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Two Maryland post office managers charged with taking bribes

fbiThe small grassy hill and handful of hedges around the United States post office in Waverly aren’t much to look at. But federal prosecutors allege that for branch manager Richard L. Wright III, the grounds were a cash cow.

Authorities filed criminal complaints against Wright, 46, of Essex, and Kimberly Parnell, 43, the manager of the Pikesville post office branch, accusing them of collectively taking tens of thousands of dollars in kickbacks from landscaping and janitorial contractors who had been paid based on bogus invoices.

From 2007 to February 2013, authorities say, a contractor at the Waverly branch had been paid $419,000 for work that had been partially completed or, more often, not done at all. Prosecutors said the tab was more than $32,000 at Parnell’s Pikesville branch.

Read more: Waverly, Pikesville post office managers charged with taking bribes – baltimoresun.com.

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APWU Members Oust Guffey

Mark Dimondstein was elected the new president of the American Postal Workers Union in a hotly-contested race that ended Oct. 7. His “Members First” team won most of the offices they sought, defeating incumbents.

The exceptions were incumbents Liz Powell, who was re-elected Secretary-Treasurer in a three-way race, and William Kaczor, who was re-elected Health Plan Director. The union mailed 195,509 ballots to union members; 48,909 envelopes were returned.

“I hope everyone will get behind the new administration,” said outgoing President Cliff Guffey. “We have tough times ahead and we’re going to need unity.” Dimondstein was not available for comment.

Running on Dimondstein’s slate and winning were: Debby Szeredy for Executive Vice President, Tony McKinnon for Industrial Relations Director, John Marcotte for Legislative/Political Director, and Anna Smith for Organization Director. Also running with Dimondstein and winning were Kennith Beasley for Southern Region Coordinator and Clint Burelson for Clerk Division Director.

Twenty-four offices were contested, including Maintenance Assistant Director, 11 National Business Agent spots and three Retiree National Convention Delegates.

Unofficial results are posted below. Winners are denoted with an asterisk; incumbent officers are denoted by “(I)” appearing after their name. Certified results are expected in the next several days and will be posted at www.apwu.org. Results also will appear in the next issue of The American Postal Worker.

The newly-elected officers begin three-year terms on Nov. 12. A swearing-in ceremony will be held Nov. 7.


 

Installation of National Officers
Nov. 7, 2013 – Bally’s Las Vegas
In Conjunction with All-Craft Conference

Members and guests are invited to attend the Installation of National Officers on Thursday, Nov. 7, which will be held in conjunction with this year’s All-Craft Conference. The ceremonial affair will feature the swearing-in of new and returning officers. Festivities will begin with a reception at 5 p.m. The Installation of National Officers will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $60 each and may be purchased online at www.apwu.org. The deadline for purchasing tickets and for making payment is Oct. 18. Please note that refunds will not be issued for any reason.

For additional information, please contact Hannah Lively, Executive Assistant to the Secretary-Treasurer, at hlively@apwu.org or 202-842-4205.

 

 

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Video: Teen With Long Rap Sheet Arrested In Florida Mail Carrier Robbery

POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – A 14-year-old boy with 10 outstanding warrants and who is also on probation is now charged with a terrifying armed robbery a month ago of a U.S. postal carrier.

“Imagine how scary it must have been for this postal carrier to be faced by someone wearing mask from the movie “Scream” and also pointing a gun at his face,” said BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

Read more: BSO: Teen With Long Rap Sheet Arrested In Mail Carrier Robbery « CBS Miami.

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Video: Fresno Mail Carrier Fired For Throwing Away Mail About Obamacare

KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) –

A Fresno mail carrier has been fired for throwing away mail. The United States Postal Service says the mailman admitted he threw away letters about “Obamacare.”

People who live at a Central Fresno apartment complex snapped pictures of the inside of the dumpster filled with mail about “Obamacare”. Witnesses say the mail was dumped in the garbage by their mailman.

“He just kept glancing over his shoulder over and over again. It was like he knew what he was doing was wrong,” said witness Jerry Dills.

Dills says he brought the mail that he found in the garbage to his local post office where he filed a formal complaint against the carrier.

Read more: Fresno Mail Carrier Fired For Throwing Away Mail About Obamacare – KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source.

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USPS releases recommended military mailing dates

 USPS has released the recommended mailing dates customers

should follow to make sure members of the armed services and others serving overseas receive holiday packages in time for the holidays.

Military Mail Matters

To ensure timely delivery of holiday packages and cards by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office, or Diplomatic Post Office (APO/FPO/DPO) addresses overseas, customers should follow the instructions on addressing military mail and send no later than the mailing dates listed here.

Packages sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide are eligible for discounted prices. USPS is offering a special rate on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $14.85, which includes a $2 per box discount.

In addition to discounted prices on packages, USPS also offers a free “Military Care Kit” based on the items most frequently requested by military families.

The kit contains: Two Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Boxes, two Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes, Priority Mail tape, Priority Mail address labels and appropriate customs forms.

To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm. Click here to order flat-rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo.

 

 

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Video: Delivering a High Honor to a Postal Worker Turned Hero

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio–Would you know a hero if you saw one? How about if he delivers your mail every single day? One Northeast Ohio postal worker is one of six nationwide letter carriers receiving a 2013 Heroes of the Year Award for going above and beyond the call of duty.The United States Postal Service is known to deliver the mail come rain or shine, snow or sleet. But it appears they deliver much more.

Read more: Delivering a High Honor to a Postal Worker Turned Hero | FOX8.com.

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APWU Election Ballot Count Begins

From the American Postal Workers Union:

Members of the APWU Election Committee collected ballots for the 2013 election of national officers from the designated post office box at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7 and transported them to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Washington DC, where they will be counted.

Voters’ eligibility will be verified and the ballots will be opened, scanned, and tallied by the American Arbitration Association, under the supervision of the Election Committee.

Unofficial results will be posted online as soon as the vote tally begins, and will be updated frequently. Click here to view the results.

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Royal Mail IPO: ministers to increase amount of public shares

From the Guardian:

royalmailThe government will bow to a mounting outcry and ensure the public do not lose out to banks, hedge funds and other financial speculators in the £3bn selloff of Royal Mail shares.

The Guardian understands that ministers are making plans to increase amount of Royal Mail shares available to the public at the expense of those set aside for banks, following overwhelming demand in the biggest privatisation since the sale of the railways in the 1990s.

Michael Fallon, the business minister in charge of the flotation, said he would do all he could to ensure “smaller investors get their fair share”, ahead of Tuesday’s midnight deadline to buy stock.

Read more: Royal Mail IPO: ministers to increase amount of public shares | UK news | The Guardian.

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USPS to destroy "Just Move" stamps over safety concerns

JustMove-Forever-pane15-v3Linn’s Stamp News reports that the US Postal Service will destroy the entire press run of a stamp series aimed at getting children to be more active. According to Linn’s reporter Bill McAllister, three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series raised safety concerns among sports figures on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet. The unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. That was apparently the first time the stamps had been reviewed by the Sports Council.