South Dakota CCA charged with mail theft

Daniel Newman, a City Carrier Assistant (CCA) from Rapid City South Dakota, has been indicted on charges of mail theft, according to court filings. The indictment alleges that Newman stole “U.S. currency, gift cards, and other items of value” from the mail between November 1, 2014, and March 5, 2015. Newman was arrested on Friday, and according to news reports, entered a not guilty plea. Trial is scheduled to begin on August 25.

Virginia CCA Pleads Guilty to Dumping Mail

US-Department-Of-Justi_fmtNORFOLK, Va. – Shalita Corley, 31, of Portsmouth, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to one count of secreting and delaying U.S. mail, which she had been entrusted to deliver.

A statement of facts filed with the plea agreement reported Corley worked as a city carrier assistant with the United States Postal Service (USPS) from November 3, 2014 through February 6, 2015, when she resigned her position. On February 3, 2015, a Norfolk resident observed Corley acting suspiciously and walking about an overgrown lot abutting the Lafayette River in Norfolk. After Corley drove away in her USPS vehicle, the resident investigated and found two trash bags containing hundreds of pieces of mail, including what appeared to be one or more envelopes containing checks. The resident collected the mail and promptly turned it over to the USPS. Further investigation during the ensuing week by residents and the USPS led to the recovery of other mail scattered about the lot and seven additional trash bags containing undelivered U.S. mail, including what appeared to be bank statements, end of year tax mailings, USPS priority mail, letters from service members in the armed forces, and other mailed advertisements and the like. Review by agents with the USPS Office of Inspector General revealed that these items of U.S. mail had been postmarked on days falling within the first four weeks of January and the first week of February 2015. The USPS later delivered all of the recovered mail to its intended recipients.

A Norfolk federal grand jury indicted Corley on March 4, 2015. Corley faces a maximum penalty of five (5) years in prison when she is sentenced on July 15, 2015. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Paul Bowman, Special Agent in Charge, USPS, Office of Inspector General, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by Chief Judge Rebecca Beach Smith of the United States District Court.

This case was investigated by USPS, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Krask is prosecuting the case.

via Former Letter Carrier Pleads Guilty to Dumping U.S. Mail | USAO-EDVA | Department of Justice.

Video: Postal Service investigates missing mail in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The U.S. Postal Service confirmed they are investigating the disappearance of mail intended for residents of some streets in Myers Park.

The problem came to light in late March when residents of Queens Road West and Westfield Road noticed that some mail they were expecting never showed up.

It happened while the carrier who has worked that route for 25 years, Danny Hinson, was on vacation. Continue reading

Video: More than 200 attend US Postal Job Fair in downtown Tulsa

TULSA – Nearly two hundred people showed up for a US Postal Service Job Fair at the downtown post office.

Officials say there were a lot more applicants than expected; there are only 35 jobs currently available.

Read more: More than 200 attend US Postal Job Fair in downtown Tulsa – KJRH.com.

Blues on Wheels

After taking a personality test online and another exam consisting mostly of questions evaluating the sharpness of my memory, I was granted a five-minute interview and hired as a city carrier assistant (CCA) for the United States Postal Service.

The CCA position, akin to a contract letter-carrier, was created in 2013 to save the USPS money and shift higher-paid transitional employees (TEs) into lower-paying jobs. Or, as one district supervisor screamed at me: “YOU EXIST TO REDUCE OVERTIME.” TEs, who were making over $20 an hour—with no benefits, no retirement, and no path to becoming a “regular”—had a short window to either take a $5 per hour pay cut and become a CCA, with the promise of making regular in the vaguely defined near future, or quit.

I was hired at $15.30 an hour, a winning wage considering the president of a local branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers union revealed that without the collective bargaining process, the USPS would be paying us $10 an hour.

Read more: Blues on Wheels – The Morning News.

Video: USPS recruiting more city carrier assistants

From USPS News Link:

The Postal Service is recruiting more people to serve in city carrier assistant (CCA) positions, non-career jobs that offer a stepping stone toward permanent employment with USPS.

CCAs fill in for regular carriers on their routes and perform other mail delivery and collection tasks. Since the position was created in 2013, more than 9,000 CCAs have been converted to career status.

In a new recruitment video, CCAs discuss the job and why they enjoy it, even when it’s challenging. “It looks like an easy job, it really does,” says Alexandria, VA, CCA Juan Butler. “But when you’re out there, you find out it’s not as easy as you think it is.”

CCAs deliver and collect mail on foot or by vehicle, dealing with the same challenges that regular carriers face. Niagara Falls, NY, CCA Alexandra Dell said the job isn’t for the faint of heart. “If you’re a lazy person, I would not suggest this job,” she said.

If you know someone who may be interested in a CCA job, encourage them to visit the USPS Careers site.

Read more: USPS News Link Story – Help wanted.

Long Island mailman threw out thousands of pieces of mail

Forget “snow nor rain,” this mailman was too lazy to deliver the mail in any weather.

Ignoring his employer’s reliability mantra, a Long Island postal carrier tossed more than a thousand pieces of mail into Dumpsters along his route — just to avoid the nuisance of having to deliver them, authorities said.

Federal agents began monitoring US Postal Service worker Patrick Paskett’s movements earlier this month after Seaford and Massapequa Park residents complained that they weren’t receiving letters and packages, according to a Brooklyn federal court complaint.

Special agent Steven DeMayo tracked Paskett’s movements on March 6 and was stunned to see him chucking a stack of mail into a Massapequa Park trash bin.

Read more: Long Island mailman threw out thousands of pieces of mail | New York Post.

Video: Dallas carrier skips deliveries, marks mail "return to sender"

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials with the United States Postal Service say they have fired a North Texas mail carrier for skipping part of his route and not delivering a significant amount of mail by simply marking the letters and packages ‘return to sender.’

A number of items returned included voter registration cards and that’s now caused concern for Dallas County elections officials.

A single voter’s complaint led the Dallas County Elections Department to investigate and discover the post office delivery issue.

Read more: Postal Delivery Concerns After Carrier Returns Mail « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth.

NALC and USPS agree new MOU on CCA temporary assignments to other post offices

NALC-LOGONALC and the Postal Service have agreed on a new memorandum of understanding, Re: City Carrier Assistants – Temporary Assignments to Other Post Offices (M-01827), that defines the process for temporarily assigning city carrier assistants (CCAs) to other post offices.

The parties agree to the following regarding the temporary assignment of city carrier assistants (CCAs) outside their employing post office (installation) to another post office (installation):

1. CCAs will normally work in their employing post office but may be assigned to work in another post office in the local travel area (Handbook F-15, Section 7-1.1.1.1) within the same district on an occasional basis (the assignment may be for a partial day or several consecutive days, depending on local circumstances). Sunday CCA work assignments are not subject to the occasional basis limitation.

2. Temporary assignments must otherwise be consistent with the National Agreement (e.g. assigning CCAs to work outside their employing office may not violate Article 7.1.C.4 in the temporary office or the letter carrier paragraph in the employing office).

3. Management will schedule CCAs to work in other post offices in advance of the reporting date whenever practicable.

4. When the need arises to temporarily assign CCAs outside their employing post office, management will, to the extent practicable, use volunteer CCAs from the delivery unit providing assistance as long as the volunteers will be in a similar pay status (e.g. straight-time rate, regular overtime rate, penalty overtime rate). If sufficient volunteers are not found, CCAs from the delivery unit providing assistance will be temporarily assigned to the other installation in reverse relative standing order whenever practicable as long as the junior CCAs are in a similar pay status.

5. CCAs who are required or volunteer to work outside their employing office may receive payment for mileage for the difference between their residence and employing office provided the difference is greater (Handbook F-15, Section 7-1.1.1.2.d).

The procedures outlined above are effective on December 7, 2013; however, either party may terminate this agreement by providing 30 days written notice to the other party. This agreement is reached without prejudice to the position of either party in this or any other matter and may only be cited to enforce its terms.

NALC: over 1,500 CCAs converted to full-time career status

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From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

Nov. 9, 2013–Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding Re: Residual Vacancies–City Letter Carrier Craft (M-01824), the first wave of city carrier assistant (CCA) conversions to full-time career status took place Nov. 2.

While the exact number of conversions that took place on Nov. 2 has not yet been finalized, NALC estimates that somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 CCAs, most of whom had served multiple years as transitional employees (TEs) prior to becoming CCAs, were converted to full-time career status to fill vacant full-time letter carrier jobs.

Those who served as former TEs directly before their CCA appointments will not serve a probationary period as full-time career letter carriers (see M-01826).

As vacancies continue to be filled through the steps in M-01824, more CCA conversions should take place in the coming weeks and months.