United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
Provide air conditioning for your mail carriers
Mail carriers are battling the sweltering heat in the summers and are constantly being pushed and demands are high. Parcel volume is at a high level because of the convenience of online shopping, which of course is good for business. However, the Arizona summers get to be 120 degrees and the LLV's get about 20 degrees hotter than that. It is illegal to leave a child or an animal in a vehicle in these conditions, shouldn't the same be applied to us? I know I don't even have a place to cool down on my lunch break. The new fleet replacement is supposed to occur at the end of the year so it would be great if the hottest climate areas be replaced first since this may take a few years to be completed.
Stop the Post Office from Discriminating against the Underbanked
For years now, thousands of Americans have relied on the Post Office to accept Pre-paid debit cards to purchase USPS Money Orders. They do this to avoid check cashing places/online transfer sites which charge exorbitant fees to transfer money from prepaid debit cards to Money Orders. Most of the time the Money Orders are then used to pay bills. However, recently the Post Office has changed their POS system to prohibit the purchase of Money Orders with pin based pre-paid debit cards. Not only does this action go against the Post Offices' written policy of allowing Pin-based debit cards to be used for the purchase of money orders, but this policy change is not compliant with federal regulation. 1. The Post Office specifically states that Money Orders can be purchased with pre-paid debit cards. Pre-paid debit cards are pin based debit cards. They are not "giftcards" as some misinformed Postal Employees might argue. Giftcards are classified as "closed loop" cards, which can only be used at specific store(s). 2. The Durbin Amendment to the Dodd Frank Act specifically prohibit the Post Offices' actions. The Post Office restricts the ability to use the Pre-paid debit cards over the debit card network. The Post Office only allows Pre-paid debit card transactions to be run over credit networks, which would be a violation of the Durbin Amendment. Furthermore, the Post Office has implemented this action to target only a select few banks, not all banks that issue debit cards, again another violation of the Durbin Amendment. We hope the Post Office not only follows its own policy, but also Federal Law. We know that it is the holiday season, so it might take some time for the Post Office to change the POS system to once again help thousands of Americans who rely on the Post Office to accept Pre-paid debit cards to purchase USPS Money Orders. However, we are looking for a swift resolution.
Create forever stamp honoring Tom Petty
Tom Petty was a extremely talented musician. Who had won many awards. Grammy Award for best male rock vocal-1996. Billboard Music Century Award-2005, MusiCares Person of the year-2017, Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-1984. He accomplished many great things. His fan adored him. And admired him. He was one of the many great musicians. And his fan will never forget him.
Treat Peace Corps Like Military for Mail Purposes
We have young men and women in the Peace Corps (and similar agencies) around the world, representing the United States, doing great, peaceful, work in our country's name. Yet mailing supplies to them costs hundreds of dollars because, unlike mail to our military men and women, it is deemed overseas mail. This should change. For example: we collect and ship used paperbacks (through a great organization Operation Paperback) to our brave service men and women across the globe. The books are shipped media mail and, since our soldiers and sailors are deemed to be on American soil wherever they are, the cost for a box of books runs about $4.00. Recently a young woman from our town was with the Peace Corps, teaching English in Morocco. She mentioned that she only had 3 tattered children's books to use, so we collected hundreds of children's books and prepared to ship them to her. The cost of the same size box of books we sent for $4.00: $180! Let's make it easier for Americans to support and supply our Peace Corps volunteers. Let's amend the USPS regulations to allow shipments to go on the same basis as we do to our military volunteers. Think of the benefits to the US if, in addition to the expertise our volunteers bring, they could also distribute books and sports equipment and treats and other supplies. In addition, let's let Peace Corps volunteers pick up packages at our local military bases or embassies. Too many packages that are shipped to certain countries disappear before they get to our people; let's give them a safer means of distribution. The additional cost would be small; the potential benefits could be great!
Investigate postal theft and tampering in Minot ND
There have been numerous complaints about postal service mail tampering and theft, specifically at Minot AFB, ND. We are a military community, serving our country, usually separated from our families by many many miles. Almost weekly, complaints are made regarding cards from family and friends that never arrive, almost always containing gift cards or cash. Images of mail that has been clearly tampered with, opened, likely in search of stuff to steal are shared pretty regularly. The problem is...all of our mailboxes are locked. So this is happening somewhere within the postal service. Numerous complaints filed with postal inspection service as well as the Minot, ND post office regarding this issue. No one has received any communication beyond the initial complaints. This has got to stop. Please do whatever you can to look into the mail theft within the postal service. They are stealing from the men and women who serve our country.
Keep the Venice FL mailing address for West Villages
Dear City of North Port Commissioners, We, the residents of West Villages, respectfully request that you stop your action to impose a North Port mailing address for our residences in the West Villages. As underlined in the free press, the previous attempts by the City were not successful, and we are determined to defend our rights with all the means provided under the laws of the United States of America. As the government of the people for the people, your duty is to consider our unwavering voice in this matter. When we bought our houses in the West Villages, one main consideration was the Venice mailing address and we paid for it, as the real estate market dictated the sale price; you should not be offended by that, as we contribute substantially to the city tax base. We, the homeowners/taxpayers/voters, are saddled with significant financial burden for all the infrastructure in the West Villages, and we have the right to say what we want to happen in this case. The West Villages District is no longer completely contained in the City of North Port, as the southernmost part is in the unincorporated Sarasota County, and that is another factor to change your position and approach. There are other local examples where such situation as our West Villages mailing address is the norm (see North Venice - Nokomis), and we hope that you will utilize your time, energy and resources for more important issues for the city. We are hopeful that you will listen and do not drag the city and us through an undesirable confrontational process. Sincerely, Your voters and taxpayers in the West Villages
Support Plastic-Free Shipping & More Sustainable Alternatives
With the increased use and power of technology, people are able to communicate, share, sell, and purchase products globally. Now more than ever, we as consumers need to be conscientious of the effects of our choices. Online shopping is becoming more popular now than ever, and with this the use of shipping and delivery increases as well. Speaking as a consumer and a supporter of many online businesses, I hope these companies who provide goods and services will explore shipping alternatives that are plastic-free for the good of the environment.It is worrisome to order a small item online and see it arrive in excess plastic packaging. This was brought to my attention when a small business owner wrote about the materials used in their packaging: recycled paper tape, tissue paper, cardboard, and other forms of paper.These materials are entirely possible to be used in shipping and packaging- and they keep items just as safe, if not safer than the plastic packaging that many companies use. This will make a huge difference for our world and our environment. Every person’s garbage adds up, and as online shopping increases, our waste also increases. Shipping companies can offer these paper alternatives to their clients. Online companies that host small business owners and sellers can offer these suggestions to their users.At the end of the day, this would be the decision of the business owners themselves, but as I customer I would feel more confident in shopping at and supporting a business that offers this shipping & packaging alternative. Having an option available during checkout, offering incentives to businesses, or having sellers post this information in their description or product page would give consumers the ability to make environmentally conscious choices. This is a valuable alternative to explore and an important change to look into. This will reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic being used and being introduced into landfills and our environment.
Rural Carrier Associate (RCA) hours work count toward retirement.
Rural Carrier Associate (RCA) currently are considered part time employees and receive no benefits. New regulations are mandating RCAs to work Saturday and Sundays along w covering Monday thru Friday. RCAs in many locations are working 7 days a weeks without any benefits. RCAs are working 40+ hours a week with only an option to buy into insurance. None of the time working as a RCA is counted toward retirment. RCAs can work 5 + years before becoming a career employee. This petition is asking that USPS and National Rural Letter Carrier Associates write I to next contract that all hours worked as a RCA is counted toward retirement. This will give RCAs a benefit to stay while sacrificing their family time to the post office.
Make USPS put A.C in the postal trucks
The United states Post Office always wants talk about safety. So what about the safety of our drivers. Our drivers our out there in 100 degree heat with humidity 105 and the box truck feeling like they are 115 degrees. The Post office slogan is the mail must go. And I agree the mail must go, but when it comes to our drivers life, they should be put first. Nothing is more important than some ones life and safety. It is time we all make a stand and demand ac in all postal trucks across the U.S. Our carriers are worth it!!! They go through snow, hail and high water to get our letters and packages to us. Lets show them how grateful we our for our mail carriers by signing this petition. We demand ac for our carriers.
USPS:"Solidarity Box"/ "Caja de Solidaridad"
Our family, friends and fellow islanders have been severely hurt by #HurricaneMaria and #HurricaneIrma , additionally, Mexico has been hit with earthquakes! They need us to help them get on their feet again, although this will take time it is very important we all contribute our grain of sand! Currently the USPS has "Flat-Rate" boxes that are very small, the biggest at $18.85. I ask the USPS to create a "Solidarity Box" which could at least be (12" x 12" x 12") and at no additional cost than the standard Large Flat Rate Box but should consider a lower price taking in the thought that this is to help the victims of these natural disasters. Help me achieve this goal! Nuestras familias, amistades e isleños cercanos han sido severamente afectados por los hurracanes, Maria e Irma. Adicional, Méjico ha sido afectado por terremotos! Necesitan nuestro apoyo, aunque conocemos que tomará tiempo para que puedan establecerse, es importante aportar nuestro granito de arena! En estos momentos el USPS provee unas cajas " Flat Rate" de distintos tamaños, la más grande al precio de $18.85. Le pido al USPS crear una "Caja de Solidaridad" con medidas de al menos (12" x 12" x 12") sin algún costo adicional al "Large Flat Rate Box" pero que debe de considerar un precio mas económico tomando en cuenta que esta sería para ayudar a las víctimas. Ayúdame a lograr esta meta!