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Changes to Catastrophic Health Protection in 2015 Should Reassure Feds

Health-Costs_012111-572x368Federal employees and retirees will have some added health insurance protection in 2015 if disaster strikes. Beginning next year, many enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program won’t have to worry about paying separate (i.e., potentially more) out-of-pocket expenses for different benefits, like prescription drugs, the way some currently do. The out-of-pocket cap in […]

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 12:20 am

Letter carrier sentenced for plotting robbery of coworker

court152A former United States Postal Service employee is set to spend more than 15 years in federal prison for her role in the robbery and shooting of a postal truck driver. LaTonya Evans, 44, of Jackson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr. to 15 years and eight months in prison, followed […]

Posted on 23 November 2014 | 12:19 am

USPS Service Alerts – New York State – Photos

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Posted on 22 November 2014 | 12:55 am

A step closer to unions at Amazon

amazonboxesCould Amazon (AMZN) workers finally be on a path to unionizing? A case settled this week with the National Labor Relations Board could pave the way for the company’s workers to organize. As part of the settlement, Amazon agreed to display signs at its fulfillment centers telling employees that they have the right to form […]

Posted on 22 November 2014 | 12:16 am

Holiday spending expected to rise this year

holiday-spending2Shoppers are expected to spend almost $617 billion this holiday season, up 4.1 percent from last year — and more shopping means more shipping. Almost half of all holiday purchases will be made online, according to the projections from the National Retail Federation (NRF). Record online sales are predicted on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:59 pm

Wichita Customer Care Center moves to new location

wicitaThe Postal Service has moved the Wichita, KS, Customer Care Center to a new location where the facility’s 250 employees will be better equipped to serve customers. The center is one of four USPS Customer Care Centers opened since 2012. The centers respond to 52 million customer queries each year, resolving 73 percent at first […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:57 pm

Information: If you have not received the Credit-monitoring codes

breachThe Postal Service reminds employees that a personalized letter from the PMG was recently sent to your home address following the cyber intrusion into some USPS information systems. The letter, which was sent via First-Class Mail, includes an activation code for a credit-monitoring product that is being provided to you free of charge for one […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:55 pm

Man Wielding Baseball Bat Robs Postal Worker

batThe man, identified by authorities as 25-year-old Jorge Toledo, then sped off, crashed into a taxi and fled the scene of the accident, assistant state’s attorney Erin Antonietti said at a bond hearing Friday. An off-duty police officer from Cicero witnessed the second robbery, called police and trailed Toledo until police arrived, Antonietti said. Everything […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:51 pm

‘They’re Ours,’ Says Postal Service of the Holidays

seasonThe US Postal Service this week blanketed US households with a blizzard of eight-page “Holiday Playbooks” proclaiming, “This Is Our Season,” and directing occupants to OurSeason.com to take advantage of several offers, including free delivery of shipping boxes to their doors. It also launched a USPS AR mobile app that uses augmented reality technology to […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:49 pm

Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Keeps Children’s Holiday Spirit Alive

santaNORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark! Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa: Have your child write a letter […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:45 pm

‘We got this’ – Western New York District braves ‘Snow-vember Storm’

llvThe storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the greater Buffalo, NY, area last week caused major disruptions to everything, including mail service. “We did what we do best in Western New York and what we do best as postal employees — took care of our people, moved mail where […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:43 pm

USPS opens new Business Solutions Center

bizThe Postal Service has opened a center in Philadelphia where local entrepreneurs can learn how to use the mail to grow their businesses. The Business Solutions Center will showcase the latest postal technology and educate commercial mailers and others about the benefits of using business mail. The center, located at the Philadelphia P&DC, is the […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:37 pm

Americans Actually Love the Post Office

uspspoPoll finds that the beleaguered USPS is the nation’s most-liked government agency MORE How Amazon Could Save the Post Office’s Holidays This Plan Could Save the Post Office From Extinction U.S. Postal Service Selects First Female Postmaster General Complaining about the post office is an American pastime, like griping about Congress, or whining about the […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 11:35 pm

Audit: SF postal distribution center ‘inefficient’ and ‘overstaffed’

5922769_GA new audit from the US Postal Service Office of Inspector General says the San Francisco Processing and Distribution Center is inefficient and overstaffed. The report, released Thursday, calls for the center to drastically reduce work hours for hundreds of employees to save millions of dollars. Despite the report’s findings, the sign outside the center located […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:57 pm

Shyp app wants to cut out trip to post office

635521381148700009-635519287467748105-Screen-Shot-2014-11-17-at-7.53.01-PMThe late-’90s dot-com boom was bent on making life easier due to technology. That goal was laudable, but often the tech wasn’t up to the task. Fast-forward to 2014 and behold a cornucopia of companies harnessing everything from smartphones to cloud computing to deliver on that early dot-com promise. Uber finds rides at every corner. […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:34 pm

Americans Rate Postal Service Highest of 13 Major Agencies

POLLWhile the U.S. Postal Service has recently withstood a barrage of negative attention, from getting hacked to announcing continued multibillion-dollar deficits, it enjoys the most positive image of 13 high-profile government agencies Gallup recently tested. Younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to review the Postal Service favorably. The Postal Service is the nation’s […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:33 pm

Vigil planned for Maryland postal carrier slain last year delivering mail in the dark

tysonThe family of a mail man slain while on his route in Landover, Md., last year is expected to join postal carriers for a candlelight vigil in his memory this weekend. They’re planning to gather Sunday at Reed Street and Jutewood Avenue in Landover, where 26-year-old Tyson Jerome Barnette was fatally shot while delivering mail […]

Posted on 21 November 2014 | 12:06 am