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NALC: over 1,500 CCAs converted to full-time career status

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From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

Nov. 9, 2013–Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies–City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2.

While the exact number of conversions that took place on Nov. 2 has not yet been finalized, NALC estimates that somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 CCAs, most of whom had served multiple years as transitional employees (TEs) prior to becoming CCAs, were converted to full-time career status to fill vacant full-time letter carrier jobs.

Those who served as former TEs directly before their CCA appointments will not serve a probationary period as full-time career letter carriers (see M-01826).

As vacancies continue to be filled through the steps in M-01824, more CCA conversions should take place in the coming weeks and months.

 

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USPS Board Meeting, Annual Financial Results Briefing next Friday

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet Nov. 15 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to order and remarks of the Chairman of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of minutes of previous meetings
  4. Committee reports
  5. FY 2013 10-K and financial statements
  6. FY 2014 Integrated Financial Plan and Financing Resolution
  7. FY 2015 appropriations request
  8. Quarterly service performance report
  9. Approval of Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
  10. Tentative agenda for the Dec. 10, 2013 meeting
  11. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors
  12. Adjourn

Open session meetings of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

CFO Briefing
Following the Board’s open meeting on Nov. 15, Postmaster General & CEO Patrick Donahoe and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 1 p.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

How to Participate:
Important Notice: The procedure to join the briefing has changed. To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the link www.webex.com/lp/jointest/ 

Attendee Direct URL:  https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=993503302

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate login below:
Alternate URL:  https://usps.webex.com
Event Number:  993 503 302

To join by phone only, dial (855) 293-5496 and enter conference ID: 93813849.

The briefing will also be available on live audio webcast (listen only) at:
http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/cfo/welcome.htm.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

 

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Video: Woman Claims Letter Carrier To Blame For Dog's Death

collieBALDWIN (KDKA) — Elijah Jordan, known to the neighborhood as “E.J.” was a handsome guy, but the 4-year-old Collie meant the most to Pam Grace.

“He was my life,” said Grace. “He was my baby. And he’s not with me anymore.”

Last Tuesday afternoon, about 4:30 p.m., a new mail carrier who’d only only been on the job for a month, was delivering letters off her customary route on Willett Road in Baldwin.

Read more: Woman Claims Letter Carrier To Blame For Dog’s Death « CBS Pittsburgh.

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Ex-policeman Glenn Mayo rifled through greetings cards in hunt for cash at Royal Mail depot in Canterbury

A police officer-turned-postman stole hundreds of pounds from greetings cards to feed his gambling addiction.

While working for the Royal Mail in Canterbury, Glenn Mayo ripped open as many as 238 postal packets and pocketed more than £400.

The 40-year-old grandfather, who claimed he had racked up gambling debts of £80,000, appeared at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court.

Read more: Ex-policeman Glenn Mayo rifled through greetings cards in hunt for cash at Royal Mail depot in Canterbury.

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Light-fingered Harlow postman admits theft charges

A POSTMAN who stole various items from parcels in Harlow and damaged a door window belonging to Royal Mail.

Barry Fitzgerald, 53, of Bromley Close, admitted criminal damage and four other charges but sentencing was postponed today (Wednesday November 6) at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.

Fitzgerald was remanded for a pre-sentence report until November 27 on unconditional bail.

Read more: Light-fingered Harlow postman admits theft charges | Latest Harlow news headlines.

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MP Blasts Canada Post

Canada Post has told residents around Bass Lake, southeast of Wiarton, that it will end mail box delivery service, and put a community mailbox up.

That has raised the ire of several residents in Georgian Bluffs who feel it puts them at risk, because the community mailbox would be on a very busy roadway.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller says the Corporation’s claim that the move is based on safety concerns expressed by drivers, is simply bogus.

Read more: News Centre.

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American Express signs up to use Canada Post digital mailbox

Canada Post has signed credit card giant American Express up to use its digital mail service, epost, to communicate with customers.

From this week American Express cardholders in Canada will be able to receive their monthly bills in their free epost digital mailbox.

Read more: American Express signs up to use Canada Post digital mailbox « Post & Parcel.

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At Swearing-In Ceremony: Dimondstein Issues Call For a 'Grand Alliance'

APWU News Bulletin 21-2013, Nov. 7, 2013 | PDF

In an impassioned speech before more than 1,000 union members, the newly-elected president of the American Postal Workers Union, Mark Dimondstein, issued a call for a “grand alliance” to save the USPS as a public postal service and to protect postal jobs.

“History shows that movements move Congress,” Dimondstein said. “Movements create legislative victories.”

“Writing to Congress is important,” he declared, “but it is not enough. Lobbying for legislation is important, but it is not enough.” To succeed, postal workers must build a movement, he said.

“When the Flint sit-down strikers occupied a General Motors plant in the 1930s, labor law reform was won. When women took to the streets to demand the right to vote, they won. When courageous civil rights workers fought segregation with sit-ins and boycotts, the 1964 Civil Rights Act followed,” Dimondstein said.

“History shows that movements move Congress. Movements create legislative victories, not the other way around,” he said.

“We must build a grand alliance between the people of this country and postal workers,” he proclaimed. “We must mobilize our allies and their organizations, including seniors, retirees, civil rights organizations, veterans groups, the labor movement, community and faith-based organizations, the Occupy movement, and business groups in defense of America’s right to vibrant public postal services,” he said.

The labor movement is in dire straits, Dimondstein acknowledged. “Anything that stands for the public good — public libraries, public education, public utilities, public transportation and public postal services — is under severe attack, as are public workers and our unions.”

But postal workers are not alone, he said. Public workers in Wisconsin stood up and fought back, he noted. “Wal-Mart workers are stirring. Fast food workers are demanding a living wage.”

“A revitalized labor movement is indeed possible,” he declared, as he urged union members to join together to defend a public Postal Service and good union jobs.

Eighty APWU national officers were sworn in on Nov. 7. Their three-year terms begin Nov. 12.

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Wisconsin PMR charged with mail theft

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Katie Dassow, 26, Saint Germain, Wis., is charged with removing articles contained in a letter intended to be conveyed by mail, while a U.S. Postal Service employee. The indictment alleges that she committed the theft from a piece of mail on June 8, 2013.

If convicted, Dassow faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

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Florida postal worker arrested on mail, credit card fraud charges

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Thursday announced the arrest of a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier accused of stealing credit cards from eight people and using the cards to make purchases totaling $13,981.

Alzet Parker, 51, of West Palm Beach, was arrested Oct. 30 on charges of mail fraud and credit card fraud. The case was handed over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for prosecution, according to a Sheriff’s Office probable cause affidavit.

Read more: U.S. Post Office: Alzet Parker, a 20-year postal worker, was arrested by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on mail fraud and credit card fraud charges. – Sun Sentinel.