The curious flaws in the OIG’s geographic mail volume report

The USPS Office of Inspector general has issued a report claiming to show wide geographic variations in the decline of first class mail volume since 1995:

The recent volume declines in First-Class Mail vary widely across communities in the United States. Even in those areas with the largest declines, it appears that volumes may be converging towards a lower limit representing a new base level of demand.

Unfortunately, the report bases that conclusion on data that appears somewhat questionable. Continue reading

North Carolina Letter Carrier Charged With Dumping Mail

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A federal criminal indictment charging Marlin D. Haley, 22, of Charlotte, with two counts of destroying and delaying U.S. mail was returned by a federal grand jury on Thursday, April 23, 2015, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Haley was arrested this morning and had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer.

Paul Bowman, Area Special Agent in Charge of the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General joins Acting U.S. Attorney Rose in making today’s announcement.

According to the criminal indictment and court proceedings, on two separate occasions on March 22, 2015 and April 6, 2015, in Mecklenburg County, Haley unlawfully did and attempted to secret, destroy, delay and open U.S. Mail entrusted to him for delivery. The indictment alleges that Haley dumped the mail instead of delivering it to the addressed recipients.

Haley faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 for each count.

The charges contained in these indictments are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.This case was investigated by USPS, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth Smith is prosecuting the case.

Source: Federal Indictment Charges Letter Carrier For Dumping U.S. Mail | USAO-WDNC | Department of Justice

Video: Heroic Mail Carrier Put Himself Between Gunman, Victim During Standoff in California

At 9:30 a.m. on his very first delivery of the morning, mail carrier Scott Gallegos was approached by a woman near Madison Avenue in Carmichael. He heard a knock on the window of his truck. She was covered in blood.“She had been shot, she started to fade out, I sat her down,” Gallegos said. “I saw a wound on her. I laid her down.”But then, to his surprise, he said more shots were fired.Gallegos, who has been a mail carrier for only four weeks, got between the woman and the alleged shooter.

Source: Heroic Mail Carrier Put Himself Between Shooter, Victim During Carmichael Standoff | FOX40

Video: USPS continues to owe parking tickets, break parking laws in Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s been six weeks since a KSL investigation revealed the worst parking offenders in Salt Lake City: employees of the United States Postal Service. The USPS owes the city tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid parking tickets. That hasn’t changed, and from what KSL Investigators have witnessed, postal workers are still breaking city laws. “How many (tickets) have you gotten?” KSL reporter Mike Headrick asked one postal worker. “Oh, probably about 40 in the past year,” he answered.

Source: USPS continues to owe parking tickets, break parking laws | KSL.com

USPS Announces Additional Changes to the Phase II-2015 Plant Consolidation List

From the Mail Handlers Union:

As it does on most Friday afternoons, the USPS announced its most recent changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list, in a posting dated April 24, 2015.  This is the fourth consecutive week that the Postal Service has made modifications to the Network Rationalization Consolidation list.  These most recent modifications affect Akron P&DC, Asheville P&DF, Central Mass P&DC, Kalamazoo P&DC, Lancaster P&DF, Queens P&DC, South Bend P&DC and Wausau P&DF. This public list is disseminated by way of the USPS RIBBS website and is the most current information available, but of course is subject to further change.  The National Office of the NPMHU is seeking clarification from the Postal Service on this new list to establish exactly what this means for the “move dates” for employees in impacted plants.  Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

 

Access the USPS RIBBS Network Rationalization website.

Access a copy of the April 24, 2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation list.