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May 2011 News

May 31, 2011
Can Progressives Fix the U.S. Postal Service?
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11 Things You Should Know About The U.S. Postal Service Before It Goes Bankrupt -

USPS to reveal ideas on digital mail services this summer -

Postal strike has less punch as online world grows
Regarding Canada Post strike - What if they called a postal strike and nobody noticed? -

Police in Kentucky and Connecticut are looking for a postal worker after seizing over 56 pounds of marijuana that was being shipped between the two states. -

Post office bigwig defends changing face of rural life -

Former Elgin Postmaster to Serve 37 Months in Prison For Embezzlement from Postal Service and Tax Fraud
Ordered to Pay $771,666.15 in Restitution to Postal Service and IRS -

May 30, 2011
BUSINESSWEEK BALDERDASH

Perspective by postal commentator Gene Del Polito -

Sun is setting on rural post offices -

Financial crisis strikes Postal Service as mail volume drops
Sun Sentinel -

May 29, 2011
The Wrong Way to Sell EDDM
Postal Affairs Blog -

A tough fiscal lesson, right there in the mail -

A new trial date has been set for the McDavid, FL postmaster arrested last month on attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment charges. -

May 28, 2011
Why Your Postman May Be Smarter Than He Looks

Forbes -

Bronx, NY, workers, community fight to save postal jobs -

USPS Checkout Process for Employee Retirements and Separations - ELM update 5.19.2011 -

Postal Worker Faces Robber, Bomb Threat -

Images: Behind the Scenes at the USPS Palatine Processing and Distribution Center -

What’s New: Every Door Direct Mail-Retail -

NY city to pay $2 M after inmate's death (a postal worker) -

Robber posing as mailman takes $600

USPS Clerk Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

May 27, 2011
The US Postal Service Nears Collapse

Businessweek -

Mail carrier who defecated in yard gets to keep job -

Court Allows Federal Manager to be Sued After Firing Employee
A PEN source tells us..."A recent court decision has many federal managers and supervisors asking serious questions about their exposure and personal liability in civil or 'personal capacity' lawsuits for work-related matters and decisions." For legal representation of Postal Service employees in civil and criminal cases, see ELM 668 Legal Assistance Provided by the Postal Service - Click Here -

Postal Service Helps Motorists Gear Up for Driving Season

May 26, 2011
Could USPS Shut Down July 2012?
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USPS Banks on QR Codes in Summer Sale
The Big Fat Marketing Blog -

Even Tornadoes Won't Stop Mail in Joplin -

91-year-old Alabama postman Morris Wilkinson stamps 70 years of service -

2011: The Beginning of the End/End Of The Beginning? -

May 25, 2011
Court Decision May Lead to Hike in Postal Rates

Dead Tree Edition -

Criminal Enforcement Actions Against Postal Union Officials -

The Washington Times states "Officials at the U.S. Postal Service proudly point out that they don’t take a dime of taxpayer funding, but they do accept billions of dollars in government loans." -

Appeals Court Remands USPS Exigent Rate Case Back to PRC
The Court found what they concluded is ambiguous language and has sent the case back to the PRC - includes statement by Sen. Collins. -

USPS April Financials (PDF)
Net loss? $747 Million -

Alaska Sen. Murkowski: Postal Service move threatens bypass mail service -

U.S. Postal Service Voted No.1 for Supplier Diversity -

May 24, 2011
What next for postal unions after signing of Postal Service-APWU contract?
Federal Times -

USPS Says New APWU Contract Saves $3.8 Billion -

Feds say recorded phone calls and surveillance video are part of the evidence against five people accused of taking bribes from a Detroit contractor who repaired Postal Service vehicles. -

Postmasters Complaint Regarding USPS Proposed Changes In Post Office Closures (PDF) - Also see Federal Times -

20 Percent Hike In Your Health Premiums? -

APWU: It’s Official: APWU, USPS Sign New Contract -

May 23, 2011
Comparing Labor Cost Proportions at the USPS, UPS, and FedEx

Courier, Express, and Postal Observer - PEN Ed: Workplace Economics prepared a comparison like this for APWU way back in 2002 click here to read that report (PDF) -

Treasury raids your pension - but don't worry, Geithner says -

“Addressing the U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Crisis”
PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway (PDF) -

May 22, 2011
Retired Postal Worker Spit Own Feces At Officer
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UPDATE: Busloads of Letter Carriers at Royal Oak Farmers Market to Protest Budget Cuts -

Could the Postal Service Grind to a Halt in FY 2012?
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

APWU Guide to Local Negotiations 2011

KY Rural Mail Sorting Centers Starting to Close

May 21, 2011
Will FedEx Be Stiffed by USPS?

Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

USPS NEGOTIATES CHANGES IN BURGER KING COMMERCIAL -

Ex-postal worker from sentenced for fraudulently claiming injured worker benefits -

Police say no charges for postal worker in fatal accident -

OK postal worker pleads guilty -

CA postal worker pleads to grand theft charge -

Former Otis area USPS mail carrier sentenced to jail and 2 years probation -

May 20, 2011
MAIL VOLUME CONTINUES TO DECLINE
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2 Hearings, 2 Weeks, and 1 Message
NAPUS newsletter (PDF) including Budget-Cutters Focus On Our Pensions -

U.S. Postal Service Expands to 100,000 Locations -

How many federal and postal employees are eligible to retire?
Washington Post -

Congress must give Postal Service the flexibility to survive -

Chicago letter carrier wins $500 per week for life -

Oklahoma Postal Workers Plead Guilty -

USPS lacks plan for aging delivery truck fleet
Federal Times -

May 19, 2011
The USPS Needs Fairer Pension Rules, Not a Bailout

Sen. Collins, PMG, and Guffey respond to WSJ editorial -

Senator McCaskill expresses concern to Postmaster General about five-day delivery and post office closure proposals -

League of Postmasters Tell Senate Committee That Closing Post Offices Is Not a Serious Cost Savings Measure -

“Addressing the U.S. Postal Service’s Financial Crisis” (PDF)
Testimony of Margaret Cigno, Director, Office of Accountability and Compliance Postal Regulatory Commission - "A sizeable portion of the U.S. population depends on the mail to manage their lives and stay connected with their government. A Commerce Department study reports that as of 2009, 31 percent of U.S. households did not have Internet access at home, and nearly one fourth of households did not even use the Internet. The mail remains the one universal service connecting the American people to commerce, government, news, and the social institutions they depend upon." -

Sen. Akaka Says Congress Does Not Need to Inject Itself In the Collective Bargaining Process -

Next up on the bailout list: The mailman?
CNN -

NALC: Sen. Carper introduces postal reform bill -

Mobile Barcode Promotion Approved by PRC
Postal Affairs Blog -

Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service
OIG Blog -

May 18, 2011
Florida Rep. Dennis Ross says Just a tip for any USPS Union Member
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PMG Says Postal Service Finds Itself in Dire Financial Straits -

NAPUS Tells Senate Subcommittee They Are Deeply Concerned About USPS -

Your Threat Level: Pretty Darn High!
Federal News Radio: The all-important pay and benefits package of federal and postal workers, and retirees, is under attack as never before. -

Federal News Radio tells us - The U.S. Postal Service will begin to default on its financial obligations just over four months from now unless Congress takes action to relieve it of its obligation to pre-fund retiree health care accounts, its leader told lawmakers Tuesday. -

Postal Service expects $8.3 billion loss this year
Federal Times -

REVIEWING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (PDF) - Statement of Susan M. Carney, Director of Human Relations at APWU, before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Committee on Education and The Workforce - reviewing workers' compensation for federal employees. -

The United States Postal Service’s Criminal Assault on the Middle Class, and the Illusion of American Justice -

Post office's plea: Stop Saturday mail delivery -

Guffey to Senate Subcommittee: Legislators Must Apply Pension Overpayments to Pre-Funding Bill -

Sen. Carper Introduces Comprehensive Postal Service Act
Also see Mailing Industry Reacts to Introduction of Senator Carper’s POST Act -

Postal Service threatens again to not pay retiree benefits -

Postal Service Faces Financial Shortfall Unless Congress Addresses Mandates -

"I Want My Mail" - video shown at the National Postal Forum -

GAO Report Says Strategy Needed to Address Aging USPS Delivery Fleet - Also see Report: Postal Service needs new trucks, can’t afford them -

25 Beaumont postal workers to be relocated as operations move to Houston -

Postal Workers Report Not Receiving Paychecks
More Than 100 Employees Did Not Get Paid -

Man's best friend can be a mail carrier's worst enemy -

Live Pipe Bomb Found in Forest Hills USPS Mailbox

TransGuardian today paid a claim for a $21,000 USPS Priority Mail parcel which disappeared in the mailstream. The precious metal belonged to a shipper based in New Jersey.

Postal Workers Receive Paychecks After 'Glitch'

May 17, 2011
OSHA cites US Postal Service facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., with 8 safety violations, more than $164,000 in fines -

Also see: OSHA Proposes $93,500 In Fines to USPS for Recurring Hazards -

Postal Employee Lottery Winner Is Accused Of Killing Detroit Landlord -

Thousands in Checks Stolen from U.S. Mail -

Senator Baucus Meets with Postmaster General
Senator Urges Postal Service to Detail a Long Term Plan for Montana Service -

Yakima Postal Carrier Donates $1400 Worth of Food to Food Drive -

THE NEXT BAILOUT? The Post Office Has Lost Nearly $20 Billion In Four Years -

Arson suspected at Sioux City's Morningside post office


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May 15, 2011
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Editorial: Chico mail delivery change a good idea -

May 14, 2011
Detroit contractor still fixing US postal vehicles despite bribery accusations
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The Coming Postal Bailout
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Postal manager accused in bribe scam shot in '93 Dearborn rampage -

Postal Workers File Lawsuit Against Postmaster in Brownsville
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Postal Service Uncertainty Hurting Paper Industry -

Billings postal worker sentenced for mail theft -

New Jersey man charged following robbery at Olyphant post office

May 13, 2011
FIVE POSTAL SERVICE SUPERVISORS INDICTED FOR TAKING BRIBES IN EXCHANGE FOR DIRECTING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MAINTENANCE WORK ON POSTAL VEHICLES TO A PRIVATE CONTRACTOR
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Burrus Says The Process is Completed -

NAPUS: Request for Rate Retention for EAS Employees Who Are Changed to a Lower Grade During a RIF Period is Denied by USPS -

APWU: Changes to Federal Workers Compensation Laws Would Negatively Affect Postal Workers -

Former mail carrier indicted for 30-counts of mail theft -

Explosion that killed Kimball postal worker unsolved after 35 years; $100K reward still stands

May 12, 2011
APWU Members Ratify Contract

Also read Washington Post -

FOIA Request for Postal Study Details Denied -

"Where Have All the Letters Gone? - The Mailing Industry and Its Future" - Click on witnesses name for files -

POSTAL INSPECTOR AND FORMER LAW FIRM PARALEGAL CHARGED WITH PERJURY AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE -

PRC May cause Fresh Postal Pain
Also read, from Postcom, WHY 23 PERCENT RATE INCREASES SHOULDN<T EVEN BE DISCUSSED (PDF) -

Postal Workers Challenge Md. Consolidation Plan -

Man charged in beating of New Bedford postal supervisor -

Postal workers ratify contract with 3.5 percent raise

May 11, 2011
Why Mail Matters: Macy's
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Postal Watchdogs Trying to Unleash USPS Innovation

USPS Ends Second Quarter With a Net Loss of $2.2 Billion -

Salaries of top Postal Service executives revealed
Washington Post -

Former Bridgeton postmaster in federal court for allegedly stealing $17,000 from U.S. Postal Service -

Results on APWU contract vote coming tomorrow -

Postal worker slaps person in Walterboro neighborhood, authorities say -

Amex to sell gift cards in US Post Office branches -

ELM Revision: Employee Relations - Ideas Program -

POM Revision: Establishment of City Delivery Service -

After dog attacks mailman, post office won't deliver to neighborhood

May 10, 2011
USPS could save millions under plan to revamp workers' comp
Federal Times - Under a draft proposal by the Labor Department, workers' comp benefits would be cut to 50 percent of monthly pay when the employee reaches retirement age — defined as between 65 and 67 — or one year after the employee begins receiving compensation, whichever is later, according to the report. -

US Postal Service digital strategy “not ready for prime time” -

Bill Proposes Easier Access to Cluster Mailboxes -

Postal service cutbacks will slow deliveries from Eastern Kentucky -

May 09, 2011
Florida postmaster under federal investigation -

NALC Food Drive - Saturday -

Questions raised about report justifying mail consolidation in Fayetteville -

Post office employees ask Chico for intervention in office consolidation -

USPS Employee Engagement for the Future -

May 08, 2011
A New Slogan for the Postal Service: "Just Say No"

Dead Tree Edition - The Postmaster General didn’t just tell major customers this week that the U.S. Postal Service is a business and not a government agency. He followed up with a move right out of the corporate playbook – announcing plans to stiff a major creditor. -

Ford and Huff - Attorneys at Law (PDF)
National League of Postmasters: "...the Postal Service's Proposed Rules are in significant conflict with applicable law." -

Fort Smith Postal Job Losses May Be Higher -

Letter carrier allegedly killed for key -

Man attacked mail carrier prior to standoff with Oshkosh police -

Man of Letters
Who do the folks in Chapel Hill, N.C., look to when they want a special delivery? Rudy Tempesta, the longest-serving mailman in the nation -

May 07, 2011
Ex-postal worker sentenced for fraudulently claiming injured worker benefits
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Slow chase ends with postal worker's DUI arrest -

Blocked from using excess funds to cover costs, USPS can only watch as default deadline approaches -

May 06, 2011
USPS: Honoring Sacrifice
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Top 25 Dog Attack Rankings
Which cities are most likely to produce the largest number of dog bites for letter carriers? -

The Future of Retail Is Delivery - Sears and K-Mart
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Letters sent from Dallas to D.C. schools are similar to others containing harmless white powder, referring to al-Qaeda -

APWU response to Issa Committee questions -

Two charged in slaying of mail carrier from Pembroke Pines, FL -

PMG Donahoe: Postal Service May Not Prepay Retiree Health Benefits -

Coy, AR Post Office robbed -

Unsung Heroes: Recognizing Our Public Servants -

May 05, 2011
Google execs, tech experts focus on future of Postal Service

Some of the folks responsible for developing and promoting e-mail, e-commerce and social media are banding together in an attempt to save the U.S. Postal Service, the institution arguably most threatened by the technological developments of the past few years. Also see: PostalVision 2020 -

Guffey Tells Congress That USPS Will Continue as Vital Public Service But Needs Relief from Pre-Funding Requirement -

Residents plead for downtown Danbury post office -

Sen. Harkin Opposes Proposal that Would Allow USPS to More Easily Close Rural Post Offices -

USPS strikes back with promise of free tracking on all parcels -

Deputy postmaster general: Postal Service must fix financial issues quickly -

Mail Missing In Port Orange Angers Residents
PORT ORANGE, Fla. -- It's the case of the missing mail. Dozens of Port Orange residents said the bills and gifts they sent have disappeared. -

May 04, 2011
Ex-postal worker on trial in string of Chicago rapes -

Frankie Sanders: APWU Union Boss Put in Travel Vouchers for Hotels Closed by Katrina -

APWU Members Encouraged To Contribute to Postal Employees’ Relief Fund - Also see NALC -

Postal Worker Guilty In Tax Refund Scheme -

Sen. Baucus Calls for Meeting with Postmaster General -

Postal officials say someone robbed post office in small Arkansas town

May 03, 2011
Shots fired into postal vehicle on Fort Mill, SC route -

GENERAL USPS RIF NOTICES MAILED -

OIG: Mystery Shopper Program (PDF)
"...We determined that the integrity and objectivity of the Mystery Shopper Program was compromised..." -

Hit with new charges, Alabama contract driver admits taking drugs from mail -

What if USPS Really Listened? -

Sioux City Congressional Delegation Wants Mail Consolidation Study Made Public -

To Grow Mail Volume: Create Delivery Day Specific Standard Mail
Courier, Express, and Postal Observer -

Donahoe wants rethink on USPS permits within a year -

Stamping Out Small Business? Rising Shipping Costs Prove Challenge -

NAPUS Updates
NAPUS & NLPM File With PRC To Oppose USPS Regulation Proposals, Two –Thirds of Eligible Employees Take Postal Service VER and Incentive Offer, and Storms Hit Southern States (Relief Available for Active and Retired Postal Employees.) -

May 02, 2011
Burrus Contract Analysis
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Hoping For a Buyout? Hang Tight! -

Mail truck involved in hit and run -

May 01, 2011
Postal problems aren't what you think

Fredric Rolando - Athens Banner-Herald -

OPM to boost initial payments to new retirees -

Congressman To Review Arkansas Mailing Center Move -

Smaller companies embrace USPS sampling -

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