APWU, USPS Resolve Dispute over Forced Bids in Motor Vehicle Craft

Web News Article #: 193-2015 10/08/2015 – The APWU and USPS have signed an agreement that prohibits management from initiating the posting of annual bids in the Motor Vehicle Service Craft pursuant to any audit review, Assistant Director Javier E. Piñeres has announced. The dispute that led to the Sept. 30 Memorandum of Understanding Re:…

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The Postal Pulse results are out (sort of)

October 7, 2015 The results of the Postal Pulse survey are out, but only USPS employees can see them. The Postal Service has produced a new video about the survey results as well, but only postal employees can view it. For the rest of us, here’s a little background. Postal Pulse is the new employee…

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Judge Ridicules Change-of-Address Regulations

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 News flash: Even procrastinators and the forgetful notify their electric company when they move. Sitting in the dark and lacking refrigeration have a way of moving that chore to the top of one’s to-do list. But those same people often forget, or purposely avoid, submitting a change-of-address notice to the U.S….

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Highway Contract Routes – Extra Trips in the San Francisco District

Background The U.S. Postal Service uses highway contract routes (HCR) to transport mail between its facilities and other designated points. An extra trip is one made in addition to those outlined in the contract; it results in added costs. Extra trips can be the result of late mail processing or early mail collection runs. Management…

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Labor unions giving serious thought to endorsing Trump

By Sean Higgins – October 4, 2015 Billionaire developer Donald Trump has thrown yet another monkey wrench into the political status quo: Some major labor unions are now mulling endorsing the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. It’s a move that would have been unthinkable in previous election cycles, but Trump has fans among the…

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Central States Pension Fund may cut benefits for 273,000 workers and retirees

CNNMoney (New York) October 7, 2015 Pension benefits for retirees used to be untouchable, but thousands of former workers are being told that their monthly checks could take a hit. One of the largest pension funds in the country says it needs to cut benefits for 273,000 current and future retirees. If the cuts aren’t…

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USPS OIG Audit Report: Consolidation of the Kalamazoo, MI, and Lansing, MI, P&DCs

Background The U.S. Postal Service uses Area Mail Processing (AMP) guidelines to consolidate mail processing functions and increase productivity through more efficient use of equipment, facilities, staffing, and transportation. These consolidations are intended to reduce costs and maintain quality service. The Kalamazoo, MI, Processing and Distribution Center’s (P&DC’s) destinating mail moved to the Grand Rapids,…

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