Postal News Archives January 2019

The price of ‘Forever’ stamps just went up

1.28.2019 – CNN reports: “It just got more expensive to send mail. The price of a “Forever” stamp has gone up a nickel — to 55 cents. While not exorbitant, the price increase is part of the biggest price jump on stamps in the United States Postal Service history. And it’s a result of the pressure the agency is facing to dig itself out of a deep financial hole.” – Comments (Count)

The FSS Slows, and the Red Ink Flows

1.06.2019 – Dead Tree Edition reports: “For the third year in a row, productivity of the U.S. Postal Service’s Flats Sequencing System declined in 2018 – with no end in sight to the money-losing machines’ troubles. Hourly throughputs declined 5% during Fiscal Year 2018 and are 14% below where they were five years ago, the USPS reported recently in its Annual Compliance Report. Leakage – the proportion of mail that was supposed to be run on FSS machines but wasn’t – rose from 20.1% to 21.9%.” – Comments (Count)


Buffalo postal delivery impacted by winter storm Comments (Count)
Record cold delays some deliveries Comments (Count)
Three indicted for armed robbery of USPS driver Comments (Count)
Postal carriers, homeless cope with bitter cold temps Comments (Count)
USPS extends Michigan’s mail delivery suspension Comments (Count)
Postal workers combat bitter cold to deliver mail  |  Postal workers power through frigid temps and biting winds Comments (Count)
Postal employees working in deep freeze after USPS sent alert canceling mail delivery Comments (Count)
Rain, sleet, snow… squall! Comments (Count)
NALC: Threat of Vehicle Fires Increasing as LLV Fleet Ages Comments (Count)


USPS changes course: Kansas and Missouri WILL get mail delivery on Wednesday Comments (Count)
Postal carrier arrested for threatening customer, entering residence Comments (Count)
No mail to be delivered to parts of 10 states as polar vortex chills mail delivery  |  USPS Service Alerts Comments (Count)
Sellers Get Sticker Shock With New Postal Rates Comments (Count)
Postal workers braving the cold and snow Comments (Count)
Medical emergency leads USPS driver to crash truck in SF Comments (Count)
USPS Replacing all NYC Mailboxes For New Anti-Fishing Model Comments (Count)


Mail carrier furious that USPS is making employees work during frigid weather  |  Extreme weather is so bad in some parts of the country even the USPS won’t be going out Comments (Count)
Polar Vortex Hits U.S. With Dangerous Cold Temperatures Comments (Count)
Royal Mail discloses further drop in letter volumes; New EU privacy regulations sink junk mail Comments (Count)
Postal Service Pays $4.9 Million to Settle Case Over Child Killed by Truck Comments (Count)
Postal Service woes prompt passage of resolution urging USPS to improve Comments (Count)


T-Mobile Promotions for USPS Employees! Comments (Count)
Beargrease Racers Sworn in as Official U.S. Postal Carriers Comments (Count)
Carrier saved mail from burning postal truck Comments (Count)
Riviera Beach police car crashes into USPS mail truck Comments (Count)


North country mail carriers deliver despite harsh winter weather Comments (Count)
Postal watchdog appeals PRC decision approving five-cent increase in Forever stamps Comments (Count)
Unbelievable! 3rd Postal Truck Fire in Days, This One in NC Comments (Count)


Video shows woman lead police on chase in stolen mail truck Comments (Count)
Virgin Islands: Murals included in Postal Service’s post-storm repairs Comments (Count)
El Verano postal facility closed due to possible asbestos contamination Comments (Count)
Postal workers union reports continued neglect of Albuquerque postal facilities Comments (Count)
Town of Washington loses bid to keep its historic Post Office Comments (Count)
Postal Service officials put on notice for Tallahassee’s poor mail service Comments (Count)


Residents complain of misplaced mail from Prairiewood Post Office Comments (Count)
New Postmaster Honored to Serve Comments (Count)
Another Mail Truck Burns in Illinois Comments (Count)
USPS Proposal Could Spread Pain to Catalogs Comments (Count)
Video Shows a USPS Truck Engulfed in Flames Rolling Down a Hill!!!  |  Witness: Mail carrier gunned vehicle for ten minutes trying to get up icy hill  |  Aftermath Comments (Count)


Mail carrier puts salt down for elderly woman Comments (Count)
Cremains of Castle Rock woman’s father lost in the mail Comments (Count)
It was dark and raining: Postal truck had green light when it hit pedestrian Comments (Count)
CBU mailbox lying on the ground for weeks fixed following call to news station Comments (Count)
Amazon Starts Testing ‘Scout’ Delivery Robots Near Seattle Comments (Count)


Postal Service workers face challenges during winter weather Comments (Count)
Woman dies after being hit by USPS mail truck in Everett Comments (Count)
Thief robs USPS worker of key at gunpoint in Miami Comments (Count)
Mailman charged after admitting to stealing 100 gift cards and thousands in cash Comments (Count)
Slick sidewalks tricky for mail carriers, deliverers Comments (Count)
USPS Truck Flips Over in Crash Comments (Count)


Russian post offices selling beer to raise funds Comments (Count)
Lyons Post Office resumes business after four years Comments (Count)
Woman injured in crash involving postal truck in Antioch Comments (Count)
Working Outdoors in the Bitter Cold Comments (Count)


Possibility of Amazon Getting Into Banking Comments (Count)
Package stuck in limbo travels over 6,000 miles Comments (Count)
New postage rates take effect next Sunday, January 27th Comments (Count)


Sweden’s Postnord could raise postage prices after record losses Comments (Count)
Canada Post union pitches low-income bank and greener tech Comments (Count)
Vehicle drives through wall of Gardner Post Office Comments (Count)
Postal Service truck stolen in Fresno, crashed minutes later  |  Suspect Arrested Comments (Count)
Connolly-Graves reintroduce legislation to preserve 6-day mail delivery Comments (Count)


Amazon also ramping up ocean shipping Comments (Count)
More PO boxes burglarized at Pegasus Drive post office Comments (Count)
13-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of arson at Laurel Post Office Comments (Count)


12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail Comments (Count)
Video Shows Mail Carrier Tossing Package Out of Truck Comments (Count)
Vigil held for missing Chicago postal worker Comments (Count)
Two Daly City postal employees allege sexual harassment Comments (Count)
Federal Agents Searched Former Home of Portland Postal Worker Comments (Count)
Postal worker accused of hoarding mail Comments (Count)
Letter carriers deliver mail in the bitter cold Comments (Count)


Mailman has heartwarming interaction trying to combat mail thieves Comments (Count)
Look out UPS and FedEx — Is Amazon going to disrupt the shipping industry? Comments (Count)
Stolen San Francisco USPS van recovered in Fort Bragg Comments (Count)
‘No parking on 8 street’ spray painted on postal truck Comments (Count)
Here are 14 companies fighting to ship items same day for less Comments (Count)
New Directions Behavioral Health Wins EAP Contract for USPS Comments (Count)


Ocasio-Cortez Looking Forward to Examining Prospects for Postal Banking Comments (Count)
Kauai County lauds USPS decision to keep historic post office open Comments (Count)
Adapting Postal Facilities to Support Community Resilience Comments (Count)
Mail carrier robbed in Virginia Beach Comments (Count)
Paradise mail delivery resumed today Comments (Count)
US postal workers protest in solidarity with Canada Post counterparts Comments (Count)
Sprint Sizzling Saturday One-Day Sales Event for Postal Employees January 19th (PDF) Comments (Count)
USPS cancels Bypass Mail pilot project at last moment Comments (Count)


Warren: Boxes of mail found at postal employee’s apartment Comments (Count)
Postal Report Pitches Eliminating Nonprofit Price Caps Comments (Count)
Atascocita neighbors go weeks without mailbox Comments (Count)
Do ‘fragile’ labels protect your packages? Comments (Count)
Six arrested in connection with mail thefts from Mountain View apartment complexes Comments (Count)
PHOTO: Rural mail vehicle with busted headlight, no gas cap and no hub caps Comments (Count)


Mail carrier loves her work Comments (Count)
Postal Hub Podcast Episode 141: US Postal Task Force Report – Worth the Wait? Comments (Count)
Taiwan: Man fined for sending cat via express postal mail Comments (Count)
Postal worker hailed as a hero for saving elderly woman’s life while on route Comments (Count)
USPS Gains Market Share From Rivals Comments (Count)


UK: Postal worker describes her 14 months of hell while employed by Royal Mail Comments (Count)
Postal worker shot on the job suffers nerve damage Comments (Count)
Driver injured after running red light, hitting USPS semi truck Comments (Count)


Chicago-area man innocent in postal worker shooting Comments (Count)
Hissing cat stops mail delivery Comments (Count)
Why Was the USPS at CES? Comments (Count)
APWU Officers Join the Protest to #StopTheShutdown Comments (Count)
USPS Expands Wounded Warriors Leave (104 hours per year) Comments (Count)


Postal worker hospitalized following vehicle crash in Dundee Comments (Count)
What happens when mailboxes are vandalized? Enter the Postal Inspection Service Comments (Count)
Dog spray leads to hazmat situation that sickens 17 people Comments (Count)
PRC Annual Report to Congress (PDF) Comments (Count)
Postal Regulatory Commission Elects Nanci Langley Vice Chairman Comments (Count)


Mailman suffers injuries when teen driver hits rear of postal vehicle Comments (Count)
Postal workers praised for pulling driver from burning tanker truck Comments (Count)
Whittier: Mail Carrier Mauled By Loose Dog Comments (Count)
Court Holds USPS Liable For Retaliation of Postal Police Officer Fired For Sleeping on the Job Comments (Count)
USPS Approves Six Mailing Promotions for 2019 Comments (Count)
Postal thieves rip off whole mailbox Comments (Count)
Crowbars used to break open 4 USPS collection boxes Comments (Count)
NPMHU: Update on Government Shutdown Comments (Count)
USPS tests fingerprinting services with FBI Comments (Count)


USPS worker electrocuted at Shannon Street post office  |  Electrocuted while working on parking lot light Comments (Count)
Mail carrier Christine Young did much more than deliver letters and packages in Trenton Comments (Count)
Rash of missing mail reported in Las Vegas neighborhood Comments (Count)
Postal carrier arrested for DWI has history of bad driving Comments (Count)


Cary man home from the hospital after mail carrier’s CPR saves him Comments (Count)
Amazon deliveries – essential in Colorado mountain towns – causing package pile-ups, long lines at tiny post offices Comments (Count)
Parcel carriers shined during peak delivery period, firm’s data shows Comments (Count)
Congressman to introduce bill requiring air conditioning in all USPS mail trucks Comments (Count)


Post Office in Owensboro Hit By Vehicle Comments (Count)
Thibodaux residents complain about mail delivery Comments (Count)
Postal worker finds a championship ring and rediscovers a life-long friend and coach Comments (Count)
Houston mail carrier accused of pepper-spraying barking dog charged with animal cruelty Comments (Count)


Goleta postal facility focus of federal investigation  |  2006: The Goleta Postal Murders Comments (Count)
Reports of Austin thief using master key to steal mail Comments (Count)
USPS IG clears conservative group of wrongdoing in FOIA file release Comments (Count)


Search on for gun, motive, in postal worker shooting Comments (Count)
Boy surprises mail carrier with Lego mail truck Comments (Count)
LA mail carriers honored for driving 1 million miles accident free Comments (Count)
Yet Another Mail Truck Consumed by Fire Comments (Count)
PRC Issues Ruling Concerning Appropriate Share of Institutional Costs on Competitive Products Comments (Count)


Mail truck slides off road into swamp Comments (Count)
Ft. Worth: Postal Worker Caught on Camera Flinging Packages into Puddles of Water Comments (Count)
Philadelphia: Postal worker assaulted in back of mail truck  |  Arrest Made Comments (Count)
Mail carrier hurt after van strikes postal truck Comments (Count)
Dallas: Mail carrier caught on camera pepper-spraying dogs behind fence Comments (Count)
Man charged in shooting of postal worker in Elk Grove Village Comments (Count)


Postal Service offers new feature to manage your mail, but identities have been compromised Comments (Count)
Postman Bob Thornby Walks His Last Mile Comments (Count)
Longevity Risk and the Federal Retiree Comments (Count)
Amazon to Build More Whole Foods Stores, With More Package Pickup Options Comments (Count)
Police search for shooter of USPS worker in Elk Grove Village Comments (Count)


More than half of NZ Post buggies involved in crashes in 2018 Comments (Count)
Postal worker in unmarked vehicle shot from a distance in Elk Grove Village  |  Shot multiple times in Chicago suburb Comments (Count)