Aug 14, 2008 -A Windfall That Will Blow You Away;AMust Read for CSRS Employees
Most people would love to have a financial windfall. A chunk of unexpected money that appears out of nowwhere. But there is another kind of windfall. It is a formula that can eat into the Social Security benefit anticipated by tens of thousands of long-time (CSRS) federal workers, school teachers and employees of some nonprofits. (more...)
Aug 05, 2008 -Time For Bold Moves
The Postal Service now faces its greatest financial challenge since I first began writing about Postal Finances in 2001. The combination of secular and cyclical trends are having a devastating impact on postal volumes and revenue and cost-cutting efforts cannot happen fast enough to counter the decline in revenue. (more...)
Aug 01, 2008 - Anthrax Victims React to Ivins' Death With Mixed Emotions
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, August 1, 2008; 3:34 PM
Survivors of the 2001 anthrax attacks and relatives of the victims expressed various reactions today to news of a possible break in the case, with some expressing relief and gratitude and others remaining skeptical.
July 31, 2008 - House backs new FERS sick leave policy
The House passed a measure Wednesday giving federal employees hired since 1984 the opportunity to get credit for unused sick leave in their pension calculations....(more...)
July 18, 2008 - USPS Names Two Postal Execs To New VP Slots(more...) Lets see we are losing money and getting rid of the workers off the floor but what does the PMG do? Who works the mail anyway?
July 17, 2008 - USPS Releases Details Of Voluntary Early Retirement Offer(more...)
Steve Malizia replacement - Manager, Labor Relations (EAS-25) for the Eastern Area(more...)
July 7, 2008 - On July 1, 2008, the Postal Service issued a draft request for proposals (draft RFP) concerning a Time-Definite Surface Network, which is another step toward outsourcing some of the work (the processing and transportation of parcels and standard mail) now being performed at the 21 Bulk Mail Centers. (more...)
Postal Service plans to overhaul delivery network, close facilities (more...) Federaltimes.com
June 28, 2008 - As requested a link to the DOL(OSHA) website with the complete story on the Employers with subpar DART scores originally posted here on June 16. Click here for the whole story.
June 26, 2008 - House Committee Approves Study On Ending Saturday Mail Delivery
The House Appropriations Committee today approved an amendment offered by Congressman Jack Kingston (R/GA-1) that would require the United States Postal Service to study the cost-effectiveness and fuel consumption of a five-day delivery system and consumer demand of Saturday postal delivery(more)
June 25, 2008 - Video on US Postal Services FSS (Flat Sequencing System)
June 20, 2008 - The U.S. Postal Service has filed with Congress its Network Plan.
The Postal Service submitted to Congress yesterday its much anticipated Network Plan, which lays out the USPS’ performance goals, describes the changes to its processing, transportation and retail networks necessary to meet those goals and summarizes the Postal Service’s vision for rationalizing its infrastructure and workforce.
The Postal Regulatory Commission this week posted the June 2008 version of the Postal Service’s proposed service performance measurement plan on its website. The PRC invites comments from the mailing community on the USPS’ revised proposal. Comments are due by July 9, 2008, and the PRC said all comments will be posted on its website.
In the face of coming changes to the Domestic Mail Manual, PostCom member Todd Butler explains why it’s important for customers to be proactive with their mailpiece designs to ensure the pieces they produce are compatible with letter processing equipment. In this perspective, Butler urges mailers to be proactive and take their mailpieces to a processing plant and watch them run on the sorting equipment instead of waiting for the results of the engineering test and proposed changes to the DMM.
Association for Postal Commerce Board Member and tabbing-mail expert Steve Lopez sets the record straight about the much-touted demise of the “letter-sized booklet” or “slim-jim” in this article. Lopez says recent articles have heaped unfair criticism upon some USPS and industry experts who have been working hard to resolve this issue. Rather, he says those writing about the death of the slim-jim have not been part of the industry or USPS teams working to identify and resolve these problematic issues. In addition, Lopez applauds PostCom for its stewardship to resolve the automation challenges presented by slim-jims.
Postal Service wants to be shipper of choice for eBay sellers. Fisher named PRC acting director for public affairs, government relations. USPS Governor Williams appointed to new term. Rising fuel prices hurt USPS, too. PRC field hearing testimony posted. USPS issues Olympic Games commemorative stamp.
British union verbally attacks Royal Mail execs. Labor dispute sparks postal strike in Portugal. Strike ends in Poland. Deutsche Post trying to expand in China.
A list of upcoming postal-related events. (postcom.org)
June 16, 2008 - The Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health has notified 14,000
employers nationwide that their injury and illness rates are considerably higher than
the national average.
In a letter sent to those employers, Assistant Secretary Edwin G. Foulke Jr. explained that the notification was a proactive step to encourage employers to take action now to reduce rates and improve safety and health conditions in their workplaces.
The letter encourages employers to consider hiring an outside safety and health consultant, talking with their insurance carrier, or contacting the workers' compensation agency in their state for advice.
Why am I mentioning this? Because Local 308 has 10 Postal Facilities that received this notification. Do you think you are safe where you work, or do you work at one of the Facilities listed below:
US Postal Service DELAWARE P&DF 147 Quigley Blvd New Castle DE
US Postal Service WILKES-BARRE P&DF 300 S Main St Wilkes Barre PA
US Postal Service PHILADELPHIA BMC 1900 Byberry Rd Philadelphia PA
US Postal Service PHILADELPHIA AMF 1000 Tinicum Island Rd Philadelphia PA
US Postal Service SOUTHEASTERN PA P&DC 1000 West Valley Rd Southeastern PA
US Postal Service PHILA LOGISTICS & DISTRIB CTR 1900 Byberry Rd Philadelphia PA
US Postal Service LANCASTER P&DC 1400 Harrisburg Pike Lancaster PA
US Postal Service TRENTON P&DC 680 US Hwy 130 Trenton NJ
US Postal Service SO JERSEY P&DC 421 Benigno Blvd Bellmawr NJ
US Postal Service HARRISBURG P&DC 1425 Crooked Hill Road Harrisburg PA
I didn't fabricate these facilities or this information, if you want to download the list of the 14,000 employers who recieved this letter click HERE. This is a zip file from the DOL website. You will need winzip or some program that opens zipped files, you will also need a database program. I downloaded a freeware program called DBF Manager from CNET. (DOL.gov)