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Thursday, October 7, 2010

US Postal Service Union Vote Delayed Because Ballots Lost In the Mail -

US Postal Service Union Vote Delayed Because Ballots Lost In the Mail - 





Federal News Radio reports:

"Members of the American Postal Workers Union, for obvious reason, elect their national officers via mail ballot. Most postal clerks, who sort the mail, belong to the union. Their union brothers with the National Association of Letter Carriers deliver the mail. And their track record, considering the massive daily mail volume, is very good."

However, there seems to be a slight kink in the hose at the moment.

The counting of the ballots, mailed out well in advance, was to be completed this week. Now, the election committee has been forced to push back the voting deadline to October 14th. Why? It seems that a large percentage of the APWU's members didn't receive their ballots.

It's almost painful to type this, but, as luck would have it...the missing ballots were apparently lost in the mail.

This is not a joke. I mean, it is a joke. But it's true. Here--click on this link and see for yourself.

Anyone who did not receive a ballot has until 5pm today to request a duplicate by phone. Or...

By e-mail.


Read more - http://www.minyanville.com/dailyfeed/us-postal-service-union-vote/

Social Security Administration sent about 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each to dead and incarcerated people -

Social Security Administration sent about 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each to dead and incarcerated people - 




The Social Security Administration sent  about 89,000 stimulus payments of $250 each to dead and incarcerated people — but almost half of them were returned, a new inspector-general’s report has found.
The agency was charged with distributing the one-time payments, worth about $13 billion in total, as part of the economic-stimulus package passed in February 2009. Most of the payments were made in May 2009.
The inspector general found that  about 72,000 payments were sent by electronic-transfer and as checks to people who would have qualified to receive them — had they still been alive. The report said that  of these payments, about 55,000  were sent because the recipients had died recently, and the  Social Security Administration had not been informed of their deaths by states, families or funeral homes at the time the payments were sent. The remaining 17,000 of the mistaken payments were attributed to the SSA failing to properly process death records that  it did have.
Another 17,000 payments went to recipients who were in prison at the time the payment was made in May 2009.  However, not all of those payments were necessarily against the letter of the law. While lawmakers intended to prevent payments to people in prison, the law included only a provision prohibiting payments to people incarcerated in the three months before the plan was passed  — from November 2008 through January 2009.
There’s a startling bright spot in the report: The inspector general estimates that about 41,000 of the payments were returned. It is illegal to spend social-security money issued to somebody else, but such actions are rarely prosecuted for small amounts. At least one person has been prosecuted for cashing a stimulus check not issued to them, in one of the few accusations of stimulus fraud to date.