- President grants feds day after Christmas – will USPS follow suit with postal employees? – Postal workers not included in the Executive order allowing Feds an extra day off for Christmas President Barack Obama has issued an Executive order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2014, with pay and without a charge to leave
Filed under: APWU, early out, maintenance, postal, postal employees, ver, vera
(November 28, 2014) There is probably one Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) offer for each area. This special VERA appears to be for the mail processing plants scheduled to close in 2015. There is no incentive. As a matter of general interest, HRSSC is sending special Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) opportunity letters to eligible employees
Good at getting along with the guys working alongside her, Diane Caruso-Ruston said she thought she was going to get a promotion when she walked into one of her managers’ offices. “Next thing I know he pushes me up against the wall. And he pushes down my left side of my pants, you know those stretchy pants? He licked my leg. I got startled. And then he took his thing out and told me to kiss it.”
- November 25, 2014
- Video: The Secret Inside the Postal Service
Filed under: Letter Carrier Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
11-21-2014 -ATLANTA – LaTonya Evans, a former United Stated Postal Service employee, has been sentenced to federal prison for participating in a conspiracy that culminated in the robbery and shooting of a postal truck driver on December 20, 2013, in Conley, Ga.
“By providing her co-defendants with inside information, Evans enabled a robbery that nearly killed her co-worker,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “Evans used her knowledge of the Postal Service for personal gain and violated the trust of the public and her fellow postal workers.
OMAHA, Neb. – 11.21.14 – It’s about to get even busier at the post office. Thousands of holiday packages are moving through the postal service and inspectors know some of them will contain pot.
Filed under: Alaskan Bookstore, NALC, postal, postal news, usps
In 1977, Observatory Books opened its doors and became the first used bookstore in Southeast Alaska. Originally located in Sitka, the store became a reality when Dee Longenbaugh, the shop’s proprietor and member of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America, decided to turn her hobby of collecting books on Alaska and the Yukon into a true vocation.
Prior to opening her store, Dee traveled with her husband and amassed a collection of over 400 books on Alaska. With her collection and the help of her son—who built the shop’s first bookcase—Dee opened Observatory Books in a small house in the main part of Sitka. She later relocated her shop in Juneau.
Observatory Books front room showcases antiquarian books and maps focusing on Alaska and the Yukon. These books come from dealers across the globe, as well as Dee’s many travels. The shop’s two back rooms host a general used book collection and are, as she says, “a true snapshot of Juneau.” With no roads in or out of the city, these books reflect the interests of the city’s locals.
In true American style, Dee supports the U.S. Postal Service and says she depends on it to run her business. In addition to Internet sales and shipping, tourists will often ask her to mail their books home for convenience. It’s also common for customers to ask for gift cards for friends and relatives, and every time—no matter if they live in Juneau or across the US—Dee will ship the receiver a gift card through the Postal Service. And occasionally, someone who wandered into her shop will call back about one of the shop’s books or maps after deciding “they can’t live without it.”
Dee really appreciates having a post office nearby and also relies heavily on her local postal employees. When she first opened her shop in Juneau in 1992, her mail carrier, Scott was invaluable in making her feel at home. Observatory Books and the surrounding shops viewed Scott as integral part of the community and an asset to Juneau.
And Dee knows her current letter carrier, Conrad, so well that some days he even stops her as she walks down the street to hand her special deliveries. She loves that he never hesitates to bring packages all the way inside—especially when it rains. Living in a small town of 32,000, Dee does not own a car and relies on the Postal Service to get her packages all the way to her front door.
We’re glad that since 1977, the Postal Service has helped support this Alaskan small business. As Dee says, “Why would I want to use anyone else?”
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WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service Board of Governors announced today that Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Patrick R. Donahoe has decided to retire February 1, 2015, after 39 years with the Postal Service.
USPS: Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire February 2015
(November 13, 2014) YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -On Friday, postal workers will gather in front the Covelli Centre at noon to send a message to the Postmaster General and USPS Board of Governors.
The Youngstown postal center is slated to close July 2015, and local operations would be handled in Cleveland, saving $7-million a year, according to the the postal service. The Youngstown facility is one of 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers across the U.S. scheduled to close.
Closing the Youngstown postal sorting center will cost local jobs and hurt local businesses according to a study commissioned by the postal workers union.
Postal workers say that savings carries a heavy price. Besides the loss of 261 local jobs, the study commissioned by the postal workers estimates total business losses in the Youngstown area would amount to $2.3 million a year.
US Postal Service Poised to Make Devastating Cuts in Service – Postal Workers to Deliver Message – ‘Stop Delaying America’s Mail’ – At 150 Protests in 50 States
Filed under: APWU, postal employees, postal managers, postal news, press releases, Union, usps
APWU Press Release:
11/13/2014 Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the USPS Board of Governors, the board that oversees the U.S. Postal Service, are poised to make devastating cuts in service to the American people – cuts so severe that they would forever damage the U.S. Postal Service.
- On Jan. 5, the USPS is slated to lower “service standards” to virtually eliminate overnight delivery – including first-class mail from one address to another within the same city or town.
- All mail (medicine, online purchases, local newspapers, newsletters of religious organizations, bill payments, letters and invitations) throughout the country would be delayed.
- Beginning Jan. 5, 82 Mail Processing & Distribution Centers are scheduled to close.
On Nov. 14 postal workers will protest at 150 locations as part of a National Day of Action to send a message to Postmaster General and the USPS Board of Governors: Stop Delaying America’s Mail!
The cuts would cause hardships for the public and small businesses, eliminate jobs, and destroy the world’s most efficient and affordable delivery network by driving away mail and revenue. They are part of the same flawed strategy that’s behind efforts to end Saturday and door-to-door deliveries, cut back post office hours, and make other reductions in mail service.
The travesty is that the cuts are absolutely unnecessary – because postal operations are profitable. The Postal Service, which isn’t funded by taxpayers, has earned an operating profit so far this year of more than $1 billion. And, while revenue from First Class Mail has been declining, package delivery, largely due to the growth of e-commerce, has been rapidly expanding.
There is red ink, but it stems from political interference, not from the mail. In 2006, a lame-duck Congress mandated that the Postal Service pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years in advance – something no other public agency or private firm is required to do. That costs the Postal Service $5.6 billion a year – and that’s the red ink.
Fifty-one senators and 160 House members have called for a one-year moratorium on the reduction in service and the closure of the mail processing centers to allow Congress time to enact postal legislation that would improve, not degrade, postal service. The Postmaster General and USPS Board of Governors should honor their request.
Filed under: Congress, GOP, pickets, post office closings, postal, postal reform, press releases, usps
(November 13, 2014) LANSING—A resolution sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones formally requests Congress to prohibit the U.S. Postal Service from closing or consolidating the mail processing and distribution center on Collins Road in Lansing.
“It is long overdue that Congress and President Obama come together and finally fix the postal service,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “Closing the Lansing mail processing center could lead to a slippery slope where mail in mid-Michigan is eventually delivered only a couple times a week.
“The president sends billions of dollars overseas – taxpayer dollars that could be better put to use ensuring the U.S. Postal Service provides efficient daily mail service. Keeping open the Lansing facility is part of that effort.”
Senate Resolution 189 states that the U.S. Postal Service plans to close or consolidate the Lansing facility on Jan. 5, 2015.
The resolution urges congressional intervention to stop the proposal, which “will cause the delay of mail and elimination of overnight delivery of first-class mail.”
Once adopted by the Senate, copies of Jones’ resolution would be sent to the president of the U.S. Senate, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representative and each member of the Michigan congressional delegation.