Transgender employees at center of controversy over restroom at Pittsburgh PO

By Sheldon Ingram – November 10, 2015 PITTSBURGH — Members of the clerks union at the post office on the city’s North Side have voiced their concerns to management about transgender women using the ladies’ restroom. It is a matter that drew the attention of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, under the Department of…

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Postal Service releases on-time performance reports for Q4 2015

The Postal Service has released its on-time performance reports for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year (July 1 – Sept. 30, 2015). Compared to the third quarter, on-time performance for most types of mail has improved, but performance remains significantly down from the same period last year (SPLY) — before the changes in service…

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Management of Vacant Properties

Background The U.S. Postal Service owns over 8,000 properties and leases over 23,000 properties with annual rents of more than $800 million. The Postal Service Facilities organization oversees these properties, including balancing the real estate portfolio, maximizing revenue, and managing vacant properties. Area and district personnel vacate Postal Service properties due to events such as…

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Seventh Circuit Backs Employer on Running of FMLA Statute of Limitations

The Family and Medical Leave Act contains a two-year statute of limitations for claims of interference with or retaliation against protected employee activity. Last month, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals faced questions over when this limitations period begins running. The court concluded that the two-year period starts on the last date an employer denied…

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USPS will honor employees who are veterans with a special badge and lanyard

Veterans Day, an annual holiday to honor individuals who have served in the U.S. military, is Wednesday, Nov. 11. The holiday holds special significance for the Postal Service, one of the nation’s largest employers of veterans. Approximately 113,000 USPS employees have served in the Armed Forces. The Postal Service will honor employees who are veterans…

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USPS: Queens P&DC exceeds package-sorting expectations

The new machine that sorts small packages is generating big results for the Postal Service. Two Small Parcel Sorting Systems (SPSS) at the Queens, NY, P&DC recently processed more than 1 million packages in a single week, a new record. “USPS is thriving and parcels will continue to be a competitive resource,” said Operations Support…

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Youngstown mail-processing center still processing

Vacant USPS positions can now be filled after postponement of facilities consolidation By Kalea Hall – November 9, 2015 American Postal Workers Union Local 443 President Jim Varner remains optimistic about the Youngstown mail-processing center operations. The center, located at 99 S. Walnut St., was supposed to close in July, but the closure was postponed…

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