Ruralinfo.net Postal News - provided by RuralInfo.net

All Rural and Postal News! All the time..

Baby found abandoned in SW Houston post office lobby

babyA baby boy is now in CPS custody, after he was found in a post office lobby in southwest Houston. According to CPS Spokesperon Estella Olguin, the baby was found in a car seat in the front lobby of the Westbrae Station, near S. Gessner and W. Bellfort. We’re told the baby is about one […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 8:05 pm

2014 Christmas Period will be Dec. 6th through Dec. 26th

piggy-bank-with-a-santa-hat-onThe 2014 Christmas period for rural carriers begins Sat­urday, December 6th, 2014 and ends Friday, December 26th, 2014.   During this period, certain timekeeping and pay rules apply. Timekeepers, including Postmasters, supervisors, and other employees responsible for rural car­rier time and attendance recording, should become familiar with Article 9.2.K., Christmas Allowances and Procedures, of the […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:44 pm

Postal Customers should know the facts about COA services

coaUSPS wants customers to know they may be paying too much for change of address (COA) services at non-postal websites. Some sites charge as much as $40 to register new addresses. Others charge nominal fees upfront before tacking on hefty charges later, according to recent news reports. Consumers often find the sites while searching for […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:36 pm

PMG – This is our future’

donahoefingerThe Postal Service will be ready for the surge in election-related mail during the next two weeks, PMG Pat Donahoe says in his latest video message to employees. “We can expect to see heavy volume right up until Election Day. So we’ve got to stay with it,” Donahoe says. It’s especially important to meet the […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:32 pm

Ex-postal worker guilty of stealing painkillers

Medicine-pillsFederal prosecutors say a former postal clerk has pleaded guilty to stealing prescription medication from the mail and burglarizing the post office he once worked at. Authorities say 42-year-old Nicholas Steven Davis pleaded guilty to stealing a package containing about 180 tablets of hydrocodone from the mail in July 2012 while he worked at the […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:27 pm

Teens to prison for mail carrier assault

court152Two 18-year-olds were sentenced to prison for their roles in an assault on a U.S. postal worker. Raymond Caudillo Jr. was sentenced in Sutter County Superior Court on Monday to 12 years in prison, and Eladio Tena was sentenced to four years in prison, both for their parts in the assault of a U.S. postal […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:25 pm

Overnight Mail Could Be a Thing of the Past

usps_priority_mail_boxes_express_singleThe Postal Service intends to lower service standards again on Jan. 5, MSNBC broadcaster Ed Schultz told his audience on Oct. 20, and that means “it’s going to take a lot longer for your mail to get from Point A to Point B. “Overnight mail could be a thing of the past,” he declared. “Eighty-two […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:24 pm

FedEx forecasts record holiday volume

fedexFedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) is forecasting another record holiday. The company expects to move more than 290 million shipments between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, an 8.8 percent increase in overall year-over-year Peak seasonal volume. The season is expected to be bolstered by three volume spikes throughout December, occurring the first three Mondays of the […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:23 pm

Post office building evacuated after reported equipment accident

USPS-Corrugated-plastic-tote-box-trayPart of the Lyons Post Office building was reportedly at risk of collapse when it was struck by a piece of heavy equipment in Clinton, Iowa. The incident was reported at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at the facility at 97 Main Avenue in Clinton.  The area around the building was under construction. […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:21 pm

OSHA Review Commission decision re letter carrier John Watzlawick

oshaThe Postal Service challenged the citation.  A trial was scheduled before Judge Peggy S. Ball of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in February of 2014. A decision was issued by Judge Ball on September 10, 2014 (copy of decision). On page 34, Judge Ball writes: i. “Heat is No Excuse” From the […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 6:20 pm

USPS Alaska Bypass program makes Sen. Coburn’s 2014 Government ‘Wastebook’

tom_coburnPostal Service grocery shipments to remote Alaska ($77 million): The U.S. Postal Service has shipped consumer items to remote villages in Alaska since 1972 at a cost of $2.5 billion since 1972, including $77 million annually in recent years. The “Alaska Bypass” program, which was detailed in a Washington Post report this summer, amounts to a giant subsidy for retailers […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 2:52 pm

Police Hope New Lead Will Solve Mailman’s Murder

tysonPolice are hoping a grainy surveillance video will help them solve the 2013 murder of a Maryland mailman. Tyson Jerome Barnette, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was on duty when he was shot and killed around 7:20 p.m. in the 6000 block of Reed Street in Cheverly, Md. on Nov. 23. Tuesday, police released surveillance […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 8:13 am

Target Offers Free Shipping on All Holiday Items

target122713Target Corp. is offering for the first time free holiday shipping on all items, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon. The Minneapolis-based chain said its free shipping offer starts Wednesday and will last through Dec. 20. The move is unusually early […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 8:11 am

National Day of Action Planned

NRLCANational Day of Action Planned The NRLCA and the three other postal unions are calling for a national day of action on Friday, November 14, the day the USPS Board of Governors holds their final public meeting of the year. The day of action, scheduled in response to the devastating cuts the Postal Service is […]

Posted on 22 October 2014 | 12:26 am

Rural Carrier Hero: David Zimmerman, Shortsville, NY

superhero_postal_serviceShortsville, NY, Rural Carrier David Zimmerman became concerned when he noticed one of his customers hadn’t collected his mail in several days, so he knocked on the man’s door. There was no response, but Zimmerman could hear the man’s dogs barking. Sensing something was wrong, Zimmerman contacted his Postmaster, who called 911. Emergency responders entered […]

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:16 pm

New USPS program will increase facility recycling

recycle-symbolsThe Postal Service has started to implement its National Recycling Operation, which is expected to double the organization’s recycling rates during the next five years. The new initiative could generate more than $133 million in combined savings and revenue. Under the program, USPS will turn waste into material that can be sold to the recycling […]

Posted on 21 October 2014 | 7:15 pm