USPS: Anthem data breach – Some members’ personal information compromised

February 11, 2015 Anthem, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield programs in several states, reported a massive data breach Feb. 6 that may have exposed the personal information of 80 million people. Hackers may have gained access to current and former members’ names, birthdates, medical IDs, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment…

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USPS: Postal pioneer Jackie Strange, first woman DPMG, dies

Jackie Strange, a 41-year postal employee and the first woman to serve as Deputy Postmaster General, died Feb. 1. She was 87. Strange joined USPS as a temporary clerk in 1946, when the organization was still called the Post Office Department. She rose through the ranks and served as DPMG for two years before retiring…

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USPS OIG Audit Project: Postal Inspection Service Mail Covers Program Phase 2

February 11, 2015 A mail cover is an investigative tool used to record data appearing on the outside of a mailpiece. Law enforcement agencies use this information to protect national security; locate fugitives; obtain evidence; or help identify property, proceeds, or assets forfeitable under criminal law. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 39 – Postal Service,…

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How The Post Office Could Take On The Payday Loan Industry

By Dave Jamieson – February 11, 2015 With the idea of postal banking becoming more mainstream in the U.S., the head of the largest union of postal workers says he plans to make a revived banking service part of his union’s upcoming contract talks with the U.S. Postal Service. Mark Dimondstein, president of the American…

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APWU Joins ‘Government Works for America’ Rally

Web News Article #: 024-2015 – 02/10/2015 Members of the APWU endured freezing temperatures with their brothers and sisters from other federal and postal unions at a “Government Works for America” rally organized by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) outside the Senate on Feb. 10. The rally was held in conjunction with AFGE’s…

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Notice of Postal Police Officer Exam Opportunities (In-Service Only)

Application Requests Must Be Received By Monday, February 23, 2015 For The Following Locations:  Memphis, TN  Houston, TX  Pittsburgh, PA  San Francisco, CA  New Orleans, LA  Cleveland, OH  Chicago, IL  Los Angeles, CA  Philadelphia, PA  St. Louis, MO  Miami, FL  Boston, MA …

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USPS Cost Cutting Ain’t Cuttin’ It, Mailers Group Says

February 9, 2015 From Flats Sequencing to Network Rationalization, many of the U.S. Postal Service’s recent cost-cutting programs have not been living up to the agency’s projections, a multi-industry mailers group says. Worse, the programs have shifted costs to mailers without apparently benefiting USPS, the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) wrote in a recent filing…

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APWU: Contract Campaign Ramps Up, Town Hall Conference Call Feb. 17 (Register by Feb. 16)

Web News Article #: 022-2015 02/09/2015 – With contract negotiations set to begin on Feb. 19, APWU members across the country are busy preparing. At the national level, officers have been studying data, weighing input from union members, plotting strategy, and honing contract proposals. “But to win a good contract this year, we will have…

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