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Video: Pittsburgh Residents Tired Of Mail Mix-Ups

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Jim Rietz can’t remember a time when he couldn’t rely on the U.S. Mail.

“You put something in the mail, you know it’s going to get there,” he said. “Somebody puts something in the mail, you know it’s going to come to you. It’s just one of those things you’ve always been able to count on.”

But for Rietz, that changed several months back. Days would pass when no mail came. Letters and checks that people had sent him never materialized. Distraught, he emailed all of his neighbors on Kinsman Street.

Read more: East End Residents Tired Of Mail Mix-Ups « CBS Pittsburgh.

Calgary woman’s letter arrives in the mail, 45 years late

When the letter was sent in 1969, Anne Tingle was a new mom, more concerned with diapers than mankind’s first lunar landing only eight days earlier.

But even Apollo 11′s enthralling three-day, 384,400-km trip to the moon pales in comparison to the 45 years it took that little envelope to travel just 200 km, before it finally touched down in Tingle’s mailbox last week.

“The first thing I noticed was the six cent stamp — Her Majesty looked very different back then,” laughs Tingle.

Read more: Calgary woman’s letter arrives in the mail, 45 years late | Columnists | Opinion | Calgary Sun.

Cotswolds postmistress Karen Judd accused of stealing valuables from parcels

A postmistress in a Cotswolds village stole thousands of pounds of parcels containing jewellery, clothing and antiques, it was alleged in court yesterday.

Karen Judd, who worked in the post office in Painswick, Gloucestershire, is accused of intercepting packages containing valuable rings and a brooch, as well as cash and other items, including a mobile phone, an iPod and a clock.

But it was the two parcels of jewellery which went missing that proved the postmistress was a thief, a jury was told yesterday.

Read more: Cotswolds postmistress Karen Judd accused of stealing valuables from parcels | Western Daily Press.

Royal Mail rival TNT blamed for postal chaos in north London

Thousands of Londoners are battling postal chaos they blame on Royal Mail’s doorstep rival.

Homeowners in Mill Hill, Harrow and other parts of north and west London blame TNT Post for a wide array of errors, with some residents saying “lazy” TNT postmen are dumping a whole street’s mail in one customer’s letter box for them to distribute to their neighbours.

Others report that they have missed sensitive bank correspondence and failed to pay bills after letters were continuously delivered to their old home, despite paying Royal Mail as much as £54.99 for six months’ diverted mail services.

Read more: Royal Mail rival TNT blamed for postal chaos in north London – London – News – London Evening Standard.

APWU: Questions & Answers on Filling Residual Vacancies

APWU Web News Article #076-14, April 22, 2014

The APWU and USPS have agreed to two sets of Questions & Answers regarding the March 20 agreement on Filling Residual Vacancies [PDF], one for the Clerk Craft [PDF] and another for Maintenance Craft [PDF].

East St. Louis Post Office Supersivor Pleads Guilty To Stealing Packages

uspsoigThe United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today that Jane Johanna Emily, a/k/a Jane Moeller, 41, of St. Louis, Missouri, pled guilty in federal district court on April 22, 2014, to charges that she opened and stole packages from the U.S. Mail.

The federal grand jury charged Emily with Obstruction of Mail, Theft of U.S. Mail by a Postal Employee, and Opening of Mail. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of supervised release. The sentencing hearing is set for August 8, 2014.

The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Liam Coonan.

USPS responds to EcommerceBytes.com letter on tracking

From USPS News Link:

A recent Letter to the Editor at eCommerceBytes regarding USPS Tracking contained numerous statements that required a response.

In a reply, USPS set the record straight.

Claim: USPS charges customers who scan items at local Post Offices.

Truth: Every item accepted at the retail counter at a local Post Office that has a USPS Tracking number must be scanned, whether the customer requests it or not. However, Post Offices don’t charge customers to scan prepaid eBay packages.

Claim: There’s no tracking on delivery confirmation or signature confirmation until a package reaches its destination.

Truth: This is incorrect information. USPS replaced “Delivery Confirmation” last year with “USPS Tracking,” which better reflects end-to-end tracking from the acceptance of a package to final destination, including confirmation of delivery.

By the time a package leaves a processing site, it will have received at least two scans. The package will have received four more scan events by the time it’s delivered.

Claim: Packages at mail processing plants may not be scanned if barcodes aren’t visible.

Truth: This also is incorrect information. In some instances, if the barcode is not visible, the package will be re-oriented by hand. However, the majority of package mail volume is processed by equipment that scans 360 degrees and validates the barcode at the same time.

Show of Support for PA Mail Carrier Who Died After Fire

WILKES-BARRE – Mail carriers and other postal workers showed their support for a colleague who died after a house fire, at a memorial service on Monday.

Services were held at a Morris Funeral Home on North Main Street in Wilkes-Barre for Laurie Merritt.

Authorities said Merritt died from carbon monoxide poisoning last week after a fire at her home on Wyoming Street.

via Show of Support for Mail Carrier Who Died After Fire | WNEP.com.

Senator Announces Postal Service Improvements across North Dakota

My Approved PortraitsGrand Forks, ND- U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced that, as a result of her recent meeting with United States Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will be introducing Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) devices in six locations across North Dakota this week.

At her recent meeting with Donahoe, Heitkamp received commitments from USPS to improve mail delivery and standards in North Dakota. These included the implementation of mPOS devices, which allow USPS employees to process many simple transactions away from the counter, making it more convenient and efficient for customers to complete transactions.

“It’s no secret that mail delivery and service standards need to be improved in North Dakota and this is a positive step forward,” said Heitkamp. “Anything we can do to make the Postal Service work better for North Dakotans is a welcome development. The commitments I received from Postmaster General Donahoe are critical for folks across the state and I will keep pressing USPS to continue to follow through so that all the hard-working North Dakotans I hear from every day have the mail delivery and service standards they deserve.”

The new point of sale technology will be introduced in the following locations this week:

-          Bismarck – 220 E Rosser Ave, Room 112

-          Dickinson – 15 1st St. E

-          Fargo – 657 2nd Ave N

-          Minot – 117 5th Ave SW

-          Watford City – 212 2nd St. NE

-          Williston – 120 E Broadway

Heitkamp previously called on North Dakotans to share their stories as part of her Fix My Mail grassroots effort if they encountered extensive delivery times or had to deal with other problems with their postal service. Heitkamp will continue to present the stories to the USPS Postmaster General and the GAO. More than 100 North Dakotans have submitted stories to Heitkamp. Click here to submit stories.

In February, Heitkamp helped advance comprehensive postal reform out of the Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee after the panel adopted key changes she made to the legislation that will improve mail service in rural communities throughout North Dakota.

APWU: USPS Scheme Overturned: ‘Rescoring’ of Promotion Exams Violated Contract, Arbitrator Rules

apwulogoAPWU Web News Article #074-14, April 21, 2014

An outrageous management ploy was overturned on April 16, when an arbitrator ruled [PDF] that the USPS violated the contract when it retroactively changed the passing score on promotion eligibility exams in the summer of 2009, Maintenance Craft Director Steve Raymer has announced.

The rating of more than 600 APWU members were changed from eligible to ineligible, meaning that they could not be placed on Promotion Eligibility Registers (PERs).

The APWU alleged that the USPS violated Articles 5, 19 and 31 by unilaterally rescoring Exam 955 and by failing to provide the union with requested information related to the rescoring.

The APWU and the Postal Service had spent the previous year bargaining extensively over the development and implementation of the Exam 955, which was first rolled out in June 2009. The rescoring occurred after the Postal Service concluded that too many bargaining unit members were passing the exam, despite repeated assurances to the union during bargaining that the test had been validated and studied extensively. When the APWU learned of the rescoring, Raymer requested related information, which the Postal Service failed to provide on the grounds that the information was confidential.

Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg found that the Postal Services’ rescoring of the Exam 955 constituted a unilateral change, in violation of Articles 5 and 19 on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He remanded the case to the parties to seek an appropriate remedy for the violation. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on the remedy within 60 days, they can request that the arbitrator resolve the issue. Arbitrator Goldberg also found that the information sought by the union was not confidential, thereby making the Postal Service’s refusal to provide it a violation of Article 31. He ruled that the Postal Service must provide it to the union.

Discussions with the USPS on the remedy are ongoing, Raymer said, and he “remains optimistic that a full remedy will be reached.”

Locals whose members were impacted by the change in eligibility standards should gather all relevant facts in the event they will need to be sent to headquarters. This includes:

  • Yes or No: Did the individual miss a potential promotion opportunity due to the change in results?
  • Date(s) of relevant posting(s);
  • The individual’s original RMSS results;
  • The changed results;
  • After August 2009 any results of RMSS update attempts made and whether eligible or ineligible;
  • Any subsequent promotion with the effective date and occupational group identified.

“Remember, even if a grievance was previously filed, the information above is necessary to update the file,” Raymer said.