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Yesterday, Speaker Bill O'Brien accused the workers of the USPSof tampering with his political mail.  In a follow up to yesterday's post, I went out to talk to someone who could fill in some of the details to further disprove these outlandish allegations.

I spoke with Chris Howe, the president of the APWU local 230 at the Goffs Falls Road mail processing plant.   He told me in a phone interview that, "after he heard about the post he immediately went to research what exactly happened."  I asked what the standard delivery is for this type of mail.  Howe stated, "It is a two day turn around if it is dropped off at the post off by a certain cutoff time".  Howe continued, "The Speaker's mail was not received by the USPS in time to be processed that day".  Due to the fact that it was not was able to be processed in the same day moved the delivery date back one day.  Howe re-iterated that "the Speaker's mail was processed and delivered without any delay and with the same high level of service people expect from the USPS".

In my research I also found that to tamper with the mail is not only wrong but it is a Federal Offense that could lead to a fine of up to $250,000 and up to five years in federal prison.

These claims are completely false and the Speaker is only trying to promote his anti-union agenda as he is campaigning for re-election. The USPS workers have served our nation for over 225 years, and is still the best in the world.


Posted at NH Labor News

Originally posted to The New Hampshire Labor News on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM PDT.

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  •  NH needs to flush out the wackos, starting with (5+ / 0-)

    ... well, it's a long list but this moran is on it.

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10

    by Bob Love on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:22:58 PM PDT

  •  I worked with a government agency that sent out (5+ / 0-)

    about 10,000 checks a day and 99.999% or them were delivered the next day.  The USPS performs a fine service.  This NH Speaker should see that his staff gets his mail to the PO on time for a next day delivery.  What a jackass.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:39:57 PM PDT

  •  Aren't politicians forbidden ... (0+ / 0-)

    from sending political mailers using taxpayer funds?  O'Brien specifically mentions Election Day in November, so it seems highly probable that his mailings are related to his re-election hopes.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 10:52:08 PM PDT

  •  Oh good grief. When you deliver a letter (4+ / 0-)

    to the post office and it is delivered the next day to an address in your own zip code area ... that's because it's first class mail.

    I'm guessing that since the mail was "political mail" is was sent "Standard Mail." This is what used to be called "Bulk Mail" but they changed the name a few years back. I used to be a Bulk Mail agent. I sent out thousands of pieces for clients up until about three years ago.

    Anyway, "Standard Mail" takes a back seat to First Class Mail, and often gets delivered the next day ... but there are no delivery guarantees because you get to mail at a substantially discounted rates.  A lot of times when I sent mail, it was delivered the next day, but sometimes it took two to three days. If I remember correctly, when it involves political mail sent just before an election, an effort is made to make sure it is delivered before election day.

    If he didn't deliver the mail to the post office by the cut-off time, there is a good chance that it didn't get processed. That's because in order to qualify those huge discounts on the postage, the mail has to pass certain requirements. A sampling is put through a special machine to make sure that the bar coding and placement of the addresses on the pieces pass certain standards. If his campaign delivered the mail at the end of the day, there may not have been time to put it through that certification before the people who worked in the "Standard Mail" department had to go home. I'm just guessing that they don't allow for overtime, if it can be avoided.

    Another reason for delay would be if he hadn't deposited enough money into his his postal account.

    To blame the hard working people at the post office is just unconscionable.

    For me, Mitt reminds me of Jeff Bridges in Starman. He's like an alien that hasn't read the entire manual. You know, he's going, "Nice to be in a place where the trees are the right size. -- Robin Williams on Letterman 26 Apr 2012

    by hungrycoyote on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 11:25:09 PM PDT

  •  The same guy who justified mental health cuts (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    by claiming that the mentally ill would cure themselves if they weren't living off the government dole.

    And the funds were drastically cut.

    The same guy who was against renaming Jew Pond, a pond in his own home town.

    There are hundreds of examples that this moran has spewed forth.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 12:47:55 AM PDT

  •  Please NH, send us two Democratic (0+ / 0-)

    Congresswomen instead of the two tea party crazies you did in 2010. Yeah, I know Bass was a retread but his "moderate" shield was dropped in this House stint.

    Go Blue!

    I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ... *I'm asking you to believe in yours.* Barack Obama

    by samddobermann on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:37:32 PM PDT

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