Postal worker sexually assaulted on the job

May 21, 2018

MILWAUKEE — A United States Postal Service worker was attacked while delivering mail in a Milwaukee neighborhood. It happened earlier this month, May 5 near 77th and Hampton.

During a Saturday afternoon of grilling out in the backyard, Dave Wetzel witnessed what appeared to be a harmless interaction between a man and the female postal worker who was delivering mail in the neighborhood.

“Looked as though he was handing her some mail that went to the wrong address or something and then she ran around and got into her van and took off. We didn’t think nothing of it,” Wetzel said.

Prosecutors say 48-year-old Anthony Little approached the victim and offered her $500 “to have sex.” When she refused, Little pushed her up against the door of her vehicle and pressed his body onto hers. As she broke free and ran away, Little chased her twice around the vehicle until she was able to get inside and locked the door.

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Trump has pushed postmaster general to double Amazon’s shipping rates, report says

CBS News May 18, 2018, 6:30 PM

President Trump followed through on his frequent complaint that Amazon is costing the U.S. Postal Service “many billions of dollars” by urging the postmaster general to double the rate the U.S. Postal Service charges Amazon and other companies to ship their packages, the Washington Post reported Friday.
Citing three sources familiar with the conversations between U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan and President Trump, the Post also reported that Brennan has not acceded to the president’s wishes for several reasons. For one, the Postal Service has binding contracts with these companies, and a regulatory commission would have to review those contracts. But she has also reportedly told Mr. Trump that the USPS relationship with Amazon is beneficial. In 2017, Postal Service revenues from private shippers including Amazon added up to $7 billion, Politifact noted.
Does the post office actually lose money on Amazon?
If the rates were doubled, it would cost Amazon and private shippers billions, which would likely be passed on in the form of higher prices for shoppers.
The Post’s sources said that Brennan and Mr. Trump have met on this issue several times beginning in 2017 and also had a meeting on it four months ago — none of which appeared on Mr. Trump’s public schedule. The Post also reports that the president has met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, then-National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, Domestic Policy Council Director Andrew Bremberg and other top advisers about Amazon’s business practices, ranging from its shipping rates to whether it pays enough in taxes — both topics that the president has tweeted about.
The White House does not have a comment on the report at this time.
In April, Mr. Trump tweeted, “I am right about Amazon costing the United States Post Office massive amounts of money for being their Delivery Boy. Amazon should pay these costs (plus) and not have them bourne [sic] by the American Taxpayer. Many billions of dollars. P.O. leaders don’t have a clue (or do they?)!”
In fact, packages and shipping have been an area of growth for the Postal Service that has offset the decline in volume of letter and magazine delivery. USPS said in its annual report last year that its revenue growth “is driven entirely by increases in shipping and packages.” It loses money every year largely because of pension and health care costs, and not, as the president claimed, because Amazon is using USPS as its “delivery boy.”
CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe contributed to this report.

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AM General Tops Reader Poll for Next USPS Mail Truck

May 14, 2018 by Ryan ZumMallen, @Zoomy575M

The U.S. Postal Service isn’t saying which of five prototype vehicles will win a $6-billion contract to become its next mail truck. But Trucks.com readers favor the offering from AM General.

The USPS is seeking a replacement for about 180,000 trucks in its aging fleet. The program is called the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle, or NGDV

The design from the South Bend, Ind., manufacturer garnered the most support in a more than 35,000-vote reader poll by Trucks.com. The AM General truck collected nearly 13,000 votes, or 36 percent of the total. The vehicle is powered by an internal-combustion engine with fuel-efficient start-stop technology.

Its nearest competitors were Indian manufacturer Mahindra, whose truck earned 29 percent of the total vote, and a joint venture from Karsan and Morgan Olson at 21 percent.

One truck from Oshkosh and another from the team of VT Hackney and Workhorse Group each collected 7 percent of the votes.

In reviewing more than 100 comments left by readers, as well as interviewing dozens of current and former letter carriers, Trucks.com analyzed what fueled the preference for each of the prototypes.

AM General enjoys an established name in the commercial sector. There are also many ways its vehicle relates to the current Grumman LLV mail truck that has been in operation since the 1980s

The shape of the AM General truck is similar to the Grumman LLV, giving it a familiarity to both carriers and the general public. The AM General model is essentially an updated version of the nimble Grumman LLV. Its compact size works in tight urban corridors, and new USPS requirements — such as optional four-wheel drive and increased storage capacity — better suit the truck for suburban and rural routes.

The AM General truck also isn’t equipped with hybrid or electric powertrain technology, eliminating the need for a potentially costly infrastructure overhaul at USPS facilities. Its familiarity and uncomplicated advancements may tip the scales in its favor.

But the prototype has some detractors who said it appears small for modern mail delivery. That may explain why the Mahindra truck garnered enough votes — more than 10,000 — to come in second.

The postal service requires minimum dimensions that guarantee each prototype will offer similar storage space, but images captured by Trucks.com photographers make the Mahindra appear well suited to handle the increasing number of packages that letter carriers are required to haul today thanks to expanding e-commerce. The Mahindra vehicle is powered by a 2.5-liter engine from General Motors that comes with start-stop technology and a hybrid option.

Nearly 7,300 votes were cast for the Karsan/Morgan Olson entry, a boxy truck with plug-in hybrid capability, likely attractive for its green features. Numerous commenters and carriers expressed a desire for electric drive. Mail trucks make hundreds of stops each day and typically travel short routes of less than 80 miles. A vehicle running on electricity can drastically cut down on emissions and extend its range with regenerative braking.

The entry by Workhorse and VT Hackney offers environmental benefits, too. The truck runs on an electric battery pack with a small generator to extend its range when juice runs low. Though the Workhorse/VT Hackney vehicle enjoyed ardent support among online commenters and carriers who spoke with Trucks.com, it attracted the second-lowest number of votes with about 2,500.

Commercial manufacturer Oshkosh entered a retooled Ford Transit van for the contest. The Oshkosh received overwhelmingly favorable reviews from commenters due to its attractive shape and spacious cargo area. Carriers also liked the promise of being able to stand up inside the rear section. However, its relatively large size had carriers wondering whether they could pull up to mailboxes at the curb. That may explain why it tallied the lowest number of votes at just over 2,300.

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US Postal Service gets whacked with a $1.3 billion loss as it struggles to keep up with Amazon

Joe Ciolli
May. 11, 2018, 8:16 AM 46,190The US Postal Service reported a total net loss of $1.3 billion in the second quarter. It lost $562 million a year ago.
The USPS posted a controllable loss of $656 million in the second quarter, compared with income of $12 million for the same period a year ago. This is an important number because it factors in expenses such as wage increases.
The losses are surprising when you consider package volume increased 5%.
The USPS largely attributed its downward profitability shift to increased compensation costs, suggesting that the company is scrambling to keep up with competition at the peril of its bottom line.The US Postal Service is headed in the wrong direction.
It posted a controllable loss of $656 million in the second quarter, compared with income of $12 million for the same period a year ago. The USPS also incurred a total net loss of $1.3 billion, compared to the $562 million loss it saw in the second quarter of 2017. Those drastic slips are likely to overshadow USPS’s revenue rising 1.4%, to $1.75 billion, on a year-over-year basis.
Perhaps even more troublesome is that the USPS posted such a large loss during a period in which package volumes increased by 5%.
While that uptick most likely explains the $364 million increase in compensation expenses due to what it describes as “additional hours incurred to support the labor-intensive package business as well as contractual wage adjustments,” it also raises the question of why the volume surge wasn’t able to bridge the controllable-income gap.One possible explanation for the wage jump is that the USPS is doing everything in its power to compete with Amazon— including offering workers more hours — at the expense of profitability.
This development is sure to catch the eye of President Donald Trump, who in a tweetstorm earlier this year attacked Amazon for what he says it’s doing to the USPS. In the past, Trump has mentioned changing the company’s tax treatment or going after it on antitrust grounds.
“I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election,” Trump tweeted on March 29. “Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!”
Amazon’s stock climbed 0.2% in premarket trading and is up 38% this year.

 

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