USPS extends return-to-sender time frames

To assist customers during the coronavirus pandemic, the Postal Service has temporarily extended the time frames when a mailpiece will be returned to sender. Under the Domestic Mail Manual, the current time frames are 15 days for most accountable items, except for Priority Mail Express pieces, which have a five-day time frame, and Collect on…

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Let’s Bring Back the ‘Thank You’ Note

During this time of sheltering in place and social distancing, a lot of people are feeling a certain amount of stress and discomfort they may not be accustomed to…. a lack of inter-personal interaction. Social media has its value and its damnable attributes, but one thing it does not replace is the tangible positivity of…

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APWU: Due to Covid Pandemic, NEB Votes to Postpone 25th Biennial National Convention

April 16, 2020 After much thought and consideration for the safety of our Local and State delegates, national officers, families, guests and friends, and the ability to have a democratic and fully participatory convention, the National Executive Board has made the difficult decision to postpone the APWU 25th Biennial National Convention scheduled in Los Angeles,…

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USPS-APWU MOU: Claims & Inquiry Clerks and Complaints & Inquiry Clerks Telework

Due to safety concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the parties agree that on a temporary basis, and based on operational need as determined by the Postal Service, American Postal Workers Union (APWU) bargaining unit employees are allowed to telework in accordance with the provisions described below.

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USPS-APWU MOU: Temporary Extension on Step 3 and Arbitration Appeals – Extended 30 Days

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the parties agree that time limits for appealing grievances to Step 3 of the grievance-arbitration procedures, and appeals to arbitration, will be extended for a period of 30 days beyond those specified in the National Agreement. This additional 30-day period is effective on April 20, 2020, the…

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USPS-APWU MOU: Additional 60 Day Extension on Timeline for Local Implementation

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the parties agree the timeline for Local Implementation will be extended for a period of 60 days beyond those specified in the Memorandum of Understanding Between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO Re: Timeline for Local Implementation. Negotiations can now commence…

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USPS OIG Report: First-Line Supervisor Recruitment and Retention

Objective First-line supervisors play a critical role in any organization and influence productivity, quality, and employee morale. In the U.S. Postal Service, first-line supervisors significantly contribute to accomplishing Postal Service goals, including ensuring customers receive quality service and their mail and parcels on time and in good condition. For the purposes of our work, we…

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USPS wants veterans, spouses to self-identify

The Postal Service is encouraging employees who are military members, veterans or spouses of veterans to complete a voluntary self-identification survey using a new application on HERO. “Completing this survey will allow the Postal Service to update its data, which can help us improve the workplace for veterans, current military members and employees who are…

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