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5/23/18
Flag stolen from Henrietta post office to protest poppy policy - Comments (Count)
Garland postmaster retiring after 42-year career - Comments (Count)
Santee community members upset over delayed post office renovation - Comments (Count)
Business owners in Estes Park to petition state leaders over postal problems - Comments (Count)
Video shows postal worker on phone and relaxing on customer's porch for 17 minutes - Comments (Count)
5/22/18
USPS OIG: Review of Extended Capacity Left-Hand Drive Delivery Vehicle Acquisition - Comments (Count)
Postal worker taken to hospital after being chased by dog - Comments (Count)
Alert postal carrier and neighbor rescue elderly woman on floor for days - Comments (Count)
Postal Service Hiring On Maui - Comments (Count)
Mail fail: USPS loses 30 days of man's hold mail, can't track it down - Comments (Count)
Home video catches mail carrier 'going postal' on garbage can - Comments (Count)
5/21/18
APWU: Remembering President Emeritus William Burrus (1936-2018) - Comments (Count)
USPS OIG: Consolidation of Mail for the Atlanta Network Distribution Center - Comments (Count)
USPS OIG: Sunday Is the New Monday - Comments (Count)
What's Amazon worth to the Post Office? It could be a cool billion - Comments (Count)
United States Postal Service's First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps Evoke a Sweet Summer Scent - Comments (Count)
Drone deliveries ready to soar in Japan - Comments (Count)
5/20/18
Record amount of food collected by letter carriers in Central Arkansas - Comments (Count)
USPS to Issue O Beautiful Forever Stamps - Comments (Count)
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Trump Pressured USPS to Jack Up Shipping Rates for Amazon
5.18.2018 - NY Post reports: "President Trump personally pressured Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double the charges Amazon and other firms pay to ship packages, a new report said Friday. Brennan resisted Trump's demand, explaining "in multiple conversations" that the rates are set in contracts and that any changes would have to be approved by regulators, the Washington Post reported." - WH: Trump may see 'unfairness' with Amazon - Amazon briefly hit session low after report - Comments (Count)
USPS gets whacked with a $1.3 billion loss as it struggles to keep up with Amazon
5.11.2018 - Business Insider reports: "Perhaps even more troublesome is that the USPS posted such a large loss during a period in which package volumes increased by 5%. While that uptick most likely explains the $364 million increase in compensation expenses due to what it describes as "additional hours incurred to support the labor-intensive package business as well as contractual wage adjustments," it also raises the question of why the volume surge wasn't able to bridge the controllable-income gap." - USPS's flawed business model persists even with growth in packages - Packages Weigh on USPS as Losses Grow - USPS Press Release - Comments (Count)
In Rural America, the Postal Service is Already Collapsing
5.03.2018 - The Nation reports: "It's in towns like Jessica's that the Postal Service is most indispensable as a public institution, but rural areas are also where the agency's recent cutbacks have been the most debilitating. As the USPS has phased in workforce cuts over the past decade, it has created what amounts to a labor shortage at the country's smaller stations. Across rural America, routes are vacant, offices are understaffed, and turnover rates are high." - PDF Version - Comments (Count)
Trump, Having Denounced Amazon's Shipping Deal, Orders Review of Postal Service
4.13.2018 - NY Times reports: "President Trump abruptly issued an executive order on Thursday demanding an evaluation of the Postal Service's finances, asserting the power of his office weeks after accusing Amazon, the online retail giant, of not paying its fair share in postage. In the executive order, Mr. Trump created a task force to examine the service's "unsustainable financial path" and directed the new panel to "conduct a thorough evaluation of the operations and finances of the USPS." - USPS Workers Bear the Burden - Business Community Responds - Sanders - APWU - NALC - GovExec - Text of the Executive Order - The Hill - CNBC - Comments (Count)
USPS Could Owe Payouts to As Many As $130K Employees After Class Action Ruling
4.09.2018 - GovExec reports: "The U.S. Postal Service will soon have to make a payout to as many as 130,000 current and former employees as part of a class-action lawsuit, with an anti-discrimination oversight body finding the mailing agency created a program to rid its rolls of employees injured on the job under the guise of trying to accommodate them." - Comments (Count)
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January 1 - New Year's Day (Mon)
January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. birthday (Mon)
February 19 - Washington's Birthday (Mon)
May 28 - Memorial Day (Mon)
July 4 - Independence Day (Wed)
September 3 - Labor Day (Mon)
October 8 - Columbus Day (Mon)
November 12 - Veterans Day (Mon)
November 22 - Thanksgiving Day (Thu)
December 25 - Christmas Day (Tue)

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