USPS blaming cheap envelopes for a spate of damaged Christmas cards

The U.S. Postal Service is blaming cheap envelopes for a spate of damaged Christmas cards this holiday season. Inexpensive envelopes made by a Scranton, Pa.-based paper company jammed letter-processing machinery, said Rich Watkins, spokesman for the Kansas City-based U.S. Postal Service Mid-America District. Requests for comment from the Paper Magic Group Inc. were not returned […]

USPS Challenges NALC Arbitration Award – Court Sends Case Back to Arbitrator

On or before July 23, 2009, NALC filed a grievance alleging that USPS violated a local memorandum of understanding and Article 8 of the National Agreement when scheduling letter carriers to work overtime. note: The grievance was initially filed by a NALC branch in Ohio. Arbitrator Virginia Wallace-Curry heard the grievance and issued an award […]

APWU: USPS Announces Changes To ‘Mystery Shopper Program’

APWU Web News After years of APWU complaints, the Postal Service has notified the union that the Mystery Shopper Program will be altered beginning in January 2011. Retail Associates (RAs) will no longer be required to follow a precise script when waiting on customers; instead they will be permitted to “customize their questions to best […]

NAPUS: Suspension of Postmaster Convention Leave to Continue

NAPUS President Bob Rapoza has received a response from Postal Service Vice President of Labor Relations, Doug Tulino, concerning our discussions on Postmasters’ convention leave for 2011. Mr Tulino said that Postmasters’ convention leave, as outlined in Section 519.62 of the Employee and Labor Relations Manual) (ELM) will continue to be suspended through FY2011. Mr […]

Postal Worker Loses Lawsuit Claiming USPS Violated Privacy Act And Fraud On the Court

The following is PostalReporter’s summary of several cases related to the same issue: Darrell Coburn sued the United States Postal Service claiming that the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a, was violated when records from the file on his administrative complaint of discrimination were disclosed internally to several management employees. USPS was seeking evidence of […]

USPS Seeking Suppliers For Next Generation Retail Software System

From Federal Business Opportunities This Notice is for small, minority and woman-owned business sub-contracting opportunities The Postal Service has issued a solicitation for the Next Generation Retail System Software (Next Gen RSS). This software will be utilized across all of the retail Point of Sale platforms. USPS is seeking Software, Software Maintenance, Software Support, and […]

Alabama Postal Employee Indicted For Stealing Mail

Press Release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District Of Alabama December 29, 2010 BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury today indicted a Madison man for stealing mail while he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Postal Inspection Service Inspector/Domicile Coordinator Frank Dyer. The one-count indictment filed […]

2011 Prices For USPS Shipping Services Begin Jan. 2

New flat-rate products debut Jan. 2 along with new prices for Priority Mail, Express Mail and other Shipping Services changes. The overall price change for all Shipping Services products, which are adjusted each January, is 3.6 percent. Extending the popularity of Priority Mail Flat Rate products, a new legal-size flat-rate envelope measuring 15-by-9.5 inches and […]

Minnesota Postal Employee indicted for stealing cash, gift cards from mail

A recent federal indictment alleges that a former employee of the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) stole cash and gift cards from the mail over a ten-month period. The indictment, filed on December 7, 2010, charges Christina M. Steiner, age 35, of Forest Lake, with one count of theft of mail by a postal employee. […]