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Robbery at Falls Church, Virginia Post Office

From the Fairfax County VA Police:

Mason Police District – Officers responded to a Seven Corners Post Office located at 6375 Seven Corners Center for the report of a robbery on Thursday, July 18 shortly after 11 a.m. Two men entered the Post Office; one jumped the counter and demanded money from a 55-year-old, female employee. The second suspect displayed a handgun and stood near an exit inside the building. They fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Two adults experienced undisclosed medical issues during the robbery and were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital in non life-threatening condition.

Both suspects were described as black, 19-25 years old, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and very thin. Both wore masks over their faces; one light, one dark. The suspect who jumped over the counter was thought to be wearing a dark shirt and blue jeans.

This case is being investigated jointly by the Fairfax County Police Department and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The USPIS can be contacted at 1-877-876-2455.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.


NAPUS: Postal Headquarters Meets With Management Associations

napusLeaders of the three management associations continue to meet with Postal Headquarters officials concerning the Fiscal Year 2014 Unit Goals. Headquarters has committed to work with the associations in an effort to ensure that the Unit Goals will be finalized by the beginning of Fiscal Year 2014. Postmaster Pay For Performance (PFP) ratings wil be applied to salary determinations for FY 2014 and FY 2015. A decision on PFP ratings applications to salaries for FY 2013 has not yet been determined.

Discussions with postal leaders also included OIC opportunities for POStPlan impacted Postmasters to vacant level 18 postions. These assingments should provide the impacted Postmasters with the needed experience to better qualify for vacant level 18 positions prior to the RIF effective date next year. Additonal discussions on POStPlan impacted Postmasters who will face possible RIF separations will continue between the Postmaster organizations and Postal Headquarters.

House Postal Hearing Update

On July 17, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducted a hearing on postal relief legislation, at which NAPUS offered testimony. In addition, the Committee intends to vote on a postal bill next Wednesday, July 24.

Additional details on the hearing and the full testimony of all witnesses can be found at the NAPUS Legislative News link –

Charlie Moser
July 18, 2013



MP Reassures Labrador Customers on Canada Post Concerns

Canada Post says there will be no post office closures in Labrador, and it will prioritize and address concerns from people in the area. That’s according to Labrador MP Yvonne Jones, who met with Canada Post executives last week.

Read more: VOCM.COM|MP Reassures Labrador Customers on Canada Post Concerns | Article.


Video More heat for letter carriers- GPS

Part 2: Mail carriers feel more heat from GPS

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The United States Postal Service is in the process of handing out more tracking devices which carriers take as more pressure on top of the heat wave.

Drew Heinig is one day away from becoming a full-fledged mail carrier. He’s so new he still wears plain clothes when delivering the mail, but he’s been doing the job long enough to know there’s pressure to complete routes in a pre-determined amount of time regardless of the heat.

"We are definitely on a time constraint everyday. We get a set amount of time to finish our routes," he told 2 NEWS Investigates.

Read more: Mail carriers feel more heat from GPS.


PMG will visit North Dakota next month to address service issues

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will visit North Dakota in August to ensure mail service is adequately serving rural communities, including western North Dakota.

“We’re pleased Postmaster Donahoe has agreed to visit North Dakota to see firsthand the impact of economic and population growth in the western part of our state,” Hoeven said. “Those growing communities are in need of reliable and timely postal services now more than ever.”

Donahoe said he has directed staff in the Sioux Falls regional office to work specifically on recruiting additional employees at competitive pay levels, and has a person working full-time to meet the staffing needs in North Dakota.

Additionally, service at certain rural postal facilities will be maintained with window service and pick up hours using timer locks as needed to enable residents to pick up mail conveniently after-hours.

The senator supported the 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2012, comprehensive reform legislation that sought to develop a thoughtful plan to restore the U.S. Postal Service to solvency while preserving delivery service standards.


Greeting Card group responds to Issa's latest postal bill

gcaWashington, D.C., July 19 – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) issued the following statement reacting to H.R. 2748, the Postal Reform Act of 2013, introduced by Congressman Darrell Issa today:

“We agree with Congressman Issa that Postal Service reform is critical and are heartened to see legislative movement on this important issue,” said Rafe Morrissey, GCA Vice President of Postal Affairs. “We remain committed to commonsense reform of the Postal Service, however, that maintains universal service and affordable rates. We are concerned that Congressman Issa’s bill, while making some positive reforms, still insists on cutting essential services like Saturday delivery. Our recently released report shows that the need to cut such services or raise rates simply does not exist, laying out over 100 different proposals that would put the Postal Service on a path to solvency.” Read More


Was postman who died in 27C heat forced to do round because Royal Mail were short-staffed?

A postman who collapsed and died while delivering mail during the heatwave had been forced to work because Royal Mail were short-staffed, a colleague has claimed.Father-of-two Graham Bennett, 47, keeled over beside a block of flats as he made deliveries in temperatures which reached up to 27 degrees in Lincoln on Monday.Local residents desperately tried to resuscitate him and dialled 999 but he died a short time later.Today, a colleague claimed that Mr Bennett had been forced to go out hand-delivering post because Royal Mail did not have enough staff.

Read more: UK heatwave deaths: Postman collapses and dies on round and sunbather plunges to his death from roof | Mail Online.


Video: Michigan USPS to review safety procedures after pit bull attacks

ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI


(07/18/13) – A rash of pit bull attacks in our state has the United States Postal Service in Michigan reviewing their safety procedures.

Three attacks happened this week alone – one of them in Flint.

On this hot summer day in Flint, the sound of kids playing in the front yards of homes is a familiar sound. But on this day, parents in the 2400 block of Missouri are extra watchful.

Monday afternoon, the United States Postal service says one of their female letter carriers was attacked by a neighborhood pit bill.

Read more: Michigan USPS to review safety procedures after pit bull attacks – ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI.


Video: Dayton area carriers collapse in the heat and fear discipline

Mail carriers feel the heat

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Chris Smith has been delivering the mail for eight years. He said he’s been in the hospital several times with heat exhaustion.

“I’ll cool myself down take a few extra minutes in between stops, cool myself down and get prepared for the next walking split.,” he said.

By contract, mail carriers are allowed two ten-minute paid breaks and a 30-minute unpaid lunch each day.

The United States Postal Service says it realizes on a week like this one more rest might be required, but mail carriers tell 2 NEWS Investigates they feel pushed to not let the heat slow them down.

Read more: Mail carriers feel the heat.


Operators of Postal Jobs Scheme Banned from Selling Employment Services

Under settlement orders with the Federal Trade Commission announced today, the operators of an alleged federal jobs scam have been banned from selling employment products or services.  Last year, as part of Operation Lost Opportunity, the FTC charged Career Exams, Inc., O’Brien Marketing, Inc., Jeryn B. Lee, and Derek Jackson with running deceptive ads for nonexistent U.S. Postal Service jobs.  The FTC alleged that the defendants lured consumers into paying $120 by representing that Postal Service jobs were available in the consumer’s geographic area.  Instead of jobs, consumers simply received a booklet containing general information about the hiring process for the federal civil service and Postal Service. Read More