Congress designed the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to be a self-supporting government agency. Since 1971, the agency has not relied upon annual appropriations to cover its operating costs. Rather, USPS has funded its operations mostly through the sales of postage and postal products and services. Since FY2007, however, the agency has run more than $40 billion in deficits and has reached its statutory borrowing limit. The agency does receive an annual appropriation of approximately $90 million per year, which amounts to about 0.1% of USPS's $65 billion operating budget. USPS's troubled financial condition has raised concerns about the viability of the agency. Many postal reform bills have been introduced in the 113th and 112th Congresses. These bills have proposed altering many aspects of postal operations, from raising the rates mailers pay to reducing the days of delivery and closing USPS post offices and mail sorting facilities. This book provides background information on the responsibilities, financial challenges and workforce issues facing the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). Additionally, it covers the current strategies and initiatives under development by the USPS and discusses further options for postal reforms.
Applications for positions, Re´sume´s (Employment)--United States, and Postal service--Vocational guidance--United States
Editor Anne McKinneyReviews and ExcerptsFor many jobs in the postal service, applicants are expected to write special narrative statements, requirement factors, statements of qualifications, and supervisory evaluations which illustrate their knowledge, skills, and abilities. If you are looking for an entry-level job or a management position, you will find this book helpful.'If you want the most up-to-date and comprehensive book related to obtaining U.S. Postal Service employment, this title is excellent.'--K. Bryson, reference librarian1-885288-43-3.
Letter mail handling--United States--Case studies, Diversity in the workplace--United States--Case studies, and Postal service--United States--Employees--Case studies
Linda Benbow examines the organizational culture and various levels of diversity found in an urban United States Postal Service mail processing facility. She shows how employee perceptions of social differences and their interactions with coworkers contributes to their identity and work life within the organization. Painting detailed portraits of race, social class, and gender in a mail processing facility, Benbow looks at ways employees from different backgrounds relate to one another, identifying the issues and occasions that provoke conflict, the ways that participants view one another, and the forces and strategies that mitigate and conciliate conflicts.
Franklin, Simon, Open Book Publishers, and Bowers, Katherine
Communication in politics--Russia--History, Written communication--Russia--History, Postal service--Russia--History, Press--Russia--History, and Communication--Russia--History
From the mid-sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century Russia was transformed from a moderate-sized, land-locked principality into the largest empire on earth. How did systems of information and communication shape and reflect this extraordinary change? Information and Mechanisms of Communication in Russia, 1600-1850 brings together a range of contributions to shed some light on this complex question. Communication networks such as the postal service and the gathering and circulation of news are examined alongside the growth of a bureaucratic apparatus that informed the government about its country and its people. The inscription of space is considered from the point of view of mapping and the changing public ‘graphosphere'of signs and monuments. More than a series of institutional histories, this book is concerned with the way Russia discovered itself, envisioned itself and represented itself to its people. Innovative and scholarly, this collection breaks new ground in its approach to communication and information as a field of study in Russia. More broadly, it is an accessible contribution to pre-modern information studies, taking as its basis a country whose history often serves to challenge habitual Western models of development. It is important reading not only for specialists in Russian Studies, but also for students and non-Russianists who are interested in the history of information and communications.
This book is the first complete history of the Irish Postal Service, which has been central to the daily lives of Irish people for over 300 years, and remains Ireland's largest employer. From the early days of packet ships and mail coaches to the introduction of telegraph and telephone, the Post Office has played a vital part in national and international communications, distributing information to all parts of Ireland, managing the precious links between Ireland and its emigrants, and representing the faithful delivery of every thought, that has been put to paper. With the introduction of the affordable postage stamp in 1840 came a revolution in Irish society-the distribution of information was no longer restricted to the wealthy. From this point on, the Irish Post Office would shape the daily lives of every Irish citizen and play an increasingly vital role in Irish history. At the heart of the book are the men and women whose fascinating stories and sympathetic characters have moulded the shape of the institution. Meticulous, bright and beautifully illustrated in color, The Irish Post Office: An Illustrated History reveals the wonderful tradition of public service that has been central to the development of the Irish nation. From letters and parcels, to pensions, radio and the GPO itself, this history of the Irish Post Office reveals the story of our nation and its people in a unique and accessible way. [Subject: Irish Studies, Irish History, Social History]
Written communication--Italy--History--19th century, Letter writing--Italy--History--19th century, Literature and society--Italy--History--19th century, Epistolary fiction, Italian--History and criticism, Communication and technology--Italy--History--19th century, and Postal service--Italy--History--19th century
The nationalization of the postal service in Italy transformed post-unification letter writing as a cultural medium. Both a harbinger of progress and an expanded, more efficient means of circulating information, the national postal service served as a bridge between the private world of personal communication and the public arena of information exchange and production of public opinion. As a growing number of people read and wrote letters, they became part of a larger community that regarded the letter not only as an important channel in the process of information exchange, but also as a necessary instrument in the education and modernization of the nation.In Postal Culture, Gabriella Romani examines the role of the letter in Italian literature, cultural production, communication, and politics. She argues that the reading and writing of letters, along with epistolary fiction, epistolary manuals, and correspondence published in newspapers, fostered a sense of community and national identity and thus became a force for social change.
Mayer, Joni A., Slymen, Donald J., Clapp, Elizabeth J., Pichon, Latrice C., Eckhardt, Laura, Eichenfield, Lawrence F., Elder, John P., Sallis, James F., Weinstock, Martin A., Achter, April, Balderrama, Cynthia, Galindo, Gabriel R., and Oh, Sam S.
The American Journal of Public Health. March 2007, Vol. 97 Issue 3, p559, 7 p.