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RCA rural carrier dies in Illinois crash

llv2Will County authorities say a U.S. Postal Service driver has been killed in a crash southwest of Chicago. The county coroner’s office said 48-year-old Daniel McGuire of Channahon died Thursday. A Will County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman says McGuire drove his mail truck off a road and onto the shoulder before crossing the center line and […]

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 8:13 am

Time to fall back Sunday Nov. 2nd

daylightsaving-fall_770x433Most states will shift back to standard time this weekend. The change officially occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Facilities with Saturday night operations should reset clocks as soon as possible after the 2 a.m. start time. Before opening for business Monday, Nov. 3, clocks should be set back one hour to reflect the […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:12 pm

USPS releases 2014 Christmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers

piggy-bank-with-a-santa-hat-onChristmas Pay Procedures for Rural Carriers The 2014 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Saturday, December 6, 2014 (Week 2, Pay Period (PP) 26-2014), and ends Friday, December 26, 2014, end of Pay Period 01-2015. During this period, certain timekeeping and pay rules apply. Timekeepers, including Postmasters, supervisors, and other employees responsible for rural carrier […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:00 pm

DMM Revision: New Options for Restricted Delivery and Pickup On Demand Services

usps150Effective October 30, 2014, the Postal Service™ is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), in various related sections to introduce the following enhanced service features: Special, Extra, and Other Services Restricted Delivery with Signature Confirmation The Postal Service is enhancing the Signature Confirmation offering by allowing mailers purchasing […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:59 pm

U.S. Postal Service Provides Holiday Shipping Tips and 2014 Christmas Shipping Deadlines

Red-Christmas-decorations-christmas-22228015-1920-1200WASHINGTON  — With Christmas just two months away, the U.S. Postal Service is offering holiday shipping tips to help customers ship the 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages expected to be delivered in time for Christmas. “The key to holiday shipping is being prepared and starting early,” advises U.S. Postal Service Consumer Advocate John Budzynski. […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:58 pm

NSA, Move Over: The Postal Service is America’s New Privacy Problem

usps-signWatch out Edward Snowden; privacy issues have left your inbox and crawled out of the computer screen once more into the “real world,” or the post office. Snowden, former National Security Agency (NSA) consultant, drew national attention to invasion of privacy without proper oversight, releasing a number of government documents to the press and public, […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:58 pm

Congress should unshackle the U.S. Postal Service while maintaining Saturday mail delivery

congressHere’s something Congress can do when it returns from recess next month: start fixing the U.S. Postal Service. The floundering agency has spent the past several years casting about as it sinks under the weight of a digital age. It is facing competition from models much more flexible and able to change with the times. […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:57 pm

U.S. Postal Service worker reportedly killed in Illinois crash

uspsmailboxflagA U.S. Postal Service driver was reportedly killed when his vehicle collided with a truck Thursday afternoon near southwest suburban Channahon. The accident occurred about 12:35 p.m. on Youngs Road, just south of Cavalea Drive in unincorporated Channahon Township, about 7 miles southwest of Joliet, according to the Will County sheriff’s office. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Kathy […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:56 pm

Postal worker takes action to put crooks behind bars

heroIt was an act of bravery and quick thinking at the Medford post office when a postal worker put an end to fake money orders circulating around the state. Mark Hawkins is a Sales Associate at the Medford post office on Riverside when he recognized a familiar problem in his own store earlier this month. […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:55 pm

Saving the mail – A Q&A with Sen. Tom Carper on his bipartisan plan for postal reform

carper155As a longtime member – and current Chairman – of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) has spent the better part of the last decade championing a bipartisan approach to keep the Postal Service viable. Among other things, Sen. Carper’s current postal reform proposal, co-sponsored by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:53 pm

Post Office to Berkeley: Drop Dead!

U.S._Post_Office_(Allston_Way,_Berkeley,_CA)This letter is in response to your letter of October 27, 2014 and is intended to address what seem to be the City’s main issues. First, you express concerns about the fact that the United States Postal Service (“Postal Service”) will not discuss with the City of Berkeley the details regarding the status of properties […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:53 pm

Dimondstein: Don’t Let Postmaster General Put USPS in a Museum | APWU

dimonapwu“Postmaster General Donahoe is implementing one of the greatest threats to the public Postal Service to date,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein says in a new video. Standing in front of the National Postal Museum, Dimondstein adds, “This is where Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe would permanently put the public Postal Service.” Dimondstein urges viewers to participate […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:52 pm

Does the Postal Service protect your privacy?

privacyThere are a few givens about mail: It’s not much fun anymore – even grandmothers remembering your birthday know about direct deposit; everybody likes the mail carrier, who waves to you whether you have flu, chicken pox or Ebola; everybody wants Saturday deliveries. Oh yes. Forever stamps – what are those all about? If you […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:51 pm

Investment king tells TSP Board: Feds are in good shape for retirement

tsplogoCompared to other Americans, federal employees are in good shape for retirement, according to the head of an investment firm with a $4.6 trillion portfolio. Larry Fink, chief executive officer of BlackRock, spoke at a meeting Monday of the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which administers the Thrift Savings Plan. BlackRock manages the $242 billion […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:28 am

Kinston postal worker charged with dealing drugs

usps-flagJoseph James Huff, 38, of 1432 Joyce Drive in Greenville, is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, selling marijuana and delivering marijuana. He was given a $4,000 bond. Huff allegedly sold a quarter ounce of marijuana to an undercover detective while on duty, and continued to do so until he was arrested, […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:00 am

VIDEO: UPS driver seen kicking $12,000 package

upsA UPS driver on Long Island is in hot water and possibly out of a job after he was caught on camera mishandling a package. The video shows how Ray Martel’s sensitive; $12,000 pressure gauge left East Hills Instruments in Westbury Monday, as an apparently disgruntled UPS driver rolled it out the door. “This guy […]

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:58 am