Statement: Letter Carrier Union opposes State Department decision to leave UPU

Statement from National Association of Letter Carriers President Fredric Rolando: 

The U.S. State Department’s announced last week that the U.S. will withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) after a special meeting of the UPU failed to adopt pricing policies (so-called terminal dues) advocated by the United States at the urging of private delivery companies (i.e., UPS and FedEx).  The proposals were outlined in an August 2018 Memorandum (link https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-memorandum-secretary-state-secretary-treasury-secretary-homeland-security-postmaster-general-chairman-postal-regulatory-commission/), just a few weeks before the September 2018 meeting of the 192-nation UPU in Ethiopia.  The private companies have complained that the UPU terminal dues rules results in business going to the USPS by offering below-cost delivery to the U.S. – especially from China. Continue reading

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Police Say Massachusetts Letter Carrier Stole Money From Woman While In Uniform

WAREHAM (CBS) – A Taunton postal worker is accused of stealing money from a woman at a Cumberland Farms while in his work uniform.

And police say the theft was caught on store surveillance video.

Officers later arrested the suspect, Thomas Medeiros, 63, of Wareham, while on his postal route in Taunton. He was charged with larceny from a person.

Around 7:40 a.m. Saturday morning, Wareham Officer Calib Larue responded to the Cumberland Farms on Main Street for a larceny.

At the scene, the victim told police that around 6:50 a.m., she put her purse down momentarily on a counter and walked to the back of the store.

When she returned, she was about to make a purchase and realized that over $60 in cash had been stolen from the purse.

Police say store surveillance video showed a customer in a U.S. Postal Service uniform had reached into her purse and taken the money.

Source: Police: Taunton Postal Worker Stole Money From Woman While In Uniform « CBS Boston

APWU: Significant Payroll Issue Identified

10/16/2018 – This morning the APWU became aware that the Postal Service identified a computer glitch with the payroll system that will affect nearly 90,000 APWU represented bargaining unit employees.

The APWU immediately contacted the USPS about the issue and will continue to monitor the situation until it is corrected.

The discrepancies in pay for employees is for pay period 21 2018 (September 29-October 12, 2018, pay date October 19, 2018). Employees should review their pay stubs for pay period 21 and verify if there is any missing pay.

Additional information will be reported when it is available.

Source: Significant Payroll Issue Identified