NALC: National Election Mail Task Force update

September 23, 2020 Over the past several months, there has been a concerted effort by some to cast doubt on the security of vote by mail and on the ability of the Postal Service to meet the expected surge in vote by mail this year. We have pushed back on this narrative and communicated that…

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NALC HQ: Frequently asked IRS questions

NALC Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Rhine addresses a few frequently asked IRS-related questions in her column in The Postal Record. She also encourages branch officers to download a free copy of the NALC Branch Officer’s Guide to Finance and Administration. Frequently asked IRS questions

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USPS OIG Report: Package Delivery in Rural and Dense Urban Areas

September 16, 2020 (RISC-WP-20-008) Package delivery in rural and urban environments comes with challenges not experienced in suburban environments, such as numerous apartment buildings in urban areas or long distances between delivery points in rural areas. The Postal Service could make package delivery more efficient by installing more parcel lockers, encouraging larger curbside mailboxes, and…

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Embezzlement by NALC Branch officials in Michigan and Georgia

On August 31, 2020, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Kathryn A. Connelly, former President of National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 707 (located in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.), was charged by information with one count of embezzlement and theft of union funds in the amount of $10,323,…

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USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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USPS to hire part-time, entry-level carriers in Memphis

Daily Memphian Staff – September 4, 2020 The U.S. Postal Service is in hiring mode in Memphis, seeking to fill part-time, entry-level openings for mail carriers. The hiring comes as the USPS takes heat for mail delays and scrutiny about its role in delivering what is expected to be a record amount of mailed-in ballots…

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USPS OIG Report: Arrow Key Management Controls

Objective Our objective was to assess the effectiveness of the Postal Service’s management controls for arrow keys. The Postal Service uses a universal key, known as an arrow key, to access collection boxes, outdoor parcel lockers, cluster box units, and apartment panels. Supervisors assign these keys – generally one per route – to letter carriers…

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NALC: National-Level Grievance over Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS) Settled

September 1, 2020 NALC and the Postal Service have settled national-level case Q16N-4Q-C 20345187 concerning the Postal Service’s implementation of a test of the delivery initiative entitled Expedited Street/Afternoon Sortation (ESAS). As a result of the settlement, the parties agree that the ESAS pilot test is concluded and terminated as of August 19, 2020. Additionally,…

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