USPS to issue Star Trek stamps Friday in NYC

On September 2, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Star Trek stamps (Forever priced at 47 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 474000). The Star Trek pane of 20 stamps ($9.40) may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 2, 2016.

In 2016, the Postal Service celebrates the television show Star Trek on the 50th anniversary of its premiere. Four new stamps showcase four digital illustrations inspired by elements of the classic program: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background, the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background, the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background, and the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background.

startrekThe words “SPACE…THE FINAL FRONTIER,” from Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over, appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars. The Heads of State designed the stamps and created the artwork. Antonio Alcalá was the project’s art director.Pictorial Postmark Art

Canada Post Union’s Job Action Put Off For One Day As Talks Continue

From the Canadian Union of Postal Workers:

OTTAWA – As tense negotiations continue between postal workers and Canada Post management, the rolling overtime ban that was to start after midnight on Sunday has now been put on hold for 24 hours.

“We’ve amended our notice in a last-ditch effort to reach a negotiated agreement before we are forced to start working to rule,” said Mike Palecek, national president of the CUPW.

cupw_logo“Postal workers are more than ready to take action for pay equity, pensions and decent jobs if that’s what it takes but we’ll keep talking if there’s a chance to settle this peacefully.”

Negotiations are continuing with the help of a government-appointed special mediator.

Canada Post workers to refuse overtime in Alberta and NWT

OTTAWA, Aug. 28, 2016 /CNW/ – Job action in the form of a refusal of overtime will start in the province of Alberta and in the Northwest Territories on Monday morning if no settlement is reached, according to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. However, the Union wants people to know they’ll still be getting their mail.

“Our action will cause little to no disruption for the public. We’ll still be delivering mail every day,” explained Mike Palecek, national president of the CUPW.

“We simply want to draw attention to our negotiation issues by asking our full-time members across the country to work only their scheduled hours. Part-time members can still extend to eight hours but will not accept overtime.”

cupw_logoOvertime has been a major issue for the Union, which has been demanding that Canada Post staff its workforce properly and build routes that match scheduled hours, instead of overburdening workers and making them stay on the job longer.  Postal workers can be forced back and severely disciplined for refusing overtime.

The Union says Canada Post should be creating more jobs instead of relying on so much overtime.

“Nobody should be forced to stay at work once they’ve done their hours. We all deserve to see our families and have lives outside our workplaces,” said Palecek.

The overtime ban will rotate from province to province, one day at a time.

“We hope our action will put some pressure on Canada Post to negotiate and to realize that pushing us around isn’t going to work,” said Palecek.

In response to the minimal rotating job action, Canada Post has said it will cut off maternity and adoption leave as well as insurance and other benefits, and cancel the workers’ vacations.

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USPS makes changes to package tracking

From USPS News Link:

USPS is updating the terminology customers see when they go online to track packages, part of ongoing efforts to simplify Postal Service package tracking.

When customers go to to check the status of a package, the term “Shipping Partner” is used when another business or shipping company has possession of the parcel.

Based on consumer testing, this term frequently left customers confused about the status of their shipment.

Beginning Aug. 28, if a package is coming from one of the Postal Service’s business partners or shipping consolidators, that company’s name will appear alongside the term “Shipping Partner” to provide additional clarity about the status of the package.

The phrase “USPS awaiting item” will also be added to some scan events to show that USPS is not possession of the shipment.

“Package tracking is one of the most important services we offer our customers. We want to make this information as clear as possible so customers can track their packages through every step of the delivery process,” said Chief Marketing and Sales Officer Jim Cochrane.

This is the first of a series of planned improvements to customers’ tracking experiences.

Postal workers, contractors among 33 charged in California crime sweep

LOS ANGELES – Thirty-three defendants were charged as part of a sweep targeting criminal activity that has victimized the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its customers. Most of the defendants charged as part of the sweep are USPS employees who allegedly stole mail, embezzled from the agency or, in one case, failed to deliver nearly 50,000 pieces of mail.

Arrest warrants were issued for 6 of the 33 defendants, who were recently charged as a result of investigations by the USPS’s Office of Inspector General. Most of the defendants were charged in indictments that were returned by federal grand juries on Wednesday and Thursday this week. Continue reading

Labour Minister appoints mediator to help Canada Post and CUPW reach agreement

Statement by the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour:

GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 26, 2016 /CNW/ – I announced yesterday that I would appoint a special mediator to assist Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers in reaching an agreement that would avoid a work stoppage.

canada_post_vehicles03Today, I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Mr. William Kaplan, a highly respected mediator and arbitrator, to assist the parties. Mr. Kaplan joins the team of federal mediators working with the two parties including Guy Baron, Director General of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, who will also support this engagement.

I am hopeful that this will bring a new perspective to the negotiating table, which could motivate the parties to find a solution and move beyond their current impasse.

I continue to closely monitor the situation.

Alabama Postal Worker Charged With Theft of Mail

BIRMINGHAM – A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a U.S. Postal Service employee for stealing gift cards from the mail, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Special Agent in Charge Maximo Eamiguel, Southern Area Field Office, United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtA two-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court charges TERRILL CHATMAN, 48, of Birmingham, with theft of mail by a Postal Service employee in September and October of 2015. According to the indictment, Terr

Source: United States Postal Service Employee Charged With Theft of Mail | USAO-NDAL | Department of Justice