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Rural Carrier Hero: Brenda Vaughn, Stoutsville, MO

superhero_postal_serviceStoutsville, MO, Rural Carrier Brenda Vaughn was delivering mail when she saw a customer fall. Vaughn and two neighbors helped the injured woman up and into her home. After making sure the woman didn’t need medical attention, Vaughn continued on her route. Source: USPS News Link – Heroes Corner archive – May 2015

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:41 pm

Vehicle upgrades a crucial investment, CFO says

CORBETTReplacing the Postal Service’s delivery fleet is necessary to the organization’s future, Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett told a congressional panel May 21. New vehicles will ensure USPS is able to fulfill its obligation to provide prompt, reliable and efficient services for the nation, he said. “In order to effectively meet the needs of our […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:40 pm

May 31 rates turn up in post offices on May 20 

usps-signWhen United States post offices opened for business Wednesday morning, May 20, all point-of-sale equipment had been reprogrammed to automatically calculate prices on customer purchases at the new postage rates.The problem is, those new rates don’t go into effect until May 31. Many sales rung up at the post office window on Wednesday, however, were coming […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:40 pm

Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association Reach Impasse in Contract Negotiations

uspsflagOn May 20, negotiations on a new labor contract between the United States Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) came to an impasse. The parties will continue to follow the current agreement until a new contract is reached through the dispute resolution process.The NRLCA represents more than 116,000 employees who deliver […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:39 pm

NALC statement on OIG’s report regarding USPS financial services

nalclogoThe U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report today on “The Road Ahead for Postal Financial Services.” Below is a statement from Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers:The OIG’s report contains interesting observations and recommendations on ways the Postal Service can begin to serve the needs of […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:38 pm

UPDATE: School Bus, Mail Truck Crash Injures 2 in CT

image13Two drivers were injured when a First County school bus collided with a mail truck on Mountain Road in Suffield around 3 p.m. Wednesday.There weren’t any children aboard the bus, according to NBC Connecticut. Mountain Road reportedly is closed between Sheldon Street and South Grand Street while police investigate, according to the NBC report Source: […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:37 pm

Dad, son pull Tillamook man from burning truck after NE Portland crash

635677784086048028-crash-picA man died and another was pulled from the wreckage on fire after a crash on Northeast Columbia Boulevard and 17th Avenue Wednesday night.According to Portland police, a speeding van heading west on Columbia about 9:15 p.m. crashed into a U.S. Postal Service tractor trailer. Both vehicles burst into flames.The driver of the 1999 Ford […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:35 pm

U.S. GAO – Federal Vehicle Fleets: Leading Practices for Managing Fleet Operations

uspsrowllvEffective fleet management relies on a complete and integrated fleet management information system, the use of life-cycle cost analysis, and appropriate decisions about fleet size and composition.  Following these practices enhances agencies’ ability to make sound decisions about their fleets and assure that the fleets are meeting missions in the most cost-efficient manner possible.  The […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:33 pm

Amid USPS’ Calls for Pay Cuts, Unions Let Deadline Pass for New Labor Contract 

contract-negotiationTwo postal unions representing more than 300,000 employees are struggling to reach new collective bargaining agreements with postal management, with one already abandoning negotiations in favor of mediation.USPS’ contracts with both the American Postal Workers Union, which represents nearly 200,000 employees, and the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, which represents about 116,000 workers, were set […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:32 pm

USPS is losing sight of public safety

usps-post_office (1)As it currently stands, the Postal Service’s security standards are not up to code. The agency does not comprehensively trace the senders and receivers of all items that it handles. More specifically, it does not electronically track packages sent through foreign postal services. There are also financial implications, as U.S. Customs is unable to collect […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:31 pm

Amazon Prime Now offering one-hour deliveries from “local stores” in Manhattan 

amazon-prime1Amazon.com has announced that, for customers in Manhattan, its Prime Now service is offering one-hour delivery for goods from “local stores”, in addition to the tens of thousands of items already available through the service.From today (Thursday, 21 May), customers in “select neighborhoods” in Manhattan can purchase groceries, prepared meals and baked goods from D’Agostino, […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:31 pm

Police: Suspect high on meth hijacks postal truck 

methA Redding man was arrested Wednesday after police said he hijacked a postal truck.  It took pepper spray and several officers to take the suspect into custody.Christopher Sage, 28, was arrested for robbery, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a dangerous weapon (homemade knife), prowling […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:30 pm

Mail carriers honor Genoa man in funeral procession 

llv2Huntley-based mail carriers delivered a special salute to a fallen colleague Thursday. Related Links Mail carriers honor Genoa man in funeral procession A fleet of mail carriers from the U.S. Postal Service Annex in Huntley drove to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Union as part in the funeral procession for Jene Burno, who worked as […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:29 pm

OIG Report Paints Bright Future for Postal Banking | APWU

oigA report by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released May 21 outlines the next steps for implementing postal banking, in which post offices would offer basic financial services – providing affordable banking transactions to every zip code in the US, while strengthening the Postal Service.The May 21 report titled, “The Road Ahead for […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:28 pm

Florida postal worker who landed on Capitol lawn pleads not guilty 

not-guilty1Doug Hughes, the Florida mail carrier who landed his gyrocopter on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn last month, appeared in court on Thursday to plead not guilty to all six federal charges against him.Among the charges against Hughes are two felonies: operating an aircraft without a license and flying an unregistered aircraft. He faces up […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:27 pm

USPS now one step closer to providing financial services 

Bank-sign-3The United States Postal Service is now one step closer to becoming a financial institution.In January 2014, a white paper from the USPS’s Office of the Inspector General suggested that by allowing the post office to offer banking services, it could help communities that are currently underserved by banks.Now, a new white paper from the USPS’ Office […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:26 pm

APWU Contract Talks Extended, to Focus on Economic Package

apwu6505/21/2015 – The APWU and the U.S. Postal Service agreed to continue bargaining for an additional week after they were unable to reach agreement on economic issues by the May 20 expiration of the current contract.“We were unable to reach a negotiated settlement tonight,” Dimondstein said. “We were too far apart on wages and benefits. But […]

Posted on 21 May 2015 | 7:25 pm