Retirement Claims Backlog Could Be Eliminated by Year’s End

The Office of Personnel Management continued to chip away at the retirement claims backlog last month, decreasing it by 12 percent between April and May, and processing more applications than expected. The backlog at the end of May was 14,551 claims — the lowest it has been since December 2013, when there were 12,637 applications…

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USPS: Owning the market – PMG reports on package growth

Online shopping continues to grow, and so does the Postal Service’s opportunity to dominate the package industry, PMG Pat Donahoe says. In his latest message to employees, Donahoe reports that while single-piece First-Class Mail volumes are down 6.7 percent from last year, Standard Mail and packages are growing. Package volume has increased 8.8 percent this…

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USPS: Saturday, June 14 is Flag Day

Saturday, June 14, is Flag Day, one of six days each year postal facilities are required to fly the POW-MIA flag. Displaying the flag honors the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action. The POW-MIA flag must fly below the U.S. flag. Visit…

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USPS: Early success – Equipment management system deployed

A new system to request and track Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) is receiving strong reviews from local mailers. More than 1,800 local mailers have registered to use the Mail Transport Equipment Ordering System (MTEOR) since it began in Pacific, Great Lakes, Eastern and Southern areas. Approximately $25 million worth of MTE has been requested from postal…

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USPS Wins Appeal, Second Circuit Court reverses May 16, 2013 judgment for APWU

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit. AMERICAN POSTAL WORKERS UNION, AFL–CIO, Plaintiff–Appellee, v. UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE, Defendant–Appellant. No. 13–2579–cv. Decided: June 6, 2014 Before WINTER, WALKER and CABRANES, Circuit Judges. Sarah T. Kanter (Darryl J. Anderson, on the brief), O’Donnell, Schwartz & Anderson, P.C., Washington, DC, for Plaintiff–Appellee American Postal Workers Union, AFL–CIO….

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USPS OIG: Topeka, KS, Material Distribution Center – Information Technology General Controls

Audit Report – IT-AR-14-006 – 06/11/2014 BACKGROUND: In June 2013, the U.S. Postal Service completed consolidation of all print operations into the National Print Center in the administrative building at the Topeka, KS, Material Distribution Center. As a result of this cost-cutting measure, the National Print Center now processes about 192,000 payroll checks and 107,000…

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Workers Unite to Save Postal Service

The existence of the US Postal Service is anathema to capitalist and free market ideologists in the US. Here stands a colossal, unionized organization of workers—once nearly a million strong—working in what essentially is a nationalized industry, bringing universal service at the lowest price possible, without trying to make a profit or paying shareholder dividends….

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APWU: National Education Association, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Join ‘Stop Staples’ Movement

Web News Article #: 114-14 June 11, 2014 – The Stop Staples movement is continuing to gain momentum, with several important organizations showing support for the cause. The National Education Association (NEA), which represents 3 million educators, has written to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe [PDF] asking him to immediately reverse the decision to offer postal…

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