Slow mail delivery for Boston, OIG investigation finds

Boston residents may have to wait a little longer for their mail after an investigation showed the city’s Postal Service processing and distribution center saw a 56 percent increase in the amount of delayed mail within a single year. In just the first three months of fiscal year 2014, the Boston center delayed delivery of…

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APWU: Don’t Buy. It’s that easy.

With your help, the Stop Staples campaign is gathering momentum. After months of stonewalling by USPS management and Staples executives, the APWU National Executive Board voted to increase the pressure on the office-supply chain by officially calling for a “Don’t Buy” campaign for all products sold by Staples. The “Don’t Buy” message is already catching…

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ABC7 Chicago I-Team: Snail Mail Getting Slower?

CHICAGO (WLS) — The I-Team is tracking slow and unreliable mail service and putting the U.S. Postal Service to the test. There’s now new evidence that the problem is growing. ABC7 Consumer Investigative Reporter Jason Knowles got an inside look at the local postal nerve center and what’s being done to speed things up. In…

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Postal Service, union in confrontation over mail service at Staples stores

The announcement last year drew little notice: The long-troubled United States Postal Service was teaming up with equally distressed retailer Staples Inc. to offer mail services in 82 of its office supply stores. Initially pitched as a modest public-private partnership, the deal has blown up into a major confrontation between the Postal Service and its…

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APWU President Mark Dimondstein on The Ed Show, May 20, 2014 – YouTube

Published on May 20, 2014 APWU President Mark Dimondstein discusses postal finances — and how Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe seems determined to use the ginned-up crisis to justify piecemeal privatization and drastic cuts in service.   ▶ APWU President Mark Dimondstein on The Ed Show, May 20, 2014 – YouTube.

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Staples stock drops after poor earnings

Staples shares plunged more than 10% following a disappointing earnings report Tuesday. Profits for Staples in the first quarter plummeted 43.5% — far short of expectations — and revenue fell 2.8%. The office supply chain’s drop is the latest example of the company’s struggle to compete against Amazon and other e-commerce giants. “When you’re trying…

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In-house analytics tool maps fraud at USPS

Data is the raw material with which investigators deal. The challenge for them often is not so much getting data—there is more of it being produced and stored by government today than ever before—but making sense of it. The inspector general’s office at the U.S. Postal Service has developed its own system to analyze data…

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NY Metro APWU’s ‘The Union Mail’ wins 3 Communications Awards

The Union Mail recently won 3 awards at the Metro NY Labor Communications Council’s Annual Communications Contest. Chuck Zlatkin (previous editor) and Flo Summergrad (current editor) will attend the award ceremony May 30. Their articles won 1st and 2nd place. News Writing 1st Place: “Fast Food Workers Take a Stand: Can’t Survive on $7.25!” Flo…

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