Former postal inspector to serve 3 years for possessing stolen mail, marijuana trafficking

By Jason Green – January 27, 2016 SAN JOSE — A once-heralded postal inspector was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for possessing stolen U.S. mail, including a gun silencer and a silver bar, and marijuana trafficking, federal prosecutors said. Quan Pham Howard, 53, of Saratoga, is expected to begin serving his sentence on…

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Proposed USPS ‘reform’ is actually a failure of democratic governance

By Editorial Board – January 26, 2016 THE SENATE could not have chosen a more appropriate title for last week’s committee hearing on the nation’s troubled postal system: “Laying Out the Reality of the United States Postal Service.” Witness after expert witness explained just how desperate that reality is. In the age of email and text…

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Coworkers defend Memphis postal worker indicted for attacking supervisor

By Jerry Askin – January 26, 2016 MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) – A United States Postal Service worker has been indicted on assault charges. Police said Richard Martin attacked a USPS supervisor while at work Saturday. Some postal workers spent Tuesday defending Martin and decrying what they call bad management at the United States Postal Service…

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Bill would push retired postal workers into Medicare

By Michael Sandler – January 26, 2016 Legislation aimed at improving the finances of the struggling U.S. Postal Service would force its retirees to use Medicare as their primary insurer. The USPS currently pays for retiree healthcare through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 requires it to…

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Postal service hiring more carriers:  Package delivery up 40% in Cedar Rapids-Iowa City Corridor

George C. Ford – January 25, 2016 The U.S. Postal Service is looking to hire more city and rural carriers as “last mile” package delivery from Amazon.com, FedEx and UPS continues to grow. “We’ve really been growing the package business,” said Jim Herrmann, USPS district manager, during an interview Monday in Cedar Rapids. “Cedar Rapids-Iowa…

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