APWU: Salmon Mail Haul Drivers Ratify Contract

Web News Article #: 85-2017 09/12/2017 – Recently, APWU members employed by Salmon Companies voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. Salmon Companies is the largest ground transportation supplier to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Truck drivers for the private-sector company are part of the Support Services Division. The contract…

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USPS OIG Report: Highway Contract Route Irregularity Reporting – Jacksonville NDC

Background In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the U.S. Postal Service spent over $3 billion for about 8,700 highway contract route (HCR) contracts. The Postal Service uses these competitive fixed-price contracts to transport mail between post offices, network distribution centers (NDC), and other designated stops. A contract irregularity occurs when an HCR contractor does not satisfactorily…

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Public Perception of Self-Driving Technology for Long-Haul Trucking and Last-Mile Delivery

September 5, 2017 (2017RARC003) A large majority of Americans say they believe self-driving cars will be used for delivery and transportation within the next 10 years, but they are split over whether they like the idea — many are concerned about the concept’s safety. The more people know about self-driving vehicles, the more they tend…

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Postal Fleet Services rolls out SmartDrive video system

By Aaron Huff – July 25, 2017 SmartDrive Systems announced that Postal Fleet Services, Inc., a major mail hauler primarily servicing the United States Postal Service, has adopted the SmartDrive video-based safety system following a competitive review and pilot program. In piloting the SmartDrive program in its St. Louis, MO service area, Postal Fleet Services…

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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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