Former Fort Wayne IN APWU local president pleads guilty to embezzlement

On June 11, 2015, in the United States Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Pamela Nessen, former President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU) Local 286 (located in Fort Wayne, Ind.), pled guilty to one count of embezzling union funds in the amount of $58,598, in violation of 29 U.S.C. 501(c). The plea follows an investigation by the Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards Chicago District Office.

Why India Post could become e-commerce’s most potent delivery partner

Sharadamani Amma, an 87-year-old great grandmother, remembers a time when the sight of mail runners would cause a great deal of excitement in the small Kerala village she grew up in. The appearance of these postal employees, who carried mail between post offices on foot, meant a letter or money order or, god forbid, a telegram—a sure sign of ill news.

But those days are long gone. The postmen are no longer held in high regard in most of the country, and few in the current generation would have even stepped into a post office, at least in urban India.

New age e-commerce companies want to change this. The likes of Amazon and Snapdeal already have pilot projects running with India Post, while newspaper reports suggest that Flipkart is set to follow suit.

But what makes India Post, seen by many as a relic of a bygone era, so attractive to these online portals? Read more: Why India Post could become e-commerce’s most potent delivery partner

The scale of India’s Postal Network

TSP to change default fund from G to L for new participants

From NAPS:

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (Agency) proposes to amend its regulations at 5 CFR parts 1600, 1601, and 1651 to change the default investment fund for certain participants in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP).

The proposed regulation would (1) change the TSP’s default investment fund from the G Fund to the age-appropriate L Fund for certain participants, and (2) provide for a notification of investment risk before enrollment or as soon as practicable thereafter for participants whose default investment fund is the age-appropriate L Fund.  The bill has an effective date of 9 months after the date of enactment (September 2015). To read the Federal Register posting on this matter, click here.

Source: The National Association of Postal Supervisors

USPS and Sweden Post to Jointly Issue Ingrid Bergman Stamp

Ingrid Bergman StampWASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service and Posten AB of Sweden announced today that award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman will be honored as the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series.

The stamp will be issued jointly by the Postal Service and Sweden Post and go on sale Aug. 20. Special ceremonies will be held later.

The stamp art features a circa 1940 image of Bergman taken by Laszlo Willinger, known for his portraits of celebrities. Artist Kristen Monthei digitally colorized the image. Monthei also colorized the selvage photograph, a still of Bergman from Casablanca. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp pane.

Bergman lit up the silver screen for decades, starring in a variety of European and American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for best actress. She is best remembered for her timeless portrayals of Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942); Paula Alquist in Gaslight (1944); Anna Koreff in Anastasia (1956); and Alicia Huberman inNotorious (1946).

Bergman joins Marilyn Monroe, Humphrey Bogart, Alfred Hitchcock, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Bette Davis, among many others, with a Legends of Hollywood stamp in her honor.

 

Video: Kentucky post office hit by car

BELL CO., ky (WYMT) – Workers at a Bell County post office have some cleaning up to do.

Officials with the Bell County Sheriff’s Department believe a car crashed into the Arjay Post Office, and left the scene.

We’re told the crash happened early Wednesday morning.

One witness says she heard a loud noise around 7 a.m.

We’re told police believe they know who hit the building.

Source: Arjay Post Office hit by car

Deliv Acquires WeDeliver in Chicago

5d17cfea55f91b075fbf08208068d3d9_400x400MENLO PARK, Calif., June 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Leading same-day delivery company, Deliv, today announced it has acquired WeDeliver, a Chicago-based delivery service that powers same-day delivery for local merchants. With the acquisition, Deliv will deepen its stake in the same-day delivery space as it continues to grow and expand nationally.

Deliv powers same-day delivery for over 250 national retailers, including Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, WilliamsSonoma, Foot Locker and others, and has partnered with the six largest mall operators in the country. The company is experiencing rapid growth with an 800% organic increase in volume from January to June 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Continue reading

Video: USPS resumes mail delivery in Virginia town after TV news report

Campbell County, VA – Mail is back at a local community, but not without some discussion of an on-going issue.

Our investigation into mail not being delivered for an entire neighborhood got results. The Postal Service is back on the job in Holiday Forest. It’s a story ABC 13 first told you about Tuesday night at 11.

In an email, USPS corporate communications Tad Kelley confirmed what many in the small community hoped all along: mail is back.

“The roads seem to have been attended to,” read the statement. “We regret any inconvenience to our customers, however, we must ensure safety for our employees as we fulfill our mission of delivery.”

Several residents in this community, including the president of the Homeowner’s Association says work was not done on any of the roads since mail delivery stopped last Friday or after our story. Continue reading

TISA: Another Secret Trade Deal Threatens Public Postal Service, Workers

From the American Postal Workers Union:

A trade deal the U.S. is negotiating behind closed doors with 50 other countries threatens the future of public- and private-sector services, including the U.S. Postal Service.

Little is known about the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA), because talks have been taking place in secret between the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Taiwan, Columbia, Costa Rica, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and 28 member states of the European Union since 2012.

Because TISA is shrouded in secrecy, the public has to rely on leaked documents for insight into its provisions. Based on the little information that is available, there is reason for serious concern. Continue reading

APWU: Public Service + Profits: They Don’t Add Up

apwudefault4(This article first appeared in the July-August 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

Every day we hear that government doesn’t work and that it costs too much. Business, we’re told, is more efficient and more effective.

We’re told this is true of the Postal Service as well. Companies like FedEx and UPS could do it better, we continually hear.

But the truth is that corporate CEOs are salivating over the thought of carving up the profitable parts of postal operations and leaving the unprofitable service obligations to whatever is left of the Postal Service.

They are using familiar arguments: Private corporations can do the Postal Service’s job more efficiently and generate a profit. Continue reading

Video: Citing safety, USPS halts delivery to residents of Virginia town- but UPS carries on

Campbell County, VA –  Mail carriers deal with all the elements: snow, rain and even the heat.Most of the time nothing keeps them from getting through. But in one community, the road is getting the blame.

It’s a road rarely traveled in Campbell County: Mount Vista Drive, with gravel and road at its surface. Dane and Mary Beth Thompson drive it everyday.

“I haven’t had a problem going down with the exception of three or four inches of snow,” said Dane Thompson.

Residents say they received a letter in their mailbox Friday. It reads, “your mail will be held at the Post Office until streets are fixed, due to safety.”

It’s not just on Mount Vista. Residents on Cresthill Road, Nighthawk Road and Kingswood Lane in the Holiday Forest area, also say they aren’t getting mail.

“Yes,” said Steve Romnie, a resident on Cresthill Road, when asked if he feels the roads are safe. “Yes they are.”

“[The Post Office is saying] that it’s not safe, not safe for the mail delivery person. But what is not safe about it?” questioned Dane Thompson.

Tad Kelley, corporate communications with the US Postal Service, says he will look into the issue.

At this time, it appears to be just a Post Office issue. While out on Mount Vista Road Tuesday afternoon, ABC 13 saw a UPS truck driving up and down the road earlier.

WSET.com – ABC13

Source: Delivery Halted: Residents Say No Mail For Days – WSET.com – ABC13