As Hurricane Sandy began tearing up the East Coast, thousands evacuated their homes, schools closed, New York's transit system halted, the stock exchange fell quiet, federal offices in Washington, D.C., shut down, and most employers told their workers to stay home and keep dry. But a few employers did not: the... Read More »
A postal worker in Georgia was forced to seek cover early Monday morning after his mail truck was repeatedly struck by pellets, allegedly fired by two boys, one of whom was only 8 years old, police say.
The postal employee was was collecting and delivering mail on a street in the Atlanta suburb of... Read More »
An attack by an unleashed pit bull on a San Diego-area letter carrier contributed to the postal worker's death two days later from a stroke, authorities say. The carrier, 59-year old Diane Jansen of Sun City, had been working her route for 5½ years in the northern San Diego suburb of Escondido. Read More »
By Hope Yen
WASHINGTON -- With no financial relief in sight, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with planned cuts to more than 260 mail processing centers around the nation, part of a billion-dollar cost-cutting effort that will slow delivery of first-class mail.
In a statement Thursday, the... Read More »
In anticipation of an increase in the number of holiday packages that U.S. consumers expect to ship this year, parcel-delivery giant UPS says it plans on hiring 55,000 seasonal workers to help keep pace with demand.
The shipping company anticipates delivering more than 120 million packages worldwide this... Read More »
By Michael B. Sauter
Since textile workers in England were replaced by mechanized looms in the 19th century new technologies have been continuously taking the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of laborers. In the 20th century -- the age of machinery, robotics, and computers -- the United States has seen... Read More »
Mail carriers are a devoted bunch. As the motto reads on the James Farley Post Office in Manhattan: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
In Canada, however, spider webs are a different matter. At least that's how it... Read More »
Postal workers may make their livelihood through the mail, but they fight for it on foot. On Tuesday afternoon, postal unions held 492 rallies in all of the nation's congressional districts to persuade their representatives to save the U.S. Postal Service without slashing 20 percent of its workforce. Read More »
The U.S. Postal Service would eliminate Saturday delivery and postpone billions of dollars in payments to its retiree health-plan fund, should Congress approve an Obama administration plan to help the nation's mail carrier avoid bankruptcy.
The proposal, part of President Barack Obama's $3 trillion deficit... Read More »
By Douglas A. McIntyre
Some companies become so badly damaged because of changes in the competitive markets or due to poor management decisions that their employees lose hope. This may result from the belief that the corporations they work for have little future, or that they will be laid off as their... Read More »
Plenty of Americans would like to get paid to do nothing while at work, and it seems that workers for the U.S. Postal Service already enjoy that perk, although fewer of them are doing so.
The deliverer of the nation's mail paid $4.3 million for nearly 171,000 hours of standby time during the first six months... Read More »
By Randolph E. Schmid
WASHINGTON -- The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is considering cutting as many as 120,000 jobs.
Facing a second year of losses totaling $8 billion or more, the agency also wants to pull its workers out of the retirement and health benefits plans covering federal workers... Read More »
As many as 5,000 postal employees will lose their jobs as the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with plans to close nearly 3,700 post offices across the country.
The list of closings, which Postmaster General Patrick Donohue released Tuesday, are part of an effort by the Postal Service "to be more efficient... Read More »