APWU: Tentative Agreement Reached with Salmon Companies

Web News Article #: 68-2017 07/12/2017 – The American Postal Workers Union reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with Salmon Companies, the largest ground transportation supplier to the United State Postal Service. Truck drivers for the private-sector company are members of the APWU Support Services Division. The contract covers locals from Dallas, TX, Shreveport, LA,…

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OIG Report: Global Positioning System Trailer Visibility

Background The U.S. Postal Service has spent about $7.6 million since fiscal year (FY) 2010 on its Logistics Condition Reporting System (LCRS). The system was intended to collect and report Highway Contract Route (HCR) Global Positioning System (GPS) data and monitor HCR performance. Because of inaccurate data reporting and system compatibility issues the Postal Service…

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OIG Report: Automated Vehicle Utilization System Mileage Use – Southern Area

Background The U.S. Postal Service delivers almost 154 billion pieces of mail annually using 227,896 postal-owned vehicles. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, postal-owned delivery vehicles traveled over one billion miles nationwide, about 203 million miles more than initially estimated. A delivery route is a scheduled course of travel to deliver the mail. Management generally establishes…

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OIG Report: Fuel Consumption and Cost Risk Mitigation

Background The U.S. Postal Service has a surface transportation network that, in fiscal year (FY) 2016, consisted of almost 16,000 supplier-operated highway contract routes (HCR) and about 7,600 Postal Service-owned mail transport vehicles. This fleet makes USPS one of the largest users of diesel fuel in the U.S., purchasing about 251 million gallons in FY…

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APWU: Motor Vehicle Service PSE Salary Exception Agreement Reached

Web News Article #: 30-2017 03/23/2017 – On March 10, the Union signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Postal Service that remedies the situation where Motor Vehicle Service Postal Support Employees (PSE) who had been granted a salary exception were converted to career status within the same craft but to a lower level…

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OIG Report: HCR Survey Compliance – Southern Transportation Category Management Team

Background The U.S. Postal Service uses highway contract routes (HCR) to transport mail between plants, post offices, or other designated points where mail is received or dispatched. This includes contract delivery service (CDS) route contracts, which are contracts with individuals or companies to deliver and collect mail from homes and businesses. As of January 2016,…

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OIG: Is USPS Effectively Reporting Highway Contract Route Irregularities?

Project Title: HCR Irregularity Reporting Start Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Estimated Report Release Date: July 2017 In fiscal year 2016, the Postal Service spent over $3 billion for almost 8,700 highway contract routes (HCRs). The Postal Service awards these contracts to transport mail between post offices and other designated stops. They are the largest…

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USPS: Scanners improve transportation fleet visibility

The Postal Service’s deployment of cellular scanners to postal vehicle service (PVS) drivers has improved tracking of the transportation fleet, new data shows. The scanner initiative is part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program. The PVS scanners are similar SV mobile scanners, except they have GPS capability and operate on cellular networks. More than 5,000…

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