California letter carrier's attention to detail helps customer

From USPS News Link:

San Francisco Letter Carrier Richard Cairo was delivering mail when he noticed several irregularities in the normal schedule of an elderly customer. Throughout the day, he noticed the mail had not been collected and the customer’s garbage cans were still in front of his house.

When Cairo found out from a neighbor that the man also had not attended his daily exercise activity, he decided to call the police.

After a brief investigation, one of the police officers who responded to Cairo’s call for help heard a faint cry for help coming from inside the house. The police officers entered the house and found the 92-year-old resident lying on the kitchen floor and in need of medical attention.

After a brief hospital stay, the elderly man has recovered, thanks to Cairo’s help.

Chicago Postal Workers To Protest Outsourcing of USPS Services to Staples

Hundreds of Chicago Postal Workers,
Joined by Labor and Community Activists,
Protest Outsourcing of U.S. Post Office Services to Staples

Message to Staples: Staff Postal Counters with Postal Employees

Members of the American Postal Workers Union from the Chicago area, joined by hundreds of labor and community activists, will protest on Saturday, April 5, in Elmwood Park, against a deal between the U.S. Postal Service and Staples to move mail services into Staples stores.

Who:     APWU President Mark Dimondstein, hundreds of APWU members, labor and community activists from the Chicago-area and across the nation

What:    Protest against USPS’ outsourcing of services

When:   Saturday, April 5, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:  Elmwood Park Staples Store – 1850 N Harlem Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707

In October, the USPS announced a no-bid, sweetheart deal to open postal counters in more than 80 Staples stores. The Staples postal counters are less secure than public post offices and they are staffed with low-wage Staples employees.

The U.S. Postal Service and Staples plan to expand this “pilot” project to 1,500 Staples locations nationwide, while the USPS eliminates public post offices.

The Elmwood Park protest is the latest in a series of protests by postal workers and supporters against Staples’ program.

“This is a bad deal for consumers, for workers and for the country,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “It makes no sense to transfer critical public services to a private, for-profit company that has closed 159 stores in the past year and recently announced it will close 225 more stores by the end of next year.”

“Instead of using public resources to bail out a struggling company, the USPS should use its unmatched nationwide network of people and facilities to take advantage of new opportunities such as package delivery for e-commerce sales and offering new services — like low-cost basic banking — that meet the needs of American consumers.”

“As a nation, we need to decide what kind of Postal Service we want,” he said. “Are we going to have a vibrant, modern, public mail system, or are we going to let privatizers kill this great institution?”

“If we’re going to have mini-Post Offices in Staples stores, they should be operated by uniformed postal employees, who have taken an oath and are accountable to the American people.”

Postal workers and supporters are planning for a National Day of Action with scores of protests planned for April 24 at Staples stores across the country. For more information, consumers can text “postal” to 91990, or visit StopStaples.com

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The American Postal Workers Union represents 200,000 employees of the United States Postal Service, and is affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

 

Police: Hunt continues for suspect in Flippin Post Office burglary

Investigators are still looking for whoever broke into the Flippin Post Office on March 27, according to Cpt. Bill Hilligoss of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

When the break-in occurred, Flippin Police Chief Dusty Smith said the person who committed the crime knew what they were after and where to find it.

“It appeared to be a person who knew what they were after,” Smith said. “It appeared to be a more organized thing than a random thing.”

Read more: Police: Hunt continues for suspect in Flippin Post Office burglary | The Baxter Bulletin | baxterbulletin.com.

USPS, Postmasters continue talks on POStPLAN implementation

From NAPUS:

napusThe Postal Service and NAPUS President, Tony Leonardi along with League President, Mark Strong continue to discuss final POStPLAN implementation.

Post Offices were scheduled to be notified of their daily earned workhours using FY 2013 data by close of PQ II (03/31/2014). The delay in notification by Postal Service was due to ongoing discussions and validation of data.

A determination and timeline on implementation is expected soon. We will update our website when information is finalized.

NAPUS

 

APWU: PSEs Should Beware of 'Voice of Employee' Surveys

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APWU Web News Article #060-14, April 3, 2014

Postal Support Employees should beware of management’s latest ploy, union leaders are warning: Beginning in April, the Postal Service plans to ask non-career employees to take Voice of the Employee (VOE) surveys.

Management is after a lot more than meets the eye, according to APWU Executive Vice President Debby Szeredy. “What management won’t tell you is that historically the USPS has used the Voice of the Employee data against workers at the negotiating table,” she said. The surveys have been a point of contention between the USPS and APWU since 1998, when management first cited survey data during bargaining; the APWU National Executive Board responded by adopting a resolution opposing “the use of surveys, focus groups, polls, audits, as a means of interviewing employees and union officials to evaluate job-related and internal issues.” Continue reading

UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker's Firing

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Two hundred fifty employees of the United Parcel Service (UPS) walked off the job for 90 minutes in February to protest the firing of one of their coworkers, Jairo Reyes. Reyes had driven for the company for over 20 years, and they felt his firing (which occurred after a complicated saga over the hours that senior UPS workers could hold) was unfair.

This week, all of those employees were given a pink slip, New York Daily News reports. “They just called me in … (and) said, ‘Effective immediately, you are no longer on the payroll,'” one UPS employee told the outlet.

Read more: UPS Fires 250 Drivers After They Protested A Coworker's Firing | ThinkProgress.