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    May 31, 2006: Professional Fire Fighters of Alabama ... Huntsville Fire Fighters Local 1833 will be hosting the PFFA State Convention. To be held June 1-3 at the Holiday Inn Research Park, 5903 University Drive, Huntsville, AL. ... " -[Site Reference:]

    Sept. 18, 2004: Interceptors installed at Fort Greely: The Missile Defense Agency is halfway to its goal of installing six interceptors at Fort Greely this year. "...the interceptor booster to be used in the test had problems. The booster is at a launch pad on the Kwajalein Atoll... The interceptor will have to be shipped back to Huntsville, Ala.,... " -[Site Reference:]

    June 23, 2004: Terrorism Training Pays Off in Other Ways '"We're just reaping benefits from homeland security money for terrorist attacks that apply to other situations," says Jay Gates of Huntsville Fire and Rescue. ' -[Site Reference:]

    May 14, 2004: Private rocket ship sets altitude record "Putting SpaceCraftOne into space itself would scoop the $10 million X-Prize for Scaled Composites. The prize, aimed at spurring the development of private spacecraft, will be awarded to the first team to carry two people to 100km altitude twice in two weeks." -[Site Reference:]

    Mar. 18, 2004: Historic schoolhouse torched in Huntsville fire training exercise Morris Chapel Primitive Baptist Church owned the schoolhouse, but offered to let the firefighters burn the abandoned wooden building to avoid increased insurance payments.Huntsville Fire & Rescue spokesman Jay Gates said fires are set after the buildings are inspected and deemed fit for burning. -[Site Reference:]

    Fire ravages Huntsville depot Huntsville Fire & Rescue spokesman Jay Gates confirmed Thursday night that the fire had been started by an unknown person, but could not say if it was arson or accident. -[Site Reference:]

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    Feb 16, 2004: Huntsville Firefighters Given Medals of Valor: Huntsville Fire & Rescue firefighters honored for their bravery, credited with saving a fellow firefighter's life.[site ref:]

    11.28.03: U.S. Space Agency Unworried by Space Station Noise [Site Reference:]

    Feb. 7, 2004: Spencer has sizable cash lead in race for mayor: Incumbent's donations total $73,200; Caylor has $19,500 "Watson's biggest contributors were Bill Propst, $5,000; and Elizabeth Schonrock and Keith Schonrock Jr., $2,000 each. The following gave $1,000 each: Bentley Pontiac/GMC/Cadillac/Oldsmobile; HRC LLC.; Madison Square Chrysler Jeep; Mr. and Mrs. George Moore of Meridian Street; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Bingham of Meridian Street; Huntsville Professional Firefighters Association; Louis Breland of Madison; Regal Auto Plaza of University Drive; and VW Audi." -[Site Reference:]

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    June 5, 2012    Mail Handlers to be offered $15,000 retirement incentive  "Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties on May 22, 2012, eligible Mail Handlers who choose to leave employment with the USPS on or before August 31, 2012 will each receive incentive payments totaling up to fifteen thousand dollars (for full-time employees). The MOU also provides a moratorium on excessing in all facilities until at least August 11, 2012 (unless excessing was already scheduled). This provision should eliminate excessing in some facilities that will now have vacancies due to retirements, and may provide vacancies closer to home for other employees who have to be excessed after August 11."    [Reference:]

    March 10, 2011   Management Reductions and other cuts to be announced March 25   "USPS to reduce workforce by up to 30,000 in 2011"    [Reference:]

    March 10, 2011   Flint Processing and Distribution Center Consolidation   "the agency is expected to soon announce its plans for the Flint Processing and Distribution Center."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 12, 2011   Federal Duck Stamp Collecting   "An oft overlooked collectible stamp is the Federal Duck Stamp. The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, often known as Ducks Stamps, are pictorial stamps produced by the Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. These stamps are not valid for postage. Originally, these stamps were created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for duck hunting and hunting migratory waterfowl."    [Reference: Federal Duck Stamp Collecting ]

    Feb. 5, 2011: Mail to Egypt Suspended by U.S. Postal Service "...The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced Friday, that it has temporarily suspended delivery to Egypt ...> [Reference: Postal News]

    March 18, 2008: Postal Service buyout? "... I have heard rumors about a possible buyout or some sort of monetary offer that may be coming for USPS employees...> [Reference:]

    Feb. 17 ,2008: Rumors of.... USPS Postal Buyout? Volunteer Early Retirement? Plenty of rumors are floating around across the nation from postal facility to postal facility about postal early outs, USPS buyout programs and Volunteer Early Retirement (VERA). There are very few articles to be found on this subject. There is no doubt that the postal service is determined to reduce the numbers of employees substantially to justify the cost of automation as well as justifying the ridiculously low rates offered to big bulk mailers. Here are a couple of articles we have found on the subject. NOTE: None of this information has been verified, so take it with a grain of salt. The first article is from the Federal Times. This short article details the USPS' authority, or lack of authority, relative to offering a program to only CSRS and excluding FERS. The second article is from the This article references a letter from the Los Angeles APWU detailing an upcoming Volunteer Early Retirement Authority (VERA) approved by OPM. Again, we have not verified the source. However, we speculate, if the letter is genuine, there would not be many APWU members that would take this offer, as it offers no monetary incentive. L.A., due to the size of the district, would be a great test ground to determine if the USPS would be successful without an incentive ...not going to happen for the majority since it would be costly to an employee not at Minimum Retirement Age (MRA). What do you think? If you have any paperwork that the reference can be verified, please share it with us! [Reference: The Postal NewsGroup] Feb. 12, 2008:   Thanks to the Postal Newsgroup   "... We would like to give a "shout-out" for the complimentary, honorable mention on their blog. Thanks! ..."    [Reference: The Postal Newsgroup]

    Feb. 12, 2008:   Postal Service Offers First-Time Military Discount For New, Large Flat-Rate Box   "... Planning to send a care package to a U.S. military service member serving abroad? Send it after March 3 to take advantage of a new flat-rate box from the U.S. Postal Service that is 50 percent larger and delivered for $10.95 to an APO/FPO address — $2 less than for domestic destinations. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 12, 2008:   Stamps Increasing by One Cent to 42¢ on May 12   "... “The Postal Service developed the Forever Stamp for consumers to ease the transition during price changes,” said Postmaster General John Potter. “We encourage Americans to buy Forever Stamps now for 41 cents, because like the name suggests, they are good forever.” The price goes up to 42 cents on May 12. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 4, 2008:   MAIL HANDLER NEW WAGE SCALES EFFECTIVE ON FEBRUARY 16, 2008   "... All mail handlers will receive a general wage increase of 0.6% effective on February 16, 2008. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 4, 2008:   Postal agencies respond to mail decline   "... Sellers, 40, now pays most bills online and receives financial statements electronically. The owner of Sellers Photo in Huntsville, Ala., he also has cut down on mailing clients CDs, transferring images over the Internet instead. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 4, 2008:   Domain name in the works for post office   "... A new "dot-post" Internet address in the works aims to set apart the electronic services increasingly offered by postal agencies around the world. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 1, 2008:   TSP Current Returns   "... These returns are net of the effect of accrued administrative expenses and investment expenses/costs. The performance data shown represent past performance, which is not a guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that investors' shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 1, 2008:   Chicago mail service improving, but overnight service still among worst in U.S.   "... while the improvements narrowed the gap between Chicago and other regions, the overnight delivery rate continued to lag behind most of the markets ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 1, 2008:   Alan Kessler Elected Chairman, Postal Service Board of Governors   "... substantial experience in the defense of class-action litigation, including securities, antitrust, toxic tort and civil rights cases as well as a government relations and counseling practice. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 29, 2008:   Teens' explosive device injures postal worker   "... The postal worker found a second device inside the home's mailbox Saturday and suffered minor chemical burns and an inhalation injury, police said. The Clayton County police bomb squad detonated the device, and no other injuries were reported. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 29, 2008:   Teen Accused of Shooting Postal Worker In Court   "... Omaha, NE - A teen accused of shooting at a postal worker last August asked a judge to transfer his case to juvenile court today. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 29, 2008:   Nigeria: Union Members Kick Against Postal Reform Bill   "... The union members who are angry with the dwindling fortune of the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited (NITEL), and the Nigerian Mobiletelecommunication (MTEL) since they were sold to Transnational Corporation (Transcorp), urged the federal government to put the postal reform bill in abeyance ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2008:   The future of buyouts   "... UAW and Ford have set the stage for future buyouts in labor intensive industries where automation, subcontracting, illegal immigration, and foreign competition have taken a heavy toll on the U.S. blue-collar worker. Large unions that represent America's postal workers, like the American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, continuously monitor the labor climate during these troubled times to garner equal or greater results. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2008:   NSPS Payout Tops Regular Raises   "... The average Army, Navy and/or Air Force civilian under NSPS got a 5.4 percent pay raise, plus a 1.7 percent bonus for a total of 7.6 percent. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2008:   Mail Handler Pay Increase Reminder   "... February 16, 2008 (PP05-2008), is the date and pay period for the next general wage increase scheduled to be added to base wages for the Mail Handler craft. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2008:   APWU, NALC Sue USPS and Inspector General Over Invasion of Medical-Records Privacy   "... The suit alleges that the OIG has routinely instructed medical providers that they must submit records to the OIG and that they should refrain from notifying affected employees that the records have been requested by the OIG. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2008:   [Thrift Savings Plan] Can You Risk Playing It Safe?   "... "FERS employees (the majority of people now working for Uncle Sam) have the most difficult situation," he said. Because they have smaller civil service retirement benefits, and get diet-COLAs which don't kick in until age 62 ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2008:   Study Finds Postal Service Gets No Edge   "... Indeed, federally imposed restraints on the post office's operations increase its costs to provide competitive products by an estimated $330 million to $782 million a year, the FTC said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 11, 2008:   Are You Overpaid?   "... At least three presidents - Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton - thought so. They believed federal pay was out of line because the value of perks like retirements, holidays, and cradle-to-grave health insurance weren't considered as part of compensation. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 11, 2008:   [Alaska] Former Kipnuk postmaster faces charges for assaulting workers   "... a postal employee in Kipnuk since December 2000, and became the officer in charge in September 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 11, 2008:   U.S. Postal Service Gets Scientific With New Stamps   "... Due for self-adhesive glory are physicist John Bardeen, inventor of the transistor; astronomer Edwin Hubble ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 7, 2007:    2008 Federal Salary Tables and Related Information   "... General Schedule and Locality Pay Tables, 2008 Locality Payments and Total Pay Increases for General Schedule Employees, Senior Executive Service, Special Salary Rate Tables ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 7, 2007:   [TSP] Investing: How Safe Is Playing It Safe?   "... Last year (2007) the value of a single share of the international stock index fund, the I-fund, went up $2.32. That may not sound like much unless you have a lot of shares, or unless you compare it with the performance of the super-safe treasury securities G-fund. The value of a G-fund share you had in January of last year went up only 56 cents by the end of the year. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 7, 2007:   New Stamp Series Will Observe Chinese New Year   "... In observance of the Chinese New Year, the U.S. Postal Service will debut a new stamp series for the 12 different animals in the Chinese calendar. The series will continue through 2019. The first stamp in the series is for the Year of the Rat, which begins Feb. 7, 2008 and ends Jan. 25, 2009. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 31, 2007:   Let the Rumors Begin   "... chances are you will be getting bogus reports - typically via e-mail and often disguised as a "news" story - saying the super buyout of CSRS folks is in the works. It isn't! ..."    [Reference:]

    December 31, 2007:   House �Mail Network Protection Act� Gains Seven Co-Sponsors Prior to Holiday Break   "... asked union activists to make the bill a priority. �It is imperative that union members contact their representatives and let them know that this legislation is important to the future of the Postal Service and to postal workers,� Burrus said. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 31, 2007:   USPS seeks comment on proposed uses of Intelligent Mail barcodes   "... The notice is expected to be published in the Federal Register sometime in January. Once published, a 45-day comment period will begin. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 26, 2007:   New surveillance video released of postal service robbery   "... hid under the truck as he waited for the postal employee to return from his fourth pick-up of money ..."    [Reference:]

    December 26, 2007:   Letters to Santa ... Merry Christmas   "... Leesville main USPS branch Sales and Service Associate, as she sorts letters headed to the North Pole. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 26, 2007:   How does your mail get from here to there?   "... FAMOUS POSTAL EMPLOYEES, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, Rock Hudson, Charles Lindbergh, Knute Rockne, Noah Webster, William Faulkner. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 21, 2007:    Postal truck hijacked, looted in Roxbury   "... The postal driver had stopped at the Roxbury Post Office on Malcolm X Boulevard about 7:30 p.m. and was walking toward his truck when a man appeared from underneath the trailer, grabbed him and pulled him into the cab. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 21, 2007:   A day in the life: U.S. Postal Service carrier   "... mainly I do it because people don't expect it," he said. "Their package is unexpected, and they give an unexpected smile. That's what makes it worthwhile. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 21, 2007:   Postal Service removing stamp machines   "... �It was a decision made at the national level,� Field said. �The vending equipment is old, and they decided to go with the alternative of selling stamps at the convenience counters of retail outlets.� ..."    [Reference:]

    December 17, 2007:    CHARLIE LANGFORD: Some trivia, facts and figures for the holiday season   "... The USPS is the only delivery service that claims to deliver to every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. The Postal Service also delivers almost half the world's mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 17, 2007:   Thousands Of Postal Workers Not Paid   "... The United States Postal Service says 14 thousand rural route mail carriers across the country did not get a paycheck this week because of a glitch in the payroll system. ..."    [Reference:]

    December 17, 2007:   GAO to USPS: Address database errors   "... USPS developed the FDB in 2003 to capture and maintain data on the agency�s 34000 facilities nationwide, but five years later, the database is still not the ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   President Bush Delivers December 24 as a Day Off for Federal Employees   "... The day off does not affect Postal Service workers, nor does it include Executive Branch employees whose agencies determine they cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public need. ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Dec. 10, 2007:    USAJOBS Connects with Major Search Engines Initiative raises visibility of Federal job postings   "... For example, someone who types in a job title on Google or other engines, such as "IT Specialist" or "Electrical Engineer", will now also see links to Federal vacancy announcements in those fields. ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   Netflix Deals with Ultimatum from U.S. Postal Service   "... Although the issue hasn�t been discussed by any of the Postal Service officials, Steve Swasey, a Netflix representative, stated: �"We're in full compliance with U.S. Postal Service regulations and specifications [�] If the specifications of the post office were to change, we would change the mailer as necessary. We've already gone through 40 to 50 iterations of the mailer since Netflix started shipping DVDs a decade ago.� He also added: �We save them about $100 million a year. We pick up the returns from the post office. They are not delivered to Netflix, even though we're paying for it.� ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Dec. 10, 2007:   PTFs in Large Offices Eliminated as of Dec. 1 New Limits on Numbers of Casuals Also Go Into Effect (APWU)   "... �Dec. 1, 2007, will be a historic day for postal labor,� APWU President William Burrus declared this week. �It marks the elimination of part-time flexible employment for the Clerk Craft in large offices. ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Nov. 30, 2007:   Royal Oak postal employee robbed at gunpoint   "... The two men popped up near the docking ramp in the back of the facility, located on West Second Street, and pointed guns at the man ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Nov. 30, 2007:    Is Netflix Costing the Post Office Millions? A New Audit Suggests That the Postal Service Is Undercharging the DVD Service   "... The mailers the customers use to return DVDs to the companies often jam in the Postal Service's automatic mail sorters. So instead, 70 percent or so of the DVDs need to be sorted by hand, costing the Postal Service roughly $21 million in extra labor costs each year. ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Nov. 30, 2007:   RETURN TO SENDER: mail center complaints surface Efficiency of LMU Mail Center in question.   "... USPS regarding his missing mail. "I have found documentation of them handing it over to LMU, but LMU says they have no records of it. I've done my research. I've called the head of the Westchester office and they have been more helpful than LMU," said Morales. ..."    [Reference:]

    ۞ Nov. 28, 2007:   Postal Service has tips for sending letters to Santa   "... Many children eager for Christmas may have already written their letters to Santa. But where to send those letters? ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 28, 2007:   [APWU] Burrus Issues Stinging Rebuke To USPS Inspector General: Audit �Lacks Relevance, Ignores Legislative Mandate� to Bargain   "... The APWU president also criticized the Inspector General for the OIG�s failure to address billions of dollars granted to major mailers in excessive worksharing discounts. �Despite the enormity of this loss of revenue, your office has failed to document and analyze this egregious violation of the integrity and accountability of the Postal Service.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 28, 2007:    AT&T Delivers 5,400 BlackBerry's to USPS Employees  "... deploying 5,400 BlackBerry devices, equipped with specialized mobile applications, to United States Postal Service (USPS) employees. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2007:   Lawyers prompt Postal Service to tighten its Santa letter rules   "... On the advice of his legal counsel, Santa Claus is changing the way he does business. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2007:   Postal services   "... The US Postal Service is offering an online card and postage service enabling customers to purchase and send holiday cards from their home computer ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2007:   NCED by the numbers   "... 1969 � USPS began training operations in Norman on top two floors of OU�s Couch Tower with a staff of 50. They served 7,000 students in three training programs with a $4 million budget. ..."    [ ]

    Nov. 14, 2007:   Job security still eludes some postal employees   "... "They (the Postal Service) say we have too many employees," American Postal Workers Union Local No. 469 President Angela Walters said by phone Tuesday. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 14, 2007:   Postal Service chili champion delivers a winner   "... Scott Crumrine may work in the U.S. Postal Service's maintenance division, but he "delivered" for the agency a couple of weeks ago. Not mail -- but award-winning chili. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 14, 2007:   UPDATED MAIL HANDLER WAGE CHARTS   "... The second of six general wage increases to be paid to all mail handlers under the 2006 National Agreement will be implemented effective November 24, 2007, and will be reflected in paychecks on December 14, 2007 (PP25-2007). ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 7, 2007:   Panama City post office investigation under way   "... City�s postmaster has been replaced temporarily, pending the outcome of an investigation into the post office. The Office of Inspector General for the Postal Service began an investigation into the local office this week, said OIG Spokesman Dan Mihalko. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 8, 2007:   Slain deputy had left postal service at 55 to begin second career   "... After retiring from the postal service, Rein decided to try for a badge and uniform. "He got very high marks at the academy," Meyers said of Rein, whom she described as a 5-foot 7-inch "little strong guy." Rein served as a Broward deputy from 1987 to 2000; the department lured him out of his second retirement in 2003. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 8, 2007:   Rillito postal worker wins national award   "... The Benjamin Award is a yearly award the U.S. Postal Service gives to employees who create the most outreach programs and news coverage. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 8, 2007:    Decatur Postal worker gets into the Halloween spirit  "... Past postmasters frowned on Halloween costumes, but Horton said Roy Hill has been more flexible in letting him enjoy the festivities of the day. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 26, 2007:   Beware Buddies Bearing Buyouts   "... The USPS yesterday advised employees that the "buyout offer" they've been reading about, with very official-looking documentation, is a fake. A fraud. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 26, 2007:   UPDATED MAIL HANDLER WAGE CHARTS: Including November 2007 Wage Increase   "... The second of six general wage increases to be paid to all mail handlers under the 2006 National Agreement will be implemented effective November 24, 2007, and will be reflected in paychecks on December 14, 2007 (PP25-2007). ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 26, 2007:   Montgomery County Neighbors: Postal Service Won't Deliver Mail   "... According to Rutland, they've tried to come to an agreement with the Postal Service, but he says they won't give any of their recommendations a stamp of approval. He says, "It's almost discriminatory. For $.41, they won't deliver my mail to the box in front of my house." ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 18, 2007:   [Federal Employees] A Slightly Sweeter Diet COLA   "... The 2.3 percent adjustment will show up in your January annuity payment minus deductions for taxes and for higher (in some cases) health insurance. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 18, 2007:    GlobalOptions Group Clarifies USPS Award   "... program is with the United States Postal Service�s Office of Inspector General. GlobalOptions Group will work with the Office of Inspector General�s Workers Compensation Analyst (WCA) program to investigate and combat workers compensation fraud. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 18, 2007:   USPS sells out on zip code   "... The U.S. Postal Service has allowed Saks Fifth Avenue to have its own vanity zip code - for the shoe department at its flagship Fifth Avenue store in New York. It was just rechristened "10022-SHOE." Saks is the first entity to receive such a customized code. The Postal Service maintains that these last four letters are just a fun, creative marketing strategy and that they have nothing to do with processing or delivery. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 7, 2007:   Falling Prices & Suspicious Minds   "... Mike Causey: While the prices of everything seem to go up, why would the "cost of living" go down? ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 7, 2007:   American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO 2007 Unofficial Election Results 10/6/2007 15:00   "... Ballots for the APWU Election of National Officers are being counted by the American Arbitration Association, under the supervision of the APWU National Election Committee. The results are preliminary and unofficial, and will be updated frequentl ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 7, 2007:   BOG approves USPS 2008 financial plan   "... �The Board of Governors approved continuing to reduce costs by building on our automation effort and by expanding standardization in all functions, [which includes improving the] use of data to target service improvements and cost reduction opportunities, and to better align our workforce to a changing workload; ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 30, 2007:   Mr. Lebron "DT" Bass, Huntsville, AL; Mail Handler  "... July 23, 1961 - September 20, 2007 ... Rest in peace ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 30, 2007:   USPS revises standard for mailing medical waste   "... so that medical professionals as well as individuals can mail medical waste to disposal sites in larger containers. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 30, 2007:      "... The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is accepting online applications for Postal Inspector positions from October 1 through October 5. Click here to fill out an on-line application or visit our Employment site for more information. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept.24, 2007:   North Dakota Post Office closed due to tornado   "... The Northwood, ND, Post Office remains damaged after being struck by a tornado. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept.24, 2007:   Open Season. Make That Open Seasons   "... In less than two months (November 12), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will start its annual federal employee "benefits" open season. The "benefits" open season will last through December 10, with any changes taking effect in the beginning of January 2008. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept.24, 2007:   UAW to strike against GM if 11 a.m. deadline comes without deal   "... If no agreement was reached, bargaining committee members would clear the plant of unionized workers at 11 a.m., and many would head to the picket lines ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 17, 2007:   Prunes force evacuation of Sandy Springs post office   "... What kind of message can be divined from a bunch of jars filled with chopped prunes, a photo of President Bush, some Homeland Security pamphlets and a Santa Claus toy with a "New York" tag around its neck? ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 17, 2007:   2008 VEHICLES BUILT BY UNION MEMBERS IN THE UNITED STATES & CANADA   "... his guide is prepared by the UAW to provide information for consumers who want to purchase vehicles produced by workers who enjoy the benefits and protections of a union contract. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 17, 2007:   US Postal Truck Stolen and Set on Fire   "... taken into custody at a nearby rest stop, where he was sleeping in the cab of the truck, along with pieces of stolen mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 17, 2007:   NPMHU 2006 National Agreement   "... Copies of the Agreement booklet are in the process of being mailed to all NPMHU members. Please follow this link to review a PDF version of the contract. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 17, 2007:   XMED MAIL SYSTEM   "... Waste is conveniently transported to the XMED Disposal Facility by the United States Postal Service in compliance with all federal regulations. XMED received approval from the United States Postal Service on January 23rd of this year after almost 15 months in development and testing. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 11, 2007:   Remembering 9-11   "... Never before seen Video of WTC 9/11 attack found here ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 10, 2007:   USPS Must Do More For Veterans   "... �The Postal Service has systematically eliminated or contracted out the six job classifications that, under the Veterans� Preference Act are restricted to applying veterans.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 10, 2007:   COLA OF $686 TO BE ADDED TO BASE WAGES   "... will be reflected in paychecks on September 21, 2007 (PP19-2007). ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 10, 2007:   Postal Truck Driver Killed At Mail Processing Center   "... A contract driver for the U.S. Postal Service, a single mother of three, was killed at the Dulles processing and distribution center when she was pulled under a tractor-trailer and dragged, authorities said yesterday. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 10, 2007:    Postal prizes: Kiosks give you shot at payoffs   "... "We liken it to automatic kiosks at banks or airports," Walton said. "When they were first introduced, people didn't go to them. They wanted to deal with a live person for every transaction. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 10, 2007:   Man finds a lot of mail under some bushes   "... oel Leija says he was cleaning his parent's yard in northeast Houston when he found stacks of letters and packages. Some were certified letters, credit card bills and even child support checks. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 4, 2007:   July 2007 TSP Current Rates of Return   "... Rates of Return were updated on August 1, 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 4, 2007:   Bridging Two Worlds, USPS Deaf Awareness Month   "... the Postal Service has approximately 4,000 deaf employees nationwide, including 95 in Colorado. Denver has the nation's highest population of deaf and hard-of-hearing postal employees with 65. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 4, 2007:�s image raised by USPS flat-rate box   "... ScanMyPhotos charges a flat $99.95 to scan as many photos as can be packed into a single flat-rate box. Built into that fee is the $8.95 USPS flat rate for priority shipping. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 4, 2007:   Pay Raise, Tax Cut: What Are The Odds?   "... All of them would be possible - the pay raise, the annuity boost, the tax break - if Congress would get moving on three bills that have overwhelming support (in Congress) but can't get through Congress. Confused? Welcome to Washington, sometimes known as Disneyland East. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 4, 2007:   Ex-postal clerk guilty of mail theft   "... sentenced to three years on probation. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 27, 2007:   UAW influence on national labor agenda fading   "... the public needs to realize that good pensions and benefits don't come automatically but must be earned through hard bargaining. "I think maybe it's taken for granted that that stuff is automatically given to employees," he said. "I don't think the public is really aware of the impact that it's going to have on retirements and ..."    [Reference:]

    August 27, 2007:   Mail call: Local carrier celebrates 50 years on the job   "... "When I left for Alabama A&M, I had no intention of returning until I had graduated," he said. "My mom kinda got in a tight, so I took my tuition and helped her. I never went back and got what I really wanted, but never regretted what I did for my mother." ..."    [Reference:]

    August 27, 2007:   You've got mail! When it comes to delivering DVDs, and guarding secrets, Netflix runs a tight ship   "... Netflix, the movie-rental company, a veritable postal service within the postal service. How does the right movie get to the right person on the right day with greater than 99 percent accuracy? ..."    [Reference:]

    August 22, 2007:   2006 National Agreement   "...Copies of the Agreement booklet are in the process of being mailed to all NPMHU members. Please follow this link to review a PDF version of the contract. ..."    [Reference:npmhu ]

    August 22, 2007:   A Conversation with Ronald Williams Jr. author of Deep Inside LiteBlue and Thinking Inside The LiteBlue Box.   "... I was motivated to write my books because forums for employee discussion are nonexistent in my working environment. Whenever anyone has an opinion, idea or plain old feedback we are barked at with the comments �that�s your perception or I�m not here to argue� and the discussion ends there ..."    [Reference:]

    August 15, 2007:   Latest CPI Rise Will Yield $686 Annual Increase   "... The COLA will be effective Sept. 1, and will be reflected in Sept. 21 paychecks (Pay Period 19-07). The adjustment will amount to a 33 cents per hour increase, or $26.40 per pay period. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 9, 2007:   'Most improved' -- but still worst   "...according to Chicago postmaster Gloria Tyson. But mail delivery in city ZIP codes remains the nation's worst. In the most recent audit, Chicago lagged behind big cities including..."    [Reference:]

    August 9, 2007:   Balchs have proud history of service here and abroad   "... Samuel and Joe Sr. were letter carriers for the post office. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 9, 2007:   Dogs rout delivery of mail to 639 addresses BITES AND BOTHER: Mail carriers have reported 79 incidents this year.   "... Instead of delivering mail to each of the 639 addresses in the neighborhood, which is south of Beach Boulevard and east of Southside Boulevard, the mail will be delivered to the box units being installed in eight locations throughout the affected area ..."    [Reference:]

    July 30, 2007:    Tennessee AMP Study Terminated   "... �After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Jackson, TN Post Office into the Memphis, TN Processing and Distribution Center,� the Postal Service wrote ..."    [Reference:]

    July 30, 2007:   (UK) Postal worker stabbed by needle   "... A postwoman faces an agonising wait to see if she has contracted any diseases after she was stabbed in the hand with a hypodermic needle ..."    [Reference:]

    July 30, 2007:   Postal Facts 2007   "... We � * Process and deliver more than 213 billion pieces of mail � letters, cards, ads, bills, payments and packages � every year. o Nearly 703 million pieces per day o More than 29 million pieces per hour o More than 488,000 pieces per minute o More than 8,000 pieces per second * Deliver mail to more than 300 million people at 146 million homes ..."    [Reference:]

    July 26, 2007:   Buyout Rumor Appears to be False -   "... It is speculated that the rumors began to spread due to a FY 2007 buyout in another agency. ..."    [Reference: see FAQ from other agency]

    July 26, 2007:   COLA's and the Federal Retiree: A Mid-Term Report   "...the COLA increase is determined by a formula that is automatically applied each year. A retiree wil not know until late in the year how much of an increase there will be in next year's retirement check. The Department of Labor calculates the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban wage earners and clerical workers from the third quarter average of the previous year to the third quarter average for the current year. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 26, 2007:   Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Update   "... In June, the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) rose to 607.374. After the fifth month of the six-month measuring period, and assuming the adjustment was made based on the June index point, the second COLA under the 2006-2010 National Agreement would be $728, which works out to $28.00 per pay period or 35 cents per hour. However, the adjustment will be made based on the July 2007 index and will be effective Sept. 1, 2007 (pay period 19-2007, pay date Sept. 21, 2007). ..."    [Reference:]

    July 26, 2007:   Too Sick To Work at One Agency But Not A Second One   "... The court points to the USPS Employee and Labor Relations Manual which states at Section 513.312 that "[a]n employee who is in sick leave status may not engage in any gainful employment unless prior approval has been granted by appropriate authority." The court finds reasonable and defers to the agency's interpretation of this policy that outside employment is not permitted "during any day for which an employee has taken sick leave" unless specifically approved by USPS. (p. 2) ..."    [Reference:]

    July 19, 2007:   Postal carrier shot in Cal City   "... The gunman had drawn his gun when the mailman got out of the vehicle, and the man shot him in the leg with a small revolver, Krenn said. The gunman appeared interested in robbing the mailman, not stealing mail ..."    [Reference:]

    July 19, 2007:   Postal service to offer Flight 93 postmark   "... I�ll start getting calls as soon as it�s out,� she said. �Some people collect them. Some people just want keepsakes. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 19, 2007:   NALC - Tentative Agreement Highlights   "... Under proposed terms, the average letter carrier salary would increase $4,200 over the life of the contract solely from general wage increases. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 18, 2007:   Postman who vanished is charged in federal court   "... Police in Columbus discovered Jordan at a coin-operated laundry Saturday after a customer reported seeing a handgun in a man's travel bag. They arrested Jordan on a charge of unlawful possession of a handgun. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 14, 2007:   NALC-USPS Negotiators Settle On Five-Year National Contract   "... The agreement, retroactive to November 21, 2006, provides general wage increases of 8.85 percent over five years along with regular cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) and a single lump-sum COLA payment of $686 for the period between July 2006 and May 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 14, 2007:   Mail Man Disappears   "... His truck was found by co-workers in downtown Greenfield with the mail still inside. Jordan usually parks his truck in the morning and walks his route. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 11, 2007:   Ex-postal exec enters guilty plea to years of graft   "... A former supervisor of more than 75 post offices in New Jersey yesterday admitted steering contracts to private businesses in return for cash and other favors and also to getting an employee to do work at his home. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 11, 2007:   U.S. Compiling Suspect List in Goldman Mail Threats   "... investigators are probing whether 31 letters sent to media outlets threatening an attack on Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the world's biggest securities firm, were mailed by disgruntled employees, a federal official said. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 11, 2007:   OPM modifies rules for figuring certain employees' retirement benefits   "... According to an OPM benefits administration letter, federal employees on workers' compensation who hold a full-time appointment but are able to work only part-time now will be credited for full-time service. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 5, 2007:   Chain-linked deception: Letters raise red flags   "... her daily mail, there was an offer in it that supposedly allowed the prospective participant to make as much as $250,000 in just a few weeks time. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 5, 2007:   Despite Majority Support, �EFCA� Blocked in Senate   "...The Employee Free Choice Act (S. 1041) would give American workers greater freedom to make their own choices about joining unions. EFCA would stiffen penalties for harassment, intimidation, and other illegal tactics employers often use to prevent workers from having a voice at work and being able to bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. The legislation would also recognize workers� freedom to form unions when a majority of employees sign forms designating a union as their bargaining representative. ... ... Voted Against EFCA: Sessions (R-AL), Shelby (R-AL) ..."    [Reference:]

    July 5, 2007:   Jail time for postal carriers   "... sentences of four U.S. Postal Service workers arrested for selling cocaine and marijuana, at times from their post office vehicles. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 1, 2007:   "(AP) Postal Service fined for violation at building with asbestos" - OAK RIDGE, Tenn.   "... dust from crumbling old floor tiles at a U.S. Postal Service building in Oak Ridge "could cause health hazards," a federal report states. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 1, 2007:   Trainee signatures are not required to verify training; U.S. Postal Service is covered by the OSHAct   "... There is no OSHA standard that requires "the signatures of all employees in attendance for all safety stand up talks." However, certain OSHA standards, such as our Personal Protective Equipment standard, 29 CFR 1910.132, require verification, through a written certification, that each affected employee has received and understood the required training. The written certification must contain the name of each employee trained, the date(s) of training, and identify the subject of the certification. It is a common industry practice to take attendance of all employees who attended training sessions, however, OSHA does not require signatures from employees who have attended training sessions. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 1, 2007:   Ex-postal employee confesses to crime   "... pleaded guilty in US District Court to felony money handling charges for issuing herself a money order she did not pay for to pay off a traffic ticket. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 30, 2007:   APWU Goes High-Tech: Union Web Site Now Features Membership Info   "... allows union members to review their membership information, find out how to contact their union representatives, and � in the coming weeks � will permit members to register online for national conferences and training seminars. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 30, 2007:    House Passes Pay Raise   "... Included in the bill are: a 3.5 percent pay adjustment for civilian federal workers ..."    [Reference:]

    June 19, 2007:   CHICAGO POSTAL SERVICE COMES UNDER FIRE   "... The picture he painted was not pretty. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 19, 2007:   Postal Service Celebrates Weddings   "... the Postal Service will introduce two unique wedding stamps, the latest in its Wedding series. Featuring vines that form the shape of a heart, these stamps were designed especially for mailing wedding invitations and RSVPs ..."    [Reference:]

    June 19, 2007:   Going postal: Snakes found in garden gnomes   "... Seven snakes and eight lizards were detected in two packages at the Australia Post gateway facility at Clyde in western Sydney. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2007:   US Postal Service honors Gerald Ford   "... The release of the 41-cent stamp, scheduled for Aug. 31, will be marked by dedication ceremonies at Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2007:   Postal Service Wins White House Environmental Awards   "... prestigious environmental awards - one for a revenue-generating recycling program and another for an E-85 alternative fuel project. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2007:   In the Know: What�s with Postal Service in Naples?   "... Q: What�s with the U.S. Postal Service in Naples? Are they slowly leaving us? They are eliminating mailboxes all over the place. ... A: �While we have adjusted the number of collection boxes in years past we have not removed or relocated collection boxes in the Naples delivery area since March of 2006,� said Gary Sawtelle, a regional spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2007:    Zanesville (Ohio) Consolidation Study Terminated   "... �After review, it has been determined that there are currently no significant opportunities to improve efficiency and/or service through consolidation of certain mail processing operations at the Zanesville OH Post Office into the Columbus, OH Processing and Distribution Center,� the Postal Service wrote ..."    [Reference:]

    June 11, 2007:   According to GOOGLE   "... We are the most popular mail handler news site ..."    [Reference:]

    June 10, 2007:   PRC to hold field hearings on new postal law   "... The PRC said others who wish to submit comments or testimony may do so via its electronic filing system. All comments and testimony received, including responses to questions from commissioners, will be transcribed, posted on the PRC�s Web site, and used to inform the PRC�s decisions. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 10, 2007:   Postal Rates Pricey for Activists But Not Big Business   "... They snuck in dozens of subtle changes which will greatly increase the cost of communication, especially for the small user -- for whom the post office was created. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 8, 2007:   June 8, 1959: They'll Never Complain About Slow Postal Service Again   "... �Rocket mail� becomes �missile mail� when 3,000 pieces of mail are delivered by a cruise missile fired from a U.S. Navy submarine. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 8, 2007:   APWU Drops RI-399 Lawsuit   "... The APWU accepts the Postal Service's position on OCR Mail Preparation (Case H7C-3Q-C 16764). The Postal Service's position, as articulated on February 20, 1990, is as follows: The basic function of cutting bundles, fraying mail and otherwise preparing mail for the OCR operations is primary craft work of the mail handler craft and should be so assigned..."    [Reference:]

    June 8, 2007:   APWU Sues USPS, Advisory Committee For Conducting Policy-Making in Secret   "... �It is unconscionable for the Postal Service to develop its most important policies in secret in consultation with a select group of business mailers, while excluding individual citizens and small businesses. CEOs of the largest mailers must not be permitted to decide the future of the U.S. Mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 8, 2007:   The U.S. Postal Service's $61 million settlement   "... The Settlement offers up to $25,000 each to employees who can show they were discriminated against because of their rehabilitation status. The amount of the settlement is based on the severity of the discrimination and the timing of their injury. The settlement also requires postal officials to ensure that managers do not discriminate against rehabilitating employees. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 8, 2007:   Missouri Postmaster Arrested For Selling Drugs On The Job   "... sold methadone for cash, traded Vicodin for another prescription drug and possessed methamphetamine while on the job. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 6, 2007:   Anti-Globalization Protesters Block Access to G-8   "...Protest organizers, which include anti-capitalist movement Attac, environmental organization Greenpeace, Germany's Left Party, church groups and labor unions, have distanced themselves from the violence, focusing on criticism of policies pursued by industrialized nations that they say benefit the rich at the expense of the poor and the environment. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 6, 2007:   Bomb targeting police found at post office   "... The Missouri Highway Patrol Bomb Unit was called in and rendered the package safe soon after X-raying the package and confirming that it contained an explosive device. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 6, 2007:   USPS defends temporary fix   "... "I believe the Postal Service is being short-sighted with its decision to hire these workers on a temporary basis," Domenici said. "Mail delivery problems have been critical and persistent for quite a while," he said. "I can't see the situation getting any better in the years to come ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2007:   U.S. POSTAL SERVICE AGREES TO LARGEST EVER DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT - $61 MILLION   "... Under an Initial Settlement announced in 2004, the discriminatory policy was ended, and over 10,543 of the more than 25,000 rehabilitation workers filed claims of disability discrimination. After review, 3057 of the claims were dismissed, leaving 7512 claims to be resolved. After extensive mediation, the Postal Service and the attorneys for the workers reached this Global Settlement, which was preliminarily approved by a federal administrative judge on May 23, 2007. Formal notice will be sent to the class members by June 22 ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2007:   Union Asks Wachovia To Stop Running Misleading Ad   "... Postmaster General John E. Potter criticized the ad as well. In remarks at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on May 30, he said, �I have no problem with competition�. All I ask for is a little honesty when you�re doing it.� ..."    [ ]

    June 1, 2007:   Pro-Union Bills Are Veto Bait for Bush   "... Five of the 24 veto threats President Bush has issued since Democrats took control of Congress target bills with provisions that benefit unions and their members. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 26, 2007:   Alabama Boy Kills 1,051-Pound Monster Pig, Bigger Than 'Hogzilla'   "... measured 9-feet-4 from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail. Think hams as big as car tires. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 26, 2007:   Stolen mail won�t be delivered any time soon   "... authorities recovered an estimated 22 bins-worth of mail buried in the front yard of a mobile home on Turner Road in Mebane. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 26, 2007:   Cops: Mysterious package at Afni had human tissue   "... After consulting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspectors, the McLean County State�s Attorney�s office and the McLean County Health Department, police determined the substance was not a threat and did not test it, said police spokesman Duane Moss. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 23, 2007:   DELAY IN RETROACTIVE WAGE PAYMENTS: NATIONAL-LEVEL GRIEVANCE FILED   "... because of conflicts within the processing scheme at the Postal Data Center � the retroactive payments to Mail Handlers will now be delayed by at least four weeks, until PP14-2007 (which begins on June 23, 2007, with paychecks to be issued on July 13, 2007). USPS also has advised that the delay includes retroactive payment for Mail Handlers who will be promoted to the new Step P of the NPMHU wage scales � by virtue of serving at least 24 weeks at Step O. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 23, 2007:   U.S. Postal Service Goes Digital to Promote New Star War Stamps   "... Starting today, the Postal Service will provide broadcast-quality video downloads of the production of the new Star Wars Commemorative Stamps series, as well as footage of several Star Wars movies ..."    [Reference:]

    May 21, 2007:   U.S. Postal Service Unveils Two New Stamps   "... Air Force One, the president's Boeing 747 jetliner, appears on the $4.60 priority mail stamp, while Marine One, the presidential helicopter ..."    [Reference:]

    May 21, 2007:   Rankled police, fire associations take aim at U.S. Postal Service   "... On the Monday after the May 12 election, more than two-thirds of the groups� 3,325-piece bulk mailing was found in a sack awaiting delivery by postal employees. �I feel like someone owes us an explanation,� said Gary Harrison, chairman of the police association�s political wing. �They can�t just completely disappear and � boom � reappear. Somebody, somewhere found them and showed up with them and put them somewhere.� ..."    [Reference:]

    May 21, 2007:   Star Wars Fans: The Postal Force is Calling You!   "... Star Wars characters on new 41-cent postage stamps. The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie by issuing 15 new stamps of famous Star Wars characters on May 25, 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 18, 2007:   Brochure Spotlights Union�s Legislative Goals   "... AMERICA NEEDS A RAISE ... For more than a decade, the minimum wage in the United States has been a paltry $5.15 per hour, with the value of that measly sum declining steadily in the past 10 years. In fact, the inflation-adjusted value of the minimum wage is 30 percent lower in 2006 than it was in 1979. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 18, 2007:   Postal clerk accused of stealing gift cards   "... A former Baldwin County postal clerk has been charged with stealing gift cards mailed through the post office in Gulf Shores. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 18, 2007:   Pair of Peoria postal employees arrested   "... a supervisor of distribution operation was arrested March 23 for theft and rifling of 1st class mail ..."    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2007:   Small publishers: New postal rates favor larger mailers   "... small magazine publishers of all political stripes are banding together to protest the rate hike and the way it was created, saying they are shouldering an unfair portion of the increase compared to large publishers. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2007:   News Reports Paint Misleading Picture of Postage Increase   "... In general, these reports seem to accept the fact that inflation drives all costs, but many go on to link the postage increase directly to the cost of labor. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2007:   Retroactive Pay...   "... retroactive amounts (from PP25-2006 thru PP03-2007) owed to Mail Handlers will be paid in PP12-2007 � which begins on May 26, 2007, with paychecks to be issued on June 15, 2007. The increase from Step O to the new Step P, for those Mail Handlers who will have satisfied the 24 week in Step O requirement, also will be reflected and paid in PP12-2007. Retroactive amounts related to the new Step P, which also will be implemented retroactively effective to November 25, 2006, also will be reflected in paychecks for PP12-2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 13, 2007:   Post office opens contract postal unit   "... "We solicited local businesses, going to specific areas and looking around because we knew we�d like to have one down there in the south end of town," said David Pettit, U.S.P.S. supervisor, retail and finance. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 13, 2007:   Postal rates to change on Monday   "... The cost of a first-class stamp for an 1-ounce letter is rising from 39 cents to 41 cents, while postcards are increasing from 24 cents to 26 cents. Among the other rate changes are: One-pound priority mail, from $4.05 to $4.60. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 13, 2007:   8 Inoperative Hand Grenades Found In Package   "... which prompted the bomb squad to evacuate the USPS San Francisco Bulk Mail Center at 2501 Rydin Road. The mail center is the receiving center for the region's mail. Gagan said the bottoms of the eight hand grenades had been "drilled out," making them unusable. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 6, 2007:   Package causes stir at post office   "... "The safety of our customers and employees is crucial, so we acted out of an abundance of caution," Larry Dingman, a spokesman with the Postal Service, said. "In a situation like that, we send in postal inspectors and the local authorities, just to be safe." ..."    [Reference: THE DECATUR DAILY]

    May 6, 2007:   APWU Web Site 'De-Links' Locals During Union Election Period   "... The APWU took this action to avoid problems that could result if any locals or state organizations used their Web sites in a way that could be interpreted as supporting the candidacy of an individual or group in the union election. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 6, 2007:   Postal Workers Picket In Sioux City   "... vice president of the Iowa Postal Workers Union in the clerk-craft division says the protestors are against a proposal to move mail processing to Sioux Falls. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 2, 2007:   Thieves Hit Mail Truck In San Diego   "... Postal customers in the City Heights area are being warned that they may be victims of mail theft. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 2, 2007:   New prices Effective May 14, 2007   "... 41 cent First Class Mail stamp ..."    [Reference:]

    May 2, 2007:   Ready To Go Part-Time?   "... the proposal would: * Make government service more attractive by allowing retirees to return to federal work (for up to 1,000 hours per year for a maximum of 6,000 hours total) and collect both the full federal pay and their annuity. Under current rules reemployed annuitants (without a special waiver) have their salary offset. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2007:   HANDS OFF MY POSTMAN !   "... the total liberalisation of the postal services by proposing that the distribution of "small" mail by our postmen be opened to free competition on 1 January 2009, this being the last sector which has not yet been liberalised. A website has been set up by a Belgian MEP, Alain Hutchinson called where European citizens can sign a petition online: The website is available in 20 languages. English - French - Other languages please go to : and select the language at the top! ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2007:   Five postal workers will be honored next week   "... All the workers helped postal customers in need, according to a statement issued by the United States Postal Service. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2007:   Mail Bomb Suspect Nabbed by Postal Service Agents   "... A Dubuque, Iowa, man was arrested today by federal agents led by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for allegedly mailing two partially disconnected pipe bombs from a Chicago suburb to investment firms in Denver and Kansas City in January to extort actions in the securities markets. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2007:   Postal backs Australian union fight back   "... the global condemnation of Australia�s new anti-union and anti-worker laws. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 25, 2007:   U.S. Postal Service Ramps Up R&D of New Technologies: Awards Serco $51 Million Contract for Engineering Services   "... "Being at the cutting-edge in mail-processing technology has enabled the Postal Service to greatly improve productivity and customer service in the past, and it will continue to do so in the future," said O'Tormey. "The acquisition of these technical support services will help us do just that." ..."    [Reference:]

    April 25, 2007:   Security Causing Major Postal Delays to Congress   "... Remember when the nation was gripped in fear of anthrax? In 2001, deadly spores turned up in the mail at news organizations and in Congress. Five people died. In 2004 another mail attack featured a poison called ricin. The perpetrators have never been caught. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 25, 2007:   The Jersey Bounce   "... there are some states in the Union that don't recognize the TSP as a bonafide 401(k). In fact, federal employees who live in New Jersey are prohibited from deducting any of their TSP contributions ..."    [Reference:]

    April 24, 2007:   Postal Service going private? Plan to increase contract carriers sparks concerns   "... Known as the Growth Management Program, the Postal Service is slowly allowing more delivery from private contracts, who would then subcontract employees to deliver mail in areas throughout the United States. "I don't like it," said Williams. "When you substitute someone out, you don't get the same service." ..."    [Reference:]

    April 24, 2007:   President Hegarty Testifies at Congressional Oversight Hearing and Blasts USPS Subcontracting Initiatives   "... Contracting our work out to private employees who receive low pay and even lower benefits is effectively destroying any sense of harmonious or productive labor relations. The parties have freely negotiated wages and benefits for career mail handlers for more than thirty years. To subcontract out work solely to undermine the results of collective bargaining, without any justification other than saving money through a reduction in wage rates and benefits, is directly contrary to the purpose of those negotiations, and to the policies set forth in various federal statutes. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 18, 2007:   The USPS Jedi Shipping and Mailing Master Sweepstakes (the "Sweepstakes") is open to legal residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, 18 years of age or older ("Eligible Participant").   "... The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) on March 28, 2007, and ends 11:59:59 PM ET on May 7, 2007 (the "Sweepstakes Period"). HOW TO ENTER: There are two (2) ways to enter this Sweepstakes: Online and via U.S. Mail. ONLINE: Log on to and complete the online registration form including promo code which can be found on a tear pad sheet located at participating United States Postal Service� locations throughout the Sweepstakes Period. If you do not have a promo code, click the link, "promo code" and one will be provided.. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 18, 2007:   Iowa residents discuss their displeasure with new postal changes coming in June   "... More than 200 people - most of those affected by proposed postal changes - attended a town hall meeting at Mabel-Canton High School Thursday, April 12 to discuss the changing of rural Iowa mailing addresses from its present Minnesota post office address to Iowa addresses in the near future. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 18, 2007:    TSP to assess capacity to handle stock market plunges   "... February, about 10 percent of participants with investments in the 401(k)-style plan's International (I) Fund made changes. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 17, 2007:   Take your time, your taxes aren't due until Tuesday night   "if you drop your tax return in a blue collection box at a Huntsville post office branch by midnight Tuesday, you'll be guaranteed an April 17 postmark, according to postal officials. The six Huntsville branches are on Clinton Avenue, Whitesburg Drive, Wall-Triana Highway, Mastin Lake Road, Governors Drive and Wynn Drive."    [Reference:]

    April 11, 2007:   Letter Carriers to Picket Postal Service Headquarters To Protest Outsourcing Mail Delivery to Private Firms   "... Letter carriers from 18 states across the nation, including National Association of Letter Carriers President William H. Young, will demonstrate in front of U.S. Postal Service headquarters with informational picketing on Monday, April 16 at 2 p.m. EDT to protest contracting out of city letter carriers jobs. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 11, 2007:   Postal reforms pledged Postmaster adding 200 letter carriers, improved training   "... Chicago's delivery performance lags behind other major cities. Potter pulled no punches Tuesday when he talked about the problems, which became more pronounced in 2005 and 2006. ... Potter said Chicago's problems stem from the failed policies of former Chicago Postmaster Kelvin Mack, who was replaced last fall by Gloria E. Tyson. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 11, 2007:   To Catch An Identity Thief   "... The postal inspector believes the identity thief opened the victim's mailbox several times during a three week period. First he stole applications for two credit cards. Then he came back to get the cards and returned again for the pin number sent by the bank. The postal inspector says the identity thief could have watched a mail carrier's routine to learn what time the credit card information was delivered to the victim's mailbox. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 9, 2007:   Lazy Investing   "... have a mix of stocks (for federal-military investors that would be the C, S and I funds) in your portfolio. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 9, 2007:   NALC to Seek �Substantial� Pay Increase; Withdraws Workforce Restructuring Bid: NALC President William H. Young announced April 6 that negotiations for a new National Agreement have ended in impasse.  "... �The Postal Service power brokers have thrown down the gauntlet,� Young said. �They apparently don�t believe NALC is militant enough to fight them on these issues. They are sadly mistaken and will rue the day they so misjudged us.� Young said NALC will spare no expense and no effort to win �substantial� pay increases in the arbitration to reward letter carriers for their contributions to the success of the USPS. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 9, 2007:   Postal service to raise stamp rate   "... On May 14, the cost to mail a first class letter will increase to 41 cents, according to a news release by the United States Postal Service. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 6, 2007:   United States Postal Carriers To Look Out For Seniors Citizens   "... Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has announced New York City's new Carrier Alert Program, which trains United States Postal Service letter carriers to identify signs of distress among seniors and people with disabilities and quickly connect them with social services through the City's Department for the Aging. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 6, 2007:   IDs Stolen From Euless Passport Information   "... The Postal Service Office of Inspector General is investigating a postal employee in Houston. The worker is accused of stealing the passport applications and all of the required documents � such as original birth certificates and driver's license copies. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 6, 2007:   Get Your Mail Handler Union Merchandise   "... In response to numerous requests, we are once again making these union-made products available to the membership of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union. With our logo emblazoned on each quality piece, you can clearly demonstrate your membership in and support of the Mail Handlers Union. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 3, 2007:   United Airlines Signs New Postal Contract   "... The new contract is in addition to United's current position as the number-one carrier of international mail for the USPS among passenger carriers. United has carried mail for the U.S. Postal Service since the airline's founding more than 80 years ago. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 3, 2007:   Postal Service reservists eligible for back pay   "... As many as 100,000 military reservists who worked at the U.S. Postal Service between 1980 and 2000 could be eligible for thousands of dollars in compensation because they were improperly charged for their military leave, under a new ruling. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 3, 2007:   Radcliff woman arrested in Magnolia Bank robbery   "... An identification badge in the Jeep indicated she worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and McCoy said she told them she worked at the Elizabethtown facility. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 2, 2007:   COLAs: A One Way Elevator   "... Workers under the FERS plan, now the majority of of the workforce, get a diet COLA. It's 1 percent less than the rate of inflation and it is payable only after they hit age 62. Congress designed FERS with a better 401(k) plan (the TSP) which requires workers to finance more of their own retirement via investing. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 2, 2007:   LOW-TECH LIVING: East Bay 'techno-lites' are more comfortable experiencing life outside of a machine   "... She prefers writing letters on paper and sending her monthly bills through the U.S. Postal Service. "It's not snail mail," the 30-year postal employee said with a laugh. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 2, 2007:   The National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS): From: Dale Goff Re: Meeting of March 21st with Mr. Potter   "... We expressed our feelings at how volatile we know working conditions are in the field. We have gotten their attention. From our meeting we formed a Management Task Force to address work place issues. Members of this Task Force will be the presidents of the three management organizations, Mr. Vegliante, and Mr. Tulino. We will schedule our first meeting in a week depending on everyone's schedules. Of primary concern to the group are the threats, intimidation and retaliation. We were assured that these issues would be addressed swiftly if identified. We have already identified some areas of concern and statements that were made from the responses to the survey. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 28, 2007:   No Cost-of-Living Adjustment   "... largely because of the decrease in the price of gasoline during the last half of calendar year 2006, there will be no cost-of-living adjustment added to base wages in March 2007 (which is based on changes in the Consumer Price Index from July 2006 through January 2007). The nationwide spike in gas prices during the past few weeks, if it continues, will be measured in the CPI in July 2007, which determines the amount of the COLA for September 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 28, 2007:   [Battle Creek, MI] Some suspended postal employees returing to work   "... he carriers were suspended Nov. 8 after allegations surfaced that carriers may have intentionally discarded or delayed mail, the Postal Service said in a November news release. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 28, 2007:   IN MEMORIAM: WILLIE L. �TEX� ALEXANDER   "... �Tex Alexander was a good man, a good Union leader, and a good friend,� said National President Hegarty. �He devoted his entire adult life to making better the lives of his fellow Mail Handlers. We will surely miss his skillful representation, his candid insights and, most of all his good-natured personality.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 24, 2007:   Postal Service Continues Plans to Close AMCs   "... an ongoing effort to outsource postal work, the USPS recently outlined management�s continuing plans to eliminate Air Mail Centers across the country. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 24, 2007:   Postal officials issue alert to Rochester residents   "... warning residents to be cautious after four incidents that have been reported regarding homemade bombs placed in mailboxes. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2007:   Help Us Build the U.S. Public Service Academy   "... Modeled on the military service academies, the Public Service Academy will provide a rigorous undergraduate education followed by five years of civilian service to the country. It will develop young leaders with the character, intellect, and experience necessary to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. Join us as we build our generation�s defining public institution. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2007:   The National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) Urges Action By Attorney General on Anthrax Issue   "... NPMHU President John F. Hegarty has joined with the presidents of all postal unions and management associations to demand that the Attorney General require the FBI to provide Members of Congress with a detailed briefing on the status of the FBI investigation into the deadly anthrax attack of 2001. A letter signed by all postal employee groups, copy attached, expresses concerns and frustration over the fact that, to this point, the FBI has rebuffed efforts for a private briefing requested by Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) and Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA). ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2007:   Reflections on the Great Postal Strike   "... During the strike, hundreds of thousands of postal employees risked their livelihoods by honoring the walkout. The strident activists who instigated the strike and held it together were few in number. Many postal workers in both groups will never receive appropriate recognition for the risks they took and the courage they showed. A Time magazine article written shortly after the strike provides a perspective of its impact on American society ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2007:   Iraqi Officer Disappears From Alabama Base   "... The Iraqi was attending a Defense Department training course through the Air University at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, said Temple Black, a Customs spokesman. His identity was not released. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2007:   Man sues Postal Service over forced lunch breaks   "... his bosses are forcing him to take lunch breaks. So the 55-year-old military veteran decided to sue the postal service under the Americans with Disabilities Act. He claims the mandatory lunch breaks are a violation of his rights under the law. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 19, 2007:   Passport Requests Flood State Department   "... a regulation that took effect this year requiring Americans to have passports when traveling by air to any country, including Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean "has increased passport demand and production to record levels, ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 19, 2007:   [Fairhope-area, Alabama] Postal carrier accused of mail theft   "... 43, of Daphne, faces four counts of mail theft by a postal employee and 16 counts of delay of mail by a postal employee. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Mobile. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 19, 2007:   Letter: Postal retiree defends service   "... How do you think your mail is delivered on the next delivery day? Think! These people go into the Mail Preparation Center all hours of the night to make sure you are reading your magazines. OK. They get salaries, and you think they are ove ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2007:   NPMHU Arthur S. Vallone Scholarship Program Application Deadline is March 15, 2007   "... the opportunity for regular craft members of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, and members of their immediate families, to apply for scholarship assistance from the NPMHU Arthur S. Vallone National Scholarship Program. Specific eligibility requirements for the program are ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2007:   Michael Mager: Going postal   "... Fortunately, I think the U.S. Postal Service is headed in the right direction. With their latest rate hike on the horizon, some wise postal soul has decided that it might make sense to create a �forever� stamp that would do away with the penny and 2 cent stamps one has to purchase to make one�s underpriced stamps effective. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2007:   Postal Carrier Arrested for Distributing Marijuana: arrest came after a near year-long investigation begun by the U.S. Postal Service  "... to include occasions when he was operating his postal truck in the Cedar Mill area of Washington County. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2007:   Three On Your Side: Postal Red Flag Ignored   "... Does the red flag indicate carriers will pick up your mail or not? ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2007:   People on the move   "... University of West Florida employee Sam Gibbs, mail processor/carrier of U.S. Postal Services, recently was named UWF Employee of the Month for February. "Sam always goes above the call of duty to help out with any postal need for a faculty or staff member or student," said Jack Broach, U.S. Postal Services manager. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2007:   Tax protesters ordered to pay $216,000   "... Law requires that postal customers buying more than $3,000 in money orders give identifying information to postal employees. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 26, 2007:   NEW USPS MAIL HANDLER WAGE SCALES   "... The new wage scales, effective November 25, 2006 ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 26, 2007:   From monkey heads to rats on a stick: State�s agriculture investigator fights to keep out illegal animal products   "... Rats on a stick. Dried monkey heads. A whole dried antelope � face, hair, everything � that fell out of a cardboard box at the Charleston post office. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 23, 2007:   Customers Shocked By Electric Bills   "... Weatherford Electric of Texas said a printing error caused many customers to receive erroneous notices, with one customer reporting a $24 billion power bill. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 23, 2007:   USPS prepares mailers for new postal law effects   "... the agency is working closely on the bill and has published a new Web page at It will give visitors updates on any changes the agency has made to the new law. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 23, 2007:   Hot mail: Postal truck burns in Manor Township; some of its contents destroyed   "... The outgoing mail that had been collected on the route Tuesday was "pretty much destroyed," he said. The mail that was still scheduled to be delivered was for the most part intact, he said � although much of it sustained smoke and water damage. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 23, 2007:   Elderly Woman Won't Tie Up Dog, Cut Off By USPS: Postal Service Says Dog Could Be Dangerous   "... �I'm better off without those yahoos who deliver mail these days,� she says. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 21, 2007:   Man demanding Social Security check slugs mail carrier in Delray Beach   "... The carrier described the attacker as a man in his 50s with a gray-and-black beard and wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 21, 2007:   Post office reopens after mercury spill: Nobody hurt, but Postal Service budget might be ailing   "... A little more than 2 ounces of spilled mercury caused a big commotion when Kalispell�s Meridian Road post office was ordered to be closed during the Presidents Day weekend. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 21, 2007:    Auditors stress importance of data security to TSP officials   "... Data security concerns have increased after hackers breached the accounts of some TSP participants in late December and stole $35,000. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 20, 2007:   On the job: Public interaction the highlight for mail carrier   "... Perhaps surprisingly, Daugherty said his mail volume is increasing. "I actually think the Internet has created more mail for us," he said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 20, 2007:   Protection of mail sent to Ju�rez still unclear   "... The U.S. Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General, in charge of investigating mail crime, is not investigating the Ju�rez theft because it occurred in Mexico, officials said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 16, 2007:   Postal Service offers reward for information   "... as much as $100,000 as a reward for information about two explosive devices mailed to companies in Chicago and Kansas City. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 16, 2007:   NPMHU and USPS Agree on Effective Dates for Contract Implementation   "... the effective date for the 2006 National Agreement has been established as Saturday, February 17, 2007 ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 16, 2007:   Zero Tolerance Policy Upheld   "... Bagbee was a 20-year employee with the Postal Service, working as a Laborer in San Francisco. During a meeting with his first and second level supervisors, Bagbee made threats against the supervisors�..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 12, 2007:   [APWU] What�s Up With That?   "... the union negotiated Voluntary Early Retirement Authority for our members as part of a two-year contract extension. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 12, 2007:   [Feds] Next Pay Raise Looking Good   "... Dozens of members of Congress will speak out in support of eliminating the WEP and GPO formulas. The Windfall Elimination Provision can trim more than $300 a month from the Social Security check of feds retired under the CSRS program. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 12, 2007:   Labor complaint issued against DHL   "... The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined there is reasonable cause to believe DHL Express Inc. has engaged in unfair labor practices as claimed by the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 12, 2007:   New postal law requires funding of retiree health benefits   "... Revenue for the first quarter (ending December 31, 2006) was $19.7 billion, an increase of 6.4 percent over the first quarter last year. This increase was driven by a 2.3 percent increase in mail volume. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 9, 2007:   Support your local Huntsville Fire & Rescue Union brothers and sisters   "Watch the Video Spoof by members of the Huntsville Fire Department. After watching the video, go to the Channel 19 website and read the article and then make your supportive comments here. "    [Reference:]

    Feb. 8, 2007:   Mail Handlers Wage Increase Effective February 3, 2007   "... The USPS Payroll Office has advised that the first negotiated 1.2% wage increase paid to Mail Handlers under the recently-ratified 2006 National Agreement will be implemented during PP04-2007. PP04 began on February 3, 2007, and this increase will be reflected in paychecks issued on February 23, 2007. This 1.2% contractual increase became effective on November 25, 2006. USPS Payroll Office also has advised that any retroactive amounts (from PP25-2006 thru PP03-2007) owed to Mail Handlers will be paid in PP12-2007 � which begins on May 26, 2007, with paychecks to be issued on June 15, 2007. The increase from Step O to the new Step P, for those Mail Handlers who will have satisfied the 24 week in Step O requirement, also will be reflected and paid in PP12-2007. Retroactive amounts related to the new Step P, which also will be implemented retroactively effective to November 25, 2006, also will be reflected in paychecks for PP12-2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 8, 2007:   Letter Carriers Union Opposes 'Do Not Mail' Bill as Harmful to Postal Service and American Public   "... "Elimination of a significant portion of advertising mail could be devastating," he said. "This 'third class' mail now constitutes more than 50 percent of all mail, and its loss could mean reductions in current levels of service or, even worse, the collapse of all postal services. In sum, it would be detrimental to the Postal Service, its workforce and to citizens themselves to limit the mail delivered to postal patrons." ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 8, 2007:   Man charged with stalking postal worker   "... Stamper, who police said is a convicted sex offender ... Stamper is an employee of Domino�s Pizza in Nashville, Blackwell said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 7, 2007:   U.K. Driving License Center Attacked With Letter Bomb   "... A total of seven explosive devices have been received in the post in the last three weeks in the U.K. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 7, 2007:   Postal Center breaks ground for training building   "... �The new building will primarily support training for Postal Service systems that will further automate processing of flats-mail such as magazines and large envelopes,� Morgan said. �The Postal Service sorts and delivers 212 billion pieces of mail a year � to more people over more distance than in any other country.� The postal center draws nearly 20,000 postal employees a year to Norman; ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 6, 2007:   Maybe The Grass Is Greener!   "... They should have most of their money in the C fund, the S fund, and the I ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 6, 2007:   Postal Service Again Honored as Most Trusted Government Agency   "... The Postal Service retained the top spot with a privacy trust score of 83 percent. It also is one of the few federal agencies able to increase its customer satisfaction and trust scores. The average trust score among the 60 agencies surveyed was 47 percent. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 6, 2007:   [APWU] Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Update   "... Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) rose to 587.3 - the first rise since August, but still well below the July Index (593.2) upon which the final COLA of the 2000 Agreement was calculated. APWU's economists project that it is highly unlikely that the January Index will rise 6.4 points to 593.6 - the point at which additional COLA would be paid. Based on that projection, the first COLA adjustment under the 2006 National Agreement is expected to be zero. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 4, 2007:   [APWU] Raises to Be Implemented March 3; Contract Changes to Take Effect Feb. 3   "... New pay rates established by the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement will be implemented on March 3, 2007, and will appear in paychecks dated March 23. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 4, 2007:   The disappearing corner mailbox   "... Under U.S. Postal Service guidelines, any mailbox that doesn't generate at least 25 pieces of first class mail a day can be removed. ..."    [Reference:]

    Feb. 4, 2007:    Retiring Postmaster looks back on unexpected career   "... "When I came to work my first day, the conveyor belt was deeply covered with mail. I put my hand into the pile and pulled out a piece of mail. To my surprise, it was a letter addressed to my wife. Now tell me, what are the odds of that. I often tell people that story about my first day on the job. It still amazes me today that I reached into the hundreds of pieces of mail on that conveyor belt and the one I pulled was addressed to my wife." ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 31, 2007:   Check out the UPS Whiteboard   "... UPS has a kool Flash video site where you can send a video message to friends and family, of course we had to add our own brand of humor. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 31, 2007:   Postal worker delivers shooting suspect to police   "... Detroit Police are crediting a U.S. postal worker today for assisting cops in catching a 38-year-old man, who shot his girlfriend in the hand after an argument on the city�s east side. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 31, 2007:   FMLA Feedback Deadline Looms   "... Take the opportunity provided by the Department of Justice to respond to their Request for Information to share your experiences. The deadline to respond is February 2, 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 31, 2007:   Checks and Balances   "... "We often find," says Bernards, "federal employees (who) have been working for twenty years, participating in the Thrift Savings Plan, who are putting all their money in the G fund. It's very safe, but the reality is, they're only getting about four percent a year, inflation's growing at about 3.1% a year, and essentially, they're almost losing the purchasing power of their money over time." ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 30, 2007:   William Burrus, President APWU: A Brief Conversation Rekindles the Commitment   "... I recently attended the Tri-State Seminar in Huntsville, AL, where 300-plus dedicated APWU activists from Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi engaged in learning and sharing. The three state presidents, Harold Terry, Mike Mingo, and Sunny Thigpen, are to be commended for organizing an effective and informative program. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 30, 2007:   Postal Service Cancels Another AMP Study   "... the USPS announced the end of a study aimed at consolidating mail processing operations in Yakima (WA) with those in Pasco, 85 miles away. Saying that the proposed consolidation would not result in improved service or efficiency, ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 30, 2007:   Fewer Clerks, City Carriers on Postal Rolls At the End of 2006   "... Mail Handlers and Rural Carriers were the only two bargaining unit groups that had a significant increase for 2006 ... Mail Handlers increased by 1,376 (57,261) ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 29, 2007:   Check out the UPS Whiteboard   "... UPS has a kool Flash video site where you can send a video message to friends and family, of course we had to add our own brand of humor. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 29, 2007:   Juarez Postal Employees Arrested   "... Mexican investigators are trying to figure out how two employees at a Juarez post office stole large amounts of mail and money sent from the U.S. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 29, 2007:   Postal Carrier Finds Pipe Bomb In Mailbox   "... The Milwaukee Bomb Squad denotated the device, which they said was large enough to cause "significant damage." ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2007:   National Postal Mail Handlers Union: Will union membership ratify Mail Handler Tentative Agreement? Deadline today.   "... The balloting period shall extend until January 24, 2007. The ballots will be collected from the Post Office Box, to be verified and counted beginning at 9:00 a.m. on that day. The Union shall retain the American Arbitration Association to certify the ballot count. All Local Unions may send observers to be present at the collection, verification, opening, and counting of the ballots, which is expected to take two full days. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2007:   Health premiums higher because OPM didn�t apply for subsidy, GAO finds   "... Last year�s increase in health insurance premiums would have been 2.6 percentage points lower had the Office of Personnel Management used an available government subsidy, the Government Accountability Office says. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2007:   OSHA fines postal service more than $5,000 for 2006 incident   "... 39 employees of the post office on Main Street were exposed to levels of carbon monoxide that were seven times what is considered to be safe. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 24, 2007:   Inexpensive forms of employee recognition   "... One day a few months ago I found some motorcycle-themed postage stamps in my inbox. When he saw the newly released stamps at the post office that day, my boss remembered that my husband and I ride motorcycles. That simple and sincere gesture carried more weight than any generic "thanks for your hard work" could have. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 23, 2007:   Pam Anderson goes postal over stamp: �Baywatch� babe doesn�t think Colonel Sanders should be honored   "... has written an angry letter to the Postmaster General, blasting KFC�s request to put the bearded image of the founder of the fast-food chain on a stamp. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 23, 2007:   Update on the Bill Monroe Commemorative Stamp Campaign   "... The campaign was kicked off in 2003 because the Postal Department Guidelines suggested that any such campaign be started at least three years prior to the eligibility of the nominee. Bill died on September 9, 1996. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 23, 2007:    House members urge pay parity, larger 2008 raise   "... The president of one of the larger unions representing federal employees on Monday issued a statement supporting the call for pay parity and seeking an adequate raise. The 2.2 percent increase granted civilians and the military for 2007 was the smallest in 18 years, said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 23, 2007:   Arbitrator�s decision costs millions   "... Shaw did not respond to a request for comment this week, but earlier this month said, �They�re cutting back all over, and they�re doing things in violation of the contract that ends up costing millions of dollars. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 23, 2007:    Postal officials stick with Yakima   "... James Keck, president of the Yakima local of the American Postal Workers Union, said sending Yakima mail on a round trip to Pasco and back in the winter would have slowed delivery. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   Acton, Mass., Post Office Earns Prestigious Workplace Safety and Health "Star" from U.S. Labor Department's OSHA   "... The Acton facility employs 52 employees, represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers ( NALC ), National Rural Letter Carriers Association ( NRLCA ) and the American Postal Workers Union ( APWU ). Its areas of excellence include training for safety and health committee members; daily safety walk-throughs; providing employees with cameras to document hazards and use of the "Stop" method to prevent injuries. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   Huntsville Fire Fighter Has Second Conduct Hearing   "...National union leaders were in Huntsville today to back Thrailkill. "If the city is ready to go into that battle, then we're ready to wade in and fight that battle every day," ... "I can promise you right now, we will be in federal court and the International [Union] will be footing the bill," Malone replied. "As much as it takes?" NewsChannel 19's Steve Johnson asked. "As much as it takes, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court," Malone replied. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   Acton, Mass., Post Office Earns Prestigious Workplace Safety and Health "Star" from U.S. Labor Department's OSHA   "... The Acton facility employs 52 employees, represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers ( NALC ), National Rural Letter Carriers Association ( NRLCA ) and the American Postal Workers Union ( APWU ). Its areas of excellence include training for safety and health committee members; daily safety walk-throughs; providing employees with cameras to document hazards and use of the "Stop" method to prevent injuries. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   Ludlow Man Killed in Overnight Accident   "... when a forklift fell off a flatbed truck and pinned him beneath it. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   [Philadelphia] Postal union seeks to oust supervisor   "... She creates nothing but turmoil in the workplace,� John Gushue said. The union accuses Battiste of having a �divide-and-conquer� attitude toward workers and called her on-the job behavior �demeaning, insensitive, intimidating and rude.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   The checks are in the mail, but postal workers still waiting   "... Postal workers apparently have no special clout when it comes to being told the check's in the mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   Leo E. Seger, postal manager   "... Leo E. Seger, 78, of Cherry Hill, a retired Postal Service manager and advocate for property tax reform in New Jersey, died of colon cancer Dec. 16 at home. After retiring from a 42-year career with the Postal Service, Mr. Seger joined the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) in the early 1990s. The organization works to protect and improve retirees' income through political activism ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   Where's the mail?   "... Post Office officials said the incident may have been part of a pattern on the part of the postal employee. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:   2006-2010 Contract APWU: Official Local-by-Local Ratification Vote Totals   "... The official results of the APWU contract ratification vote are now available, including a local-by-local tally. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 19, 2007:    Postal Rate Increase to Drive Major Changes in Mailing Industry Most Companies Unprepared for Proposed Price Hike, New Rules   "... For most companies, there are untapped opportunities to minimize the costs and maximize the effectiveness ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 16, 2007:   Netflix to Be Delivered on the Internet   "... company plans to unveil the new "Watch Now" feature Tuesday, but only a small number of its more than 6 million subscribers will get immediate access to the service, which is being offered at no additional charge. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 16, 2007:   Reward offered in burglary of Cherokee, Alabama Post Office  "... A $10,000 reward is being offered in hopes of solving a recent burglary at the Cherokee Post Office. Officials with the U.S. Postal Inspectors Office in Birmingham, said the Cherokee Post Office was burglarized sometime around Dec. 31. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 14, 2007:   Longtime postal worker gets accustomed to life as a retiree: Bill Ivie, 63, says he has some adjusting to do after 32 years of working nights at the post office.   "... in November 1974, the bulk mail center on Jacksonville's Westside was in the last stage of construction. It opened in July 1975, one of 21 such centers ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 14, 2007:   Wilson Hulme, National Postal Museum curator, dead at 60   "... He made rare stamps easier to view, arranged for portions of Queen Elizabeth II's royal collection to be displayed and convinced the Smithsonian to buy John Lennon's boyhood stamp album ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 14, 2007:   1- APWU Membership Ratifies Four-Year Contract 2- Anti-Consolidation Resolution Introduced in House   "...New contract language will result in the conversion of approximately 10,000 part-time flexibles, and will eliminate Clerk Craft PTFs as a workforce category in offices of 200 work-years or more, effective Dec. 1, 2007. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 14, 2007:   Possible arrest in Postal Worker attack   "... at the Kensington Manor Apartments in Southeast Memphis where police cuffed and took a man into custody; we're told he is a possible suspect in this case. He is now being questioned at 201 poplar for what the postal inspection service says was such a brutal crime. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 14, 2007:    The U.S. Postal Service doesn�t know where its own ZIP Codes are!   "... Try this. Go to the U.S. Postal Service�s Find All Cities in a ZIP Code lookup page, type 28759 into the box, and click Submit ... ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 12, 2007:   Letter: Eliminating mailboxes is postal service failure   "... Removal of mailboxes will hit the elderly and infirm and poor especially hard. These groups have limited alternatives to U.S. mail, yet their access to the remaining �busy-enough� mailboxes will be severely limited. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 12, 2007:   U.S. Postal Service: 'Intelligent Mail' Fully Operational by 2009 Advanced Technology to Revolutionize Business Mail   "... "Intelligent Mail is like having a GPS system for mail," ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 12, 2007:   New clues in Memphis postal worker assault   "... The newest information comes in the form of a suspect sketch released by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. They're asking you to be on the look out for this man. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 7, 2007:   New Information: Postal Worker Attack   "... Memphis police have released a sketch of the attacker, accused of beating a U.S. Postal worker near the University of Memphis last month. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 7, 2007:   Hampton Cove may lobby for Post Office   "... Sharon Shew, a local U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman, said Hampton Cove residents who want a neighborhood post office should petition their current post office in Owens Cross Roads. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 7, 2007:   TSP Rates of Return were updated on January 3, 2007   "... The International Fund leads the pack with a 3.11% return for December ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 6, 2007:   THE APWU�S NEW MOTTO: �IF YOU CAN�T BEAT �EM, SUE �EM!�   "... "It is quite unfortunate that the APWU�s national leaders have chosen, once again, to highlight their own failures in print and on the web, rather than simply dealing with them in a professional manner" said NPMHU National President John Hegarty. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 6, 2007:   APWU Files Suit on Jurisdictional Disputes   "... The APWU has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, charging that the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and U.S. Postal Service have violated a national-level three-party agreement that establishes procedures for resolving disputes over work assignments. ..."    [Reference:]

    Jan. 6, 2007:   Union Made websites: BUY UNION, BUY AMERICAN   "...,,,, ..."    [Reference:]

    January 1, 2007:   Happy New Year!!   "... In New York City, the world famous 1,070-pound, 6-foot-diameter Waterford crystal ball located high above Times Square is lowered starting at 11:59:00 p.m., or the last minute of the year, and reaches the bottom of its tower at the stroke of midnight. It is sometimes referred to as "the big apple" like the city itself; the custom derives from the time signal that used to be given at noon in harbors. ..."    [Reference:]

    January 1, 2007:   Artist captures life in postage: Spider stamp taken for real   "... The 20-stamp set remains among the most popular in postal service history. It�s No. 6 on the postal service�s list of stamps sold but never used, said Terry McCaffrey, manager of stamp development for the postal service. Buchanan is among a select few to be called on repeatedly to paint postage stamps; he has also painted motorcycles, ..."    [Reference:]

    January 1, 2007:   Postman Critical After Attack   "... The Postal Service is offering a $500,000.00 reward in the case. ..."    [Reference:]

    January 1, 2007:   post office worker mauled by pit bulls   "... "It was a three-minute ordeal, but it seemed like 20," Hoskins said. The dogs' caretaker "just watched," she said. ..."    [Reference:]

    January 1, 2007:   Dispute stops mail delivery to tenants: Building manager, carrier are feuding   "... others in the complex are especially irked by the postal service's failure to notify them that their mail would no longer be delivered, a lapse postal officials say was their fault. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 31, 2006:   APWU Craft members are insulted by the 2006 tentative contract; JUST SAY NO TO RATIFICATION!!   "...must stand-up against this tentative contract. VOTE NO ON APWU CONTRACT RATIFICATION!! To ratify this contract is to say you are satisfied with the demise of our benefits. To accept 1% per year reductions in what USPS pays on our health insurance is to say we are willing to transition to what Federal Work-Force employers pay. You will then have a 1% reduction every year until the employer pays only 72% ... They want us to be more competitive with the Federal Work-Force when it comes to reductions, but not when it comes to pay raises of 2.2% to 3%. Additionally, Federal Employees get Locality Pay and we do not. VOTE NO ON RATIFICATION!! ..."   Post your objections to the APWU Tentative COntract HERE. [Reference:]

    Dec. 31, 2006:   Mail will not run Tuesday   "... Mail service will be suspended Tuesday in observance of the national day of mourning for former President Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Postal Service announced. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 31, 2006:   (APWU Ratification) Locals Encouraged to Get Out the Vote   "... To encourage voter participation, the APWU will reward locals with the greatest percent of membership involvement ... $200 to $4,000 ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 30, 2006:   USPS DECLARES TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2007 AS NATIONAL DAY OF OBSERVANCE   "... May 2000, the parties at the National level agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding, which guaranteed such administrative leave should another National Day of Observance or National Day of Mourning be declared at some point in the future, first by the President of the United States by Executive Order and then by the Postmaster General. ... < a href="" title="NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING">Read PDF of notice to Local Presidents, its attached MOU, and USPSNEWSLINKEXTRA ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 29, 2006:   Executive Order: Providing for the Closing of Government Departments and Agencies on January 2, 2007   "... as a mark of respect for Gerald R. Ford, the thirty-eighth President of the United States. That day shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 28, 2006:   Announcing the Death of Gerald R. Ford   "... I will appoint in a subsequent proclamation a National Day of Mourning throughout the United States when the American people may assemble in their respective places of worship, there to pay homage to the memory of President Ford. ..." Point of Interest:Typically, the President will initiate an Executive Order calling for a Federal Holiday for the passing of a President. The last example of this was the Executive Order for President Reagan. Executive Orders are listed at:    [Reference:]

    Dec. 28, 2006:   Scam Fools Officer, But Not For Very Long   "... a postal employee pointed to a pile of packages all going to the same or similar addresses in Nigeria. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 28, 2006:   If You Didn�t Get an APWU Ballot�   "... contact the American Arbitration Association at 800-529-5218 to request a duplicate. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 26, 2006:   2006 MAIL HANDLER CONTRACT UPDATE No. 19: VOTING SCHEDULED ON RATIFICATION OF THE 2006 NATIONAL AGREEMENT   "... Ballots will be mailed to all members between December 29, 2006 and January 3, 2007, and the deadline for voting is 9:00 a.m. on January 24, 2007. All eligible votes will be counted beginning at that day and time ... Any member who does not receive a ballot or the accompanying information by January 10, 2007 must call the Ratification Ballot Coordinator at 202-833-9095, extension 1025, to request those materials. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.22, 2006:   Postal Reform Becomes Law   "... bars rates from rising beyond the rate of inflation for the next decade, replaces the lengthy and litigious process used to raise postage rates, and frees up billions of dollars used to finance the pensions and health-care costs of postal retirees. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.22, 2006:   USPS rectifies letter-to-Santa outrage   "... at the boy's home with their original letters, a photo of Santa holding the letters, two post office teddy bears, coloring books and books about the post office in history ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 22, 2006:   Bush Signs Executive Order on Pay Raises   "... Civil servants, on average, will get a 2.2 percent pay increase in January. So will uniformed members of the military. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 22, 2006:   Rate Commission Assails USPS Consolidation Plan   "... �The Postal Service has failed to consider the concerns of the American people, denied citizens the information necessary to determine if the revised network will meet their needs, and excluded individuals and small businesses from having real input in the decision-making process.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 22, 2006:   (APWU) What Will You Do?   "... Is it too much to ask that you take one minute of your time, mark an �X� on a piece of paper, take it to work, and mail it? ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 22, 2006:   Un-Merry Christmas Postal Service Terminates Disabled Iraq War Veteran for Unacceptable Attendance   "... the U.S. Postal Service hired him knowing he was a disabled veteran and that he would need reasonable accommodation. They did not provide reasonable accommodation when they expected him to work seven days a week, 12 hours a day. Kutz attendance problems were due to PTSD and colon cancer ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 18, 2006:   Shipping discounts doable on request As FedEx, UPS raise rates, businesses should ask for deals   "... FedEx, meanwhile, plans to raise its express shipping rates by 3.5 percent on Jan. 1 ... UPS said it would increase ground shipment rates by an average 4.9 percent, while rates for air express and international shipments from the United States will go up an average 6.9 percent. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 18, 2006:   OPM Will Accept Belated Dental/Vision Enrollments Through Friday, December 22, 2006   "... Due to the continuing interest of federal employees and retirees in the Federal Dental/Vision Insurance Program and their tremendous response during the program's inaugural Open Season, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will accept belated enrollments through Friday, December 22, 2006. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 18, 2006:   Department of Labor is seeking public comments on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Leave Act   "... recently published a Request for Information in the Federal Register and invites interested parties having knowledge of or experience with the FMLA to submit information. The Department welcomes any pertinent information that will provide a basis for ascertaining the effectiveness of the current implementing regulations and the Department�s administration of the Act. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 18, 2006:   So what�s your story?   "... Postal worker and published author Jonathan Lowe would like to hear about your stories, and consider them for publication in an anthology of postal tales ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 18, 2006:   Postal workers ready for season's busiest day   "... Monday is expected to be the busiest day of the year for the United States Postal Service ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 18, 2006:   San Francisco Postal Workers Speak Out   "... A massive speedup is going on within the postal system with automation and increased pressure on the workers to mold themselves to the machines. Many postal workers are forced to work at night delivering mail in the dark. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.16, 2006:   [Federal Pay Raise] Bigger Pay Raise In The Works?   "... how the approved January raise will look for feds in selected cities: Atlanta, Houston and Philadelphia, 2.40 percent; Boston 2.53 percent; Chicago 2.24 percent; Cincinnati 1.96 percent; Cleveland 2.18 percent; Dallas-Ft. Worth 2.53 percent; Denver and Detroit 2.15 percent; Huntsville 1.92 percent; ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.16, 2006:   APWU Leads the Way in Bargaining   "... some other postal unions do not adhere to these principles and routinely wait for the results of APWU bargaining to determine whether they can include in their contract those improvements we have achieved. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.16, 2006:   APWU Non-Members to Receive Ballot Mailing   "... the APWU will send a �ratification packet� to workers represented by the union who are not members. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 15, 2006:   BREAKING NEWS: Cracked Vial Closes Portion Of Postal Facility   "... labeled "African Sleeping Illness. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 15, 2006:   NPMHU UPDATE SPECIAL EDITION   "... WORK RULES IMPROVED ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 14, 2006:   NATIONAL POSTAL MAIL HANDLERS UNION SUMMARY OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ESTABLISHING TERMS OF 2006 NATIONAL AGREEMENT   "... a 1% increase in health care contributions is equivalent to an increase of approximately $50 per year for self-only coverage and between $100 and $130 per year for family coverage ... a new Step AA will be added to the pay scales for new employees ... due to deflation in the economy since July 2006, the COLA in March may be $0 ... ten cost-of-living adjustments ... additional dollar value of this new Step P will begin at $291 for Level 4 and $312 for Level 5 ... six general wage increases during the five-year term ..."    [Reference:]

    December 14, 2006:   Details on NPMHU 2006 Contract   "... will be released at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006 ... Read the details here ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 13, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 18: NATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS COMPLETE: NPMHU AND USPS REACH FIVE-YEAR AGREEMENT:   "... The precise terms of the settlement, which will cover five years through and including November 20, 2011, will be released at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2006 ..."    [Reference: ]

    Dec.13, 2006:   USPS, National Postal Mail Handlers Union reach tentative agreement Contract to run through Nov. 20, 2011   "... �This tentative agreement is fair to our employees, responsive to the needs of the Postal Service, and serves the interests of the public upon whose business we depend,� said Labor Relations Vice President Doug Tulino. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.13, 2006:   Giordano named Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications   "... extensive public, private and nonprofit sector experience ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 12, 2006:   Postal workers say boss creating unsafe work environment   "... The goal is to "ideally to remove him (Florio), or realistically, at least get him to admit there's a problem," Flattery said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 12, 2006:   Ex-postal worker gets jail time for insider trading   "... was accused of relaying information that he learned while serving on a grand jury panel looking at Bristol-Myers' accounting practices to Pajcin, a high-school friend, and Plotkin. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 12, 2006:   Congress Passes Flawed Postal �Reform� Bill; Burrus: Legislation Good for Major Mailers, Bad for Postal Workers   "... will result in an artificial cap on postal workers� wages. ... The final insult in the legislation is the imposition of a three-day waiting period for payment to postal employees who are injured on the job. The waiting period, which does not apply to any other federal workers, is inhumane and wrong. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 12, 2006:   Mail Handlers Granted Direct AFL-CIO Affiliation   "... The NPMHU�s re-affiliation with the AFL-CIO was effective December 1, 2006, and will allow the NPMHU to participate in all of the AFL-CIO�s programs and activities. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 12, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 17: NPMHU/USPS STILL BARGAINING: PARTIES CLOSE TO RESOLVING DETAILS ON BOTH WORK RULES AND ECONOMIC PACKAGE   "... We understand that some of our members may be anxious about their 2006 National Agreement, but they can rest assured that the NPMHU National Office is working hard to conclude discussions over a fair and equitable contract. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 11, 2006:   Union Meeting!!   "... The next NPMHU Local 317 - Huntsville Branch union meeting will be Saturday, December 30th, 2006. It will be at the China Buffet on Highway 20. The State President, Jessie Leonard, will be in attendance addressing the current contract negotiations. ..."   

    Dec. 11, 2006:   APWU Rank-and-File Committee Approves Tentative Contract   "... Clerk Craft casual employment will not be considered �in lieu of full or part-time employees� ... a 1.2 percent raise, effective Nov. 21, 2009 ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 11, 2006:   USPS, Rural Carriers Reach Agreement   "... # General Wage Increases: * 1.2% wage increase effective November 25, 2006 * 1.2% wage increase effective November 24, 2007 * 1.2% wage increase effective November 22, 2008 * 1.2% wage increase effective November 21. 2009 ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 8, 2006:   Lawmakers Unexpectedly Take Up Postal Service Overhaul   "... Repeal a law that requires the Postal Service to make payments, originally intended for postal pensions but no longer needed, into an escrow fund. That essentially would release $78 billion over 60 years, money that would be used to cover retiree health-care liabilities, pay off postal debts to the Treasury and perhaps lower rate increases. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 8, 2006:   Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee Approves Tentative Contract Agreement   "... health plans, the employees� share of premiums will increase 1 percent per year for four years, beginning in 2008. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec. 6, 2006:   APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement: Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee to Review Contract Proposal   "... Negotiators for the APWU and U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement, APWU President William Burrus has announced. �This is an outstanding agreement that protects the rights and interests of postal workers and the American people,� he said. �The new contract will be presented to the Rank-and-File Bargaining Committee on Thursday, Dec. 7. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.6, 2006:   Postal Service, Union to Take Their Differences to Arbitration   "... the National Association of Letter Carriers, have broken off contract talks and will take their differences to arbitration. ... outsourcing was the main issue preventing an agreement. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.6, 2006:   National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)Urgent bargaining update   "... USPS delivers final proposal loaded with insults to letter carriers�lumps sums, end of COLAs, higher charges for health benefits, new deductions from pay, cuts in leave, elimination of �no layoff� clause and more. President Young vows NALC will �stop this outrage in its tracks,� prevail in arbitration. ... READ THE EACTIVIST MESSAGE ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.6, 2006:   APWU: Substantial Progress� Made in Contract Talks   "...We are cautiously optimistic about the possibility of reaching a negotiated settlement, although some specific details of an agreement remain to be finalized. ..."    [Reference:]

    Dec.6, 2006:   The rich really do own the world   "... A major study of wealth distribution reveals the richest 2 per cent own more than half of global household assets ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov.30, 2006:   Huntsville Firefighter in Trouble for Criticizing Chief   "... a column by Firefighters Union Local President Thrailkill, in the union newsletter. ... Thrailkill wrote, "He [referring to Underwood] has proven he is not a man of his word. Her has proven he is not loyal to Huntsville Fire & Rescue." ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 30, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 16   "... National Postal Mail Handlers Union ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 30, 2006:   APWU Talks Continue, But Union Instructs Lawyers to Prepare for Arbitration   "... The parties are in general agreement on the provisions that must be resolved, but to date we have been unable to find common ground. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 29, 2006:   Teamsters Want Investigation Reopened In Murder Of Organizer   "... The Teamsters want the U.S. government to reopen the investigation into the 2004 murder of Teamster organizer Giberto Soto in El Salvador. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 29, 2006:   FEHB Open Season Report   "...There are a few basic things to remember as you decide on a health plan for the coming year. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 29, 2006:   Ford says 38,000 union workers accept buyouts   "... almost half of the automaker's U.S. factory workforce -- had accepted buyout offers to leave the company. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 29, 2006:   New rules for CFC take effect in 2007   "... Next year, the Office of Personnel Management will not prohibit charities from joining the Combined Federal Campaign if they spend more than 25 percent of their budgets on overhead costs. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov.29, 2006:   Postal Workers File Complaints with Union   "... During our investigation we found more than 200 overtime grievances filed just in the month of November. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2006:   National Postal Mail Handlers Union 2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 15: TALKS EXTENDED TEN DAYS THROUGH THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30   "...the parties have made substantial progress toward an overall deal. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2006:   Revenue, fuel costs soar for USPS   "... Record levels of revenue and volume helped the U.S. Postal Service conclude its 2006 fiscal year with net income of $900 million ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2006:   (Montgomery, AL) Local Man Recalls Tornado Horror   "... flipped Hairston's truck over, leaving him with no way to get out. He had just parked at a Montgomery post office ... A nearby postal worker came to Hairston's rescue. "He just reached down, just pulled me out," Hairston said of the man. "I couldn't believe it." ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 22, 2006:   APWU Contract Talks to Resume After Thanksgiving Weekend   "... APWU has proposed bold steps to address important issues for postal employees. But because we are attempting to break new ground ... new message on Wednesday, Nov. 29 ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 21, 2006:   Postal Inspectors Raid Hotel   "... The federal task force for identity theft served a warrant at the Extended Stay Hotel, Studio Six, in Murray. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 21, 2006:   National Postal Mail Handlers Union BARGAINING EXTENDED PAST MIDNIGHT DEADLINE   "... Negotiations last night continued well past the midnight deadline, and will continue at least through the day on Tuesday, November 21 ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 21, 2006:   (APWU)As Deadline Passes, Parties Agree to Continue Talks   "... The hour is 12 midnight, Nov. 20, and we do not have a new contract. We have agreed to continue application of the expiring agreement and to continue the discussions tomorrow, Nov. 21. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 21, 2006:   TSP should not expand fund options, consultant recommends   "... specifically concluded that real estate investment trusts, or REITs, should not be added to TSP. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 21, 2006:   GAO- Transforming USPS Business Model a Priority for New Congress   "... Comptroller General David M. Walker has provided Congressional leaders with a list of priorities for the upcoming session of Congress. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 20, 2006:   APWU Wins Major Maintenance Arbitration Case   "... The award, dated Nov. 16, requires postal management to rescind the Maintenance Staffing Handbook (MS-47) issued in 2001, which outlined new staffing procedures, and reinstate the 1983 version. It also requires the Postal Service to �reinstitute or prepare staffing packages as soon as practicable.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 20, 2006:   Dock death linked to Vt. accident   " ... "We told them for two years, 'You need to make changes,'" said William Creamer, branch president for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, representing the White River Junction postal workers. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 20, 2006:   National Postal Mail Handlers Union 2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 14   "... Nov. 20, 2006 Current Contract Expires ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 20, 2006:   (APWU) Burrus: Contract Agreement 'Possible'   "... Several tentative agreements have been reached, but there will be no final agreement unless there is an entire agreement. Health benefits and wages continue as the priority issues under consideration. While discussions have been positive, final agreement is beyond our reach at this time. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 20, 2006:    Postal labor negotiations must not undermine agency   "... pension and retiree health benefits are not part of negotiations. According to the 2003 report of the President�s Commission on the US Postal Service ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 20, 2006:   Some tipping rules and regulations   "... The U.S. Postal Service prohibits letter carriers from accepting alcohol, money or any gift costing over $20, and requires that cakes, cookies or other goodies be shared with co-workers, says spokesman Gerry McKiernan. ..."    [ ]

    Nov. 16, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 13: ECONOMIC PROPOSALS SUBMITTED BY NPMHU   "... on-the-record economic demands. These proposals include: * A new National Agreement to cover six years, from November 21, 2006 through November 20, 2012. * The continuation of general wage increases during each and every year of the contract. * The continuation of cost-of-living adjustments during each and every year of the contract. * The maintenance of all current benefits and benefit programs, including the current formula for determining employee contributions for health insurance. * The implementation of one-level pay upgrades for all Level 4 and Level 5 mail handlers, and other adjustments to the current pay scales. * The implementation of increases in night shift differential and Sunday premium pay as previously outlined and circulated. * The implementation of improvements in the clothing program and increases in the dollar amounts provided as clothing allowances. ..."    [Reference: National Postal Mail Handlers Union]

    Nov. 16, 2006:   Storm rips area apart   "... Montgomery's main post office on Winton Blount Boulevard was damaged heavily, especially the main lobby. All letters and packages there were taken to processing centers in Birmingham and Mobile, a postal official said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 16, 2006:   Stamp with ballot may be a fake 'Jenny'   "... Jacoby used a replica of a 2-cent stamp commemorating the 1901 Pan American Exposition in New York. The stamp, reissued by the U.S. Postal Service on the 100th anniversary of the event, features an upside-down train and bears other resemblances to the "Inverted Jenny." ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 16, 2006:   A tornado struck the Montgomery, AL, Processing and Distribution Center   "... No injuries to employees have been reported, but USPS is still assessing damage to the facility. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 16, 2006:   Storm Destroys   "... Montgomery's main post office nearby were damaged, but no injuries were reported. Elsewhere, a possible tornado tore through a community south of Montgomery ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 16, 2006:   APWU Talks Continue at Discouraging Pace   "... ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 15, 2006:   Postal Service Ends Year With Record Revenue...   "... Record levels of revenue and volume helped the U.S. Postal Service conclude its 2006 fiscal year with net income of $900 million ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 15, 2006:   2007 FEHB Plan Information   "... Compare Plans... The FEHBP, FEDVIP, and FSAFEDs Open Seasons will run from November 13, 2006 through December 11, 2006 ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 15, 2006:   Madison man recalls WWII experiences in his book   "... He retired as a distributor from the U.S. Postal Service in 1982. ..."    [Reference:]

      Nov. 13, 2006:   Rare Stamp May Be Inside Sealed Fla. Ballot Box   "... An absentee ballot was mailed with what may have been a rare stamp worth at least $200,000 - the famous Inverted Jenny - ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 13, 2006:   APWU Union Announces Negotiations Hotline   "... The APWU has established a Negotiations Hotline, which will help union members stay abreast of late-breaking developments regarding bargaining. The toll-free number is ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 13, 2006:   Segway Scooters for Sale   "... The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has teamed up with Supply Management Investment Recovery in Washington, DC, to sell 38 Segway scooters to the general public. ... The auction will be held online at, with bidding beginning at 8:00 A.M. CT on December 6, 2006, and ending at 5:00 P.M. CT on December 7, 2006. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 10, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 12: USPS SUBMITS LAUNDRY LIST OF HARSH PROPOSALS   "... proposals include the following, among others:1. total elimination of protection from layoff 2. an increase in the part-time flexible workforce to 30%, 3. an increase in the employment and utilization of casuals by eliminating the �in lieu of� clause from Article 7, 4. allowing casual and part-time flexible employees to be scheduled for overtime prior to exhaustion of the Overtime Desired and Volunteer Lists, 5. eliminating extra pay for the Christmas holiday, 6. eliminating completely Article 30 provisions on local implementation, as well as all currently existing Local Memoranda of Understanding ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 10, 2006:   Portland APWU Rains on Potter�s Parade: Maine Elected Officials Honor Union Picket   "... Gov. John Baldacci (D) and U.S. Rep. Tom Allen (D) also cancelled plans to attend the ceremony upon learning of the APWU protest, with Allen sending a staff member to walk the line with APWU members. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 10, 2006:   [Alabama] Westover postal employee charged with theft   "... worked part-time as postmaster relief with the Westover office. �Theft is a crime and theft from the Postal Service is a federal crime, ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 7, 2006:    Union Presents Economic Proposals; Assails �Lack of Progress� in Talks: APWU News Bulletin #12-2006   "... Burrus then made the following economic proposals for a contract of three years duration:* Basic annual salary increases of 4 percent, effective Nov. 25, 2006, Nov. 24, 2007, and Nov. 22, 2008;* Semi-annual COLA increases, using ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 7, 2006:   I'm going to go postal if I hear 1 more question from the postal worker!   "... Why is it when I go to the post office I have to play 20 questions with the clerks in order to mail one tiny package? No more questions. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 7, 2006:   FLAT RATE BOXES TAKE THE GUESS WORK OUT OF MAILING   "...Ship letters or packages in an average of two to three days with Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes. For one low rate, ship as much as can be properly secured in a flat rate envelope or box to any U.S. destination. Saturday and residential deliveries at no extra cost. "If it fits, it will ship," said Nick Barranca ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 6, 2006:   NALC: USPS Makes Regressive Proposals; Stalls Serious Contract Negotiations   "... Young issued a warning: �If today�s Postal Service effort is any clue to what they are thinking about in basic economics, and they come to us with a stale and discredited formula of wage freeze, or lump sums or worse; increased letter carrier cost of health insurance; elimination or capping of COLA; elimination of No Lay Off protection � it will be a monumental confession of management failure � and an abdication of responsibility to their employees, to their customers, and to the American public.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 6, 2006:   [APWU] Contract Talks Take a Discouraging Turn   "... management presented a series of proposals that, if adopted, would drastically demean postal employment. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 6, 2006:   Postal worker attacked by a mean squirrel   "... �It was a freak thing. It was traumatic,� Dougherty told the Derrick newspaper. �I saw it there on the porch, put the mail in the box and turned to walk away and it jumped on me.� She said the animal ran up her leg and onto her back. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 6, 2006:   Explosive prank not funny to victim   "... What she found inside her mailbox Wednesday morning in Muscle Shoals has all the makings of a Halloween prank. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 3, 2006:   Complement stats show fewer clerks and city carriers, more mail handlers and rurals   "... biggest decreases came in the APWU-represented clerk craft, down 7,725 employees, or 3.5%. City carrier numbers declined by 1.7%, a loss of 3,878 carriers. Mail handlers, the smallest of the crafts, increased by 1,130, or 2%. ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 3, 2006:   Meat Loaf fan will get to satisfy her hunger Friday   "... McNeely, a clerk at the post office on Mastin Lake Road, won a trip to New York and the "Today Show" from WAHR-FM 99.1 ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 3, 2006:   Postal inspectors announced $50,000 reward in post office robbery   "... three men robbed the post office in McCalla Friday morning. It happened around 10-15 a-m. Postal Inspectors said no one was injured during the heist. They are currently searching for a 2001 maroon-colored Chevrolet Tahoe with license plate, 1-B-0-4-8-4-Z ..."    [Reference:]

    Nov. 3, 2006:   NPMHU Contract Update #11 (11/03/2006)   "... Read the latest contract update ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 24, 2006:   Postal Service offers reward for 'bottle bomb' information   "... they found a bottle in their mailbox and that the device exploded seconds later as they were walking away. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 24, 2006:    OIG Report Criticizes Pasadena Consolidation   "... A report by the USPS Office of the Inspector General concluded that the cost savings projected by the Postal Service for the consolidation of a California mail processing facility �may be significantly overstated, and the service impacts are not fully described.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 24, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 9: THE STEADY, BUT SLOW PROCESS OF BARGAINING   "... management seeks to expand the circumstances in which any employee, be it supervisor or non-mail handler, is allowed to perform a mail handler�s bargaining unit work. Similarly, management seeks to restrict the times and situations in which mail handlers are entitled to obtain light duty assignments in the case of injury or illness. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 24, 2006:   U.S. Postal Service issues domestic violence stamp   "...The Stop Family Violence semipostal stamp, which costs 45 cents, is valid for postage at the First-Class, first-ounce letter rate at the time of purchase (currently 39 cents). The difference between the sales price of the stamp and the underlying postage consists of a tax-deductible contribution. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 20, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 8: BARGAINING CONTINUES AT MAIN TABLE AND SUBCOMMITTEES   "... when Strasser talks about �costs,� he means labor costs, and therefore is arguing in favor of lower wages and benefits. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 20, 2006:   Social Security Benefits to Rise in 2007   "... Social Security checks for nearly 49 million retirees are going up by 3.3 percent next year ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 20, 2006:   Investigation Prompts National Postal Policy   "... U.S. Postal officials say they have now started a computerized program to find registered sex offenders working for them around the country. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 16, 2006:   Recalling anthrax terror   "... "I'm satisfied with the renova tions," says Steve Bahrle, branch president of the Mail Handlers' Union Local 308, which encom passes southern New Jersey, most of Pennsylvania and all of Dela ware. "And I'm somewhat satisfied with the detection system. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 16, 2006:   Hernando County gives lottery a run for its money: Eight winning tickets have been sold in the county in the past nine months.   "... moved just south of the Hernando line from New York two years ago and works as a mail handler at the U.S. Postal Service processing center at Tampa International Airport. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 16, 2006:   Heard Around Town October 2006 - Huntsville:Tom & Cathey Carney Share Local Huntsville News   "...We love seeing our favorite bulk mail postal workers at the Governor's Drive Post office. That good-lookin' Greg Williamson loves Huntsville's history, and Tom McKee is just a sweetheart whom we look forward to seeing each month. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 12, 2006:   Fifth man sentenced in postal ice scheme   "... Another man who helped smuggle ice from Las Vegas to Guam through the U.S. Postal Service was sentenced yesterday to 6 years in prison. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 12, 2006:   Ask letter carrier for ID if you're concerned   "... Q. In my neighborhood (which is in the Huntsville city limits) the U.S. mail is delivered by nonuniformed carriers driving personal vehicles. In other parts of the city, the mail is delivered by carriers wearing the official postal service uniform and driving postal service vehicles. Is there a good reason that my neighborhood is treated differently from other parts of the city? In the terrorism climate we all live in today, it is not very reassuring to have civilians putting things into my mailbox. ... A. Here is the response from Sharon Shew, customer relations coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service in Huntsville, Alabama ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 12, 2006:   Happy Investment News  "... For the 12 month period ending September 30th, the international stock index fund, the I-fund, returned 19.23 percent ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 8, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 8: BARGAINING CONTINUES AT MAIN TABLE AND SUBCOMMITTEES   "... Not surprisingly, a common thread among these proposals is the Postal Service�s desire to increase its flexibility in managing employees. For instance, management wants more latitude in adjusting work schedules for unassigned regulars. Another focus of the USPS proposals is a desire to streamline the efficiency of the grievance process, partly by opening up more channels of communication between the parties, and partly by restructuring the process itself. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 8, 2006:   Postal workers linked to ID theft   "... The alleged scam involved stealing credit cards and tax returns from the mail, then using them to create fake ID cards that in turn were used to make purchases and cash tax-refund checks. According to the indictment, a group of postal employees at the center of the scheme work out of the U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution Center in Industry. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 8, 2006:   UNIQUE, RARE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES OF FLORIDA EVERGLADES HIGHLIGHTED ON STAMPS   "... To raise awareness of the diverse species inhabiting the fragile environment of the world�s largest subtropical marshland � the Florida Everglades � the U.S. Postal Service dedicated the Nature of America: Southern Florida Wetland stamp pane and stamped postal cards today. The stamps and cards depict strikingly beautiful images of 21 plants and animals found in southern Florida wetland areas. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 2, 2006:   Contract Update No. 7: PARTIES DISCUSS SUBCONTRACTING, OWCP COSTS DECLINING   "... One area of financial strength that the Postal Service has been publicly trumpeting is its decreasing costs for workers� compensation. After a dramatic spike in costs around 2002, costs began to stabilize, and the decrease in OWCP costs during the last two years has been especially striking. In 2004, for example, total workers� compensation costs fell $234 million from the previous year, and in 2005 (the last complete fiscal year for which information is available), OWCP costs plummeted another $401 million, according to the Postal Service�s 2005 annual report. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 2, 2006:   Postal Inspectors Find More Threatening Letters   "... Postal inspectors revealed on Friday there were more victims in the unsolved case of five threatening letters so now they're changing their tactics to catch the person responsible. ..."    [Reference:]

    Oct. 1, 2006:   Burrus Update: Enough is enough   "... Their goal was clear � to preserve the excessive discounts for major mailers. While mailing-industry spokesmen wage a constant propaganda tirade against the salary and benefits received by hard-working postal employees, behind closed doors these phonies demand continued excessive discounts in order to pad their own profits. This is hypocrisy at the highest level. Some of these discounts are so extreme that if postal employees were paid the same value for the work we perform, our wages would surpass $75 per hour! ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 29, 2006:   SEVEN AIRLINES AWARDED USPS CONTRACTS Service performance built into domestic air transportation agreements   "... the contracts also contain tracking provisions so USPS can account for a customer�s mail the entire time it is in the air transportation system. The airlines are required to scan mail at three key points: when they take possession from the Postal Service or when mail is loaded onto a flight, during transfers to connecting flights, and when mail is delivered to the Postal Service after the flight�s arrival. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept. 29, 2006:   Letter carrier is charged with selling pot on route   "... in Madison County Circuit Court with selling marijuana. Police allege that he sold the drug from his postal truck while delivering mail. He was well-known as a drug dealer in the Mexico neighborhood of Alton, where his route was, said Lt. David Hayes. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept.18, 2006:   POSTAL SERVICE PLANS FOR MORE THAN $1 BILLION IN COST REDUCTIONS   "... Year-to-date income through July is $1.34 billion before the escrow allocation, and is $69 million better than planned. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept.18, 2006:   2006 CONTRACT UPDATE No. 5: A LOOK AT USPS FINANCES   "... on the positive side, the Postal Service essentially has eliminated all of its debt. At the end of 2001, the USPS owed the U.S. Treasury $11.3 billion. Due to cost savings and a correction to previous overfunding for retiree pensions, the Postal Service was able to reduce that debt to $7.3 billion in 2003; to $1.8 billion in 2004; and after 2005, the Postal Service trumpeted the fact that it had absolutely no debt for the first time since Postal Reorganization in 1970. ..."    [Reference:]

    Sept.18, 2006:   [William Burrus President APWU]The Union�s Role in Management, Mailer Issues   "... The employees who we represent care deeply about the future of the United States Postal Service. But they expect their union to make their work more rewarding and leave to management the role of managing. And while we leave to Mr. Del Polito the constitutional right to express his opinions, we do have suggestions as to what he can do with them. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 28, 2006:   POSTAL SCAM REVEALED   "... "This involved a lot of jewelry to all kinds of collectibles, such as baseball cards," Ramsey said. "Because of Netflix (an online movie rental business) he had a lot of DVDs. It was well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars." ... contracted by the U.S. Postal Service, Hoggay was not a Postal Service employee ..."    [Reference:]

    August 28, 2006:   Final Deliberations of the 2006 APWU Convention   "... outlining the union�s priorities for contract negotiations. They include: # Winning real wage increases and protecting benefits � including winning fair wage increases, maintaining cost-of-living raises, winning salary upgrades, and protecting existing health benefits and retirement programs; (Many resolutions for upgrades of positions were presented, and all were approved by delegates.) # Establishing an all-career workforce � including the elimination of casuals and the conversion of Transitional Employees (TEs) at Remote Encoding Centers to career employees...."    [Reference:]

    August 23, 2006:   IG: Former postal exec lived high life on USPS dime   "...executive at the U.S. Postal Service, Azeezaly Jaffer liked to live large. Too large, according to postal investigators. In one three-night stretch in 2004, he ran up $8,252 staying at a Washington hotel suite � less than nine miles from his home. He blew $3,486.33 in one evening for steak dinners and a bar-hopping binge for himself..."    [Reference:]

    August 23, 2006:   Threatening To Go Postal, Retired Postal Worker Arrested   "... reportedly had an ongoing dispute with the Postal Service over worker's compensation. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 23, 2006:   Postal actions probed
    Powder incident target of inquiry
      "..."There is no doubt in my mind that they were more concerned with moving the mail than with safety." Two employees were sprinkled with the white powder when it spilled from..."    [Reference:]

    August 21, 2006:   APWU Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Update   "... After the final month of the sixth-month measuring period, the tenth Cost-Of-Living Adjustment under the extended 2000 National Agreement and the extended 2000 Operating Services Agreement will be $812 per year. The adjustment amounts to a 39 cents per hour increase, or $31.20 per pay period. The tenth COLA (the second under the 2005-2006 extension agreements) will be effective Sept. 2, 2006 (pay period 19-06, pay date Sept. 22, 2006). ..."    [Reference:]

    August 21, 2006:   USPS Sets Contract Negotiations With Four Unions   "... The following schedule has been set for negotiation opening sessions: --Aug. 21 � NPMHU --Aug. 25 � NRLCA -- Aug. 28 � NALC --Aug. 29 � APWU ..."    [Reference:]

    August 21, 2006:   20 years later, survivor recalls 'going postal' massacre   "... In 1998, the Postal Service created an independent commission to assess workplace violence and make postal facilities safe and secure. The panel found that postal workers were no more likely to resort to workplace violence than workers in other jobs. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 17, 2006:   With the upcoming modifications to AFSM-100 (AI modification) at the Huntsville Alabama Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF), many in-house clerks at the facility have questioned the mail handler union reps as to the proper procedure to request an in-house transfer to the mail handler craft. Question: How do I request an in-house transfer to the mail handler craft?   Answer: To request an in-house transfer to the Mail Handler craft, an employee should provide a written request to the plant manager. The mail handler union suggest that you retain a dated copy of the request for your records.    [Reference: Answer provided to Chief Steward, Ray Dunavant, on Aug. 16, 2006 by a Tour III management rep ]

    August 15, 2006:   Mail stolen from three postal trucks in San Diego   "...Two trucks were broken into in the 92102 zip code, which includes Chollas View, Golden Hill, Grant Hill, Lincoln Park, Sherman Heights, Stockton, South Park and parts of San Diego; and once in the 92113 zip code, which includes Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Memorial, Mountain View, Shelltown, Southcrest and also some parts of San Diego. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 14, 2006:   U.S. Postal Service to Showcase Black Alabama Quilters in New Stamp Series   "... When she was 12, Mary Bendolph began quilting in Gee�s Bend, a tiny community west of Selma, Alabama, nestled in the bend of the Alabama River. ..."    [Reference:]

    August 12, 2006:   APWU, USPS Reach Agreement on Transfer Opportunities   "... Under the modified memo, in facilities where excessing is occurring, APWU-craft employees in impacted crafts may voluntarily submit a request for transfer through eReassign. The eReassign procedure places such employees on a preferred listing by date order and allows them to transfer out of their impacted installation as long as they meet the minimum qualifications for the position being considered. ..."    [Reference:]

    Aug. 7, 2006:   U.S. Postal Service finds friends, revenue online   "... "Six years ago, people were pointing at the Internet as the doom and gloom of the Postal Service, and in essence what we've found is the Internet has ended up being the channel that drives business for us," said James Cochrane, manager of package services at the Postal Service. ..."    [Reference:]

    Aug. 7, 2006:   U.S. Postal Service GAO: Gap in mail-delivery data impedes progress   "... The most common form of mail is standard mail, which represents 48 percent of the mail delivered by the Postal Service, but the organization does not measure how well it adheres to the delivery standards for that type of mail ..."    [Reference:]

    Aug. 7, 2006:   L.A. mail delayed for six days, says report Postal Service official denies slow service   "... The report - sent anonymously to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles - provides a snapshot of a single day at the mail-processing plant in South Los Angeles. ..."    [Reference:]

    Aug. 2, 2006:   FedEx, U.S. Postal Service renew air delivery deal   "...expected to generate about $8 billion in revenue over its seven-year life span ..."    [Reference:]

    Aug. 2, 2006:   U.S. Postal Service studies Eagan site for possible relocation of 3 metro post offices   "... �The U.S. Postal Service nationwide is in the process of consolidating a large number of facilities into a smaller number,� ..."    [Reference:]

    Aug. 2, 2006:   APWU Union Launches Ad Campaign to Combat Consolidation   "... taking its grassroots campaign against USPS �network realignment� to a new level by airing radio and television ads that warn of week-long delays in mail delivery. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 25, 2006:   Woman Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud Involving NASA (BIRMINGHAM, AL - )  "... received approximately $1.3 million from CSC through their respective businesses, i.e. T & D Audio (later known as Tri Co Audio) and Vetters Distributors through the U.S. Mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 25, 2006:   The Stamp Unveiling Ceremony of the American Motorcycle Stamps   "... POSTAL SERVICE'S 'AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE' STAMPS ROLL OUT FROM STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY AUG. 7. The stamps will be available nationwide Tue., Aug. 8. ... Also an event in Montgomery Alabama at the USPS General Mail Facility, 6701 Winton Blount Blvd, Saturday, August 19, 2006 at 1:00 PM. Questions? Additional information? Please contact the Customer Relations Coordinator at (334) 244-7607 ..."    [Reference:]

    July 21, 2006:   Postal Service cashes in on superhero craze   "... The stamps will officially be released to the public on Thursday at a San Diego comic book show, and they will be available in post offices nationwide on Friday. The Postal Service has hinted at future collections of stamps to come after this initial set of 20, according to the Associated Press. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 21, 2006:   A new scam, counterfeit U.S. Postal money order   "... Postal money orders that are being used to fool consumers into cashing them and wiring part of the money abroad. ... ..."    [Reference:]

    July 21, 2006:   USPS Forms New Global Organization   "... international business added $1.8 billion to USPS revenue last year. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 18, 2006:   'BASEBALL SLUGGERS' STAMPS, POSTAL CARDS, HIT GRAND SLAM AT YANKEE STADIUM   "... Mickey Mantle, Roy Campanella, Hank Greenberg and Mel Ott were immortalized on postage at Yankee Stadium's home plate ... as the Postmaster General ..."    [Reference:]

    July 18, 2006:   Beloved mail carrier retires: Postal worker had 40-year career   "... In his four decades with the U.S. Postal Service, Mabry, 61, never had an accident, and he has accumulated about 16 months of sick leave. ... they're going to miss him, too. He takes the mail to the older people who can't get out to get theirs, and the reason why he's like that is because he's a good Christian man. He'd do anything for anybody." ..."    [Reference:]

    July 18, 2006:   Americans with disabilities act   "... Service animals are not pets. Under the ADA, they're allowed in public places such as hotels and restaurants. Over the years, she and Bella have had their share of disappointments in Santa Fe. About four years ago, they went to the post office in DeVargas Center to mail a package. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 18, 2006:   Wal-Mart cashes in on banking   "... ... Wal-Mart is becoming more competitive with banks, check cashers, postal services and ... in New Orleans and 151 check-cashing transactions in Birmingham, Ala.. "    [Reference:]

    July 12, 2006:   (IN)Bloomington postal worker to get Bronze Star for actions in Vietnam   "... and thought dead by his comrades is scheduled to receive a Bronze Star at a ceremony tomorrow. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 12, 2006:   Man, 20, arrested in postal carrier stun gun attack   "... as the postal worker was fighting back, a man swooped in and snatched hundreds of pieces of mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 12, 2006:   (Norman, OK) Bikers hit town Saturday   "... at 7:30 a.m. from the U.S.P.S. National Center for Employee Development on Highway 9, east of 24th Avenue SE. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 10, 2006:   Postal worker survives saw attack in NY subway   "... "He was trying to cut through me and he never stopped," Steinberg was quoted as saying in the New York Post newspaper on Friday. "The motor kept going on and he never stopped -- for two, three, four times, he never stopped." ..."    [Reference:]

    July 10, 2006:   Huntsville Automated Postal Center ® (APC ® ) Locations   "... Haysland Post Office, Wynn Drive Post Office, and the Downtown Post Office. ..."   

    July 10, 2006:   Missing Arizona teen found in Decatur   "... While investigating thefts from mailboxes ... the juvenile acted alone when he took mail from a mailbox on Cecil Avenue Southwest. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 10, 2006:   (Louisiana)Postal Service reopens Bywater Station   "... "Returning to this postal facility located in the center of such massive devastation provides tangible, visual evidence of our ironclad commitment to the people of New Orleans," said Alan Cousin, Postmaster of New Orleans. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 5, 2006:   Urban Warrior | Postal Service won't push the envelope in Bridesburg   "... And here's the infuriating insult that comes along with this bureaucratic boneheadedness - the mail carrier parks his van on the corner by the new townhouses and walks past them to deliver mail door-to-door to older rowhouses at the other end of the block. And then he walks back to deliver mail on the other side of the street. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 5, 2006:   TSP   "... Rates of Return were updated on June 1, 2006. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 5, 2006:   (WA) Activist causes stir at post office   "... �It�s fine as long as they aren�t confrontational,� said Randy Bennett, Oak Harbor postal supervisor. Bennett consulted postal administrators for guidance and was advised that the activism was legally protected as free speech. ..."    [Reference: ]

    July 4, 2006:   Post Office Closed for Independence Day Holiday   

    July 3, 2006:   (PA) Mail delivery returns to area   "... On Wednesday and Thursday, much of Bradford County did not receive mail because delivery trucks were unable to travel from the Postal Service�s Scranton mail distribution facility to eastern and central Bradford County, Kerlin has said. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 3, 2006:   Post office job scam highlights the need for caution   "... A business accused of selling worthless study guides for non-existent post office jobs nationwide has been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission, but not before bilking thousands of consumers out of more than $3 million. ..."    [Reference:]

    July 3, 2006:   Post office indictments   "... Madison postal worker linked to embezzlement; supervisor, ally allegedly extorted worker ..."    [Reference:]

    June 30, 2006:   [William Burrus, President, APWU] Victory Elusive in Postal �Reform�   "... The APWU position on postal reform remains unchanged: The current legislation will not benefit the USPS or postal employees. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 29, 2006:   [Huntsville / Madison, AL] Postal worker charged with theft   "... indicted by a federal grand jury in Birmingham, charged with stealing $64,000 from the Postal Service, U.S. Attorney Alice Martin for North Alabama said in a Wednesday news release. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 29, 2006:   UPS in deal to carry mail for US Postal Service   "... If UPS is successful, it could be in a strong position to compete for some or all of the postal business now handled by FedEx Corp. when that $1.3 billion annual contract comes up for renewal in 2007, the newspaper said. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 25, 2006:    Postal Service rejects Levasseur claim over mailings   "... the Postal Service sent Levasseur a check for $974 to cover the cost of printing and mailing the political flyer. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 25, 2006:    Residents in remote Alaska fear mail change   "... It�s a money-losing proposition for the Postal Service- to the tune of $50 million to $70 million a year, said Steve Deaton, a Fairbanks-based operations specialist with the Postal Service. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 25, 2006:   Fallon's 'old' post office added to historic register   "... The old Fallon U.S. Post Office building, located on North Maine Street, was listed as a significant example of a significant building type, a 1920s Federal post office and as one of the finest institutional or commercial buildings in Fallon. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 23, 2006:   Michael Rolland Graham   "... of Madison died Friday, June 16, 2006. ... He was employed as a mailhandler at the U.S. Postal Service Processing and Distribution [Huntsville, Alabama] Facility, Madison, Ala., since 1984. ... view/sign guestbook ..."    [Reference:]

    June 23, 2006:   [Ohio] Post office to honor festival   "...The first-ever Lake Vesuvius Furnace Festival is getting some special attention from Uncle Sam. The Pedro Post Office is offering a special hand cancellation depicting the festival for anyone mailing letters on Saturday. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 23, 2006:   United won't fly U.S. mail   "... The airline fails to qualify as a domestic mail carrier because of its performance in delivering mail on time. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 23, 2006:   ELM REVISION: Essential Features of Leave Without Pay   "... is revised to emphasize the essential features of leave without pay (LWOP) and to clarify that employees exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must take LWOP in 1-day increments except when they are taking leave protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 20, 2006:   Aroma of books takes her back to her father's unusual study   "... Dad was very proud that his business allowed the Pisgah Post Office to advance its ratings and hire additional workers. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 20, 2006:   'Porky' postal workers banned   "... Sydney - Australia Post came under fire on Monday for banning "porkie posties" after saying it would not hire anyone weighing more than 90kg. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 20, 2006:   17 postal union members arrested in Ottawa [Canada]   "... The union members said they wanted to find a document that allegedly outlines their employer's plans for post offices and processing plants across the country. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 19, 2006:   First North American Response: Canadian Bird Flu case update   "...It is important to note that this finding does not indicate a new threat to human health. The virus was determined to be an H5 subtype in testing conducted by the Atlantic Veterinary College laboratory in Charlottetown. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 19, 2006:   Shooting Victim Fled To Post Office, Authorities Now Say   "... At first, investigators had thought the shooting had occurred in the post office parking lot and that two had been wounded. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 18, 2006:   12-Year-Old Shoots Postal Worker with Paintball Gun   "... The U.S. Post Office says they won�t pursue any federal charges, because the boy is only 12-years-old ..."    [Reference:]

    June 18, 2006:   Drug Dog Detects Marijuana at Postal Center   "... Even though it was masked in cooking oil, the dog hit on 12� pounds of marijuana ..."    [Reference:]

    June 18, 2006:   [PA] Neighbors vow to fight closing of Observatory Hill post office   "... "This will provide a hardship for seniors and people who do not have an automobile," he said. Beyond that, he said, it hurts the community. "People want the personal, the hometown feel, someone they can talk to. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 16, 2006:   Mural to be dedicated, post office renamed for La Follette   "... to commemorate his legacy of fighting special interest influence in government and his stewardship of the people's interests. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 16, 2006:   Suspicious package was fire extinguisher   "... at a Garland post office that began making strange noises and smoking ..."    [Reference:]

    June 16, 2006:   Return to Duty After Occupational Illness or Injury   "... Effective immediately, Employee and Labor Relations Manual (ELM) 865.1, Certification Required: All Bargaining Unit Employees and Those Nonbargaining Unit Employees Returning From Non-FMLA Absences, is revised to restore a paragraph mistakenly omitted from ELM 17, dated July 2002. The paragraph is placed at the end of 865.1 ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2006:   Postal Workers Charged   "... with stealing mail. Five employees are based in Orlando, and three in Ocala. The Orlando Sentinel reports more cases are expected. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2006:    [Branson, Missouri] Movie Fans Suspect Foul Play at the Post Office   "... "We watched for his DVDs for a couple of weeks and found no sign of theft," said Branson Post Master Alex Tipton. ... Netflix customers can also file an e-mail complaint with Netflix, which works closely with the USPS, or call 1-888-NetFlix (638-3549) ..."    [Reference:]

    June 13, 2006:   Sabine Pass has nothing left to lose this hurricane season   "... The mound of frayed wires, bricks and broken beams that was the post office remains untouched ..."    [Reference:]

    June 11, 2006:   Junk mail piles up postal inefficiencies   "... While we pay 39 cents to mail an item of less than one ounce, these organizations are permitted to send bulky packets in oversized envelopes weighing up to 3.3 ounces for as little as 15.8 cents, according to postal schedules. However, I recently received this type of mail bearing postage as low as 9.1 cents. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 11, 2006:   Paducah post office evacuated over stink bomb   "... Paducah Fire Marshal described the device as a glass vial about an inch long, was with a yellow liquid and looked like the type commonly sold at novelty stores and on the Internet. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 11, 2006:   Fights Can Impact Job Security - even outside of work   "... At a National Postal Mail Handlers Union picnic, two postal employees got in a fight. ... The termination was upheld ..."    [Reference:]

    June 10, 2006:   USPS Plans to Cull Unneeded Injured Workers   "... implementing a nation-wide program examining the status of workers injured on the job who are presently on medical restrictions in limited duty and permanent rehabilitation jobs. The goal of the program is to set up a process to place injured workers off the clock on compensation and then refer them to the Office of Workers� Compensation (OWCP) for possible employment in the private sector if no work can be found for them in the Postal Service ..."    [Reference:]

    June 10, 2006:   [Maryland] Leonardtown Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to Obtain Federal Employee Compensation   "... admitted to performing tasks he had not reported to the DOL and said he �slightly exaggerated� his condition in letters to his congressional representatives. The government contends that the loss attributable to Hornbeak is no more than $450,000 ..."    [Reference:]

    June 10, 2006:   Louisiana Man Arrested for FEMA Hotel Assistance Fraud   "... the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force, designed to deter, investigate and prosecute disaster-related federal crimes such as charity fraud, identity theft, procurement fraud and insurance fraud. ... the Postal Inspector's Office ..."    [Reference:]

    June 7, 2006:   Home Depot May Buy Former US Postal Service Plant in SoCal   "... at 13031 W. Jefferson Blvd. for about $75 million. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 7, 2006:    Arrest made in post office robbery  "... The robbery reportedly occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. May 15. A man wearing dark clothing and a dark blue ski mask went into the Bealeton Post Office ... Robbery of a U.S. Post Office is a violation of state and federal law ..."    [Reference:]

    June 5, 2006:   [Madison County Record, IL] Postal worker sues home owners for cracked steps   "... seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages, plus ..."    [Reference:]

    June 5, 2006:   CHICAGO| U.S. Postal worker struck by semitrailer in dock area   "... died of multiple injuries after he was hit by a semitrailer while working at a postal center in Chicago. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 5, 2006:   Postal Employees significantly reduce injuries and illnesses   "... Employee OSHA injuries and illnesses nationwide are down 10.7% through April. Handling and lifting accidents decreased 13% when compared to the same period last year. Slips, trips and falls are down ? both on-site (4%) and off (10%). There also have been fewer dog bites (down 8%) and musculoskeletal injuries (down 16%). ..."    [Reference:]

    June 2, 2006:    One sticking point removed in postal reform measure   "... Collins said language in the Senate bill allowing the Postal Service partial access to the fund to pay for future employee health benefits and operating costs probably will be included in the conference report. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 2, 2006:   Postal Service plans HSPD-12 buy   "... The U.S. Postal Service has released a presolicitation to prequalify vendors for implementation of its personal identity verification (PIV) card system. Under Homeland Security Directive-12 (HSPD-12), all agencies must have secure, interoperable PIV card systems in place by Oct 27. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 2, 2006:   A Postal Worker's Radical Innovations   "... Friedman "one of the best painters this country has ever produced" and "the only original landscapist left in this country after Marin." Yet in 1945, he commented: "Friedman had trouble finding himself - he earned his living as a post office clerk." ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2006:    The last lighthouse keeper   "... Lib Yeomans Shipp recalled the many Christmas days her father, who served as postmaster, would go out delivering packages he thought might be some child�s gift even though the post office was closed. And it wasn�t unusual for him to pay for fuel for needy families in winter. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2006:   Stolen VA Data Goes Beyond Initial Reports   "... What's so upsetting and frustrating is the lack of specific details coming from the VA," he said. "We have millions of veterans looking to the VA for answers, including older veterans who may not have Internet access or fully comprehend what this means to them, and younger veterans who will now have to carry this dark cloud with them for the rest of their lives. ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2006:   TSP Current Rates of Return   "... Rates of Return were updated on June 1, 2006 ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2006:   I'm not a postal worker, are you?   "... Snow, rain, heat and gloom of night do indeed keep me out of ..."    [Reference:]

    June 1, 2006:   [Guam] Suspicious package discovered at post office   "... he Guam Office of Homeland Security, alongside the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit, helped the U.S. Postal Service conduct an investigation into a suspicious package discovered Wednesday evening. Homeland security advisor Frank Blas, Jr. says at around 8:30pm officials were called to assist the handling and analysis of an unknown parcel thought to be a possible explosive. ..."    [Reference: ]

    June 1, 2006:   New $7.2M post office opens in Greenbelt   "... The building can accommodate up to 55 postal employees who will deliver over 12,000 pieces of mail to customers,� said Deborah Yackley, a United States Postal Service spokeswoman. ��This facility is bigger so customers won�t have to stand in line as long. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 31, 2006:   [Huntsville, Alabama] Postal Retirees' Breakfast Club meets...   "...Postal Retirees' Breakfast Club for all retired employees of the U.S. Postal Service meets first Tuesday of each month at Mullins Restaurant, 607 Andrew Jackson Way, at 7:45 a.m. 852-4957 or 830-5320. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 31, 2006:   Laborer's to make AFL-CIO break official   "... "We're going to put all of our efforts and focus on uniting millions of construction workers who are struggling to improve their lives," said Laborer's spokesman Richard Greer. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 31, 2006:   [Connecticut] Postal truck creates havoc   "... Witnesses say they couldn't believe what they were seeing when a US postal truck went haywire. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 31, 2006:   Postal Worker Hazards   "... The neighborhood's been told to keep them bird nest free or risk having their mail stopped. "You go and pull up and of course the bird comes flying out and startles you and flys into your truck," Jim says. The letter the neighbors recieved even said one mail carrier has become sick from breathing in fungus associated with bird droppings. " ..."    [Reference:]

    May 26, 2006:   New U.S. stamp features CT diplomat who saved Jews   "...Bingham, a native of Salem and the son of former Connecticut Governor and U.S. Senator Hiram Bingham III, served as a U.S. vice consul in charge of visas in Marseilles, France. In 1940 and 1941, Bingham issued visas to 2,500 Jews and other European refugees, enabling them to escape the Nazis during World War II. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 26, 2006:   Mail-Order Chickens: USPS Ships Live Birds by the Thousands   "... ust about any U.S. resident can get live young chickens in the mail. "If you have a zip code, we can get them there," said Murray McMurray, owner of the McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa. "That's the advantage we have. The U.S. Postal Service will carry our product to these people in a timely and effective manner. And we're able to guarantee 100 percent live arrival because of the service we get through them ..."    [Reference:]

    May 26, 2006:   [Chicago] Postal Service mailbox stolen   "... The U.S. Postal Service is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person who stole a blue mail collection box from the Barrington Post Office, 1515 S. Grove Ave., Barrington ..."    [Reference:]

    May 24, 2006:   [CA] Las Flores mix-up with Postal Service   "... An identically named community in Northern California claims name, directing change to Rancho Santa Margarita for local residents' mail ..."    [Reference:]

    May 24, 2006:   [IA] Mold Shuts Down Post Office  "... US Postal service shut down the post office after a leaking roof caused mold and mildew to grow on an interior wall ..."    [Reference:]

    May 22, 2006:   Meet The Hackers: Cybercrooks are stealing billions. An inside look at law enforcement's biggest targets   "... Shtirlitz is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in connection with tens of millions of dollars worth of fraud in which Americans are signed up to serve as unwitting collaborators in converting stolen credit-card data into tangible goods that can be sold for cash. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 22, 2006:   Body of Lynn post office worker pulled from Ipswich River   "... Melvin Hughes, 56, was a custodian at the Lynn Post Office for more than 20 years ..."    [Reference:]

    May 17, 2006:   Rocket City Motorcycle Rally to Benefit United Cerebral Palsy   "The Rocket City Motorcycle Rally hours are Friday, May 19, from 4:00 p.m. � 11:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 20, from 10:00 a.m. � 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday, May 21, from 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m. (noon). Buy your tickets in advance for $15 per day or $20 for the weekend. Weekend passes are available at the United Cerebral Palsy Center at 2075 Max Luther Drive or at UCP�s Administrative Office at 721 Clinton Ave, Suite 22. "    [Reference:]

    May 17, 2006:   US postal service rectifies Web site references to nation   "The United States Postal Service (USPS) has agreed to revise all references to the nation on its Web site from "a province of China" to "Taiwan" as requested by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA), the Washington-based pro-Taiwan independence group said."    [Reference:]

    May 17, 2006:   Post office renamed for fallen area soldier   "The post office at 2600 Oak St. was officially renamed Monday morning as the Jacob L. Frazier Post Office Building. Dozens of Frazier's family members and friends gathered with members of the Illinois Air National Guard and other military and government officials for the dedication ceremony. "    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2006:   PHONE BOOK MISTAKE RESULTS IN POST OFFICE CALLS GOING TO...   "... Idaho falls resident Gina Johnson was horrified to hear this recording when she was attempting to call the U.S. Postal service. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2006:   Mercury leak forces evacuation of Swedesboro post office   "... A mail handler found a package leaking a small amount of mercury in a U.S. Postal Service facility this morning, causing officials to evacuate the building for about three hours, authorities said. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2006:   Karen goes postal   "... As the only mum in the reality TV show, the 36-year-old postal worker found age and experience an insurmountable barrier separating her from her Big Brother housemates. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 15, 2006:   Blake: Postal Service working to stamp out late-arriving ballots   "... the biggest problems with mail ballots in years past were the result of counties contracting with out-of-state vendors. It could start with the printing or the mail preparation, but the most likely cause is the use of private trucking contractors. They tend not to take off until the truck is full, or they don't make money. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 10, 2006:   Delphi Asks Judge for Right to Void Labor Contract   "...lawyers for the United Auto Workers union contend that allowing the company cancel its contracts would give Delphi an overwhelming and unfair advantage, allowing it to force through deep wage cuts and rob its workers of long-promised benefits. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 10, 2006:   Malvern [Alabama] Post Office  "... The Malvern post office will send out its last batch of mail on May 13th. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 8, 2006:   Heard Around Town May 2006 - Huntsville: Tom & Cathey Carney Share Local Huntsville News   "My favorite ladies at the Clinton Avenue Post Office are Linette Fortenberry and Shirl McCorkle. They make going to the post office fun, even if you're going with your tax returns!"    [Reference:]

    May 8, 2006:   Good until used   "... Starting with the next round of postal rate increases, the Postal Service proposes that patrons be offered stamps costing 42 cents that will always be sufficient to ensure delivery. When postal rates go to 45 cents, as the Postal Service expects in the next few years, the "forever stamps" purchased for 42 cents would still be good without additional postage. The cost of "forever stamps" would increase along with postal rates, going to 45 cents in a few years and who knows how much higher later on, but whatever the price, the stamps would always be good until used. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 8, 2006:   Postal workers assist those in need   "... It was a donation collected through "Payday Pals" at the Lake Jackson Post Office. Every pay period, $4 is collected from nearly half of the 96 employees to help residents in the community. ..."    [Reference:]

    May 8, 2006:   Postal Worker Arrested in Bomb Threat   "... Investigators traced the call to the U.S. Postal Service center in Merrifield, and postal inspectors arrested a female employee ..."    [Reference:]

    May 1, 2006:   Postal delivery is no easy reach   "Bringing low mailboxes up to 42 inches can help carriers avoid repetitive stress injuries. "    [Reference:]

    May 1, 2006:   Vacation destinations are close to Rocket City   "big cities, breathtaking mountains and world-class beaches just a few hours from Huntsville, easy vacation ... The old post office location has world-class exhibits"    [Reference:]

    May 1, 2006:   Limestone County growing faster than its neighbors   "...City Council members have also authorized a study and are working with the congressional delegation to locate a post office in that area. ... Hill said Limestone is especially well poised to house the families of workers transferring to Redstone Arsenal as a result of Base Realignment and Closure ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2006:   Postal Service ® on Friday will officially re-open its New Orleans plant   "... the latest in a long list of actions the Postal Service® undertook to keep the mail moving ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2006:   Proposed Adverse Actions Against EAS 18 and Above and PCES 01 Employees   "... The new MI sets forth required procedures for developing and finalizing notices of proposed adverse actions against Postal Service® employees in Executive and Administrative Schedule (EAS) levels 18 and above and Postal Career Executive Service (PCES) 01 executives. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 28, 2006:   APWU Asks District Court to Put Consolidation on Hold   "... �The Postal Service has failed to share its plans with the American people,� said APWU President William Burrus. �And they have failed to adhere to the requirements of the law. The END program is just the latest in a series of actions that indicate that management is working on the behalf of its largest commercial customers, at the expense of citizens.� ..."    [Reference:]

    April 26, 2006:   Officials Say Chemical Leaked At Post Office Harmless [HUEYTOWN, Ala.]  "... Employees who were sent to the hospital were told a chemical called methylene chloride made them sick. It�s an ingredient used to make a type of fish bait. Postal inspectors have not confirmed that that was the chemical, but did confirm that methylene chloride can legally be shipped. However, there are specific shipping procedures that must be followed for both the mailer and postal workers. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 26, 2006:   'J.J.'s Magic' Shuts Down Alabama Post Office   "..."J.J.'s Magic," is a fish attractant used by fishermen who apply the repugnant smelling lure concoction to their fishing lures. Apparently fish like the smell and are attracted to the bait. However, the smell is not that pleasant to humans. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 26, 2006:   Postal workers evacuated after stinky oil leak   "... Dyer said the ingredients included garlic oil, dye and a substance that had yet to be determined. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 25, 2006:   You Say Tomato, I Say Junk   "... I know that Azeezaly won't have read this far in today's column. He'll have rushed to his typewriter around the third mention of the word "junk." That's too bad, because what he should know is this: I love the men and women of the U.S. Postal Service. I appreciate the difficulty of their task. When I get fed up with junk mail, it's the direct marketers I'm mad at, not the letter carriers. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 24, 2006:   Carriers hope bills level postal playing field   "... Pending federal legislation should deliver the level playing field the US Postal Service is seeking. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 24, 2006:   [El Paso] Postal Worker Sheds Light On Problems   "... Chavez believes the problem with the mail service in El Paso, is there is not enough people to handle all of the thousands of pounds of mail that they receive daily. ... Coultress also tells us because of the recent complaints a district manager came down on Friday to check out the problems. "He has assured me even today, that there is no delayed mail in the El Paso plant." ..."    [Reference:]

    April 24, 2006:   Congressional delegation demands meeting with Postmaster General   ... "The meeting was too little and too late," King said. "It has taken five months for the Postal Service to even invite questions from the people who would be affected by losing our mail processing center. At no point in the process has the Postal Service been up-front or honest with the residents of Sioux City." ...    [Reference:]

    April 21, 2006:   VETERAN FINALLY GETS HIS POSTAL JOB   "... For more than six months Lyon had been at odds with the Postal Service after he was turned down for a job as a mail carrier because of a sprained ankle he suffered in combat. The military had already cleared him to return to combat ..."    [Reference:]

    April 21, 2006:   Street Gangs Cashing In On ID Theft: Postal Inspector   "... U.S. Postal Inspector Bab Maes told the station that Aryan nation gangs recently got into identity theft in a big way to fund their meth amphetamine habits. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 21, 2006:   Letter Carriers Food Drive May 13, 2006:   "... Bil Keane, creator of The Family Circus, will devote one of his daily cartoons to the drive again. He has already prepared the art for the event. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 17, 2006:   Huntsville Post Office hours for Tax night on Monday   " The Downtown Station on Clinton Avenue in Huntsville and the Huntsville Processing and Distribution Facility at 3408 Wall Triana, formerly known as the General Mail Facility, will have employees in the parking lot accepting mail to speed traffic flow. The Downtown facility hours will be extended until 10:00 PM for last-minute mailing. For security reasons, customers are prohibited from entering fenced or gated areas, and employee entrances. Employees are not permitted to accept mail in these restricted areas."    [Reference: National Postal Mail Handlers Union Huntsville Local 317]

    April 17, 2006:   What's going on with the Glover Class Action   "... Class Counsel has completed our review of all claim forms USPS recommended for dismissal and has sent a status notification to all claimants. If you have not received your claim status, please contact Class Counsel. Contact Class Counsel by sending a fax to 303.927.3860 or an email to - include your claim number, full name, and mailing address. ... Remember, having a valid claim does not automatically entitle you to receive payment for damages. You must prove your claim at arbitration to receive damages. (See, FAQs-No. 10). Class Counsel needs an email address for all claimants. Make sure we have your email address ... ..."    [Reference:]

    April 17, 2006:   New Market men indicted on fraud charge   "... Radiance officials discovered the alleged scheme and reported it to the government. ... The two men are accused of using the U.S. postal system to create inflated and false invoices, using forged signatures from Radiance engineers, through companies set up by Miller in Cullman and Scottsboro. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 14, 2006:   Tire slasher strikes again   "Salisbury Police said Thursday they are searching for the people responsible for cutting more than 80 tires Wednesday night � most at the U.S. post office at East Innes and South Boundary streets."    [Reference:]

    April 13, 2006:   6 sickened at Manhattan postal facility   "... by noxious fumes emanating from a package of strong cleaning solvent inside the U.S. Postal Service's Morgan Processing and Distribution Center in Manhattan ..."    [Reference:]

    April 13, 2006:   Labor Manual outlines whistleblower protection   "... The Postal Service protects you from retaliation for protected disclosures. These could include allegations of violations of law, rules or regulations; gross waste of funds; gross mismanagement; abuse of authority; or substantial and specific dangers to public health and safety. Persons making disclosures are protected from reprisal unless they knew that the information disclosed was false, or they acted with willful disregard for the truth or falsity of the disclosure. ..."    [Reference:]

    Aprill 11, 2006:   Hap-eBay Days are here again! USPS, online auction site celebrate one year together   "... If your office is interested in increasing revenue and expanding its customer base, then an eBay Day is just the thing you�re looking for! Check out the website at ..."    [Reference:]

    Aprill 11, 2006:    Members of Congress Ask GAO To Address Consolidation Concerns   "... Echoing union criticisms of the USPS network consolidation plan, four key members of Congress expressed �concerns about the way the USPS is carrying out� the program, in a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The March 27 letter to U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker was signed by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joe Lieberman (D-CT), and Representatives Tom Davis (R-VA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). ..."    [Reference:]

    Aprill 11, 2006:   SUNY team helps promote post office in contest   "... A team from the State University of New York at New Paltz is a semifinalist in the U.S. Postal Service's "P.R. Professional Experience" contest. April 10, 2006:   UK: Post Office Box Used to Evade Speed Cameras   "... The personal mailbox, which has a high street address rather than a box number, is available for �12 per month (US $21). Police say it would take too much time to pursue further identity of the individual mailbox owners, allowing them to escape punishment. Owners registered at the Duke Street address, apparently aware of this, can be seen in photographs extending their middle finger toward the speed camera. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 8, 2006:   Postal Worker Runs Over Supervisor Before Shooting Her   "... couldn't find Wayne McGuire, the postmaster, police say he went back outside and opened fire, shooting and killing Hayes-Kotter, 49, at close range. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 4, 2006:   TSP Current Rates of Return for March 2006   "... The "S" Fund tops the rates of return for March at 3.84% or 25.26% for the past twelve month period ..."    [Reference:]

    April 4, 2006:   Postal processing resumes in New Orleans   "... For the first time since Hurricane Katrina, the Postal Service began processing mail Monday in New Orleans, a move officials say should eliminate delivery times of a week or more for cross-town mail. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 4, 2006:   Potter: Energy Costs Fuel Upcoming Rate Increase Filing   "... Since the USPS raised rates in 2002, "fuel has risen more than $1 a gallon, costing the postal service over $1 billion a year for the gasoline we purchase ..."    [Reference:]

    April 4, 2006:   Pay-for-Performance midyears open today Activities run from April 3 to 28!   "... Once your midyear accomplishments have been submitted, evaluators can schedule meetings to discuss them. Your midyear accomplishments and review will be for the position you held on March 31, 2006. The Pay-for-Performance (PFP) website has been updated with the necessary guides and forms to facilitate the midyear process. ..."    [Reference:]

    April 2, 2006:   Huntsville (Huntsville P&DF)Alabama Postal Employee, Margaret Hulsey Celebrates fifty (50) years with the USPS  "... Has no plans to retire ..."    [Reference: USPS]

    Mar. 27, 2006:   Postal Service adds heavy hitters to its lineup   "... honoring four of baseball's biggest hitters. The stamps will be issued July 15 in ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 27, 2006:    Kindness, a postal worker, and a soldier far from home   "... My daughter and son-in-law are serving in the Navy overseas. Recently a relative sent them a package, including some Girl Scout cookies and a birthday card. When the package arrived, it had a surprising extra little note inside. It stated: "I am sorry, but I had to rewrap this package for you, and I noticed a birthday card. I pray for you to have a safe and wonderful day and a safe return home. Thank you for serving our country." It had been signed by a U.S. postal worker. My daughter and I will never know who took a moment to add this special message, but we would like everyone to know that we appreciated the prayer for them. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 27, 2006:   Realignment shifts Carolinas, Arizona, Nevada-Sierra Districts Transfer of administrative duties effective April 1   "... organizational realignment that will transfer administration of the Arizona and Nevada-Sierra Districts from the Pacific Area to the Western Area and the Carolinas from the Eastern Area to Capital Metro. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2006:   USPS seeks payroll tax reporting system   "... The software must meet all government payroll tax mandates for deposits, quarterly and annual returns, and electronic filing and reporting requirements, the notice said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2006:    Injured Guardsman Fit For Combat, Not For U.S. Postal Service Job   "... Army National Guard Sgt. Jason Lyon is fit enough for combat, but not for delivering letters. ... Postal officials say Lyon is welcome to apply for a job as a clerk or custodian. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 23, 2006:   Stuck on Corvettes: Corvette Postal Stamps New Chevy Corvette stamps are now available from the post office for Corvette enthusiasts   "... Want to get your hands on a white '53 Corvette with a red interior and black convertible top? With a sticker price of 37 cents you won't be able to pass up this deal! ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 17, 2006:   APX Logistics Shuts Down   "... the country's largest parcel consolidator, ceased operations on Thursday and the United States Postal Service was moving to take on large numbers of shipments caught in transit. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 17, 2006:   Can you sue the U.S. Postal Service?   "... When I moved from Las Vegas to Hawaii, two years ago, a friend in good faith suggested that I consider using the Postal Service to ship my things, since her friend had done so and saved money. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 15, 2006:   Murphy heads legislation for fallen postal worker   "... Clayton "CJ" Smith, of Colliers, W.Va., was accidentally shot in the back while he was taking a break outside his post office van in June 2003 in a desolate corner of ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 15, 2006:   Wanted: Scholarship on Postal History   "... Beginning this year (the 300-year anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin, the nation's first Postmaster General), the Postal Service is sponsoring two annual prizes for scholarship that highlight this rich history. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 15, 2006:   Postal Convoy Says Goodbye   "... Mike Edwards, a Mason City mail carrier was killed in a car accident during heavy fog. ... Nearly all of Mason City's Postal Force and even some retirees showed up. Enough to fill 25 postal trucks as they caravan to Mike's funeral in Greene. "It's just comradeship, the only way you can say it," Francis Shannon, a Postal Carrier said. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar.11, 2006:   State goof means postal bargain for new license plate holders   "... MISSOULA If you have to get new Montana license plates this month, you're also getting an accidental bargain -- but officials hope you won't take advantage of it. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar.11, 2006:   APWU National Executive Board Acts To Fight Network Consolidation Dues Assessment Approved to Help Pay for Ad Campaign   "... �This plan was created without any input from the American people, whose mail service will deteriorate,� said APWU President William Burrus. �It is the result of pressure on the USPS by the mailing industry, which is seeking to reduce its costs at the expense of all others.� ... The USPS briefing for union officials contained virtually no specifics. It failed to provide the number of facilities, the timing, and the locations that would be affected. The Postal Service announced it would replace the nine existing facility-types with five: Regional Distribution Centers, Local Processing Centers, Destination Processing Centers, Airport Transportation Centers, and Remote Encoding Centers. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2006:   Click here to see some of the information your computer broadcast for others to see   "... This will identify your Browser's user-agent string, how many sites you visited in this session, and other info. ..."    [Reference: view here ]

    Mar. 5, 2006:   How do I get a job with the U.S. Postal ServiceTM?   "... You should bookmark this site and check the links on a regular basis if you are serious about employment with the USPS. Examination opportunities open and close quickly ... [please note this site is NOT an official USPS site. The site does offer the actual USPS employment links.]"    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2006:    Jennifer San Marco: Portrait of a killer   "... Her former supervisor there, Renate Franquet, said she was "very pretty and outgoing." "I remember her because I had to train her," Mrs. Franquet said. "I was totally shocked by this, so totally shocked you can't imagine. I mean, you would think that if there was something wrong with her, there would have been signs of it back then, but that just wasn't the case." ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2006:    Putting pen to paper: In the age of e-mail, the handwritten note becomes cherished   "... E-mail may have revolutionized our communication, making it faster, easier, more practical. But that does not mean the handwritten note is dead. Instead, the act of putting pen to paper seems to have gained in currency. Now, it is what you do to say something special, or heartfelt, or really important. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2006:   U.N. Agency Says Smugglers Using Mail   "... - In Central American countries, high unemployment and other social factors continue to make the region susceptible to drug traffickers and it continues to be a major transshipment point for cocaine bound for the United States. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 5, 2006:   Pa. Postal Workers May Have A Winning Powerball Ticket   "... Powerball dreams may have come true for some postal workers in the Lehigh Valley. The only problem is that the 130 ticket holders may have to split the loot. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 4, 2006:   Read the latest edition of The President's Desk   "... the letter includes changes to the current network of mail processing facilities, AFSM-100 enhancements, Office of Inspector General investigating fraudulent claims and other postal related violations ..."    [Reference: President's Desk]

    Mar. 4, 2006:   Agreement Reached on Displaced �Katrina� Employees   "... an agreement that allows Katrina-impacted employees to elect to remain temporarily or permanently in their current assignments. The agreement amends a Feb. 8 USPS letter ... The recent agreement provides an election form that impacted employees will use to elect �to remain working at their current location or report to their assigned office.� ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 3, 2006:   Postal Service Policy on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identification, and Gender Stereotyping   "... See letter from the Postmaster ... The Postal ServiceTM has developed a new policy on sexual orientation, gender identification, and gender stereotyping to prohibit harassment against all gender non- conforming individuals and to require management action in the face of any such harassment ... D-Link ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 3, 2006:   UPDATE: SERVICE RESTORED TO MOST POST OFFICES   "... "By noon, half of the post offices were back up and running. We're currently running at 90 percent,'' said Sharon Mayall, a Bay Area spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 3, 2006:   POSTAL SERVICE HOBBLED BY COMPUTER PROBLEMS   "... "We can't weigh mail, we can't scan packages -- nothing electronic is working,'' said Joyce Calloway, a supervisor at the Fox Plaza facility. "The only thing we can do is sell stamps. If someone knows how much it will take to mail their parcel, we can help them.'' ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 1, 2006:   TSP Current Rates of Return   "Current Monthly Rates "    [Reference:]

    Mar. 1, 2006:   HAIR TODAY, GONE TOMORROW   "... Owenton, KY, Rural Carrier Wanda New hasn�t had a haircut since 1964 and she�s got the hair to prove it � 55 inches worth! But tomorrow morning on �The Today Show� that will all change. New is donating her hair to �Locks of Love,� an organization that makes wigs for children who have cancer. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 1, 2006:   APWU Members Win 5-Year Contract at Detroit MTESC: Employees at Pittsburgh Facility to Vote Feb. 28 on Similar Agreement   "... calls for a first-year wage increase of nearly 7 percent for most APWU-represented workers: $1.37 per hour for inspectors, and $1 per hour for all other job categories, including laborers, forklift drivers, mechanics, welders, and yard drivers. The raise to $15.36 an hour for most job categories will take effect Aug. 1, followed by increases of 3 percent in 2007 and 2008, 3.5 percent in 2009, and 4 percent in 2010. ..."    [Reference:]

    Mar. 1, 2006:   Federal Pay Raise, or Rocky XIII   "... Typically Congress gets feds the same amount the White House proposed for military personnel. This January both got 3.1 percent ..."    [Reference:]


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