APWU Wins 5-Year Contract at Detroit MTESC
Workers at the privately-operated Mail Transportation Equipment Service Center in suburban Detroit overwhelmingly ratified a five-year contract Feb. 24. The APWU membership at the Pittsburgh MTESC will vote on a separate and similar agreement on Feb. 28. APWU News
USPS detains journalist, keeping his videotape
"The U.S. Postal Service last week detained a Washington, D.C.-based journalist for a German television network, releasing him only after he agreed to turn over his videotape of news footage taken at a New Orleans mail pick-up center for victims of Hurricane Katrina." Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
APWU victimizes family of Goleta victim
"The postal union established a memorial fund for five employees killed in Goleta -- but gave a cold shoulder to the sixth worker slain there. To the American Postal Workers Union, Maleka Higgins is apparently a nonperson." Santa Barbara News-Press
Postal service completes Aberdeen survey
"Clem Felchle had the tall task Thursday of trying to convince community leaders that possible changes to local postal service will largely benefit the Aberdeen area." Aberdeen (ND) American News
White House veto threat looms over postal bill negotiations
"Postal lobbyists and aides predicted the White House would ultimately convince lawmakers to use at least part of the escrow account to pre-fund health benefits and expected the Postal Service to pick up the tab for part of its military pensions obligations... lobbyists and aides say [the Postal Service] relinquished a good portion of its negotiating posture when it came out against the bill last month." Government Executive
Hartford Courant puzzle pokes fun at postal murders
"Postal workers were shocked and outraged by the Cryptogram published in your newspaper on Feb. 5. The offending [Cryptogram solution] was: 'Postal employees grab your gun, shoot fellow workers one by one, look you got them on the run, tell N.R.A. about your fun.'" Letter to the Editor of the Hartford Courant from APWU President Bill Burrus If you'd like to share your reaction directly with the Courant, you can send a letter to the editor, or email the Courant NE Magazine editor, Jenifer Frank, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Stranger In Your Queue
If your Netflix movies take too long to arrive, you may be sharing your subscription with your mail carrier. New York Magazine
- "... the bills call for a rate ceiling tird to the CPI... but do not give the Postal Service any additional flexibility or authority to reduce costs."
- "... the proposed legislation goes too far in transforming the regulator [i.e. the current PRC] by giving it powers that will limit even further, rather than increase, the ability of the postal service to operate like a business"
Bush Budget Proposal Addresses Postal Reform
"The two proposals the administration opposes [the 'escrow' and military pension provisions] are among the few that were embraced by all the major stakeholders in the postal reform debate. They are supported by labor unions, large business mailers, and the Postal Service." APWU News
Friday, February 10
also: 2007 Budget Spares Postal Employees e-NAPUS Legislative & Political Bulletin
FedEx agrees to penalize companies that ship cigarettes
"FedEx... agreed to take disciplinary action against companies that violate FedEx policy and ship cigarettes directly to consumers... New York state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer called Tuesday for the U.S. Postal Service to follow suit." bizjournals.com via Yahoo
New Mexico's laws allowed killer to buy gun
"... as ever-more stories of [Jennifer Sanmarco's] odd behavior surface- and evidence of a potential grudge against her former workplace emerges- people are asking how she ever got a gun. The answer lies between two states, California and New Mexico, separated by some 800 miles on a map but worlds apart when it comes to gun laws. In California, she could not have bought one legally, but in New Mexico she could- and did, easily." Santa Barbara News-Press
Sessions and DeMint 'holding' S. 662?
According to Postcom, "Sens. Sessions and DeMint are maintaining their hold on S. 662. Both, we are told, are demanding that S. 662, either in the bill or in conference, be budget neutral. In other words, the Senate must accede to the Administration's position on the treatment of the released CSRS escrow money and the payment of the military obligation."
Community West Bank has set up the Goleta Post Office Memorial Fund, which will funnel money to the families through Hospice of Santa Barbara. Checks may be mailed to the bank at 5827 Hollister Ave., Goleta CA 93117. Friends of Charlotte Colton, one of the victims, may also send checks to the Community West address for the Charlotte Colton Memorial Scholarship Fund, set up on behalf of her three sons.
The mail may get through, someday
A letter carrier shortage, equipment problems and closure of a Marina del Rey mail processing facility are responsible for a spate of late and misdirected mail deliveries in the South Bay, Postal Service critics contend. Daily Breeze
Sixth shooting victim dies
"The wounded survivor of an ex-postal worker's shooting rampage died Wednesday, bringing the total death toll to seven, and authorities were trying to determine if a one-time neighbor also was a victim." Associated Press
Postal meeting to be private
"A public meeting between Las Cruces residents, city officials and the U.S. Postal Service isn't going to happen as city officials had expected." Las Cruces Sun-News