Delegates Slam Retirees at APWU Convention

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: In a stunning turn of events at the recent APWU Convention, the delegates voted in alarming numbers that retiree involvement in support by retirees for active members in opposing threats of privatization and other dangerous initiatives is not needed or wanted. This…

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Happy Holidays from APWU Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter

At this time of the year when we count our blessings, we have so much to be thankful for. We have life, family and secure retirement thanks to our Post Office careers. On behalf of the members of our Retiree Chapter, we take this opportunity to pause and reflect on our good fortune and give…

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USPS OIG Report: Postal Vehicle Service Driver Overtime – Houston District

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service’s use of overtime for Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers in the Houston District. The Postal Service has a PVS fleet to move mail between processing facilities, inner-city delivery offices, and local businesses and mailers. PVS is primarily used for distances within a 50-mile…

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USPS OIG Report: Maintenance Workhour Charges in the Southern Area

Objective Our objective was to determine the accuracy of maintenance employee workhour charges at selected processing facilities in the U.S. Postal Service’s Southern Area. We conducted site visits and reviewed a sample of workhour charges for fiscal year (FY) 2018 at six mail processing facilities selected based on planned versus actual maintenance workhours. The facilities…

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USPS: Unwanted items can bog down MRC

When a mailpiece is undeliverable, it ends up at the Mail Recovery Center (MRC), where Postal Service employees do what they can to figure out where it is supposed to be delivered. “We get mailpieces that are deemed undeliverable. They are often damaged, can’t be delivered through the normal process or have label problems. Sometimes…

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USPS offers ‘moonlighting’ reminder

The Postal Service wants you to remember the rules on “moonlighting” — working for other employers while continuing to work for USPS. Federal ethics regulations don’t prohibit you from engaging in outside activities — unless doing so would cause a conflict with your official duties. This would happen if the outside activity creates a financial…

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USPS year-end financials discussed in video

Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett reviews the Postal Service’s year-end financial report in a new “Dollars and Change” video. USPS recorded $70.6 billion in total revenue in fiscal 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017-Sept. 30, 2018), up 1.5 percent from the previous fiscal year. Total operating expenses for the year were $74.4 billion, up 3.1 percent. This…

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NARFE statement on Postal Service Task Force Report

Alexandria, Va. (December 6, 2018) – In response to a sustainability report released by the Task Force on the U.S. Postal System, NARFE National President Ken Thomas issued the following statement: “NARFE appreciates the opportunity to have worked with the Postal Service Task Force to discuss the issues facing this vital national agency. Notably, the…

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USPS: Reasonable accommodations

The Postal Service wants employees to know about their right to reasonable accommodations. A reasonable accommodation allows a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of his or her job. Accommodations vary widely and can include modifications to equipment, facilities and work schedules. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires all federal agencies…

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