On Earth Day, Rep. Huffman Introduces Bill to Clean Up Postal Service Trucks

Apr 22, 2019 | Press Release Washington, D.C.- Representative Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) today introduced the Federal Leadership in Energy Efficient Transportation (FLEET) Act of 2019, legislation to make the American transportation sector cleaner by transforming the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) federal fleet into a national leader in fuel efficiency and technological innovation. “Earth…

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DOL Investigation Finds Mail Hauler Failed to Pay Employees Prevailing Wages and Fringe Benefits

U.S. Department of Labor News Release April 22, 2019 ATLANTA, GA – After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Postal Fleet Services Inc. – based in Saint Augustine, Florida – will pay $329,057 in back wages and benefits to 53 employees for violating requirements of the Fair Labor…

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APWU: Salmon Co. Drivers in El Paso Unanimously Ratify CBA

04/22/2019 – Drivers from the newly unionized Salmon Co. in El Paso, TX unanimously ratified the terms of their first Collective Bargaining Agreement. These APWU new members received most of the terms of the negotiated Salmon contract for the Dallas Area Local. Due to the organizing efforts and continued support of Texoma Local representatives Sonny…

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USPS OIG Report: Postal Vehicle Service Tire Usage and Failures

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) tire usage and failures for 7-to 11-ton PVS vehicles. The Postal Service maintains two tire contracts for all PVS fleet vehicles: the [redacted] contract to purchase new tires and the [redacted] Company contract to purchase retreaded tires. These contracts were valued at…

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USPS: Employees get Carol Stream VMF in tip-top shape

The Carol Stream, IL, Vehicle Maintenance Facility looks — and functions — better than ever these days. Employees recently cleaned the shop from top to bottom and reorganized the equipment, supplies and other materials to make them easier to find. “Before you might have an oil can here one day, and the next day it’s…

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USPS OIG Report: What’s Driving Postal Transportation Costs?

The Postal Service’s transportation costs have increased over the last 10 years, despite an overall decline in mail volume and the relaxation of First-Class Mail service standards. Nearly 40 percent of the increase cannot be explained by changes in mail volume and transportation-related inputs alone. While costs in general are expected to increase over time…

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USPS tests electric delivery vans

The Postal Service is testing delivery vehicles in California that produce no emissions, part of a statewide program to cut pollution and strengthen the environment. USPS will use 15 zero-emissions delivery step vans and charging stations in Fresno and Stockton — two areas known for unhealthy air quality. The electric vans will cover routes of…

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USPS OIG Report: Highway Contract Route (HCR) Optimization Cost Savings

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the Postal Service’s Highway Contract Route (HCR) Optimization Cost Savings methodology and the accuracy of reported savings for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The Postal Service implemented the Zero Base HCR initiative in FY 2014 (renamed HCR Optimization in FY 2017) to reduce surface transportation costs by identifying, adjusting, and…

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