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December 2014 News

December 14, 2014
Maintenance Craft Wins $8.64 Million Remedy for Improper Subcontracting
- PEN

Video: USPS 'Important Moments' 2014 Holiday Ad - PEN

Video: USPS 'Christmas Future' 2014 Holiday Ad - PEN

The Post Office in Black and White, 1935-1944 - Save the Post Office

The First Shall Be Last…and Middle Mile - Office of Inspector General

Postal Service gets high marks from public - Baltimore Sun

December 13, 2014
Video - Houston: USPS INVESTIGATING CAUSE OF STALLED DELIVERIES AS COMPLAINTS RISE
- PEN

PRC Rejects NAPS Request for New Inquiry Regarding Plant Consolidations and Service Cutbacks - PEN

Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS - The Daily Beast

Editorial: Postal Service shouldn’t become payday lender - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

New Hampshire War Veteran, Postal Worker Pays for Care Package to Afghanistan - AOL video

Former postal employee gets four months for jewelry theft - Islands' Weekly

Former PRC Chair Says Washington Post Article Not Fair Coverage - Ruth Goldway via Washington Post

December 12, 2014
Postal Service Ready for Busiest Mailing Day of the Year
- PEN

NLRB Charges Postal Service with Illegal Surveillance of Staples Protests - PEN

Philadelphia City Council Adopts ‘Stop Staples’ Resolution - PEN

‘We’re ready for the rush,’ PMG says - PEN

Video: SoCal Mail Thefts Linked to Organized Crime - PEN

Postal Workers: Driving Communications this Holiday and Year-Round - PEN

Senate gridlock freezes Postal Service board - The Hill

Video: USPS expects billions of pieces of mail during holidays - PEN

US firm offering 'moon mail' for keepsakes - News of the World

December 11, 2014
Video/Movie trailer: The Secret Santa - New holiday film features Operation Santa
- PEN

Times Square billboards track USPS totals - PEN

Credit-Monitoring Codes Sent to Employees - PEN

A U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Waterbury, CT was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for stealing packages of drugs being illegal shipped through the U.S. mail and selling the drugs with his brother. - Courant

Missouri's two U.S. senators have asked the U.S. Postal Service to delay closing 82 mail processing facilities -- including one in Springfield scheduled to shutter next month - Link to USPS Letter (PDF) - Springfield News-Leader

Business as usual for USPS on Dec 26 - PEN

Video: Retired postal worker seeks $50K refund for insurance overpayment - PEN

Video: Mail carrier saves puppies from burning shed - PEN

Spending Bill: 6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail shall continue at not less than the 1983 level - PEN

USPS to be Left ‘Twisting in the Wind’ in 2015? - Target Marketing

ELM Revision: Reporting Requirements of Employee Noncash Tangible Awards

ELM Revision: Employee Benefits

Handbook EL-312 Revision: Recruitment

Saving Santa’s Mail Bag
Letters to Santa: Why charity groups fought to have kid’s letters end up in the dead letter office. - Slate

Man used bad checks to buy $58K worth of stamps - Pilot Online

Postal Complaint: Damaged Dollhouse

December 10, 2014
Sunday success - Expanded deliveries get results
- PEN

Overton County mail carrier indicted for misconduct, theft - The Herald Citizen

Video catches carrier on phone throwing package - PEN

Hoffa to Congress: Stop Bailout For UPS, Protect Retiree Benefits - PEN

NALC election summary released - PEN

APWU: Rank-and-File Bargaining Advisory Committee Convenes - PEN

What Will She Do? (the new PMG) - PostalVision 2020

Pot Has Gone Postal: The Risk of Mailing Marijuana - Also see Police: Suspect used U.S. Postal Service to receive drugs

Postal van driver injured in downtown collision

Letter carrier’s action aids injured woman on route

Man Accused of Attempting to Rob Vermont Post Office - NECN

December 09, 2014
US: Postal worker says she stole out of boredom
- Yahoo News

USPS Mobile enhancements - New options for customers on the go - PEN

Cyber Monday spending surpasses $2 billion, sets record - PEN

Holiday Global Mailing and Shipping Dates - PEN

48 jobs projected lost if Dakota Central postal facility closes - Plainsman

USPS May Seek a Rate Hike After All - Dead Tree Edition

Video shows mail carrier hit mailbox - PEN

APWU Wins $56 Million Remedy for Postmasters Performing Craft Work - PEN

Postal Service Board of Governors’ Travel and Miscellaneous Expenses for Fiscal Year 2014 (PDF) - OIG

December 08, 2014
Report: USPS would lose money if it abandoned mail processing
- Fierce Government

Loyola Avenue postal processing center back on chopping block - The New Orleans Advocate

Ralph Nader talks with Mark Dimondstein about the post office - Ralph Nader Radio Hour

The First and Last Mile Strategy: A Critical Assessment - Office of Inspector General

Civil rights group opposes postal consolidation, official’s appointment - The Washington Post

‘Substantial Amount’ Of Mail Damaged In USPS Truck Fire While En Route From San Francisco To Los Angeles - CBS San Francisco

Digital SOS: How technology can save the USPS - Computerworld

 Postmaster General: Who Is Megan Brennan? - AllGov

Wisconsin man gets father's package from 1964 - The Northwestern

Jackman mail carrier’s special delivery a win-win

December 07, 2014
APWU Obtains Extension for the Electronic Grievance System
- PEN

Senator Tester Sends Clear Message to PMG and Congress - NPMHU via PEN

PMG-designate Brennan will need friends on Capitol Hill - Linns.com

Donahoe Will Be in Good Shape When He Leaves U$P$ - Dead Tree Edition

Prez throws PRC Chair under the bus, WaPo misses the bus completely - Save the Post Office

Postal Vehicle Crashes Into Car, Pickup In Holly Hills - Chattanoogan

Keep our mail and jobs in Queens - Times Ledger

2015 Pay Dates and Leave Year - PEN


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December 06, 2014
Jet-setting postal regulator replaced amid scrutiny of travel habits
- The Washington Post

OPM Medical Retirement: The Scent of Decay - Robert R. McGill Administrative Law Blog on Lawyers.com

Former postmaster in North Dakota sentenced to probation for misappropriation of postal funds - Fox News

Report: Tucson would lose $49M in postal consolidation - AZ Daily Star

Postal Service again considering closure of New Orleans processing facility - NOLA

Pregnancy of sole employee leads to closures at village post office - KTUU.com - Also see: Regular mail delivery service now less so in remote Alaska village after only worker resigns - Star Tribune

December 05, 2014
OIG Recommends That USPS Compensate City Carriers In The Same Manner As Rural Carriers
- PEN

Video: Tester, Sanders and Baldwin speak about USPS - PEN

Video: Former Chattanooga Postal Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing Veteran's Medication - PEN

Video: Garden Grove, CA Man Receives Mail 2 Years Late; Mail Carrier Fired - PEN

Video: Postal problems persist in Lumberton - PEN

President Obama Designates Robert G. Taub Acting Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission - PEN

"Pigs Under the Post Office " A Children's Book- a great gift for kids of all ages! - PEN

Postal Service Air Rights Outreach a Dead Letter Effort - Chelsea Now

Jet-Setting Postal Chair Replaced - Washington Free Beacon

Major civil rights coalition opposes postal consolidation; hits official’s appointment - The Washington Post

USPS’ October, More EDDM News, and Other Items - whattheythink.com

Baltimore ranks sixth in nation in dog attacks on postal workers - Baltimore Sun

December 04, 2014
NALC: Overtime equitability test extended
- PEN

APWU Members Join Black Friday Protests - PEN

Your Postal Podcast celebrates employees - PEN

White House Christmas ornament available - PEN

More Cases of ‘Delayed Medical Treatment’ at the United States Postal Service - NBC Bay Area

Illegal And Regulated Mailings - CBS Philly

Thieves target mail boxes in Volusia County, FL neighborhoods

Tester to Postal Service: Stop digging a deeper hole - The Hill

Buyer opts out of purchase of historic Berkeley Post Office - Save the Post Office

Video: Congress Reacts to I-Team's USPS Sex Assaults Investigation - PEN

Video: Ohio Postal Worker Caught Throwing Mail Away - PEN

Why Did the USPS Make a Useless Augmented Reality App? - It Could Have Been So Much More - Popular Mechanics

Huslia, AK woman to plead guilty to misappropriation of postal service funds - Alaska Dispatch

Does this postal chairman’s lobbying history (a former banking lobbyist) pose a conflict of interest? - The Washington Post

East Bay postal worker stole cell phones from mail, feds say - SF Gate

Senate on the Verge of yet another Attack on the Postal System - AllGov

Slowing down snail mail - Real Change News

Mail Handler from Swissvale, PA charged with theft - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brenda Chambers sent a package through the post office only to find her items missing and someone else’s things inside - Is it a mail mix-up or something else? - Wink News

If the weed fits, it ships at USPS - Why use a drug mule when the mailman will do? - New York Post

Consumer Alert: Skimming devices used to buy stamps

APWU: 2014 Convention Transcript Now Available

December 03, 2014
Mail handler fired following work-related injury at Postal Service facility
- Norwalk Reflector

Eight postal workers, including two from Brooklyn, face mail theft and drug conspiracy charges after stealing massive amounts of marijuana - Patch

Congress Could Soon Deliver the Postal Service Its Biggest Blow Yet - GovExec.com

NAPS: MAIL PROCESSING CONSOLIDATIONS LOOM - PEN

Video: Man barricaded in Glendale, AZ Post Office - PEN

Evers Files Bill To Unbuckle Seat Belts For Rural Letter Carriers - North Escambia

Postal Service Profit - Rolando via Kansas City Star

Democrat Senators call for USPS to delay mail plant closures - Post & Parcel

Man drives car into lobby of Henderson post office - Las Vegas Sun News

December 02, 2014
USPS Delivers Children’s Holiday Dreams Through Operation Santa Program
- PEN

29 Senators Urge USPS To Delay Consolidation of 82 Mail Processing Facilities - PEN

McCaskill, Blunt to Postal Service: Postpone Planned Closings - PEN

USPS launches secure mail destruction service - Post & Parcel

POStPlan Implementation: Just 1,600 post offices to go, but far from done - Save the Post Office

Iowa mail theft possibly linked to gang in Atlanta - Des Moines Register

Vintage photos of post offices and mail deliverers in N.J. - New Jersey Online

December 01, 2014
2 Postal Employees Suspected of Stealing $9,500 in Gift Cards
- NBC4 Washington

New mobile app transforms collection boxes - Also see: Video: USPS Augmented Display 2014 Holiday - PEN

New service helps businesses avoid undeliverable mail - PEN

Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve - PEN

USPS: Avoiding ethical lapses during the holidays - PEN

Semiannual Report to Congress (PDF) - OIG

The Mailing and Shipping Industry, the Posts, and Global E-Commerce: Building a Better Business Case - PostalVision 20/20

Think Tanks: Your mail isn't safe from Big Brother - Washington Examiner

The changing makeup of the letter carrier’s mailbag - National Journal

Have you used a Postal Service app of any kind? - Office of Inspector General

Video: Consumer Reports: Best ways to ship packages - PEN

Kindness Counts: Postal Workers Deliver Little Girls Christmas Letter Without Stamps - The Good Men Project

Supreme Court Takes Up Workplace Rules for Pregnant Workers - Newsmax

USPS Preliminary Financial Information, October 2014 (PDF)

USPS Preliminary Financial Information, September 2014 (PDF)

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