Coming this Friday: Another USPS exigent appeal?

Possibly coming this Friday: Even though @PostalRegulator gave @USPS what the court ordered, many expect USPS to file another appeal of #exigent this week.

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Video: Mailman caught using pepper spray (through a fence) on small dog 

Police have started an investigation after a mail carrier was recorded on video using pepper spray on a small dog that was enclosed in its front yard.The incident happened Friday in the 4900 block of Gordon Avenue in Fort Worth.
“They’re like my children,” Sue Hunt said of her two small dogs, Thalia and Snuggles.Surveillance video shows Thalia, a 22-pound Bichon Frise, wagging her tail as a mailman walked up to the house.

He sprayed the dog through the slats of the fence not once, but twice.”I was furious,” said Hunt’s son, Scott Young. “I couldn’t believe it. He just sprayed the dog through the fence. The dog was inside and wasn’t even able to get to him.”

Source: Mailman Caught on Video Using Pepper Spray on Small Dog | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Video: residents of Georgia development say they can’t get their mail

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — Dozens of neighbors are very upset in one DeKalb County subdivision. They say the United States Postal Service stopped delivering mail to the Wyndham Falls development off River Road. “I need my gun permit, I am going on a cruise, I need my passport.  None of that showed up, because I ain’t getting no mail,” said homeowner Randolph Adams. “They told us they took us out of the system and all of our mail is being returned to sender  because we have invalid address and until the builder puts in the mailbox system we will not be getting any mail here,” said Samantha Miller, another resident.

The property owner at Wyndham Falls said he never received notice that they were supposed to switch over and install the cluster boxes.

Source: DeKalb development says they can’t get their mail | www.wsbtv.com

Video: Pecos TX Postmaster Accused of Racial Discrimination

PECOS, Texas -A group of U.S. Postal Service mail carriers accused a Pecos postmaster of racial discrimination, civil rights advocates and union leaders said.

According to grievances filed with LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, postmaster David Neilon allegedly instructed Pecos Post Office employees not to speak Spanish and made derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants.

“There’s no post office rule about what language they should be speaking at work,” said LULAC director Ruben Ramirez. “He held a meeting with eight of them and said, ‘Once you cross that border, you’re not supposed to be speaking Spanish anywhere… not just the post office, but everywhere… Being a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service, it’s very inappropriate how he let that out.”

A number of postal customers in Pecos only speak Spanish or are most comfortable speaking Spanish, he added.Neilon could not be reached for comment.

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Illinois letter carrier indicted on workers comp fraud charges

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtAshton Luck, 29, of South Roxana, Illinois, was indicted for one count of workers compensation fraud and five additional counts of making false statements, Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today. If convicted, Luck faces up to thirty years in prison, a $250,000 fine, up to three years supervised, plus mandatory restitution. The indictment alleges that Luck worked for the U.S. Postal service as a mail carrier for the East Alton Post Office and while in her position she submitted a fraudulent workers compensation claim for a purported on-the-job injury. The indictment also alleges that she submitted a number of false leave slips, fabricated a doctor’s note and falsified hospital records in support of claimed emergency and sick leave.

USPS starts Q4 with slight loss, YTD operations still in the black by $1.3B

The US Postal Service began its fourth fiscal quarter in July with an operational loss of 32 million on revenue of $5.6 billion. That brings the year to date net income from operations to $1.3 billion. Accounting entries required by the 2006 PAEA law will add a whopping 900 million to the monthly loss, and transform the YTD profit into a $3.7 billion loss, despite the fact that no money will actually change hands.

The July revenue figure reflects an increase of 1.2% over the same period last year (SPLY). Despite the increase, revenue failed to meet the agency’s target for the month by over a quarter billion dollars.

First class mail volume continued to slide, down 3.5% from last July. Standard mail volume and revenue were up slightly. Package services revenue was up 14.7% for the month.

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While total USPS revenue increased by $66 million compared to SPLY, expenses (not counting PAEA) were up by $158 million, with most of the increase due to salaries and benefits. The S&B increase, in turn, resulted mainly from the fact that the USPS used 2.2% more hours to process and deliver 1.4% less mail. That suggests that the changes the USPS has made to increase productivity may have had the opposite effect.

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Video: Kurten, Texas Residents Frustrated After Post Office Abruptly Closes

KURTEN, Texas – Kurten residents are frustrated after their Post Officewas closed down without warning last week.

The U.S. Postal Service says the building has flood damage from spring rains and is not safe for employees or customers to be inside.

News 3 looks at where customers have to go now and why this isn’t the community’s first fight against the federal government.

There’s still a a big blue mailbox but the Kurten Post Office is no longer open for business.

Source: Kurten Residents Frustrated After Post Office Abruptly Closes

Video: Post office holds couple’s mail after chihuahua complaint

HOUSTON (KTRK) — Ginger the Chihuahua may be small, but she’s causing big problems between her owner, Jessica Rocha, and the Post Office.

“My dog is defenseless, she’s very nice,” Rocha said. “She likes people.”In June, Rocha received a notice from the Post Office requesting she confine her dog or keep it on a leash. She says she complied, for the most part.

“After that letter was sent to us, one of the times she would be out there using the restroom because she likes to go in the front yard a lot, and the mail carrier passed by or he was in the area delivering mail, and that’s when it all started again,” Rocha said.

Rocha’s mail carrier suddenly stopped delivering her mail all together more than a week ago.

Source: Post office holds couple’s mail after chihuahua complaint | abc13.com

APWU, USPS Resolve Dispute Over CDL Training

The APWU and USPS agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding re: Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training for Automotive Mechanics and Technicians on Aug 18, Motor Vehicle Service Craft Director Michael O. Foster has announced.

The dispute arose in 2001, when the Postal Service unilaterally waived the requirement that Vehicle Maintenance Facility mechanics and technicians had to meet the minimum requirements for the position and possess CDLs when they were hired; the waiver continued for 89 days after the employees were hired, and employees would be terminated if they did not obtain their CDL by the end of their probationary period.

apwudefault308/24/2015“The APWU filed a dispute because we felt the waiver program could have been improved upon,” Foster explained.  The issued was appealed to arbitration in 2002.

“Ten years later the parties began seriously discussing settlements that would enhance the Postal Service’s ability to recruit and retain qualified mechanics and technicians – which is certainly in the best interest of the APWU, and MVS Craft. It also will help achieve the goal of having enough qualified personnel to reduce the VMF subcontracting,” he said. Continue reading