NAPS: Trump Budget Would Reduce Postal Paychecks, Retirement Benefits

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

The Fiscal Year 2018 budget sent to Congress by President Trump earlier this week proposes legislative changes that would impose dramatic cuts in federal retirement benefits for current and future retirees and potentially erode the current size of postal employee paychecks.  It also would provide a modest set of reforms to the Postal Service, but rely chiefly on employee compensation cuts to restore financial solvency. Continue reading

Pennsylvania Mail Handler Sentenced To Probation For Unemployment Compensation Fraud

HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Rashaad Schell, age 27, of Abington, Pennsylvania, was sentenced today to 24 months of probation with six months of in-home detention by United States District Judge John E Jones, III, for knowingly making false statements in order to obtain unemployment compensation. Continue reading

PMG touts digital strategies, mail innovation at National Postal Forum

BALTIMORE — A new feature that lets customers see emailed images of their incoming physical mail has attracted more than 2 million users, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan announced today, during the opening session of the National Postal Forum, the country’s premier mailing and shipping conference. Brennan added that with the offering available in nearly every ZIP Code in the United States, more than 10,000 new people are signing up every day. Continue reading

The USPS Selects Pitney Bowes Video Technology to Help Promote a Modern Mailing Experience

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today announced that the United States Postal Service (USPS) will utilize Pitney Bowes EngageOne Video technology to support its journey to create a more connected, effective, and modern mailing experience. The interactive USPS experience will help educate and inform Mail Owners and Mail Service Providers (MSPs) on how to take part in and deliver value from the 2017 Mailing Promotions and USPS Informed Delivery® campaigns. Continue reading

USPS honors Henry David Thoreau

The US Postal Service will hold a First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Henry David Thoreau Commemorative Forever stamp at Walden Pond in Concord MA tomorrow, May 23 at 11 AM. The event is free and open to the public.

The stamp celebrates writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) on the bicentennial year of his birth. The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau’s face based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp is Thoreau’s signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves.

With Thoreau’s personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism, and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity’s role in the natural world, he continues to inspire new generations to assert their independence, reinterpret his legacy, and ask challenging questions of their own. Sam Weber of Brooklyn, NY, was the stamp artist. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp.