Richmond postal workers push for earlier work day

By Gretchen Ross – October 14, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Saturday morning United States Postal Workers were protesting along Brook Road, demanding an early start to their workday. With signs in hand, employees were speaking out about their safety and the safety of their customers. Employees tell 8News, right now they begin their day…

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USPS OIG Report: Use of Postal Network to Facilitate Illicit Drug Distribution

Objective This report responds to a request from Senator Claire McCaskill, Ranking Member, U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Based on the request, our objectives were to examine the role of the Postal Service network in facilitating illicit drug distribution, explore associated risks and vulnerabilities in the system, and identify opportunities to mitigate…

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USPS: New guidebook offered on postal uniforms

SPS has introduced a pictorial guidebook that managers and supervisors can use to help ensure employees wear their uniforms properly. Postal Uniform Guidelines features images of employees wearing appropriate attire. The head-to-toe photographs show actual uniformed employees who serve the public, including letter carriers, retail associates and motor vehicle operators. “Every day, we deliver to…

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USPS: CDC offers flu recommendations

Have you gotten your flu shot? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends individuals 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine each year. All Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plans cover flu shots at no cost to you. The CDC also encourages people to learn more about the flu, which…

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Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019

Press Release Thursday, October 11, 2018 Social Security Announces 2.8 Percent Benefit Increase for 2019 Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than…

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USPS wants to raise the fees it charges Amazon and other shippers

By Waverly Colville – October 11, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a 9 to 12 percent increase to the shipping service used by Amazon.com. The parcel select service, which is also used by United Parcel Service and FedEx, is the last and typically the most expensive step in the shipping process that gets…

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Postal Bulletin features an update on USPS cybersecurity efforts

At work, each of us conducts official business on behalf of the Postal Service™; however, vigilance doesn’t stop once we’re off the clock. In an increasingly connected world, USPS® employees must incorporate cybersecurity best practices at all times, whether we are at home or on the go. For National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the…

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USPS: 2018 Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

As referenced in Article 8, sections 4 and 5, of the USPS-NALC and USPS-APWU national agreements, the December period (during which penalty overtime regulations are not applicable) consists of 4 consecutive service weeks. This year, the December period begins Pay Period 25-18, Week 2 (December 1, 2018) and ends Pay Period 01-19, Week 1 (December…

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