Working: Each day is casual to some U.S. Postal Service folks
'There's no mail today because it's a federal holiday. But Ricky Hurt will be working. He's a 'casual' or temporary U.S. Postal Service worker and he doesn't get holidays off... Even though he's a so-called 'casual' worker, Hurt has been working for the Postal Service since July 2002 handling and sorting mail.'
News from the NEC: Officers retiring...
According to Postcom.org: 'From the USPS Executive's Conference: Retiring effective January 1, 2005 will be: John Rapp, VP Operations; John Wargo, Vice President, Service and Market Development; Francia Smith, Consumer Advocate; and Donna Peak'
How Bush sees 'postal reform' Postcom.org has posted what it says is a copy of what 'the White House told the House and Senate postal leaders it expected to see in a postal reform bill'. Most puzzling statement in the document is this:' The Administration believes that the Postal Service, not ratepayers, must continue to be responsible for its pension costs connected with military service credit for postal employees under [CSRS]'. (If the money doesn't come from ratepayers.....?) And given the ballooning federal deficit, the White House will apparently try to keep the USPS's overpayment of it's CSRS retirement liability.
What the election results mean for Postmasters
"This flexing of regional electoral power was key for Republicans and included a strong message for Postmasters. The red areas, those counties that decided the election, are postal reliant. NAPUS will remind our elected leaders about the importance of guaranteeing universal mail services to rural America. Voters and businesses that send or receive mail in these areas have little choice other than the USPS."
"On the day that President Bush declared victory, he made two 'recess appointments' to the Postal Board of Governors. As anticipated, the President appointed Carolyn Gallagher and Louis Guilano. The two new Board members would serve for one year, pending Senate confirmation for a full term. Governor Jim Miller is approaching the one-year anniversary of his recess appointment, which means that he will be off the Board unless the President renominates him and the Senate confirms him."
Windy Weather Blamed for New Jersey Postal Worker's Death "A large tree fell Friday on a postal service truck, killing the driver. The 50-foot maple tree was apparently rotting at the base. The victim is identified as Julio Cruz, a 44-year-old postal worker. Cruz, a father of three who lived in West New York, New Jersey, was employed out of the post office in nearby Ridgewood. Police say a doctor appeared on the scene immediately after the tree fell, but it was too late to save the Cruz. The fatal accident was reported at 11:40 a.m. at 402 Godwin Avenue, near Maltbie Road in Midland Park, Bergen County."
WNBC TV New York
Mailers Unsure About USPS Reform in New Congress
"Despite the likely return of key members of Congress, mailer groups were unsure how much this would translate into postal reform in the next session. They were also unsure about the depth of the White House's commitment to reform."
Postal Service and Postal Service Make Nice
'When the behemoth U.S. Postal Service found out that a young rock band had named itself "Postal Service," executives weren't happy. They sent a cease-and-desist letter to the band's label, Seattle-based independent Sub Pop Records. But what began as an argument over name rights turned into the mail-delivering institution's first cross-promotional music deal.'
ACLU Sues Over Late Absentee Ballots
Absentee ballots mailed by Florida elections supervisors too late for possibly thousands of voters to return them on time should still count, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. (See below for more on Florida's late-mailed ballots)
9/11 Postage Overdue
"Federal bureaucrats are sitting on more than $10 million raised over the past 21/2 years through the sale of "Heroes" postal stamps for families of rescuers killed or permanently disabled on 9/11."
New York Post
Iowa: Postal Service Swamped With Political Mail "Candidates are having no trouble when it comes to filling your mailbox but the letter carriers sure are. In some cases you may have noticed your mail arriving late for the last two weeks. The postal service now handles up to three times the amount of daily mail all because of politics."
KCRG TV Cedar Rapids
Commentary: Pony Express Rides Again
"The Postal Service, utilizing enhanced CDs and hardcopy delivery, is the best way to reach targeted consumers with interactive multimedia."
Todd Butler, CEO, Butler Mailing Service, on Postcom.org