Utilimaster pulls out of USPS Next Generation Delivery Vehicle Program as body builder

CHARLOTTE, Mich., Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Spartan Motors, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPAR) (“Spartan” or the “Company”), a global leader in specialty chassis and vehicle design, manufacturing and assembly, today announced that its Spartan Fleet Vehicles and Services (FVS) business unit — which encompasses the Utilimaster go-to-market brand — has stopped development on the United States Postal Service (USPS) Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) Program as a prime contractor in the functional prototype development project and has sought withdrawal from the USPS. Spartan is continuing efforts to support this project and will partner with a leading USPS prototype award participant, to provide interior cargo solutions specific for the USPS’s needs. Continue reading

Stamp commemorating JFK’s birth centennial dedicated today

Stamp commemorating JFK’s birth centennial

BOSTON — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan today dedicated a Forever stamp commemorating the centennial of the birth of our nation’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy. The Presidents Day first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston to kick off the 6th Annual Presidents Day Family Festival. Kennedy was born May 29, 1917. Continue reading

Top postalnews.com stories of the week February 12-18

  1. APWU: Significant COLA Increase Coming
    APWU News
  2. Nearly 300 in Richmond join lawsuit against USPS over time card manipulation
    WWBT Richmond
  3. Stidman says postal unions support reform bill to help “sell their health insurance plans”
  4. Video shows postal worker stuffing mail down sweatpants
    Dayton Daily News
  5. NALC postal reform update: “A changed political landscape requires a new strategy”
    NALC News

  6. Washington Post Gets It Wrong About USPS
    A Grand Alliance to Save Our Public Postal Service
  7. Video: Austin cases highlight thefts inside U.S. Postal Service
    KXAN TV Austin
  8. Connecticut Postal Worker Arrested On DUI
  9. Video: ‘Whistleblower’ claims diesel rebate scheme defrauded USPS of millions
    WKYC Cleveland
  10. Bronx residents left without mailboxes as Postal Service cracks down on ‘mailbox fishing’
    WPIX TV New York

Wisconsin rural carrier sentenced for mail theft

Madison, Wis. – John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Belinda Chizek, 47, Prentice, Wis., was sentenced February 14 by U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson to two years of probation and fined $3,000 for felony mail theft of $500. Chizek pleaded guilty to this charge on December 15, 2016, in U.S. District Court in Madison. Continue reading

Hillary Clinton defends immigration to standing ovation at de la Renta stamp ceremony

Hillary Clinton delivered a defense of immigration at a ceremony honoring the late Dominican-born designer Oscar de la Renta on Thursday, earning a standing ovation from fashion watchers.

The event unveiled 11 US Postal Service stamps to commemorate de la Renta, who died in October 2014, at the end of a New York fashion week striking for its virulent opposition to Donald Trump. Continue reading

APWU: Significant COLA Increase Coming

02/15/2017Career employees represented by the APWU will receive a 16 cent per hour cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) effective March 4, in accordance with the 2015-2018 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Postal Support Employees are not eligible for cost-of-living increases, but they receive five general wage increases under the 2015-2018 contract). The increase is the result of an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The increase will appear in paychecks dated March 24 (Pay Period 06-2017), and will total $333.00 per year. Continue reading

Video: Tulsa Family Says Mail Theft Led To Identify Theft

TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa family says someone put their mail delivery on hold, and when the mail finally arrived, they realize someone stole their identity.

The Irvin family said it took them three days to realize someone was hijacking their mail, and identities, to apply for credit cards.

Rebecca and Richard Irvin knew something was wrong when the mail didn’t come. Rebecca tracked down her mailman to find out someone with a bogus phone number put a hold on it.

“It’s scary to think that somebody has your social security, your birthday and your whole address, and can go just hold your mail,” she said. Continue reading