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POSTAL NEWS FROM PEN

FEBRUARY 2010

February 28, 2010
December Was Profitable for U.S. Postal Service
Dead Tree Edition -

Also see: USPS' December - Better But Still on the Precipice - Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Injured Postal Employees Taken Off The Job -

What the postal service doesn't want you to know
Jackson Sun -

February 27, 2010
The Crisis Is in the Mail
The CFO of the U.S. Postal Service is lobbying Congress and the Obama administration in order to stave off a cash shortfall at the agency. -

USPS theft charge ‘unsubstantiated' -

Man Says Dead Duck Delivered in Damaged Box from Post Office -

Jail term ordered for counterfeit stamps -

Postal Service paying $40G for unused Cheshire site -

February 26, 2010
Five myths about the U.S. Postal Service
by PMG Potter -

Also see: Postmaster general addresses postal misconceptions -

APWU Wins Important Maintenance Subcontracting Grievance -

USPS Is Accelerating Flats Sequencing Installations
Dead Tree Edition -

NALC: White House steps up on health care reform; proposal extends coverage, mitigates excise tax -

Citibank Exposes Personal SS#'s On Envelopes -

Thieves using glue boards to steal mail from blue collection boxes -

Attorney job at U.S. Postal Service in Dallas, TX -

February 25, 2010
Union claims Dover post office shorted workers on pay -

U.S. postal worker in Newark is accused of stealing $500 in gift cards, DVDs from mail
Kevin Jones, 56, of Newark, is the fifth postal service employee arrested on theft charges since the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service opened a joint investigation into employee theft at county post offices last summer, said Pete Sepulveda, Assistant Prosecutor for Professional Standards. -

Mail carrier suspected of victimizing elderly in Hamburg -

February 24, 2010
Why the USPS $75 Billion overpayment is “pie in the sky” -

Should USPS Develop a Last Mile Strategy
Postal Journal -

Postal Service Reform: A Call for Clarity -

Plane May Have Lost 2 Bags of Priority Mail on Flight from Billings to Kalispell - Also see Mail bags may have taken flight over wilderness  -

Haste Leaves Anthrax Case Unconcluded -

OIG Audit: U.S. Postal Service Ethics Program -

Potter To Lay Out New Business Model For USPS -

USPS Presentation of Action Plan
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

February 23, 2010
Evansville postal employee sentenced for theft of Netflix movies -

GAO Misses the Mark
APWU HR -

Postal Service in Triage
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

‘Closures’ Report Reveals Inconsistencies -

Consolidation Slated For Paper Network, CFS Sites -

APWU Urges Locals to File OSHA Complaints On Dangerous Instructions for Electrical Work -

New Brunswick postal worker gets 180 days in jail for stealing ATM card from mail -

Gifts stolen from mail at senior complex, carrier under investigation -

Time to Make Flat Rate Boxes More Convenient
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

NJ postal worker faces misconduct, drug charges -

Analizing the Postal Service as a Cancer Survivor
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Ten Reasons Why Mailers Should Delay Implementing the Full Service Intelligent Mail barcode -

February 22, 2010
Teary appearance for postal carrier accused in $200G mail theft -

USPS Subcontractor Defrauds Drivers of Wages, Benefits
Postal Management Refuses to Sever Ties with Company -

APWU President Burrus to Speak At Postal Strike Anniversary Program -

Mail Groups Can Live With Delivery Cutback
DirectMag.com -

Postal worker denied benefits in gift card case
Postal employee that stole gift cards says..."My prescription medicine was mind-altering," she testified. "I didn't think it was a big deal." -

Postal Service ‘running out of cash'
Federal Times -

OIG Blog: How is the Postal Service Managing Its Forklift and Tow Motor Fleet? -

February 21, 2010
Is it Time to Choose Alternative Delivery?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

The Scoop on Droop: Bad News for Mailers
Dead Tree Edition -

The Birth of Cheap Communication (and Junk Mail) -

Snail mail may soon be delivered by e-vans -

February 20, 2010
OIG Says Postal Service Could Do a Better Job Controlling Absenteeism -

Business mailers influenced revised five-day delivery plan -

FBI closes file on anthrax mailings; says Ivins acted alone - Federal Times -

Also see: Anthrax myth persists despite evidence

Common Sense Prevails for Flats Deflection - For Awhile Postal Affairs Blog -

February 19, 2010
Terminally ill fraudster given "life sentence" - postal employee was part of conspiracy -

FORMER POST MASTER PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT
Department of Justice -

Also see: Ex-New Mexico relief postmaster sentenced for embezzlement

Postal service employee sentenced for stealing mail
Department of Justice -

He Delivered 25 Million Letters—& Saved 1 Life -

SG Print & Mail owner, postal workers indicted in $2.9M scheme -

Potential 5-day Delivery Implementation Schedules
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

CA postal workers picket outside Industry center -

Revised USPS five-day delivery plan keeps branches open, some Saturday processing -

February 18, 2010
Harvard Mail Bomb Victim Questions Bishop Investigation -

2010 NAPUS Legislative Agenda
In April, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will release a long awaited evaluation of the Postal Service’s current business model, and make recommendations for revising that model. -

Judge sends Camden man to prison for attack on Atlantic City mailman -

Walking Between the Law and Disaster
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Federal Diary: Readers speak out on pay, mail delivery and hiring -

The U.S. Postal Service has seen delivery points increase, employees decrease -

Postal Pixels: Greenwashing or a Joke? -

Zap to Build Electric Mail Truck for Postal Service -

Hoffa seeks level "playing field" between FedEx, UPS -

Postal Service CFO says delivery cut needed -

February 17, 2010
Postal Service foresees insolvency - unless Congress acts - Federal Times
"We will need [some assistance from Congress] or we will have difficulty paying all of our obligations this year," said Joe Corbett, the Postal Service's chief financial officer. "And going into next year, we might not have enough cash to operate. ... We are dangerously close to running out of cash." -

DPMG and COO Pat Donahoe continues discussion of possible move to five-day delivery -

Full-Service Intelligent Mail? Forget About It, Postal Expert Says
Deadtree Edition -

USPS sales and service associate accused of embezzling $13,960 -

Mail carrier saves baby -

New hires to be automatically enrolled in TSP starting in August -

February 16, 2010
Should the Postal Service pursue a last mile strategy?
OIG Blog: A Last Mile Strategy - Original Article -

Postal Service asks five firms to help it deliver in a green way -

NALC Branch 17, Scranton, files complaint alleging USPS violated the National Labor Relations Act -

USPS may buy 20,000 Hybrid and Electric Vehicles -

White House, Congress resist Postal Service goal of cutting delivery days -

IRS Cracks Down on Workers Status Abuse
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postal Service supplier closing Jeffersonville plant, cutting 79 jobs -

February 15, 2010
The Truth Behind a Post Office Robbery
Videos: Watch Part One and Two - UPDATE: Hearing delayed in Weston Post Office false robbery case -

Despite budget, USPS CFO backs 5-day week
DM News -

Alleged Ala. killer was suspect in attempted mail bombing of Harvard professor -

Closing the USPS' Income Gap
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

February 14, 2010
Ex-postal worker gets probation in cash theft -

Love letter to mail carrier – what could be sweeter? -

February 13, 2010
Postal Service financial woes will continue in 2011
GovExec.com -

Elgin postal workers help young boy achieve a dream -

Berkeley, CA Sees the Light On Do Not Mail Efforts -

February 12, 2010
Harsh Weather Has Been Rough On Letter Carriers
Since Monday, 13 Cleveland letter carriers have fallen on ice and snow while delivering mail. Most of them have suffered sprains and, as the snow piles up, getting the mail out is not any easier. -

Mail-sorting machines to leave Elmira Saturday -

130 Palatine, IL postal employees will be transferred -

Roads a nightmare for postal carriers -

February 11, 2010
Unions bash Democrats, warn of political fallout
POLITICO - Labor groups are furious with the Democrats they helped put in office - and are threatening to stay home this fall when Democratic incumbents will need their help fending off Republican challengers. -

Loop Mail Update
Intelisent -

Updated: USPS attempts full service Thursday
Federal News Radio -

Former postal worker accused of fraud
After years of working for the U.S. Postal Service, Trudy L. Gillman allegedly claimed that mental-health disorders had left her totally disabled. And based on those claims, the Roy woman collected about $469,000 in federal worker's compensation during the past decade. -

8 months in jail for U mailman
More on story regarding an ex-Postal Service employee that stole mail addressed to University of Minnesota students, and families at the Ronald McDonald House.-

February 10, 2010
Former Mailman Gets 8 Months For Stealing Mail -

OIG Sponsors Research on Pricing in the New Post-PAEA Environment -

Reworking the Postal Service's Thinking on Future Business Models
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Mail Thief caught on camera -

Leaving the Mailstream - Mail Systems Technology
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

PLEASE RESTRAIN YOUR BEAR - ALASKA RURAL CARRIER HAS HIS SHARE OF EXPERIENCES -

Postal Service reports continued losses
Federal Times -

USPS suspends service in the DC region
Federal News Radio -

Hundreds of pieces of mail undelivered in Temple, TX -

Post office abuse case closed - at least officially -

Postal Service Shrinking More Slowly This Year
Dead Tree Edition -

Even in snowstorms, mail carriers manage to deliver
Washington Post -

Opinion: Taxes don't pay for postal service -

Arbiter to weigh in on Logan Township USPS site closing -

February 09, 2010
Postal Service Begins 2010 with First-Quarter Loss
- Also see USPS FORM 10-Q Report -

FTC probing CVS Caremark's prescription drug practices
In a related matter, the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on federal workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia plans to hold a hearing Wednesday on legislation designed to strengthen government supervision of prescription drug benefits for federal workers. -

Rethinking The Value of Postal Regulatory Policy
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

UPS Buys United States Post Office
Satire from Red Tractor -

Waging Battle Over FECA Benefits for Injured Postal and Federal Employees - From Obama read Terminations, Reductions, and Savings -

NY officials: Mail thefts now total $200,000 -

FY 09 Wait Time In Line Scores and Averages -

February 08, 2010
Man Robs Mail Carrier At Knifepoint In Price Hill
Ohio - Police are seeking a man who robbed a mail carrier in Price Hill. Investigators said a man armed with a knife stole the mailman's wallet Monday in the 1600 block of Iliff Avenue. -

Ask Burrus: Clerks want to know what APWU is doing to stop management from “deliberately destroying” the post office. -

Former USPS workers say bullying a part of its culture -

550-worker postal facility expected to halt operations on Saturday -

Unreliable? Unstable? PostalOne! - Also see PostalOne! Out Until at Least Tuesday??? -

February 07, 2010
FERS and CSRS Disability Retirement: Sometimes the Process is just as important as the Substance of an Argument -

The American Workplace
Commentary by Ronald Williams, Jr. -

February 06, 2010
President Obama and 6 Day Delivery
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer
... If this line implies that President Obama supports 6-day delivery, then it is a peculiar way to say it given that it is written in a form that follows the legislative language written by Congress. The language is similar in structure to language in the budget that describes provisions relating to child support enforcement, and closure of small rural post offices. The identical language is in the budgets of President Bush. -

Blizzard 2010 - Postal Service Stopped -

New Guidelines Covering Pay-for-Performance for EAS Employees -

Letter carriers plan to stay the course no matter how much snow falls -

Police seek tips in robbery of postal carrier

February 05, 2010
APWU: Obama Budget Promises Strong Support for USPS - Also at APWU see Obama: Postal Privatization a ‘Bad Idea’ -

Post office closings upset rural communities; 87-year-old woman puts pen to paper to protest -

Is 5-day Delivery Inevitable?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Up to 130 Palatine, IL postal employees to be reassigned -

Weekly papers decry proposed Postal Service rule -

February 04, 2010
Big surprise: USPS lacks a plan (for 2010 and beyond)
Rag Content -

A Surprising Example of the Depth of Deception
Burrus Update Feb. 4, 2010 -

NALC: Obama budget backs six-day delivery - Read highlighted areas here -

Postal worker's bullying allegations draw attention -
Original Story -

New Math Equals to Prison Time for Former Part-Time Carrier -

February 03, 2010
Postal worker alleges intimidation
EAST LANSING - In a recent e-mail to me, electronic technician Steven Ray Miehlke described a reign of intimidation at the U.S. Postal Service’s Collins Road facility. “We work … in fear,” Miehlke wrote. “Threats, verbal abuse and physical assault are everyday occurrence in the workplace. These things are … accepted (and) encouraged.” Miehlke cited several supervisory “bullies” at the facility who “attack women employees most often.” -

Who will brief Obama on the nature of the mail market?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

IT’S THE LAW - USPS SIX-STEP PROCESS TO ADDRESS WORKPLACE HARASSMENT
The Postal Service’s Initial Management Inquiry Process (IMIP) helps managers resolve harassment problems and ensure employees have a harassment-free work environment. [PEN Ed - yeah, right] -

OIG: COMPENSATION CHANGES AND PERFORMANCE AWARDS -

24/7 post office hours scaling back hours -

February 02, 2010
Attack On Chattanooga Postal Employee Was Outrageous -

Pleas for leniency from letter carrier ignored
Paul J. Dolan, the mail carrier who was videotaped in his U.S. Postal Service truck smoking methamphetamine, begged Ramsey County District Judge Edward Wilson for mercy at his sentencing hearing Monday. -

Judge to USPS - No, You Cannot Collect $497.22 from Petitioner’s (employees) salary -

Selling the Postal Service, the president suggested, is a bad idea -

Former Postmaster in Republic Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement -

USPS DPMG DISCUSSES DELIVERY PERFORMANCE - WAIT TIME IN LINE -

February 01, 2010
Police Blotter: Mail Man Attacked On Midland Pike
Chattanooga, TN -

Former Montgomery Co. postal carrier gets 8-hour jail sentence in mail theft case -

Pound Ridge letter carrier charged with theft weeps in court -

Increase of Penalties For Violations Relating to Conduct on Postal Property -

Hiring Casuals in Lieu of Career Bargaining Unit Employees - Tulsa APWU -

New Hope mailman will receive help in reconnecting with his family in Haiti -

NALC Pres: COLCPE: The ‘can do’ answer to the Oh-Ohs -

Mail as Art
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

January 31, 2010
Trackstick Mini - GPS Tracker
PEN reader Don Cheney tells us that GPS tracking was recently installed in LLV's at his office - the Trackstick description says "The detachable weatherproof and shock resistant case, magnetic mount, and a small 3 1/2” figure make the Trackstick Mini ideal for covert deployment and use in harsh conditions." -

NAPS Alerts Congress to Possible Pay Abuse by USPS  -

Taking Control of the Board of Governors
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postal union: Use pension money to keep Whippany center open -

January 30, 2010
PRC Chair Goldway: Five-Day Mail Delivery Awaiting Advisory Opinion -

Federal Eye: 162 sites may still close -

Sheriff's action not federal offense, postal inspector says -

PostCom: Obama nominates two to USPS Board of Governors - Paul Steven Miller -

January 29, 2010
Postal worker faces forgery counts
An Indiana postal employee was arrested Thursday after federal investigators said she forged hospital excuse slips to justify paid sick days she received. -

Cops: DVDs, caviar seized from mail carrier's home
Original story > Carrier charged in $123K mail thefts -

APWU: USPS Trims Closure List to 162
Also see:
Current List of Stations/Branches Under Review as of January 29, 2010 - Station/Branch Optimization/Consolidation (SBOC) Initiative - And Postal Service Updates Consolidation Initiative -

Springfield Area Local Reaches Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) Agreement -

The National League of Postmasters are taking their working condition issues to Congress -

Intelligent Snail: USPS Finally Addressing Crossed-Out Barcodes - Dead Tree Edition -

Former U.S. Postal Service worker to appear in court for allegedly destroying mail -

January 28, 2010
NY Carrier charged in $123,000+ mail thefts -

Greenwood, IN postal clerk charged with misappropriation of funds -

Somersworth postal branch manager on administrative leave -

PostCom tells us - You might want to take a look at the video posted by FedNewsTonight on the sole source contracts issued by Robert Bernstock. -

Deal close for Haitian postman to accept donations -

January 27, 2010
Taking Advantage of Regulated Rates
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer
It's cheaper for Canadians to cross the border and use USPS -

U.S. Postal Inspectors to Aid Haitian Postal System Recovery -

$2,700 in donations to Haitian mail carrier still in limbo
The U.S. Postal Service Tuesday rebuffed an attempt by Bucks County Congressman Patrick Murphy to get a Haitian-born mailman a special exception so he could accept more than $2,700 in donations raised by his customers to help his family on the earthquake devastated island. -

Bill Would Grant Postal Service $2 Billion to Electrify 20,000 Delivery Vehicles -

TE carrier charged in connection with mail dumping incident -

January 26, 2010
Could the Budget Kill Efforts to Save the Postal Service?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Why USPS needs to step it up -

Salvation Hidden in Plain Sight
Presort -

Seattle council talks about junk mail, but what for? -

Mailman barred from accepting funds for trip to Haiti - Also see USPS blocks gift to Haitian-born postman -

January 25, 2010
Postal Service offers reward for info leading to mailer of 'Black Death' letters from Idaho -

Regulating the USPS into Financial Stability
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Former Parish postal worker gets probation for stealing greeting card cash -

USPS and sustainability -

NALC: OIG bolsters case for prefunding reform - See NALC Fact Sheet (PDF 3.62mb) -

U.S.P.S. Senior Financial Managers’ Code of Ethics -

OIG: Policies Were Not Followed For High-Risk Financial Transactions, Cash, Stamp, and Money Order Accountabilities, CPU, and Master Trust Accounts -

The Direct Mail Market: Structure and Success Factors
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

January 24, 2010
Prosecutor: Postal Worker Stole Veterans' Drugs
Postal officials examined employee assignment records and attendance before determining that Schwomeyer, who drives a tractor-trailer for USPS, was working the distribution route on the likely dates the drugs were stolen. -

Texas postal inquiry doesn't satisfy its customers -

January 23, 2010
NALC wins arbitration case on use of DOIS to schedule letter carriers
 - scanned PDF file -

Fear, Anger and Health Care
NAPUS Newsletter (PDF) -

Majority of Union Members Now Work for the Government -

Former postal employee faces 156 charges in investigation -

January 22, 2010
TUNNE v. PADUCAH POLICE DEPT
Plaintiff files complaint against Paducah, KY police and the United States Postal Service/Paducah Annex (USPS); Beth Cluck and Russell McCuiston, USPS employees; and Andrew Zeman, a U.S. Postal Inspector. -

Postal workers win a round
An arbitrator is to decide the fate of a Logan postal facility that now is threatened with closing, a federal judge has ruled. The court order doesn't ensure the mail-transfer plant will stay open, but it offers hope for the facility's 550 employees, an attorney for the workers' union said Thursday. -

Viagra to the Rescue? Postal Regulations Are Taking the Life Out of Tabloid Magazines
Dead Tree Edition -

Englewood residents rally around post office and its mural -

January 21, 2010
APWU regarding:
OIG Says USPS Overpaid Federal Government $75 Billion -

NC Postal Employee Charged With Theft Of Veterans Prescription - Includes Video -

Postmaster General Appoints Award-Winning Poet and Designers - Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Changes Announced -

Bristol, TN man indicted for attempted murder in relation to Wytheville, VA P.O. standoff -

Update: Inspector General continues probe at Somersworth post office -

Pensions: Another Government Rip-off of USPS
Dead Tree Edition - The U.S. Postal Service isn't a money-losing operation, just a victim of unfair pension accounting by the federal government, a report from USPS's Inspector General indicated today. -

PRC states (PDF) "The Postal Service states that it “remain[s] highly uncertain regarding the availability of cash in an amount that is sufficient to fund our required $5.5 billion Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund payment on September 30, 2010.” Also see NOTICE OF PUBLIC FORUM AND OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT -

Postal Worker Going to Prison - ordered to pay $156,462 in restitution to USPS -

Higher Health Premiums: Just Wait!
If you think the most recent FEHBP open season was a nightmare of high premiums and bad choices, just wait a couple of years! -

The U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Condition: Overview and Issues for Congress
Congressional Research Service -

January 20, 2010
New OIG Study Estimates USPS Has Been Overcharged for the CSRS Pension Fund by $75 Billion
A study just released by the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) shows that the current system of funding the Postal Service’s Civil Service Retirement System pension responsibility is inequitable and has resulted in the Postal Service overpaying $75 billion to the pension fund. -

Obama display at post office draws protests -

Courier, Express, and Postal Observer says "It is time that someone should examine the impact on the Postal Service of not being able to rightsize its network, management and labor using the same employment rules that apply in the private sector." -

Manager of Somersworth post office escorted from building
The manager of the city's Postal Service branch, who was recently found to have altered his employees' time sheets, was escorted out of the building by a representative of the Office of the Inspector General Tuesday afternoon, according to the president of the state postal union. -

Enshrining a Twentieth Century Postal Service
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Taxing Your Health Premiums
Federal News Radio -

January 19, 2010
USPS Can’t Rationalize ‘Network Rationalization’
APWU Web News -

Dept. of Labor Recovers $1.8 Million from USPS Contractor -

In this new year, one battle on two fronts (PDF)
NALC President -

OIG: For Better or For Worse
Has the workplace environment in the Postal Service gotten better or worse over the last 10 years and why? -

Postal carrier killed in Inlet shooting
Georgetown Times, SC -

USPS Report on PRC Rate and Service Inquiries for December 2009 (PDF) -

January 18, 2010
Current PRC Chairperson Once Advocated Privatization of the Postal Service -

OIG, USPIS LAUNCH WORKERS’ COMP FRAUD INITIATIVE
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have launched a joint year-long initiative to combat workers’ compensation fraud. -

U.S. Postal Service Delivering Green, Looking At Alternate Energy Delivery Systems -

Senators Collins and McCaskill Calls On OIG To Review USPS Contracting Policies -

January 17, 2010
Congress - let USPS run its own business
Editorial: Observer Publishing Company -

January 16, 2010
What’s wrong with Post Office
James Bertolone Pres. APWU Local 215 -

Postal Rate Cap Finishes Year in the Red
Dead Tree Edition -

Logan postal battle will move to arbitration -

Sen. Rockefeller Urges USPS to Keep All Wheeling P&DC Employees -

January 15, 2010
NALC and Organized Labor Succeed In Obtaining Critical Improvements To Congressional Health Reform Bill (PDF) - Also see: White House, unions reach deal on taxing insurance coverage -  Also see The Cadillac plan tax compromise -

Federal Eye: Postal Service contracts questioned -

Not a Smooth Move: Postal Service Hides Change-of-Address Forms - Dead Tree Edition -

Postal workers say paper dust is destroying their health -

Postal Service should stop abetting tax evasion -

Panama City, FL Postal Workers Seek Answers in Public Meeting -

January 14, 2010
Sad End: Texas Search Group Finds Body of Missing Postal Employee In Creek, Family Furious -

Baltimore Mail Carrier Sentenced to 3 Years Incarceration for Stealing Over $100,000 in Treasury Checks -

Mail litters Six Mile Cypress in Fort Myers, FL -

PRC Orders USPS to Terminate Two Nonpostal Services and Clarifies Guidelines for the Sale of Licensed and Nonlicensed CDs and DVDs - Also from the PRC see PRC Extends Initial Public Comment Period to February 16 in its Investigation of Suspended Post Offices -

Leaving the Mailstream One Customer at a Time
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

U.S. Postal Service Investigating Missing Worker -

Postal Service Inefficiency Drives Up Periodicals Costs
Dead Tree Edition -

Court Reporter Says Postal Inspector Bullied Her, Looking for Dirt on Criminal Court Judges -

January 13, 2010
APWU: Can Parcels Save the Postal Service?
Burrus Update -

PRC Chair Wants To Hear From You -

Man Pleads Guilty To Bribing Postal Official
When interviewed by FBI special agents Ashvin Shah, a Postal Service Architect/Engineer, denied being involved in bribery while serving as a Postal Service Architect/Engineer, however, he committed suicide within 12 hours of being interviewed. -

Where Is The $250 I Am Supposed to Get as a Federal Retiree?

Postal worker sentenced to 8 months for drug distribution -

APWU: USPS Medical Units Phase-Out Begins -

Police are looking for a 49-year-old postal worker missing since Thursday -

Former Georgia carrier admits to stealing letters after sting -

Nine-Million-Member Union Coalition Calls For Defeat Of Cadillac Tax -

January 12, 2010
What a Surprise - USPS General counsel finds USPS executive Robert Bernstock broke no contracting violations - Read Original Story -

Postal Inspector calls 911 after shooting wife, then kills himself -

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli calls for investigation into lost pension checks -

Amarillo.com reports that Emma Crain, an Amarillo, TX postal employee, was sentenced to six months in federal prison after pleading guilty to misappropriation by a postal employee. Crain was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. Crain was charged with stealing $15,059.93 while working as a postal employee in Amarillo, according to the federal indictment. -

Firms Hold Fast to Snail Mail Marketing
Wall Street Journal -

January 11, 2010
PRC report values one-day-per-week Postal Service delivery cut in billions -

Changing Culture and Contracting Violations
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Did top postal exec break contracting rules?
The U.S. Postal Service's top marketing executive directed more than $1.3 million in sole-source contracts to former business associates since July 2008, according to documents obtained by Federal Times. Robert Bernstock, president of the Postal Service's Mailing and Shipping Services division, approved $600,000 to consultant Lynne Alvarez, $412,500 to consultant Richard Sorota, and $324,975 to consultant Kimberly Wolfson, all of whom Bernstock worked with in the private sector prior to joining the agency in June 2008. Read Previous Story on Bernstock -

2 postal carriers held up on job -

OIG: Top 10 Postal Stories of 2009 -

“Do not mail” registry? Seattle City Council vote tomorrow - Also see Should City Council Kill Junk Mail? -

Former Postmaster sentenced to prison -

January 10, 2010
Glitch leaves 20,000-plus rural mail carriers without paycheck -

January 09, 2010
At funeral, postal workers deliver special tribute -

Lima postal ‘study’ doesn’t add up -

Thousands of New York state pension checks remain lost in mail -

AFL-CIO Stays Out Of Fight to Oust Miami Mayor - APWU does not -

January 08, 2010
Woman sentenced in plot to bomb 8 Minnesota post offices
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NY Comptroller Rips Postal Service For Missing Checks -

January 07, 2010
Mail Carrier Rated as One of The Top 10 Worst Jobs for 2010
Due to a very poor hiring outlook, its physical demands, and its moderately high levels of stress, the job of mail carrier was rated tenth-worst in the CareerCast.com survey. -

Would A Lottery Bail Out the Postal Service?
Dead Tree Edition -

Postal carrier charged with failure to yield in fatal accident -

Mail carrier charged with assault on elderly neighbor -

Ex-postal worker admits bins theft, gets probation -

January 06, 2010
PAY PROBLEM FOR 4,370 RURAL CARRIERS
PEN News -

Mail safeguards on Capitol Hill don't extend to politicians' district offices
Ever since a 2001 anthrax scare, all mail sent to congressional offices on Capitol Hill is zapped with radiation to kill spores and other potentially lethal bugs before delivery. No such precaution is in place for letters addressed to lawmakers' district and state offices, U.S. Postal Inspection Service spokesman Peter Rendina confirmed Tuesday. -

APWU: Representing Members in Small Offices: Size Not a Factor – Nor Is Location -

Re-regulating the Postal Service?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postal workers irked by slow response to defibrillator request -

Postal workers: Leave our mail alone -

550 postal workers begin transfer process -

Going postal as New York pension checks lost in mail - Also see: New York Pension Checks Are in the Mail...Really -

January 05, 2010
APWU: We Want to Hear From You
Postal employees in small offices whose hours have been reduced while managerial hours have been increased are being asked to complete and return a union-sponsored questionnaire [PDF] on the subject. Work-hours for part-time flexible clerks at many small offices have been slashed, APWU President William Burrus noted in a column in the January/February issue of The American Postal Worker magazine. -

Former postal workers sentenced for stealing gift cards worth nearly $25,000
Charged were: James Rosciano III, 49, an emergency management coordinator and Alyse Mordoh, 56, a confidential secretary to the district manager of the U.S. Postal Service in Central New Jersey. Mordoh was responsible for buying, tracking and handing out gift cards provided to postal employees. Between May 2005 and December 2007 they stole 562 gift cards valued from $20 to $100 that provided employees with clothing, restaurant meals and books. -

OIG Blog: Pricing and Price Caps -

The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act: Overview and Issues for Congress (PDF)
Congressional Research Service -

Negotiating Changes in Retiree Health Payments
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

January 04, 2010
Postal boss moonlights for cash from corporations
The financially troubled U.S. Postal Service pays Robert F. Bernstock a $232,500 salary to oversee its shipping and mailing division, but a little-known hiring provision allows the executive to earn even more money from outside corporate sources. -

Also see: Paying Postal Executives
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer
Also see PEN's Opinion: Postal Executive Pay
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January 03, 2010
A Bad Move for Small Mailers: Postal Expert Questions Move Update Surcharge
Dead Tree Edition -

January 02, 2010
The Postal Service and the President Obama
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U.S. Postal Inspection Service watching mail for illegal drugs -

January 01, 2010
Police capture woman in stolen mail truck after chase from Portland to Washington -

Former Postal Employee Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Selling Crack Cocaine -


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February 22, 2010
- Feds in Harm's Way
- Towns fear post offices may close
- Bomb scare brings Israeli postal service to a halt
- APWU COLA Update - 2/22

February 21, 2010
- Oregon town finds it’s stuck in postal limbo

February 20, 2010
- Two mail carriers attacked by bees in Phoenix -

February 19, 2010
- $120,000 Jury Award For Injured Mail Carrier -
- Contract postal carrier killed in bridge collision

February 18, 2010
- U.S. mail, FedEx and UPS delivery service nearly back to normal after snow
- Postal Service to address concerns about move in Bangor
- Celebrating the Women of the APWU
- IT’S OFFICIAL: Rural carriersare partners in Food Drive
- USPS Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Webinar
- Join the National League of Postmasters letter writing campaign!

February 17, 2010
- SG Print & Mail, a company in Park Hills, Mo., bilked the U.S. Postal Service out of roughly $2.9 million -

February 16, 2010
- Mail carriers deserve a tip of the hat for storm duty

February 15, 2010
- Ex-postal worker from Roy indicted in fraud -

February 14, 2010
- Mail customers denied delivery in MI
- How Metro East mail carriers survive Mother Nature's furies
- Mail Carrier Delivers Lost Wedding Ring

February 13, 2010
- Give letter carriers a break; they deserve to be safe

February 12, 2010
- Postal system much more efficient today than it was in days gone by
- Snow slows, doesn't stop, most government services

February 11, 2010
- USPS files site plan for old Bangor court
- PostalOne! Accounting
- Postal Service targets four Central Valley CA offices for closing

February 10, 2010
- U.S. Postal Service continues streak of losses
- Postal Service amends hours to deal with storm
- Bakersfield, CA: USPS to Conduct Biohazard Detection System Drill
- Accident injures rural carrier
- PostalOne! System Restored
- Computers and Pigskins - The Right Combination for USPS Employee
- Flying High: USPS Mobile Review - Also see What Does Apple’s New iPad Mean for the Postal Service?
- More from COMPLAINT OF GAMEFLY, INC

February 09, 2010
- It takes fancy footwork, but mail gets delivered
- THOMAS v. U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
- UPS Plans to Furlough at Least 300 Pilots
- Athens, AL mail carrier stands down pit bull
- Pitney Bowes to close warehouse, lay off

February 08, 2010
- No-Cal COLAs Gag Reflex
- Weather-Related USPS Help Desk Problems

February 07, 2010
- Prairie City, Sd, Residents Want Post Office Back

February 06, 2010
- D.C. area post offices shutting down due to snow
- Post office closings upset rural communities

February 05, 2010
- Alabama District Introduces the Ubi Duo
- Former postal worker pleads not guilty to destroying, delaying mail
- People in Port Byron, Illinois had one day of notice before their one and only post office closed down

February 04, 2010
- Senator Fort Urges Postal Service Not to Move Mail Processing From Atlanta
- Two injured in trolley-mail van crash
- USPS EXPANDS GREETING CARD RETAIL NETWORK

February 03, 2010
- The post-post office world
- Bad Dog Halts Mail Delivery
- Postal Service closing Charlottesville distribution center

February 02, 2010
- Travel Tough for Lynchburg, VA Mail Carriers
- NALC: More Than 1,000 Branches Registered for Food Drive
- “Do Not Obliterate”, Routing, and ACS Questions-Loop Mail?

February 01, 2010
- $50K Reward Offered In Post Office Robbery
- Quantum Selected by the US Postal Service to Supply Zero Emission Postal Delivery Vehicle
- $50K reward offered in Cambridge postal heist
- Heroes Among Us - On and Off the Job
- OIG: Postal Service Network Streamlining

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