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Postal Life August 20-21, 2017
Today's top posts from social media and other sources about postal life.
8/21/17
Winthrop Post Office Will be Rebuilt After Fire - Comments (Count)
Longtime Nashua Postal Carriers Earn Million Mile Award - Comments (Count)
8/20/17
Last call at a historic Philly post office - Comments (Count)
Brooklyn: Mailman allegedly threatened with a hammer, robbed by duo - Comments (Count)
Sicko Postal Worker Busted for Feeding Dogs Deadly Meatballs - Comments (Count)
Florida: Postal worker robbed of package at gunpoint - Comments (Count)
Solar Eclipse Pictorial Postmarks - Comments (Count)
8/19/17
Court case involving photos taken at post office (PDF) - Comments (Count)
Two rural postal carriers honored as heroes for helping save customers - Comments (Count)
Roaches cause temporary mail suspension - Comments (Count)
US post offices in path of eclipse offer special postmarks - Comments (Count)
Bats' time in Oldsmar post office almost over - Comments (Count)
8/18/17
Five juveniles accused of shooting postal worker with BB gun - Comments (Count)
Postal worker seriously injured in crash with garbage truck - Comments (Count)
30-year postal employee delivers more than the mail - Comments (Count)
No renewal for Howard Beach post office lease - Comments (Count)
Link: Priority Mail Art - Comments (Count)
Downing Retiring After 28 Years of Service as Rural Mail Carrier - Comments (Count)
NOTE: Past comments have been deleted due to a website issue but all new articles will have comments as before. 
8/17/17
Meet the CNY letter carrier who has delivered mail since 1967 and is still going
Chicago: Thefts reported from at least 5 USPS trucks on SW side
Excessive post office heat frustrates workers and customers
Postal employee led money order scheme to defraud USPS out of $100K
All clear given after chemical spill at Mamou Post Office
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TOP NEWS STORIES
Postal Service: More red ink, missed payments as mail slumps
8.10.2017 - AP reports: " The U.S. Postal Service warned Thursday that it will likely default on up to $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health and pension benefits for the fifth straight year, citing a coming cash crunch that could disrupt day-to-day mail delivery. The service said it expected cash balances to run low by October and to avoid bankruptcy would likely not make all of its payments as required under federal law." - USPS Reports 3rd Quarter Results - WSJ: US Postal System Continues to March Backwards - USPS Reports $16.7bn Q3 Revenue - USPS Financial Woes Swell With $2.1 Billion Net Loss Last Quarter - Comments (Count)
New NALC-USPS Contract is Ratified
8.07.2017 - NALC reports: "The active membership of the National Association of Letter Carriers has overwhelmingly ratified the proposed 2016-2019 National Agreement with the United States Postal Service. By a margin exceeding 16 to 1, eligible members voted to accept the tentative agreement that was announced on May 12. The vote to ratify was 78,935 to accept the agreement versus 4,732 to reject it, as reported by NALC's Ballot Committee chaired by Joseph DeRossi." - New Labor Contract Will Give 200K Postal Workers a Raise, But Trim Their Benefits - Comments (Count)
Watchdog: Postal Service broke law by letting employees do Clinton campaign work
7.19.2017 - Fox News reports: "According to the report, roughly 97 NALC members requested the leave without pay to participate. The NALC, which endorsed Clinton last June, compensated those USPS workers using the Letter Carrier Political Fund, the union's PAC." - USPS improperly enabled workers - Postal Service showed 'institutional bias' by letting workers help Clinton - Wisconsin letter carrier to testify on political campaigning by postal workers - USPS financially imploding as new political scandal emerges - NALC Statement - USPS OIG: Oral Statement on USPS Actions During the 2016 Campaign Season (PDF) - VIDEO: Wisconsin Letter Carrier Timm Kopp Testifies - Postal Service taking a 'hands off' approach to future union political activity
NPMHU Secures Delay of Proposed Involuntary Reassignments
7.18.2017 - NPMHU reports: "The NPMHU has been recently informed by Postal Headquarters that the September 2017 "move date" will be pushed back and that no Mail Handler will be involuntarily reassigned out of his/her installation until, in all likelihood, at least February 2018. Postal management has agreed to use this extended period to discuss with the unions ways to minimize and even eliminate the involuntary reassignments of Full-Time career employees out of their current installations." - APWU: USPS Agrees to Five-Month Delay in Forced Reassignments and Excessing
Postal Worker Dies After Collapsing on Route
7.14.2017 - The TriStateUpdate reports: "Family members confirm to 13 News that a loved one who is a postal worker died while delivering mail, after collapsing on a front porch. Charleston Fire says that a postal worker was transported to an area hospital after receiving a call that someone passed out from heat exhaustion. Family members identify that man as Ronnie Bowles."
Rural Carrier Associate Kills Himself at Rolla, Missouri Post Office
7.10.2017 - The Rolla Daily News reports: "The man was identified as Benedict Benito, an employee of the post office. Benito had taken hostages prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Rolla Chief of Police Sean Fagan said two other post office employees were caught inside the building, and a third employee showed up after Benito arrived, but was able to run away." - Man found dead inside post office after standoff

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