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June 2012 Postal News from Postal Employee Network

June 30, 2012
Changes in pay and benefits for USPS managers and supervisors

Revised PS Form 8190, USPS-NALC Joint Step A Grievance Form

Postal plant consolidations start soon

Terre Haute Postal Workers With No Work, Still Get Paid

PRC Denies APWU Request to Halt July 1 Plan

June 29, 2012
Ex-Postal Service manager to serve 18 months for accepting bribes

USPS posts $2.1 billion loss for May

Postal Service Plants Second Green Roof

US Postal Service Issues First Stamps Featuring QR Codes

Ex-postal worker pleads guilty

Most Americans Support Plan to Suspend Saturday Mail Delivery, Poll Finds

June 28, 2012
Special retirement incentive offer deadline
for postmasters and mail handlers

Postal workers target Washington Post in protests

Mail Handler Contract Update

Ethical restrictions on gifts between USPS employees

Postal Workers Fighting to Save Jobs! – Hunger Strike to Stop the Starving of the USPS – Also see Why Protesting Postal Workers Chose A Hunger Strike

USPS Monthly Financial Data for May (PDF) –

Former postal worker indicted for stealing $76k worth of stamps

Some advocate for banking services as USPS savior

June 27, 2012
USPS Finances Continue to Look Stronger than at Beginning of Year

Courier Express and Postal Observer –

Issa Commits to Preserving Nonprofit Postal Rates (PDF) –

The evolving world of the USPS
Parcels, magazines, ads make up bulk of deliveries –

Congress running out of time to pass priority bills
…and hope is running out for the Postal Service –

USPS overpays pension obligations by $13.1B, report says
Federal News Radio – Also see USPS executives shift to fill interim positions

Save The Mid Hudson Postal Plant
Video –

NH post office cuts hours to just 30 minutes a day

After second pit bull attack, Kalamazoo letter carrier hangs up her satchel -

June 26, 2012
Former postmaster admits embezzling $50K from Postal Service to support a heroin addiction

NALC President – Letter to the Editor of Federal Times

Postal Service federal pension contributions 105 percent over funded
Washington Post –

Rep. Kucinich: Postal Service Does More Than Deliver Mail
Talk Radio News –

Still no sign stolen data was misused, TSP says

Postal workers, supporters stage hunger strike to highlight plight
Washington Post – Also see Kucinich lends moral support to postal hunger strike

- USPS worker in serious condition after fall from mail truck
U.S. Postal Service Convenes Direct Marketing Industry Leaders to Collaborate on New Product Sampling Revenue Strategies

June 25, 2012
Why Mail Matters: 10% Of Obama Campaign Spending is Postage

Postal workers plan hunger strike to protest mail service’s financial problems

Amazon.com pays $1.5M to settle U.S. Postal Service investigation

U.S. Postal Service is filling rural carrier associate posts

J.P Morgan Indicates that USPS Service Standard Changes Will Reduce Business Working Capital

June 24, 2012
Frederick residents to hunger strike for USPS

NH post office cuts hours to just 30 minutes a day

June 23, 2012
The U.S. Postal Service’s ‘Plan to Return to Profitability’

Interview with PMG –

Kucinich Backs Hunger Strike For Postal Workers

Picture Permit to Launch June 24

Bitten mail carrier targets owners

Postal proposal monopolistic

APWU to Re-Air TV Ad As Campaign to Defeat House Postal Bill Heats Up

Waiting by the mailbox? USPS sets new, slower delivery service standards starting July 1

NLRB website tries a new approach to appeal to employees

June 22, 2012
PMG announces three acting positions

Former postal worker admits to compensation fraud

Supreme Court: Unions must give fee increase notice
USA Today –

Public Sector Roundup: Are Federal Employees Paid Too Much?
Bloomberg –

Postal workers set to deliver on DC hunger-strike threat

June 21, 2012
Burrus Says “BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR”
-

First-class Mess: Saving the US Postal Service

“Substantial” opposition to $107m USPS direct mail contract
Post and Parcel –

Newspapers battle against special postal rates for Valassis

Man charged in killings of postal workers enters plea

Postal Service should tread lightly

June 20, 2012
Did the USPS Lose Revenue When Its Systems Went Down?

Postal Service processing plant closures in jeopardy
Federal Times –

Turning up the heat: The DC Hunger Strike
Save the Post Office –

With USPS cuts, mail would move more slowly

Tree limb narrowly misses hitting postal worker

Use postal workers to conduct census

Mail handler charged with stealing Walmart gift cards in South Florida

Americans Like the U.S. Postal Service More than McDonald’s

USPS Delivered 30% of FedEx Ground Shipments in FedEx’s Fiscal Fourth Quarter

Postal Service Needs Help, But Business Mail Is Not the Problem

June 19, 2012
Deadlines loom for Postal Service retiree health benefit prepayments

Law Protects Postal Service Workers

USPS offers work option to retired postmasters
Federal News Radio –

OIG: Not Yet Closing Time

June 18, 2012
An explanation of early outs and buyouts

Federal Times –

Busy week at the PRC
The union complains, the Postal Service shares numbers on POStPlan, and the senator sends a letter – Save the Post Office –

Another Greek Tragedy: The US Postal Service

A lose-lose proposition
OUR OPINION: Postal Service’s pricing proposal is monopolistic – The Miami Herald Editorial –

- PostalOne!, and Partnerships
Retiring Soon? Postal Retirees Can ‘Keep Posted’
Postal Vision 2020 v2.0; USPS Strategy Opportunity as a “Platform”

June 17, 2012
Money-losing postal service trying to lose more money?

Move mailboxes to curb? Residents rebel

Postal worker goes to prison for stealing gift cards

June 16, 2012
Hurry It Up, Key Senator Tells Postal Regulatory Commission

Governor Quinn signs bill in Rockford protecting postal workers

The USPS as a Platform?

June 15, 2012
Postal Service Releases Fourth Annual Sustainability Report

Postmasters Who Retire May Be Hired Back As A PMR

Another View: The myth of the Postal Service’s finances

Collins, Durbin square off over postal reform

Can Innovation Save the Postal Service?

Direct Mail Response Rates Down, But Much Better Than Digital Channels

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe knows his agency is veering off a fiscal precipice – and he’s actually trying to hit the brakes – NY Post –

$100000 reward in dumping of postal worker

June 14, 2012
Study: Unionized Employees are Healthier Than Non-Union Counterparts

Maligning Federal Employees

OIG Blog: Distilling New Revenues

OWCP’s VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROGRAM THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

Statement From USADA Regarding US Postal Service Cycling Team Notice Of Doping Allegations

June 13, 2012
Donahoe rules out USPS digital mailbox, but ID services on radar
Post and Parcel –

APWU Files Complaint to Stop USPS From Implementing Phase 1 of Their Consolidation Plan

Save post offices, expand their duties
The Cap Times –

Shyam Das named arbitration chair for next NALC-USPS pact

NALC proposes commission to help USPS ‘work smarter’
Government Executive –

Postal Pension “Refund” Is a Disguised Taxpayer Bailout
by who else…The Heritage Foundation –

USPS could earn millions from marketing campaign

Postal Service failure a symptom of federal failure

USPS ‘friends’ online and social media

Everett mail center to stay open until 2013

June 12, 2012
Postal Service to ‘Look Like Greece’ Without Aid, Donahoe Says

Postal Service Audit Blasts San Diego Mail Carriers for Inefficiency

Postal Service Introduces PayPal as Online Shipping Payment Option

Murkowski to USPS: Step Up War on Drugs in Southeast Alaska

Burrus Says The Actions of White Males As A Group Are Inconsistent With Logic

Springfield postal carriers see more dog attacks

June 11, 2012
For the Postal Service, can “digital” be more than a bad word?

Federal Times –

Post office suspends carrier, investigates dog’s death
Owner says mail carrier deliberately ran dog over –

Unique regulations burden Postal Service

Postmaster is on notice – Postal Service needs better leadership to restore it to sound fiscal footing

‘Every door’ mailing service is growing: Ad items targeted to postal routes

June 10, 2012
NALC says Senators overlooked critical information in postal reform discussion

NAPUS: New POStPlan FAQs Posted

Hunger strikers protest end of first class overnight mail delivery

Historic post offices, Ellis Island hospital join list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Police Reports: Two Postal Workers Arrested for Assault
An employee tangled with the postmaster when he wanted to leave work early. –

June 09, 2012
APWU, USPS Settle Dispute, Protect Maintenance Work

APWU Seeks to Stop Consolidations Until After Commission Issues Opinion

Rural postmasters face ‘life-changing’ decision
Federal Times –

Businesses saving money with USPS direct-mail program

Postmaster won’t address Fairway council on cluster mailboxes issue

June 08, 2012
Newspapers fighting Postal Service

Determined effort by union leader, others, kept postal facility open

Postal Service’s enormous deficit must be addressed

Hunger strikers charge Congress with starving the postal service

- APWU: Grievance Time Limits Extended During National Convention
Man charged in postal killings gets added charges

June 07, 2012
Congressman Higgins Calls for Immediate Removal of Postmaster General

Includes video –

Free the Post Office
Save the Post Office –

The U.S. Postal Service’s Use of Contractors to Deliver Mail: Background and Recent Developments (PDF) – Congressional Research Service –

Postal commission clarifies role on contentious closure issues
GovExec.com –

Updated POStPlan FAQs (PDF) –

RETREAT RIGHTS FAQS (PDF) Contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the process and activities related to employee retreat rights. –

Postal problems persist in St. Louis neighborhood

- Postal employee arrested on animal cruelty charges

June 06, 2012
The National Trust joins the fight to save the post office

Federal prosecutors decline to take Postal Regulatory Commission case
Federal Times –

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Collects 70 Million Pounds of Food for the Hungry

The PRC wants your opinion on POStPlan, but does the Postal Service want the PRC’s? – Save the Post Office –

Amazon Expands Parcel Lockers to 20 Locations in New York City

Ex-mail carrier sues post office
A former mail carrier for the Johnstown post office is suing the agency, claiming she was sexually harassed and then fired on a pretext when she complained. –

- What Ails PostalOne!?

June 05, 2012
APWU: Informal Discussions on Early-Outs, Incentives

Also see Postal workers union confirms “informal” talks over employee buyouts

USPS Financial Crimes

PRC to Review Second Proposal by USPS to Cut Post Office Costs and Operations

Two Alternative Separation Dates for Special Incentives for Postmasters May Be Offered

Postal Workers Going on Hunger Strike

OIG: Every Door Direct Mail: Coming to a TV Near You

Fewer Fed Employees Quitting, More Stuck in Hostile Work Environments

- US Postal Service Sold More than 50 Million Aloha Shirt Stamps in April

June 04, 2012
PSEs to Be Eligible For Health Insurance Soon

Overnight Single-Piece First Class Mail Ends July 1; Could be a Problem for Billers and Consumers – Courier Express and Postal Observer –

POStPlan: Estimating post office revenues
Save the Post Office –

How legislation would rein in workers’ compensation
Federal Times –

POStPlan – Why Didn’t the Postal Service Measure Any Impact on Demand?

Postal Reform Goes Quiet

House must deliver on postal reform

June 03, 2012
Why Does the Postal Service Cling to a Money-Losing Monopoly?

Dead Tree Edition –

Making Parcel Post a Competitive Product Poses Less Threat to Rural Areas than Public Representative States

APWU Rides With Rolling Thunder, Delivers for Wounded Warriors

POStPlan: How to save $500 million without really trying
Save the Post Office –

- National Postal Museum announces launch of centralized gateway to world’s greatest philatelic research

June 02, 2012
SEC Said to Select Postal Inspector General for Watchdog Probe

Embattled US Postal Service gets help from rural America

Police: Pot mailed to postal worker

POStPlan: New lists, maps, financials, and more
Save the Post Office –

June 01, 2012
Criminal Enforcement Actions Against Postal Union Officers 2012

NALC treasurer says gambling habit forced him to steal $80K in union funds

Man convicted in death of on-duty LA postal worker

POStPlan Earned SOV Formula Certified Correct

June 12, 2012
Postal Service to ‘Look Like Greece’ Without Aid, Donahoe Says

Postal Service Audit Blasts San Diego Mail Carriers for Inefficiency

Postal Service Introduces PayPal as Online Shipping Payment Option

Murkowski to USPS: Step Up War on Drugs in Southeast Alaska

Burrus Says The Actions of White Males As A Group Are Inconsistent With Logic

Springfield postal carriers see more dog attacks

June 11, 2012
For the Postal Service, can “digital” be more than a bad word?

Federal Times –

Post office suspends carrier, investigates dog’s death
Owner says mail carrier deliberately ran dog over –

Unique regulations burden Postal Service

Postmaster is on notice – Postal Service needs better leadership to restore it to sound fiscal footing

‘Every door’ mailing service is growing: Ad items targeted to postal routes

June 10, 2012
NALC says Senators overlooked critical information in postal reform discussion

NAPUS: New POStPlan FAQs Posted

Hunger strikers protest end of first class overnight mail delivery

Historic post offices, Ellis Island hospital join list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Police Reports: Two Postal Workers Arrested for Assault
An employee tangled with the postmaster when he wanted to leave work early. –

June 09, 2012
APWU, USPS Settle Dispute, Protect Maintenance Work

APWU Seeks to Stop Consolidations Until After Commission Issues Opinion

Rural postmasters face ‘life-changing’ decision
Federal Times –

Businesses saving money with USPS direct-mail program

Postmaster won’t address Fairway council on cluster mailboxes issue

June 08, 2012
Newspapers fighting Postal Service

Determined effort by union leader, others, kept postal facility open

Postal Service’s enormous deficit must be addressed

Hunger strikers charge Congress with starving the postal service

- APWU: Grievance Time Limits Extended During National Convention
Man charged in postal killings gets added charges

June 07, 2012
Congressman Higgins Calls for Immediate Removal of Postmaster General

Includes video –

Free the Post Office
Save the Post Office –

The U.S. Postal Service’s Use of Contractors to Deliver Mail: Background and Recent Developments (PDF) – Congressional Research Service –

Postal commission clarifies role on contentious closure issues
GovExec.com –

Updated POStPlan FAQs (PDF) –

RETREAT RIGHTS FAQS (PDF) Contains frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the process and activities related to employee retreat rights. –

Postal problems persist in St. Louis neighborhood

- Postal employee arrested on animal cruelty charges

June 06, 2012
The National Trust joins the fight to save the post office

Federal prosecutors decline to take Postal Regulatory Commission case
Federal Times –

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Collects 70 Million Pounds of Food for the Hungry

The PRC wants your opinion on POStPlan, but does the Postal Service want the PRC’s? – Save the Post Office –

Amazon Expands Parcel Lockers to 20 Locations in New York City

Ex-mail carrier sues post office
A former mail carrier for the Johnstown post office is suing the agency, claiming she was sexually harassed and then fired on a pretext when she complained. –

- What Ails PostalOne!?

June 05, 2012
APWU: Informal Discussions on Early-Outs, Incentives

Also see Postal workers union confirms “informal” talks over employee buyouts

USPS Financial Crimes

PRC to Review Second Proposal by USPS to Cut Post Office Costs and Operations

Two Alternative Separation Dates for Special Incentives for Postmasters May Be Offered

Postal Workers Going on Hunger Strike

OIG: Every Door Direct Mail: Coming to a TV Near You

Fewer Fed Employees Quitting, More Stuck in Hostile Work Environments

- US Postal Service Sold More than 50 Million Aloha Shirt Stamps in April

June 04, 2012
PSEs to Be Eligible For Health Insurance Soon

Overnight Single-Piece First Class Mail Ends July 1; Could be a Problem for Billers and Consumers – Courier Express and Postal Observer –

POStPlan: Estimating post office revenues
Save the Post Office –

How legislation would rein in workers’ compensation
Federal Times –

POStPlan – Why Didn’t the Postal Service Measure Any Impact on Demand?

Postal Reform Goes Quiet

House must deliver on postal reform

June 03, 2012
Why Does the Postal Service Cling to a Money-Losing Monopoly?

Dead Tree Edition –

Making Parcel Post a Competitive Product Poses Less Threat to Rural Areas than Public Representative States

APWU Rides With Rolling Thunder, Delivers for Wounded Warriors

POStPlan: How to save $500 million without really trying
Save the Post Office –

- National Postal Museum announces launch of centralized gateway to world’s greatest philatelic research

June 02, 2012
SEC Said to Select Postal Inspector General for Watchdog Probe

Embattled US Postal Service gets help from rural America

Police: Pot mailed to postal worker

POStPlan: New lists, maps, financials, and more
Save the Post Office –

June 01, 2012
Criminal Enforcement Actions Against Postal Union Officers 2012

NALC treasurer says gambling habit forced him to steal $80K in union funds

Man convicted in death of on-duty LA postal worker

POStPlan Earned SOV Formula Certified Correct

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