USPS: NRLCA approves new contract

March 17, 2022 The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association membership has ratified a new three-year labor contract with the Postal Service. The contract covers more than 132,000 rural carriers represented by the union. Highlights of the agreement include annual general wage increases, semiannual cost-of-living adjustments, measures designed to stabilize work schedules, increased flexibility to use…

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USPS OIG Report: Replacement of Privately Owned Delivery Vehicles

Background In fiscal year (FY) 2020, the U.S. Postal Service had about 133,000 rural letter carriers and associates delivering mail on over 79,500 rural routes. A rural route can be a government owned vehicle (GOV) route where the Postal Service provides the delivery vehicle, or an equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) route where the carrier provides…

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USPS, NRLCA reach tentative agreement

January 7, 2022 The Postal Service and the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association have reached a tentative negotiated agreement on a 36-month contract. Upon ratification by the union’s membership, a process that will take several weeks, the agreement will run through May 20, 2024. “This agreement is economically responsible, fair to our employees and serves…

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USPS Launches New Dog Paw Program in Twin Cities Metro Area

September 15, 2021 MINNEAPOLIS & SAINT PAUL, MN – USPS aims to curb dog bites suffered by postal employees by launching a new Dog Paw Program in the Twin Cities Metro across ZIP Codes in the 551 & 554 area. Mail Carriers face the risks of a nip, bite, or even a vicious attack while…

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NRLCA: September 2021 Mail Count cancelled

The deadline for the USPS to notify the NRLCA of their intention to exercise their right under Article 9.2.C.3.a to count all rural routes the last 12 working days in September has expired. The only routes that will be counted during this time period will be those that fall under the Special Count provisions in…

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USPS: “Carrier — Leave If No Response” delivery option

August 2, 2021 USPS is reminding employees about a new service that ensures timely deliveries for customers who request expedited packaging supplies (EPS). These supplies — including corrugated containers, envelopes, pressure-sensitive labels and decals — are specially designed for use with domestic and international Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail services, at no additional cost…

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USPS OIG Report: Contract Delivery Service Cost Attribution

Objective Contract Delivery Service (CDS) is a contractual agreement between the Postal Service and an individual or firm for the delivery and collection of mail to and from homes and businesses. The Postal Service considers CDS to be one of its three primary delivery types, in addition to city carriers and rural carriers. CDS suppliers…

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USPS Releases Dog Attack National Rankings

June 10, 2021 WASHINGTON, DC — More than 5,800 postal employees were attacked by dogs in the United States in 2020. From nips and bites to vicious attacks, aggressive dog behavior poses a serious threat to postal employees and the general public. To highlight the enormity of this serious issue, the U.S. Postal Service is…

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