The Postal Wire


Postal News Roundup

Slow Mail Costs Money

The Journal News - “Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday.  But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect? We found out a few years ago when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight first-class and periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses.  Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn't done by Congress very soon. Who needs the mail, some people ask? We have the Internet now. But a lot happens in the mail, and a lot goes wrong when it is late. To begin with, mail is the backbone for about $1.3 trillion in jobs, products and services. And then there is the personal impact.”

On Your Side: Excessive post office heat frustrates workers, customers.

First Coast ABC News - “Air conditioning problems at a post office on Sunbeam Road in Mandarin have customers and federal employees heated.  A clerk, who asked not to be identified, told First Coast News the facility's air conditioning has been out for two months and they recently learned repairs would take an additional eight weeks. Customers standing in long lines for 30 to 45 minutes say the conditions seem unbearable.”

Delayed Mail Validation

USPS OIG - “The U.S. Postal Service considers mail to be delayed when it is not processed in time to meet the established delivery day. Mail processing facilities are required to complete daily counts and self-report on-hand mail, delayed mail, late arriving mail, and mail processed after the processing cut-off time. Mail processing personnel are to complete daily mail counts by 7 a.m… We found that the Postal Service was not accurately reporting delayed mail.We determined that five of the eight P&DCs we visited did not accurately count on-hand delayed mail. Specifically, we determined that there were more than 572,000 on-hand delayed mailpieces during our two days of observations; however, the P&DCs only reported about 369,000 on-hand delayed mailpieces (or about 64 percent) in their MCRS reports for that time period. This occurred because employees were not properly supervised and trained in counting and reporting delayed mail…”

AFL-CIO Leader Resigns From Trump's Council, Says President 'Tolerates Bigotry'

US News & World Report - “AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Deputy Chief of Staff Thea Lee resigned on Tuesday from President Donald Trump's manufacturing council, slamming his remarks about protests in Virginia and saying he "tolerates bigotry and domestic terrorism." The statement by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States, cited Trump's remarks at a news conference earlier Tuesday in which he said both left- and right-wing groups were to blame for violence in Virginia after a white supremacist rally on Saturday.”

Labor groups step up pressure on Trump to deliver

The Washington Post - “Labor leaders, once courted by President Trump, are stepping up their campaign to turn workers against the White House if it does not deliver more on jobs and trade — and if it does not stop undoing Obama-era regulations. The most visible effort, which starts in Indianapolis on Monday afternoon, is a two-week tour organized by the coalition Good Jobs Nation that ropes in labor-friendly politicians. The coalition, launched in 2013 to pressure Barack Obama’s White House on trade and wage issues, is organizing rallies throughout the Midwest through Labor Day.”

Postal employee union calls for strike on August 23

Hindustan Times- India - “A postal employees’ union has threatened to go on a one-day strike on August 23 to protest against non-implementation of benefits suggested by a panel. The National Federation of Postal Employees (NFPE), which represents around 4 lakh staff, has called for nationwide strike on August 23 to press for implementation of benefits suggested by the Gramin Dak Sevaks committee report, the federation’s secretary general, R N Parashar, told PTI. The threat has come at a time when another postal staff union, All India Gramin Dak Sevak Union (AIGDSU) that claims support of around 1.8 lakh GDS, has already been on indefinite strike since last week to press for implementation of the committee’s report.”

Number of post offices in Scotland drops by a quarter – United Kingdom - “More than a quarter of post offices in Scotland have closed since 2002 with rural areas worst hit, official statisitcs have revealed. Analysis by the House of Commons Library found there were 1,403 branches north of the border, down from 1,904 in 2002. But Post Office bosses insisted that numbers in Scotland had stabilished in the past four years and significant investment was being made in the network. In 2002, Scotland had 1,187 rural post offices and 717 urban branches - which have now dropped to 929 and 474 respectively. SNP business spokesman Drew Hendry MP said the figures would “set alarm bells ringing”. “Tory cuts to local post offices threaten the economic well-being and social fabric of rural communities all over Scotland – and they need to be stopped,” he said.”

Beginning Next Week In Israel, Car Registrations In Postal Banks - Israel - “Good news for the drivers in Israel. As of Sunday 28 Menachem Av, it will be possible to issue car licenses for the first time at the Israel Post branches throughout the country. This is part of the expansion of cooperation between the Ministry of Transport and the Israel Post.”