USPS OIG Audit Report: Plant Load Agreements – Central Pennsylvania District

Audit Report – MS-AR-15-003 – 04/08/2015 Background The U.S. Postal Service offers its commercial customers special arrangements called plant load agreements. These agreements stipulate that the Postal Service will verify and pick up mail at a customer’s plant and transport it directly to a Postal Service destination facility. In return, the customer agrees to provide…

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USPS OIG Audit Project: How Can the Postal Service Improve Management of Its Vacant Properties?

The Postal Service operates one of the largest real estate portfolios in the country. It owns nearly 8,600 facilities and leases over 23,000 facilities ranging in size from 60 square feet to 32 acres. When the Postal Service vacates a facility with an active lease, it can terminate or buyout the lease, or sublease the…

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Bonehead Postal Supervisor Chest Thumping Revisited

Excerpt: “Friday we had ten sick calls in our office, ten sick calls out of 25 routes. It actually didn’t turn out as bad as I thought; luckily the mail was pretty light and they called in the CCA Cavalry from all points of the compass to save the day. But when I got back…

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Duluth postal center gets a reprieve in the face of nationwide closures

April 9, 2015 Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) — Thursday evening postal workers at the Duluth Mail Processing Center were told they could keep their jobs beyond a government set deadline for closure.  That is also good news for postal patrons here in the Northland. The U.S. Postal Service was to begin consolidating the Duluth facility this…

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How long does the mail take? Let the Postal Service count the days

April 9, 2015 The Postal Service is proposing to change the way it measures the on-time service performance of First Class Mail.  Instead of contracting a third-party to evaluate how long it takes for the mail to be delivered, the Postal Service wants to count the days itself.  The change requires the approval of the Postal…

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NLRB Issues Complaint Against USPS for Failing to Bargain Over and Provide Information to NRLCA Regarding Massive Data Breach

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Complaint against the Postal Service alleging that it violated federal labor law by failing to bargain with the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA) and provide information to the NRLCA concerning last year’s massive Postal Service data breach. The Complaint, issued on March 31,…

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APWU: NLRB Slams Postal Service For Failure to Bargain over Employee Data Breach

Complaint over Cyber Intrusion Would Set Precedent For Immediate Release 04/08/2015 – WASHINGTON – In a first-of-its-kind complaint, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has cited the Postal Service for failing to bargain with the APWU over last year’s massive data security breach. The incident, which was revealed to the union and employees in mid-November,…

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Podcast: PRC Chief Robert Taub on the Near Future of the Postal Service

April 7, 2015 The Postal Service’s chief regulator hopes for financial solvency for the troubled agency, stability of service for rate-payers, and co-operation among a new set of leaders in Washington to effect the changes that can achieve it. Excerpt URBANSKI: You sat on an interesting panel recently at the Brookings Institution, and this many…

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