Privatization: A real threat to the USPS employee

The United States Postal Service first began moving the mail on July 26, 1775. The Service was created a year before the Thirteen Colonies proclaimed their independence in 1776 as the United States of America. The employees of the US Postal Service have been sorting and delivering the mail to the citizens of the United…

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How can my local union participate in the OSHA post-inspection process?

“An OSHA inspection can be an important tool to make your workplace safer. Workers have the right to participate in the post-inspection process.” Source: APWU

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USPS: MIRT tracks hazardous material incidents

The Postal Inspection Service wants USPS employees to know about an online tool that makes it easier to track hazardous material incidents within the postal network. The Mailpiece Incident Report Tool (MIRT) is a data repository for reporting leaks and spills, as well as hazardous material incidents at Postal Service facilities. MIRT must be used…

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Clothing retailer offers USPS-licensed apparel

Clothing retailer Forever 21 has introduced an officially licensed Postal Service apparel line that features vintage USPS logos and designs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. “The collaboration will generate royalty revenue for the Postal Service and build brand awareness among a younger audience,” said Brand Marketing Executive Director Chris Karpenko. The apparel line includes…

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USPS: Employees get Carol Stream VMF in tip-top shape

The Carol Stream, IL, Vehicle Maintenance Facility looks — and functions — better than ever these days. Employees recently cleaned the shop from top to bottom and reorganized the equipment, supplies and other materials to make them easier to find. “Before you might have an oil can here one day, and the next day it’s…

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USPS OIG Report: What’s Driving Postal Transportation Costs?

The Postal Service’s transportation costs have increased over the last 10 years, despite an overall decline in mail volume and the relaxation of First-Class Mail service standards. Nearly 40 percent of the increase cannot be explained by changes in mail volume and transportation-related inputs alone. While costs in general are expected to increase over time…

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