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CareerBuilder Releases This Year’s Most Unbelievable Excuses for Calling in Sick

a-surprising-statistic-about-workers-who-call-in-sick1 in 4 employers have caught an employee faking sick through social media 1 in 5 have fired an employee for calling in sick with a fake excuse CHICAGO – October 23, 2014 – From claiming they need the day to fix some botched plastic surgery to saying they accidentally got on a plane, America’s […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:02 pm

Structural Damage At Post Office In Clinton, Iowa

5340856_GAt approximately 11 a.m. on October 22nd, the rear of the building at 97 Main Avenue, also known as the Lyons Post Office, collapsed while a contractor was working on a green infrastructure project. The site was quickly evacuated and secured and no injuries were sustained. A structural engineer was called to determine the soundness […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 7:10 pm

TSP Contribution Limits to Rise in 2015

tspThe IRS announced today that the contribution limits for tax advantaged retirement plans such as the Thrift Savings Plan will be increasing in 2015. The annual contribution limit in the TSP will go from $17,500 per year to $18,000 next year. The catch up contribution limit will go from $5,500 to $6,000. The IRS said that many […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:53 pm

Postal Service gets green light to test grocery delivery

bildeThe Postal Service now has approval for a pilot program to deliver groceries and packaged food, according to an Oct. 23 decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission. The Postal Service had asked to test out a concept it called “customized delivery” in which the agency receives freezer bags filled with foods or other packaged goods […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:51 pm

Postal Service issues holiday stamps

Red-Christmas-decorations-christmas-22228015-1920-1200The Postal Service got a jump start on the holidays this week when it issued Winter Fun domestic and the Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath international stamps. The Winter Fun stamps feature four separate images of ice-skating, snow angels, snowmen and a bird perched on a snowy tree limb. The Global Holiday: Silver Bells Wreath […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:49 pm

Undeliverable As Addressed Mail | Office of Inspector General

oigHow does undeliverable as addressed mail impact you as a sender or receiver? Each year, about 6.8 billion mailpieces cannot be delivered as addressed for reasons such as people and businesses moving, illegible addresses, or deceased addressees. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans change their addresses annually. However, not all moves are […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 6:47 pm

Postal workers union wants Harvard president to oppose Staples deal or resign

staplesboycottThe American Postal Workers Union is calling on Harvard University’s president to oppose a business arrangement between Staples Inc. and the U.S. Postal Service, or resign her seat on the office supply company’s board. “We’re not talking about just selling stamps,” union President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement. “Staples is pretending to be a […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:16 pm

2015 Postal retiree cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)

COLA2The 2015 COLAs for CSRS and FERS benefits are based on the increase in the average CPI-W between the 3rd quarter of 2013 (230.327) and the 3rd quarter of 2014. The 3rd quarter of 2014 average CPI-W was calculated today at 234.242, so the 2015 retiree COLAs will be 1.7%. CSRS annuities receive full COLAs; […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:15 pm

Former postmaster sentenced for stealing mail, money

usps-mail_theftThe Rockton postmaster who was caught stealing money and gift cards that were sent in the mail was sentenced to serve 35 days to one year in the Clearfield County Jail by Judge Paul Cherry Tuesday. Jody L. Cavazza, 56, of DuBois pleaded guilty to 17 counts of theft by unlawful taking. She was ordered […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:12 pm

Free Shipping Is Going to Cost You More

free-shipping-canadaFree shipping is getting more expensive. Retailers including Inc., Best Buy Co. and Gap Inc. are boosting the amount online shoppers must spend to qualify for free shipping, hoping to cover the growing cost of providing the perk. On average, a customer now has to spend $82 on merchandise to qualify for free shipping, […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:11 pm

Target Fires First Salvo in Holiday Shipping Wars

targLooking to jump-start its holiday sales, Target announced yesterday it would offer free 3-to-5-day shipping on all orders, commencing immediately and running through December 20. “We’ve been building capabilities that put us in a strong starting position, including the right digital tools,” said Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell in a press release announcing the move. […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:10 pm

Sen. Carper and Sen.Coburn – Fix the U.S. postal service

Carper&CoburnCongress needs to work together to fix the U.S. Postal Service. The reasons are clear: its finances are in dire straits and getting worse. Every month brings a new tale of fiscal woe: red ink; declining First Class mail; a maxed-out line of federal credit; and tens of billions of dollars in retiree health care […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 3:09 pm

Shandon residents say issues with the mail have gotten out of control

uspstraycartWhen a package intended for Jennifer Moe package was sent back to its sender, the action resulted in a four-month delay before her daughter could get a needed surgery. Moe’s is just one of many anecdotes residents of Shandon tell when they try to illustrate how seemingly small hiccups with their mail can completely screw […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 8:31 am

Postmaster General Wins Dubious Publishing Honor

Postmaster-General-DonahoeIn just two and a half years, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has gone from hero to villain in the eyes of a leading publishing-industry magazine. Disruptor General Folio: named the U.S. Postal Service’s CEO this week to its Folio: 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the magazine industry, in the “disruptor” category. […]

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 7:57 am

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