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December 2010 News

December 31, 2010
Audit: Postal Service not always justifying mailing discounts

Federal Times -

Chicago: 6 attacks on letter carriers reported on SE Side -

NAPUS: Suspension of Postmaster Convention Leave to Continue -

Postmaster Decides not to Move Mailboxes -

Official “Word” on Postage Statement Updates
Postal Affairs Blog -

USPS Announces Changes To ‘Mystery Shopper Program’ -

Total 2010 OSHA Fines $6,229,500...to date -

Is the USPS America's 'best-run business'?
NALC President Fredric Rolando will appear on The Skeptical Economist weekly show on Fox News Radio Indianapolis Sunday morning to discuss Postal Service finances and business practices. The hourlong program will air at 11:06 am EST Sunday on 1430 WXNT AM or can be listened to online at wxnt.com. -

Mail Carrier Dies In Collision
Man arrested for post office arson
Through rain, slides and mud, postal workers get job done!

December 30, 2010
A Common-Sense Plan to Save the Postal Service Pt. II
The Wattree Chronicle -

Union chief blasts new postal delivery scheme used in Brookline -

Ending Denominated Stamps
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postal Employee Fights For Paid Leave After Organ Donation -

OSHA fines Postal Service $80,000 for repeat violations in Duluth - Also see Postal workers jeopardized, OSHA says -

Lake Peekskill post office robbed at gunpoint -

Postal Service posts $456M November net loss -

Accused coffee thrower ruled incompetent to stand trial

Driver of USPS semi dies after flatbed trailer hits truck

December 29, 2010
Man Robs Downtown OKC Post Office
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New first-class stamps are 'forever' -

Chicago News Report: Man Stealing Mail from U.S. Postal Workers -

NALC: Advanced OWCP Training For Branch Representatives (PDF) -

METRO train collides with postal truck in Houston

December 28, 2010
USPS Retirements and Staffing Changes Captured Readers' Attention in 2010
- Dead Tree Edition -

Postal worker robbed in Va. -

PRC 2010 Annual Report to the President and Congress (PDF) -

Pay for Performance Agreement Between Emirates Post and USPS
(PRC - PDF) EMS Pay-for-Performance Agreement between the Emirates Post and the United States Postal Service - PEN Ed: Anyone want to take a stab at explaining this one? PFP for Emirates Post of United Arab Emirates? -

Union Criminal Enforcement Actions 2010 -

HOW WE SEE IT: Walk The Walk On Postal Service
Northwest Arkansas Newspapers - requires login -

Moon Landing Postal Image Needs Your Stamp of Approval -

Delivery van collides with mail truck in Kentwood, injuring one
Michigan Live -

Mail Delivery Sporadic on North Fork as Snow Foils Postal Workers

Post Office fails to address deeper problems - Oshkosh, WI

December 27, 2010
Oldest postal retirees get most costly of payouts

Washington Times - More than 100 U.S. Postal Service employees over 90 years old are collecting workers compensation - a fact one U.S. senator calls troubling, arguing that workers ought to be moved to retirement rolls from which payouts would be less expensive. -

December 26, 2010
2010 Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations
(PDF) -

Postal Employees After Hours
Smithsonian Nat. Postal Museum -

Saginaw-to-Pontiac mail processing move smells fishy -

Ho, ho, ho, it's Santa with a mailbag - Also see Postal Service 'Santa' Delivers Last-Minute Gifts  -

December 25, 2010
Mail Carrier Rights His Wrong -

Web Sales - Who Delivers?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postal carrier to retire after 40 years helping to make holidays bright -

Dear Santa: Postal District Shares Letters to St. Nick -

December 24, 2010
Canada Post Christmas mail found in ditch -

Davenport Postal Worker Remains in Serious Condition -

Zumbox Raises $9.7 Million More For Paperless Postal System -

Postal Carrier Runs On The Job -

Postal Service only allows certain charity collections -

Postal clerks reassigned in Waterbury -

December 23, 2010
Ex-postal worker gets house arrest, probation in mail theft
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Holiday message from the PMG -

Letter carrier hit by van in Davenport, Iowa -

Postal Service quietly taps new ethics officer
Washington Times - The U.S. Postal Service has named a new top ethics officer in the aftermath of a series of embarrassing disclosures about a former key executive at the agency who was permitted to earn more than a quarter-million dollars in outside income and who was accused of steering contracts to former business associates. -

Workers Collect Items for Future Postal Museum -

Privatizing the U.S. Postal Service
PEN Ed: Actually, I just found this article that was written in November by Ted DeHaven for CATO...do you think this person actually gets paid to write this stuff? -

Grinch-like snatchers targeting packages on porches -

December 22, 2010
APWU: Negotiations to Continue During Holiday Week
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Delivery Unit Optimization (DUO) Moratorium Lifted January 3, 2011 -

Former KY Mail Carrier Faces Federal Theft Charges -

A Common-Sense Plan to Save the Postal Service Pt.1
The Wattree Chronicle -

What postal workers are allowed to accept as holiday gifts
Washington Post: PEN Ed: after reading their story read our opinion once again - USPS Says Bah Humbug -

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve and New Years Eve
Most will close at noon. -

December 21, 2010
Who Will Lead Postal Reform in the House?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

USPS to Expand Simplified Addressing for Businesses -

Soon the government check won't be in the mail -

Pit bull bites mail carrier in NE Rochester -

Can the Postal Service Do Direct Mail for Itself?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postman forgives bank robber who shot him in face -

US mail swells to 800M items on busiest day -

Chicago company owner accused of buying stolen postal property -

FYI: PEN recommends postal employees check out Your Postal Blog and Podcast

Postal worker saves Clay, OH woman -

December 20, 2010
APWU:
NRP Grievances Pending National-Level Grievances
Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris has clarified the types of local- and regional-level grievances regarding the National Reassessment Process (NRP) that should be held in abeyance pending the outcome of Step 4 disputes at the national level. Read Memo (PDF) -

Postal Service contractors say they don't have enough trucks to run all the mail -

Shifting Future for USPS
CNN - video with NALC Pres. Rolando -

 

December 19, 2010
Un-Intelligent Mail: Another Bungled Postal Regulation
Dead Tree Edition - Will the U.S. Postal Service ever learn how to create sensible regulations, or will it continue to find new ways of making the same mistake over and over again? -

Fort Smith Postal Workers Protest Potential Consolidation -

U.S. Postal Service looks past busy season to tough year
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review -

Saturday mail service is worth keeping around -

Icy waters won't stop tugboat from delivering U.S. mail

December 18, 2010
Forever Stamp Program Expands
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The Postman Always Pings Twice
NY Times Op-Ed by Michael Ravnitzky - chief counsel to the chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission -

How the USPS Can Rebrand Itself: Clever Pop Up Shops
FastCodesign.com -

APWU Encourages Members to Use Department of Labor Forms For FMLA Leave Requests -

Obama, Rolando meet -

Trial Date Set For Man Accused Of Killing Postmaster -

Full Service Assessments Postponed
Postal Affairs Blog

December 17, 2010
Casual employee indicted on mail theft charges -

Brand new product for January 2011 — Critical Mail -

Postal Service contract negotiations continue
GovExec.com -

Daughter of Slain Florida Postal Worker Speaks Out -

December 16, 2010
OIG: sustainability at USPS is possible
Federal News Radio Audiocast with Lorie Nelson, Director, Financial Reporting, Office of Audit -

USPS: Effective January 2, 2010, the Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service (PDF), Domestic Mail Manual (DMM‚), to reflect changes to prices and mailing standards for Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, and Recipient Services. PEN Ed: The 1/02/2010 date furnished by USPS has got to be a misprint. Also check here -

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Note: Beginning January 01, 2011 for OTC, over the counter, drugs and medicines you will need a prescription to file a claim - for insulin and medical supplies there will be no change - you don't need a prescription.

DMM Revision: Optional Mail Preparation Standards for Flat-Size Mailpieces in FSS Zones - Postal Bulletin -

Family makes plea after postal worker's death -

Increased Competition in the US Parcel Market
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Retired postal manager says facts prove Oshkosh better postal processing site -

December 15, 2010
APWU and USPS Announce Freeze on Excessing -

USPS Delay Means Smaller Price Increases for Mailers
Dead Tree Edition -

APWU Urges House To Extend ‘Tax Holiday’ To CSRS Employees
APWU President Cliff Guffey has sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi (PDF) urging members of the House of Representatives to extend a proposed 2 percent “payroll tax holiday” to postal workers and other federal employees who are covered by the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). -

How will the 1.8% increase affect Bulk Rates?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Sad Santa Letters Tell of Economic Woes, USPS Says

Postal workers block London street in Royal Mail sell-off protest -

USPS Says FSS Celebrates Third Anniversary With Record Efficiency and Savings -

U.S. Postal Service Replace Own Boxes With One From FedEx?
The Wattree Chronicle -

Postal Workers Are Fighting Back Everywhere (PDF)
Canadian Union of Postal Workers -

Naked postal worker arrested for delivering mail in the buff, admits stunt was stupid - The man claimed his Dec. 4 stunt was an attempt to cheer up a woman at the office who seemed "stressed out," according to a police report obtained by the paper. He said his antics were intended to "make her laugh." -

OSHA Sends Serious Message to West Virginia P.O. Facility
and USPS responds -

Mailman hit by pellet fired from air rifle -

Sun City woman gets lost cash back from mailman

More than 10,000 toys collected during letter carrier toy drive

December 14, 2010
Whitefish Bay mail carrier surprises woman with nude delivery -

IRS Reporting Requirements of Attorney Fees, Back Pay, or Wages
Postal Bulletin -

USPS Salary Overpayment Indebtedness and Year End Tax Treatment -

2011 Pay Dates and Leave Year

FERS Tax Cut? CSRS, No Tax Cut
Federal News Radio -

Related: NALC president Fredric V. Rolando has written members of the House of Representatives, urging that a proposed 2 percent "payroll tax holiday" be extended to letter carriers and other federal employees still covered under the Civil Service Retirement System. -

ELM Revision: Provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act
Effective immediately, Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM), Subchapter 510, Leave, and Part 865, Return to Duty After Absence for Medical Reasons, are revised to reflect changes in Postal Service™ policies related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Significant changes have been made. -

Postal Service's problems are many, but there are solutions
Sen. Tom Carper responds to WP "Failure to deliver" editorial -

From The USPS, Without Love
Forbes Commentary - Our nation's postal service must finally focus on the customer to survive. -

What is the greatest revenue leakage risk the Postal Service faces?
OIG Blog Poll -

Working in the cold - Also Postal Workers Battle the Cold -

'The Biggest Loser' season 11 will feature Portland letter carrier

December 13, 2010
Retiring PMG gets another big payday amid financial crisis
Washington Times - Postmaster General John E. Potter deserves $228,000 in incentive money because of his "extraordinary leadership during the difficult and unprecedented economic challenges of 2010," the Postal Service Board of Governors says. -

NAPUS President Says Washington Post Editorial Misdiagnosed the Cause of USPS Challenges -

Colorado Post Office Robbed At Gunpoint -

Lincoln, Pryor, Ross Urge Postal Service to Keep Texarkana Facility -

December 12, 2010
Slain Florida postal worker laid to rest -

USPS SAYS...BAH HUMBUG! -

USPS Lakeland District Manager says Oshkosh plant decision based on business considerations of the U.S. Postal Service. -

Postage Rates Could Rise 1.8% As USPS Wins Rate Ruling
Dead Tree Edition -

Postal truck hit head on in Allentown


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December 11, 2010
Postal Service and APWU still at the table
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Postal worker and former hostage honored -

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December 10, 2010
GAO reports on how to rightsize the Postal Service
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Here's How the Postal Service Can Get Back Its Pension and Benefits Overpayments - Dead Tree Edition -

NALC addresses USPS ‘spin, distortion’ during APWU, NRLCA talks - Link corrected -

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Drug smuggling through the mail is a growing problem, authorities say

December 09, 2010
Mail carrier's passenger’s side driving is a factor in damages
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USPS Inspector General follows the money
Federal News Radio - listen to audiocast also -

Why the USPS Lags the Rest
Business Week - How the U.S. Postal Service compares with other countries' systems.- Also see A Bailout for the U.S. Postal Service? -

Postal Worker Holiday Stress Relief!
Heads up for postal employees in and around the Annapolis, Maryland area. FREE Seated Massages, Hot Food & Door Prizes For Overworked Postal Employees.

Negotiations between the APWU and the Postal Service for a new contract for Information Technology/Accounting Service Centers began Tuesday, Dec. 7 -

New postal boss wants "profitable, nimble" service
Washington Post -

Postmaster General Announces Executive Leadership Team -

Slain postal workers' survivors seek clues -

December 08, 2010
Washington Post Report details misdeeds of postal workers -

Also see: Postal workers behaving badly

New postal boss wants "profitable, nimble" service
Washington Post -

Search continues for Miami mailman's killer -

The Washington Post: Wrong Again!
APWU - Here's the WP editorial in question: The Postal Service's failure to deliver needed reforms -

Nat. Assoc. of Postal Supervisors Respond to Washington Post -

Related: NALC: The Washington Post gets the postal crisis wrong again - Postcom Responds To Washington Post Editorial -

December 07, 2010
Akron mail carrier robbed while making delivery -

The Postal Service's failure to deliver needed reforms
Washington Post -

Postal worker shot dead, suspect on the run - Also see Mail Carrier Shot and Killed On The Job; Postal Truck Stolen, Recovered -

4 LA Postal workers face federal charges -

APWU: Bargaining discussions slated to continue on Dec. 7 -

Jail for postmaster who stole $59k in stamps -

December 06, 2010
OPEN LETTER FROM PMG PAT DONAHOE -

Postal Service must realign its network to remain viable
J. D. Colin, USPS district manager - Columbus District -

Economy and service likely to suffer from postal move -

Blind woman can't get mail delivered to her house -

USPS Job Cuts Barely Dent $49B Payroll
Federal Times -

Time For Mailers To Stand Up
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Counterfeit Stamps Giving Postal Service a Lickin’

December 05, 2010
Postmaster General John E. Potter, a Bronx native, helped keep mail moving for 32 years
- NY Daily News -

Editorial: Congressman Petri's call for postal audit appropriate -

Congress introduces another bill to fix USPS money woes
DM News -

Mail carrier allegedly bitten by spider; expert is skeptical -

WikiLeaks loses major source of revenue
Postal news? no - just FYI -

PEN in the news - Ways to Say Thank You to Your Mailman
eHow.com -

December 04, 2010
Solutions for survival are Postal Service's high priority
Washington Post -

STATEMENT OF POSTMASTER GENERAL/CEO-DESIGNATE PATRICK R. DONAHOE BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON FEDERAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, GOVERNMENT INFORMATION, FEDERAL SERVICES, AND INTERNATIONAL SECURITY UNITED STATES SENATE -

Also see: Summary of Senate Subcommittee Hearings from PostCom | NALC President Fredric V. Rolando testified Thursday before the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security and here. -

USPS Chief Tells Senate Customers Come First
Incoming postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, told a U.S. Senate subcommittee Thursday that one of his highest priorities would be to improve the customer experience, making the Postal Service “leaner, faster and smarter” in the years ahead. -

APWU: Negotiations Over New Contract Ongoing -

PRC Seeks Input on Postal Reform for mandated report to the President and Congress -

Former Pasadena postal worker charged with possession of child porn -

December 03, 2010
It’s Not a ‘Bailout’ - APWU Blasts Deficit Commission Proposals -

BROAD COALITION SUPPORTS SENATOR COLLINS’ POSTAL REFORM LEGISLATION - Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today introduced legislation to help the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) regain its financial footing as it adapts to the era of increasingly digital communications. The “U.S. Postal Service Improvements Act of 2010” would help the USPS achieve financial stability and future cost savings without undermining customer service. -

High priority for USPS: Solutions to stop billions in losses -

Postal Service seen 'vital' to US economy -

GAO: U.S. Postal Service: Legislation Needed to Address Key Challenges (PDF) -

NAPUS President Rapoza Urges Congressional Panel to Fix Pension Overpayment and Preserve Universal Service (PDF) -

New Postal chief pushes cutting Sat. delivery -

Workers’ comp: not just for 80-year-olds any more
There are 132 postal workers aged 90 or older currently receiving workers’ compensation, three of whom are 98. That’s according to Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. -

PITTSBURGH L&DC/STC CAREER REASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITIES - PEN has been asked to share this information with postal employees.

Mark Strong, National League of Postmasters President Submits Statement To Senate Subcommittee Opposing Lowering Standard For Rural Postal Services (PDF) - Also read President Strong on S. 3831 The Postal Operations Sustainment and Transformation Act of 2010 -

Postal Service Could Be Insolvent By 2011 Holidays, Carper Says -

Postal Service embraces reform legislation -

POSTAL EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS PLEAD GUILTY TO THEFT, EMBEZZLEMENT AND DELAY OF MAIL DELIVERY OFFENSES -

USPS seeking Next Generation Handheld Scanners / Mobile Data Acquisition Devices and software - Fed Biz Opps -

New Mail Carrier Crashes Into Garage On 1st Day -

December 02, 2010
Wages may be 'sticky,' but job security isn't
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Office star Steve Carell Sells NBC Pilot TV Program About His Days As a Letter Carrier -

Presidential panel offers 2nd proposal on federal pay freeze -

APWU: OIG Calls for Reduced Prefunding Requirements - Says Current Payments Result in Massive Overfunding -

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform tells us that USPS should be given greater management freedom and also states "The Postal Service has run multi-billion dollar losses since 2007, and in 2010 maintained an operating deficit of $8.5 billion, even after receiving a $4 billion bailout from Congress the previous year. With the dramatic expansion of electronic mail, the volume of traditional air-mailed items will continue to fall, only worsening these enormous budget shortfalls and requiring even more federal funding in the future. To put the Postal Service on a path toward long-term solvency, the Commission recommends reversing restrictions that prevent the Postal Service from taking steps to survive – such as shifting to five-day delivery and gradually closing down post offices no longer able to sustain a positive cash-flow." -

The Mail Handlers union reports that "The last general wage increase under the 2006 National Agreement, set at 1.2%, will be implemented effective November 20, 2010, and will be reflected in paychecks issued on December 10, 2010. -

The United States Postal Service Takes Another Small Step Toward its Demise - Wattree Chronicle -

Luring charges dropped against suspended Bangor Postmaster Gregory Schlegel -

Postal employee charged with sexual assault of 10 year old girl -

Ex-Eagle River postal worker sentenced to probation for theft -

NC contract mail carriers losing jobs to union workers, community putting up a fight -

December 01, 2010
APWU and USPS talks extended again
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USPS Service Performance Results -

Chaffetz calls Postmaster General’s retirement package ‘ridiculous’ - Rep. Jason Chaffetz called the $5.5 million retirement package for outgoing Postmaster General John Potter absurd and unfair in the wake of the United States Postal Service’s announcement that it had lost $8.5 billion this year. -

Marketers hope new legislators tackle USPS
DM News -

- Beckley, Huntington postal operations being merged
- Saginaw councilman: Scrap mail-to-Pontiac plan, bring jobs here
- Postal worker found dead in apartment

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