USPS: Retail Associate’s encounter solves MIA mystery

January 27, 2023 When Unity, ME, Retail Associate Barb Henkle greeted customer Leonard Lazure recently, she noticed his cap indicated he is a veteran of the Vietnam War. She thanked him for his service and showed him a missing-in-action bracelet she purchased 50 years ago. These bracelets are metal cuffs that were created in the…

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OSHA cites USPS with 16 violations for endangering workers at Tennessee facilities, Proposes $350K in penalties

Sanitation, electrical, improper use of forklifts among violations found DOL News Release – January 25, 2023 NASHVILLE, TN – The U.S. Department of Labor has found the U.S. Postal Service exposed workers to struck-by, electrical, crushing, fire and other health hazards at facilities in Columbia, Knoxville and Nashville. As a result of three inspections, the…

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How the Postal Service handles sexual harassment complaints (audio)

January 25, 2023 The U.S. Postal Service, like many agencies, has to deal with sexual harassment complaints. According to the Postal Inspector General, while USPS handles them fairly well, it lacks data on how extensive the problem might be. To get more details on the matter, Federal Drive with Tom Temin spoke with Elizabeth Kowalewski,…

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USPS updates employees on payroll deductions

January 24, 2023 Postal Service employees who have dental or vision insurance through BENEFEDS did not receive a payroll deduction during the Dec. 31, 2022-Jan. 13, 2023, pay period. Benefits are still active and deductions will resume during the Jan. 14-27 pay period. Employees do not need to take any action or pay a catch-up…

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USPS: Employees must follow federal rules, regulations on smoking products

January 24, 2023 The Postal Service wants employees to understand their role in administering federal laws that regulate the mailing of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems. The Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act regulates the mailing of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, while the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (POSECCA)…

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APWU Maintenance Craft Q&A: In-Service Examinations, Register & Eligibility Ratings

January 23, 2023 On January, 18, 2023, the parties signed off National questions & answers on the In-Service Examinations, Register and Eligibility Ratings MOU. As a reminder, on an annual basis during the month of March, all career employees have the opportunity to request to be tested for Maintenance Craft eligibility ratings and placement on…

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USPS: Postal fleet of trucks and trailers get new barcodes

January 23, 2023 The USPS Logistics team has installed new barcodes on nearly 95 percent of the Postal Service’s fleet of owned and leased trailers and box trucks. The new 99V barcodes use two-dimensional data matrices, which are also known as QR codes, and are replacing traditional barcodes. The barcodes, when scanned, provide a vehicle…

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