Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary to be celebrated on Forever stamps

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment, previewed four Forever stamps today that commemorate the 75th anniversary of one of the most iconic Super Heroes of all time — Wonder Woman. The stamp pane will be among other Wonder Woman related items revealed at 3 p.m., Sat., July 23 atComic-Con International: San Diego. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place Oct. 7 at New York Comic-Con, Fri., Oct. 7.

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Letter carrier rescues girl, 14, from attack by 300 pound psychiatric patient

Joseph Moskal’s co-workers weren’t joking when they recently placed a Superman-style “J” emblem on the Buffalo, NY, letter carrier’s case.

They were acknowledging a real act of derring-do: Moskal saved the life of a 14-year-old girl who was being choked by a 300-pound man.

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Buffalo, NY, Letter Carrier Joseph Moskal is honored at a recent ceremony. From left: National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 3 President Larry Kania, Moskal, Postmaster Thomas Szklarz and Westside Station Customer Services Manager Paul Urbanski.

Moskal heard the teenager screaming on her porch while he was delivering mail. By the time he reached her, she was unconscious, bleeding — and still in the grip of her attacker.

Moskal threw the man to the ground and, with a neighbor’s help, restrained him until police arrived.

A district police chief told The Buffalo News that the attacker, a 29-year-old man with a history of mental health problems, targeted the girl randomly.

Moskal and the neighbor saved her life, the chief said.

The teen was treated at a hospital. The suspect was hospitalized at a psychiatric facility and expected to face charges upon his release.

“We are proud that you are one of us,” Westside Station Customer Services Manager Paul Urbanski told Moskal at a ceremony honoring him. “We all aspire to be like you — a true hero.”

New APWU Contract Now Available Online

07/23/2016The new contract between the APWU and USPS can now be viewed online.  Click here to view the text. The 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement is the result of a decision issued by Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg on July 8. A printed copy will be mailed to APWU members within six weeks.

“This contract is the result of a two-year struggle for “Good Service! Good Jobs! Contract Now!” by APWU officers and members – at the negotiating table and arbitration hearings as well as on the workroom floor and in our communities,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein.

“We refused to engage in another round of concessionary bargaining. We made significant progress on most of our major goals.  We are stronger as a result of these efforts.

apwulogo“We improved conditions for career and non-career employees – including Full-Time Regulars, Part-Time Flexibles and Postal Support Employees. We gained wage increases in each year of our new 40-month union contract. We protected full cost-of-living-allowances (COLAs) for all career employees. We defended, and even enhanced, our no lay-off protection for all career employees. We gained new job security provisions, including new limits on sub-contracting of MVS and retail work, and on further plant consolidations and closings.  We have better defined full-time work, created an all-career workforce in two of our crafts, strengthened career conversion opportunities for PSEs and protected the 50-mile limit on excessing.

“And we successfully resisted almost all of management’s concessionary demands – proposals for another new tier of lower-paid career employees, an increase in the non-career PSE workforce, elimination of COLA and weakening of no lay-off protection.

“These are major accomplishments. I applaud the role every APWU member played by proudly belonging to the APWU. Many APWU members played a direct part and I salute them all – the officers who participated in negotiations and arbitration; the witnesses, including many rank-and-file union members, who testified; the local and state leaders who helped keep members informed and mobilized, and the members who showed solidarity by wearing union buttons, stickers and T-shirts. Many shared our message with their friends, families and neighbors, and we received great support from our allies in the labor movement and beyond,” Dimondstein said.

“I am pleased that the APWU is able to make this electronic version of the full union contract available to you so soon after the Interest Arbitration Award.  Please use it well as an important weapon in the fight for workplace justice – for the more members know and enforce their rights, the stronger we will all be.”

Click here for detailed highlights of the new contract.
Click here to watch President’s Dimondstein’s special contract video.

Source: New Contract Now Available Online | APWU

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Police chief: Postal inspector accused of hiring a prostitute asked for “professional courtesy” from arresting cop

SYCAMORE – The city’s police chief testified Friday that upon being pulled over, a federal postal inspector suspected of hiring a prostitute at a Sycamore spa showed officers his government credentials and asked for a “professional courtesy.”

inspectorDean Kowalefski, 51, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, was charged in June 2015 with soliciting a prostitute after police said employees at Spa One in Sycamore identified him in a photograph and said he gave a spa employee money in exchange for a sex act. The man’s attorney has argued police performed an unlawful search and seizure and arrested Kowalefski without a valid warrant while he was not committing a crime.

Read the full story: Postal inspector proceeds with attempt to suppress evidence | Daily Chronicle

Video: Georgia rural carrier arrested, accused of stalking woman on route

A local woman says she had to get a protection order to keep the family’s mail carrier away, but despite that, the post office didn’t change his route.

The mother of two, who didn’t want to be identified, says she called police on her mail carrier, Gregg Snyder, 62, after he showed up at her house three times in one day. Snyder is accused of leaving raw steak on her doorstep and making sexual comments to her.

“Opening the door to the mailman is something that I’ve always thought was safe,” she said.

Source: Mail carrier arrested, accused of stalking woman on route

New APWU Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6, Retroactive Pay Expected Nov. 4

07/22/2016 – According to information provided by the Postal Service, the new pay rates under the new APWU-USPS contract will begin on Aug. 6 (Pay Period 17) and will be reflected in paychecks dated Aug. 26, APWU President Mark Dimondstein has announced.

Retroactive pay for the period from Nov. 14, 2015, through Aug. 4, 2016, are expected in Pay Period 22, with an expected pay date of Nov. 4, 2016.

Source: New Pay Rates to Take Effect Aug. 6 | APWU

Video: Stolen credit cards, broken mailboxes, & tampered bills in Texas neighborhood

SAN ANTONIO – Several broken mailboxes, stolen credit cards and bills tampered with. Neighbors in far Northwest Bexar County fear the same mail thief is targeting their community. They turned to News 4 San Antonio for help.

Last Thursday morning, many people who live in the Silver Oaks Subdivision were met with a mess when they went to pick up their mail. They say since then, nothing’s been done to get their mail boxes repaired.

Source: Stolen credit cards, broken mailboxes, & tampered bills in NW Bexar County neighborhood | WOAI

Wilkes-Barre PA CCA Charged With Destruction And Delay Of Mail

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that charges relating to the improper disposal of mailed items were filed against David T. Clocker on July 20. Clocker, age 34, of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was charged with one count of misdemeanor destruction of mail in a Criminal Information filed today in U.S. District Court in Scranton.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Clocker is charged with delay and destruction of mail between January and March 2016. The charges stem from an investigation by the Office of Inspector General, United States Postal Service.

uspsoigAlong with the Information, a plea agreement was filed in which Clocker agrees to plead guilty to the delay and destruction of mail charge. The plea agreement must be approved by the court. Clocker faces a maximum of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, Smith said.

Indictments and Criminal Informations are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

The maximum penalty under federal law is one year of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

APWU: Postal Reform Bill Needs Work

07/20/2016A House committee has approved two important postal measures that may be considered by the full House in the fall. The Oversight and Government Reform Committee adopted the Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 (H.R. 5714) and the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act (H.R. 5707) in a voice vote on July 12.

The Postal Service Reform Act, which was co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), and Gerald Connolly (D-VA), is intended to stabilize the Postal Service’s financial situation.

apwulogo“While the APWU is encouraged by the bipartisan manner in which the committee has approached postal reform, we are troubled by the inclusion of a number of provisions that we believe will undermine efforts to secure a robust future for the Postal Service,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Unless these provisions are revisited, improved, and changed during consideration of the bill by the full House of Representatives, the APWU will be unable to endorse the legislation.”

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