Oregon Supreme Court rules police can’t inspect packages

By The Associated Press – October 11, 2016 PORTLAND — The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a common practice of police pulling packages from the mail stream to investigate them for drugs is unlawful.On Thursday, the court ruled that Portland police and U.S. postal inspectors don’t have the right to flag packages without a…

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NPMHU Contract Update: Expiration Approaches, Bargaining Intensifies

2016 Contract Update #9 – October 11, 2016 With the completion of the 2016 NPMHU National Convention, the National Office and representatives of the U.S. Postal Service have returned to the bargaining table to reach closure on the issues that remain open before an overall settlement can be announced on the terms of the 2016…

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Hundreds of Post Office Closures Addressed in McCaskill Bill to Prevent Emergency Postal Suspensions

News Release – Tuesday, October 11, 2016 WASHINGTON – Hundreds of post offices around the country would be protected from indefinite “emergency closure” under new bipartisan legislation from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a longtime champion of rural post service. The bill would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from using its emergency suspension process—meant to be…

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USPS offers military holiday shipping dates

The Postal Service is offering suggested mail-by dates for customers planning to send holiday packages to military members serving abroad. The dates are listed in an Oct. 11 news release, along with information on ordering USPS military care kits and guidelines for addressing packages to Army/Air Post Offices, Fleet Post Offices and Diplomatic Post Offices….

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USPS must revisit possible harassing nature of postal worker’s cap bearing Gadsden Flag

By Sandra Johnson – October 10, 2016 The depiction of overtly racial themes on clothing will generally not pass muster as appropriate workplace attire. But clothing or accessories bearing ambiguous political or racial themes may present a challenge to employers who must address the concerns of employees who feel offended or threatened by the social…

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USPS seeks rate increase for January 2017

By Bill McAllister, Washington Correspondent Here’s an important stamp date: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. That’s when the United States Postal Service has told mailers it wants to implement its next rate change. But it’s unknown if the Postal Service will use its annual rate change to seek an end to the 47¢ first-class stamp. By…

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