Alex Cooper has joined the staff at the Postal Regulatory Commission

At the Postal Regulatory Commission:   Alex Cooper has joined the staff at the Postal Regulatory Commission as the Special Assistant to Commission Vice Chairman Mark Acton. Alex came to the PRC following years of professional experience in the private sector as Vice President of Government Affairs with the TCH Group, LLC. Prior to that, Alex…

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USPS: Beat the heat – Kit offers tips to stay cool during hot weather

The Postal Service has produced a safety kit to help employees recognize and avoid heat-related illnesses. The kit includes tips on preventing heat stress, such as: Hydrate before, during and after work. Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Dress appropriately. On warm days, wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing to keep body…

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Postal Service proposes halving hours at West Springfield, PA Post Office

WEST SPRINGFIELD — The U.S. Postal Service is giving West Springfield customers a choice: a part-time post office or nothing. The Postal Service plans to reduce window service at the local post office from six and one-half to four hours daily on weekdays and continue Saturday morning hours, according to a May 28 letter to…

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Astoria Story: Queens Post Office Reopens After Two-Year Absence

Ah, Astoria. Remember All in the Family? Astoria was the setting for the show. Astoria is a community in Queens with a rich history and about 150,000 residents—about the same size as Eugene, Oregon and Alexandria, Virginia. The community is undergoing rapid redevelopment with an influx of younger residents. Land along the East River is…

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USPS: Dangerous mail – Sentence handed down for ricin mailer

A Mississippi man who mailed threatening letters laced with ricin to President Obama and other officials was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison May 19. James Everett Dutschke pled guilty to producing ricin and mailing the letters to Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and Judge Sadie Holland in April 2013. The letters addressed to Obama…

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Grassley Works With Iowa Whistleblower to Expose Postal Service Contracting Problem

“The whistleblower came forward with his concerns, I asked for an investigation, and the investigation found the whistleblower was right,” Grassley said. WASHINGTON – A new report requested by Sen. Chuck Grassley on a tip from an Iowa whistleblower confirms the U.S. Postal Service mishandled $18.4 million in contract payments to maintain and change the…

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Pittsburgh Area Local violated LMRDA and APWU election rules (Updated: DOL letter added June 10)

THE LOCAL IS GUILTY AS CHARGED! UPDATED: Click Here for May 22, 2014 U.S. DOL Letter to APWU Pittsburgh Retiree Chapter President John P. Richards (letter added to this post June 10, 2014) That is the conclusion of the US Department Of Labor in a May 22, 2014 finding that evaluated the Local’s conduct in the…

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Hundreds of pieces of mail found in a North Tulsa gutter (video)

Hundreds of pieces of mail were found in a north Tulsa gutter Monday morning. Rosalia Aragon and workers with Serenity Funeral Home on Admiral found a white post office box filled with opened mail, missing documents and money. “Some of them were marriage certificates, birthday cards from grandma,” she said. “Bills where they were paying…

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