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Former postal carrier sentenced to probation for stealing mail

A former Janesville postal carrier was sentenced Tuesday for stealing mail, according to a state Department of Justice release. Kristy Hollibrush, 43, was sentenced to two years’ probation and $1,225 in restitution for the theft, officials said. Hollibrush pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 13. Hollibrush worked as a rural letter carrier with the U.S. ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:58 pm

Audio: Defending & Expanding Public Services with Mark Dimondstein

Program:  Labor Radio Air date:  Mon, 04/14/2014 – 6:00pm – 6:30pm Short Description:  Defending & Expanding Public Services with Mark Dimondstein Listen to the audio 04-14-14_labor-radio.mp3 Mark Dimondstein, the new, activist president of the American Postal Workers Union, addresses thousands of participants at the April 5th Labor Notes conference in Chicago on defending and expanding ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:37 pm

VOE survey to include non-career employees in quarter 3

Since 1999, career postal employees have been invited to participate in the Voice of the Employee (VOE) survey each quarter. Starting this quarter, non-career employees will be able to participate. “2014 will be an exciting year for VOE — for the first time — the survey will include our non-career workforce as well as career ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:33 pm

USPS testing same-day delivery service in New York

The Postal Service has introduced Metro Post — a new option for New York businesses that need same-day package delivery service in the city. New York is the second test market for Metro Post, which began in San Francisco in 2012. In New York, businesses pay a fee to have packages picked up in the ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:29 pm

USPS Employees can easily recycle unwanted small devices and equipment

It’s spring cleaning season, and employees are encouraged to dispose of unwanted electronics in their homes and offices through the USPS Blue Earth Federal Recycling Program. Employees can easily recycle unwanted small devices and equipment, including: Inkjet and toner cartridges Cell phones and smartphones Tablets and e-readers MP3 players GPS devices Digital cameras Media games ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 7:28 pm

NRLCA: Four Postal Unions Respond to House Hearing

On April 8th, 2014, House Oversight & Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held another hearing calling for further cuts to the U.S. Postal Service. This time, Chairman Issa and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) focused largely on President Barack Obama’s budget proposal, which called for the elimination of six-day mail delivery, a proposal that would ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 5:26 pm

BBB Warns Scammers Targeting USPS Customers Through Fake Emails

Postal customers beware – scammers are disguising themselves as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and sending out bogus e-mails in order to access personal information. These e-mails claim to be from the USPS and contain information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns customers to ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 5:23 pm

Federal Thrift Savings Plan changing lifecycle fund allocations

On March 26, the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) announced changes to allocations within the lifecycle funds (L funds) for federal employees. The L funds are similar to the “target retirement investment funds” available from various mutual fund companies in that the allocations in each are geared to the approximate time of a person’s retirement. The ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:19 pm

Pa. man sues U.S. Govt. over accident with USPS worker

William A. Farris, who resides in the City of New Castle, filed a civil action on April 7 against the United States of America over injuries he claims to have sustained following a Dec. 18, 2012, vehicle accident in the parking lot of Pagley’s Pasta & More in New Castle. The complaint says that a ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:17 pm

USPS Plans to Open Hubs to Retailers Competing with Amazon

At the moment, Manabe said that the agency is actively looking for ways to build new business lines around what not long ago might have been considered science fiction. “We are not that far from the point where the refrigerator will simply be able to reorder for you,” she said. “You will see us looking ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

Mysterious postcard becomes window into past

The postcard’s message is brief, written along its edge in fading pencil: “Arrived in Portland at 8 o’clock. Having a fine time. Be home sometime Sat. — Blanche.” But the writing on the postcard, addressed to Florence Marion of Butte Falls, isn’t its defining characteristic. The date it was sent — and the date it ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:14 pm

Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants Offers Assistance to USPS to Stop Delivery of Chinese Counterfeit Drugs

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The Global Piracy and Counterfeiting Consultants is now offering to help the US Postal Service to stop delivering Chinese counterfeit pharmaceutical products via the US mail, because Chinese counterfeit drugs put at risk US consumers, and costs major pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders billions of dollars each year. The Piracy and ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:12 pm

Congresswoman Bordallo Calls on PMG to Correct Problems in Guam

Guam -  In the wake of numerous complaints from both island residents and businesses, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has written to the U.S. Postmaster General calling on him to correct the problems with the Postal Service’s new address recognition system now in effect on Guam. The computerized system now in place has resulted in the return of ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

Berkeley: Mayor clarifies position on post office sale

Social media was buzzing last week with questions and conjectures on whether the Mayor Tom Bates’ allegiance to saving the downtown Berkeley Post Office was waning, after the mayor’s April 8 address to the Downtown Berkeley Association. The City Council has been united — unusual for the oft-divided lawmakers — taking unanimous votes and issuing ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:04 pm

When a mail carrier spends too much time on the cellphone

Stephen says there’s a new mail carrier in his neighborhood, and she’s fond of chatting on her cellphone. In fact, she spends so much time yakking away, Stephen says, she sometimes delivers mail to the wrong house. She also frequently uses the F-word, much to the consternation of parents in the neighborhood. via When a ...

Posted on 15 April 2014 | 12:03 pm

Postal employees deliver smiles to elementary school kids

Postal employees deliver more than mail and packages. Sometimes they also deliver fun and education to school children. Whenever Hanover, MA, Postmaster Ernie Carson leads school children on a tour of the Post Office, he encourages them to use their imaginations. “Let’s see what it’s like to be a piece of mail,” he told school ...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 5:53 pm

USPS and unions discuss best practices to improve customer satisfaction

USPS continues to work with postal unions to improve customers’ experiences. Recently, Consumer and Industry Affairs (C&IA) officials in Washington, DC, met with union representatives to discuss the effects customer service has on the overall customer experience. The meeting focused on defining customer service characteristics that foster a positive experience for customers. During the meeting, ...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 5:52 pm

USPS sets the record straight – Travel card payments are employees’ responsibility

Have employees abused the use of USPS-issued travel cards, as reported by some news outlets and on social media? Out of half-a-million employees, the actions of a few bad apples can make life difficult for everyone — including the vast majority of employees who have USPS individually billed travel cards and use them responsibly and ...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 5:49 pm

Deadly Letters: Oxford Woman, 94, An Unlikely Victim Of 2001 Anthrax Mail Attacks

For weeks Ottilie Lundgren hadn’t been able to shake a pesky cold, so when her niece Shirley Davis visited her Oxford home on a Friday morning and found the 94-year-old woman was having difficulty breathing, they went to the hospital. “I remember she kept telling me, ‘I don’t know why I am so sick. What ...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 5:46 pm

Man sentenced for robbing postal worker

Brandon B. Handy of Opelousas has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for assaulting and robbing a U.S. Postal Service contract carrier. United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said that sentence against Handy, 33, was handed down by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote. Handy was also sentenced to five years of supervised release ...

Posted on 14 April 2014 | 5:44 pm