Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Announcement by the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy That Recent Changes Slowing the Mail Will Be Temporarily Reversed

Announcement by the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy That Recent Changes Slowing the Mail Will Be Temporarily Reversed

"...The members of the American Postal Workers Union applaud the efforts of postal customers who, along with civil rights and veterans organizations, other labor unions, community groups, and elected officials, pushed back against newly implemented policies instituted by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. They fought against those measures that were designed to delay mail by canceling overtime, limiting mail transportation, eliminating sorting machines, and reducing Post Office hours. We welcome the postmaster’s reversal of these policies..."   Click Here

::► Source: apwu.org
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Saturday, August 15, 2020

US Postal Service Files Blockchain Voting Patent


US Postal Service Files Blockchain Voting Patent

"...This development relates to a voting system that also incorporates the use of cryptographic elements, such as blockchains, as are used with cryptographic currencies, to track and secure the vote by mail system," said a patent filing, dated Aug. 13, 2020..."   Click Here
::► Source: cointelegraph.com
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Friday, August 7, 2020

APWU to Postal Employees: Don't Give Them Your "Postal Pulse"

APWU to Postal Employees: Don't Give Them Your "Postal Pulse"

"...The APWU wants to remind all employees that we advise against participating in surveys that the Postal Service conducts. Recent surveys besides the Postal Pulse have be used to attack our jobs. In the past surveys have been used against the APWU and those we represent in the bargaining processing. Postal Service surveys are not in our best interests. Collectively, our voices are stronger when we fight together to improve wages, benefits, and the working conditions at the Post Office. The Postal Pulse has now been conducted for multiple years and the APWU does not believe the survey has been beneficial to the membership...."   Click Here

::► Source: apwu.org
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Saturday, December 28, 2019

USPS faces lawsuit for blocking private vendors from making stamps with religious content

USPS faces lawsuit for blocking private vendors from making stamps with religious content

"...The law firm First Liberty is suing the United States Postal Service (USPS), alleging that a rule prohibiting Americans from requesting custom stamps with religious content is unconstitutional. “This regulation by the USPS not only chills speech, it silences it," Jeremy Dys, a special counsel for litigation and communications at First Liberty Institute..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.foxnews.com
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Photo: UPS worker honors wife’s request to hide packages form husband

UPS worker honors wife’s request to hide packages

"...A Facebook post is going viral after a Texas woman shared how a postal worker followed suit in hiding packages from her husband. Ebony Freeman shared a photo of a delivered package placed..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.kxan.com
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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Postal worker grazed by bullet in Detroit

"...Police said she heard gunfire and was rushing back to her truck when she was grazed by a bullet..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.clickondetroit.com
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Postal worker sentenced for stealing greeting cards containing cash, gift cards

Cleveland postal worker sentenced for stealing greeting cards containing cash, gift cards

"...former U.S. Postal Service worker was sentenced Tuesday to more than four years in federal prison for stealing gift cards and cash from greeting cards sent through the mail. Prior to losing her job, Jennifer Riccardi sorted mail at the post office’s processing and distribution center on Orange Avenue in Cleveland. For about a year, she set aside envelopes..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.cleveland.com
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Monday, October 28, 2019

UAW/GM Ratifies Contract: How do postal union contract settlements compare to other skilled/non-skilled labor contracts

How do postal union contract settlements compare to other skilled/non-skilled labor contracts

"...Additionally, employees will garner an $11K signing bonus, $60K for early retirement at non-closing plants. Also, as important, no change in the existing health plan provided and no additional cost to members. All of this is addition to a $12,000 cap on profit sharing being eliminated. All profits earned by GM in North America will generate payments to members. The contract also provides two 3% raises and two 4%..."   Click Here

::► Source: NPMHU 317
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

AZ rep calls for investigation into "unsafe summer work conditions" for postal workers

AZ rep calls for investigation into "unsafe summer work conditions" for postal workers

"...shocking to hear of postal workers having to endure the extreme Arizona temperatures that result in delivery trucks, many of which do not have air conditioning, regularly reaching above 128 degrees," Bolick wrote. "Working conditions must be improved immediately to ensure the safety of mail carriers subjected to these dangerous temperatures..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.abc15.com
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Friday, July 19, 2019

WTF: Pentagon Considers Amazon for Cloud Contract

Pentagon Considers Amazon for Cloud Contract

"...Trump’s remarks risk inflaming an already contested process. For months, Oracle has argued that the Defense Department’s procurement process was set up to give an advantage to Amazon Web Services, the e-commerce giant’s cloud computing arm. Oracle lodged complaints with the Government Accountability Office and even filed a lawsuit alleging that the process was riddled with conflicts of interest. The suit zeroed in on Pentagon employees who in some cases worked at Amazon, then worked on the military’s cloud computing initiative, then went back to working for Amazon..."   Click Here

::► Source: krtv.com
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Monday, June 10, 2019

Supreme Court sides with Alabama company in patent dispute

Supreme Court sides with Alabama company in patent dispute

"...The Supreme Court sided Monday with an Alabama technology company over the U.S. Postal Service in a patent dispute. The dispute before the justices had to do with U.S. Patent No. 6,826,548. That’s the patent Birmingham-based Return Mail has for a system that uses barcodes, scanning equipment and computer databases to process returned mail almost entirely automatically..."   Click Here

::► Source: mynorthwest.com
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Police issue plea to postal workers after parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow

police issue plea to postal workers after parcel bombs sent to London and Glasgow

"...Police have urged postal workers who may have come into contact with the devices, sent via post to major transport hubs in the capital as well as to Glasgow University between March 1 and March 22, to contact Scotland Yard. Three packages containing small incendiary devices..."   Click Here

::► Source: /www.msn.com
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Monday, April 29, 2019

Crooks using USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ to steal from victims?

Crooks using USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ to steal from victims?

"...These criminals are requesting new cards, or replacement cards, being mailed to these addresses," Officer Keith Lang said. "They, soon after, sign-up for the Informed Delivery and get notified when these credit cards are being delivered..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.fox19.com
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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Alabama postal workers to get back pay, benefits

Alabama postal workers to get back pay, benefits

"...A Florida-based contractor will pay $329,057 in back wages and benefits to 53 postal delivery workers in Montgomery. Al.com reports the decision comes after an investigation into St. Augustine, Florida-based Postal Fleet Services Inc. by..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.wtvy.com
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

New Jersey man defrauds U.S. Postal Service $1.5M in postage

New Jersey man defrauds U.S. Postal Service $1.5M in postage

"...The men committed the postage fraud by altering USPS forms, adding mail onto pallets, trays, and sacks after the mail had been accepted and postage amounts assessed. The men also underreported the volume of mail pieces actually mailed, the U.S. Attorney's Office said..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.usatoday.com
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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Postal Service suspects mold sickened 2 central Minn. post office employees

Postal Service suspects mold sickened 2 central Minn. post office employees

"...The alleged problem at the post office in downtown Bowlus was brought to the attention of the Postal Service's district leadership on Friday after two employees "experienced illness, which their physicians identified as being consistent with symptoms associated with presence of mold," said Postal Service spokeswoman Kristy Anderson..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.startribune.com
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Postal service mum on reason for latest closure of Muscle Shoals, Alabama Post Office

Postal service mum on reason for latest closure of Muscle Shoals, Alabama Post Office

"...Some social media posts have claimed the post office was closed due to black mold. Clark said he could understand how "mole" could be confused with "mold." "Congressman Aderholt’s office was told last year that moles caused foundation issues," Clark said. Clark said earlier the postal service said the closure was due to "an issue with the building." Bradford said he's frustrated he can't get straight answers from the postal service..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.timesdaily.com
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U.S. Postal Service suspends operations again at the Muscle Shoals, Alabama Post Office

U.S. Postal Service suspends operations again at the Muscle Shoals, Alabama Post Office

"...The post office is located on Avalon Avenue and back in August, it was also shut down. The U.S. Postal Service never said why they shut it down then. According to Congressman Aderholt's office, the postal service told them they shut it down in August, because moles had burrowed holes in the ground, causing damage to the foundation..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.waaytv.com
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Birmingham area residents report late mail, no deliveries from postal service

Residents report late, no deliveries from postal service

"...BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some central Alabama residents have recently told WBRC they’re getting their mail late. Residents in places like McCalla, Hoover, Mountain Brook, and parts of unincorporated Jefferson County, claim there have been late deliveries and no deliveries..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.wbrc.com
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Thursday, December 27, 2018

U.S. Postal Service employee charged with stealing gift cards, cash from mail

U.S. Postal Service employee charged with stealing gift cards, cash from mail

"...Jones opened greeting card envelopes from February to June and stole gift cards and cash from them, according to court records. A Grand Jury handed down an indictment on Dec. 18. If convicted, Jones faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. She would have to also pay restitution..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.lansingstatejournal.com
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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Warning! ID Theft And Credit Card Fraud Attacks Hit Post Office Informed Delivery Feature

Warning! ID Theft And Credit Card Fraud Attacks Hit Post Office Informed Delivery Feature

"...By signing up as their victims on the USPS’s website for Informed Delivery, the crooks can then identify their mail and steal the credit cards from their mailboxes. Not only that, but the Secret Service memo also stated that criminals are using Informed Delivery to pinpoint potential identity theft victims..."   Click Here

::► Source: southfloridareporter.com
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Mail bomb suspect arrested - live updates

Package bomb suspect arrested - live updates

"...Federal authorities covered and seized a white van in Florida after the Department of Justice confirmed an arrest had been made in the bomb investigation. The suspect was arrested at an auto repair shop in Plantation, Florida...A law enforcement source identified the suspect as a 56-year-old male..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.cbsnews.com
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pregnant U.S. Postal Worker Vanishes Outside Chicago Home

"...Coles, who is three months pregnant, was dressed in her U.S. Postal Service uniform at the time her disappearance. A spokesperson for the USPS told WGN-TV she called in sick to work that day. It’s unclear if that call was placed before or after she was last seen. What happened to Coles after she..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.huffingtonpost.com
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Albuquerque post offices under investigation after late mail, pest problems

Albuquerque post offices under investigation after late mail, pest problems

"...Huerta said in four reports, the union has outlined the problems. "The structural damage that hasn't been repaired... delayed mail piling up, the filthy conditions at the entrance," he said sifting through pictures in the reports. The issues he says stem from a staffing shortage. "The delayed mail, there's just not enough people to work the mail," said Huerta. They also have taken many pictures of post offices filthy that are not getting cleaned. "They've cut the custodial service almost in half," he said. Other post offices have issues with problem pests, like bats coming out of the main office..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.krqe.com
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Sunday, August 12, 2018

APWU: Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced

APWU: Seventh and Final COLA under the 2015 Contract Agreement Announced

"...08/10/2018 - In accordance with the 2015-2018 APWU/USPS Collective Bargaining Agreement (union contract), career employees represented by the APWU will receive a ..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.apwu.org
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Package Labeled 'Anne Thrax' Was Sent to Rep. Maxine Waters' LA Office, Authorities Say

A Package Labeled 'Anne Thrax' Was Sent to Rep. Maxine Waters' LA Office, Authorities Say

"...Tuesday’s incident was not the first time Waters has been the target of a threat. The Congresswoman canceled two public events last month after she received “hostile mail” and “one very serious death threat..."   Click Here

::► Source: time.com
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Shifting More Medical Costs to You: Mandatory Medicare Part B and postal reform

Mandatory Medicare Part B and postal reform

"...The National Active and Retired Federal Employees opposes the bill, saying it absolutely will force retirees to take Part B as part of a plan to save the postal service money on health care costs by shifting the burden to Medicare. NARFE said it would open the door for requiring all federal retirees, not just former postal workers, to buy Part B. NARFE is hosting a “Return To Sender” webinar April 30, featuring a Q & A about the dangers, as NARFE sees it, of this reform..."   Click Here

::► Source: federalnewsradio.com
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

USPS: Prattville Post Office remains closed as ATF investigation continues

USPS: Prattville Post Office remains closed as ATF investigation continues

"...According to the United States Postal Service, the front lobby and postal box area of the post office remain closed as agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) continue to investigate..."   Click Here

::► Source: www.wsfa.com
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Retiree health premiums and postal reform

Retiree health premiums and postal reform

"...A study by Walton Francis of last year’s bill concluded that in addition to raising premium costs for a retired postal couple by over $3,000 a year, and costing Medicare an additional $9,000 a year to pay the government share of those Medicare premiums..."   Click Here

::► Source: federalnewsradio.com
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Suspected Austin Serial Bomber Blows Himself Up When Confronted

Austin serial bomber may have other devices 'out there,' cops uncover 'treasure trove of information'

"...Conditt, who a law enforcement official identified as the Austin bomber, can be seen in surveillance photos obtained by Fox News dropping off two suspicious packages on Sunday from inside a South Austin FedEx Office store on Brodie Lane..."   Read More

::► Source: www.foxnews.com
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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Grand jury indicts Huntsville man accused of stealing mail to duplicate checks

Grand jury indicts Huntsville man accused of stealing mail to duplicate checks

"...Investigators say Heath stole one victim's identity in March to make multiple purchases in Athens and Columbia, Tennessee. The purchases totaled just shy of $3,000. When authorities received copies of the checks, they were able to find security video of the person. The video was released to media outlets, and Huntsville investigators recognized Heath. He had warrants for his arrest for similar crimes in Huntsville as well..."   

::► Source: www.waaytv.com
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Police Investigate Violent Death Of Former Postal Service Employee

Police Investigate Violent Death Of Former Postal Service Employee

"...Police are investigating what they describe as the violent death of a retired US Postal Office employee near a Delaware County middle school..."   

::► Source: www.msn.com
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Two will plead guilty in meth-by-mail scheme

Two will plead guilty in meth-by-mail scheme

"...An electronic alerting and tracking device was placed inside the package, which was then delivered to the front porch of the residence...Peters had “clue spray” from the coffee container and its contents on his pants and inside a pocket; there also was evidence of the clue spray on a pair of gloves inside the house..."   

::► Source: juneauempire.com
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Lawmakers seek information on drug risks to postal workers

Lawmakers seek information on drug risks to postal workers

"...The letter also notes situations in which police officers have overdosed after brief contact with small quantities of the drug carfentanil. The committee leaders requested a review of USPS measures to protect personnel including procedures, training materials, and communication plans. The letter was signed by committee chairman Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, and Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland..."   

::► Source: blr.com
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Why some mail to Hill and New College House has been coming in days late

Why some mail to Hill and New College House has been coming in days late

"...This semester, the two college houses started using the same mail room for package delivery and pick-up, causing significant delays for many Hill and NCH residents expecting packages..."   

::► Source: www.thedp.com
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Postal worker, mother of 2 missing from Houston

Postal worker, mother of 2 missing from Houston

"...Gayla Trenice Roy was last known to be at her apartment complex, at 5050 Sunflower St., officers said. A report came in Sept. 12, saying Roy was last seen about 9 p.m. Sept. 10, before going to work, police said. Roy is employed by the U.S. Post Office and reports to the processing plant at 4600 Aldine Bender Road. Co-workers said she worked Sept. 11..."   

::► Source: www.click2houston.com
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Monday, March 13, 2017

Postal Service adding staff to help prevent mail theft

Postal Service adding staff to help prevent mail theft

"...when I was there for the first time yesterday, two women in front of me were there picking up their mail because their boxes have been broken into..."   

::► Source: www.koat.com
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

‘The One-Cent Magenta’ is a brisk tale of ‘the most valuable stamp in the world’

‘The One-Cent Magenta’ is a brisk tale of ‘the most valuable stamp in the world’

"...The most valuable stamp in the world is an ugly, faded morsel with clipped edges. It’s the color of a rose petal. The one-cent magenta was issued for a penny in 1856 in British Guiana, a colonial outpost in South America and bought at auction in 2014 for $9.5 million..."   

::► Source: www.washingtonpost.com
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Friday, October 21, 2016

U.S. Postal Service ‘master key’ stolen, raises concern of mail thefts in Mill Creek area

U.S. Postal Service ‘master key’ stolen, raises concern of mail thefts in Mill Creek area

"...It’s a mail thief’s dream, stealing a Postal Service master key to all the mailboxes and blue collection bins in two zip codes..."   

::► Source: q13fox.com
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Friday, October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew: The Jacksonville P&DC and the Jacksonville NDC will shut down operations at...


Postal service prepping for Hurricane Matthew

Photo: www..express.co.uk
"...In anticipation of severe storm conditions upon the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, mail processing plants in Jacksonville (the Jacksonville P&DC and the Jacksonville NDC) will shut down operations at 6:30 a.m., Friday morning, Oct. 7. Both mail processing plants expect to resume full operations at 3 p.m., Saturday afternoon, Oct. 8..."   
::► Source: www.wjhg.com
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