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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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Rat infestation forces post office to stop mail delivery to apartments

Rat infestation forces post office to stop mail delivery to apartments

"...Holes directly under the postal mailboxes show where rats have been nesting. "They have multiple holes up around where we get our mail right next to the trash cans and they've plugged it up multiple times with foam or whatever and they still eat their way through," resident David Bjorklund said..."   

::► Source: kdvr.com
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Long Career with Postal Service Inspiring a Decatur Man's Music

Long Career with Postal Service Inspiring a Decatur Man's Music

"...Tracy Osborne never knows exactly when inspiration will strike. A postal worker of 28 years, Osborne has learned that all that walking from house-to-house leaves a lot of time for the mind to wander..."   

::► Source: www.wandtv.com
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stakeholders Voice Concerns Over Latest Postal Reform Efforts

Stakeholders Voice Concerns Over Latest Postal Reform Efforts

"...expressed skepticism about one of the cornerstones of the bill -- requiring all eligible postal workers and retirees to enter Medicare -- noting 25 percent of those eligible do not currently choose that option. The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association declined to endorse the bill over the provision, saying the 76,000 postal retirees who elected not to enroll in Medicare should not be forced to do so. The Medicare provision could unravel the entire bill..."   

::► Source: www.govexec.com
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Certain USPS First Class Rates to Rise in August

Certain USPS First Class Rates to Rise in August

"...The USPS got the greenlight to raise certain rates in August, but they only impact First-Class Mail Parcels (FCMP) weighing between 1-3 ounces ..."   

::► Source: www.ecommercebytes.com
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Postal worker in hospital after being hit by alleged street racers

Postal worker in hospital after being hit by alleged street racers

"...A postal worker was taken to the hospital Saturday after her mail truck was hit by two drivers allegedly speed racing...."   

::► Source: www.khou.com
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Safety agency cites Urbandale postal facility for violations

Safety agency cites Urbandale postal facility for violations

"...A federal safety agency has cited the U.S. Postal Service distribution center in Urbandale for one new and two repeated safety violations...."   

::► Source: www.desmoinesregister.com
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Ken Christy, a union leader for Postal Service 'brought a smile to everyone he met'

Union leader for Postal Service 'brought a smile to everyone he met'

"...'Ken Christy was one of the strongest voices for working people — he dedicated himself to the men and women who worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He worked hard to represent them at every level,' Durbin said...."   

::► Source: www.chicagotribune.com
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Friday, March 4, 2016

U.S. Postal Service to sell collectible envelopes celebrating Broncos’ Super Bowl win

U.S. Postal Service to sell collectible envelopes celebrating Broncos’ Super Bowl win

"...The envelopes go on sale in the Denver metro area on Saturday. They are licensed and feature a high-quality image of Broncos players, the team’s logo and the 24-10 final score against the Carolina Panthers. “The Post Offices..."   

::► Source: kdvr.com
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Friday, December 4, 2015

Residents claim slow mail delivery

Residents claim slow mail delivery

"...Houston neighborhood mail service has slowed down significantly over the past year or so. “Let me stress this. I receive mail from medical people, like doctors. It’s important and that mail just does not get to me in a week or two," Tavano says. In Houston’s Third Ward, school teacher Leonard Lockett says mail delivery has slowed to a crawl, taking days longer than it use to take to get a letter. “It’s deplorable. I mean, we had a stretch last summer where we went nine days without any mail at all," Lockett says..."   

::► Source: www.click2houston.com
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Mail theft on the rise

Mail theft on the rise

"...“If you have a camera with Night Vision capabilities, or a Hunting Camera, please use it to help catch these thieves,” Oakhurst Post Office Postmaster Irene Holly Baker said. “The problem is so bad we struggle to keep up with the repairs and all the associated reports - sheriff and Postal Inspection Service. The thefts are now occurring every day and night. Let’s work together to put a stop to the outrageous crime of mail theft, and let’s catch these thieves..."   

::► Source: www.sierrastar.com
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

American Postal Workers Union Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

"...The American Postal Workers Union announced today that its National Executive Board has voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. The vote follows Sanders’ rousing speech to more than 2,000 activists at the union’s All-Craft Conference, held in Las Vegas, in late October, where he displayed a deep understanding of postal issues and workers’ concerns. “Politics as usual has not worked. It’s time for a political revolution,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein..."   

::► Source: www.apwu.org
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Knik postal investigation still unresolved

Knik postal investigation still unresolved

"...When the Knik contract post office closed without warning in September, about 1600 mailbox – holders in the area were forced to drive into downtown Wasilla to pick up their mail general delivery. Many Knik residents commute to Anchorage for work during the week, so just picking up the mail became a time consuming chore..."   

::► Source: www.alaskapublic.org
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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

"...When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement officers often employ questionable tactics and exercise little fiducial responsibility: They have been cited by the Department of Labor (DOL) for violating federal regulations while conducting fraud investigations involving injured workers. Agents also have been performing claim management functions rather than ascertaining whether crimes occurred. It’s unlawful for investigators to ask physicians about a claimant’s work tolerance limitations. This is a Health Resource Management (HRM) task, not an essential action of an official investigation; therefore, 20 CFR 10.506 applies. The regulation limits employing agencies to written contact with physicians treating injured workers covered by the Federal Employees Compensation Act (FECA). The Employees Compensation Appeal Board (ECAB) found special agents using techniques that prejudice physicians against their patients in an effort to obtain desired medical opinions..."   

::► Source: www.apwu.org
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mail delays unacceptable

Mail delays unacceptable

"...The quagmire that is the U.S. Postal Service has grown from annoying to ludicrous here in eastern Idaho, and it’s not an exaggeration to say it has now become a matter of life and death...."   

::► Source: www.idahostatejournal.com
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

After USPS Phishing Hack, Audit Shows Postal Workers Still Click on Links

After USPS Phishing Hack, Audit Shows Postal Workers Still Click on Links

"...Months after a suspected malicious email attack breached U.S. Postal Service personnel data, a quarter of agency employees fell for a simulated email scheme, according to an internal watchdog..."   

::► Source: www.nextgov.com
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency Act of 2015 (iPOST)

Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency Act of 2015 (iPOST)

"...While the Carper bill, which is called the Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency Act of 2015 (iPOST), addresses numerous important provisions -- many of which have evolved over several years of discussions among various postal stakeholders -- the NPMHU nevertheless views this proposed legislation as a work-in-progress. ..."   

::► Source: www.npmhu.org
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Officials: Pittsburgh postmaster charged with threatening employees is placed on leave

Officials: Pittsburgh postmaster charged with threatening employees placed on leave

"...Employees say the Canonsburg man threatened to retaliate against them if they reported seeing him open parcels and remove the marijuana, cocaine and heroin they contained..."   

::► Source: www.therepublic.com
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Is The Postal Service Declaring War On Religion?

Is The Postal Service Declaring War On Religion?

"...Don’t expect new Christmas stamps this year because for the first time in decades the U.S. Postal Service won’t issue a new stamp depicting any Christian religious figure or symbol. No baby Jesus. No Mary. And none of the three wise men..."   

::► Source: dailycaller.com
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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Postal Service falls short of slower mail delivery standards

Postal Service falls short of slower mail delivery standards

"...The number of letters delivered late by the United States Postal Service has jumped by nearly 50 percent since the start of the year despite a significant downsizing of the cash-strapped agency. And that's as measured against the agency's own relaxed standards..."   

::► Source: triblive.com
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Former postal worker and American patriot who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects plea deal, will face trial

Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects plea deal, will face trial

"...Hughes told reporters he was fired from the U.S. Postal Service on July 4. He is applying for food stamps and because of the trial has no job prospects, he said. He has a 12-year-old child at home and his wife, an immigrant from Belarus, does not work, he said...."   

::► Source: www.theglobeandmail.com
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Monday, June 29, 2015

George Winslow, Mail Handler and Child Actor Who Had a Moment With Marilyn, Dies at 69


George Winslow, Child Actor Who Had a Moment With Marilyn, Dies at 69

 George Winslow, seated, and Marilyn Monroe in the film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” Credit 20th Century Fox, via Photofest
Credit 20th Century Fox, via Photofest
"...After attending Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., in the 1960s he served with the Navy during the Vietnam War. He later worked as a mail handler for the Postal Service in Northern California. An only child, he never married and leaves no immediate survivors. George Winslow retired from show business in 1958, at the age of 12, and no wonder...."   
::► Source: www.nytimes.com
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Boston man sentenced to nearly 30 years for robbing, shooting US Postal carrier in 2013

Boston man sentenced to nearly 30 years for robbing, shooting US Postal carrier in 2013

"...In addition to the crimes related to the non-fatal shooting of the postman, Taylor was charged as a "career offender," which carries a 15-year minimum mandatory sentence. "Taylor has been in trouble with the law for crimes of violence since he was fifteen years old. He has been convicted of, among other things, armed robbery, larceny from a person, and assault and battery. ..."   

::► Source: www.masslive.com
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Flooding forces U.S. Postal Service to go old school

Flooding forces U.S. Postal Service to go old school

"...So the U.S. Postal Service is going old-school ­– using a wheelbarrow to deliver mail until the water recedes enough for the bridge to reopen, the sheriff's office said...."   
::► Source: www.9news.com
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