USPS financial results: Second-quarter revenue grew 4.7 percent

The Postal Service has reported operating revenue of $17.7 billion for fiscal 2016’s second quarter (Jan. 1-March 31, 2016), an increase of $788 million — or 4.7 percent — compared to the same period one year earlier. The increase was attributed to an 11.4 percent increase in package volumes and pricing strategies. “While we have…

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USPS, NRLCA sign new contract

Postal Service and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) leaders recently signed a new three-year labor contract that covers approximately 120,000 USPS employees represented by the union. The contract was signed by PMG Megan J. Brennan and NRLCA President Jeannette Dwyer at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. It is the first negotiated agreement between the…

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APWU: Convention Rooms Are Filling Fast

Web News Article #: 101-2016 05/09/2016 – Hotel rooms at the site of the union’s National Convention are filling fast, so locals, state organizations and members-at-large who plan to attend should make reservations soon if they haven’t already done so, says Secretary-Treasurer Liz Powell. The convention will take place Aug. 22-25, in Orlando, FL. Pre-convention…

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USPS fences off Downtown Berkeley Post Office

By Pamela Larson – May 8, 2016 The United States Postal Service, or USPS, installed a 6-foot tall metal fence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office during the week of April 25, partitioning public property and hanging signs that read “U.S. property. No trespassing.” USPS installed the fence between April 25 and 27. The fence…

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Retirement 101: The basics every carrier should know (but probably doesn’t)

It’s no secret that most Americans are financially unprepared to retire, but the degree to which they are unprepared is frightening. A 2013 study by the National Institute on Retirement Security says that only 10 percent of Americans have saved enough in a 401(k) plan, pension or individual retirement account to put them on track…

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FMLA Doctor’s Notes: What Unions Need to Know

By Robert M. Schwartz – May 4, 2016 The law prevents employers from discharging or disciplining workers who miss work time for serious medical reasons or to care for family members. In most cases, eligible employees can take up to 60 days of leave (12 workweeks) within a 12-month period. The law can also be…

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