USPS reports end of fiscal year results: $1.2 billion operating profit

  • Net Loss of $5.1 Billion; Controllable Income of $1.2 Billion
  • Revenue of $68.9 Billion for Fiscal Year 2015, Up 1.6 percent
  • Shipping and Packages Services Revenues Up 11.4 percent

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015). The net loss is largely due to certain statutorily mandated payments over which the Postal Service has no control. Notwithstanding the loss, total revenue was $68.9 billion for the year, an increase of approximately $1.1 billion from 2014.

2015fin“We achieved controllable income in excess of $1 billion for the second consecutive fiscal year giving us some limited flexibility to make critical investments in the future of the organization,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “To maintain this success we will need to continue our efforts to grow the business and drive operational efficiencies. However, we will also need the enactment of legislation that makes our retiree health benefit system affordable and that provides increased pricing and product flexibility.” Continue reading

Contract Driver Charged With Mail Theft

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a Luzerne County man has been charged with stealing mail from multiple United States Post Offices.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Steven Dubravski, Sr., age 55, of Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, is charged with theft of mail in a Criminal Information filed today in the United States District Court in Scranton. Dubravski was employed by a trucking company and was responsible for picking up and delivering mail for United States Post Offices in Luzerne County. It is alleged that Dubravski stole cash and other items of value from inside multiple mail items intended for delivery to postal customers. The amount of loss is approximately $2,800. The thefts are alleged to have occurred from March 2013 through March 2014. Dubravski was fired by his employer after the company learned what had happened.

uspsoigThe government has filed a plea agreement with the defendant which is subject to the approval of the Court.

No date has been scheduled as yet for a hearing in the case.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

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 guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing guidelines.

Theft of mail is punishable by up to 5 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 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.

Video: Tennessee homeowner says postal worker manhandled his mail

CORDOVA, Tenn. — A Cordova homeowner said his postman manhandled his mail, and he said he has the whole thing on video to prove it.

The man did not want to be identified but said he does want the post office to take action.

His security camera caught video of when his mailman came to deliver a package. The mailman tries to fit the box inside the mailbox, but when it will not fit, he chucks it at the door.

“It sounded like someone kicked my front door,” the homeowner said.

Source: Video: Cordova homeowner says postal worker manhandled his mail | WREG.com

Video: Frustration mounts as lines stretch over two hours at one Las Vegas PO

The post office on North Tenaya near Smoke Ranch is still having problems getting people in and out quickly. Some customers Tuesday waited more than two hours for registered or held mail. One man waited nearly three and a half hours to pick up three small packages. “It’s ridiculous,” Linda Plackowski said. “Their customer service system sucks.” Plackowski waited an hour Monday before having to leave for an appointment. She spent two hours in line Tuesday.

Source: You Ask. We Investigate: Frustration mounts as post office lines stretch over two hours – Story

Video: Santa Fe woman says USPS worker drove through her yard

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe woman says a United States Postal Service worker drove right through her yard, parallel to her marked driveway, on Sunday causing damage.

“I have a perfectly fine driveway here to drive on, why would you drive down my yard?” Jennifer Browne, who lives in the Eldorado neighborhood, said.

She can’t understand why it happened.“I mean yes, it’s inappropriate, but mostly it’s just unnecessary,” she said.

It happened on Sunday around 3:50 p.m. Browne knows that because her tracking number told her what time her Amazon package was dropped off.

Source: Santa Fe woman: USPS worker drove through my yard | KRQE News 13

APWU Executive Board Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

The APWU National Executive Board voted on Nov. 5 to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. “Politics as usual has not worked,” said President Mark Dimondstein. “Enough is enough!” The endorsement follows Sanders’ rousing speech before 2,000 activists at the union’s All-Craft Conference in late October.

“We should judge candidates not by their political party, not by what they say, not by what we think they stand for, but by what they do,” Dimondstein said.

“Applying that criteria, Sen. Bernie Sanders stands above all others as a true champion of postal workers and other workers throughout the country,” he said.

“Sen. Sanders opposes the consolidation of mail processing facilities and fought successfully to keep the Vermont White River Junction center open,” Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy pointed out.

“He is a fierce advocate of postal reform to address the cause of the USPS financial crisis, an outspoken opponent of USPS policy that degrades mail service. He fought the close of post offices and spearheaded the effort to pass a ‘sense of the Senate’ resolution to restore service standards, which was approved by a vote of 85-11,” Dimondstein said.

“Bernie Sanders doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk. He is a leader in the fight to protect our public Postal Service,” he added.

“Bernie Sanders has blocked the slate of nominees to the postal Board of Governors that includes the ‘king of postal privatizers’ James Miller and payday lending industry lobbyist Mickey Barnett,” Dimondstein said. “He staunchly opposes postal privatization, and supports enhanced postal services, including postal banking.”

More Than Postal Issues

Sanders’ commitment to working people extends far beyond postal employees, Dimondstein pointed out. “No other candidate has his record of standing with workers on picket lines, fighting for a $15 per hour minimum wage, for free public college tuition, and advocating for veterans’ benefits.

“No other candidate has his record of fighting to defend and expand Social Security, promoting ‘Medicare for all,’ and opposing ‘fast track trade authority’ and rotten deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“No other candidate has his record of exposing the rule of the billionaire class,” he said. “Sanders is refusing all corporate money. He doesn’t have a ‘super-PAC,’ and he doesn’t hire polling firms to help draft election-time promises,” Dimondstein noted.

“Sen. Sanders was a champion of workers’ rights long before he became a candidate for president,” said Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell. “Like the APWU, he is a firm believer in social and economic justice for all.”

“Our union is made up of people from all walks of life with many different political beliefs, and I fully respect that fact,” Dimondstein said.

“Sanders’ message coincides with the APWU’s core principles, as expressed in our constitution and by delegates to our national conventions,” he added.

From Enthusiasm to Building a Movement

“It’s little wonder that in a period of massive income inequality the Sanders campaign has generated so much excitement and drawn such huge crowds,” Dimondstein said.

“But Sen. Sanders is the first to point out that without a powerful mass movement, electing one individual – even the most righteous – will not defeat the corporate powers that exert so much control over our lives.

“I urge APWU members to join the ‘political revolution’ and get involved in the campaign – to volunteer, sign up for Labor for Bernie, and help elect Sen. Bernie Sanders President!”

 

Transgender employees at center of controversy over restroom at Pittsburgh post office

PITTSBURGH —Members of the clerks union at the post office on the city’s North Side have voiced their concerns to management about transgender women using the ladies’ restroom.

It is a matter that drew the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under the Department of Labor.

None of the postal employees involved in the dispute would talk publicly but the dispute is confirmed by their respective unions, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, representing the transgender women and the Postal Workers Union, representing female employees.

Read more: Transgender employees at center of controversy over restroom at North Side post office | Local News – WTAE Home

Pitney Bowes expands presort network through acquisition of Zip Mail Services

pitney_bowes_logo_detailStamford, CT, November 10, 2015 – Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today announced the successful completion of its acquisition of Zip Mail Services, Inc., a presort services provider in the Midwest. The acquisition, will result in new Pitney Bowes Presort Services Operating Centers in Chicago and St. Louis and an expanded client-base in Detroit.

“This acquisition strengthens our national network of Presort Services Operating Centers. It will allow us to provide mailing solutions to a number of new clients and to expand relationships with existing clients,” said Debbie Pfeiffer, president, Pitney Bowes Presort Services. “We look forward to helping businesses in Chicago, St. Louis and throughout the Midwest manage postage costs, compliance issues and the mission-critical communications that their success depends on.”

Pitney Bowes’ Presort Services enable high-volume mailers to achieve:

  • Reduced postage costs. Pitney Bowes’ national network of operating centers, state of the art software and technology, and innovative sorting solutions enable businesses to optimize their postage spend.
  • Operational cost savings. Mailers choosing Pitney Bowes Presort Services can reduce overhead and mail-processing costs, while redeploying resources to more revenue-generating business initiatives.
  • Faster, more predictable in-home delivery. Pitney Bowes sorts mail closer to its final destination, resulting in more predictable and consistent in-home delivery. Pitney Bowes also offers Full Service Intelligent Mail Barcode Tracking.
  • Quality assurance. Pitney Bowes’ Total Quality Management (TQM) process and dedicated Quality Assurance teams meet the highest industry standards.
  • Security, visibility and control throughout the mailstream. Through IntellliVIEW® Pitney Bowes provides a secure website with the ability to track mail during presort services processing and throughout the USPS network.

Pitney Bowes Presort Services partners with clients to capture significant postage discounts on outbound customer communications while helping to manage complex USPS® regulations. Presort Service’s operational expertise, coupled with state-of-the-art technology and a national network of more than 30 operating centers enable it to provide outstanding services to some of the most successful banks, insurers, healthcare and telecommunications companies in the world. Presort Services processes more than 14 billion pieces of mail annually and is the largest certified work-share partner of the USPS®.

“Our increased presence in the Midwest will improve both postage costs and delivery standards enabling more businesses to benefit from a network and infrastructure designed to optimize their mailing operations,” Pfeiffer said. “We are excited to deliver more value to our clients through our Midwest expansion.”

Missouri: Former Postal Worker Pleads Guilty to Stealing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former employee at the North Kansas City, Mo., post office pleaded guilty in federal court today to stealing money from a cash drawer.

Jacob Crisp, 24, formerly of Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to misappropriating federal postal funds.

Crisp was a sales and service distribution associate working at the front counter of the North Kansas City, Mo., post office. From June 3, 2013, to Feb. 11, 2014, Crisp embezzled money from the Postal Service by not properly recording stamp sales with customers. He falsely reported voided and no-sale transactions, and did not report other stamp sales with customers, thereby reducing the amount of cash he remitted in his daily deposits. This allowed him to embezzle the money paid by customers for post office products, including stamps.

uspsoigCrisp estimated that beginning in October 2013, he stole approximately two to three times per week, about $200 per week, which the government contends totaled $5,040 worth of retail transactions.

Crisp was observed on video conducting sales transactions, but hitting the “void” key so that the sale wasn’t recorded in the computer terminal. Crisp was also observed on video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in his pocket.

Under federal statutes, Crisp is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel M. Nelson. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.

Video: USPS temporarily stops delivering mail to Tulsa neighborhood because of ‘aggressive dog’

The U.S. Postal Service has temporarily stopped delivering mail to a neighborhood in north Tulsa.

Representatives with USPS said it’s unsafe right now for their mail carriers to go to the homes in the 200 and 300 blocks of North Tacoma Avenue. They said an aggressive dog is running loose in that area.

“The more I hear about it, I hear it’s a very aggressive dog,” neighbor Sue Garner said. “I wouldn’t want anyone to be attacked or mauled trying to deliver mail.”

A few days passed before Garner or anyone in the neighborhood became concerned that their mailboxes remained empty. A neighbor said the USPS told him that a dog running loose in the neighborhood put the mail carriers at risk, so delivery would end at least for the time being.

Source: U.S. Postal Service temporarily stops delivering mail to neighborhood because of ‘aggressive dog’ – KJRH.com