Video: Arkansas rural carrier finds kids wandering in road, covered in feces

ASH FLAT, AR (KAIT) -A Sharp County postal worker found two small children in awful condition while making her daily mail delivery.  The worker, Judy Arnold Alexander, was driving down Hars Creek Road in Ash Flat on Friday when she saw two young girls. The older girl is around four years old and was wearing an old nightgown while the younger girl, who is two years old, was naked and covered in feces according to Alexander.

FOX10 News | WALA

Source: Postal worker finds kids alone, covered in feces – FOX10 News | WALAarkansas

Video: Mailbox thief says he made fake USPS master key from template found on the internet

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s a crime that seems to be happening more and more. Thieves are breaking into mailboxes and swiping people’s mail.It turns out the crime itself may be getting easier and easier.

Police say 36-year-old Jeremy Lara was caught stealing mail- according to a criminal complaint, police caught on to Lara after someone saw him and two others stealing mail in Albuquerque.

Rio Rancho police later arrested him right in front of one of the mailboxes, saying both the main doors were open and the stolen mail in his hands.

Police then searched the car he was in where they found more mail, and a counterfeit U.S. Postal Service key.

Investigators say Lara admitted to stealing mail from a handful of community mailboxes, saying he was able to make the key using a template he found on the internet.

That has some people concerned.

Source: jeremy-laraMan accused of using counterfeit key to break into mailboxes | KRQE News 13

Video: Third arrest made in Mississippi postal worker armed robbery

DEKALB, Miss. A third arrest has been made in the case of an armed robbery that happened in Kemper County. The suspect taken into custody a long way from Mississippi.

Moore says Khalil Gibron Slayton was in Meridian after the armed robbery before fleeing to Ohio and other states. He was finally arrested in New York.

There was one shot fired in the robbery but no one was injured.

According to Sheriff Moore, the three suspects split up after the crime. The other two, Jamie Mobley and Jerome Benemann, were taken into custody right after the robbery occurred. He says the robbery was planned and specific.

“His last stop was to pick up mail there in Porterville. These guys knew exactly the route and the time he would get into that area,” Moore said.

Slayton will be extradited to Kemper County to face an armed robbery charge.

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  10. Video: Postal Worker Attacked, Beaten Unconscious While Delivering Mail In Arlington Texas
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Mail Handlers Union statement on extension of contract talks

May 21, 2016 — The NPMHU and USPS bargaining teams have been engaged in contract negotiations since late February 2016 in an effort to reach agreement on the terms of their 2016 National Agreement.

npmhuContract talks between the parties continued well into the night on Friday, May 20, 2016 as the 2011 National Agreement was set to expire at midnight.  While significant progress has been achieved, the parties have nevertheless been unable to finalize a full and complete successor contract. The parties have therefore agreed to extend bargaining over several key issues, with the hope of eventually reaching a full agreement.

If and when a tentative successor agreement is reached, its terms will be distributed to the NPMHU membership for review and ratification.  More details will be shared and discussed at a meeting of all Local Presidents scheduled for Tuesday, May 24.

Source: NPMHU/USPS Contract Negotiations Extended – National Postal Mail Handlers Union

NALC statement on extension of contract negotiations

Following 90 days of bargaining over the terms of a new National Agreement—culminating in a week of intense negotiations—NALC and the U.S. Postal Service announced tonight that the bargaining period would be extended beyond the midnight expiration of the 2011-2016 contract on May 20.

During the extended period of negotiations, the terms and conditions of the 2011-2016 contract will remain in effect.

NALC President Fredric Rolando issued the following statement:

bargaining-table-2The intensive discussions we’ve had over the past three months—both at the main table on key economic provisions, and among the numerous committees composed of NALC Executive Council members and management representatives—have been productive and professional. Although we cannot say definitively that we will be able to reach an agreement without resorting to the law’s mediation and interest arbitration procedures, there has been tangible progress and both sides remain committed to attempting to reach a mutually acceptable tentative agreement.

What is at stake in these negotiations? Continue reading

Mail handlers and letter carriers agree to extend contract talks with USPS

WASHINGTON , DC,, May 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The United States Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) have agreed to extend contract negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

NALC-LOGOnpmhuAlthough the contract with the NALC expired at midnight Friday, May 20, the Postal Service and the NALC have mutually decided to extend negotiations beyond the deadline.

The NALC represents approximately 210,000 city letter carriers nationwide.

The Postal Service and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, AFL-CIO (NPMHU) also have agreed to extend contract negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

Although the contract with the Mail Handlers union also expired at midnight Friday, May 20, the Postal Service and the NPMHU have mutually decided to extend negotiations beyond the deadline.

The NPMHU represents approximately 44,000 employees nationwide.

Suspicious package causes bomb scare in Pottsville PA Post Office

A package left at the Pottsville Post Office on Friday morning forced the building to be closed and a state police bomb squad be called in to assist local authorities.

The package, however, was deemed hours later not to be dangerous.

PR21BOMBSQUAD_1_WEBKaren Mazurkiewicz, assigned to the USPS Corporate Communications office in Buffalo, New York, said the Pottsville Post Office has a 24-hour lobby and that the package was left there while the retail portion or windows were closed.

When the retail workers arrived, they found the package left unattended and that it did not have the proper amount of postage for mailing, she said.

Following protocol, Mazurkiewicz said, the package was deemed suspicious and the proper steps initiated for the safety concerns of both postal workers and the public.

Read more: Suspicious package causes bomb scare in Pottsville Post Office – News – Republican Herald

NAPS: OIG to conduct unannounced financial audits

From the National Association of Postal Supervisors:

May 18, 2016
Attention Members,

The Office of Inspector General will be starting Financial Control audits at all postal facilities. Teams will show up unannounced with the attached letter.

Audits will consist of;
*Voyager Cards
*Money Orders
*Voided Transactions
*Excessive Refunds
*BMEU Indicators

naps-logoWhen the OIG performs these audits, it is vital that you have all documentation on hand.  It remains imperative that all documentation for the retention period is maintained for record keeping purposes.
If there are any issues with the audits, the OIG will contact the specific Financial Unit.  As stated earlier this week; District Leadership needs to be included with that process.  Once the OIG finishes this audit, the facility will be given recommendations and action items.  The turnaround time will be 7 days.

Click here to read letter to Area Vice Presidents

Source: The National Association of Postal Supervisors

Memorandum Addresses Mail Handler Bidding Procedures During Bargaining

Employees represented by the NPMHU will be allowed to bid under the new contract, whether or not the parties reach a tentative settlement, extend bargaining, or enter into impasse procedures. Successful bids on or after May 21, 2016 will be counted towards the bid maximums established in the 2016 National Agreement.

Read the Union’s memorandum and related USPS document addressing bidding procedures during the ongoing negotiations and/or in the event of an impasse. (pdf)npmhu

Source: Memorandum Addresses NPMHU Bidding Procedures During Bargaining – National Postal Mail Handlers Union