APWU: Clerk Craft Prepares For National Arbitrations in December on Two Important Issues

The Clerk Craft has been preparing for arbitration hearings in December that will cover two issues – 1) the Postmaster End of Day (PMEOD) button remedy case, and 2) an RI-399 issue regarding the craft jurisdiction for the Advanced Facer Canceller System (AFCS) machine. The PMEOD button remedy hearings are scheduled for December 3 &…

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Postal Bulletin: November is HAZMAT Awareness Month

To protect the health and safety of our employees and the general public, the Postal Service™ has developed specific procedures for safeguarding, identifying, handling, and delivering hazardous materials (HAZMAT). Since there have been several recent incidents of non-mailable HAZMAT in the mailstream, November has been designated “HAZMAT Awareness Month” to highlight these issues. Incidents, including…

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USPS: Employee feedback helps improve SPLU Tool

The Postal Service has improved its Single Package Lookup Tool, which integrates multiple tracking systems into one user-friendly application. The application, also known as the SPLU Tool, produces an average of 46,000 tracking insights each day that employees use to resolve customer inquiries. In July, the SPLU team conducted a survey to better understand employees’…

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USPS announces price changes for 2021

October 9, 2020 The Postal Service has announced price changes for next year. If reviewed favorably by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), the changes would take effect Jan. 24, 2021. Here’s a list of current and proposed prices: First-Class Mail letters (additional ounces): 15 cents (current), 20 cents (proposed) First-Class Mail letters (metered 1 ounce):…

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USPS OIG Report: Stamps, Money Orders, and Cash – High Shoals Post Office

Background We conducted this audit in response to an inquiry we received from The White House, Office of Presidential Correspondence, on March 25, 2020, on behalf of a constituent who raised concerns of alleged theft by a postal employee. The inquiry was initially referred to the OIG’s Office of Investigations (OI). OI did not find…

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APWU: Update on National Arbitration “End of Day” Case

September 1, 2020 In the July/August 2020 issue of the American Postal Worker magazine, the Clerk Craft reported that the remedy settlement hearing for the Article 1.6.B “End of Day” button (PMEOD) case was scheduled for August 12-13. However, the Postal Service requested a postponement from the arbitrator at the beginning of the August 12…

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USPS: Reminder to display pandemic posters in retail units

Postal Service employees should only display USPS-approved posters in retail spaces —particularly when it comes to posters that explain the organization’s safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. USPS has created posters related to COVID-19 that address the use of face coverings and masks by customers in postal retail lobbies. These posters can easily…

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USPS: Extended Mail Forwarding test

USPS is testing a service that allows customers to pay a fee to have their permanent Change of Address mail forwarded for up to 18 months. Extended Mail Forwarding is geared toward customers who may be displaced temporarily, on extended assignments, or who may not have updated their mailing contacts within the usual mail forwarding…

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