Canada Post union abruptly cancels strike announcement

From CBC News:

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has abruptly cancelled a news conference Thursday, prompting speculation there may be progress in negotiations with the letter carrier.

canada-post-20160708The union had been expected to give a 72-hour strike notice before their mandate to do so expires at midnight.Canada Post talks stall as strike mandate nears”If nothing changes between now and tomorrow, we will be issuing our 72-hour notice of strike activity,” the union had said Wednesday evening.

But just minutes before that was supposed to happen, the union cancelled the event.

Source: Canada Post union cancels announcement as strike mandate set to expire – Business – CBC News

Video: P.O. box thefts in Hawaii trigger federal investigation

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Investigators say mail was stolen from Oahu post offices twice in the past week.

P.O. boxes were broken into at the Waianae and Nanakuli post offices, and Honolulu police and federal authorities are looking into the cases.

People pay to have a P.O. box, and many of them get one to help keep their mail secure, so what measures are in place to keep your mail safe? Continue reading

Video: Letter carriers not always visited by a friendly face

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The United States Postal Service brings mail every day, but something may keep letter carriers away.

Not much will stop a letter carrier from delivering mail, but a vicious dog could postpone it.

Herbert Chun walks the same neighborhoods every morning delivering mail to Greenville residents. But he’s not always greeted by a friendly face. Continue reading

Canada Post union may announce strike action at news conference tomorrow

The Brampton Guardian reports that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is expected to issue a strike notice tomorrow morning:

Union officials informed workers in an online bulletin Wednesday that if nothing changes by tomorrow, “we will be issuing our 72-hour notice of strike activity.”

Source: Postal union could announce strike action at Thursday news conference

APWU President tells convention ‘We Can Forge Ahead, Build Power & Win!’

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08/23/2016In a rousing speech to convention delegates, President Mark Dimondstein outlined the challenges and possibilities facing APWU members.

“We are working, living and struggling in a time where there is an all-out war on workers, our families, our communities, our standards of living, our rights, our organizations,” he said. “Make no mistake about it: It is Them vs. Us. Wall Street vs. Main Street. Capital vs. Labor…

“Our precious right to vote is under severe attack,” and “elections are increasingly and openly bought and sold,” he said.

“By design, we have a ‘winner takes all’ election system perpetuates the choice between the ‘lesser of two evils.’” and “stacks the deck against the development of a needed union-based political party…

“CEOs of fast food chains make $9,000, not a month, not a week, not a day, but an hour – while they resist workers’ demands for $15 per hour…

“Public libraries, parks, hospitals, schools, utilities, transportation and yes, public postal services, are under extreme attack aimed at privatization…

“But since the people trust the post office and postal workers, outright privatization is not so easy. Instead privatizers seek to degrade service as a means to their end: Keep the lines long, hours short, delay mail, deliver late. This is the aim of the recent bipartisan rollback of postal rates and the bi-partisan 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which created the congressionally-manufactured financial crisis being used to choke the Postal Service. Continue reading

Video: Neighbors not getting mail, medication; USPS says road isn’t safe to turn around

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) — One is sick; the other elderly. Both rely on the mail for their medication. But about two weeks ago, they said it stopped.

The U.S. Postal Service said Briggs Drive in Harriman is not safe for a mail carrier to turn around.

BriggsDrive“It’s terribly frustrating because no one else has a problem getting in or out of here,” said Mike Crow, who lives in one of the homes not getting mail, he said, adding UPS and FedEx have no trouble getting to the homes.

“The street hasn’t changed in over 56 years. The only thing that’s changed has been the postal carrier,” Crow said.

Source: Neighbors not getting mail, medication; U.S.P.S. says road isn’t safe to turn around

U.S. Postal Service honors Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Indian Embassy in New York City.

diwaliThe stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, it is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Before the festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, create intricate rangoli — a vibrant floor pattern traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, colored sand and flower petals — and light diyas with hopes that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit. In some regions of India, people play games, just as Hindu lore says that the god Shiva did. On the festive main day of the holiday, families pray for Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, enjoy lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light fireworks. Diwali also marks the new year for people in Gujarat and a few other states of India.

Sally Andersen-Bruce of New Milford, CT, photographed the diya. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp and William J. Gicker of Washington, DC, service as the project’s art director.

The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will also be equal in value to the current First Class Mail 1-ounce price.

The Postal Service receives approximately 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas annually from the public.  Stamp subjects are reviewed by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. Of that, approximately 25 topic suggestions for commemorative stamps are selected by the Committee for the Postmater General’s approval.

Video: Neighborhood surprises mailman after lightning strike fire

A postal worker is thankful for the people on his route after they surprised him with gifts several times over.

harold-chandlerHarold Chandler delivers for the United States Postal Service in Summerville, but the father of three nearly lost everything when his home in Goose Creek home was struck by lightning and caught on fire in July.

Neighbors in the Legend Oaks community in Summerville heard what happened to their beloved mailman’s home and knew they had to something.

The United States Postal Service does not allow employees to collect ‘tips’ but made an exception for Harold after Legend Oaks residents asked.

If you would like to help the Chandler family click here.

Source: Neighborhood surprises mailman after lightning strike fire | WCBD News 2

Video: Worst post office in NYC? Customers wait for hours at Flatbush Station

bushwick_post_office_line_0822NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Customers wait for hours every day at the Flatbush Station post office in Brooklyn, and some call it the worst post office in all of New York City. As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, customers Monday were demanding answers about the delays.

Things can get heated inside the Church Avenue post office. Patience is tested as customers often wait for more than an hour for a package.

“Everybody’s waiting on line just to get their package,” a customer said.One man even brought his own chair for his stay.

“I went for an hour – just stood in for an hour,” said Jet Jeudine.“Most times, maybe an hour plus,” said Joy O’Connor.

Source: Why Are Lines So Long At Bushwick Post Office? « CBS New York

USPS manager saves rural carrier’s life

From USPS News Link:

Customer Services Manager Shane McLaughlin was recently helping a supervisor at a Post Office in the Omaha, NE, area resolve an issue when a life-threatening problem arose: A rural carrier in the building was choking.

heimlich4_xp-blog427McLaughlin called 911 and performed the Heimlich maneuver until the obstructing food item was dislodged.

The rural carrier recovered.“We are sincerely thankful that Shane acted quickly to save a fellow employee’s life,” said Omaha Postmaster Keith Reid.

Source: Shane McLaughlin, Omaha, NE | USPS News Link