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February 2015 News

February 23, 2015
What service is most important to you?
- Office of Inspector General

Postal Vehicle Catches On Fire In Lexington - LEX18.com

Determined Newell, SD resident calls foul on Postal Service and wins the argument - Rapid City Journal

USPS Price Change Comments Due March 9 - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

Retired postmaster has problems with his retirement from OPM - NJ.com

Postal service hopes to make 'all' deliveries Monday - WHAS

American postal union begins contract talks with US Postal Service - Post & Parcel

Postal workers brave the cold weather in the Ozarks - Video - KSPR

Why should the government deliver mail? - Your Houston News

February 22, 2015
Video: Sluggish mail delivery angers Kentucky residents - PEN - Also see: USPS says road conditions have delayed 18,000 Louisville deliveries

Post office not a game for those affected by cuts - South Bend Tribune

February 21, 2015
USPS Vehicle Catches Fire in Sandwich
- Cape Cod News

Connecticut Postal Carrier Accused of Throwing Out Mail - NBC

Berkeley: Suits test whether postal service must follow some preservation laws - San Jose Mercury News

Letter: Local Postmaster "Goes Postal" On Family - FITS News

February 20, 2015
Why Danny Glover Is Trying To Save The Postal Service
- ABC News

A big day in the history of the United States Postal Service - Constitution Daily

In Trying To Become Competitive, U.S. Postal Service Is Losing Sight Of Its Main Mission - Guest Commentary for Forbes by John Palatiello

NALC: The absurdity of pre-funding and its role in USPS’ financial problems - PEN

Bradenton postal worker charged with sexually molesting 2 children in 1995 - Bradenton Herald

Former postal carrier sentenced to probation - The Columbus Dispatch

Union Pushes Post Office to Offer Financial Services - WSJ

Alliance Objects to Nonprofit Postal Discrimination - Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

At Opening Session, APWU Breaks with Tradition - PEN

Press reports praise postal employees’ perseverance - PEN

Glover, Trumka, Join APWU in Pre-Negotiation Press Conference - PEN

USPS: USPS travel cards to become safer, more secure - PEN

Former postal worker indicted - The Pueblo Chieftain

Handbook EL-312 Revision: Assignment, Reassignment, and Placement - Postal Bulletin 22409

February 19, 2015
Video: Danny Glover fights to save US Postal Service

The Ed Show - PEN

Video: APWU Holds Pre-Negotiations Rally With Danny Glover - PEN

APWU Members Bring the House Down at Pre-Negotiation Rally - PEN

Danny Glover, the Postal Workers Union’s lethal weapon - Washington Post

IG: USPS prefunding requirement depriving agency of opportunities - Fierce Government

Postal Service and Union Open Talks on New Contract - ABC News

Postal Service’s problem is politics - Opinion by Rolando via Nogales International

Tennessee rural carrier aids customer in distress - PEN

Truth about the Postal Service - Opinion by Rolando via The Dodgeville Chronicle

Postal employee bandits strike again - WPBF

APWU Says USPS Should Exploit Ecommerce Opportunity - eCommerce Bytes

USPS Goof Gives Publishers a Break on Postal Rates - Dead Tree Edition

February 18, 2015
Danny Glover, Dimondstein to Appear on The Ed Show This Evening
- PEN

Video: Mail truck overturned; neighbors say speed is an issue - PEN

USPS: Winter Storm Update - PEN

Wanted: The next generation of Postal Service vehicles - Federal Times

Suspicious package detonated outside Miami Beach post office - Local 10

Couple allegedly caught with mail stolen from 117 local residents - The Tribune

February 17, 2015
USPS: Employees sought for latest TV ad
- PEN

USPS OIG asks Congress for Fiscal 2016 budget increase for healthcare and disability fraud investigation - Fierce Government

APWU: Retirees Key to Contract Negotiations - PEN

Real postal reform will save jobs and the service - Opinion by John H. Dirzius - Northeast Region American Postal Workers Union - The Norwich Bulletin

Beware of false assumptions: The OIG looks at the Postal Service's "unfunded liabilities" - Save the Post Office

Postal inspector general begins second review of mail-surveillance program - The Washington Post

USPS: Malone named vice president - PEN

A man walked into Uniontown, KY post office, cut his own hands, and wiped blood on the walls and several post office boxes - 14 News

Postal Employee Salary Database Updated for 2015 - Data Universe

U.S. Postal Service expands its reach at private sector expense - Watchdog.org

Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures - Sun Patriot - More plants closures: Erie, PA - Duluth

USPS may finally close Stewart plant in July - Times Herald Record

February 16, 2015
Arbitration panel rules Lance Armstrong owes Dallas sports promotions company $10 million
- Dallas Morning News

Video: Misstep or policy: Scooter not allowed in post office - PEN

Be Careful What You Assume - Mandating 100 percent prefunding of future liabilities that are frequently changing and highly uncertain could unnecessarily damage the Postal Service, inflate prices, and overfund future liabilities. - Office of Inspector General

USPS Struggles With Wave of New Hires - Dead Tree Edition

February 15, 2015
If you think walking in Boston is bad, try delivering mail there
- Mashable

Postal Service Back to Normal After Electronic Glitch Fixed - ABC News

GM, FCA Reportedly Interested In Making New U.S. Postal Service Vehicle - Carscoops

Postal Workers Deliver Mail During Storm - Upper Michigans Source

Video Message from PMG Brennan - PEN

February 14, 2015
Video: San Jose Mailman Who Dumped Mail in Trash Resigns
- PEN

Postal Service's next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize - Auto News

Sale of historic Princeton post office moves forward - Save the Post Office

eBay Sellers Concerned over Postal Service National Outage - Examiner

February 13, 2015
Amazon is killing your mailman: Why its Sunday service is a labor travesty
- Salon

Video: San Jose Postal Worker trashed Mail - Fox 35

APWU: MVS Continues the Fight for Administrative, Technical Jobs - PEN

Postal Service dealing with national computer outage - hackers not involved - it's FRIDAY 13th - Washington Post

Postal workers stage on-going protest at Antioch Staples, want Postal workers handling mail - Antioch Herald

NALC joins ‘Grand Alliance’ - PEN

Mail Service Providers - Office of Inspector General

February 12, 2015
Video: 64 National Organizations Launch 'Grand Alliance' to Save Our Public Postal Service
- PEN

Video: Toledo USPS Facility Closing in April 2015 - PEN

Man charged with stealing, crashing unlocked Postal Service truck in Barrow - KTUU.com Anchorage

Postal Inspection Service Mail Covers Program Phase 2 - Office of Inspector General

U.S. Postal Service to seek bids on next delivery vehicle - Automotive News

Former Contracting Officer and Contractor Charged with Bribery Scheme in Connection with Awarding of U.S. Postal Service Contracts - Imperial Valley News

Mail in the Digital Age, with Postal Service CIO Jim Cochrane - Podcast - DM News

February 11, 2015
Video: Two postal workers robbed in Boca Raton
- PEN

From Postal Worker to Nonprofit President - Touching story - the postal workers daughter succumbed to cancer. - Huff Post

Video: Customers upset with area post office for unpredictable midday closures - PEN

APWU: Postal Service Has ‘Fantastic Quarter’ as Profits Rise - PEN

APWU Joins ‘Government Works for America’ Rally - PEN

Video: Car torn open after hitting a USPS mail truck - PEN

Postal Service Finances: Strong Start to FY 2015 - Delivering for America via PEN

Video: City Council Committee Holds Meeting on Postal Worker Safety Following Assault - PEN

Staples Threatens To Fire Staff For Working More Than 25 Hours A Week [without permission] - BuzzFeed News

Federal union workers rally for 'good government' - The Hill

Section 106, Protective Covenants, and Sale of Historic Post Offices - By Steve Hutkins for Preservation Leadership Forum

Going Postal: Post Office Worker Sues Colleagues, Claims Defamation of Character - Joliet, IL Patch

Video: Mail delivery halted at apartment complex over security issue - PEN

How The Post Office Could Take On The Payday Loan Industry - Huff Post

USPS wants to convince business to stick with their paper bills - Talking New Media


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February 10, 2015
Conviction of New Orleans Postal Worker for Tax Fraud
- PEN

Video: Express Mail packages at the heart of work-from-home scam - PEN

USPS had $1.1 billion operating profit in first quarter - PEN

Court upholds $540,000 judgment against USPS for Korean War stamp - The Washington Post

Beating of postal carrier prompts Springfield City Council committee meeting - MassLive.com

Can the USPS cling to hope that people still want paper bills? - The Washington Post

Will The Check Be in the Mail? An Examination of Transactional Mail - Office of Inspector General

February 09, 2015
Video: Texas police are looking for a postal thief caught on surveillance video stealing packages
- PEN

Video: Snow banks present challenges for postal carriers - PEN

MO postal worker hit by car in December dies - St. Louis Dispatch

USPS seeks information for new delivery vehicles - PEN

APWU: Contract Campaign Ramps Up - PEN

Video: Linn's Monday Morning Brief 2.09.15 - PEN

Video: Mailboxes blown up in Trafalgar, IN; detectives looking for those responsible - PEN

USPS Cost Cutting Ain't Cuttin' It, Mailers Group Says - Dead Tree Edition

New Marriage Between Your Post Office and Amazon—Sunday and Grocery Delivery—Makes Life Hell for Workers - AlterNet

Staples and Radio Shack deliver big hit to jobs - CNN video

USPS Looks to New Shipping Services Amid Q1 Losses - eCommerce Bytes

USPS still looking for Congressional reforms as losses mount up - Post & Parcel

February 08, 2015
Historic Plant City post office discontinued, headed for sale
- Save the Post Office

Long Island residents angered with mail delays due to snowfall - Newsday

Mystic mail carrier sees no obstacles in mountains of snow - Providence Journal

Staples set to buy Office Depot - Proposed deal would be for $6 billion - Opposition starts early - Journal Gazette

Man sentenced to 35 months for 2011 Bloomfield post office robbery - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Postmaster general: Find revenue sources - The Columbian

February 07, 2015
TWO FORMER DANBURY RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN U.S. POSTAL MONEY ORDER FRAUD SCHEME ARE SENTENCED
- PEN

Senator Carper Statement on U.S. Postal Service Financial Losses - PEN

NALC statement on USPS’ quarterly report - PEN

APWU: New Bill Would Stop Mail Slowdown, Reinstate Service Standards - PEN

Customers show appreciations for USPS carriers - PEN

Video Update: Postal Service investigates mail tossed into ravine - PEN

U.S. mail truck possibly involved in downtown Detroit hit-and-run - MLive.com

USPS Will Hit Exigent Surcharge Limit by August - Direct Marketing News

February 06, 2015
USPS Records 4.3 Percent Increase in Revenue, $754 Million Net Loss in Quarter 1
- PEN

U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Prosecution against suspects in beating of Springfield mail carrier to be pursued at state level - masslive.com

In the black? Postal Service has a 'fantastic quarter' - Federal Times

Thief speeds off in postal carrier's mail van - KMBC

Employee Of Postal Contractor Charged With Taking Cash From Cranberry Twp. Mail Recipient - PEN

Mail Handlers President Hegarty Announces Retirement - PEN

Video: Postal worker who accused co-workers of trying to poison him is fired - PEN

Video: Pocatello postal workers face “involuntary reassignment” - PEN

Rural carrier associate charged with theft for using gift card - La Crosse Tribune

Postal worker who accused co-workers of trying to poison him is fired - KMOV

February 05, 2015
Video: Postal carrier's meth habit led to 30,000 pieces of stolen mail, attorney says
- PEN

Norfolk couple: Letter carrier tossed mail in ravine - Pilot Online

PMG Brennan: Investing in people - PEN

NAPUS: President’s FY 2016 Budget Proposal Similar to Last Year - PEN

USPS: UPS and FedEx raise surcharges - PEN

1,000 stores likely to close, as Staples buys Office Depot - philly.com

Letter carrier honored for saving man from fire in Hyattsville duplex - WJLA

Closure of Eureka, CA mail processing center  creates concern - North Coast News

APWU to “Vigorously Oppose” Staples/Office Depot Merger - PEN

PMG Brennan aims to continue USPS momentum - PEN

UPS Objects to Postal Service 'Competitive Advantages' - eCommerce Bytes

Could the mailman be your new water boy? Post office delivering more than letters - Chicago Tribune

Former worker at St. Charles post office gets probation for threatening supervisor - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Kindness Idea | Thank Your Mail Carrier | Random Acts of Kindness - Intelisent Postal Affairs Blog

February 04, 2015
Do you want the U.S. Postal Service delivering your groceries?
- Central Pennsylvania

Postmaster general: Agency looking for new revenue sources - Yahoo News

US Postal Service carrier accused of stealing thousands in cash, gift cards along Westfield, Southwick mail routes - masslive.com

Hidden cameras show postal worker thefts - WISH-TV

Video: Thieves Targeting Mailboxes For W-2s, So They Can Steal Tax Refunds - PEN

UPS Hates Coming To Your House, To Begin Tacking On Surcharges For Residential Delivery – Consumerist

Former Georgia APWU Secretary-Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement - PEN

Former KY President and Treasurer of NALC Branch 383 Sentenced For Theft - PEN

Video: Tired of Receiving Damaged Mail, Ohio Residents Start Page to Track Problems - PEN

Postal Workers Local APWU President in Indiana Indicted; Turns Self In - National Legal and Policy Center

The president's 2016 budget request: USPS proposals - Fierce Government

No speedy delivery for letter to Brennan - Linns Stamp News

Seven Mysteries of the New Postal Rates - Dead Tree Edition

February 03, 2015
A postmaster has the last word on POStPlan
- Save the Post Office

Investor Buys USPS Property for $44m - Four Laters Sells the Property for $300m - WSJ

TBS Seinfeld marathon focuses on Newman during “Thank a Mailman Day” - Channel Guide

NALC: White House budget proposal embraces ‘outdated philosophy’ - PEN

Video: Politics delaying consolidation of Florence mail processing plant - PEN

Video: Mail carriers fight their way through the snowy roads to do their jobs - PEN

An Open Letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan - From Benjamin Franklin Bailar, Cary R. Brick and John M. Hotchner via Linns Stamp News

Audit: Post Office Workers ‘Rude’ and ‘Worse than Other Retailers’ - USPS says audit is ‘irrelevant,’ customers won’t go elsewhere - Washington Free Beacon

Two U.S. Postal Service workers have pleaded guilty to stealing gift cards including some found hidden in bathrooms of a mail processing center - KBTX

Online Sellers, Say Hello to New Postmaster Brennan - eCommerce Bytes

Where have all the blue mailboxes gone? - Bakersfield Californian

Reports: Staples and Office Depot in talks to merge - Boston Globe

74th US Postmaster General promises to invest in Postal Service’s future - Post & Parcel

February 02, 2015
PMG Brendan's Letter To Postal Employees
- PEN

First Woman PMG Pledges to Invest in the Future of the Postal Service - PEN - Also see: PMG Megan Brennan outlines vision

Postal worker prevents woman from getting ripped off - PEN

Catalog Comeback - Retailers take new approach with mailings - PEN

2014 NALC election results update - PEN

New Look For PRC Site

Mail carrier quits, dumps mail in trash, federal prosecutor says - MLive

Theft of 30,000-plus pieces of mail gets Portland woman 180 days in jail - Oregon Live

IG: USPS could lose nearly $300M this year due to poor customer service - Fierce Government - Also see: More customers cite poor treatment at the post office - Washington Examiner

New Postmaster General and CFO Host Web Call on U.S. Postal Service Quarter 1 Financial Results - Globe News Wire

Man trying to keep warm charged in Sour Lake P.O. fire - KBTV

NALC: February transfer list available

Ideas on the Doorstep - Office of Inspector General

Bad weather closes three NYC post offices - Save the Post Office

The U.S. Postal Service is throwing a Hail Mary: Same-day delivery - The Washington Post

TV star praises postal employee’s service - PEN

TX: Stolen Mail Causes Outrage Among Residents - CBS 7

Mail seem slow? Postal service change is likely the cause - Journal Times

The $3.6 Billion Dollar Brand - Office of Inspector General

Postal carrier accused of throwing away mail - WOOD TV

February 01, 2015
Privatization won’t improve your mail service or costs
- Delmarva Now

Video: Colorado Carrier Saves Customers Life - PEN

Embarrass, MN Post Office closed for repairs - Duluth News Tribune

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