USPS OIG Report: Manual Parcel Processing Operations at the Harrisburg P&DC

Background The Harrisburg Processing & Distribution Center is in the Central PA District of the Eastern Area. During fiscal year (FY) 2019, it manually processed 86.9 million letters, 11.4 million flats, and 1.6 million parcels. Mail is processed manually when its dimensions or address quality prevent it from being processed on mail processing equipment. It…

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Update on NALC Contract Negotiations: Parties Remain at Impasse 

November 22, 2019 NALC and management negotiators have reached the end of the 60-day mediation period following the Sept. 20 expiration of our National Agreement with USPS. The parties remain at impasse and are discussing the selection of a neutral arbitrator. Although NALC will continue to bargain in good faith, we will not delay the…

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Postal Bulletin: November is HAZMAT Awareness Month 

The Postal Service™ is committed to protecting the health and well-being of its employees, retail partners, customers, and the mail. To that end, the Postal Service continuously evaluates procedures to ensure the safe acceptance and delivery of hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Recent incidents where nonmailable hazardous materials were inducted into the mail stream serve as a…

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USPS: Employees must follow rules on mercury

The Postal Service is reminding employees to do their part to prevent mercury from entering the mailstream. Elemental mercury is a dense, silver metallic liquid that is a designated hazardous material and is prohibited from the mail. To protect the safety of employees and customers and to avoid costly and disruptive spills, USPS requires employees…

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NALC: Decision in Pay Consolidation Case

National Arbitrator Shyam Das has issued his award in a national interpretive dispute involving the memorandum of understanding regarding the consolidation of NALC pay levels. The memorandum, which went into effect on November 24, 2018, elevated all Grade 1 letter carriers to the former Grade 2. Arbitrator Das recognized that the memorandum “provided Carriers with…

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USPS previews next year’s stamps

The Postal Service has announced some of its planned 2020 stamp releases. Here’s what’s coming: Year of the Rat, the first of 12 stamps in the Postal Service’s third Lunar New Year stamp series Made of Hearts, a continuation of the Postal Service’s tradition of stamps that celebrate love Gwen Ifill, the 43rd stamp in…

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USPS: New “Robust Bulk Universal Sorter” speeds package processing

USPS has added a new machine at several mail processing facilities to help move packages faster. The Robust Bulk Universal Sorter is capable of processing Priority Mail packages and oversized First-Class Mail packages that other machines can’t handle. Fitted with two dumpers, the sorters feature a middle point where an employee uses an overhead scanner…

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USPS: Package security enhancements begin this month

The Postal Service is increasing the safety and security of its collection box procedures. The organization is modifying the long-standing Aviation Mail Security Rule, which was established in 1996 and called for packages weighing 16 ounces or more to be presented in person to a retail associate or letter carrier. The rule was introduced to…

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