the Riverton Post Office kept scanning packages as delivered, but the packages would be MIA..."


Article Reference: fox13now.com
Scanning Issues

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mail from the US Postal Service found in a ditch in Georgia

Mail from the US Postal Service found in a ditch in Georgia

From the article: "...The mail is from the US Postal Service and is addressed to residents in Bradley County, TN, and Catoosa County, GA. All of the mail has been turned over to..."


Article Reference: www.wrcbtv.com

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

USPS Sued by Artist After Printing Wrong Statue of Liberty on 4 Billion Stamps

USPS Sued by Artist After Printing Wrong Statue of Liberty on 4 Billion Stamps

From the article: "...Come Sept. 11, artist Robert S. Davidson intends to argue that the United States Postal Service (USPS) improperly extended those concepts to its benefit by using his sculpted rendering of the iconic work on more than four billion stamps, with roughly a quarter of the prints issued even after the entity had learned it was not the original New York City masterpiece..."


Article Reference: promomarketing.com
Statue of Liberty Stamp,

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

As U.S. Postal Service struggles, Stamps.com fortunes rise

As U.S. Postal Service struggles, Stamps.com fortunes rise

From the article: "...the Postal Service isn't the only one making money when a mail carrier brings a new pair of shoes or a school backpack to your door. Private companies compete fiercely to sell postage, prepare labels and help retailers find the best deals for shipping their products. And several of them argue that a single company, Stamps.com, is getting unusually good deals from the Postal Service, allowing it to undercut the prices of rivals and reap profits that should be going to the government..."


Article Reference: www.chicagotribune.com

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Labor Department begins monitoring opioid use by federal workers

Labor Department begins monitoring opioid use by federal workers

From the article: "...The department's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs instituted a regulation requiring all doctors who want to prescribe any compounded medications containing opioids to file a Letter of Medical Necessity justifying the prescription and explaining why alternate treatments are not feasible..."


Article Reference: www.washingtonexaminer.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

Postal IG Sounds Alarm on Safety, Security

Postal IG Sounds Alarm on Safety, Security

From the article: "... issues to include safety and security concerns. Auditors reviewed 51 facilities in the Eastern Area, finding that 32 had building safety and security issues, and the same number had potential OSHA violations..."


Article Reference: www.fedweek.com

Monday, January 16, 2017

2 postal workers indicted in marijuana distribution ring in West Philadelphia

2 postal workers indicted in marijuana distribution ring in West Philadelphia

From the article: "...Federal authorities say they used their positions at the West Market Post Office to funnel more than 100 kilos of marijuana to three separate drug organizations..."


Article Reference: 6abc.com
Postal drugs, mailing marijuana, mailing marijuana, postal crime,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Postal Service puts lifeline to communities in jeopardy

Deliveries to Two Downeast Islands off MDI in Jeopardy After Postal Service Crackdown

From the article: "...Islanders pay Hopkins for his deliveries, but he says the postal service contract — worth $80,000 a year — accounted for half his income. And delivering everything together — the mail and other freight items — is the only way to be cost-efficient. He has to pay ferry, fuel, and insurance bills, and hires help to get the mail from Swans’ Island to Frenchboro...."


Article Reference: mpbn.net

Friday, August 5, 2016

Postal worker says dog attack was 'horrendous'

Postal worker says dog attack was 'horrendous'

From the article: "...He's trained to use his postal bag as a defense, but in this case it was no help. "It literally just jumped up at me and lunged at me and grabbed my arm. Knocked me backward onto my butt," said De Lashmit. He says the dog backed off for a moment before it came back and grabbed his leg. "That's when I knew it wasn't just going to be a bite. I knew it was an actual attack," said De Lashmit. He kicked at the dog and managed to get to his feet only to have the dog attack again...."


Article Reference: www.kwch.com
America's most dangerous jobs, dog attacks,

Monday, April 18, 2016

60 Years After Theft, Rare 'Inverted Jenny' Stamp Turns Up

Rare 'Inverted Jenny' Stamp Turns Up 60 Years After Theft

From the article: "...There are other known "inverted Jenny" stamps from that sheet of 100, but this newly discovered stamp is from the stolen block of four. "After careful expert examination the rarity was determined to be position 76 in the pane of 100 subjects," the Spink USA auction house said in a press release...."


Article Reference: www.npr.org

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

35 of Alabama's tiniest rural post offices in towns with names you've never heard

35 of Alabama's tiniest rural post offices in towns with names you've never heard

From the article: "...In Alabama, post offices were established in small towns in the early 1800s. The earliest service in a town that still has a post office today was begun in Huntsville in 1811, according to the United States Postal Service...."


Article Reference: www.al.com

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

First Class Mail stamp price decrease in April

Stamp Prices Set To Drop 2 Cents In April, Putting USPS In Sticky Situation

From the article: "...The U.S. Postal Service is in dire financial straits. If the price of stamps goes down as scheduled in April, it could cost the already hemorrhaging post office $2 billion per year, according to a statement released by USPS. The planned cost reduction from 49 cents to 47..."


Article Reference: www.npr.org

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How the Postal Service sold Richmond's Saunders Station PO for a song

How the Postal Service sold Richmond's Saunders Station PO for a song

From the article: "...(Disposing of properties below their market value is the subject of a scathing report by reporter Peter Byrne, Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap., which argues that CBRE, the Postal Service's real estate agent, is helping out its friends and clients with deals on postal property. The USPS Office of Inspector General has also done several audits criticizig the USPS-CBRE contract ..."


Article Reference: www.savethepostoffice.com

Friday, January 15, 2016

Police Clear Man Who Left Suspicious Envelopes At Post Office

Police Clear Man Who Left Suspicious Envelopes At Post Office

From the article: "...Hours later, police were able to speak to the man and determined he did not commit a crime..."


Article Reference: miami.cbslocal.com

Suspicious Envelopes Left At USPS Office, Authorities Release Pictures Of Man Responsible

Authorities Release Pix Of Man Who Left Suspicious Envelopes At USPS Office

From the article: "...“I do know that the postal authorities that were dealing with him found his behavior to be suspicious and it did not seem to be a normal transaction going on,” said Postal Inspector Blad Rojo. It turned out both envelopes were addressed to the FBI. “That alerted the staff who then called in the FBI..."


Article Reference: miami.cbslocal.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Never mix business with pleasure: How a postal lottery pool can cause issues

Lottery office pools gone terribly wrong

From the article: "...The postal worker won $175,000 in an Ohio lottery in 2004. He was taken to court by seven co-workers who claimed he'd cheated them out of winnings using a ticket from the office pool. Kyle was ordered by a judge to split the winnings evenly with the 20 other members of the pool, which comes to about $8,750 each..."


Article Reference: www.clickorlando.com

Monday, January 11, 2016

Historic post office mural lies hidden under paint

Historic post office mural lies hidden under paint

From the article: "...according to historians, underneath the beige paint — and maybe more layers than that — is the 12-foot by 6-foot mural painted by Donald Hall Robertson titled “Lumber Region of Mississippi.” A website dedicated to historic preservation in Mississippi, Misspreservation.com, includes an article about the downtown post office’s mural by local historian Mark Davis..."


Article Reference: www.hattiesburgamerican.com
Historic Post Offices,

Saturday, January 9, 2016

USPS underuses Web system for reporting improperly prepared mail

USPS underuses Web system for reporting improperly prepared mail

From the article: "...The Electronic Mail Improvement Reporting system, or eMIR, was designed to save costs by assigning USPS workers to contact mailers about reported problems and how to fix them, according to the USPS Inspector General's December audit ..."


Article Reference: www.fiercegovernmentit.com
Electronic Mail Improvement Reporting system (eMIR),

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Post Office drops the ball in pickup of soldier care packages

Mix-up leads to USPS delay in pickup of soldier care packages

From the article: "..."We had made special arrangements with the Albert Thomas post office to pick up on Saturday around 1:00 all of the boxes that we had labeled and ready to go," says HOME co-founder Ronnie Duhon..."They were unable to do anything to help us out," he said. 'Can't, don't, not authorized, impossible, those were the words they were using.'"


Article Reference: abc13.com

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

USPS Talks Preventing Package Theft This Christmas

USPS Talks Preventing Package Theft This Christmas

From the article: "...We’ve seen it reported nationally and here in the Metro, people following delivery trucks and then stealing packages from front porches. The United States Postal Service says the best way to avoid that is to keep up with your package and keep in touch with the post office..."


Article Reference: wjtv.com
Mail theft,

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Truths About Privatizing Social Security

Truths About Privatizing Social Security

From the article: "...People earn the right to participate in Social Security by working and contributing. It was never intended to be an investment program. Unlike private retirement plans, its purpose is to provide guaranteed income to seniors, disabled citizens, survivors, and their families. Privatization would severely undermine the system..."


Article Reference: www.apwu.org
Social Security

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

APWU protects workers with '50-Mile Limit' on Excessing Rule

50-Mile Limit - Minimizing Excessing Memo Extended

From the article: "... provisions of the Minimizing Excessing MOU will be reactivated and will continue until at least May 20, 2018 with one exception which is covered in the Step 4 Settlement (explained below),” reported President Dimondstein. “Excessing beyond 50 miles is so destructive to our members and devastating to their families, removing this concern for at least the next three years is a positive outcome for all APWU members of all Crafts.”..."


Article Reference: www.apwu.org
50-Mile Limit on excessing (APWU),

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Mail, packages stolen from postal vehicles

Mail, packages stolen from postal vehicles

From the article: "...Thieves broke into postal vehicles and stole packages and mail in a recent string of robberies in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Police said the thieves broke in while the vehicles were parked and unattended..."


Article Reference: abc7chicago.com
Mail theft, postal crime,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Carper Postal Bill Will Cost Retirees

Will You Be Forced To Pay Into Medicare?

From the article: "...The bill requires postal retirees and their eligible family members to enroll in Medicare Parts B and D in order to continue coverage through the Postal Service Health Benefits Program: A Postal Service Medicare eligible annuitant subject to this section may not continue coverage under the Postal Service Health Benefits Program unless the Postal Service Medicare eligible annuitant enrolls in Medicare part A, Medicare part B, and Medicare part D. If a family member of a Postal Service annuitant who is subject to this section is a Medicare eligible individual, the family member may not be covered under the Postal Service Health Benefits Program as a family member of the Postal Service annuitant unless the family member enrolls in Medicare part A, Medicare part B, and Medicare part D. There is concern in the Federal community that if this bill becomes law, it will be expanded to include all Federal retirees."


Article Reference: www.fedsmith.com

Monday, September 14, 2015

Self Plus One is a new enrollment type that will be offered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

Self Plus One is a new enrollment type that will be offered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program

From the article: "...Starting next year, all FEHB plans will offer Self Only, Self Plus One, and a Self and Family coverage. Postal employees and annuitants will be able to select Self Plus One coverage during the 2015 Open Season, which will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14..."


Article Reference: www.apwu.org
Self Plus One (FEHB), Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB),

Friday, August 21, 2015

Postal Service proposing to eliminate three clerk positions at Decatur Post Office

U.S. Postal Service proposing to eliminate three clerk positions at Decatur Post Office

From the article: "...Shelton Thomas, state president of the Postal Workers Union, said eliminating three clerk positions will result in long waits for customers. “We’re hoping they’ll take a re-look at this entire process,” he said Tuesday..."


Article Reference: www.decaturdaily.com
"Decatur, Alabama", Alabama,

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Postal manager accused of selling cocaine off-duty, authorities say

Postal manager accused of selling cocaine, authorities say

From the article: "...Records show Papageorge, 47, is a Charlotte postal manager and makes more than $90,000 a year. Ervin said Papageorge was not getting drugs through mail. "All the business he was conducting as far as the cocaine was coming from his residence. We never got any information about him doing or dealing cocaine while he was at his work," said Ervin. ..."


Article Reference: www.wsoctv.com
Postal manager, postal crime, Postal drugs,

Friday, June 12, 2015

USPS and Union Go to Mediation as Postal Service Refuses Fair and Reasonable Wage Increases as well as...

Contract Mediation Gets Underway

From the article: "...“Across the country, today’s young workers are being consigned to second- and third-class jobs,” he said. “The Postal Service’s contract proposals would perpetuate the downward spiral, with lower wages and fewer benefits for future career employees, including today’s PSEs. “And under management’s plan, career workers would lose cost-of-living raises and be forced to worry about layoffs, plant closings and higher healthcare costs,” he added..."


Article Reference: www.apwu.org

Friday, May 29, 2015

Hundreds of SAT test lost in the mail, leaving students in bind

Hundreds of SAT test lost in the mail, leaving students in bind

From the article: "...Parents say hundreds of SAT tests taken by Virginia students at a high school were lost in the mail, leaving students in a bind...."


Article Reference: www.cbsnews.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Former postal management employee convicted of theft

Former postal supervisor convicted of theft

From the article: "...The jury heard from a registry clerk who reported she had received on at least one occasion a registry sack that had a hole in in it near the top. A delivery driver also testified about taking bags that appeared to have been cut open..."


Article Reference: www.yourhoustonnews.com

Thursday, April 9, 2015

U.S. Postal Service debuts Civil War stamps in Galena – April 17


U.S. Postal Service debuts Civil War stamps in Galena – April 17

special pictorial postmark
From the article: "...Attention Civil War buffs! The Galena Post Office will be dedicating the new Civil War 1865 Forever Stamps at the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. In addition, officials also plan to dedicate a special pictorial postmark designed by the museum...."

Article Reference: kwqc.com
Stamp Collecting, Stamps, Civil War Stamps, Collectible Stamps,