OSHA Cites Iowa Post Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train Employees

OSHA News Release- Region 7 U.S. Department of Labor May 13, 2019 U.S. Department of Labor Cites Iowa U.S. Postal Office For Blocked Exits and Failing to Train on Emergency Plan ANKENY, IA ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for obstructing exit…

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USPS: Flag reminders for three May holidays

• Peace Officers Memorial Day, which honors police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, is Wednesday, May 15. Postal Service facilities are required to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff this day. To fly the flag at half-staff, hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower it…

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Postal Reform Legislation Must Uphold Promises To Retirees

John Hatton – May 13, 2019 At last month’s postal hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Postmaster General Megan Brennan reiterated support for so-called “full Medicare integration” as a major component of a solution to the Postal Service’s financial woes. This innocuous-sounding proposal has been included in every leading postal reform…

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USPS Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

The Postal Service has reported its financial results for fiscal 2019’s second quarter (Jan. 1- March 31). Here are some highlights: • Revenue. Total revenue was $17.5 billion, essentially flat from the same period one year earlier. First-Class Mail revenue declined 3.3 percent, while Marketing Mail revenue declined 3.9 percent. Shipping and packages revenue increased…

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Concerns Raised on Compelling Retirees to Enroll in Medicare

As both the House and Senate have begun hearings into another possible attempt to shore up the Postal Service’s finances, concerns have been raised about a new attempt to compel postal retirees to enroll in Medicare. That provision has been in numerous proposals regarding USPS for years, none of which have come close to final…

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NPMHU Releases Details on RI-399 Payments

May 06, 2019 As previously announced, the Update MOU on RI-399 that was signed by the NPMHU, the APWU, and the Postal Service in June 2018 included a monetary payment to individual Mail Handlers. Here are the details, except for the payment date, which is still to be determined. In order to be eligible for…

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