November 27, 2012

Postal Service gets anemic response to EAS early retirement offer

Postal Service gets anemic response to EAS early retirement offer – Fedline - The Federal Times Blog - federal news, government operations, agency management, pay & benefits: The U.S. Postal Service may have its problems, but they evidently weren’t severe enough to persuade many supervisors and administrators to jump at an early retirement offer.

Out of 3,594 Executive and Administrative Schedule employees eligible for the package, just 186 signed up by the Nov. 19 deadline, according to Postal Service figures provided today.

Postal Service gets anemic response to EAS early retirement offer – Fedline - The Federal Times Blog - federal news, government operations, agency management, pay & benefits

Postal Service gets anemic response to EAS early retirement offer – Fedline - The Federal Times Blog - federal news, government operations, agency management, pay & benefits: The U.S. Postal Service may have its problems, but they evidently weren’t severe enough to persuade many supervisors and administrators to jump at an early retirement offer.

Out of 3,594 Executive and Administrative Schedule employees eligible for the package, just 186 signed up by the Nov. 19 deadline, according to Postal Service figures provided today.

September 10, 2012

USPS Could Save $1 Billion By Combining Delivery Operations, Study Says

  Dead Tree Edition - The U.S. Postal Service could save about $1 billion annually by closing nearly 10,000 postal facilities that house both retail and carrier functions, according to a study released today. A plan presented by the USPS’s Office of Inspector General would mean fewer clerks and postmasters but increased labor costs for letter carriers. "These consolidations [would] reduce facility space costs by $817 million and support labor costs by $566 million, but they also come with additional carrier travel costs of $374 million to obtain the net cost reduction of $1 billion.” 
USPS Could Save $1 Billion By Combining Delivery Operations, Study Says

August 14, 2012

New Hampshire House speaker says mailings aren't reaching voters

Republican House Speaker Bill O’Brien is leveling serious charges against New Hampshire’s unionized postal workers that some are calling paranoid and ridiculous. O’Brien took to Facebook on Monday night to accuse post office employees of delaying and withholding mailers he is trying to send to voters. “My sense is that there will come a time right before November 6 in this election cycle, or perhaps even before the primary, when the unionized postal employees will just stop delivering my mail entirely, cutting me off from having an effective conversation with my constituents,” O’Brien wrote on Facebook. via O’Brien accuses postal service of delaying mailings | Politics – WMUR Home.

7 More Reasons the GOP Might Be Starving USPS of Cash

Exactly why House Republican leaders chose not to act on any postal reform legislation before autumn is still a bit of a mystery. But last week’s Dead Tree Edition article on the subject (See 7 Reasons the GOP Might Be Starving USPS of Cash) stirred up plenty of theories and heated comments from all parts of the political spectrum. via Dead Tree Edition: 7 More Reasons the GOP Might Be Starving USPS of Cash.

What can Brown do for you? Congressman Ryan's UPS Express

Save The Post Office Congressman Paul Ryan, who may be our next Vice President, hasn’t had much to say about the U.S. Postal Service. He has a statement on his website about the agency’s financial problems, but it basically just nutshells the bills put forward by Darrell Issa and Stephen Lynch. The only thing of substance in the statement is Ryan’s rejection of the claim that the Postal Service has overpaid $50 to $75 billion into the CSRS pension fund. Ryan has come out in favor of selling government property, which would presumably include the sale of post offices, and he advocates including government entities like the Postal Service in the federal budget. Ryan also sponsored a bill naming a post office for Congressman Les Aspin (1938-1995), who represented Ryan’s district in Wisconsin from 1971 to 1993.

Burglars hit New Woodstock Post Office

Burglars hit New Woodstock Post Office Sometime during the night, one or more people tried breaking into the building, police say. The postmaster notified Madison County 911 Center at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday about the attempt.Police are withholding further details because of the ongoing investigation. Madison County sheriff’s deputies, investigators and crime scene technicians, as well as the U.S. Postal inspectors from Syracuse have interviewed staff members and and neighbors, photographed the scene and lifted fingerprints. Post office employees are taking inventory and reviewing records for possible missing items.

July 28, 2012

Maryland man planned mass shooting at Pitney Bowes Mail Facility, called himself "Joker"

Police: Maryland man planned mass shooting, called himself 'Joker'
A Crofton man repeatedly threatened to “blow everybody up” at his former workplace and declared himself a “joker,” according to Prince George’s County police — in what authorities believe is a reference to last week’s mass murder during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo.

July 20, 2012

Mailbox rivals complain at "unfair" USPS PO Box service upgrades

Dozens of private sector operators of retail mailing and shipping stores in the US have complained to regulators about US Postal Service plans to offer enhanced PO Box services in post offices. At least 40 operators, including a number of The UPS Store franchisees, filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission today as part of a complaints process regarding new USPS PO Box services introduced since 22nd January this year.
Mailbox rivals complain at "unfair" USPS PO Box service upgrades - Postal and Parcel