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July 28, 2015
Video: Man says postal worker threw package out of delivery truck - PEN

Video: Dog hit and killed by postal worker in family's driveway - PEN

Audio: Postal Carrier Convicted Of Delivering Illegal Packages Of Pot - PEN

Oregon: Statewide investigation underway after government offices receive suspicious mail - PEN

Help save Napa’s historic post office from the wrecking ball - Save The Post Office

Dems seek answers on rural postal delivery - The Hill

Citizens Against Government Waste Blasts New Ideas For USPS Expansion - Yahoo News

Customer retention is the key to USPS success - Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers


July 27, 2015
Former Letter Carrier Convicted of Drug Trafficking and Bribery - PEN

Video: Utah mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response - PEN

Employee hailed as ‘superhero’ after sidewalk rescue - USPS News Link via PEN

APWU: Celebrating an Important 50th Anniversary

New York minute - Innovative concept helps USPS quickly deliver parcels - USPS News Link

Postal Service sets up mobile retail service in downtown Flint after closing office - MLive

Former Virginia Beach carrier pleads guilty to mail theft - WAVY News 10 - Also see: Former USPS rural carrier assistant pleaded guilty Monday to theft of mail matter by a postal employee

Fundraiser supports family after girl, 2, killed in mail truck crash - New Jersey Online

Postal Innovation Act calls for USPS to use more “cost-efficient and environmentally friendly technology” - Postal & Parcel - Also see: Senator Cory Booker Introduces Postal Innovation Act to Help Expand Cost-Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Technology - PEN

Postal Senior Service? - OIG

Nebraska Man Credits Postal Worker With Saving His Life - NBC Nebraska

With $5,000 prize in the bag, Virginia Beach postal clerk chips in for a family visit - The Virginian-Pilot


July 26, 2015
The true cost for restoring service standards and why the Postal Service can afford it
- Save The Post Office

Senator Cory Booker Introduces Postal Innovation Act to Help Expand Cost-Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Technology - PEN

The rest of the story: Mail carriers lack air conditioning - Fayetteville Observer

Five Treasury Checks Among 22,000 Pieces Of Mail Delivered Straight To Garage - Forbes

Ben Franklin, postal purveyor - Philadelphia Daily News


July 25, 2015
Video: Georgia Letter Carrier Caught Throwing Package
- PEN

Video: Another Georgia Carrier Tossing Customers Package - PEN

Video: USPS testing package-sized mailboxes - PEN

National Newspaper Association: Is the mail on time in rural areas? U.S. Postal Service is going to be asking - Morris Sun Tribune

Working to save items from truckload of burned mail - KCCI 8 Des Moines

Georgia letter carrier saves elderly woman's life - WSB-TV Atlanta

22,500 Pieces Of 'Missing' Mail Finally Getting Delivered - NewsNet 5

Man arrested in connection with $60,000 worth of pot found at post office - 16 WAPT


July 24, 2015
Video: Carrier finds 2 people dead at Arizona home
- PEN

Gyrocopter trial: No regrets on turning down plea deal - The Tampa Tribune

Postal Vehicle Struck By Driver In Quechee - Vermont Standard

Alabama letter carrier puts out grease fire - Moulton Advertiser

Antitrust institute challenges Staples' merger with Office Depot - Sun Sentinel

The Future in Focus: NALC’s 2015 National Conference in Houston - NALC

Bernie Sanders rallies with federal workers for ‘$15 and a union’ - Washington Post

Canton Postal Carrier Receives Hero Award - WWNY TV

IG: Lack of cybersecurity staff, technology left USPS vulnerable to 2014 attack - Fierce Government

Tractor-trailer fire destroys mail in Iowa - KCCI


July 23, 2015
USPS: OPM cybersecurity update
- USPS News Link via PEN

USPS issues statement on access to retail products, services - This article also restates  the USPS opinion on privatizing the postal service. - PEN

Video: Mom stages "nurse-in" after incident at Janesville Post Office
- PEN

OPT OR HIGHER LEVEL? Carrier Tech Position - Article by Denny Belden of PEN's The Belden Factor

IG: Postal Service could generate millions by partnering with wellness services - Fierce Government

Postal inspector pleads guilty to stealing Playboys, pills
- SF Gate

Postal employee and wife arrested for fake doctors excuses - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

USPS: Grocery Delivery Service Won't Impact Small Biz - eCommerce Bytes
Also see: USPS says its entry into grocery delivery market will not have significant impact on smaller firms - Post & Parcel

'He saved my life' - Carrier Helps Postal Customer - Columbus Telegram

Philly Letter Carrier Had Over 20,000 Pieces of Mail in His Car and Garage
- PEN

Video: Charlotte County, VA Fed Up With Slow Mail Delivery
- PEN

Dover, NH carrier arrested after trespassing, wearing resident’s boots - WMUR - Also see Fosters Daily Democrat

Phenix City, AL Post Office without air conditioning for five weeks - Ledger-Enquirer

Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects 10-month deal - Washington Post

Postal Service Lacked 'Cybersecurity' Culture Before Hack, Watchdog Says - NextGov

USPS quashes Tieton Post Office artistic remake - Yakima Herald

Postal Inspectors Catch Company Behind Fraudulent Tax Property Bill Mailings - Bethesda Magazine

Downtown Flint post office will close, USPS confirms - MLive

Beat the Heat, Stay Cool - Postal Bulletin 22420

Handbook EL-312 Revision: Assignment, Reassignment, and Promotion - Postal Bulletin 22420

USPS Headquarters Managers and Field Installation Heads: August 2015 Semi-Annual Capital Property Review - Postal Bulletin 22420


July 22, 2015
USPS Says "Claims of privatization are false and misleading"
- PEN

Video: Growing Concern Fresno Mail Delivery May No Longer Be Safe - PEN

New videos explain federal retirement program - USPS

Video: Two charged with mail theft for raiding Guam P.O. boxes - PEN

Video: Outdoor workers sweat it out on the job - PEN

Senator Tester Introduces Bill To Improve Rural Mail Delivery
- PEN

Gyrocopter pilot seeks to raise funds, add 1st Amendment defense lawyer - Washington Post

PA mail carrier pleads guilty to stealing cash from envelopes - carrier had previously been indicted in 2013 on charges of stealing $12,515 from the NALC while he was secretary-treasurer of the Mount Pleasant branch of the NALC. - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

APWU, USPS Reach Settlement On PSE Fingerprint Compensation, Costs
- PEN

When going postal may be a good thing - Federal News Radio

Video: Postal worker's car towed while he was on duty - PEN

Former Ohio postal worker pleads guilty to embezzling nearly $15,000 - Dayton Daily News

Postal Service broke its own rules by creating collectible stamp, IG says - Fierce Government

Oshkosh postal worker charged with mail thefts - Greenbay Press Gazette

USPS botched plan to make money off the most famous stamp error in history, watchdog says - Washington Post

Postal workers prove the value of collective bargaining - Public Employees Federation

US Postal Service negotiating new union contract - Dodge City Daily Globe

USPS refutes OIG report on 'ineffective' cybersecurity - FedScoop - Also see USPS statement at PEN

Postal changes causing concern in Halfmoon, Clifton Park - CN Weekly

US BILL COULD LIFT DRINKS POST BAN - The Drinks Business

You Receive $50 Billion of Junk Mail Because It's Effective - The Street


July 21, 2015
Video: Mail carrier rescues injured Hope Hull, AL man trapped for 10 days
- PEN

Video Update: 2-Year-Old Girl Flies Out of Grandmother's Arms, Dies After Mail Truck Hits Them on Street - PEN

Video: Florida Carrier Knocks Mailbox Down and Keeps On Going - PEN

Kansas employee’s idea saves time, boosts processing - PEN

Clinic gets approved medical supply drop by drone in Virginia - Phys.org

Postal Service IG criticizes creation, distribution of upright Jenny panes - Linns


July 20, 2015
Postal Service response to OIG cyber security audit - Postal Employee Network

$1 billion to restore USPS service standards? Did the CBO get it wrong? - Save The Post Office

Child Killed After Motorcycle, Postal Truck Collide In Elizabeth, New Jersey
- CBS New York

CBO: USPS can't afford House committee provision to reopen mail facilities - Fierce Government

Monroe, LA Mailman Falls Victim to Summer Heat
- Myarklamiss.com

Preserve valuable U.S. Postal Service - Rolando via Greenbay Press Gazette

DeLauro, Esty Introduce Stop Tobacco Sales To Youth Act Of 2015 - would prevent shipment via USPS - PEN

U.S. Postal Service Cybersecurity Functions
(PDF) - OIG

Chart Toppers and Late Bloomers
- OIG

OIG Asks: How Can Effective Project Management Improve Major Business Strategies? Also: ETOEs – What are they worth to the Postal Service? And, How Should the Postal Service Handle Improperly Prepared Mail?

Labor activists are deeply divided over Hillary Clinton's candidacy - Time


July 19, 2015
Illinois postal carriers collect thousands of school supplies
- Quad-Cities Time

Video: A Yosemite Post Office Helps California Hikers - PEN

N.D., rural America pay price for poor postal service
- Grand Forks Herald

No Zip Code Required: Donegal Postman Delivers Letter To ‘That Boy With The Glasses’
- The Inquisitr

Video: Questions surround veteran mailman's suspicious death
- PEN


July 18, 2015
Video: Mail discovered in Baltimore County storm drain
- PEN

Former Gates Mills, OH postmaster charged with stealing more than $55,000 - PEN

Can Design Help the USPS Make Stamps Popular Again? - The Atlantic

Video: Shooting in Portland parking garage, bullet holes found in USPS vehcile, no injuries reported - PEN

Canada Post Won’t Pay Employees During Bomb Scare - AM 68 CJOB

Post office gives ‘lifeline’ to community 12 miles out to sea - Bangor Daily News


July 17, 2015
Wyoming employee honored for prizefighting past
- USPS News Link via PEN

Postal Presort launching national online mailing service - The Business Journal

USPS Mobile Delivery Devices “do not perform as expected”, says OIG - Post & Parcel

Amazon Gets what Amazon Wants - Will the Real Postmaster General Please Stand Up?
- Mel Carriere Blog

Video: Man steals packages from Indianapolis front porch
- PEN

Amazon Prime sale busts Black Friday record
- Computerworld

USPS Can’t Afford to Reopen Facilities and Add Employees Like Congress Wants - GovExec.com

A 16-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to knowingly delivering mail parcels containing heroin in exchange for a portion of the drugs. - Honolulu Star Advertiser

North Carolina Postal Workers Local President Sentenced - National Legal and Policy Center

Unions seethe over early Clinton endorsement - Politico


July 16, 2015
USPS must make transformational changes to take advantage of e-commerce package growth, IG says
- Fierce Government

Mail stolen from places you might least expect; how to protect your letters, payments and bills - KESQ-TV.com

Video: City carrier assistant, CCA, sentenced for dumping mail in Norfolk
- PEN

Virginia State Police: ‘Suspicious device’ at Petersburg post office not a threat - ABC 8 WRIC

Video: Pile of mail dumped on Richmond woman's front steps - PEN

Video: LLV Slides Then Rolls Several Times In Texas - PEN

Video: Pecos, TX Woman Claims Mailman Won't Deliver Mail - PEN

Napa post office repair bill tops $8 million - NAPA Valley Register

APWU: Senators Introduce Rural Postal Bill - APWU

Congressional Budget Office Estimates It Would Cost USPS Over $1 Billion In 2016 To Fully Meet 2012 Delivery Standards - PEN


July 15, 2015
Postal Service bid to end Saturday delivery fades away
- Federal Times

Letter from Sen. Claire McCaskill: Saving our rural post offices: going the last mile - Southeast Missourian

Ex-Norfolk postal worker sentenced for dumping mail - San Francisco Gate

American Canyon, CA mailboxes vandalized, mail stolen - Napa Valley Register

Labor Leaders Meet with Presidential Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders
- PEN

NAPS ENDORSES BILL TO PRESERVE RURAL SERVICE STANDARDS - PEN

California postal employee helps gunshot victim - PEN

Aspen postal worker asked to submit weapon inventory - Aspen Times

Federal appeals court upholds ruling that FedEx drivers were employees, not contractors - CCJ Commercial Carrier Journal

Amazon Prime Day... A Monster In The Making Or Out To Replace Black Friday? - Forbes

Canada Post's Community Mailboxes Are a Disgrace - Huff Post

USPS: New surface visibility devices coming soon - USPS News Link

CUPW organizes “Stop the Cuts – Save Canada Post” roadshow - Post & Parcel

USPS now accepts electronic funds transfers - USPS News Link







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July 14, 2015
eBay Passes Buck on Tracking Gap Claims
- eCommerce Bytes

Sanders courting postal worker endorsement - The Hill

Senator Gary Peters Joins Fight To Improve Rural Mail Service and Delivery and Provide Protections For Post Offices and Postal Employees
- PEN

Video: Fire and ice: workers beat the heat on extremely hot day
- PEN

Video: Why missing mail needs to be reported - PEN

Has the Internet Finally Killed the Greeting Card?
- Smithsonian Magazine

Video: Postal worker, neighbor save the day after lightning sparks house fire - PEN

Newark apartment complex discovers there is no delivery without proper mail boxes - The Star-Ledger

Letter: U.S. Postal Service is anything but obsolete - Written by Nathan E. Leigh, postmaster, USPS, Bend, OR

High country postmaster sees triple the traffic - Union Democrat


July 13, 2015
North Dakota senator introduces bill that would improve rural mail service
- Fierce Government

Help Save Our Public Postal Service - Nation of Change

Labor board will rule on Staples-USPS deal - Washington Post

Post office sells Highlands Ranch man’s shipment for profit - Fox Denver

Union members protest at Staples in LaGrange, GA - LaGrange News

Man arrested after picking up marijuana from Lake Delton post office - Channel 3000

An Address of One’s Own - OIG

Napa post office repair bill tops $8 million
- Nappa Valley Register

Postal Service shortfalls impact rural areas - Concord Monitor

Eureka’s mail sorting facility gets a temporary reprieve - Times Standard

Hearing set on relocating Alexandria, LA downtown post office - Houma Today

Astronomer's ashes, and a 1991 postage stamp, nearing icy world he discovered: Pluto - WNEM


July 12, 2015
‘Postal’ and ‘service’ don’t pair up like they used to
- Times Herald

Postal Service Celebrates the Summer of 2015 - PEN


July 11, 2015
Postal Service settles slip-and-fall case for $28K
- PennRecord

Is the Postal Service Primed for Amazon Prime Day? - Dead Tree Edition

Group stole mail to support meth habit, US attorney says - WYFF

Change of venue granted to Branson postal worker accused of forgery - Branson Tri-Lake News

Texas man admits mailing thousands of hoax white-powder letters - Greenville Herald-Banner


July 10, 2015
Senator Warner Calls for OPM Director to Step Down - PEN

OPM director out as feds admit hackers stole data on 22 million holders of security clearances - Consumer Affairs

Video: Woman snaps pic of postal worker appearing to steal toy donations - PEN

More USPS grocery delivery trials underway in New York - PEN

USPS Statement Regarding NLRB Complaint - PEN

Federal Data Breach Much Larger Than Obama Administration First Admitted - PEN

OPM to Pitch Free Credit and Identity Theft Monitoring for All Feds, Hacked or Not - GovExec

USPS-Staples deal draws ire of labor group - Fierce Government

NALC: Two national-level arbitration cases decided - PEN

Gunman kills 3 postal workers in Ukraine, steals $115,000 - KSL

Postal Service Gets Low Marks for 2014 Performance - DM News

The U.S. Postal Service and the dangers of monopoly power - Washington Examiner

New Bill Puts Focus on Improving Postal Workforce Morale - GovExec

Sending a Message to the Postmaster General - APWU


July 09, 2015
Senator Heitkamp Introduces New Bill to Improve Rural Mail Delivery & Standards
- PEN

USPS Statement On Phased Retirement Released Today - PEN

PRC Documents Shed Light on Shady Staples Privatization Deal - APWU news via PEN

Handbook PO-603 Revision: Delivery Point Sequencing (DPS) Flats - Postal Bulletin 22419

Video Update: Indiana teen on bike injured in crash with mail truck
- PEN

DNA evidence links retired Calif. postal worker to woman’s 1974 cold-case murder: DA
- NY Daily News

Trial of man accused of killing Coldspring postal worker delayed until Feb. 2016 - Cleveland Advocate

Did You Notice That Our Mail Isn’t Being Diverted to Medford as Planned? Here’s Why - Lost Coast Outpost

USPS mail standards keep getting worse - Journal Star

Video: Binghamton, NY postal worker injured in mail truck rollover
- PEN

Mural comes down at former Iowa City post office building - KCRG

Staples Deal With USPS Is Illegal: NLRB - 24/7 Wallstreet

13-year-old boy on bike hit by mail truck in Noblesville, IN - Fox 59


July 08, 2015
Video: Postal Employee Dies After Shooting Firework Off His Chest
- PEN

Video: Elderly Father Gets 26-Year-Old Letter From His Deceased Son - PEN

USPS’s controversial deal with Staples headed to showdown over legality - Washington Post

Meet the Mail Carrier of the Future - ABC News

Postal Regulatory Commission issues USPS performance report
- PRC found that USPS did not meet goals for keeping their workforce engaged and ensuring a safe workplace. - Postal and Parcel

NALC: Election notice - PEN

Video: 93-year-old woman drives car into Albuquerque post office - PEN

Letter carriers are watching out for you - Rolando via Belleville News-Democrat

Quick thinking, fast feet save child - PEN

Swiss Post to start testing delivery drones this month - Engadget

Video: Update on future of mail sorting center in Roanoke - PEN

Prime Day Won't Be Black Friday - DM News


July 07, 2015
Postal Union Scores a Win in War Against Staples Counters
- eCommerce Bytes

Video: U.S. Postal Service Contract Talks with APWU Continue - PEN

USPS awards contract for delivery trucks to Morgan Olson - Post and Parcel

National Labor Relations Board to rule on Staples, Postal Service deal - The Boston Globe

Letter carriers' view: Drop prefund fiasco, save Postal Service - Rolando for the Duluth News Tribune

Levittown post office evacuation called off after police determine briefcase is no threat, police say - Newsday

Convicted rapist dressed as postal worker in home invasion bid, cops allege
- Staten Island Advance


July 06, 2015
Video: Postal truck catches fire after wreck in north Houston
- PEN

Video: Winnipeg mail bombs, suspicious packages alarm postal workers - PEN
Also see: Video: Canada Post Depot Evacuation After Mail Bomb Scare - PEN

Mail truck catches fire in Onalaska, WI
- News 8000

Powder scare sends worker at Dallas’ main post office to hospital
- Dallas News

Postal Service Considers Entering Banking Industry to Shore Up Budget - Heartland Institute

Video: USPS mail carriers are getting a "panic button"
- PEN

Video: Furious Dutch postman tears down Tour De France barrier because the race is blocking him doing his rounds - PEN

Video: Federal-Postal Coalition pushes government in wake of OPM breach - PEN


July 05, 2015
Cutting back Postal Service hits Bangor, everywhere else
- NALC's Rolando via Bangor Daily News

Profile America - Mail Call - PEN

Hillary Ships Via USPS vs. Bernie Ships With UPS Option - PEN

Cash Never Recovered - Mail Truck Heist - A Look Back - PEN

Rapid City woman credited with helping catch postal service mail thief - Rapid City Journal


July 03, 2015
Video: Postal worker hit woman in face in road-rage incident, police say
- PEN

Video: Several USPS packages stolen from stoops, porches in Minneapolis - PEN

AFL-CIO Chief reminded state, central and area divisions that its bylaws don’t permit them to “endorse a presidential candidate" - What? - PEN

USPS anniversary this month - PEN

LEAGUE Votes to Move Forward with New Organization in 2016 - PEN

Video: McAllen, TX Residents Frustrated by Mail Theft - KRVG

ZIP Codes Tamed The Postal Service Boom 52 Years Ago - WBGH

Postal worker busted for stealing $1M in tax-return scheme - NY Post
Also see: Mailman In The Bronx Accused In Bogus Tax Return Scheme - CBS NY

Dimondstein to Appear on Podcast, TV - APWU

July 2015 transfer opportunities under M-01856 - NALC


July 02, 2015
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces Arrest Of Postal Carrier For Theft Of Over $1 Million In Tax Refund Checks
- PEN

Postal Service Previews Elvis Presley Forever Stamp - PEN

Video: Houston second-highest when it comes to USPS workers bitten by dogs
- PEN

Video: Memphis USPS Driver Robbed At Gunpoint - PEN

Video: Your Mailbox: An open invitation for thieves? - PEN

USPS Truck Overturns In Talladega County Alabama - WVTM

Campaign to create “the coolest post office in America” - Yakima Herald

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is challenging the possible closure of Tucson's main post office - Tucson News Now

Berkeley seeks to open communication with Postal Service on downtown building - Daily Democrat


July 01, 2015
APWU: NLRB Strikes Major Blow to USPS-Staples Deal
- PEN

National League of Postmasters Takes First Step Towards Consolidation - PEN

PMG Brennan Was Lead Speaker At The Nat. League of Postmasters Convention - PEN

Did You Know That Postal Gyrocopter Pilot Doug Hughes Has His Own Website?
- PEN

Video: USPS sends lost mail items to Atlanta to be claimed or auctioned online
- PEN

Video: National Postal Worker Day Is Today - PEN

Why the Postal Service is under threat, and what should be done about it - Rolando via The Kansas City Star

USPS truck burns in Manitowoc, some mail destroyed - Herald Times Reporter

Men Sentenced In Sand Point Post Office Vandalism Case - KUCB

New York businessman pleads guilty in $2M postal theft case - New Jersey Herald

ETOEs – What are they worth to the Postal Service? - OIG

Hillary Clinton to huddle privately with top labor leaders - APWU's President
Dimondstein said “I have serious concerns about her (Hillary) position on the Trans Pacific Partnership, and her role in negotiations on that,” said Dimondstein, who was not invited to the meet-and-greet at Podesta’s house. “But at this point, I’ll certainly listen to everyone. Bernie Sanders is unquestionably a friend of postal workers." - Sanders proposes a 90% tax rate on wealthy.

Norwegian Postal Service Orders Nearly 300 Kangoo Z.E. Electric Vans To Make Posten Norge Super-Green - Transport Evolved

Woman killed in Portsmouth fire worked for post office - Pilot Online

A first-class farewell - Residents Will Miss 'Peaceful Dave' As Their Postal Carrier - Tri-Town Weekly

Four Sentenced To Over 10 Years For Stealing Checks From Mailboxes, Bank Fraud - 5 News

Auburn mail carrier delivers a rescue on her route - Sun-Journal

UK: Amazon Prime Now to offer one hour delivery on wine and spirits - Harpers


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