Archive for November, 2010

USPS says customers are “mere commenters”, have no right to intervene in rate case appeal

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USPS says customers are “mere commenters”, have no right to intervene in rate case appeal – postalnews blog.

As a mere commenter, I find this offensive.  As a USPS customer, I find it unacceptable.  The Postal Service must really fear that these associations have a valid argument against exigency.

All of this wasted energy is such a shame.  The USPS should be partnering with these associations so that collectively, we can rebuild a struggling Postal Service.  It is already obvious that the USPS can’t do it without us.

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November 19th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

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USPS Celebrates Success Of Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes

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November 19th, 2010 at 12:38 am

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USPS Not Near Bankruptcy?

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November 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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USPS Pays 25% Annual Bonus to Executive VP Vegliante

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November 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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Performance-Based Verification Issues

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I reported here last week that one of the issues from the PostalOne! Release 25 that was being reported had to do with the loss of PBV Performance Based Verification data, resulting in excessive in depth verification triggers to the Bulk Mail Entry Units. I received a communication from the PostalOne Help Desk today, confirming that there was a problem, and stating that the issue has been resolved:

“We experienced initial problems with performance based verification on Monday and Tuesday following the deployment of Release 25 (Nov 7). This problem caused excessive requests for verifications, MERLIN included. We were advised effective Wednesday, Nov 10 the problem had been resolved and back to normal working conditions. We have not been advised from our field or IT that there are any continued problems.

Acceptance employees should be performing verification based on PostalOne requests. If there are specific locations that problems are being reported we can look into them.

Thank you,
PostalOne!”

I greatly appreciate the Help Desk’s efforts to get back to me. If anyone out there is still experiencing excessive verification issues, they need to contact the Help Desk at 1-800-522-9085.

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November 16th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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Postal Service Board Recognizes Postmaster General Potter

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November 12th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

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Carper reacts to “historic” USPS losses

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November 12th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

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USPS postal reforms go against US Constitution, union claims

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USPS postal reforms go against US Constitution, union claims | Post & Parcel.

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“APWU president William Burrus denounced the extra powers the bill would give the USPS to close small post offices for financial reasons, and to take the financial health of the Postal Service into account when bargaining with the unions.”
My comment:  Finances need to be taken into account.  That is not what everybody wants, but it is the reality of the current USPS situation. No viable business can operate at a loss.  There are alternatives to service these small post office areas, such as contract stations, and a USPS presence in retail outlets such as grocery stores and pharmacies.  There is a potential here to EXTEND the current reach by changing the model.  That is the direction that should be taken, and quickly.

“The APWU president, who is soon to retire, claimed that the move was pandering to large mailers pushing to keep postal rates down by cutting services to “a large swath of America”.”
My comment:  I work with large mailers every day.  They have no desire to cut services or limit growth of the USPS in any way, but at the same time, understand business decisions and return on investment needs.  For Pete’s sake, the health of the Postal Service is critical to our livelihoods!  Large mailers are out there, selling direct mail on behalf of the USPS, directly benefitting the USPS employees with mail volumes.  We’re on the same team.

“The APWU president accused Senator Carper of a “deliberate effort to reduce the wages and benefits of postal employees” by targeting the union negotiation process.”
My comment:  Why?  Why would Senator Carper want to do that?  Because he is a mean guy?  What benefit does he have by making a deliberate effort to cut wages and benefits unless it were absolutely necessary for the survival of the organization?  What is his motivation?

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November 12th, 2010 at 10:27 am

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USPS’s Action Delays Announcement of New Postal Rates

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November 11th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

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Honoring Our Veterans

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Please take a moment today to honor our Veterans.  Thank you to all who have served, are currently serving, and those who will serve in the future.

History of Veteran’s Day

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November 11th, 2010 at 8:02 am

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