Colorado postal worker ordered to remove pro-Trump sign from post office

From the US Office of Special Counsel, the agency that enforces the Hatch Act:

A U.S. Postal Service employee in Colorado displayed a “Make America Great Again” – the slogan of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign – behind the desk at the post office. OSC contacted the postmaster of that facility and advised that the Hatch Act prohibited display of the sign. OSC confirmed that the sign was immediately removed from the post office.

Source: Office of Special Counsel

New Jersey Letter Carrier Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Scheme To Steal And Cash Hundreds Of Postal Money Orders


NEWARK, N.J. – A Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 12 months in prison for his role in a scheme to steal and convert hundreds of blank U.S. Postal Service money orders, resulting in nearly $200,000 in losses, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Jonel Normil, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to embezzle, convert to his use and the use of others U.S. Postal Service money orders. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court. Continue reading

USPS previews 2017 stamps


WASHINGTON — What do Love, skywriting, Year of the Rooster, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture all have in common? They are among the subjects of the U.S. Postal Service’s 2017 Stamp program announced today.

For more than 130 years, the Postal Service stamp program has celebrated the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to United States history. The 2017 stamp subjects are in keeping with this rich tradition.

“The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of a few subjects of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps that will have wide appeal to stamp enthusiasts in America and abroad,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Executive Director Mary-Anne Penner. “Stamps are miniature works of art that tell America’s story; this is only the beginning as we will announce more subjects going forward.” Continue reading

FedEx to hike prices 4.9% after holidays, “adjust” fuel surcharges weekly

MEMPHIS, Tenn., September 19, 2016 — FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, subsidiaries of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), will increase shipping rates effective January 2, 2017.

FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9%.  FedEx SmartPost rates will also change.

Fedex logoFedEx Express will increase shipping rates by an average of 3.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services.

Effective January 2, 2017, the FedEx Express and FedEx Ground U.S. domestic dimensional weight divisor will change from 166 to 139.

Effective February 6, 2017, FedEx Express and FedEx Ground fuel surcharges will be adjusted on a weekly basis.  Currently, adjustments are made on a monthly basis with a two month lag between the U.S. Government published fuel indexes and the fuel surcharges.  Adjusting on a weekly basis will reduce lag time from two months to two weeks, thus providing a closer alignment between fuel costs and fuel surcharges at the time of shipment.

The FedEx SameDay City pricing changes for calendar 2017 will be announced later this year.

FedEx Freight will increase shipping rates by an average of 4.9%.  This rate change applies to eligible FedEx Freight shipments within the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), between the contiguous U.S. and Canada, within Canada, between the contiguous U.S. and Mexico, and within Mexico.

Effective January 2, 2017, the FedEx Freight Extreme Length surcharge will change from $85 to $150 and will be applied to shipments with dimensions of 12 feet or greater versus the prior 15 feet.

Details of all changes to rates and surcharges are available at:

NALC: National-level arbitration case decided on ‘Work and Time Standards Video Recording’


A national-level grievance (Q06N-4Q-C 12013405) was filed when the U.S. Postal Service informed NALC that the agency was conducting a unilateral review of city letter carrier office activities to gather data for national negotiations during the 2011 round of bargaining. The Postal Service video recorded 400 city letter carriers performing office duties in different places around the country. The NALC took the position that the Postal Service’s actions violated Article 34 of the National Agreement. Continue reading

The future is here: how autonomous drones will revolutionize postal sorting


ISTANBUL, Turkey (September 19, 2016) – Unmanned Life and Prime Competence announced, at the Postal Innovation Platform Conference, the place to be for all key actors in postal innovation, that they have started the pilot deployment of the world’s first autonomous drone-based sorting center for Post NL. It’s time for disruptive innovation in the postal and e-commerce logistics sector and the enthusiasm this proposal found in Istanbul represent another proof of that.

Drones are once again at the top of the news in e-commerce, but this time not for postal delivery. Unmanned Life and Prime Competence join forces to design for Post NL, one of the top 5 postal operators in the world, the world’s first autonomous drone-based postal sorting center. Prime Competence will provide overall program management, process auditing, technology assessments combined with Unmanned Life’s multi-patent pending innovative solution of a fully autonomous drone fleet managed through a SaaS platform over the cloud. Continue reading

Top stories of the week September 11-17

  1. USPS awards contracts for next generation delivery vehicle prototypes
    USPS News
  2. OIG Wants to Know: Are the Mobile Delivery Devices Working as Intended?
  3. Video: Letter Carrier Attacked With Baseball Bat in Pittsburgh Suburb
    KDKA Pittsburgh
  4. Massachusetts Letter Carrier Sentenced for Worker’s Comp Fraud

  5. Video: Thieves steal cluster box units in Albuquerque
    KRQE Albuquerque
  6. Video: Another Charlotte area mail handler charged with mail theft
  7. Gary, Indiana letter carrier robbed at gunpoint
    NW Indiana Times
  8. UPS To Hire About 95,000 For Holiday Season
  9. Video: PO Box service canceled for hundreds in Palm Springs
    KESQ Palm Springs
  10. Johnstown PA postal worker charged with mail theft
    Johnstown Daily American

Pennsylvania man fined $800 for threatening to kill postmaster and her family

Interesting case- a customer threatens to kill a postmaster and her family because she couldn’t find his parcel, and the case is treated as a misdemeanor in a state court. No Inspection Service investigation, no federal charges!

From the Lansdale, PA Reporter:

Keith R. Seibert, of the 1800 block of South Valley Forge Road, appeared before Lansdale District Judge Edward Levine, who tossed one count of first-degree misdemeanor terroristic threats and ordered Seibert cited for summary disorderly conduct and summary harassment, closing the criminal case. Seibert pleaded guilty to both citations and was fined nearly $800, according to court records.

Seibert went into the Lansdale Post Office on the morning of July 14 to pick up a package, then became agitated with the postal clerk when the package was not located, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.

Hearing a commotion, the postmaster came out from her office and assisted the clerk in finding the package.

Seibert asked to speak to the postmaster, and when the woman told him that’s who she was, Seibert started yelling at her, telling her “You suck” and calling her an extremely vile name, according to court documents.

The postmaster told Seibert to leave, and as he started to walk out, he turned around and told her, “I’m going to kill you and your whole family,” before exiting the post office and banging on the windows, according to the affidavit.

Source: Towamencin man cited in Lansdale post office incident