House Committee Passes Amendment Restoring Six Day Delivery Requirement

Washington, DC – June 25, 2014 – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano succeeded in restoring language to an annual appropriations bill requiring the United States Postal Service to maintain six day delivery. The bipartisan amendment, which Congressman Serrano sponsored with Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA), passed and was added to the fiscal year 2015 Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill. Continue reading

Video: Connecticut postal workers in court on fraud, larceny charges

NEW BRITAIN, Conn.(WTNH)– Seven New Britain postal workers accused of collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in unemployment benefits are facing larceny and fraud charges.

The state of Connecticut is cracking down on unemployment fraud in general. They say they have made 60-70 arrest since they started their sting operation but now that the are looking at postal workers. They say some may be working together to milk the system.

The mug shots of these seven alleged scammers look like a dysfunctional Brady Bunch minus two, but the way they became a bunch was due to a high tech investigation

“Sometimes just computer cross matches are done one database, that’s employers reporting that they paid wages to certain people. We had people who were collecting wages and then they just cross match and those names come up for us to investigate,” said Marcia Pillsbury, Deputy Assistant State’s Attorney.

Read more: Postal workers in court on fraud, larceny charges | WTNH.

NALC: Saturday mail delivery “on the chopping block” in Congress this week

The National Association of Letter Carriers is telling its members that Saturday mail delivery is “on the chopping block” in Congress this week as the House of Representatives considers an appropriations bill that, for the first time in over thirty years, does not mandate six day delivery:

Last week, the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations subcommittee introduced its appropriations bill. For the first time since 1983, the longstanding language mandating the Postal Service to deliver six days a week is not part of the underlying bill.

The ranking member on the committee, Rep. José Serrano (D-NY), is planning to offer an amendment to restore this vital provision. This coming Wednesday, June 25, at 10 am, the full Appropriations Committee will “mark up” the measure—that is, it will consider and debate amendments to the bill.

Read more: Urge your House representative to support the Serrano amendmentto save Saturday delivery.

Australia Post deliveries could be reduced to three a week by end of year

Aus_Post_Logo_oldtextAustralia Post could be given the OK to end the everyday delivery of standard mail and introduce a two-tiered pricing system as early as year’s end, under reforms being considered by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull is expected to present a rescue package for Australia Post, including three-day-a-week delivery for standard mail, to federal cabinet within months.

Mr Turnbull is also actively considering allowing the company to introduce a two-tiered pricing system, similar to Britain’s second-class mail service, for non-urgent letter deliveries. Customers wanting speedier letter delivery would pay more than the standard rate.

Safeguards for disadvantaged Australians, including pensioners, would be included in the reform package.

Read more: Australia Post deliveries could be reduced to three a week by end of year.

NALC: Fact-checking The Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker’

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June 16, 2014—The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker,” Glenn Kessler, has challenged on his blog the statement by NALC that the Postal Service’s plan to end Saturday would eliminate 80,000 jobs.

Sadly, Kessler has made a hash of it.

Kessler argues that the NALC’s statement is misleading, because the data our statement relies on is from a 2010 Postal Service presentation about a 2009 study (he posted slides from that presentation). Kessler also argues that fewer jobs would be lost, that many of those are part-time jobs, that most of the job loss would be through attrition rather than layoffs, and that the NALC is relying on an outdated study.

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