Blog: November 2014

Postal News Roundup

USPS Played Cat and Mouse with Cyber Attacker - In an effort to prevent the intruders from knowing they had been discovered, the postal service's Office of the Inspector General advised the USPS's corporate information security officer Charles McGann not to initiate any mitigation measures. 

Postal Service Starts Fiscal Year with a Bang - Whatever the reason, the U.S. Postal Service revealed today it had a bang-up October, with domestic mail volume up nearly 7% over the same month last year, rather than the 2% decrease USPS was expecting. 

National Trust Joins Law Suit to Save Berkeley Post Office - Despite repeated requests from elected officials, preservation groups, and local citizens, the Postal Service has not come forth with a clear and consistent process for protecting these important community assets,” said the chief legal officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Postal News Roundup

It’s the People’s Mail That Will be Slowed, Workers Say - The clock is ticking on phase two of the postmaster general’s draconian cuts plan.

Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate – H.R. 4670 - The Secure Delivery for America Act of 2014 - Changing some postal home delivery customers to cluster box delivery would save money but potentially at the cost of losing some of those customers and reducing mail volume, a Congressional Budget Office analysis has said.

Hackers Possibly Copied Postal Employee Pay Records - Compensation files for U.S. Postal Service workers might also have been breached during a recent hack that exposed the Social Security numbers and other personal data on about 800,000 USPS employees, a postal inspector said Wednesday.

Postal Service Headed in the Wrong Direction - At a time when businesses are doing all they can to improve customer service to keep their customers happy and help the business grow, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is doing just the opposite. For all intents and purposes, the USPS has given up its franchise.

Postal News Roundup

Postal Workers Push Back Against Privatization and Post Office Closure - Union workers at the U.S. Postal Service staged one of their largest national demonstrations to date November 14, protesting fresh job cuts and continuing efforts to privatize some post office operations.

If Congress Doesn’t Act in the Next Month, It Could Be the End of the Postal Service As We Know It - If Congress does not pass legislation that would save the Postal Service from financial collapse before the end of its current session, the future of the country’s mail service will be in the hands of a senator who opposes government unions and thinks the Postal Service should be privatized.

Amid Nationwide Employee Protests, Postal Service Announces $5 Billion Loss in 2014 - Labor groups on Friday reiterated their stance that legislation to remove the onerous prefunding requirements, and to cancel scheduled consolidations, would bring the Postal Service back to profitability.

Postal News Roundup

Postal Workers to Protest Plant Closings and Service Reductions - Postal workers on Friday plan to protest nationwide against proposed plant closings and declining service standards that have led to slower mail delivery throughout the country.

Unions Fight Postal Service Plans to Shutter 82 Facilities, Lower Mail Standards - "Congress is not the only way [the cuts can be stopped] ... it's also in the hands of postal management," APWU's Dimondstein said. 

Merkley Urges Fight to Save Mail Plants - Newly re-elected Senator Jeff Merkley addressed a windblown Veterans Day crowd at Waterfront Park.

Postal Workers Plan Protest in Erie - Postal workers in Erie plan to join their counterparts across the nation Friday in a protest of the Postmaster General's plan to close 82 sorting facilities across the nation. 

Postal News Roundup

Rallies Set for November 14 to Spotlight Postal Service Cuts - The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association and three other postal unions are organizing a National Day of Action November 14, the day the US Postal Service Board of Governors meets for its final public meeting in 2014.

Postal Union Complains to NLRB After Data Breach - Postal workers are taking their frustrations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after a U.S. Postal Service data breach exposed 800,000 employees’ information.

Postal News Roundup

New Round of USPS Cutbacks Sparks More Protests - U.S. Postal Service workers plan protests in Bend, OR, and other cities around the country Friday, opposing the planned closure of more than 80 processing centers, including Bend’s, they claim will further slow mail delivery and damage the agency.

Wisconsin Postal Workers to Protest Distribution Changes in Madison, Milwaukee - Postal workers are warning that moving outgoing mail operations from Madison to Milwaukee will mean job cuts and slower delivery.

Postal Union Protests Perceived Privatization Push Outside Chestnut Hill, PA, Staples - Despite a persistent, chilly rain, more than 20 members and allies of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) marched outside the Germantown Avenue Staples. 

Postal News Roundup

Pocatello Mail Distribution Center to Close - Next year, the United State Postal Service mail distribution center in Pocatello, ID, will be partially closed down. 

Berkeley Sues United States Postal ServiceThe city of Berkeley, CA, filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the United States Postal Service, alleging that it took steps toward selling the Berkeley Post Office before publicly evaluating historic impacts as required.