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August 2014 News

August 25, 2014
Police seek 2 in Elmwood Park postal carrier robbery
- Cliffview Pilot

SF Postal Police to the Rescue - FedSmith

Big Data, Big Questions - Office of Inspector General

USPS July 2014 Financials (PDF) - PRC

6.0 quake hits near Napa - Post Office damaged - The Sacramento Bee

Mail Handlers Cost of Living Adjustments to be Effective September 6, 2014 - PEN

The Mailbox Rule - FedSmith

Video: Linns Stamp News Monday Morning Brief For August 25, 2014 - PEN

Cops probe swastika at Roosevelt post office - Newsday

August 24, 2014
Are USPS Changes Leading to More Work-Related Injuries?
- Dead Tree Edition - PEN Ed: The answer is yes - without a doubt.

Former Rural Carrier Pays $232,346.94 In Court Ordered Fines and Restitution - $75,765.28 For Workers' Compensation Fraud - Press Herald

Reader: Retirement fund law is killing postal service - The Tennessean

Residents affected by rural post office changes - Associated Press

Skeletons: Postal workers of the past - Coshocton Tribune

August 23, 2014
Monique Colter, Audit Director, Office of Inspector General, USPS
- Audio - Colter explains why the Postal Service Inspector General is looking at worker's comp - Federal News Radio

How to Save the Postal Service and Boost the Savings Rate - Businessweek

Shreveport postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash - KTBS - Shreveport

Residents want postal employees parking restricted - Pekin Daily Times

August 22, 2014
USPS: Are you on the bucket list?
Also see: Pentagon throws cold water on ice bucket challenge for military personnel and civilian employees - AL.com

NALC: COLAs total $1,227 annually - PEN

APWU: Statement on Ongoing Events in Ferguson, Missouri - PEN

Open Season Coming: Here is Why Feds Should Pay Attention to Their Health Insurance - Fedsmith

Protesters picket appearance of Deputy PMG - Oregon Live

Post office employee accused of stealing medication - WLKY

Former Ardmore postal worker sentenced to probation for package-destroying incident

August 21, 2014
Mail Handlers and USPS Reach Agreement on Bidding Rights During Probationary Period

Washington mail carrier says she was assaulted over missing mail, but DC police tell different story - PEN

Deputy postmaster will make case in Portland for restructuring benefit obligations - Also see: Postal Service's bleak financial picture requires Congressional action, deputy postmaster general says - Oregon Live

Postal worker admits to stealing DVDs, cash - Shreveport, LA Times

My Plan to Replace the Postal Service's Truck Fleet - Direct Marketing News

Postal worker files tort claim; city reviews its dog ordinance - Fox 59

Postal worker finds young man dead at East St. Louis home

August 20, 2014
Video: Consumer Alert: Postal service discovers fake check scheme

Video: Picketers protest against post office consolidation in Roanoke - PEN

Mailman mugged in Lexington, KY

Former Waynesboro Postal worker sentenced for failing to deliver - Chambersburg Public Opinion

Pay raises, postal reform and federal management - Audio - Federal News Radio

Postal Service workers' comp costs rise as headcount falls - Federal Times

Greer postal worker saves choking child - Greenville Online

UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware - SF Gate

Postal woman arrested after allegedly stealing mail

Video shows Atlanta mail carrier throwing fragile package onto home's doorstep - PEN

NALC fights back against plant closures and consolidations - PEN

Senate Ignores Postal Issues - Until They Could Impact Elections - eCommerce Bytes

Carper: Millions of jobs at risk from continuing delay over US postal reform - Post & Parcel

Battle Over Postal-Service Cuts Looms in September - National Journal

Carper: Senate needs to rally around my postal plan - The Hill

USPS Lowers Priority Mail Rates for Business Shippers - Direct Marketing News

Postal union wants to stamp out Staples' mail service - Boston Herald

APWU: Postal Workers, Teachers Turn Up the Heat on Staples - PEN

Man reportedly found sleeping inside stolen mail truck

August 19, 2014
Postal Service releases schedule of plant consolidations set for 2015 - Save the Post Office

Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Reform - white paper from OIG - PEN

Video: Postal Workers To Picket New Delivery Standards - PEN

Video Update: ABQ postal service employee fires gun at work, arrested - PEN

Final Day to Contribute to Gone Postal: A Documentary to Save The People’s Post Office - PEN

Video: Caught on camera: Postal worker throws package across driveway - PEN

UPS and FedEx Unhappy over USPS Pricing - eCommerce Bytes

August 18, 2014
Should the Postal Service continue its consolidation plan?
- Office of Inspector General

Good News-Bad News: Priority Mail Rates Change Next Month - eCommerce Bytes

Video: Postal worker delivers thousands of school supplies to needy children - PEN

Sens. Klobuchar and Franken Fight to Prevent Closure of Mail Processing Centers in Minnesota - PEN

Sanders leading Senate push against postal cuts - Washington Times

August 17, 2014
Will The US Postal Service Turn Profitable With A $10 Billion Investment?
- Bidness, Etc

Federal Employees Union Says Obamacare Could 'Hurt' Members - The Weekly Standard

Related: Video: Treasury Union promotes services of Federal employees to the nation - PEN

Postage due assessment on 1901 postal card raises questions - Linns Stamp News

August 16, 2014
Video: USPS postal worker severely burned after lighting strikes near truck

Video: 7 On Your Side helps woman recover package stuck in mailing loop - PEN

TN mail carrier chosen to appear in new TV commercial - The Rogersville Review

August 15, 2014
Geo-Fence Technology - One More Way to Baby-sit Letter Carriers

Mail truck, SUV collide in Montgomery, AL - WSFA TV

U.S. Postal Service posts big loss or small profit - Linns.com

Video: Postal worker fired after caught tossing mail into Bond Hill dumpster - PEN

Senator Bernie Sanders: Stop Postal Service Cuts - PEN

NALC: National Election Committee reviews nominations, will meet in Washington Today - PEN

Video Update: Federal Lawmakers call for action on delayed mail claims - PEN

Sending Joy Through the USPS with A Letter for Better - PEN

Democrats should back Obama, GOP postal reform efforts - Washington Examiner

Phased Retirement to Go Live in November - Fedweek

Postal Service pension requirement threatens to break the bank - News Observer


August 14, 2014
USPS beta testing mail notification service
-  Federal Times

Postal Service Apologizes for Denying Mail Deliveries to Israel - Washington Free Beacon

Can the post office save itself by becoming a bank? - Yahoo News

For IG, the future is now at USPS - FCW

50 Senators Call for Moratorium on Facility Closures - Roll Call - Also see: Senators Plead for One-Year Moratorium on Postal Consolidation - Direct Marketing News

Stop Postal Service cuts, Vermont senators say

Video: Postal employee arrested on mail theft charges - PEN

The companies making the most off the 2014 campaign season - The US Postal Service has already made more than $17.5 million this cycle - Washington Post

Correction: Postal Service-Losses story - The Washington Post

Postal arrestees’ charges dropped - PEN

August 13, 2014
Video: The beleaguered check book of the U.S. Postal Service

Packages catches fire at Arkansas postal center - Associated Press

Amazon, Google, and Crowdsourcing: The Battle for the Last Mile - Logistics Viewpoints

Postal worker discards undelivered mail - Louisville News

Video: Postal Worker Stabbed While Delivering Mail In OKC - PEN

Video: Woman Accuses Letter Carrier Of Stalking Her Because He Drives By Her House Every Day - PEN

Video: Postmaster General Blames Congress for $2 Billion Loss - CNBC

Postal Service, unions and lawmakers at odds over need for legislation - Federal Times

Postal Mailbox Ultimatum Delivers Empty Threat - Chicago Tribune

Seamless Entry Scorecard - Office of Inspector General

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August 12, 2014
APWU: Don’t Buy School Supplies at Staples

Tennessee Man Sentenced to Two Consecutive Life Sentences for the Robbery and Murder of Postal Workers - PEN

IG: USPS should rescind its facilities contract delegation - Fierce Government

Retiree Health Fund Pushes Postal Service Into Red - Kaiser Health News

Man Arrested In OKC For Attacking Postal Worker - News On 6

Postal Service Competes For Package Delivery Business On The Backs Of American Letter Writers - Lexington Institute

US Postal Service Grows Revenues, But Costs Rise Faster - 24/7 Wall St.

Former prison guard faces sentencing in killings of 2 rural West Tenn. postal workers - The Republic

USPIS: $100K reward in 2013 murder of Md. letter carrier

US Postal Service charges more, carries more mail — still loses $2 billion - Christian Science Monitor

So, Does the Postal Service Deliver on Customer Satisfaction? - Postal Vision 20/20

August 11, 2014
NALC’s reaction to latest USPS financial report
Also see APWU's reaction: USPS Is Making Money From Operations - PEN

USPS Reports 2.0 Percent Revenue Increase, $2.0 Billion Loss in Quarter 3 - PEN

Related: Chairman Carper Statement on USPS FY2014 3rd Quarter Financial Statement - PEN

NAPUS: Six-Day Delivery Remains the Center of Attention - PEN

USPS fiscal turnaround continues in Q3 2014 - PEN

Exigency Pays Off for USPS in Q3 - Direct Marketing News

Video: Linns Monday Morning Brief - August 11, 2014 - PEN

The Postal Service, E-Government, and You - Office of Inspector General

Government as a Postal Customer and Partner: International Round Table Recap - Office of Inspector General

Video: Postal truck driver in critical condition after driving off Interstate - PEN

NALC: National Election Committee to meet Aug. 15 in Washington - PEN

Postal worker makes special delivery to children - Delaware Online

Send a free mini Oreo cookie package with personalized note via mail - The Morning Call


Letter: If there are no stamps, there is no business

August 10, 2014
Postal Service criticized for favoring pop culture on stamps
- Los Angeles Times

GrandArmy rebrands United States Postal Service with "Americana" graphics - dezeen.com

Online Postage Services Part 1: Endicia Innovates - eCommerce Bytes

Believe it: Ripley's contest gets weirdest stuff by mail - Orlando Sentinel

August 09, 2014
Video Update: USPS suspends worker who dumped mail

South Florida Mailman Hid Nearly 700 Letters At His Home - Orlando Sentinel

East St. Louis postal employee faces probation for stealing mail

How We Saved Our Rural Post Office

August 08, 2014
- via PEN

South Carolina carrier marks 50 years with USPS - PEN

'Snail mail never go away!' Drew Barrymore gives fashionable boost to cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service in Instagram snap

Video: 5 Postal Employees Say USPS Is Intentionally Delaying Mail In Cape Girardeau, MO - PEN

NALC: Support Door Delivery - PEN

Deadline Extended: The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts and Plant Closures - PEN

Postal Service to release third-quarter numbers Friday. Here’s how the agency has been trending. - The Washington Post

Mailman runs inside burning Commerce Twp. home trying to save pit bulls - Detroit Free Press

August 07, 2014
Video: Ohio postal worker caught on tape throwing mail into a dumpster

Waterbury Postal Supervisor Admits to Intercepting, Selling Drugs: U.S. Attorney - NBC Connecticut

Postal Service to stop service at noon on Big Island - Hawaii News - Honolulu Star-Advertiser

NM senators plead, ‘Wait Mr. Postman’ - The Business Journal

USPS ‘prostituting’ its stamp program with commercial images, prominent former postmaster general says - Washington Post

Postal workers continue fight keep Roanoke mail processing center - Audio: News/Talk 960-AM

Postal Service needs leaders who are qualified - Opinion - The Buffalo News

The Fire Sale of the Post Offices - Consortium News

Postal inspectors offer $10K reward for info in recent mailbox burglaries - Albuquerque Journal

Long-Lost Love Letters of WWII Finally in the Right Hands

Village post office opens inside liquor store

F.Y.I.: Bill would provide veterans with extra sick leave - The Hill

August 06, 2014
IG: USPS facility nearly 4 months late paying contractors
- Fierce Government

Two postal workers observed following suspicious package scare

Postal Service facility in CA sells for $6.8 million - La Jolla Light

NAD Asks Postal Service to Disclose Restrictions on Ads - Ad Law Access

Update: NYPD says harmless package found at post office in Rosebank (with photos) - SILive.com

Postmaster General and CFO Host Web Call on FY 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results - PEN

NALC Transfer opportunities - PEN

Mail Matters to American Rural Communities - PEN

The Senate Can Help Stop Service Cuts and Plant Closures - PEN

Fairfax Man Pleads Guilty to Producing $76,000 in Counterfeit Postage Stamps - NBC4 Washington

USPS Fall Mailing Season Webinar - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

F.Y.I.: $619 billion missed from federal transparency site - USA Today - PEN Ed - that's Billions...not millions.

Retirement Backlog Grows in July - FedSmith

How Post Office Banking Could Help the Unbanked Without Congress – Next City

August 05, 2014
Amazon to Open 15 Sortation Centers in 2014
- Multichannel Merchant

Talk After-Dark Mail Delivery, The Postal Service Tomorrow - DCist

Report: UPS moving more packages through U.S. Postal Service - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Senators Seek to Protect 15,000 Postal Jobs - GovExec.com

Delivery and Safety: A Two-Way Street - Office of Inspector General

Former Postmaster Sentenced for Conspiracy – Hometown Daily News

The Bold Rebranding of the USPS That Could Have Been - Wired News

For FedEx and UPS, a Cheaper Route: the Post Office - WSJ

Nader's post office speech fails to deliver - The Daily Californian

August 04, 2014
USPS to Resume Closures of Mail-Processing Facilities
- eCommerce Bytes

Former PMG quits CSAC (Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee) - Linns Stamp News

Video: Monday Morning Brief - August 4, 2014 - Linns Stamp News

Letter to the editor: Don't let Staples' tricks fool you - Des Moines Register

August 03, 2014
CLOSING TIME: Post office retiring along with staff of 1
-Arkansas Online

A former law enforcement officer is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for conspiring to fraudulently issue and embezzle at least $16,000 in postal money orders at a contract postal station - Charlotte Observer

The Biggest Problem With Amazon Prime - The Motley Fool

Loose dogs cause Witchita neighborhood to lose mail - Kansas First News

New 2014 NALC/USPS JCAM (PDF) - Also see NALC Legislative Update

Jamaican Postal agents demand respect - Jamaica Gleaner

August 02, 2014
Video: Rocky road leaves Wakefield residents without mail

Union Criminal Enforcement Actions August 2014 - PEN

Former postmaster: Consolidation a drag - Times-Standard Online

August 01, 2014
Inside the Radical Redesign of the Country's Largest Retailer: USPS
- Gizmodo

Ben Franklin would be rolling in his grave - NW Labor Press

Hewlett-Packard Co. has agreed to pay $32.5 million to settle allegations it overcharged the U.S. Postal Service for products over more than eight years. - ABC News

2015 USPS Price Changes (Part 2) - Quad Graphics


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