Hallmark Movie: Signed, Sealed, Delivered for Christmas

With a duty to deliver every last letter before Christmas, the beloved quartet of post office detectives—Oliver (Eric Mabius), Shane (Kristin Booth), Rita (Crystal Lowe) and Norman (Geoff Gustafson)—are working around the clock to redirect Santa’s mail just as Oliver runs into his former Sunday school teacher (Marion Ross). When they receive an emotional last-minute…

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Changes to Catastrophic Health Protection in 2015 Should Reassure Feds

Federal employees and retirees will have some added health insurance protection in 2015 if disaster strikes. Beginning next year, many enrollees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program won’t have to worry about paying separate (i.e., potentially more) out-of-pocket expenses for different benefits, like prescription drugs, the way some currently do. The out-of-pocket cap in…

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Millennials Love Mail

A new poll shows that the people you’d least expect to use stamps are the ones who like the U.S. Postal Service most. By Marina Koren (November 21, 2014) It’s losing billions of dollars a year. It’s been hacked. It wants to stop delivering mail on Saturdays, but no one will let it. The United…

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U.S. mail about to get slower

Cutbacks have been a fact of life for U.S. Postal Service operations across north central Ohio for several years now. Mail-processing operations left Mansfield for Cleveland in 2012. And small, rural post offices in Crawford County villages like Chatfield have seen their office hours drastically cut. Some mail delivery has suffered as a result, but…

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OnTrac, USPS launch last-mile delivery service

(November 21, 2014) Western regional parcel carrier OnTrac today launched a delivery service in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) that offers large-volume retailers a fourth major business-to-consumer option in a region covering 70 million consumers. The service, called “DirectPost,” allows OnTrac to collect parcels from retailers and inject them deep into the postal…

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Video: Drug traffickers target the post office

OMAHA, Neb. —It’s about to get even busier at the post office. Thousands of holiday packages are moving through the postal service and inspectors know some of them will contain pot. “We’ve seen more marijuana packages lately because of the legalization in states such as Colorado,” said Dave Margritz, a U.S. Postal Service inspector. Margritz…

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APWU: National Day of Action Photos Posted Online

Web News Article #: 215-2014 11/21/2014 –  Photos from the Nov.14 National Day of Action have been uploaded to the union’s Flickr account where members can view them. The photos are tagged by state. They can also be seen on the union’s Facebook page. via National Day of Action Photos Posted Online | APWU.

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USPS: ‘We got this’ – Western New York District braves ‘Snow-vember Storm’

The storm that dumped more than 7 feet of snow on parts of the greater Buffalo, NY, area last week caused major disruptions to everything, including mail service. “We did what we do best in Western New York and what we do best as postal employees — took care of our people, moved mail where…

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