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April 2011 News

April 30, 2011
Feds bust Sacramento mail carrier in stolen drugs probe
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Postal Service takes blame for not delivering sample ballots to some Monmouth voters -

Mail delivery continues in Alabama after deadly string of tornados - Also see USPS Mail Service Updates

Rochester man sentenced for stealing $56000 in fuel from postal service -

APWU: New Address for Grievance Appeals

Witnesses, Including Postal Employee, Chase After, Tackle First National Bank Robbery Suspect

April 29, 2011
Did Darrell Issa Sabatoge the USPS-APWU agreement

Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

USPS makes changes as audit warns of “flawed” contract data -

Guffey to Union Members: Don’t Let Anti-Labor Politicians Stop You From Voting -

APWU: Additional Questions and Answers About the Tentative Agreement -

The Postal Service’s $75 Billion CSRS Pension Claim Should Not Slow Efforts To Fix Critical Short- And Long-Term Problems - Postal Journal - Also from Postal Journal see Rationalizing Postal Costing In The 21st Century  -

Postal Carrier Robbed in North Wichita -

PRC: Postmaster Associations Comment on USPS Regulation Changes (PDF) -

Receptionist Job at PRC Open - Salary $40,439.00 to $64,701.00 -

Postal Service Hosts Forum for Workers Affected by Consolidation

April 28, 2011
2,000 postal management employees take $20,000 buyout offers
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Incident At Annapolis Post Office Forces Evacuation -

U.S. Postal Service considers closing 4 Montana offices
Post offices in Cardwell, Crane, Redstone and Shawmut are being considered for closure in Montana, part of an effort that may result in the closure of 2,000 to 3,000 offices nationally. Al DeSarro, spokesman for the West Area Region of the U.S. Postal Service, said the process could take up to nine months to complete. -

New United States Postal Service Proposal Unfair To Staten Island Residents? -

Chiropractor gets 70 months in prison for fraud - Most of the patients at the clinic were U.S. Postal Service employees eligible for federal workers’ compensation benefits, prosecutors said. -

Bristol mail carrier gets probation for stealing prescription drugs -

U.S. Postal Service and British Royal Mail Team Up to Sell Official Royal Wedding Collectibles -

APWU: MMO Agreement Reached -

April 27, 2011
Hallmark launches postage-paid Mother’s Day cards
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NAPUS Says USPS Proposed Changes Would Illegally Change The Definition of Postmaster and Illegally Deny Statutory Post Office Protections -

PRC says "A valid business case exists to consolidate mail processing operations from the Beckley PO into the Charleston P&DC" (PDF) -

Outrage Over Vandalized Flag At Post Office -

Valpak Sponsors NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger; Sends Message to Americans to Donate Food -

Postal Service favored Netflix, regulators rule -

Crime-fighting postal inspector transferred out of VI

FAST Release 16.0 Scheduled

April 26, 2011
Postal Service master key lost in Napa
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United Parcel Service Volume Down in First Quarter
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Alexandria mail processing units will transfer to Shreveport and Bristol mail processing operations moving to Johnson City -

Post Office merger war on workers -

Why Taking Early Retirement Incentives is a Good Idea
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

U.S. Postal Service : Another Looming Crisis -

Sellers Unhappy after Amazon Tweaks Online Postage Labels

April 25, 2011
Cameras are going to be used to watch letter carriers case on one day counts
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It's Good News, Bad News For USPS and Fed Retirees
Dead Tree Ed -

USPS to lure big brands with postage-back guarantee -

In Loma Linda, the checkmate is in the mail -

APWU Honors Those Killed or Injured on the Job -

April 24, 2011
The Rise of E-commerce - How does it affect FedEx, USPS, and UPS? - Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Explosion destroys Doe Run Post Office -

April 23, 2011
Burrus Says New APWU Contract Agreement is Not Fair
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What Happens If the APWU Rejects the Contract?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Cutbacks, automation slow mail delivery in Chicago suburbs -

Former NASCAR Driver's Dogs Attack Mail Carrier -

Davis Junction postal worker fined for burning ads -

Flat Sequence System machines move forward at Carol Stream Post Office -

May 2 Deadline for Public Comments to Oppose Postal Service’s Proposed Regulations - NAPUS

Trial in postmaster slaying moved to Tyler County

April 22, 2011
Henning post office reopens 6 months after fatal shootings
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Two postal workers charged -

Postal Union Brings Back Work, but Divides It -

Va., W.Va. lawmakers question postal consolidation -

Postal truck strikes, kills Chesco toddler -

Federal judge in Birmingham gives 4 women taste of jail, then probation - one was a postal employee -

Gov. Branstad implores Postal Service to curtail its closures

5 Brutally Honest Green-Themed Promotions I'd Like To See
Not postal but Dead Tree would like to share these thoughts with you.

April 21, 2011
PRC Says USPS Discriminated Against GameFly
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Burrus: To APWU Members - It's All About Me -

Sioux City Gears Up for Postal Showdown with Public Forum -

OIG: The Postal Service Role in the Digital Age (PDF) -

USPS to Use Smartphone Potential -

The United States Postal-Online Ordering-eMailbox-Bank Service?
Dead Tree Edition -

Post Office Finds Missing Package Containing Woman's Ashes

April 20, 2011
Ross' plan to overhaul civil service

Federal Times -

USPS Offers New 'Every Door Direct Mail' Service -

USPS HATCH ACT PROHIBITION - CERTAIN IMAGES NOT ALLOWED IN WORKPLACE -

Sen. Schumer urges Postmaster General to reconsider Utica Post Office consolidation -

Zumbox Announces High Volume Digital Postal Mail API Program for Large Independent Mailers -

Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World
OIG Blog -

SUV Slams Into Texas Post Office

Postal Affairs Blog Milestone

April 19, 2011
The United States Postal-Online Ordering-eMailbox-Bank Service?

Dead Tree Edition -

For FERS Folks: the Money Decision
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National League of Postmasters Says STOP!
We are still working to stop the proposed changes to Title 39 CFR. We want to remind everyone if you have not already done so to contact all your members of Congress as soon as possible regarding Title 39 CFR Part 241. This is just a cloaked plan, by USPS, to close 1000s of Post Offices. -

Injured PA Postal Worker Found Unconscious Outside Post Office -

APWU: Tax Delinquent Bill Aimed at Federal Workers Passes House Oversight and Government Reform Committee -

Defense to challenge confession in postal killings -

April 18, 2011
Burrus Journal: Justifying Your Decision
I have read the justification/excuses for electing to support an agreement that transforms postal employment in a very negative way for existing and new employees far into the future and the reasons fail to pass the smell test. -

Massive Losses for APWU in Tentative Agreement -

Postal worker accused of stealing gift cards -

Tax Day not what it used to be at Post Office -

April 17, 2011
The Washington Post Does Not Understand the Postal Service

Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Chicago Mail Carrier Robbed At Gunpoint On South Side -

More on the Lady Liberty stamp from NY Daily News - Also see The post office’s Statue of Liberty snafu is a huge boost for Las Vegas - and The Price of Printing Bad Stamps -

Threatening To Go Postal, Retired Postal Worker Arrested -

April 16, 2011
Cops hunting suspect who attacked 58-year-old postal worker in Queens
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Half of Online Sellers Unfazed by USPS Move to 5-Day Delivery -

Post office uses Vegas Liberty statue for stamp by accident
"We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway," Roy Betts, a spokesman for the post office said in a statement. That's good news, since USPS has already printed three billion of them. -

Man speaks about postal worker's assault -

Postal worker hit by bus in Philadelphia -

Mail carrier charged with stealing gift cards out of the mail -

San Antonio Mail Worker Charged with Taking Drugs from Packages -

April 15, 2011
Unfortunate RIBBS Setback

Postal Affairs Blog

PRC Chair: No Five-Day Postal Delivery Anytime Soon
Five-day mail delivery, if it ever happens, is a few years down the road, according to the chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission. -

Mailman suspended after defecating in public -

Woman charged in anthrax hoax -

Postal inspectors warn of change-of-address scam -

APWU: House Hearing Sets Troubling Precedent -

USPS to flaunt mail’s smartphone potential with summer sale -

Muslim Woman Admits to Sending Bloody Pig's Foot to King -

Pawnee Postal Worker Struck and Killed by Train

April 14, 2011
More Postal Workers Indicted For Unemployment Fraud
Since March, 14 US Postal Service employees have been indicted on federal charges of fraud. Prosecutors say they were collecting unemployment from South Carolina while working for the postal service. -

Guffey Elected Vice President of AFL-CIO -

Postal IG: Disability Program Needs Work
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Wheeling could lose more postal jobs to consolidation, study examines processing operations -

Union says Sioux City mail-sorting center to close -


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April 13, 2011
U.S. Postal employee in Birmingham, 2 vendors charged in $300,000 kickback scheme
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Report says Obama will endorse plan that would cut feds' benefits
Federal Times - President Obama is expected to endorse a deficit reduction plan Wednesday that would take sharp bites out of federal pay and benefits. -

Allegations of Inaccurate Time and Attendance Records by USPS -

Ohio Letter Carrier Indicted -

APWU: Two Postal Service Reform Bills Introduced in Congress -

New Videos from APWU Pres. Guffey -

New York Postal Employee Indicted For Workers Comp Fraud -

U.S. Postal Service Consolidates Data Centers, Saves Energy -

5 USPS employees face fraud indictments -

Sioux City's Mail Processing Center To Move to Sioux Falls

April 12, 2011
Mobile, AL police arrest 17-year-old in alleged carjacking of mail carrier
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Key lawmaker wants to bring pay-for-performance to feds
Federal Times - The chairman of the House federal workforce subcommittee is looking to the U.S. Postal Service for ideas on a new pay system that could replace the General Schedule for federal employees. -

Could Radio Frequency Identification Make the U.S. Postal Service the Premier Delivery System? - OIG Blog -

APWU President: Clearing Up Confusion About the Tentative Agreement - A few provisions of the Tentative Agreement have been misunderstood by some union members. APWU President Cliff Guffey sets the record straight in video messages. -

Also from APWU: An Agreement For Our Times - Burrus from his journal -

U.S. Postal Service, Great for Sending Cocaine -

Accused Erie postal worker enters special probation program -

Zumbox will deliver digital postal mail for New Zealand -

USPS estimates $50K in savings with post office closure

April 11, 2011
USPS: Small Footprint Flat Sequencing System (FSS Lite)
USPS is currently conducting market research and seeking to identify potential sources for a Phase II of their Flat Sequencing System (FSS) Program. -

USPS to Offer Forever Postage for Priority Mail Flat-Rate Packaging -

Canada postal worker denied use of radiation detector for Japanese mail: union official -

Resident, postal service satisfied by resolution of mailbox battle

April 10, 2011
Do We Really Need New Laws To Get More Postal Employees To Retire?
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Detroit Postmaster and Mayor meet over shootings, wild dog attacks -

Woman Receives Postcard From Greece 46 Years After It Was Sent -

April 09, 2011
NALC: Support H.R. 1351: United States Postal Service’s Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011 - Also see: NALC Legislative update -

Postal worker charged with passing fake money -

Postal employee dad caught between job, caring for special-needs daughter -

Detroit's postmaster is imploring Mayor Dave Bing to crack down on dangerous animals and residents because his mail carriers are dodging vicious dogs and bullets -

NAPUS Leaders Design Strategy to Stop USPS’ Illegal Regulatory Changes -

Letter carrier tackles purse snatcher -

Post Office wants street-side mailboxes installed -

April 08, 2011
Commission Urges Further Study Before Stopping Saturday Mail Delivery
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Delivering for America ... six days a week -

PRC: If the current continuing resolution expires at 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2011 without passage of an FY 2011 appropriations bill or a further continuing resolution, the Postal Regulatory Commission will be required to shut down. -

U.S. Postal Service RIBBS site infected by malware
Postal Affairs Blog - Also see USPS website hit by Blackhole Exploit Kit  -

April 07, 2011
NALC: Politicizing postal bargaining

This week’s unprecedented congressional hearing on a negotiated agreement between the U.S. Postal Service and one of its craft unions shows just what letter carriers and the rest of the postal workforce are up against in the 112th Congress. -

Some APWU Contract Savings Would Come at Expense of Other Postal Unions - Dead Tree Edition -

The Battle Between Public Unions and the Government Goes Postal -

Postal Service Five-Day Delivery Plan Faces Long Odds in Congress -

Red Bank Local unanimously voted to reject and vote NO on the proposed APWU Contract -

Rightsizing the USPS Network -

Post office says Ohio consolidation not smooth -

Forget the postmaster; lobbying Congress last hope for Post Office -

Battling the Elements: Rain or Shine -

Man found guilty on all counts in post office robbery, kidnapping trial -

Taxpayer Alert: The Coming Postal Service Bailout
Fiscal Times -

Retired Postman Falls Victim to Mail Theft and Bank Fraud

Countdown to the Food Drive

April 06, 2011
Postal Governor Miller peddles nonsense at House hearing
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Thieving postmaster gets 5 years’ probation -

Rep. Stephen Lynch (PDF) has introduced a new postal bill (H.R. 1351), the "USPS Pension Obligation Recalculation and Restoration Act of 2011." Among the key features, it would: (1) order OPM, in six months from the date of enactment, to recalculate USPS’ past, present and future CSRS pension obligation for those employees that served as both federal workers prior to 1971 and postal employees post-1971, using an updated methodology. Any resulting surplus from the recalculation is then transferred over to the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits fund. (2) call for the immediate repayment of the Postal Service’s FERS surplus of $6.9Billion, by applying $5.5Billion towards USPS FY 2011 Retiree Health Benefits Payment, $1.2B towards USPS upcoming Workers Comp Payment and the resulting $200 million or so should be applied to the Postal Service’s existing debt. Courtesy of Postcom -

Issa: Postal Service-Union Deal Falls Short -

Collective bargaining can be win-win
Guffey Opinion at Politico -

Testimony from yesterday's postal oversight hearing from Postcom:

Maintenance Craft Questions and Answers On the Tentative Agreement -

Missed Opportunity in the USPS Oversight Hearing
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

April 05, 2011
Guffey Defends Collective Bargaining
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Bill seeks multi-billion dollar rebate for US Postal Service -

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not a Postal Service bailout
DAVID C. WILLIAMS - U.S. Postal Service inspector general -

More on the APWU Health Insurance Deal
Dead Tree Edition -

Postal Workforce Costs Sustainable?
Hearing today -

The Postal Workforce – Preparing for the Future
OIG Blog -

USPS: A dead monopoly walking -

Court says Adventist postmen can't get Saturday off -

Postal worker runs red light & crashes -

Postal Service labor agreement to save $3.8 billion over four years
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Oshkosh mail processing center closing

Proposal to move Helena postal services to Great Falls sparks protest

April 04, 2011
McDavid, FL Postmaster Pleads Not Guilty
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The Mail Is Here! -

April 03, 2011
ARK postal carrier robbed at gunpoint -

Issa set to grill postmaster general over finances, union contract -

Carrier Named 'Hero Of The Year' Arrested On Drug Charge -

Turlock Postal worker arrested on fraud charges -

April 02, 2011
NALC and USPS agree to new JARAP

The National Association of Letter Carriers has entered into a new Joint Alternate Route Adjustment Process (JARAP) with the United States Postal Service for 2011. -

OIG: USPS Overtime Usage (PDF)
The OIG reviewed the Postal Service’s overtime usage in FY 2010 and found it paid $2.86 billion in overtime compared to $2.44 billion in FY 2009, representing an increase of 17.2 percent, or $419.5 million. -

Three are accused of trying to rob post office in KY

April 01, 2011
APWU: Management Must Convert PTFs
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The National League of Postmasters president states "The LEAGUE is concerned that the Postal Service is trying through regulation to accomplish what it has not been able to accomplish through legislation." -

OIG recommends to USPS (PDF)..."Pursue a delivery unit assistant initiative to have transitional employees or part-time flexible employees perform in-office activities including casing and preparing mail for carriers." -

Oversight Committee to Scrutinize Postal Workforce Costs -

OIG says Chicago District Not Operating At Peak Efficiency (PDF) ..."carriers in the Chicago District used approximately 16 minutes more per carrier route than carriers on the average route in the nation." -

Postcom shares with us: Materials from a press briefing on the Postal Service's proposed rule on the closure of post offices, stations, and branches. Background | Overview | FAQs -

USPS proposes streamlining review process for closing post offices -

Senator McCain's Postal Executive Pay Amendment Explained
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

OIG Blog: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future? -

NAPUS and League Leaders Commit to Joint Effort to Protect Post Offices

Norfolk police look for suspect in postal vehicle shooting

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