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January 2011 News

January 31, 2011
Postal Service Workers’ Compensation

OIG (poll) wants to know "What can the Postal Service do to reduce workers’ compensation costs?" -

What Can You Do About the Weather?
Postal Affairs Blog -

The new postmaster general speaks out
Washington Post: "How much does it cost to deliver mail on Saturdays?" PMG: "The total for the entire organization is $3 billion." -

Ex-postal worker pleads guilty to mail theft -

Postal Service's new sorter won't need breaks -

The Coloradoan tells us "The U.S. Postal Service is hiring up to 30 temporary tractor trailer drivers in the Denver metro area." -

Goleta marks five-year anniversary of post office massacre -

Million-Dollar Neighborhoods Not Getting Mail

January 30, 2011
Rural post offices under threat
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Technology, large deficits outdate it
Another pundit that does not seem to know the facts regarding USPS -

'60 Minutes' visits Mansfield post office -

January 29, 2011
APWU: With Slow Progress, Contract Talks Continue
- Also see: APWU Protests Bidding ‘Outage’ -

NYC Mailman 'clipped' coupons and sold them on eBay -

Union: Postal Service drops subcontracting proposal
Federal Times -

Former postal worker receives 5 months in jail for workers comp fraud -

Disabled Vt. veteran prevails in fight for home mail delivery -

NALC: The elephant in the room
Updated 1/28 -

January 28, 2011
Why Conservatives Ought to Love the Postal Service

Prospect.org -

New Jersey APWU Treasurer Pleads Guilty -

Postal worker penalized for Gulf service -

The NALC tells us "One or two misleading and one-sided editorials about the Postal Service's financial situation might simply be chalked up to a bad day or a steep learning curve, but the editorial page of The Washington Post has used up its quota of excuses several times over." -

Nat. League of Postmasters shares thoughts on recent PMG meetings -

January 27, 2011
Fox 29 Investigates: Drinking Postmen

Video available -

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) certification -

In an Internet age, postal service reform is long overdue
Washington Post Editorial -

Is the Post Office in big trouble? Not if it adapts to its environment
Bizmology -

PMG Apologizes to NAPUS For Comparing Some Postmasters Workloads to The Maytag Repair Man -

Postal Voyager Fleet Card purchases must be validated -

America's dying postal service: By the numbers
The Week -

Postal Service greening saving millions
Federal News Radio -

Queens Postal Worker Wins $500000 Pick 10 Lottery Prize -

January 26, 2011
Postal union seeks members' help promoting changes

Washington Post -

Postal Service Shrinking its Urban Footprint
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer - Also see: Postal Affairs Blog -

Sen. Carper Praises U.S. Postal Service's "Lean Green Teams" -

Postal workers wait on closures -

How to Save the Postal Service -

Boles Acres Post Office closes doors
$50000 reward for info on Searcy mail carrier attack

January 25, 2011
USPS closures: Will the USPS still be delivering mail in ten years?
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Postal Service aims to shutter 2,000 sites
Washington Post - PMG Donahoe says "We have post offices out there that we have two customers, or three customers come in in an entire day," Donahoe said. "Remember the Maytag repair man? He used to have the loneliest job in the world. We probably have about 5,000 postmasters that have the loneliest job in the world." -

Government Announces Job Loses, Unemployment Expected To Rise - Obama.net - Joanne Veto of the USPS told reporters that no post offices would actually be closed. The only locations being shut down will be branches and stations. This is because it is illegal to close a post office simply for financial purposes. -

Va postal consolidation could save $1.6M annually -

Cops: Dog shot after injuring letter carrier -

January 24, 2011
APWU Denounces Post Office Closure Plans
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U.S. Postal Service Clarifies Do Not Deliver Requests -

Ruling on Shuttered Post Offices Expected Soon
Wall Street Journal -

Postal Service beefs up financial monitoring
Federal News Radio - Includes audiocast with Linda Libician-Welch, Director, Field Financial West, Office of Audit for the Office of the Inspector General, Postal Service -

Postal Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices
Wall Street Journal -

Adapting the Postal Service to prosper in the digital age
The Daily Caller -

The anti-feds: Who's leading the attack on your jobs, pay and benefits - Federal Times -

January 23, 2011
Postal Service must realign its network to remain viable
By Robert A. Cavinder - Appalachian District Manager USPS -

The Washington Post tells us "The U.S. Postal Service's accounting is an arcane art, but here's an educated estimate of the costs of delivering a first-class letter." -

Earth Class Mail attempts reboot in Beaverton -

Woman pleads guilty to fraud charge
A Westmoreland County woman pleaded guilty in federal court to defrauding the Postal Service. -

Cuba not accepting mail destined for the United States
CNN -

January 22, 2011
The Business Case for Continuing Six-Day Delivery
NAPS -

January 21, 2011
APWU: National Officers to Meet in February
Guffey Seeks to Unify Leaders on New Direction -

Also see: APWU chief seeking change in direction from Federal Times -

Postmaster Donahoe: USPS will have to cutback
Federal News Radio Audiocast - Donahoe tells Federal News Radio he's confident the USPS will return to black, but not without cutting back on delivery days. -

Postal Service ‘Discovers’ A Way To Grow Direct Mail
Dead Tree Edition -

Plan to Close Processing Facility Draws Anger, Frustration -

Attrition, VERA, Retirement Incentives and RIF's
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Sen. Carper Reacts to USPS Job Cuts -

Democrats name new House oversight leadership
Washington Post - Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) will serve as ranking member on the subcommittee responsible for federal workers, the U.S. Postal Service and labor policy. -

Reward Increased for Suspect Wanted For Attempted Abduction of Letter Carrier -

January 20, 2011
Lazy mailman played hookie, then burned or dumped letters
He was hired (as a contract carrier) to deliver the mail, but instead he hoarded, dumped and burned them. -

PRC Seeks Public Comment on Price Increase Proposed by the Postal Service -

How will Pat Donohue Change the Postal Service?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

THE PRESIDENT, POLITICS, AND DOING THE RIGHT THING
by postal commentator Gene Del Polito -

‘Natural Selection: Can The Postal Service Escape Extinction?‘ -

Salinas mail move draws fire -

Do we need new designations for our parcel services?
Your Postal Blog

January 19, 2011
SENATOR COLLINS FILES AMICUS BRIEF REGARDING POSTAL SERVICE’S REQUESTED RATE INCREASE
- As the Author of Law, Senator Collins Says Postal Service Lacks Justification for Request -

Postal Service Policy on Workplace Harassment Revised -

USPS updates procedures for handling suspicious mail -

USPS Ethics 101: What’s proper for fundraising and what’s not -

Forbes says "Technology has certainly put postal service mail sorters on the chopping block." -

Federal Report asks "Is the USPS the federal canary in the coal mine?" -

Attempted Abduction of Letter Carrier? -

Is That A Flat-Rate Envelope in His Pocket, Or Is the Postmaster General Just Glad To See You? Dead Tree Edition -

Issa announces Oversight subcommittee leaders -

January 18, 2011
Postmaster general defends the 'Forever Stamp'

Washington Post -

Two GOP freshmen to handle federal worker issues
Washington Post - House Republicans are tapping two freshmen to lead congressional oversight of the federal workforce and U.S. Postal Service. -

Opposition builds over plan to move Salinas mail-processing center -

New postal chief looks to control costs, raise revenue
Washington Times - Thirty-five years ago, Patrick Donahoe was awoken on a Saturday morning by a phone call from his mailman uncle telling him to get out of bed and "go take the test." -

January 17, 2011
USPS shrinks workforce, changes pension
Federal News Radio - Other potential ramifications for employees include pay freezes, reductions in current employee benefits and lower pay scales for new employees. -

Is “Coopetition” a Good Thing for the Postal
OIG Blog -

USPS: 2010 Tax Information: Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement
Also see: Federal Income Tax Withholding

Open postal truck scatters mail for 70 miles -

January 16, 2011
Post office robber fondles employees
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Post office mural raises questions of racial sensitivity -

Details of Lance Armstrong sponsorship
ESPN - within the article click on contract agreement documents -

January 15, 2011
Postal Service to cut 7,500 postmaster, supervisor jobs

Federal Times - From Washington Post see Incoming postmaster general promises cuts -

Asheville postal workers convicted of false claims -

Donahoe vows to improve USPS' customer service, woo potential advertisers - DM News -

New postmaster general wants lines to move faster -

USPS Contractor Admits Stealing $55000 in Fuel -

Sen. Carper Congratulates 73rd U.S. Postmaster General -

Houston Downtown US Post Office to close


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January 14, 2011
OSHA Says Delivery Bar Code Sorters Pose Risk to Workers Health
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Writing President Obama (PDF): NALC President Fredric V. Rolando and the presidents of other postal craft unions and management associations recently wrote the White House and asked President Obama to direct the Office of Personnel Management to recalculate the postal pension surplus. -

Donahoe Sworn In as 73rd Postmaster General of the United States -

The U.S Postal Service spent $31.9 million to underwrite Lance Armstrong's pro cycling team during its glory years of 2001 to 2004 - Also see US Postal Service sponsors outlined opposition to cheating with anti-doping clause -

The Elephant Has Ears: Some Good News for Mailers Along With the Rate Hikes - Dead Tree Edition -

Unions push back against deficit commission -

Federal workers' compensation payments called wasteful
GovExec.com -

APWU, Postal Unions Urge Obama To Fix USPS Pension Overfunding -

USPS to Raise Catalog Rates by 1% -

Picketing over job cuts at Petaluma postal center -

Postmaster General Reaches Out to Business Mailers -

Once a suspect, postal retiree is free and uneasy -

Postal Rates To Rise In April -

USPS Relaxes Upcoming Requirements for Automation Prices
Postal Affairs Blog -

January 13, 2011
Good News for Junk-Mail Senders
Wall Street Journal - ...even though they aren't named on a letter or parcel, recipients can opt out of receiving mail with a simplified address by notifying their mail carrier. -

Postal Service must realign its network to remain viable
Opinion from district manager, Santa Ana District -

Regulators on USPS reforms: “It’s not going to be easy”
Post and Parcel -

Sen. Susan Collins Calls for Federal Workers Compensation Reform -

Sacramento women convicted of assaulting mail carrier -

Camera catches woman stealing package from porch; posted on YouTube -

Steve Carell’s Post 'Office' Stint will be In a Post-Office!

January 12, 2011
OSHA Says USPS Fails to Keep Proper Record of Injury and Illness
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Forever Stamp Folly
Newt Gingrich via Human Events - Also see Newt Gingrich doesn't like the 'Forever Stamp' -

PRC Chairman Goldway's Remarks at January 11, 2011 Public Forum on PAEA -

U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO, Thomas Donohue, Hires Former PMG Potter - Working on multiple fronts, Donahue announced a new project, headed by former Postmaster General of the United States Jack Potter, to open up global supply chains and logistics for American companies. (scroll to read Infrastructure) -

Authentidate Allows US Postal Service Contract Expire -

January 11, 2011
'Frustrated' postal union continues negotiations

Washington Post -

Shaken DC postal workers return to postal plant
Washington Post -

Carrier admits guilt in jogger’s death -

Can We Deconstruct This Postal “Restructuring”?
Print CEO -

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE DEPUTY POSTMASTER GENERAL - POSITION AND CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION (PDF)
What USPS is looking for in a Deputy PMG - via Postcom -

Postal Service will cut more of its workforce
GovExec.com -

January 10, 2011
Exclusive: Postal Service RIFs, early retirements coming soon

Federal Times -

APWU: Despite Mounting Frustration, Contract Talks Continue -

APWU: Safety Talk on Recognizing And Handling Suspicious Mail -

NALC: Advanced OWCP Training For Branch Representatives (PDF)

OPM pension errors force thousands to pay up
Federal Times - One U.S. Postal Service employee, who asked to remain anonymous because she was not authorized to talk to the press, said she deposited the entire $450 she owed in 2003. But last week she got a letter from OPM that said she owed another $930. -

Costly loophole should be closed
You won't see them out delivering mail or standing at customer service window selling stamps, but the U.S. Postal Service has more than 1,000 employees 80 years of age and older. About 130 of them are 90 and older. -

Postal carrier pleads guilty to mail theft, drug possession -

Meter Mail Refunds: “Is There A Better Way?”
OIG Blog -

Some Lynchburg mail operations may move to Roanoke -

Man's death ends family's streak of postal service

January 09, 2011
Fiery package in DC triggers memories of anthrax

Washington Post - Also see: Mayor praises postal workers after package incident and Suspicious packages revive postal worker fears -

Workers Upset With Post Office Following Incendiary Letter Incidents - Post office employees say it took 45 minutes before police stepped in and evacuated the facility on V Street, SE. Also see: Post union miffed by ‘sloppy’ evacuation  -

Postal politics
Minot Daily - letter from a retired postal employee -

Postmaster General of the U.S. Postal Service: Who Is Patrick Donahoe? -

January 08, 2011
RIF - VER Coming Soon? (PDF)
In a letter published by PostCom the PMG says "As we continue our restructuring, we anticipate that Reduction in Force (RIF) and Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) processes will be initiated by the end of this fiscal quarter." -

Package ignites at D.C. post office -

Donahoe, No Potter Clone, Quickly Making His Mark
Dead Tree Edition -

Body of missing Texas postal employee found near Point of Rocks -

U.S. Post Office will close southeast Memphis office, affecting 120 employees -

January 07, 2011
Postmaster General Restructures U.S. Postal Service

USPS says "Layers Eliminated, Officer Ranks Reduced" -

Maryland closes government mailrooms statewide -

Congressman Petri's letter to Postmaster General takes more than two weeks to arrive -

USPS: RIF Competitive Areas for the Postal Service
Postal Bulletin -

Competitive Post Office Box Prices and Services -

Cutting hours part of postal service's cost-savings plan -

PRC to Convene Forum on Improving U.S. Postal Laws -

US Postal Service 2011 Failure – What We Can Learn From It - Related: Postal Affairs Blog -

PRC Seeks Public Comment for Its Annual Review of Postal Service Performance -

Sen. Brown asks Postmaster Gen. to revisit Madison decision -

Feds indict Akron man in postal worker robbery -

Postal employee sentenced for stealing a piece of first class mail -

Union chief blasts new postal delivery scheme used in Brookline -

A new delivery from the post office: Gift cards
Washington Post -

Post office bar and grill

January 06, 2011
Post office to test sales of gift cards in May
- Read the PRC document filed (PDF) -

Social Security employee tax rate decreases for 2011 -

Best and Worse Jobs for 2011 - Mail carrier makes the bottom 50 again -

Alabama Postal Clerk Indicted For Stealing Mail -

January 05, 2011
Suspended Bangor Postmaster Gregory G. Schlegel rejected for first-offender program
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USPS retail staff granted freedom of speech
Post and Parcel - Retail staff at the US Postal Service will no longer be forced to stick to a management-approved script when dealing with customers mailing packages from this month. -  Also see USPS “unwilling” to commit to settlement, says APWU  -

Full Service Intelligent Mail: The Cornerstone to the Success of the Mailing Industry - I Beg To Differ - Postal Affairs Blog -

11 More Things Your Mail Carrier Won’t Tell You
Reader's Digest

OIG: USPS Fails to Justify 19 Types of ‘Worksharing’ Discounts for Big Mailers -

USPS Is Wasting Money on Unwanted Services, Publishing Executive Says - Dead Tree Edition -

Probe finds Amazon used wrong postal rates -

Postal union's leaders to meet on contract talks
Washington Post -

Postal Service may whittle Petaluma mail center
34 jobs would be affected; city's main post office would remain open -

January 04, 2011
Supervisor allegedly hits carrier in her face, supervisor was arrested for battery
- Chicago Tribune -

The Washington Post says "Officials said in September that they can no longer guarantee eight-hour, full-time shifts for most workers." -

Why Capital and Flexibility Matters
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Did Issa Provide an Entry for Postal Reform? -

Husband Pleads Not Guilty to Shooting His Wife, USPS District Manager in Alabama -

Mail in Maui

G.P. Stamp -

APWU Frustrated by Lack of Progress in Contract Talks -

Related: Impasse appears possible in postal labor talks - Federal Times -

Top 10 Postal Stories of 2010 - OIG - cast your vote -

New Mail.dat Client Needed for PostalOne!
Postal Affairs Blog -

Nashville: A Metro Police commander wants UPS, FedEx and the postal service to help him patrol neighborhoods -

January 03, 2011
Closing of USPS station upsets residents of Capitol Heights in Montgomery, Alabama
- PEN Ed: this USPS station is less than 5 blocks from my home. -

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

Man accused of taking money for USPS workers’ comp premiums -

Federal News Radio tells us - Maybe the Postal Service can save money by reducing "workshare discounts." The Postal Service Inspector General says the Postal Service has failed to justify the millions of dollars in "workshare discounts" to mailers for efficiency reasons. Under the program, the mailers get reduced postage rates in return for preparing, sorting, or transporting mail. Theoretically, USPS would come out ahead in the deal because it saves costs. But in 2009, the Postal Service didn't justify 19 out of 30 workshare discounts that exceeded costs by $104 million. It also says that more discounts could cost more money, and be less efficient. Postal managers agreed to compile data to support the discounts, but didn't agree with the recommendation to document their decision-making process. -

10 things to watch across government in 2011
Washington Post - Number 4 is USPS -

January 02, 2011
Postal Service copes with losses
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Postal Service employees arrested for tampering with letters, packages -

Postal Service finances turn dire
The Philadelphia Inquirer -

January 01, 2011
Prediction for 2011 from Fox Business News
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer - Charles Payne predicts - "UPS and FedEx will enter into a bidding war for the Unites States Postal Service. The deal is close, but unions balk." -

U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko wants to mark the Delaware Station Post Office closure order "return to sender" -

Former postal employee indicted for stealing cash, gift cards from mail -

A Hidden World Inside New York's Great Post Office -

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