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December 2011 News

December 31, 2011
A Close Up Look at goPost

Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Occupy the Post Office? Tucson Postal Workers, Supporters, Fight Back Against Threatened Job Cuts -

USPS ranked tops - Yes, you read that right
Federal Times -

Why Mail Matters: It Drove the Decline of Newt Gingrich in Iowa
Courier Express and Postal Observer - Also see Gingrich Hit Hard by Iowa Mailers -

December 30, 2011
USPS Puts GoPost Website Up

Courier Express and Postal Observer

NOTICE OF INTERVENTION BY THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS (PDF)
MAIL PROCESSING NETWORK - The City of New Orleans comprises approximately 384,000 constituents who utilize and rely on the United States Postal Service and expects to be an active participant in this proceeding.

The RAOI Advisory Opinion: A Transformative Moment or a Bump in the Road? - Save the Post Office

December 29, 2011
Pray for the Postal Service

Save the Post Office -

Fredric Rolando: Issa misleads on Postal Service
Orange County Register -

Postal Service's closure review process was flawed, panel says
Washington Post -

Erie man charged with assaulting mail carrier -

December 28, 2011
SENATOR COLLINS' STATEMENT ON POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION OPINION ON POST OFFICE CLOSURES
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House Passage of HR 2309 Likely in 2012
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Head to Head: What should we do about the U.S. Postal Service? Fix it or nix it? -

25 Predictions for the U.S. Courier, Express and Postal Market for 2012
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Postal picket in Toledo
Toledo Online -

USPS Preliminary Financial Information For November 2011 (PDF) -

Commission faults USPS planning for post office closures
Federal Times -

A Conversation with Postmaster General Patrick R Donahoe
GOVERNING.com -

Time to accept the death of the Postal Service
Congress should consider repealing the PAEA - giving the USPS the freedom to determine adequate postal rates and a sustainable level of funding of retiree benefits. -

Post office still vital for the masses
Atlanta Journal Constitution -

Crime spree suspect says, 'Jesus made me do it'
Reno Gazette Journal - ...says he targeted strip clubs, Sparks police, a Verdi post office and Reno Fourth Street motels - wants people to call him a “gangster,” an “assassin” and a “shadow.” -

Editorial: What Brown couldn't do for Denver
Denver Post -

Cut postal managers, not letter carriers -

December 27, 2011
Mail Delivery: Are There Unnecessary Steps?

OIG Blog -

Week in Review: Tis the Season
Save the Post Office -

Possible Post Office Arson May Be Gang Related -

The gift of the postal service
Washington Examiner -

Federal workers' pay gains are the slowest in 10 years
USA Today -

December 26, 2011
Congressman Aderholt Introduces Rural Postal Service Preservation Act
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A fire, apparently caused by vandals, roared through the U.S. Post Office in Verdi Christmas morning, heavily damaging the building and closing down postal operations at the site. -

NALC union official blames fiscal woes on management -

Act would open the next era of Postal Service -

December 25, 2011
Unbinding the Nation: America and the Post Office
Save The Post Office -

Going Postal: What kind of nation won’t fund a post office?
Truthout -

Merger of Oshkosh, Green Bay mail facilities to continue despite union calls of a 'disaster' - Oshkosh Northwestern -

December 24, 2011
The Postal Service propaganda machine kicks into gear

Save the Post Office -

PRC Advisory Opinion Finds USPS Proposal for Retail Closures Lacks Proper Analysis -

Unleash the eagle
Chicago Tribune -

Sen. Carper Statement on U.S. Postal Service Announcement Regarding Hares Corner Processing Center -

Sheriff: Letter carrier acted as lookout in burglary -

4th metro Detroit postal worker pleads guilty in kickback scheme
Detroit Free Press -

Postal worker shot with BB gun

December 23, 2011
House leaders accept Senate payroll tax plan without federal pay, benefits cuts
- Federal News Radio -

Can USPS Eliminate $5.5B Annual Prefunding Retiree Obligation?
Insurance News Net - Tony Vegliante, chief human resources officer and executive vice president of the U.S. Postal Service, says not only does the annual prefunding of retiree health benefits to the tune of $5.5 billion need to be resolved for the USPS to become profitable again, he knows it can be done through a new health insurance plan for postal workers. -

Postman burglarized decorated veteran's home
KCTV Kansas City -

Congressmen Can’t Include "Merry Christmas" In Any Franked Mailing -

Mail carrier risks job wearing Santa suit
Also see this update: Bellevue postal worker gets OK to wear his Santa outfit -

December 22, 2011
To Save Post Offices, Turn Them Into Public Banks
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4th postal worker pleads guilty in kickback scheme -

Sen. Akaka and Rep. DeFazio Introduce Postal Bills -

Cash-Strapped US Postal Service Turns To Deliveries After Dark
CBS NY -

Funding Bill Postpones Pre-Funding Due Date -

Postal employee accused of setting up illegal Ecstasy shipment
Naples Daily News -

In a post-postal world, Christmas still delivers
Washington Post -

December 21, 2011
USPS open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Most will have shortened retail lobby hours and will close at noon. Mail delivery for Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 will be the same as any other Saturday. Post Offices will be closed Monday, Dec. 26, and Monday Jan. 2. -

US Postal Service doesn't need radical surgery
Sen. Merlin Bartz -

3rd defendant pleads guilty in case of sex slave held in home near Lebanon
Henry, former postmaster of Nevada, Mo, admitted he engaged in sex with the victim and participated in torture sessions of her that lasted for hours.

Postal Workers Fight for Snail Mail -

The Postal Ties That Bind -

Bovard: U.S. mail: Slow and slower -

NALC: House Republicans reject payroll tax deal -

Postal Service delivers Christmas gift to Indian River family - one year late -

Man dies from injuries in bike-postal truck crash

Suspect sought in postal employee robbery

December 20, 2011
Week in Review: The plot thickens

Save the Post Office -

Blame both Congress and postal management -

Check may not be in the mail -

A postal worker and her stepson were stabbed during a violent domestic dispute in Queens early Tuesday -

Postal Service should adapt, not angle for a bailout
By none other than our favorite politician - Issa -

Postal Service Enhances Online Service in Spanish and Chinese -

Congress grants Postal Service a big extension
Washington Post -

Does Congress really want to save USPS? -

Postal Service Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days are this Week -

The Post Office Shutdown: Answers To Your Most Important Questions
Postal carrier finds missing boy after mother claims car was stolen

December 19, 2011
Wanted: New Postmaster General; Must Be Able To Kiss 535 Backsides Simultaneously
- Dead Tree Edition -

Fixing the United States Postal Service
Huffington Post -

Woman killed after psycho sets her on fire
New York Post - “This is devastating,” said Heidi Matthews, who has known the victim for decades, and said the woman worked for the Post Office. - Also see NY Times - Police Arrest Man in Burning Death of Woman -

Postal service needs to deliver on hard choices, lawmakers say
San Angelo Standard Times -

Another View: Put some heat on Congress to save U.S. Postal Service
The Bay City Times -

Letter: Let postal workers give up pay and benefits like the rest of us
Muskegon Chronicle - PEN Ed: this letter begs for your comments at the MLive.com site -

December 18, 2011
Postal Service saddled with funding mandates Boston Globe

Opinion by NALC Nat. Business Agent -

Police Investigate Postal Service Manager Attack -

Editorial: Canceled - Congress can save Postal Service from extinction -

Trucks stuck for hours waiting to unload Christmas mail -

December 17, 2011
Senator Akaka Introduces Postal Investment Act of 2011

NAPUS -

House approves spending bill, along with almost 2 percent rescission for most agencies - Federal Times - The bill would also give the U.S. Postal Service another reprieve on a legally required $5.5 billion payment into a retiree health care fund. The payment, which USPS officials say they lack the money to cover, was originally due Sept. 30. -

Oregon post office robbed at gun point
KMTR NewsSource -

APWU Says Dual Appointments Will End In January -

Sorting out the Postal Service’s woes
Rolando Letter to the Editor - Washington Post -

A year without a Santa Claus - USPS carrier not allowed to deliver while wearing Santa suit -

The USPS Meets the Daily Show
The Big Fat Marketing Blog -

Estimates of Benefits Changes in 2012 -

December 16, 2011
Ross Says Firing PMG May Have To Be First Step

Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

USPS Needs Indiana Senators' Support Union Says
Indiana Public Media -

Judge denies bond reduction in post office shooting
Montgomery Advertiser

CAGW Condemns Political Interference in USPS Closure Decisions
Citzens Against Government Waste (CAGW) -

USPS: We can't pay retiree prepayment even if delayed
The Hill -

Postal Service proceeds with first-class mail service standard change
Federal Times -

USPS Gives Congress More Time to Kick Can
by Tad DeHaven at Cato - PEN Ed: your friend and mine....not. -

It's time to stamp out post office's monopoly on letter delivery
LA Times - another article by yet another so-called postal pundit -

RIF Competitive Areas for the Postal Service
Shutdown Plan for the Postal Regulatory Commission (PDF)

December 15, 2011
G20 Postal Services Report: United States Postal Service Ranked Number One In The World
- Sacramento Bee -

New Senate House Bills Seek to Prop Up Ailing Postal Service
Auctionbytes -

Capital Constraints Should Worry USPS Employees, Unions, and Management Associations - Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Postal Service 'crisis' overblown -

Tech Has Saved the Postal Service for 200 Years—Today, It Won't -

A truck driver for the U.S. Postal Service in California was pepper sprayed, punched in the face and robbed of some mail by two men Tuesday evening -

Duncan, Corker, Roe agree: Time for Postal Service to get creative -

FedEx Uses USPS for 30.4% of Ground Shipments
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

House Republicans Attack Postal and Federal Retirement Benefits -

Issa: USPS wants a taxpayer-funded bailout
Washington Examiner -

Criminal Enforcement Actions Against Postal Union Officials -

USPS to simplify pricing policy that offers 7,600 domestic options -

Female Postal Employee Found Guilty Of Misappropriating $2,600 In Postal Service Funds -

Bloomfield Post Office Robbed At Gunpoint
WPXI Pittsburgh -

Apartment resident arrested after confrontation with mail carrier -

December 14, 2011
Sen. Carper Statement on USPS Decision to Delay Closure or Consolidation of Post Offices and Mail Processing Facilities
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Delays in Restructuring Operating and Retail Networks Will Increase Red Ink; Delay Possible Early Retirements - Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Postmaster General Cave-in on Postal Reform Paves Way for Taxpayer-Funded Bailout - PEN Ed: from the Issa-Ross couple -

Why the Postal Service's halt to plant and P.O. closings may not mean much
Federal Times -

Area congressmen want Postal Service to shape up -

Arbitration Hearing Begins on Schedules of New Full-Timers -


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December 13, 2011
Postal Service to delay cutbacks until mid-May

The Associated Press - The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May. -

Also see: Under pressure from Congress, Postal Service to delay major closings, layoffs until mid-May -

Cost of payroll tax holiday should not be paid for by federal and postal employees -

Congressman Hinchey Introduces Legislation to Help Stop Postal Service Layoffs and Service Reductions -

Postal Service’s Future Beyond 2013 Cloudy Due to Severe Capital Constraints - Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Outbox Wants to Revolutionize US Mail
Also see Austin tech startup Outbox raises $2.2 million in funding -

Coming Changes in USPS Health Benefits
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Postmaster General Talks Sustainability in Durban While Promoting Junk Mail Back Home -

21st Century Postal Service Act: Senators Propose Beer, Wine Delivery To Generate Revenue - Huffington Post -

A Post Office employee in Neshoba County, MS has pleaded guilty to stealing a credit card and gift cards from the mail

PRC Chairman Send Letter To Congress (PDF) -

Longer routes for mail carriers -

USPS hopes for another deferral on mandatory payment
GovExec.com - The U.S. Postal Service hopes to receive another deferral this week from Congress on a multibillion-dollar payment to prefund retirees' health benefits. -

There's More Than One Way to Send a Holiday Card
USPS OIG -

Minn. Senators want to Push Back Post Office Decisions -

USPS Collection at Lands End
Mail Carrier Helps Save Woman From Burning Home

December 12, 2011
The Last Gasp Of The USPS?

Retail Solutions Online - The Internet isn't killing the USPS. The USPS is committing suicide. -

Post Office Manager Throws Christmas Carolers Out into the Cold -

Give Postal Service time to re-invent
NALC's Rolando via Politico -

Postage due: Direct-mail industry already addresses post office cutbacks -

USPS Launches Express Mail Flat Rate Boxes for Overnight Delivery
Auctionbytes -

Building a 21st-century postal service
By Senators Lieberman, Collins, Carper, and Brown -

The Postal Service plots its own demise -

Occupy These USPS Streets
Ron Williams, Jr. -

Postal Service plant closures will be 'a mess' -

USPS Sends a Message to Congress
by Tad DeHaven - PEN ED: and you know what we think of his opinions. -

Let's raise rates on junk mail
Las Vegas Sun -

Our View: Postal plan to slow mail will repel consumers
St. Cloud Times -

December 11, 2011
Delayed Retirements, Rising Overtime Bedevil USPS Finances

Dead Tree Edition -

Will Congress act to stop Postal Service closures? Should it? -

Week in Review: What a mess
Save the Post Office -

Window clerk accused of stealing money from California post office was allegedly living in Fargo motel -

December 10, 2011
Congress is overdue to address USPS problems
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Editorial: Let the postal service evolve
Newsday -

The Case for Consolidation: Overview of the Postal Service's Request for an Advisory Opinion - Save the Post Office -

DeFazio Counters USPS Closure Plans
KEZI TV -

Proposed postal cuts worry businesses
Boston Globe -

December 09, 2011
Congressman Owens Introduces Bill to Preserve Postal Services and Cut Costs
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Postal Service Cuts Ignite Congressional Outrage -

Senators Seek To Stop USPS Cutbacks -

PMG and Postmaster Organization Presidents Agree to Re-open Pay Talks -

Chicago Postal Workers Denounce Service Cuts, Massive Layoffs
Chicagoist -

Cash-strapped Postal Service paying millions for unused building
My Fox Boston -

PRC receives USPS proposal to change service standards -

Carper: USPS looking to change with the times -

Will The Postal Service Save Email from the Grave?
Huffington Post -

It's Time to Transform the U.S. Postal Service -

For crying out loud, help the USPS
SunHerald.com - PEN Ed: I second that motion -

U.S. Postal Service through the years

Postal worker released from hospital following pellet gun shot -

December 08, 2011
The Public Be Damned: Using the Amtrak Script to Kill the Post Office
Huffington Post -

Time to Save the Post Office
Nader.org -

U.S. Postmaster General Takes International Stage to Make Business Case for Going Green - PEN Ed: the next thing he will be promoting is 'please, use email - we don't have time to process and deliver mail' -

Our View: Original vision for Postal Service still applies
PostBulletin.com -

Postal Service and Two Unions Continue Negotiations to Midnight Dec. 16 -

Registered and Certified by Email?
NextGov -

APWU: Deadline to Submit Questionnaires For Walker Class-Action Case is Dec. 15 -

Former Tuscaloosa, AL mail carrier who buried mail in his backyard sentenced to home detention -

Issa on Fox News: Postal Service Needs Real Reform -

Politico says NALC warns of USPS 'death spiral' -

Cuts to U.S. Postal Service to include next-day, Saturday delivery
The Seattle Times -

Pitney Bowes expresses patience with Postal Service financial dilemma
Ct Post -

Workers' comp reform has lawmakers crisscrossing partisan lines
Washington Post - Also see Feds use video surveillance to catch fraud for workers' comp - Washington Times -

December 07, 2011
NALC contract talks extended again

USPS Moves Forward its Ill-Advised Plan to Reduce Service Standards
from Mail Handlers Union -

Postal workers behaving badly
Washington Post - ...some postal workers steal mail, burn it, hoard it or claim thousands of dollars in fraudulent workers compensation claims, according to a new watchdog (OIG) report (PDF). - Also see Fraud persists within US Postal Service -

Mother of suspect in Alabama post office shooting says son needs mental care -

Manufactured Crisis About to Cripple the Post Office
AllGov -

USPS Slowdown Unlikely to Cramp Netflix's Style
E-Commerce Times -

The Postal Service has a process to ensure that workers are kept safe from accidents on the job. But the Inspector General has found that employees don't always follow those processes. Federal News Radio - Also see Postal Service addresses concerns uncovered by safety review -

How the Business Model and Congress Failed the Postal Service -

More fun with charts: The Times graphs mail volumes
Save the Post Office -

USPS mail carrier wrapped in Christmas-y gauze (photo)

For Postal Service, it's not in the mail
Los Angeles Times -

Downsize Means Destroy
New York Times -

How to Help the Post Office
New York Times -

Internet Killed the Postal Star -

Snail Mail May Arrive More Slowly. Will It Matter?
NPR -

New Yorkers stamping feet over Postal Service's drastic cutback plans -

Farewell, first-class mail
Federal Times -

Stop the Postal Service’s ‘panic selling’ -

The good, the bad, and the ugly: The Postal Service finds its own hired gun -

December 06, 2011
Congressman DeFazio unloads on US Postmaster proposals to curtail services - MUST watch video -

Congressman Kucinich Says Postal Service Privatization Plan Will Hurt Business, Workers and the Economy -

Video: Corridore Says U.S. Postal Service Cuts to Hurt Economy
Washington Post -

Sen. Collins Blasts USPS Money-Saving Plan -

NALC Says Reduced Delivery Standards Will Harm USPS -

APWU Says USPS Plan Will Hasten Demise Of a Still Vital Institution -

Netflix will be Doomed by USPS Cuts -

Ala. postal employee worked 4 years before arrest -

December 05, 2011
USPS Files Proposal With PRC to Change Service Standards

PMG states “The proposed changes to service standards will allow for significant consolidation of the postal network in terms of facilities, processing equipment, vehicles and employee workforce and will generate projected net annual savings of approximately $2.1 billion.” -

Also see: Senator Carper Statement on USPS Adjustments to Operations -

Precedent Provides Hints about how PRC Will Rule on USPS Service Changes Courier Express and Postal Observer -

House democrat calls for firing postmaster general; blames Obama, GOP Congress -

Importance of PRC Appointments
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Mailers urge PMG to pull exigent request -

Near-Bankrupt US Postal Service Plans Unprecedented Cuts To First Class Mail -

Arbitration between the USPS and NRLCA Begins Today -

Michele Bachmann: Why the U.S. Postal Service May Need to Resort to Bake Sales -

What were you thinking, Mr. President? Obama nominates Hammond to the PRC - Save the Post Office -

December 04, 2011
The Junking of the Postal Service

NY Times -

Man charged in attack of postal service staffer -

Facing bankruptcy, Postal Service pushes forward with big cuts to first-class mail next spring - Washington Post -

December 03, 2011
Postal employee named in Montgomery, AL post office shooting
A Montgomery man is charged with two counts of attempted murder in a shooting Thursday at the city’s main post office. Arthur Lee Darby Jr., 29, is being held at the Montgomery County Detention Facility on a total of $1 million bond. Darby was an employee of the post office, but authorities are remaining quiet about what the motive of the shooting might have been. Also see Ala. postal employee came to work with 3 guns, fired shots in mail room; none hurt and Washington Post -

USPS Selling Advertising on Trucks in Pilot Program -

NAPUS Meets With USPS Headquarters to Review ELM 650 Process
This section of the ELM covers nonbagaining disciplinary and appeal procedures, including letters of warning in lieu of time off suspensions, emergency placement and other types of adverse actions. -

H.R. 2309 Postal Reform Act of 2011 - CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE COST ESTIMATE (PDF) -

Reports conflict over USPS freight truck advertising -

Delivering red ink, US Postal Service to cut costs at Dallas' main PO -

EDITORIAL: Savannah closing: U.S. Postal (dis)Service
Savannah Morning News -

PRC Issues Order Denying Motion for Renewal of Complaint and Alternative Request for a Stay of the Effective Date - NAPUS -

DC postal worker robbed, locked in truck
Washington Post -

USPS wants to limit next-day guarantee -

SC postal district needs rural carrier associates
Buena man gets more than 19 years in prison for assault of postal worker
Ex-Hiltons postmaster arraigned on federal charges

Newest Village Post Office Opens In Missouri -

December 02, 2011
Shots fired at Montgomery, AL post office; no injuries reported

Montgomery Advertiser - ‎

Congress Is Putting US Postal Service Out Of Business
Ramona Sentinel -

APWU Supported Workers' Compensation Bill Passes House -

USPS promises to fix “unacceptable” flats processing delays
Post & Parcel -

700 USPS jobs in Queens jeopardized
Queens Chronicle -

Senate Postal Reform Bill Needs a New Title
From PEN's what its NOT worth dept. -

Obama hears O'Brien's pitch for postal jobs
Scranton Times-Tribune -

Spammers spoof USPS messages -

December 01, 2011
Postal Service Will Introduce Parcel Lockers December 6

Courier Express and Postal Observer -

What a difference a day makes: The Postal Service slows down the mail
Save the Post Office -

San Jose police: Man who caused post office shutdown was jogger in unusual gear -

Twisted Government Accounting Behind Postal Service Woes -

Postal watchdog: Alaska subsidy costs millions
Washington Times -

Postal Employees Bash Plan To Move Chattanooga Mail Processing
The Chattanoogan -

Former VA Postmaster Free On Bond -

Two former Alabama postal employees indicted by grand jury for mail-related violations -

USPS Begins 99th Year of Operation Santa

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