USPS to survey employees on travel patterns

The Postal Service is conducting its annual survey on employee commuting patterns. Employees will receive an email from commutersurvey@gsa.gov Nov. 2 with a link to the survey.  The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Responses are confidential and due Nov. 6. The Postal Service uses the survey to complete reporting documents…

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APWU: ‘Stand Up for Safe Jobs’ Campaign Underway

Web News Article #: 205-2015 10/29/2015 – Last year, more than 36,000 postal workers were injured or sickened at work and at least 10 suffered fatalities. “Here’s the simple truth,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein and Industrial Relations Director Tony D. McKinnon Sr. wrote in a letter to local and state presidents and national officers. “If…

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APWU: Workers Comp Fraud Investigations

Special agents of the Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) are contracted to “safeguard postal revenue” and are supposed to “operate with integrity, be a model of ethical behavior, and treat people in a fair and respectful manner.” When it comes to workers compensation fraud, however, these law enforcement officers often employ questionable…

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Where U.S. Mail Went to Die

By Ashley Bowen-Murphy – October 28, 2015 The “dead” mail arrived constantly, black bags filled with almost 30,000 letters and parcels each day. These high casualties caused only a general sense of alarm among late 19th and early 20th century Americans. Postal clerks in Washington, D.C. sorted through all letters pronounced dead, separating the truly…

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USPS OIG: Should Rural Mail Carriers Drive Privately Owned Vehicles?

Project Title: New Rural Delivery Vehicle Purchase Start Date: Monday, August 31, 2015 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2016 The Postal Service operates one of the world’s largest transport and delivery fleets, which includes over 211,000 delivery, transport, and administrative vehicles. It maintains a diverse fleet of delivery vehicles including long life vehicles, delivery vans,…

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USPS OIG: Why is Strategic Planning for Transportation Important for the Postal Service?

Project Title: Strategic Planning – U.S. Postal Service Transportation Start Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Estimated Report Release Date: February 2016 The U.S. Postal Service needs to adjust its processing infrastructure to accommodate two significant changes: declining First-Class Mail volume and growth in shipping and package services. It is challenged to make these changes while…

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Some Feds Could Soon Be Automatically Enrolled in New Health Plans

By Eric Katz – October 28, 2015 Federal employees will not have to worry about losing their health insurance if the plan in which they are enrolled is dropped from the government’s offerings, a rule finalized on Wednesday ensured. The Office of Personnel Management issued the final regulation requiring agencies to automatically enroll employees and…

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NPMHU Prepares for National Negotiations

(October 28, 2015) With formal negotiations between the NPMHU and the Postal Service over the terms of the 2016 National Agreement scheduled to begin in February 2016, preparations for bargaining are moving forward in the National Office. One critical aspect of those preparations is now completed, as the Field Negotiating Committee met during the third…

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