USPS: Military shipping deadlines announced

The Postal Service is offering suggested mail-by dates for customers who want to send holiday letters and packages to diplomatic and military service members overseas. The dates are listed in an Oct. 8 news release, along with details on ordering free military care kits and guidelines for addressing packages to Army/Air Post Offices, Fleet Post…

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APWU 2019 Unofficial Election Results

APWU: Ballots for the election of APWU National Officers have now been collected and taken directly to the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C. They will be opened then counted. We expect counting to conclude tomorrow. Once unofficial returns begin to come in, likely later today, you can follow them here. Source: OSC Voting

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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: Purple Heart Medal stamp dedicated

The Postal Service dedicated its Purple Heart Medal Stamp on Oct. 4. The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the president of the United States to members of the military who have been wounded or killed in action. By issuing the stamp, USPS wants to honor the sacrifices of the men and women…

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APWU Pittsburgh Retiree Record – October 15, 2019 Edition

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU Excerpt: “There is a tendency for Post Office retirees to become semi-isolated after retirement. While a small circle of former colleagues sometimes forms around coffee clubs, etc., larger gatherings of former work buddies and pals seldom occur. That lack of camaraderie was…

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USPS OIG Report: Assessment of the USPS’s Service Performance and Costs

Objective Costs for the Postal Service to process, transport, and deliver mail are outpacing its revenue and it faces considerable pressure to reduce costs without harming service. We set out to determine how service performance has trended for all mail classes and compared that performance to cost trends over the last five years. We analyzed…

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2020 Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan Comparisons

Via Sam Wood, President – APWU Southwest Florida Area Local: I have been working to get these rates out as quick possible for a side by side comparison of the most popular FEHB Health Plans. The YELLOW highlights means that price will go down in 2020. The RED highlights mean the cost for that plan…

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USPS OIG Report: Postal Inspection Service New York Division

Objective Our objective was to determine whether the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, New York Division, implemented effective controls for accountable property, case management, and training. Based on risk analysis of closed case count and workhours, number of hotline referrals, and National Compliance Review occurrence, we selected the New York Division for our review. The mission…

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