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5/22/17
Expert trains Traverse City postal workers on dealing with aggressive dogs - Comments (Count)
Bank built by bricks sent by mail still standing 100 years later - Comments (Count)
Postal Views Podcast #64 (USPS You Out There?) - Comments (Count)
5/21/17
Post Office in Queens Dedicated to Local Gay Rights Activists - Comments (Count)
Postal Service deleted customer complaints around Christmas - Comments (Count)
Are gimmicks on stamps a good thing if they capture positive attention? - Comments (Count)
Photos: Postal food drive collects nearly 17,500 pounds in Walterboro - Comments (Count)
5/20/17
Mailman rescues Minto, N.D. woman who cried for help for 20 hours - Comments (Count)
Reform the Postal Service for the Right Reasons - Comments (Count)
Former Wasilla postmaster demoted to custodian after investigation upholds harassment claims - Comments (Count)
5/19/17
Scanners to give sound alerts when carriers approach houses with dangerous dogs - Comments (Count)
St. Louis Postal Worker Still Missing - Comments (Count)
Postal regulatory agency to conclude postage review this fall - Comments (Count)
5/18/17
USPS Falling Short on Social Media, IG Says - Comments (Count)
Marmaduke residents fed up with delayed mail - Comments (Count)
USPS mail carrier, 14 gang members arrested in drug trafficking sting - Comments (Count)
Inside Michigan's Postal Service Museum - Comments (Count)
Postal contractor trucking execs guilty of conspiracy - Comments (Count)
Neighborhood battles with post office to get its mail - Comments (Count)
US Postal worker accused of stealing mail - Comments (Count)
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Trump's Budget Calls for Major Hits on Federal Employee Retirement Programs
5.19.2017 - The Denver Post reports: Trump's fiscal 2018 budget would: Increase Federal Employees Retirement System contributions from workers by 1 percentage point each year until they equal the government's contribution. Base future retirement benefits on the average of the high five years of salary instead of the current high three. Eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for current and future FERS employees. Eliminate supplement payments for FERS employees who retire beginning in 2018. - Purported Trump budget doc zeroes out federal employee benefits - Republicans gearing up for major changes to federal pay and benefits - Comments (Count)
Tentative Contract Agreement Reached Between NALC and USPS
5.12.2017 - PostalMag.com reports: The 40-month contract contains two general wage increases (1.2 percent effective Nov. 2016 and 1.3 percent effective Nov. 2017). The tentative contract also contains a grade level upgrade for letter carriers in Nov. 2018, conversions to career status for many CCAs and six paid holidays for CCAs. - Postal employees' pay raise in the works as union contract nears final approval - 200K Postal Workers Would See Pay Raises, Benefit Cuts Under New Labor Contract - NALC Statement - Comments (Count)
USPS Reports 2017 2nd Quarter Results
5.10.2017 - USPS reports: "Although the U.S. Postal Service posted modest controllable income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 of $12 million, it fell well short of the $576 million that it had for the same quarter last year. This reduction was driven by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge, which would have generated approximately $500 million in additional revenue during the quarter had it remained in place, and to a lesser extent, a $69 million increase in controllable operating expenses." - USPS Loses Nearly $600M, Says It's Close to 'Solid Financial Footing' - Comments (Count)
Letter Carriers: Where's The Contract?
4.26.2017 - PostalMag.com reports: "Letter Carriers across the U.S.A. are beginning to grumble about the lack of a new contract. The last contract expired almost a year ago on May 20th, 2016. The length of time, without the contract going to arbitration, is unusual. Carriers are concerned about missing out on wage increases and cost-of-living allowances." - Comments (Count)
Postal Rate Fight Continues as Publishers Battle USPS "Stupidity Tax"
4.12.2017 - Publishing Executive reports: "FSS prepared Periodicals flats in FY2016 cost an average of almost 17 cents per piece more than CR [carrier route] presorted flats cost in non-FSS zones," Stralberg wrote, citing the USPS's own data. "The average cost added by FSS flats to Periodicals costs in FSS zones is 10.5 cents per piece," an increase of about 40%." - Why the Flats Sequencing System Should Be Scrapped - Comments (Count)

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