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  • Canada Post strike: Residents ask if they really need a postman

    06/24/2011 5:52:01 PM PDT · by goodwithagun · 19 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! News ^ | Jun 23, 2011 | Anita Elash
    When Canadian letter carriers went on strike three weeks ago they hoped to force the national postal service, Canada Post, to back down from a cost-cutting proposal to dramatically reduce wages. Three weeks later, lawmakers are preparing to legislate them back to work, but Canadians are asking just how much a modern cyber-connected society needs the post office anyway. “If I get my mail, I get my mail, but if I really have to do something I go on the Internet,” says Janina, a bank teller. True, some businesses say they have had to scramble to try to fill orders...
  • Man Police Shot During Traffic Stop Was Armed With Armor-Piercing Bullets

    06/24/2011 2:37:28 AM PDT · by Cindy · 48 replies
    KIRO ^ | Posted June `5, 2011, Updated June 16, 2011 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "KEY PENINSULA, Wash. -- A man who was fatally shot by Tacoma police during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning pointed a gun loaded with armor-piercing bullets at the officer who stopped him and was carrying a large amount of ammunition in his truck, the Tacoma Police Department said. Wednesday afternoon, the Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as Brooks Papineau of Gig Harbor." SNIPPET: "When police searched Papineau's truck, they found a large amount of ammunition and additional ammunition magazines.They also said they found a Koran and several books on converting to Islam. Police said Papineau went home...
  • Post Office Suspends Retirement Contributions

    06/22/2011 9:12:35 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 54 replies
    LEX18 TC ^ | June 22, 2011 | Associated Press via LEX18
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially troubled Postal Service is suspending its employer contribution to the federal employee retirement system.</p> <p>The agency said Wednesday it was acting to conserve cash as it continues to lose money. It was $8 billion in the red last year because of the combined effects of the recession and the switch of much mail to the Internet. It faces the possibility of running short of money by the end of this fiscal year in September.</p>
  • Knowingly Jumping Off a Cliff (US Postal Service and their unions are fleecing you)

    06/16/2011 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 20 replies
    Evolving Excellence ^ | 15 June 2011 | Kevin Meyer
    The Bloomberg Businessweek cover story on the U.S. Postal Service a couple weeks ago was a real stunner - filled with so many juicy tidbits that it took a while to digest.  It is just phenomenal that a handful of ingnoramuses (ignorami?) are doing this to a once proud example of American ingenuity. We've heard the story over the past several years - the rise of email has demolished traditional first class mail.  Free markets created the likes of UPS and FedEx, and thanks to better and more reliable service customers willingly paid substantially more for those products.  So what...
  • Calgary, Edmonton postal workers on strike

    06/08/2011 6:09:08 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies
    CBC News ^ | June 8, 2011
    Calgary and Edmonton are the latest targets in the revolving postal strike as union representatives consider their next moves, including a full-blown national walkout. The Alberta walkouts began at 10 p.m MT in Edmonton and 9 p.m MT in Calgary Tuesday night. "The reason why Alberta was chosen is because in the past years we've had serious issues dealing with the employer with respect to staffing here and the level of forced overtime that letter carriers have been having to work," said Bev Ray, Edmonton Canadian Union of Postal Workers local president. "Alberta has been one of the hardest hit...
  • Socialism's Army of Occupation

    06/04/2011 5:31:35 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 6/3/2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Postal Service doesn't exist to deliver mail. 80 percent of its budget goes to the salaries and benefits of its 500,000+ union members. The most pervasive myth of the welfare state is the altruism of the public sector. In this mythology, the private sector is run by a bunch of greedy businessmen who get rich by making money off people's misery. While the public sector is run by altruists who want nothing except to help those left behind by the private sector. Capitalists meet the Anti-Capitalists. But actually it's the public sector that does a much better job of...
  • The U.S. Postal Service Nears Collapse

    05/28/2011 6:47:53 PM PDT · by 4buttons · 201 replies
    Businessweek ^ | May 26, 2011 | Devin Leonard
    He is struck by how many USPS executives started out as letter carriers or clerks. He finds them so consumed with delivering mail that they have been slow to grasp how swiftly the service's financial condition is deteriorating. "We said, 'What's your 10-year plan?' " Herr recalls. "They didn't have one."
  • U.S. Post (Office) has $2.2 billion loss, warns of Sept insolvency

    05/10/2011 3:36:03 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 130 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 9, 2011 | Emily Stephenson
    The U.S. Postal Service posted a $2.2 billion net loss in its second quarter and said it might be unable to pay its debts by September. The agency, which has been battling falling mail volumes and competition from FedEx (FDX.N) and United Parcel Service (UPS.N), said it expects to hit its borrowing limit by the September 30 end of the fiscal year, and will have to default on payments to the federal government unless Congress intervenes. "The Postal Service continues to seek changes in the law to enable a more flexible and sustainable business model," said Chief Executive Patrick Donahoe...
  • U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices

    03/24/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 105 replies
    U.S. Postal Service to cut 7,500 jobs, close offices 31 mins ago WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Postal Service said on Thursday it would cut 7,500 jobs and close seven district offices and 2,000 post offices as it handles less mail and faces greater staff costs and competition from FedEx and United Parcel Service. "It's critical that we adjust our work force to match America's changing communications trends as mail volumes continue to decline," Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in a statement. In November, the Postal Service reported a net loss of $8.5 billion for fiscal year 2010, its fourth...
  • Suicide bomber in central Stockholm

    12/11/2010 1:50:06 PM PST · by La Lydia · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Stockholm News ^ | December 10, 2010
    First exploded a car at the busy shopping street Drottninggatan in central Stockholm. Then came another explosion some distance away and one man died. According to news agency TT, the man had blown himself to death. There was a bag on the ground filled with nails, according to newspaper Expressen. Alarm calls poured in to the Emergency Services from concerned residents about the explosions in central Stockholm on Saturday afternoon. But the initial info from the police was extremely unclear. First there was talk of two cars that exploded, later it proved to be just one... At Bryggargatan a man...
  • APWU, USPS Reach Tentative Agreement on New Contract

    03/14/2011 4:48:52 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 21 replies
    The American Postal Workers Union ^ | March 14, 2011 | The American Postal Workers Union
    The American Postal Workers Union and the U.S. Postal Service have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, union President Cliff Guffey announced today. “Despite the fact that the Postal Service is on the edge of insolvency, the union and management have reached an agreement that is a ‘win-win,’ proposition,” he said.“Throughout the bargaining process, the union has sought to negotiate a contract that would be fair to our members and that would enable the USPS to succeed in the future,” he said.  “The tentative agreement accomplishes those goals. “The new contract will safeguard jobs, protect retirement and healthcare...

    03/06/2011 10:22:57 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 9 replies
    SELF | March 07, 2011 | swampsniper
    On the 22nd of last month I bought some camera lens filters from a seller in New Jersey. On the 25th the package was scanned in to Jacksonville Florida. It sat in Jacksonville until yesterday, 9 days!I called the local PO last Friday and got things stirred up, otherwise my filters might still be stuck in Jacksonville.
  • U.S. Postal Service insists it doesn’t need bailout, just access to overpaid retirement funds

    03/03/2011 8:20:25 AM PST · by jda · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03 March 2011 | Alexis Levinson
    Without some kind of legislative action in the very near future, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will default on the money it owes to the federal government and could become the next large company to require a bailout, according to members of the House committee in charge of the postal service.
  • Woman Tries To Mail Puppy In Box

    02/02/2011 1:32:48 PM PST · by Red Badger · 48 replies
    WCCO ^ | February 1, 2011 6:45 PM | Sonya Goins, Producer
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — They’re calling it the parcel puppy. A Minneapolis woman is charged with animal cruelty after police say she tried to send a puppy through the mail. The poodle-mixed pup is being held temporarily at the animal control office in Minneapolis but still belongs to the woman who allegedly tried to mail it — 39-year-old Stacey Champion. “Clearly there wasn’t a whole lot of thought that went into this,” said Sgt. Angela Dodge with the Minneapolis Police Department. Dodge said last Tuesday Champion took the puppy to the Loring Post Office. The puppy was in a box with...
  • Tyranny of the U.S. Post Office

    01/31/2011 5:24:58 PM PST · by ChocChipCookie · 60 replies
    vanity | January 31, 2011 | ChocChipCookie
    Can a U.S. Post Office refuse mail that has been metered in a neighboring town? Tonight my husband needed to get something postmarked by today, the end of the month, and the only post office with later closing hours was one in Glendale (Arizona). Now, we live in the metro Phoenix area where one city melts into another and use this Post Office whenever it's the most convenient. Well, the Post Office employee gave him a hard time because his envelopes (6 of them) had a Peoria, AZ meter mark. She said, "This is a GLENDALE Post Office," and continued...
  • Postal Service Eyes Closing Thousands of Post Offices .

    01/24/2011 12:28:06 PM PST · by Justaham · 116 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-24-11 | JENNIFER LEVITZ
    The U.S. Postal Service plays two roles in America: an agency that keeps rural areas linked to the rest of the nation, and one that loses a lot of money. Now, with the red ink showing no sign of stopping, the postal service is hoping to ramp up a cost-cutting program that is already eliciting yelps of pain around the country. Beginning in March, the agency will start the process of closing as many as 2,000 post offices, on top of the 491 it said it would close starting at the end of last year. In addition, it is reviewing...
  • Post Office paid almost $32 million for Lance Armstrong sponsorship

    01/15/2011 8:46:45 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    When wondering how the US Postal Service could find itself in a $7 billion hole, perhaps decisions like this might explain it. Court documents in a fraud probe involving doping allegations in Lance Armstrong’s cycling team show that the USPS paid almost $32 million for a four-year sponsorship from 2001-2004: Even apart from the fraud allegations, the fact that USPS shelled out $32 million for this endorsement over four years seems like a good point on which to question the other decisions being made by USPS management. If Tailwind turns out to be utterly clean, they still managed to find...
  • U.S. Postal Service to Hike Rates in April

    01/14/2011 3:56:13 PM PST · by FromLori · 21 replies
    Wallet Pop ^ | 1/14/2011 | David Kiley
    The U.S. Postal Service announced plans to hike postage rates on several different types of mail in April, but the cost of sending Mother's Day cards in May will stay the same. The postal service said the cost of a stamp for a basic letter will remain 44 cents, but the price to send larger envelopes, periodicals, parcels, international mail, advertisements and postcards will go up on April 17. "While changing prices is always a difficult decision, we have made every effort to keep the impact minimal for consumers and customers doing business with us at retail lobbies," Postmaster General...
  • Bonidy v. USPS: Postal Service Moves To Dismiss

    12/22/2010 7:07:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 18 December, 2010 | John Richardson
    Last week, Department of Justice attorneys representing the U.S. Postal Service filed a Motion to Dismiss the suit brought contesting the ban on firearms on Postal Service property. This suit was brought by the Mountain States Legal Foundation on behalf of Debbie and Tab Bonidy as well as the National Association for Gun Rights. The Bonidys live outside of Avon, Colorado in an area which does not receive home mail service. As a result, they have to pick up their mail at the Post Office in Avon where they are provided a free mail box. The Bonidys, both of whom...
  • 40th president gets stamp for Reagan Centennial

    12/14/2010 7:56:33 AM PST · by nuconvert · 29 replies · 1+ views
    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. – An image of President Ronald Reagan graces the U.S. Postal Service's newest 44-cent stamp.