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October 2011 News

October 31, 2011
Paranormal Post Office? Your Postal Blog

Arkansas Update: Post Offices Off the Closing Lists
Save the Post Office -

Battle Over USPS Future Enters Critical Period -

Philistines at the Gate: The Venice Post Office on the Chopping Block
Save the Post Office -

Poll: Mail 5 days a week OK
Politico -

Man attempts to steal fire truck after post office burglary -

October 30, 2011
Delegation Questions Possible Closures of Fairbanks Post Offices

How to save the US Postal Service: A retired USPS worker speaks out -

October 29, 2011
Congressmen meet with Postmaster General

USPS to Sell 2011 White Christmas Ornament -

Postal Service to close Mansfield processing facility - up to 100 jobs would leave the city -

Save the Post Office: A Q & A With Blogger and NYU Professor Steve Hutkins NYU Local -

Postal worker attacker charged with threatening in-laws -

A Not-so Universal Postal Service
The Big Fat Marketing Blog -

Robber costs postal worker his job? -

October 28, 2011
Watchdog Issa seeks new role other than hounding Obama

Close urban, not rural, post offices -

APWU Launches Petition Drive To Save America’s Postal Service
Also see NALC -

Pasco postal carrier plucked gift cards from mail, feds say -

Post office employee convicted of money-swap scam
San Francisco Chronicle -

Mail carrier dies in collision with coal truck
The Indiana Gazette -


42.2 Trillion Btu to Deliver the Mail

Postal Workers Fire Back on Pensions

PMG Tells Customers "We're Here To Stay" -

Who's picking up the tab? 4 Obama campaign donors have dinner with the president
Washington Post -

Nassau County Cops Say 4 Men Cheated Banks, Post Office In Check Scam
CBS New York -

USPS Makes Local Direct Mail Postcard Marketing More Complex Than Necessary
Business 2 Community -

October 27, 2011
GDP and the Postal Market

Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Former head of Richmond postal credit union to serve one year for stealing more than $50,000 - Richmond Times-Dispatch -

USPS filed a final rule with the Federal Register amending regulations with regard to Post Office closings (PDF) - via League of Postmasters -

Obama-Appointed Judge Rejects City’s Suit Against Postal Service -

Tree planting to observe 1991 Royal Oak Post Office shooting -

Junk Mailers Get a Postage Price Break. You Don't. -

Accident Claims Life Of Indiana County Mail Carrier -

Federal Register - The Postal Service is amending its regulations to improve the administration of the Post Office closing and consolidation process. -

Three Teens Arrested in Robbery and Beatings of Mail Carriers -

APWU: Creating Desirable Duty Assignments -

Former Postal Carrier Admits Mail Thefts -

Military Post Offices in Iraq to Close Nov. 17 -

Join the Fight to Keep Six-Day Mail Delivery

October 26, 2011
The Twisted Logic of the Postal Service: Fewer post offices, and more post offices without a postmaster
- Save The Post Office -

Let the sunshine in: USPS declares an "open door" policy on taping closure meetings
Save the Post Office -

Enterprising crooks ditch email for old-fashioned mail fraud -

What to do with the postal service -

Charities Oppose Plan to End Their Postal Discounts -

Dog causing mail problems in Norfolk

October 25, 2011
The deafening silence of a $1.3 trillion industry on the Issa bill

How Google Uses Direct Mail Marketing to Grow its Business -

Fox Pundit To Rural America: If Privatized Postal Service Doesn’t Work For You, You Can Always Move! -

The Truth About the Post Office's Financial Mess

Unconscious Woman Rescued From Home With Help Of Postal Worker

October 24, 2011
The Incredible Shrinking Postal Service

Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Postal Service Mixes Up Its Fruits
Dead Tree Edition -

Pricing Challenge – US Postal Service
Innovation Excellence -

Proposal to end FERS is dishonest
Federal Times - Issa offers no cost-savings estimates for killing the FERS pension program... -

USPS Policy Regarding Social Media Such As Facebook -

$641 million: The price of disgruntled postal workers
Federal Times -

Notice to All Post Offices With Rural Delivery Service: Rural Carrier Guarantee Period

October 23, 2011
The Postal Service Runs Amok: How Not to Close a Post Office

Save the Post Office -

The Postal Workers Strike of 1970: ‘Our Backs Were Against the Wall’
The Indypendent -

Tough postal decisions can avert wider pain for all -

Postal Service must deliver change to survive onslaught of technology -

October 22, 2011
Out of Thin Air: New Numbers on Declining Mail Volumes

Save the Post Office -

Union ad accurately depicts post office's problems
Tampabay.com -

Postal workers mark 10-year anniversary of anthrax attacks
Washington Post -

Detroit postal contractor paid bribes for 8 years before helping feds -

Post Office Closings Threaten Native Voting Rights
Indian Country Today Media -

Taxpayer Bailout for the Post Office?
Fox News Video featuring 'too much fun in the sun' Florida Congressman Ross -

Rare Coin Worth Nearly $400000 Missing From Western Springs Post Office

October 21, 2011

PEN Ed: just one step closer to privatizing the post office -

Burrus Responds: Not Giving Up on 6-Day Delivery
Dead Tree Edition -

Company launches parcel consolidation service -

Lincoln, NE postal contractor indicted -

Lawmakers Fight For Saturday Delivery
Also see Vote to Preserve Six Day Delivery via PostCom -

October 20, 2011
GAO Says USPS Mail Trends Highlight Need to Fundamentally Change Business Model

APWU Questions and Answers On the Contract -

No Windfall Possible for UPS and FedEx from USPS Problems
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Mailers: Rate Hike Won’t Help USPS
The Big Fat Marketing Blog -

Merchants Say 2012 Postal Rate Increase Means Less Catalogs Mailed -

Issa-Ross Postal Reform Act: No Taxpayer Bailout
Americans for Tax Reform - PEN Ed: please leave them a comment or two -

GAO: Potential Financial Effect on the U.S. Postal Service of Increased Voting by Mail -

Mailers Getting Cold Feet About Postal Service Cuts
Dead Tree Edition -

Rep. Bruce Braley Discusses Efforts to Stop Post Office Closures -

Letter Carriers: Congress Is Killing The US Postal Service -

APWU: October 2001 Anthrax Attacks - Remembering Postal Heroes -

Impact of USPS First-Class Mail Rate Increase on Retailers -

October 19, 2011
WSJ: Is the Postal Service Worth Saving?
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

USPS, Help! Send Trays!!! (or at least have a Plan B)
Postal Affairs Blog -

Analysis: UPS, FedEx poised to gain from USPS pain -

Can the postal service be saved?
Chicago Tribune -

Statement from Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe on the Tenth Anniversary of the Anthrax Crisis -

President Obama: Respect workers’ Rights - Emancipate United States Postal Workers

Car Crashes Into Post Office, Leaves Gaping Hole

Why Mailers Support Radical Downsizing of the Postal Service
Dead Tree Edition -

Postal workers fired up about changes -

Cash-strapped Postal Service to charge 45cents per stamp
Washington Times -

Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Mail & Worker's Comp Fraud -

October 18, 2011
USPS Price Increase Coming In January

Congressman Kucinich Issues Statement of Support for United States Postal Service Employees -

Ex-Postal Employee Attacks Postmaster -

A Conflict of Visions: The Pension Dispute, Periodicals Mail, and the Great Postal Debate
Save the Post Office -


Super committee gets mixed messages on USPS
GovExec.com -

Statement of the National League of Postmasters on Markup of the Issa Bill -

Memphis truck company admits taking postal service for $100000 ride
Memphis Commercial Appeal -

Potential Rate Increases to Run Less Than 6% Above CPI Over Next 3 Years -


Legislation could allow Postal Service to move funds -

A proposal to save 2000 PO jobs at Dalton Ave. -

'Privateers' prepare to plunder post office -

Postal Service Delivers the Holidays to Service Members Worldwide for Only $12.95 with Priority Flat Rate Boxes

October 17, 2011
America's postal situation needs clear-headed thinking

Gene Del Polito -

APWU: Video of Union’s Fight to Save USPS Now Available -

Postal Reform after the House Committee Markup
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Miami-Dade Postal Carrier Assaulted, Robbed -

Letter Carriers Launch Offensive to Fight Cutbacks
Washington Post -

Throwing in the Towel on 5-Day Delivery?
Dead Tree Edition -

Lawmakers inch closer to compromise over Postal Service rescue plan -

Please, Mr. Postman, raise my postage! -

Pallets, Trays, and Tubs – Where Are You? -

October 16, 2011
Letter Carriers Bring in Top Financial and Policy Experts to Advise upon Postal Reform
- Also from Save the Post Office see NALC Brings in the Big Guns and NY Times Postal Union Turns to Wall Street for Advice on Its Future - Also Postal union retains former Obama 'car czar' -

U.S. still needs viable postal service -

Now we can't even afford the mail? Please -

October 15, 2011
Postal Workers Swiped, Sold Seized Narcotics

The Smoking Gun -


Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat Nor Gloom Of Night, Just Workers’ Comp, Will Keep US Postal Workers From Their Appointed Rounds - PEN Ed: It is obvious to me that a NON-postal employee has no idea the physical toll caused by many postal jobs. See this related article: USPS needs private sector approach to workers' compensation  -

Former Caldwell, ID Carrier Pleads Guilty to Theft -

Revolt in Virginia Hollow Complicates Postal Service Survival -


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October 14, 2011
APWU: House Panel Approves Postal ‘Destruction’ Bill Amendment Prevents Bargaining to Limit Layoffs -

NALC President Rolando issues statement on the GAO report on the CSRS dispute -

Summary Of The Issa-Ross Postal Reform Act As Amended
Also see: Oversight Committee Approves Issa-Ross Postal Reform Bill | Issa reform bill moves forward in Congress | Summary of comments made during mark-up of Issa-Ross bill -

The Postal Service isn’t owed a big refund, GAO says
Also see: GAO SUMMARY REPORT | NALC Response | USPS not pleased with overpayment report | Refund to Postal Service wouldn't solve its problems, GAO says | Federal Times -

Postal Study Is Bad News For Publishers
Dead Tree Edition -

Postal worker charged with stealing drugs from mail
New York Post -

Mailers Now Facing Large Rate Increase -

Former Houston-area mail carrier pleads guilty to child pornography charges -

October 13, 2011
Senator Tester blasts Postmaster General for lack of transparency

Postal Service’s ‘welcome kit’ raises privacy concerns -

Postal Service worker suffers head injury in crash between mail truck, pickup
The Saginaw News -

Communities fight back against post office closings -

October 12, 2011
Unions and Veterans Tell House Panel To Vote No

The Postal Service debate, round two (Or three? We've lost count.)
Washington Post -

The Post Office Is Doomed. Some Say Good Riddance -

Protect the U.S. Postal Service, Support Its Workers and Defend the Public Interest
Congressional candidate Norman Solomon -

APWU President Says Issa Bill Would Destroy USPS As We Know It -

Workers' comp costs Postal Service more than it should, IG finds
Federal Times -

PMG Visits Morgan P&DC In NYC (PDF) -

Senators angry at threatened postal closures -

City opposes transfer of carriers at Menasha Post Office -

Minot woman awarded money for post office accident -

NRLCA Elects Jeanette P. Dwyer as First Female National President

October 11, 2011
Delivering Postal Service Reform

by none other than your favorite broken record...Mr. Issa -

Mailbox Bomb Shakes Albuquerque Neighborhood -

Thursday Committee Vote on Issa-Ross Postal Bill -

Haste Makes Waste: The Hidden Cost of Closing Post Offices
Save the Post Office -

Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?

Postal Service Revenue: Structure, Facts, and Future Possibilities (PDF)

October 10, 2011
Please Mr. Postman, Look and See, If There's a Six-Pack in Your Bag For Me

Dead Tree Edition -

5 Day Delivery FAQs
Multichannel Merchant -

Also see: Editorial on USPS cutting Saturday delivery -

Health care is making the postmaster general angry
Washington Post -

$4.3 million spent on U.S. Postal Service employees who did nothing, according to audit
Rock River Times -

Postal Service to continue post-anthrax safeguards -

October 09, 2011
Why Are the Postal Service's Financial Problems Such a Surprise?

Dead Tree Edition -

Postal service revenue can't keep up with payroll -

Effective Use of Every Door Direct Mail -

City postal workers face uncertain future
Portsmouth Herald -

October 08, 2011
Postal workers have the right, protected by the First Amendment, to publicly oppose the closure or consolidation of postal facilities

Sen. McCaskill Defends Post Office Services -

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is issuing final regulations (PDF) to amend the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations to provide eligible Federal employees up to 12 administrative workweeks of unpaid leave under the FMLA for qualifying exigency purposes. -

USPS Says They Make Customer Service Top Priority -

Twisted government accounting behind Postal Service woes -

The Internet Myth: Why Email Isn't Killing Snail Mail
Save the Post Office -

Postal Workers PAC Sticks to Regular Mail -

Congress steps up backlash against US post office closures
Post and Parcel -

Business Impact on Printers, Pre-sorters and Mailing Houses -

October 07, 2011
Hiring freeze helped soften hit of USPS reorganization

Federal Times -

APWU Challenges Proposed Changes to USPS Service Standards -

Senator Baucus Introduces Bill to Aid Cash-Strapped Postal Service and Keep Remote Rural Offices Open -

Questions and Answers On Non-Traditional Assignments -

More feds doing life sentences
Federal News Radio -

APWU and USPS Establish Guidelines on Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures -

USPS Eyes Prepaid Card Market -

Senators Introduce Protecting Rural Post Offices Bill -

Life In Prison In Postmaster Murder -

Mailman beat up for not loaning cell phone to teen -


Postal Supervisor Guilty of Mail Theft Gets Federal Prison Time -

October 06, 2011
Postmasters Request Meeting With USPS To Discuss RIF Avoidance

Postal Service Stops Delivering To Bronx Building Due To Leaky Pipe! -

Good News - USPS Revenue Continues To Grow -

USPS faces competing interests in path to reform -

USPS AMP Studies -

Bill would let US Postal Service use pension overpayments -

USPS proposal would oust FEHBP for single health plan -

October 05, 2011
USPS Reminds Employees
must not engage in campaigns for or against changes in mail service (PDF) - 21st CPW -

Why the Postal Service Exists
Courier Express and Postal Observer -

Rep. Lynch: Postal bill has support
To read more about the Cummings Lynch bill to help USPS click here -

Video: "How Issa Would Save the U.S. Postal Service"
PEN Ed: I wonder if Darrell would like to buy the Golden Gate Bridge from me? -

Congress members Ask Postmaster to Take Buffalo Off List -

Postal Supervisor Charged With Workmen’s Comp Fraud, Lying to Postal Personnel -

OIG: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service? -

USPS Reductions Won’t Affect its Door-to-Door Anthrax Response Capability -

Postal Service’s 2011 losses narrow (but only because of a gimmick)
Federal Times -

USPS could help 73m 'unbanked' people into digital economy
Post and Parcel -

Closing rural post offices would hurt businesses -

Congressional offices confront an increasing amount of mail -

Direct marketing spending to hit $163 billion in 2011

October 04, 2011
Some MN postal workers missed a paycheck

..."a programming glitch at our payroll processing center resulted in errors on the checks of approximately 5,000 rural carriers nationwide." -

Post Office Closings: Updated List and Projections
Save the Post Office -

Somerville Postal Employees Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges -

New Postal Service ads cite old-fashioned benefits
Federal Times -

Former U.S. Postal Service carrier charged in mail theft -

Talk Radio Says Issa Continues Fight To Save USPS
PEN Ed: - Huh? -

The United States Postal Service: The Ultimate Stalled Brand -

October 03, 2011
Issa: USPS must shave labor costs

GAO cites benefits of Census-Postal Service teamwork
Also see Census Bureau and Postal Service Should Pursue Opportunities to Further Enhance Collaboration -

Setting the Record Straight, part two: The NY Times Does It Again
Save the Post Office - Also see Setting the Record Straight, part one: The Postmaster Takes the National Review to School -

USPS: Vultures Roosting in the Eagle's Nest -

Postal Service must keep Saturday mail -

Tampa Supports Postal Workers -

Fight to survive: USPS's management, four unions at odds over plan of action
El Paso Times -

RIF Competitive Areas for the Postal Service

October 02, 2011
APWU Files Unfair Labor Practice Charge

The APWU recently filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) protesting the Postal Service’s refusal to provide the union with information regarding Area Mail Processing (AMP) feasibility studies.-

Fight The PMG's Quest To Undermine Service (PDF)
APWU Western Region Alert -

Reading the Writing on the Envelope
PEN Ed: Clueless article from the NY Times -

A Losing Battle? The Fight To Save The Postal Service

Postal Service financial rescue plan in works at White House -

Sioux City's USPS Mail Processing Center closes for good -

October 01, 2011
Census Bureau and Postal Service Should Pursue Opportunities to Further Enhance Collaboration
- "...using mail carriers to conduct census field operations at USPS pay rates would not be cost-effective. In 2010, USPS mail carriers cost on average about $41 (city) or $34 (rural) per hour" [ PEN Ed: how did they arrive at this cost...anyone know?] -

With historic losses looming, Postal Service launches new ad campaign
Washington Post -

The Post Office Goes Negative
New York Magazine - PEN Ed: be sure to add your comments at NYM - seems obvious that a young kid wrote this. -

OUR VIEW: USPS cheapens an honor
Bakersfield Californian -

Postal Service health plan still on the radar
GovExec.com -

Former postal carrier claims local mail is routinely thrown in the trash -

Witness for the Post Office: The Mayor testifies, the Postal Service cross-examines
Save the Post Office -

Tell Congress To Stop Killing The Post Office -


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