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Worker suspended in ‘missing mail’ probe

A ROYAL Mail employee in Lampeter has been suspended while an investigation is carried out into allegations that a large amount of undelivered post was found in his home.

The Royal Mail launched the investigation after reports of letters and other post going missing in the Lampeter area.

Confirming that a member of their staff had been suspended, a Royal Mail spokesman said that the allegation centred on the “intentional delay” of letters.

Read more: Worker suspended in 'missing mail' probe | News.

Union Highlighting Threat To Scilly’s Post

Scilly could be faced with a reduced mail service and much higher prices under Government plans to deregulate the postal industry.That’s the stark warning from the Communication Workers Union, who this week launched a campaign to highlight the threat to the UK’s universal postal service, particularly in rural communities.

Read more: Union Highlighting Threat To Scilly’s Post | Scilly Today.

Video: Operation Santa’s 100th Anniversary

Every year, hundreds of thousands of "Letters to Santa" arrive at the US Postal Service. Operation Santa helps Santa Claus read his mail, then organizes Postal employees, individuals and corporations to respond to children in need. Visit Santa & Mrs Claus at home, and Pete Fontana, "Chief Elf" in New York City, for the 100th Anniversary of Operation Santa, with the US Postal Service.

Read more: Operation Santa: 100th Anniversary – YouTube.

Former Postal Employees Guilty of Stealing Millions in U.S. Treasury Checks

ATLANTA – Gerald Eason, 47, of Stockbridge, Georgia, pleaded guilty today in federal court before U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. to stealing over 1,300 U.S. Treasury checks worth more than $2.8 million, while employed as a supervisor at an Atlanta mail distribution facility.  He also admitted to conspiring with another postal worker, Deborah Fambro-Echols, 49, of Hapeville, Georgia, at the same facility to steal and cash additional checks. Read the rest of this entry »

Arbitrator Sustains APWU Safety & Health Grievance

In a ruling issued Dec. 3, Arbitrator Shyam Das sustained the union’s position that Article 14 of the National Agreement, Safety and Health, is “a joint process for addressing safety and ergonomic issues” and that “charging the union for information it reasonably requests in good faith to fulfill its joint role and obligations … is not consistent with the overall structure and tenor of Article 14.”

He ordered the Postal Service “to provide information reasonably requested by the union in good faith to fulfill its role and obligations under Article 14 … without exacting payment.”

“The significance of Arbitrator Das’ award cannot be overstated,” said Director of Industrial Relations Mike Morris.

“The arbitrator provided a clear and unambiguous interpretation of the Joint Labor-Management Safety and Health Committees at all levels as well as the National Joint Labor-Management Ergonomic Committee.

“He acknowledged the Union plays a major role and [Article 14] establishes a joint process for addressing safety and ergonomic issues.  His analysis regarding the union’s right to be heard and to have substantive responses to its agenda items is crucial and critical to all Joint Safety and Health Committees,” said Morris

“The Arbitrator’s award restores the equality of representation between the Postal Service and the Union within the respective Joint Area and Local Safety and Health Committees,” said Morris.

Many locals have voiced frustration with the Postal Service’s refusal or failure to cooperate on Safety & Health matters.  This award will ensure that locals can actively pursue all potential unsafe working conditions and/or hazards with management,” said Morris.

Click here for a copy of the award [PDF].


USPS prepares for Affordable Care Act coverage for non-career employees

From USPS News Link:

USPS is considering how best to offer health insurance coverage to non-career employees who meet requirements defined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Approved by Congress in 2010, PPACA requires large employers to offer employees specified levels of coverage at an affordable cost by Jan. 1, 2014, or face possible penalties.

USPS presently employs approximately 35,000 non-career employees who may qualify for coverage under PPACA.  No change in health insurance coverage is needed for USPS career employees or annuitants.

The Postal Service is exploring health care options for its PPACA-covered non-career workforce and has issued a “request for proposal” to health insurance providers.

The final details of any plan will be subject to relevant collective bargaining and other legal obligations.


USPS Delivers Children’s Holiday Dreams Through Letters to Santa Program – Now Celebrating 100 Years

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — What do the U.S. Postal Service and Santa Claus have in common? Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep them from delivering dreams this holiday season. Today marks the start of the Postal Service’s annual “Letters to Santa” program, a campaign that’s helped fulfill holiday wishes of children and their families for a century.

“Letters to Santa” is an annual letter-writing program for individuals, businesses and charitable organizations to respond to children’s letters addressed to Santa Claus, the North Pole and other seasonal characters. To mark the start of the letter adoption period, a ceremony was held today at New York City’s Operation Santa command center — the iconic James A. Farley building — with a special appearance by Santa Claus.

“We are delighted to once again kick off the holiday mailing season with the start of our annual ‘Letters to Santa program’,” said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.

The Postal Service expects to deliver more than 15.2 billion cards, letters and packages between now and Christmas Eve. This year, a postmark of Santa in his sleigh being pulled by six reindeer will appear in the upper right-hand corner of holiday cards and letters.

“The ‘Letters to Santa’ program has made dreams come true for those in need for 100 years,” added Donahoe. This is a time to celebrate how postal employees, charitable organizations, businesses and others have made a difference in the lives of children coast to coast.”

To learn more about the USPS “Letters to Santa” program and to view a list of participating Post Offices, visit usps.com/holidaynews.

Pitney Bowes Appoints Lautenbach as CEO

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) today announced that the Pitney Bowes Board of Directors has appointed Marc B. Lautenbach as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Lautenbach joins Pitney Bowes with nearly 30 years of experience in the technology and business services industry, having served in senior leadership positions at IBM (NYSE: IBM).

Mr. Lautenbach succeeds Murray D. Martin, who is retiring as the company’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and has resigned from the company’s board of directors. Mr. Martin will continue to work with Mr. Lautenbach on an effective transition. Read the rest of this entry »

NY RCA pleads guilty to unemployment benefit fraud

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Kathleen Cordero, 48, of Lockport, N.Y., pleaded guilty to theft of government funds.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison, a fine of $100,000 or both. Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that Cordero, a rural carrier associate for the United States Postal Service, collected unemployment insurance benefits for which she was not entitled. Between July 11, 2010, and May 13, 2012, the defendant failed to report income earned from the U.S. Postal Service in order to qualify for and receive unemployment insurance benefits to which she was otherwise not entitled. In total, Cordero stole $5,662.75 in unemployment insurance benefits from the U.S. Postal Service.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert Lapina, the United States Department of Labor, Officer of Inspector General, Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Panella, New York Region and the New York State Department of Labor, under the direction of Commissioner Peter M. Rivera.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 1, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Scott.

Kentucky Highway Contract Carrier Accused of Mail Theft

WSAZ TV reports that a Pike County, KY highway letter carrier has been indicted on charges of  stealing and destroying mail. Russell Allen Halsey is accused of stealing gift cards and boxes of checks:

“The indictment, which was filed Nov. 15, alleges that the incidents occurred from Oct. 16, 2010, through Feb. 14, 2012.”

Read more: U.S. Postal Service Carrier Accused of Mail Theft.