APWU Pittsburgh Retiree Record – January 2, 2017 Edition

Via John P. Richards, President – Pittsburgh Area Retiree Chapter of the APWU: “Post Office window clerks had a tough mailing season due to reduced staffing and limited hours windows were open. Lost in that hectic activity were the significant parcel volumes that were hijacked to Staples and other private businesses due to the management…

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High Turnover Called a Drawback to Using Temp Workers

December 30, 2016 The Postal Service has increasingly turned to non-career employees–who cost the agency less because they do not receive full employee benefits and privileges–but the exceptionally high turnover of such employees partially offsets the hoped-for savings, according to an IG report. The USPS currently has about 130,000 non-career employees to supplement its regular…

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USPS Surface Visibility program expands

USPS has expanded its Surface Visibility (SV) program to an additional 114 sites, bringing the total number to 437 across the nation. The program is part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to better use technology and promote the SV application, which improves scanning and makes it easier for business customers to know the whereabouts…

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Korte Co. building USPS distribution center in Oregon

The Korte Co. has begun work on a $92.5 million design-build distribution center project for the U.S. Postal Service in Portland, Ore. The 818,000-square-foot project includes a processing and distribution center with administration, maintenance and employee support areas. The distribution facility features areas specified for a Business Mail Entry Unit and Postal Inspection Services. The…

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OIG: Where are the Postal Service’s Trailers?

Project Title: Global Positioning System Trailer Visibility Start Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Estimated Report Release Date: March 2017 The U.S. Postal Service plans to begin using Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled trailers to increase operating efficiency, reduce costs, and improve reliability of its transportation network. GPS technology has been used in private industry to…

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United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) is now a reality

The much anticipated wait is over. United Postmasters and Managers of America (UPMA) is now a reality. The long history of the League and NAPUS will always live in purpose and mission through you. As we embark on this new journey, I encourage you not to look back but forward in building your future by…

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Retirement reminder: TSP catch-up deadline approaching

The Postal Service is reminding employees that the deadline to make Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) catch-up contributions effective for the first pay period of 2017 is Jan. 4 at 4 p.m. EST. There is no open season for TSP. Employees can make or change TSP elections at any time during the year. In 2017, employees…

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APWU, USPS Sign Agreement For Offices Without a Local Union Structure

Web News Article #: 259-2016 12/27/2016 – The APWU signed an updated agreement December 22, 2016, for Members-at-Large who work in small post offices that are not represented by a local union. The agreement outlines the rules for these small offices on topics that are typically the subject of negotiations at the local level between…

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