APWU: National Dispute Settlement Protects Intervening Party Rights

Web News Article #: 120-2017 12/11/2017 – An APWU advocate was notified two days before a Mail Handler hearing on a dispute regarding scanning duties. The advocate did not have the proper time to prepare for the case as an intervener, as such they requested a continuance and the request was denied. The case and…

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USPS OIG: Small Package Sorting System Performance

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the throughput and productivity performance of the U.S. Postal Service’s 33 deployed Small Package Sorting System (SPSS) machines. Since 2015, the Postal Service has deployed 33 SPSS machines costing over $141 million. The SPSS machine was designed to provide automated package sorting capability, alleviate existing processing capacity shortfalls, and…

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NPMHU and USPS Finalize Contract Interpretation Manual

As provided for in Article 15, Section .3E of the National Agreement between the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and the United States Postal Service, both parties have agreed to jointly produce a Contract Interpretation Manual (CIM), which represents a good faith effort to identify contractual issues on which the National parties are in agreement…

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NPMHU Secures Delay of Proposed Involuntary Reassignments

Mail Handler Update – July 14, 2017 USPS management continues to implement its ill-conceived plans to realign its work force. Their plans involve massive bid reversions and job abolishments in almost every mail processing facility throughout the country. In most cases, management is basing its staffing needs on the flawed Function 1 Scheduler that the…

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OIG Report: Cost Segment 3 – Clerks and Mail Handlers

Background The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 requires the U.S. Postal Service to file an Annual Compliance Report (ACR) with the Postal Regulatory Commission within 90 days of the end of each fiscal year. The report analyzes cost, revenue, rates, and quality of service for all products. Further, it reports whether revenue for…

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USPS: Tray label system to get upgrade

USPS is improving the system it uses to produce and assign tray and sack labels. The system, Web Automated Tray Label Assignment System version 3.0 (WebATLAS3), will now feature a more user-friendly interface. The improved system will be available to employees who use ACE workstations and plant kiosks to create and print 24-digit Intelligent Mail…

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NPMHU and USPS reach tentative agreement on 2016 National Agreement

On December 16, 2016, the NPMHU and the Postal Service announced that they had reached a tentative agreement to establish the terms of their 2016 National Agreement. The agreement is subject to ratification by a majority vote of the Union’s membership. The balloting process will begin no later than early January, with a 30-day period…

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