Archive for August, 2011

NALC joins with other unions to picket Issa’s district office on Thursday

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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Mail Service Update

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From USPS 10:45 am EST

Pennsylvania

Flood alerts remain in effect for the areas in ZIP Codes 169 -188, and 195 – 196.

Power has been restored to the Lehigh Valley, 2299 Highland Ave., Lehigh Valley, PA 18002 and Harrisburg, 1425 Crooked Hill Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17107.

Trees and power lines are down in ZIP Code areas 189-194.

Operations at the Philadelphia Processing & Distribution Operations Center, 7500 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19176 continue as scheduled.

Operations at the Southeastern Processing and Distribution Facility, 1000 W Valley Rd., Southeastern PA 19399 continue as scheduled.

Operations at the Philadelphia Network Distribution Center, 1900 Byberry Road, Philadelphia, PA 19116 continue as scheduled.
New Jersey
Numerous power outages remain in ZIP Codes 077, 080-087, and 197-199. Due to flooding and high time cresting, many roads are impassable. Major transportation outlets remain closed. Information on delivery and closings will be posted as received.
The following ZIP Code areas have curtailed deliveries until damages are accessed and transportation routes are deemed safe.
08008 Beach Haven
08202 Avalon
08203 Brigantine
08204 Cape May
08212 Cape May Point
08226 Ocean City
08243 Sea Isle City
08247 Stone Harbor
08260 Wildwood
08401 Atlantic City
08402 Margate City
08403 Longport
08406 Ventnor City

North Carolina
Bridges are closed on Bogue Island and Bridgeton located in ZIP Code area 283 and 285.
The Vandemere Post Office, 1370 Pennsylvania Ave., Vandemere, NC 28587 and Merritt Post Office 19686 NC Highway 55, Merritt, NC 28556 operations have temporarily moved to the Bayboro Post Office, 107 Main St., Bayboro, NC 28515.
Davis Post Office, 272 Horsehoe Rd., Davis, NC 28524 operations have temporarily moved to the Smyrna Post Office, 467 US Highway 70, Smyrna, NC 28579.
Kinston P&DF, 208 E Caswell St., Kinston, NC 28501 continues to report a power outage. A generator is in use.

91 Postal facilities are reporting power outages in ZIP Code areas 270-279, and 286. Detailed information on offices in these locations will be posted as received.

Highway 12 is flooded in Rodanthe and will be impassable for 3-4 days. The ferry will be shuttling mail to the Southern Outer Bank offices.

The following offices are currently without power. Expect curtailed deliveries in these areas.

Dudley 28333
Warsaw 28398
Atkinson 28421
Burgaw 28425
Delco 28436
Kinston 28501
Alliance 28509
Arapahoe 28510
Atlantic 28511
Atlantic Beach 28512
Ayden 28513
Bayboro 28515
Beaufort 28516
Bridgeton 28519
Cedar Island 28520
Chinquapin 28521
Cove City 28523
Davis 28524
Deep Run 28525
Dover 28526
Ernul 28527
Gloucester 28528
Grantsboro 28529
Grifton 28530
Harkers Island 28531
Havelock 28532
Hobucken 28537
Hookerton 28538
Lagrange 28551
Marshallberg 28553
Maysville 28555
Merritt 28556
Morehead City 28557
Oriental 28571
Pink Hill 28572
Pollocksville 28573
Sealevel 28577
Smyrna 28579
Snow Hill 28580
Stonewall 28583
Swansboro 28584
Trenton 28585
Vanceboro 28586
Vandemere 28587
Emerald Isle 28594

Virginia
The Richmond Processing and Distribution Center, 5801 Technology Blvd., Sandston, VA 23150 continues to operate without power or telephone. Currently this facility is working using a generator with limited capabilities. All mailers can continue dropping mail at the Richmond P&DC location however there will be processing delays. We are confident we will be back operationally as soon as possible. Updates will be posted as received.
Power has been restored to the Norfolk Processing and Distribution Center, 600 Church St., Norfolk, VA.
There are no issues reported in the Northern Virginia area in ZIP Codes 201, 220-223, and 226-227.
Maryland
As a result of Hurricane Irene, a number of facilities in the region are still operating without power. Because of that, a number of offices are not offering retail services, but a postal presence is available at all impacted facilities for customers with PO Boxes wishing to collect their mail. All deliveries are being attempted today where it is safe to do so. Updates will be posted as received.
Office ZIP Code

Parkville 21234
Gwynn Oak 21207
Raspeburg 21206
Carroll 21229
Windsor Mill 21244
Arlington 21215
Walbrook 21216
Severna Park 21146
Arnold 21012
Joppa 21085
White Hall 21161
Belcamp 21017
Chuchville 21028
Pylesville 21132
Dayton 21036
Fork 21051
Stevenson 21153
Butler 21023
Riderwood 21139
Benson 21018
Fort Howard 21052
Hanover 21076
Mayo 21106
Riva 21140
Upper Falls 21156
Enchanted Fst. 21043
Rock Hall 21661
Vienna 21869
Betterton 21610
Eastport 21403

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

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USPS Mail Service Update

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2:53pm EST via a USPS Mail Service Update email:

We anticipate closures and evacuations throughout the Northeast and New England areas as Hurricane Irene progresses and will post updates as information is received.
Georgia
Atlanta – no issues to report
South Carolina
No issues to report
North Carolina
• Many offices without power including all of Wilmington City, curtailed delivery in the following ZIP Codes 27505, 27552, 27556, 27559, 27330, 28355, 28368.

• Postal facilities are closed in the areas under mandatory evacuations and curfews

• Kinston P&DF, 208 E Caswell St., Kinston, NC 28501 has reported a power outage

• 63 offices are closed are closed in the Greensboro area
Virginia
• 17 postal facilities are closed in the areas under mandatory evacuations and curfews
Maryland
• Postal operations have been suspended in Ocean City and offices on Smith Island

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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USPS keeping an eye on Hurricane Irene

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USPS keeping an eye on Hurricane Irene – postalnews blog.

I will be weathering out the storm at home , just a leittle bit beyond the voluntary evacuation zone in my little Connecticut shoreline town. Everyone, be safe!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

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Mail Service Updates New Jersey – Hurricane Irene

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From the USPS via a Mail Service Update email:

New Jersey

The following ZIP Code areas have curtailed deliveries until Hurricane Irene has passed. Access to PO Boxes is also affected. Information will be updated as received.

08008 Beach Haven
08202 Avalon
08203 Brigantine
08204 Cape May
08212 Cape May Point
08226 Ocean City
08243 Sea Isle City
08247 Stone Harbor
08260 Wildwood
08401 Atlantic City
08402 Margate City
08403 Longport
08406 Ventnor City

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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Moved Left No Address Update Requirement Rescinded

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As expected, official word from the USPS on ACS MLNA and BCNO:

The USPS announces the withdrawal of the Proposed Rule, Revised: Changes to Move Update Standards, published in the Federal Register July 12, 2011. This Federal Register notice proposed the revision to the Move Update standards to require mailers to update their address lists with changes-of-address filed by postal employees, commonly known as Moved-Left-No-Address and PO-Box-Closed,-No-Forwarding-Order (MLNA/BCNO) orders. A current analysis of the annual volume of MLNA/BCNO orders filed shows a significant decline since the date of the proposed inclusion of MLNA/BCNO as part of the Move Update standard. By removing the MLNA/BCNO requirement the USPS is hopeful the mailing industry will instead focus their efforts on the implementation of the Full Service Intelligent Mail barcode program.
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This is welcome news.  However, this statement puzzles me:
By removing the MLNA/BCNO requirement the USPS is hopeful the mailing  industry will instead focus their efforts on the implementation of the  Full Service Intelligent Mail barcode program.

I’ve no idea what one has to do with the other.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 26th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

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Great Lakes Focus Group MTAC/Network Realignment News

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It was presented at yesterday’s Great Lakes Focus Group meeting that there is a new proposed tentative structure for MTAC Industry Leadership, as follows:

Four Classes-

  • First Class
  • Standard Class
  • Periodicals
  • Packages

Five Focus Areas

  • Entry & Preparation
  • Mail Piece DesignProduct Development
  • Acceptance
  • Service Performance
  • Payment

Leadership elections for the upcoming terms will take place at MTAC in November.

Also presented was a tentative timeline for Network Realignment:

October 2011-USPS will file delivery standard change proposals to the PRC for consideration and approval.  In my opinion, they will be looking for at least an additional day for First Class and Priority mail, a move that will save a great deal of money.  If the USPS focuses, and succeeds, in making mail predictable and consistent, rather than as quickly as possible at all costs, this will be a win-win for everyone.

January 2012 – PRC Decision expected – could come sooner

February 2012 – this would be the earliest time a service standards revision could be implemented

March 2012 – Network changes commence

With complete Network Optimization slated for the end of 2012.
That is one aggressive timeline.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 26th, 2011 at 10:18 am

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PMG PROVIDES MORE DETAIL ON PLAN FOR SOLVENCY

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 26th, 2011 at 9:29 am

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Congress Considers Eliminating Reduced Rates for Nonprofit Mail

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 25th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

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USPS – Reply Rides Free

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The United States Postal Service® encourages the growth of automation letter-size First-Class Mail®. The Reply Rides Free program provides an incentive for our customers to include more content in their automation First-Class Mail letters by providing a postage credit for the extra weight.

USPS – Reply Rides Free.

Portal to the Reply Rides Free USPS incentive program

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 25th, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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