USPS: Mailbox milestones – Rural boxes have come a long way

The larger mailboxes being tested in states like Colorado and North Dakota may seem a little unusual, but rural boxes have been evolving from the beginning. When the Post Office Department started Rural Free Delivery in 1902, customers were forced to make their own mailboxes using materials they found around their homes and farms. Rural…

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USPS: Mission possible – Determination helps get mail to U.S. soldiers in Iraq

For Army soldiers serving in Iraq, nothing beats mail from home. “It’s about getting a little bit of home in a box,” Lt. Col. Greg Johnson, personnel officer with the 1st Infantry Division in Camp Taji in Iraq, told an Army news site last week. But getting mail to soldiers is a challenge. The military…

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Video: The Future of the U.S. Postal Service – Discussion Panel

March 25, 2015 U.S. Postal Service Panelists talked about the future of the U.S. Postal Service. Topics included the current health of the institution and congressional efforts to modernize and improve its financial condition.

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PRC rejects Discover NSA and the Postal Service’s “subjective intuition”

For the first time since they were created in 2002, a Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) has been rejected by the Postal Regulatory Commission. Yesterday the PRC turned down the Postal Service’s request to add a NSA with Discover Financial Services to its market-dominant list. This is quite an unusual event.  Since the 2006 Postal Accountability…

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APWU: Posters Promote Our Cause

Web News Article #: 064-2015 03/25/2015 – The San Jose Local decided to get a jump on activities set for March 26, and Jose Chavez, a member of the Contract Action Team, knew where to go to spread the union’s message. Chavez persuaded King Egg Roll, a restaurant with several outlets in the area that…

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APWU: Proposed Budget Bills Cut Postal, Federal Pay

Web News Article #: 063-2015 03/25/2015 – Two congressional committees are proposing to solve the nation’s financial problems in part by reducing pay for millions of postal and federal employees. Budget bills for fiscal year 2016 proposed by House and Senate committees last week would cut pay for postal and federal workers by increasing the…

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PRC: USPS Service Performance Measurement Plan (Revised March 24, 2015)

2. Introduction The United States Postal Service (Postal Service) is required to establish modern service standards for its market-dominant mail products and to design these standards to provide a system of objective performance measurements for each market-dominant product as a basis for measurement of Postal Service performance. These standards should be designed to provide a…

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Webcast: The future of the United States Postal Service – March 25, 10-11am

Summary The United States Postal Service (USPS) is one of the oldest and most revered institutions in the U.S. government. Despite this storied past, USPS now faces substantial financial challenges and threats to its survival, including unfavorable economic conditions, an evolving business environment, and declining mail volumes and revenue. And to add to the agency’s…

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